The Muslim community of the GTA, including Brampton and Mississauga, is mourning the shocking death of Pakistani pop star-turned-Islamic preacher and naat singer Junaid Jamshed.
The 52-year-old was among 48 people killed in a plane crash near Havelian, 110 kilometres north of Islamabad, on Dec. 7. The ill-fated plane was enroute to capital Islamabad from Chitral when it crashed near Halvelian, apparently due to mechanical failure. The cause is still under investigation.
"MuslimFest, DawaNet and Sound Visions teams are deeply grieved at the tragic loss of a phenomenal professional Muslim artist,” the three organizations said in a joint statement released in Toronto. “It’s hard to say farewell to a beloved artist, whose art, message, and presence helped MuslimFest grow to new heights.”
Soon after the crash, the news of Jamshed and 47 other people’s deaths spread across the GTA’s social media.
Over the past 10 years, he performed several times at MuslimFest and always stole the show with his magical voice. His fans from across North America visited MuslimFest to meet and watch his performance.
Jamshed was a pop singer, fashion designer and television personality, as well as an occasional actor. He was also an engineer.
In 2004, he left both his singing and engineering careers and became an Islamic preacher and naat (poetry that praises Prophet Muhammad) singer.