Amjad Sabri laid to rest

Published: June 23, 2016
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Famed qawwal was shot dead in Karachi on Wednesday.

Famed qawwal was shot dead in Karachi on Wednesday.

KARACHI: Thousands of mourners gathered in Karachi’s Liaquatabad for the funeral of acclaimed Sufi singer and qawwali maestro Amjad Sabri whose death left the entire nation in mourning.

The famed qawwal has been buried next to his father at Paposhnagar graveyard, Nazimabad.

The funeral prayers for Sabri, which were held on the city’s major Ibn-e-Sina thoroughfare, brought together large numbers of both Sunni and Shia Muslims, men and women, with many praising his devotional music, humble lifestyle and charitable work.

They killed him

Dozens of police and paramilitary Rangers on Thursday guarded the funeral procession winding its way down the road, as a sea of mourners, some wearing black armbands, others in coloured turbans that signified their sects, surrounded the ambulance carrying Sabri’s body.

Many crowded to touch the ambulance, a gesture of reverence for the deceased.

Shops and businesses in the Liaquatabad and Nazimbad areas shut down for the day.

Mohammad Farooq Khan, a 36-year-old who contracted polio as a child, said he had walked 12 kilometres from the city’s north on his crutches to attend the singer’s last rites.

“Allah has brought to here to participate in the funeral of that great man,” he said.

Another mourner Shaheen Iqbal said she had asked Sabri for help just days earlier. “He gave me rations for Ramazan and some money. He also promised to help me get a small apartment,” she said, tearfully.

Amjad Sabri shot dead in Karachi

There is a communication gap between God and the people when legends like Amjad Sabri are taken away: Abida Parveen

Saddened by the untimely demise of Amjad Sabri, queen of sufi music Abida Parveen said, “Amjad Sabri was a living legend and there cannot ever be another Amjad.”

“I was on very good terms with his late father Ghulam Farid Sabri and  his uncle, in fact when there was a rift between the two, I was there to resolve it. The brothers put and end to the misunderstanding with the most beautiful qawwali, ‘Mann Kunto Maula’, which invoked spirituality within the people,” Parveen told Express News.

“His voice was like his father’s- it had the power to move people. It was God gifted.”

Upon being asked who would carry on the Sabri legacy, Parveen reiterated that there cannot be another Sabri, however prayed to God that he produces another Amjad Sabri in one of his sons so that the message of God is not lost.

Amjad Sabri’s final prayer

“Amjad used to pour his heart out into the sufi kalaam, and when people like him are taken away, a communication gap rises between God and the people as they become deprived of His message.”

How can someone kill a person as innocent as Amjad Sabri, asks Sonu Nigam

Bollywood singer Sonu Nigam expressed condolence to Pakistan over the loss of Amjad Sabri.

“First of all I want to offer condolences to the Pakistani nation and the music fraternity over the loss of Amjad Sabri,” the singing icon said.

Recalling his performance with Sabri in Karachi, Nigam said, “How can one justify the killing of a person as innocent as Amjad Sabri in the name of religion?”

Sabri was shot dead by motorcycle-borne gunmen in a central Karachi neighbourhood on Wednesday, triggering an outpouring of grief nationwide.

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The targeted killing came two days after masked men kidnapped the son of Sindh’s top judge from outside a supermarket in broad daylight in an upscale locality of the city.

Amjad Sabri, aged around 45, was travelling from his home to a television studio to attend an iftar transmission, when a motorcycle pulled up alongside his white coloured Honda Civic and the two riders opened fire, according to police.

Sabri’s killing was met with shock and condemnation. Friends, artistes, singers and fans congregated outside his home to offer condolences to his family, while TV channels broadcast recordings of his music in tribute.

The tragic killing left the family devastated. “My brother never wronged anyone. Why he was killed?” Sabri’s younger brother Talha Sabri said choking on his tears. “The Rangers and police have failed [to maintain peace] in Karachi,” he added. “If a person like my brother can be killed like this, what worst we can expect in this city.”

Some observers have said that Sabri may have been assassinated because he was a high-profile Sufi, a mystic Islamic order that believes in living saints, worships through music, and is viewed as heretical by some hardline groups including the Taliban.

PM announces Rs10m for Sabri’s family

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has announced Rs10 million in financial support to the family of late qawwal.

In a statement, he said the federal government will also bear the educational expenses of Sabri’s children.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • imran ali
    Jun 23, 2016 - 5:08PM

    very sad news…3 years operation targeting only one political party rest of the spend by Rangers selling petrol ,water and building materials..now is the time to send back the Rangers to border and police should be made more effective with induction of localsRecommend

  • a&a
    Jun 23, 2016 - 5:41PM

    RIP dear Sabri…..Recommend

  • Pakistani Muslim
    Jun 23, 2016 - 6:03PM

    Amjad sabri was Mansur and Rasheed Hijri of this era the way he his head high and despite of fearful environment he never stopped preaching Sufi’s lesson of tolerance Allahs and Panjeton’s importance,respect and love. You lived shandar life and ended your temporary journey with Shan too. God bless brother!Recommend

  • Shetty
    Jun 23, 2016 - 6:36PM

    RIP.A fan from India.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Jun 23, 2016 - 8:14PM

    Cnn and Bbc reported that Some extremist organization already claimed responsibility of this. Recommend

  • irfan
    Jun 23, 2016 - 9:32PM

    It’s always sad to loose humble people . May Allah shower his blessings upon you and bless you Heaven AmeenRecommend

  • joke
    Jun 23, 2016 - 9:36PM

    @imran ali:
    You’re joking right? Have you not seen the overall improvement in the situation in Karachi? It is that same political party that hasn’t been targeted enough. It is blatantly obvious MQM is responsible for his killing.Recommend

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