In the Name of Allah, the Most Gra­cious, the Most Mer­ci­ful.

As-salā­mu ‘alaykum wa-rah­mat­ul­lāhi wa-barakā­tuh (Peace, Bless­ings & Mer­cy of Allah be upon You).

This state­ment is being issued on the 07th of Decem­ber 2016 and super­sedes all pre­vi­ous state­ments on the sub­ject.

Wifaqul Ula­ma echoes the views of Maulana Sohail Bawa and makes Dua to Allah Ta’ala to for­give the sins of every­one who has passed and to grant them all par­adise, and to grant patience and per­se­ver­ance to their fam­i­lies.

إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعون

Junaid Jamshaid [1964–2016] was a dear friend of mine and a close asso­ciate for a num­ber of years. He was with us just recent­ly in Lon­don, at my home.

I am struck with grief and sad­dened beyond our words at the pass­ing away of my friend. When I heard the news of the plane gone miss­ing I was appre­hen­sive but my feel­ings turned to anguish when it was con­firmed that my friend was on board. At this time I don’t have the words to express my emo­tions but I would like Wifaqul Ula­ma to request all Mus­lims in the coun­try to pray for every­one who has passed away in this tragedy. May Allah Ta’ala for­give the sins of every­one, grant them entry into Jan­nat­ul-Fir­daus and grant patience to their fam­i­lies. I request spe­cial Dua for my friend who is no longer with us.

(Maulana) Sohail Bawa (Lon­don)

Dic­tat­ed to Wifaqul Ula­ma Admin­is­tra­tive Team on Phone while sob­bing and cry­ing when con­tact­ed to con­firm this news

07th of Decem­ber 2016

12:45