[Obituary] Renowned folk artist and cultural activist, Muhabat shah of Shimshal, passed away

Late Muhabat Shah performing during a cultural event.  He was President of Wakhi Cultural Association Shimshal – PT File Photo

Mirza Ali

Muhabat Shah, 60, a well known figure of Shimshal passed away in his native village due to  Cardiac arrest. He left three sons and three daughters behind.

Late Muhbat shah was a well-known figure in Shimshal and Gojal, famous for his folk songs and cultural activism. His unparalleled services for cultural development of the society will be remembered forever and missed greatly.

Apart from being a folk singer, Late Muhabbat Shah was also a storey-teller and Rubab player. Through the songs, the late folk artist strived to preserve the  Wakhi cultural heritage and folk lore.

His presence at cultural events guaranteed charm and grace.

His folk songs are played by Radio Pakistan, Gilgit station, in the Wakhi language program, Sadoy -e – Bom -e- Dunyo, (Voice of roof of the world). “Anoray Shirin” is one of late Shah’s well known folk songs.

Public circles have condoled the death of Muhabat Shah and offered prayers for his soul.


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19 Responses to [Obituary] Renowned folk artist and cultural activist, Muhabat shah of Shimshal, passed away

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  2. Rehmat Raheem Sherazi says:

    its really a big loss for the community of shimshal, that a great leader,social activist,prolong struggler for the completion of shimshal road and in many social work and development we will definitely and always miss his out standing efforts.
    this is understood that one day is certain to leave …………..its still like not sure to think for his absences.may my lord give his soul in eternal peace and courage for the bereaved family. (Aameen)

  3. Dr. John Mock says:

    It is with a heavy heart that I and my wife, Kimberley O’Neil write to offer our condolences on the passing of late Mohabbat Shah. Mohabbat Shah was one of our favorite personalities of Gojal, and indeed, of the entire planet. His warm nature, his open generosity, his care and kindness for all, his artisitic temperment, his musical talent, his interest and regard for tradition and culture, his hospitality, his love for his family and his children, his helpfulness and gentleness – all these were part of his unique personality. We offer our prayers for his soul and are comforted by the sure knowledge that his soul is at peace in the heavenly reward.
    With deepest sympathy,
    John Mock & Kimberley O’Neil

    • Rehmat Raheem Sherazi says:

      Thank you so much Mr. John Mock for your appriciation, gratitute,simpathy and sorrow with our family. definitely this is a great loss for our community not only for shimshalies also for the whol community of gojal and wakhi culture.he was full of many qualities gifted by God in a general sense you can say he was all rounder,so his death is really really a big loss.

      once again thank you for your condolence.

      regards,

      rehmat raheem sherazi

  4. shahzad says:

    May MOLA rest Pup’s soul in eternal peace and give the entire family the courage and power to overcome this huge loss(ameen).

  5. Farman ravian says:

    ” InAllah ha wa Ina illai rajioun”
    Our revered uncle was an embodiment of the multicoloured talents.A creative social worker,an energetic jamati leader,a lively artist and above all a very nice person.My heartfelt condolences with the family of the departed soul.May he rest in eternal peace.

  6. liaqat ali says:

    ” InAllah ha wa Ina illai rajioun”
    It is moment of deep sorrow for the loss of the life of such an important personality of our area.My cordial condolence to Farman Karim,Arshad Karim and entire bereaved family members.May Mowla bless and rest the departed soul in eternal peace, may Mowla also give strength to the grieved family members and relatives.
    Liaqat Ali
    Karachi

  7. Nisar Malik says:

    I would like to offer my respects to the family of Muhabat Shah. I met him and talked with him a few times when I was in Shimshal and found Muhabat to be a sincere and warm person .. he was an artist and a wonderful human being. A loss for all of us and especially to Shimshal.

    I would urge everyone to celebrate his life and remember him in our prayers.

  8. G.M Shimshali says:

    The death of uncle Muhabat shah is a gigantic loss not only for shimshal but for all walkhi communities across the borders. He was a man with full of qualities, as a live artists, specialist forester, peaceful religious leader, renown social activist, greater construction designer, a great singer, a skillful climber, a successful farmer, a perfect guide, a fabulous local musician, a visionary thinker, a leading volunteer, a great lover and practitioner of his tradition, norms and values, an evident preserver of our culture, a man with gentle nature, caring, honest, and a brilliant articulator of words and jocks to entertain the heartrending people to bring smile on their face, indifferent of levels as God had sent him on the earth specifically created as a mentor for the community belonging from all spheres of life.
    I remained good enough lucky to spend time with the late uncle at different places and different journey and enjoyed his company, learned a lot from him and he made me cheered with his slapstick truthful comic facts about the society of shimshal as well as outside shimshal
    I still can’t believe that he is now not among us!!!

    But I must believe that God never keeps good people in the world for protracted time, because Almighty Allah wants those people back soon whose place can not be kept vacant for long time in the heaven. Everything is in hand of God we have to accept it but what we can do is that we will remember him as a unique figure in the history of shimshal and generation to generation raise our hand before almighty Allah that may his soul rest in peace. Amen.

    I extend my sympathy to the sorrow family of late uncle and pray that may God give them the patience and power to overcome this moment of sorrow.

  9. Sarfraz khan says:

    InAllah ha wa Ina illai rajioun”
    It is moment of deep sorrow for the loss of the life of such an important personality of our area.May Mowla bless and rest the departed soul in eternal peace, may Mowla also give strength to the grieved family members and relatives.
    Sarfraz khan
    Dushambe, Tajiksitan

  10. Ali Musofer says:

    a great loss for the wakhi community and shimshal, the gap will not filled for long time. Allah that may his soul rest in peace. Amen.

  11. Amin Beg says:

    It is indeed a great loss!
    May his soul rest in peace and give his family the strength to pass the days of mourning in peace and tranquality.
    Bech Mohabat was an artist and a good human being, community leaders and social worker. I remember the first time I visited Shimshal in 1994 and recorded his and his late father’s songs and rubab, we stayed with a group at his home and we also enjoyed their hospitality. the same year, we along with other artists, which we were named, Silk route Caravan Ensemble participated in the islamic Artisan at Work festival in islamabad and annually in the Silk Route festival at Gulmit.

    We hope, the young generation of shimshali would continue the legacy left behind by him and others.

  12. Darjat says:

    Indeed a very shocking news. I knew late Mobat Shah since 60’s . I guess he was one of the first few boys-had an opportunity to go to school. My father inlaw late Ghulam Sultan was the first DJ school teacher posted in Shimshal and late Mobat shah was his student. I do remember the students including Mobat Shah used to come with his teacher after a year to Gulmit and spend a night at our home in Passu.
    Mobat shah was a wonderful human being, a dedicated volunteer and a highly skilled person- an artist, early adopter as a farmer, a skilled constuction person, a village activist, and a conflict resolution catalist .

    My family members and I do offer condolances to his family and to the people of Shimshal village and pray for his soul to rest in permanent peace. (Ameen). I did visit his son yesterday at Pindi and could not manage to visit Shimshal at this point of time and feel sorry for that.
    Darjat

  13. David Butz says:

    Nancy, Nina and I offer our heartfelt condolences to all of Shimshal, and especially to the family of Muhabat Shah. His passing is a great loss to Shimshal, and leaves us with heavy hearts. With sympathy, David.

  14. Fayyaz Ahmed says:

    my family and i express our heartfelt Condolences to the entire family members, it is indeed a very sad new& shocking news to know about the sad demise of Brother Muhabat Shah, “INNA LILLAHI WA INNA ILLAIHI RAJIOON”, May Mowla bless & rest his soul in eternal peace, it is a big loss not only to the grieved family but also to the entire region, may Mowla give the strength to the family to bear this great loss. Ameen!

    • arshad karim says:

      Thank you very much for your appriciation, gratitute,simpathy and sorrow with our family. definitely this is a great loss for our community not only for shimshalies also for the whol community of gojal and wakhi culture.he was full of many qualities gifted by God in a general sense you can say he was all rounder,so his death is really really a big loss.

      once again thank you for your condolence.

      regards,
      from farman karim and arshad karim

  15. Me and all my home members pay our deepest condolences to the family of Nan Mohabat Shah on his tragic death.He was all dear and near to us. Indeed he was a man of diverse natural talents and an active social citizen of Shimshal Valley.

    May his soul rest in eternal peace!! Ameen

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