The Sufi legend will forever be remembered in the world of music.
The Sufi legend will forever be remembered in the world of music.

Time stood still and everyone was left stunned.

On Wednesday, when Amjad Sabri was gunned down in a targeted attack, not only had one of the greatest qawwals of our time been silenced, but the whole world with him. The moment news of the singer's death made headlines, the shock reverberated beyond Pakistan.

Amjad Sabri with Bollywood actress Juhi Chawla - Photograph courtesy Routes2Roots
Amjad Sabri with Bollywood actress Juhi Chawla - Photograph courtesy Routes2Roots

Sabri was well-loved in Bollywood. Tributes from across the border poured in to honour the 45-year-old and his contribution to the world.

India.com honoured the Sufi legend by sharing seven of the Sabri brother's top qawwalis. "Their songs reflected the mysticism of Islam which remains unappreciated by the hardline elements," wrote the publication.

The Pakistani Sufi singer with Shah Rukh Khan - Photo courtesy Routes2Roots
The Pakistani Sufi singer with Shah Rukh Khan - Photo courtesy Routes2Roots

The Indian Express wrote an obituary on the legendary qawwal, listing his contribution to the world of music. "His death has left the music industry devastated," it read. The publication also chose to remember him through his music by putting together his best qawwalis and a short interview.

Sabri with Gulshan Grover - Photo courtesy Routes2Roots
Sabri with Gulshan Grover - Photo courtesy Routes2Roots

Hindustan Times, much like our own press, shared his last performance, which aired on Samaa TV Wednesday morning, along with a few of his other notable qawwalis.

Legendary qawwal with veteran actor Vinod Khanna - Photo courtesy Routes2Roots
Legendary qawwal with veteran actor Vinod Khanna - Photo courtesy Routes2Roots

Publications The Quint, DNA India, NDTV and First Post captured the shared grief of Pakistan and India through reactions of Pakistani and Bollywood celebs to the great legend's death. While The Hindu termed him the "Rockstar of qawwali", Times of India's headline mourned his untimely demise and read "Amjad Sabri: A divine voice silenced too young".

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