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A great loss…

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Assalam-o-alaikum.

Today, near the time for Fajr, a great soul departed from this wordly life. His name was Shoaib Tauheed and the impact he had on people’s lives was evident in the way his departure struck us all.

Professor Dr Shoaib Tauheed was Head of the Dept. of Physiology at Dow University for a long time. Not only was he intelligent (‘Google’ his name and look at the medical research-work that he’s been part of) and talented, his great heart and excellent character drew everyone to him.  Only in his forties, he was made the Head of Department and one of his own teachers was working under him. He belonged to everyone – the students, the teachers, parents, patients, janitors, clerks, peons, security guards – they all knew him like a brother, a father.

I’ve been in Dow for only two years now and I saw with my eyes how people would turn with respect to him as he humbly walked down the corridors, smiling and greeting everyone. He was perfectly in tune with Islamic teachings and never refused to help anyone. You could knock on his door with any problem and he’d never turn you down.

He’d teach us like there would be no tomorrow – hurrying from this fact to that, trying to instill in us the love of education, science and research. He’d constantly follow up on what the other teachers were teaching us, to make sure we got the right stuff. If a test date was worrying the students, he’d consult them and agree to change it if they wanted – so that they’d be better prepared. During the final exams, he’d try to sit in on as many student Vivas as possible, to support give his students support. Just seeing him sitting there, encouraging us, having such great confidence in us – it made everything seem so easy. He called us all, “Beta…” (“My child…”) with such love and affection. His aim was to mould our personalities and for that purpose, he sometimes chided us when he saw something wrong.

Professor Shoaib was a man, the like of which are not found often today. Perhaps that was why Allah(swt) loved him so much that He Wished to purify His slave of sins before calling him back. Sir Shoaib was diagnosed with colon cancer and he sought every treatment available, even going to America for an operation. Slowly, however, despite all the chemotherapy, the disease spread. Yet, he came to college between the chemotherapy, teaching, taking charge of the Department, helping us out in our petty little issues. He wrote a book on Physiology and published it in March this year – it’s an excellent book! When the cancer took his vertebrae, he could no longer walk and had to use a wheelchair. Still, he came to college and taught the First year students a month ago. He asked if we were fine and had done well on the second term tests.

His health started deteriorating rapidly and he was hospitalized this month. Students, colleagues all tried to visit him and were struck by the sight of the man they had difficulty recognizing. And yet, he asked them all how they were doing, loved to meet them and told them simply that he was in pain, that they should pray for him. My friends told me that he weighed only 24 kilograms, they couldn’t recognize him. That was why his wife, also a teacher at Dow, didn’t want his students too see him in the end, so that they could remember him as he was when he was healthy and up.

Allah (swt) must surely love this great person that He let him see Ramadan, let him pass away in Ramadan. The news struck everyone – the studies at Dow were paralysed. Students and teachers huddled together, sharing kind words for their mentor. As I write this, buses are leaving from Dow to attend his funeral prayers at a large mosque. After Zuhr, he will be laid to rest.

May Allah (swt) bless Sir Shoaib with the BEST in the Hereafter, the Jannat-ul-Firdaus. May he be in the company of the martys, the righteous…! May all his sins be washed away from him as touched hearts pray for his kind soul. May Allah enable us to always learn from him, through his legacy, through his words, and through his great morals. May Allah teach us piety and the excellence of character through people like Sir Shoaib. May Allah (swt) accept Sir Shoaib into the Muqarribeen for truly, I bear witness, that I saw in him no evil but only good. May Allah (swt) grant his family patience and fortitude in this loss, which will be greatest for them.

JazakAllah khayr Dr Shoaib for touching all our lives and may you now find the rest and comfort that you were praying for. You gave your test and we are giving ours. We saw you emulate the Prophet (s.a.w.)’s example and we pray that it will teach US to do the same! JazakAllah! And may we all meet you again in Jannat-al-Firdaus, InshAllah! Ameen! Summa Ameen!

“The Muqarribeen” (“The Close ones”) 

And those who surpassed have indeed excelled. It is they who are the close ones. They are in Gardens of peace. A large group from the earlier generations. And a few from the latter. On studded thrones. Reclining on them, facing each other. Surrounded by immortal boys. Carrying bowls and pitchers – and cups filled with wine flowing before them. Their heads shall not ache with it, nor shall they lose their senses. And fruits that they may like. And meat of birds that they may wish. And gorgeous eyed fair maidens. Like pearls safely hidden. The reward for what they did. They will not hear any useless speech in it, or any sin. Except the saying, “Peace, peace.”

(Quran: Surah Al-Waqiah, Verses 10-26)
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14 responses to “A great loss…

  1. Waseem Rahim Khan September 26, 2007 at 9:58 pm

    Its indeed a great loss. Absolutely stunned at this news. I am a 1999 graduate. Have same feelings as shared by you for dr shoaib. A great human being indeed!! I do have a regret that I could not meet him in last 3 years. I did visit his home upon hearing the news of his illness 3 weeks back but he was sleeping at that time. Unfortunately he left for a journey which was too early for a man of his stature and character.

  2. Wajiha Qureshi September 27, 2007 at 1:36 am

    Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ilaihi Rajioon,

    The loss of Dr Shoaib will be felt immensely for times to come. He was such a wonderful person, always greeted students with a welcoming gesture and and never turning them away if they came to his door for help.

    May Allah bless his soul and give Sabr to his family and friends to bear such a great loss. Ameen

  3. Hammad September 27, 2007 at 3:04 pm

    Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ilaihi Rajioon,

    What a great loss. Just yesterday my wife was telling me how Dr. Shoaib is sick and in Agha Khan University hospital and today this!.

    I am lucky enough to have been one of his students in 1999. If there is one person who stood out when ever I thought about Dow, it was Dr. Shoaib.

    You wrote everything about him that I would have said. Let’s all pray for his forgiveness and May Allah bless his soul. Ameen.

  4. Anam September 27, 2007 at 7:26 pm

    We were unlucky in the sense that we only got to attend a few classes by Dr.Shoaib because of his chronic illness but even then he has left an undeliable mark on all of us.Despite knowing the seriousness of his condition i never thought that he would leave this world so soon.However,he has set us all an example of an amazing teacher.May Allah help us emulate the great person and physician that he was.
    May Allah bless his soul and give patience to his family.Ameen.

  5. mahwash fatima khan September 27, 2007 at 7:49 pm

    three years back on one fine monday morning me n ma pal were waiting outside dr.Shoaib s office … we nvr knew who this man was .. the only thought we had was will he talk wid us .. will he listen to us…??

    a bunch of feloows talking cheerfuli stands out a young man that was dr.shaoib bfr going into his room he talkd with us with such humble and down to earth attutide he askd us to wait for a few seconds and told the peon to treat us wid tea
    we were nuthing .. not evn part of DUHS n how this fellow greated us .. i was puzzled .. later when he caled us inside he made us at comfy he talkd so nicle wid such love asin we were his daughters ..’BETA apka kaam hogaya hai ab app Alah ka shukar ada karain’
    my my my .. the HOD of physcio depart .. but he had no sterness in him the student walkd so comfortble in his room .. i was certainly surprised .. he knew how to earn n give respect
    the height of his humbless can be depicted from this .. after two years when we met him at SMC .. could you belive he recognised us instantly he still rembrd tat 2min talk we had with him
    there he told us abt his illness and ask us to pray but dint forget to mention ‘beta kuch parshanii ho tu ana mere pass ‘

    his loss is painful isnt it .. evry heart is heavy evry eye is wet

    may Allah bless his soul n place him ritle at janat-ul-fidous ameen

    he sure was a man of character very pure and dignified he was there to help us all .. DR.SHOAIB .. we all love you very much

  6. Ameera September 27, 2007 at 11:55 pm

    JazakAllah, everyone for your fine comments here and words of remembrance. Dr Shoaib was truly a gem, a rare gem! Please remember him in your prayers whenever you think of Dow! I know whenever I’ll walk down towards the Physio dept and look at the plaque on the wall bearing his name, it’ll always remind of his great, kind soul… who is now with the Creator!

    Our Dua for his forgiveness and elevation of his ranks is the best we can do for him now. It is said that to the deceased, Dua comes like gifts! In this blessed month, please pray daily for our mentor, our Sir Shoaib!

  7. shabina asad qayyum September 28, 2007 at 1:14 am

    i have made a group on facebook dedicated to the memory of our beloved Professor..
    it would be lovely if anyone here would like to join.. i have attched the above beautifully written deication to him by ameera and have encouraged other members of the group to log in to read it..
    May you rest in peace Dr Shoaib.. we will really really miss you.. and we all,, as students of dow, love you very much

  8. Anic rehman ramay September 28, 2007 at 11:11 pm

    it was really sad to hear that
    may his soul rest in peace
    i cann`t forget how great he was !
    Fi aman Allah

  9. Fatima Salim September 28, 2007 at 11:36 pm

    His loss indeed will be felt forever.A great Teacher and more so a Great Human Being.His youthfull humble loving face is still fresh in my mind.May Allah Bless him with best Maqqam in Jannah and his wonderful family Sabar in these hard times.Ameen

  10. Zoveen Siddiqi September 29, 2007 at 12:28 am

    Sometimes words are not enough to express the loss and helplessness one feels. Indeed the loss is greatest for those who didnot yet meet Dr Shoiab.We are the lucky ones who got to spend some time with him and learn from him.May Allah grant him everlasting peace and give Dr Shoaib the best place in paradise.(Ameen) It is now upto us to try and walk in his steps so that one day we may be able to say to our youngsters that I learnt this from my teacher. May Allah have mercy on us.

  11. Adnan Yousuf September 29, 2007 at 9:49 am

    Salaam

    It is really sad to hear the demise of Dr. Shoaib Tauheed. He is my role model, If I think about Dow, his name reflects in my mind and I always smile and say “what a great person he is”. He was just like my elder brother, I seek advises fron him about my plans and about the future and he always welcomes me and always give respect to all of us. I have seen many professor in the Dow and all of them have same attitude, as they are our boss and some of the respected professor use slang langauge with there student, But Dr. Shoaib Tauheed was different person and always tell me one thing… You people are our asset and I just beleive in respect. I was lucky enough to had him as my teacher not only in my first 2 years of medical school but also after my graduation.. and his death make a gap and I am sure nobody in this world can fill this gap..

    May Allah give him jannah and sabar to his family

    Adnan Yousuf,
    Class of 2004

  12. Sarfraz M Molvi October 11, 2007 at 5:12 am

    Sad to hear this news. May Almighty with his infinite mercy forgive his soul and make him a resident of Jannat ul Firdaus.Aameen
    Dr. Shoaib’s pleasent and helpful nature was a source of help to countless, I just hope that all his students have learnt how important it is to be passionate and sincere in what you do to the best of your abilities. Being humble and helpful to each other, as what life has in store for us, no one knows. Its the good done today which will be remembered in days to come.
    Dr. Shoaib Tauheed you have certainly impacted many a lives. Thank you.

    Class of 98′

  13. tabman July 27, 2008 at 11:54 am

    one of the most beautiful things I heard from an Islamic Orator who quoted some Sheikh was that “If they were to take you out of the society how many men would it take to replace you, would it be a 10, 100 or 1000 men ?” This is very good formula to judge your worth in the society. An individual can have a great impact on the society. Another orator said “The amount of Noor that spreads in the society with the good deads of a single individual we cannot really comprehend, at that time I instantly thought about Edhi” so just imagine if everyone starts acting towards the better

    you guys can tell better how many would it take to replace Dr. Shoaib Tauheed

    and as part of self awareness think about how many would it take to replace you yourself ?

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