Tragedy at LUMS: Hashir Munawer

The general mood at the Lahore University of Management Sciences has been that of shock and sadness ever since the news of one of its final year student’s suicide went public. Hashir Munawer, a 4th year economics major hailing from DHA Karachi committed suicide on Tuesday (April 22) by hanging himself from the ceiling fan in his hostel room.

His friends and mentors described him as average in his studies but a good volley-ball player. He had recently been put on probation by the administration owing to his low CGPA. The deceased was found by his younger brother Aqib (a student himself at LUMS) and hostel warden who entered his room with the spare keys when they found it locked and no response came from inside.

It is still being argued as to whether the cause of this tragic incident was indeed because he came under immense stress after being put on probation and was facing pressure from his parents as well. However, a friend of his by the name of Sana recently posted on the naitazi website dismissing these media rumors as mere ‘misinformation’.  

One of the Lahore Metroblogs author, lah_hareem has blamed the system for Hashir’s sad demise. Stating that there have been 4 (unconfirmed though) suicide attempts at LUMS, the post quotes:

Changing policies at the drop of a hat and then implementing them on graduating classes and not the next new intake, the insensitivities of a “perfect” world. Does this not happen everywhere? Students get kicked out of schools in their final years for O and A levels only because they are not performing “up to the mark”? Who defines success? Who defines this mark? Have we lost our values and basic regard for humans around us in this vicious cycle? a fourth grader taking as many tuitions as there are subjects. Is “winning” everything and “living” does not measure up?

Read the full post here

Whatever the reasons may be, a life has been lost. Hashir Munawaer is no longer among us and the void he has left might never be filled. May Allah forgive him for his sins and grant him peace (Amen).

Hashir’s image courtesy of Lahore Metroblogs




31 Responses to “Tragedy at LUMS: Hashir Munawer”

  1. 1 Aniq
    April 24, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    I thought this thing only happened with med students but now LUMS too?

  2. April 24, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    y he did what he did is beyond me. i can only pray that God forgives him for the sin he has committed by suicide

  3. 3 Laila
    April 24, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    aww the poor guy…

  4. 4 Dr Masood
    April 24, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    Yet another suicide. Reason: failing grades and pressure. I suppose this is still not enough for our schools and colleges who want to choke our children and the youth by making education difficult from them every year.

  5. 5 Sajid
    April 24, 2008 at 11:49 pm

    I don’t care how he died! There is no point in giving explanations for the probable cause of his death. What matters is that he is not with us any more. That enough is what we should be mourning about.

  6. 6 mateen
    April 24, 2008 at 11:55 pm

    rest on peace, old friend.

  7. 7 Z
    April 24, 2008 at 11:58 pm

    Suicide is a sin in Islam. Let’s all pray for forgiveness for his soul and to grant patience to his family.

  8. 8 Duniya
    April 25, 2008 at 12:06 am

    So many times, young people take such drastic steps when they are pressured from all sides: parents, friends, peers etc. We should learn from Hashir’s experience how serious the impacts of such pressures can be on the youth today. We are growing up an a competitive and ever evolving world where the stakes have never been so high. For an average student to survive the rigors of college and university with so much pressure and countless expectations it some times takes nerves if steel. Instead of trying to find answers to how he died we should ask ourselves why he died. What can be done to avoid such incidents in the future? That should be our concerns.

  9. 9 will henderson
    April 25, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    Hashir passed out through st. Patrick’s High O and A’levels…HIs old principal Mrs. Henderson remembers him and grieves this sad loss. It is now time for us educationists to put our heads together and try to find out why we refuse to let all our students flourish, without the PAss/fail threat hanging over them. The obsession with A grades, GPA/CGPAs must always be sustained for we fear without it educationn in Pakistan will fall even further….perhaps our fellow Japanese educationists could help us overcome this terrible impasse, so that we can all say that Hashir Munawer’s passing was not in vain! I didnt now Hashir, but he is like a brother….nevermore, nevermore, O God almighty, nevermore!

  10. 10 will henderson
    April 25, 2008 at 6:56 pm


    A child has died, thus ends his life,
    Never shall he know fatherhood, n’er wife,
    I see his face, still asmile,
    And I’d like to say,
    Pray, tarry awhile,
    But I know that life goes on,
    And as death is but a part of life,
    It must be accepted, it must lay strife,
    So goodbye, Hashir, goodbye dear boy,
    Now you will only know freedom, now face you eternal joy!

    A small, inadeqaute tribute to someone I knew not,
    but know, Hashir, Never, nev’r, nev’r will you be forgot.

    Hashir Munawer,
    LUMS Would-be Graduate Class of 2008.
    Eternal Peace Grant unto them, o Lord,….
    And may Your perpetual light shine upon hashir.

  11. 11 the truth
    April 26, 2008 at 7:12 am

    I dont care what the reason was for him doing this.

    In my opinion he was really weak. If you cant handle it there are other ways to quit these things rather then ending your life and making your family go thru the pain. To me that is the lowest thing someone can do, and he did it. Do I feel sorry for him? Not at all.

    May Allah bless his soul.

  12. 12 will henderson
    April 26, 2008 at 10:46 am

    thanks, the truth,
    and thats my dear is just whats wrong with your country…too many bloks and banshees carry around hearts of stone, mock symapthy follows mock reliogisity, materialism and selfishness…..this is the growing trend around the world . You are not part of the humane world…you chose not to be……

    i feel sad that people have forgotten comp[assion….but then you are arrogant in your attitude.. may Allah bless all our souls….

  13. 13 Danish Azhar
    April 26, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    How dare you ‘the truth’… Your insensitivity to the situation and especially to people who were close to Hashir surprises me. He may have done something he shouldn’t have done, but using those harsh words for someone who is no more with us is a testimony of ur ignorance and arrogance. Please measure your words carefully before you say something that hurts those who knew what a great young man Hashir was…. Instead , please pray for his departed soul.

  14. April 26, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    I would totally agree with Danish Azhar… ‘the truth’ you have no right to say some thing horrible like this… you should have sympathy for some one like Hashir… and pray for him “Let ALLAH have all mercy on him” please pray for him he really needs it… and also pray for the family who is going through this phase… and offcorse for the brother (Aqib) who saw his brother at the time of … what can I say…
    “ALLAH please forgive Hashir” (AMEEN)

  15. 15 will henderson
    April 26, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    The smile haunts me too…and I am right now in that same position…..

    If i dont get my degree, should I kill myself? Tellme, would I meet up with Hashir, in some limbo suicide vicitms go to? Devoid of what religion tells us, what happens to us when we die? it it the end of the road?

    Hashir was also not an acqaintance of mine…..he was in the O levels school where i was. But i know this guy..his smile, his inexorable smile…..he played poker with his friends the night before, had breaky with his bro and omeion that very morning….and then……in the afternoon, around 2PM he embraced death, very much in the way some embrace martyrdom……they say as humans die, they see the life that was flash before theri eyes, a light which dulls into a blak, deep balck cavernous morass…..
    As Hashir fell into that morass he took a little part of all his loved ones and others with him. I consider hm a leader, one LUMS shouldve nurtured at her maternal, Lady Macbeth-like bosom……sadly…he has gone…and i feel Hashir’s death will not pass into the black nothingness…his collegemates and faculty i sense would want tom learn from this learning experience. As for his family, I m reminded of the horrific scene from “The Dead POet’s Society” – one of the hallmark TV moments about teen suicide..his father broken, his mother awash with hysteria and horror.”My son! MY SONNN!” emoted the father….and we should emote “MY Brother! MY Son! MY Couzin! MY friend!”

    Goodbye Hashir. You will not rest in peace till the pakistani educational system reflects oin its approach to suicide helplines and organizations, until we as a nation understand that being humane counts….

    Kipling’s “If you can fill the unforgiving mnute/With sixty seconds worth of distance run” would not apply here as Hashir checked out of the mad, cruel race a lil too early, but , in my book, he is a man, and yes, he is all our sons.

  16. April 27, 2008 at 1:16 am

    i know aaqib but i have never met hashir before..may Allah Almighty gives his brother and his family strength and sheds His mercy on them..i personally would like to dedicate this..

    his lost is none you compare with,
    his ruined castle,
    his opened arms,
    wishes for life his questionable eyes,
    his haunting smile,
    falling petals on his golden shrine,

    alone he waits, for the one,
    who may say, ‘relax bro, i’m the caring one’,
    he atlast smiled,
    on bias justice of life,
    he walks away leaving his trail,
    waits for someone who could steal him away,

    alas ! his inner world,
    they did’nt care to search,
    wretched & broken,
    ruthlessness is what he sees,
    for now he’s gone,
    a place where hope lays dying,
    but where there are Godly signs !

  17. 17 the truth
    April 27, 2008 at 9:22 am

    I think you guys misunderstood me.
    This is how I see it, to me this is like someone who has overdosed from alcohol and died. Would I feel sorry for him? No, I wouldnt. Cause what he was doing was haram. Like suicide this is just as bad.
    How are my words harsh? Cause I speak the truth. When others see how someone who killed themselves is getting praised by groups/websites being made for him, they will only get motivated and keep suicide as in option.

    This shouldnt be an option.

  18. 18 will henderson
    April 27, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    i see your point the truth….about encouraging others to suicide.
    In my book, you still have a very dehumanized outlook on life..if one feels nothing for a person who has overdosed..it tells alot about the upbringing one has.. the coldhearted approach to life…
    im even sadder for you than I am for Hashir….you need to seriously reassess your take on humanity dude…

    not everyone is judged by a concpet of haraam and hilal…i know ure religion teaches this so it is accepted…read “the truth” see the sooth in the world..
    come out of your box…
    i find your philosophy intriguing….does classifying hings into haraam and hilal get you any blessings? PLeasse know im not religion bashing i accept your beliefs they are yours…but im curious wheer did this conpcet arise from, and why have so many practitioners strayed away frm these norms of hilal and haraam?

  19. 19 Sarange Silva
    April 28, 2008 at 7:58 am

    Oh My God!!This news came as a major shock to me. I have known Hashir very dearly indeed, i was one of his class mates in the A’levels(St Patricks High School). He was a very good friend of mine, and his death has saddened me a great deal. He wasnt the suicidal type of a person, and he DEFINATELY wudnt do something over grades!i am sure there has to be another explanation to this, i dun think grades could be it!Whatever the reason, he is not with us anymore!May his soul rest in peace……Hashir ma man, u will ALWAYS be remembered!!!!!!

  20. April 29, 2008 at 12:27 am

    ok 4get abt haraam n halaal… v all knw its nt rite to do suicide bt we all shud not give r judgments till we knw wht really happened…
    the thing is tht we shud all pray 4 Hashir and his family… and that Hashir goes in heaven (AMEEN)

  21. 21 will henderson
    April 29, 2008 at 2:51 am

    goodnight Hashir,
    A hearty farewell,
    Try shall i to meet you, in secret seance,
    I wont tell…
    To ask you the mysteries of death,
    To seek for you the solace you never met,

    Here’s to you, and all you were,and are,
    i can only imagine:
    the last song you heard;
    the last words you shared;
    the last smells you smelt,
    the last feeling you felt…..

    this world, sadly is a confusing place, but there is hope…….yet…

  22. 22 Irfan
    April 30, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    If a person commits suicide then it does not mean that he/she definitely will go to hell. To award heaven or throw somebody to hell, it all depends upon Allah’s will. He Almighty can forgive any sin of a Muslim accept Shirk. If a person who committed suicide was a Muslim and fulfilling all the basics of Islam then he/she can go to heaven even after committing suicide, but it all depends upon Allah’s will because He only knows the true state of a person. What we can do is that pray for that person like we do for any other died Muslim. But we should not praise this act at all because it is a major sin and it is condemned by Allah (SWT) and Prophet (SAW) in Quran and Hadith.

    It is only my opinion after reading some Hadith and fatwas. Please confirm it from some mufti too.


  23. 23 the truth
    May 7, 2008 at 2:18 am

    I didnt mean to start and a haram and halal debate here. Halal or haraam is becoming more of a personal choice as I see it now.

    Irfan, I can bring out ENOUGH hadiths and fatwas here to proof to you suicide is haram. But I am not going to bother with it.

    You can feel sad all you want. It is a very sad incident someone is not in this world. Before calling me inconsiderate look at what this person did by taking his life. Didnt he consider what his family will go thru? Yes he wanted attention and he got enough after doing it, but too bad he isnt there to witness it.

    Go ahead make groups. Criticize people and school boards. Go on TV. Make websites.
    It wont fix anything, you guys are indirectly promoting it.

  24. 24 blah..
    June 6, 2008 at 8:40 am

    this is not an easy topic to discuss or read for people who knew him well. whatever has happened has happened, nothing can be done about it.
    better stop discussing it and get back to your own life instead of making ours miserable.
    [Comment has been moderated due to use of explicit remarks]

  25. 25 Faraz
    June 10, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    Shameful education system in Pakistan. I dont understand what are they proud of? LUMS, IBA dont even count in top 2000 universities of world!!!

    And now you hear this news… very sad.

  26. January 21, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    may Allah shower His blessing upon him. We have no power to blame him or him parents and LUMS UNIVERSITY also and pray for him

  27. January 21, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    And I m also agree with u IRFAN you are absolutly right

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