Shaykh ‘Abdul Jabbār Shākir was born in 1976 in a small rural village called Qila Kalar Wala near Sudagarpur Pakistan. His late father, Muhammad Yūsuf, was a religious man, who had 5 sons, 3 of which were Huffādh of The Noble Qur’an. Shaykh ‘Abdul Jabbār’s younger brother was a Mujāhid who attained martyrdom in Kashmīr. He lost his mother at the tender young age of 7, & his father passed away in 2013, one year before Shaykh ‘Abdul Jabbār Shākir’s arrest.
After completing high school, his father enrolled him into the well known university Jami’ah Salafiyyah in Faisalabad to pursue knowledge of The Qur’an & Ahādith. He studied there for 7 years, gaining knowledge & studying from various well known scholars in the area, such as Mawlana Muhammad Sharīf, who had the title of Ustadh al-‘Ulamā’, who Shaykh ‘Abdul Jabbār studied very closely with. In his student days, he became known as an eloquent, powerful, & influential speaker. He graduated from the university with impressive marks.
After graduating, he further sought to quench his thirst for knowledge, so he applied & was accepted to Madīnah University in Bilād Al Haramayn, & with his great love for the Messenger (ﷺ), he took his place in the faculty of Hadīth. He studied & gained knowledge of Ahadīth for 6 years in Madinah. During his time there, he independently studied Ilm al-Hadīth from Shaykh Al-Albāni & Ibn Bāz was also one of his teachers. He gave Durūs a number of times in Masjid An-Nabawi & was granted the ability to make Hajj every year & ‘Umrah many times during his stay in The Holy Land. He had an exceptional memory & memorized the entire Qur’an, from cover to cover, in just 2 months. He remained in Madīnah from 1996-2002, & then returned to Pakistan.
Upon his return to the homeland, he began to deliver Jumu’ah Khutab in his hometown & his wisdom & great insight in his preaching began to gather large congregations. In 2005, the people of Sialkot nearby invited him to move there & begin his Da’wah activities in their locality. He accepted the invitation & moved & settled in Sialkot permanently. He began giving Khutbahs in the Masjid of the Two Minarets in Aminabad road, a Masjid that originally had a small Jama’ah, but once he began to preach, the Masjid space became insufficient to hold the attendees. He was known for his excellent manners & sincerity in character. People who met him once couldn’t help but have deep respect for him. He spent 8 years preaching & calling to Tawheed and Sunnah in Sialkot with hardly a Masjid in the city in which he didn’t deliver Durūs. Aside from Sialkot, he frequented many other cities for Da’wah & spreading ‘Ilm. He began Durūs to teach the entire Qur’an, Ayah by Ayah, in 5 different Masājid & had finished only half of the Qur’an in each Dars yet hundreds of the people, mostly youth, had changed their lives around due to them & began to lead lives devoted to Allāh. He always spoke out firmly against any evil & wrongdoing, & he preached with great Hikmah. He was part of the council of seniors for Ahl al-Hadith Markaz of Pakistan.
He was known for his deep concern for the affairs of the Muslim Ummah & his staunch support/love for those on the front lines. He never feared speaking the Haqq & criticizing the tyrants & rulers of the Muslim world by name & calling them out for their Kufr & betrayal of the Ummah, nor did he fear to bring the attention of the masses to their obligation towards the Ummah & educating them regarding the heart wrenching affairs of the Muslimeen all over the world. He evoked endless grief in the Muslims with his reminders of the tragedies that had befallen the Ummah, urging them to rise up & defend their religion. He actively called for the implementation of the Shari’ah & staunchly spoke out against Democracy/Tawagheet, & opposed the systems of Kufr/Shirki world orders. His style of preaching pierced the hearts & had tears flowing from the eyes, with the deep fear of Allāh that emanates from his voice. One can hardly find a lecture of his in which he himself is not weeping out of fear of Allāh or grief of what has befallen the Ummah.
On the 9th of January 2014, around noon time, he was traveling by car along with another brother & the car & both men were kidnapped by government forces, disappearing without a trace. His family has no knowledge of his whereabouts & the government & police have given no information regarding anything to do with them. Rumors have been circulated in recent years, with some reporting that he’s been returned to his family insane due to the torture, & others saying that he’s dead, WAllāhu A’lam. With nothing confirmed, we ask Allāh that He protects our Shaykh & returns him to his family in good health & Imaan.