November 25, 2009

Sad News - Muhammad Canteenwala Passed Away


Dear Old Publicans,


It is with deep regret that I have to inform you that Muhammad Canteenwala passed away this morning. As most of us will recall the Cantt Public School's canteen was synonymous with Muhammad. He was always willing to help and extend a loan if anyone was short of cash during recess.


Despite being seriously ill, Muhammad participated in the Golden Jubilee Celebrations held on December 5, 2008. Photograph taken at the event can be seen on the right.


Muhammad's son Karim is currently running the school canteen and can be contacted on +92-302-236.1164 for condolences.


With kind regards.

Administrator (Ashraf Kapadia - Class of 1969)




Received telephone call from F.G Principal Rasheeda Jaleel she has told me that this morning Muhammad our old Cantten walla expired. Please note Muhammad's Son Karim cell 03022361164.
Shamim Riaz (Class of 1971)

Dear Administrator
Old Publicans,
As Salamu Alaikum,
Thanks for your email and sharing the news with us.
We are sorry that Muhammad Canteenwala sahib passed away.
May Allah give him best place in Jannat ul Firdos and Sabar to entire family.

Syed Mubeen Ahmed (Class of 1979)



So sorry to hear this news . May allah bless departing soul. Amin.

In grief.
Nasir Ahmed Mehmood (Class of 1992)


May Allah give him best place in Jannat ul Firdos and Sabar to entire family.
Ahmed Jamal Shamsi (Class of 1979)

It was very sad to know that Mohammad canteenwala had left this world. May Allah rest his soul in peace and give strength to his relatives and Friends to bear this loss. Please convey My heart felt condolence to his son Karim if you are in contact. I shall also make a point to meet his offer my condolence.
Thanking you with regards,
Masood Alam (Class of 1964

May Allah bless his soul and may he find a place in Heaven. Ameen
Sohair Hameed Khan (Class of 1964)

Really sad news.
We must have a Dua'a for him as soon as we meet next.
Shamim, so good of you to let us know.
Nighat Mir (Class of 1966)

Indeed it is a sad news. I was in the 1984 batch yet still remember him.
Anwar Ali Qureshi (Class of 1984)

InnaLillahe wa inna alaihe rajeoun -

Indeed, a very sad day for the Cantt Publicans.
Mohammad, an icon, a legendary figure and '' a point of reference'' to
Old & New Publicans is no more.
He was the most talked person & respected by all of us.
Here I would recall what Zafar( Old Publican from US & Raju's friend & class fellow))
suggested about financial assistance to the Old teachers.
I would ask Javed Bhai to call for such assistance for Mohammad's family as well as an exception.
Mirza Naseeruddin (Class of 1969)

Dear Family of Late Honorable Muhammad Canteen Walla,

I have used the word Honorable for him because in my mind he is worthy of all respect being a noble, friendly, courteous, very energetic and the list can go on. Every break time he served us (Thousands with affection) day after day , year after year ! and his memory shall linger on forever.

May Almighty Allah bless his soul in heaven and grant him peace, his family , all the strength to bear this very personal loss with courage and for his son Abdul Karim the wisdom and direction to carry the gauntlet and take his late father's business to greater heights InshAllah. (I phoned and spoke to him soon after reading your email and many thanks for sending the information although it is of sadness but life is a mixture of things!)

If I can be of any assistance fro here please do let me know.


Yours in sorrow,
Muhammad Javed Ahmad Pai (Class of 1963)

I announce a contribution of Rs 10k for the bereaved family of Mohammad.
Ashraf.will receive a cheque by 26th instant in this regard.
Zulqarnain Jamil Aali (Raju) (Class of 1967)

It is indeed a very sad news for all those Old Publicans who use to visit the school canteen on daily basis for years and have been served by Muhammad Canteenwala. May Allah rest his soul in peace.
Hamid Jaleel Zubairi (Class of 1971)

Thanks! You are doing a fantastic job by refreshing our memories of good old days. I remember him as a young man, when I was a student. If I remember correctly, 25 paisas for Coke & 25 paisas for the most delicious patty. I have never tasted such tasty patty as used to be made by him & it used to finish very quickly. The rush to get the stuff was unbelievable. Canteen was close to the Library. I used to get Rs. 1 pocket money a day & the school fee used to be Rs. 15 per month. Regards,
Riaz Khan (Class of 1966)

Thanks for informing. May Muhammad soul rest in peace.
Waseem Ghani (Class of 1963)

Sad and heartrendering news indeed. Old memories are so precious. Our school building gone, the magnificent dome gone and now a pillar gone. He will always be remembered as a valuable and memorable part of our years at school. May God rest his soul in peace and Grant him a place in Heaven. Ameen.

Regards and condolences to all Publicans.
Shirley Hyder Valika (Class of 1962)

Innalillahe wa inna ilehe rajeoon. May God grant him a place in Jannat. I agree with Nasser's sentiments that I it is a sad day for all of us and we should do whatever we can to help the family.
Qamar Adil Owais Kazmi (Class of 1969)

Innalillahe wa inna ilehe rajeoon. May Allah (swt) have mercy on his soul and grant him a place in Jannat. I agree with Naseer's and Qamar's point of views.
Aftab A. Siddiqui (Class of 1970)

I am very sorry to hear about the sad demise of Muhammed Canteenwala.(May God rest his soul in peace). Please convey my condolences to his son and rest of the family members. Thanks.
Mazeena Rafi (Class of 1969)

Inna-Lillahe-Wa Inna Elaihe Raje'oon.
What a sad news. May Allah rest his soul in peace. Ameen.
Salman Alvi (Class of 1970)

Sad news indeed. He was quite a character and was as popular in the school as anyone else. We would make it a point to meet him during our visit to the school . Some years back when we met him, he almost wept with joy to see the us, the old students.He was ever so kind and caring. I wonder if we can do something for his family?
Syed Ayaz Mahmood (Class of 1974)

It was so SAD to heared about "Muhammad" May Allah give him a best place in Haeven( AMIN).
Naseem ur Rahman (Class of 1982)

With all of you I too share in our sadness at the news of the passing away of the distinctive
Mohammad Canteenwalla. He is an intrinsic part of our collective, unforgettable experience
of being in Public School, of refreshing us with cold drinks and warm patties, often when at
least some of us, including myself, didn't have enough money. He gave us credit with more trust
than banks do now even after we offer them collateral. Though infirm at our Golden Jubilee his
presence was so pleasing and evocative.

I am presently overseas, returning shortly to Karachi and will discuss with Trustees about ways
to pay an apt tribute to him.

May Allah rest the departed soul in eternal peace and give strength to his family to bear this loss with
fortitude. Ameen.
Javed Jabbar (Class of 1961)

I think it will be a good gesture if all of us collect a respectable amount of cash and give it to Karim during 12th Dec celebration.Plase do not forget to invite karim.
Tabassum Qureshi (Class of 1974)

InnaLillahe wa inna alaihe rajeoun
It was very sad to hear this news. May Almighty Allah rest his soul in peace.
Tariq Bin Usman (Class of 1969)

May Allah rest his soul in peace. He will be always in our memories whenever we will talk about our school.
Jawad Ijaz Khan (Class of 1975)

Inna Lilahe wa inna alaihe rajeoun
May Allah give him good place in Jannat-ul-Firdos and Sabar to entire family.
Asif Aziz Bilgrami (Class of 1986)

Please convey my deep and heartfelt condolences to the family of Muhammad Canteenwala. How can I forget those care free days spent around the canteen, where Muhammad was always eager to oblige all of us.
Sharif Misbahuddin Ahmed (Class of 1967)

Its a sad day for all the Publican's I visited him whenever I was in Karachi with some of old publican's and talked about the good old day's in school.
meri dua hay kay aie ALLAH tu jin say razi howa aur jo tuj say razi howay ALLAH tu hamaray Mohammaed ko bhi un mai shaamil ker lay. Ameen
Ishtiaq Hussain Mir (Class of 1974)

I would like to add my condolences to his family and recall those days when a cold drink was 6 annas with a patty for 2 with his big smile .
may his soul rest in peace
Saleem Ibrahim Kapoorwala (Class of 1969)

InnaLillahe wa inna alaihe rajeoun
May Allah SWT forgive his sins and elevate him in jannah
Mir Sajjad Mehdi (Class of 1968)

Please convey my heartfelt message to the family of Mohammed. I can recollect what a fine person he was. During the break after my round of prefect duties I would turn up at the canteen and ask him to keep aside one chickn patties and a bottle of ice cream soda which he alsways did. He was so loyal and happy in helping the students. May Allah rest his soul in eternal peace Ameen.
Such a fine human being is rear these days. May Allah give courage to his family to share the loss.
I would like to make my humble contributions and will be in touch on this matter via Nighat Mir.
Asefa Qayyum (Class of 1963)

A very sad news for each of us, as he has a long association with us, Regretted, that in every session during any event of old publicans, I Personally requested verbally to trustees for monetary support of Muhammad during his illness in miserable condition, which is not materialized in his life, it may provide comfort in few days of his life, however, we now pray for his maghfirat, and financial support for his son as suggested by Mr Naseer.
M. Fahim Siddiqui (Class of 1971)

Inalillah.e wa inna ila'ehey ra'ajioon. May Allah keep his soul in Janatul Firdous. Ameen. Muhammad Bhai was an asset of our
school. Ahhhhh we lost him. Me n My family members feel sorry for him.
S. Ali Ehsan Naqvi (Class of 1995)

Innalillahe wa inna ilehe rajeoon.
It is sad to hear the news . It was a place we waited all morning to go to and there he was !!!.
It's like holding sand in pawn of our hand .
Thoses were the days my friends we though would never end .......
yours in sorrow,
Tariq Azhar Siddiqi (Class of 1973)

Its very sad to know that Muhammad has expired, he had spent his time in the school for the longest period ,he will be remembered forever.
May Allah give departed soul place in Jannat ul Firdos and Sabar to entire family.
Tariq Yasin (Class of 1971)

Very sad news indeed.
I remember him as a young & boisterous fellow with a permanent smile.
May Allah grant him Jannah. Ameen.
Afzal Rahman (Class of 1962)

I am very sorry to hear about the sad demise of Muhammad Canteenwala.May ALLAH (SWT) have mercy on his soul and grant him a best place in Jannat-ul-Firdos and Sabar to his entire family.
Kindly convey my condolences to his son Abdul Karim & rest of the family members.
Syed Tariq Zia Bokhari (Class of 1972)

I'm deeply saddened to hear this news. May Allah grant the departed soul eternal peace and give strength to the bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss with fortitude.( Ameen )
Parveen Amjad (Class of 1966 )

May Allah rest his soul in peace and give strength to his relatives and Friends to bear this loss.If I can be of any assistance please do let me know.
Mohammad Adeel Amir (Class of 1971)

Innaa Lellahe Wa Innaa Elaihe Raajeoon
its realy sad news
May Give Him A Place In Haven Ameen.........
Hina Shafiq (Class of 1998)

May Allah bless him with the best.
Still remember his smiling face and nice gesture.
Such characters could not be found now
Hasan Junaid Hashmi (Class of 1995)

Thanks all Publicans for sharing your true sentiments on the sad demise of Mohammad. We all have to go one day but such exchange of sentiments and caring have revived, in a way, spirit of togetherness and being loved.
May God bless his and all other departed souls in eternal peace, Amen. I share the thoughts about Coke and Patti served by him as the 'ultimate luxury' which we all cherish even now. I have had several bad days when only coke was available!! See how these small things and gestures of kindness from each of towards others bring joy, comfort, calm and happiness which we badly need today.
Please stay together and live a happy and blessed life. Allah aap ka hami o nasir ho. Wassalam
Naved Alam Zubairi (Class of 1973)

Inna Lillah e Wa Innah Illehe Raje oon. May Allah bless his soul with peace and grant his family strength to bear his loss(ameen). Muhammad's canteen was always one of the bright spots of the campus. Still savour those patties.......
Syed Amir Haider (Class of 1974)


Its very very sad to hear this news. Mr. Muhammad was really a fine gentleman. Always there to help students. After metric when I visited school after many years, he still remembered me.
May ALLAH S.W.T. Bless him Jannat ul Firdous, Ameen
Tahir Hanif (Class of 1981)