Chaudhry Muhammad Asum

My father-in-law, Chaudhry Muhammad Asum, passed away today around 5:30pm at his home in Wah Cantt, Pakistan. May his soul rest in peace.

He was born in 1936 in Gurdaspur, India and moved to Pakistan in 1947 after partition. He lost his parents as a child. He was a self-made man who never shied away from doing all his own work. Even on the day of his death, Eid day, he slaughtered and prepared the meat of two goats himself. He was chopping meat when he had a heart attack and breathed his last on the way to the hospital.

I will never forget that whenever we talked he asked us two things without fail. One was if we needed anything and the other was when we were returning from the United States. He used to say that he had married his daughter within the same town and somehow she had ended up so far away.

He was a kind father and grandfather. He was very attached to his two grandsons who lived with him. He played with them all day and took them out on walks. Even Michelle went out for a walk with him one day when we were there.

He is survived by his wife, two sons, a daughter (Amber) and four grandchildren.

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By Zack

Dad, gadget guy, bookworm, political animal, global nomad, cyclist, hiker, tennis player, photographer


  1. I am so sorry for your loss. You honor him by telling us of him, and I’m sorry I did not meet him.

    To live through partition was an accomplishment, and to bring forth a family a far greater achievement.

    I’m sure the world was a better place for his additions to it.

    Thanking you for letting us know of his life and passing.

  2. ڈیئر زاک، خبر پڑھ کر بہت افسوس ہوا ـ آپ اور بھابی کے دکھ میں شریک ہوں ـ

  3. Gary Farber

    I thank you all for encouraging my son and my daughter-in-law. They, in deed, need lot of it because they are true-loving and and very sensitive. I request you and other readers to, please, keep encouraging them as in our social setup, emotionally, we are adversely affected by such incidents.

    I like to add something more about Chaudhry Muhammad Asum. He entered Pakistan in 1947 at the age of 11 years with his one elder brother, one younger sister and two maternal uncles after having lost all his paternal and maternal relations including his parents and leaving all their property in India. They were rendered destitute to say the truth.

    As luck would have it, The two uncles also died by the time Chaudhry Muhammad Asum passed F. Sc. (first 12 years of education). So, he was forced to seek employment at a very low level. He joined Shipyard at Karachi as an apprentice foundry man. With his self-study and hard work he came to be know as an expert in the knowledge of foundry practice. Several Renowned Industrialists of Pakistan engaged him as consultant for setting up large-size foundries.

    Chaudhry Muhammad Asum was a peace loving person who enjoyed seeing others happy much more than getting something for himself. He drew his satisfaction from serving others and never demanded anything from others. During my over 13 years’ close acquaintance with him, In spite of my efforts, I was never able to know what he wished. He always said to me, “What you will do is my wish.”

    May his soul rest in abundant peace in heavens and may God grant enough strength to His wife, sister, daughter (Ambrin Zakaria) and two sons (who are younger to Ambrin)

  4. Inna lilah e wa inaa alayhe rajeyoon!

    May his soul rest in peace and may he earn a great place in jannah!

    Prayers for his family!

  5. As an old friend of Mr.Asum’s son Omer, I knew Asum Uncle for many years. He was one of those people who were admired not only posthumously but also in their life.

    Kind-hearted, lively, simple and tolerant are the words which explains him.

    May Allah rest his soul in eternal peace.

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