2,000 people pay respects at funeral of young ‘heart attack victim’ from Nelson

Lancashire Telegraph: A holiday snap of Qamar Ul-Islam who was a keen traveller A holiday snap of Qamar Ul-Islam who was a keen traveller

A COMMUNITY is in shock after the death of an apparently fit and healthy 31-year-old from a suspected heart attack.

Tributes have flooded in for Qamar Ul-Islam who died suddenly at his home in Hartley Street in Nelson on Monday.

Around 2,000 people turned up to pay their respects to the former Edge End High school pupil at his funeral at Nelson's main mosque yesterday.

His cousin Mohammed Ayaz said Qamar had no previous health problems and that all of his family and friends were devastated by his death.

He said: “He was sitting with his nephew at the computer, filling in an online application and all of a sudden his head went back and he gasped for breath.

“His nephew thought he was playing a prank at first, but then they realised he had passed away.

“He was with all his family at home chatting away, talking, and then all of a sudden his heart stopped and he was dead.”

The family tried to resuscitate Qamar and called for an ambulance, which took him to Royal Blackburn Hospital, but paramedics were unable to revive him.

Mohammed said: “The ambulance came within seconds, but he wasn’t responding.”

Qamar also attended Nelson & Colne College, before graduating from Staffordshire University with a BEng (Hons) degree. He then became a software engineer, and worked for HBOS in Halifax as a Test Analyst.

His cousin said: “He was so popular. He was just a guy who always had a smile on his face.

"There were friends from his school, college, work and university, Muslim friends and Christian friends at his funeral.

“They were all shocked, he was such a lovely guy. He was fine, there was nothing wrong with him at all.

“He was just a normal guy, doing normal things, getting ready for Christmas and New Year, and just all of a sudden, it was such a sudden death - within seconds.

“He was a healthy guy, he was young and fit, I can’t understand it.

“He liked travelling a lot, he enjoyed life and he’d do anything for anybody.

“There was no distance that we wouldn’t go for anybody, I loved him to bits, he was always there for me and I’m just going to miss him a lot.”

Another of Qamar’s cousins, Mohsin Illyas, also paid tribute to him.

He said: “Qamar Ul-Islam was an exceptional brother, an extremely loving uncle and an iconic friend.

“In the few years he had among us his smiles, sincere nature and passion for helping others has touched the hearts of all who had the privileged to meet him.

“His friends and family will testify that all they have to live with now are the countless memories he has created with us all.

“We have never met anyone that could fulfil responsibilities to so many with a smile and there will be never another like him.

“A role model, beautiful person and now truly for those that knew him, an unforgettable legend. ”

Teachers from Qamar’s former school also spoke highly of him.

Mrs Dawes, assistant headteacher of Marsden Heights Community College, which formed when Edge End High School merged with Mansfield High School, described Qamar as a 'hard-working, consciencious and popular student.'

A spokeswoman from Blackburn coroner’s office said that an investigation was currently underway to determine the cause of his death.

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11:51am Wed 11 Dec 13

Shabana@ says...

Qamar was a character. He always had a smile on his face and always seemed to have a new joke to tell. His easy-going relaxed nature made him a delight to be around. He had a lot of close friends and was always the life of the party.
It still doesn't seem real. Now I know that when someone passes away, there isn't any one word long enough or big enough to describe it.I could go on for pages, but even an entire book can't replace an entire life.Rest in peace dearest cousin we all miss you.....
Qamar was a character. He always had a smile on his face and always seemed to have a new joke to tell. His easy-going relaxed nature made him a delight to be around. He had a lot of close friends and was always the life of the party. It still doesn't seem real. Now I know that when someone passes away, there isn't any one word long enough or big enough to describe it.I could go on for pages, but even an entire book can't replace an entire life.Rest in peace dearest cousin we all miss you..... Shabana@

5:17pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Komal. says...

My dearest Uncle, you left us so soon. The 16 years I knew you have gone by so fast. I will never forget you, or your smile, or the way you lit up the whole room. I will never forget the way only you would greet me with 'Can I have a bowl of Kokopops?'. We all love you so much. How can it be real? Every time I pray, I don't feel like I'm praying for my own uncle. Your resting place is filled with flowers, so many flowers for a rose like you. You had so many hopes for your neices and nephews, so many aspirations for us. We're going to make you proud. Komal :)
My dearest Uncle, you left us so soon. The 16 years I knew you have gone by so fast. I will never forget you, or your smile, or the way you lit up the whole room. I will never forget the way only you would greet me with 'Can I have a bowl of Kokopops?'. We all love you so much. How can it be real? Every time I pray, I don't feel like I'm praying for my own uncle. Your resting place is filled with flowers, so many flowers for a rose like you. You had so many hopes for your neices and nephews, so many aspirations for us. We're going to make you proud. Komal :) Komal.

5:32pm Wed 11 Dec 13

glossopkid says...

Rest in Peace. It is shocking to see such an article!

31 years of age and a heart attack, what could have caused it.
Rest in Peace. It is shocking to see such an article! 31 years of age and a heart attack, what could have caused it. glossopkid

5:36pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Komal. says...

i'll always love you we will never ever forget you because you were an sweet uncle you knew what ever we wanted and what we wished to buy you. You used to do anything to make us happy and and take us out for a ride and we love you very much we will pray for you every night and day i hope you remember us and we love you. Love from Laaiba.
i'll always love you we will never ever forget you because you were an sweet uncle you knew what ever we wanted and what we wished to buy you. You used to do anything to make us happy and and take us out for a ride and we love you very much we will pray for you every night and day i hope you remember us and we love you. Love from Laaiba. Komal.

5:43pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Komal. says...

Mamu Qamar you were so kind to us and so considerate. You said to us, 'Be the best you can be and success will follow you.' You were the best uncle in the world and I wish you could've stayed longer. You were one of those angelic people who could light up the world with a smile. You did so much for us and now you don't need to worry - we will look after everyone, especially Grandma. We all are praying you could go to heaven. Right now, this is all we want. I hope that your sleep in the grave is peaceful and the way you were smiling in the hospital you stay like that until the end of the world. We will never forget an amazing person like you. Love Tania :) R.I.P
Mamu Qamar you were so kind to us and so considerate. You said to us, 'Be the best you can be and success will follow you.' You were the best uncle in the world and I wish you could've stayed longer. You were one of those angelic people who could light up the world with a smile. You did so much for us and now you don't need to worry - we will look after everyone, especially Grandma. We all are praying you could go to heaven. Right now, this is all we want. I hope that your sleep in the grave is peaceful and the way you were smiling in the hospital you stay like that until the end of the world. We will never forget an amazing person like you. Love Tania :) R.I.P Komal.

5:52pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Komal. says...

Mamu, you left us very early. I wish you could have stayed longer with your friends and family. We all hope that you stay well and remember all your family members in heaven. I hope your sleep is peaceful in your resting place. I will love you for the rest of my life. I'll never be able to forget you. You always fulfilled all my wishes. From your niece, Urooj.
Mamu, you left us very early. I wish you could have stayed longer with your friends and family. We all hope that you stay well and remember all your family members in heaven. I hope your sleep is peaceful in your resting place. I will love you for the rest of my life. I'll never be able to forget you. You always fulfilled all my wishes. From your niece, Urooj. Komal.

6:00pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Komal. says...

I really miss you, you were the best uncle in the world. You always took us everywhere you brought us games we are really miss you. May God bless you.Make sure you sleep peacefully. Love from your nephew, Raihan.
I really miss you, you were the best uncle in the world. You always took us everywhere you brought us games we are really miss you. May God bless you.Make sure you sleep peacefully. Love from your nephew, Raihan. Komal.

11:59pm Wed 11 Dec 13

mehdi khazaei says...

it was so sad,he was a such a nice person ,i am very sorry for that happened.his always with us and we won't forget him.we are all going to miss you brother Qamar,god bless him.from mehdi.
it was so sad,he was a such a nice person ,i am very sorry for that happened.his always with us and we won't forget him.we are all going to miss you brother Qamar,god bless him.from mehdi. mehdi khazaei

12:03am Thu 12 Dec 13

e.nessa says...

As a colleague we all loved him, he was the soul and life of the team, we had so much planned. Normally before you saw Qamar walk into the office you could hear his funny laugh, no matter what day of the week it was, or what stress he had, never did we see that on his face. I still keep thinking he will walk through those doors. Poem below dedicated to Qamar:

He is goneYou can shed tears that he is goneOr you can smile because he has livedYou can close your eyes and pray that he will come backOr you can open your eyes and see all that he has leftYour heart can be empty because you can't see himOr you can be full of the love that you sharedYou can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterdayOr you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterdayYou can remember him and only that he is goneOr you can cherish his memory and let it live onYou can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your backOr you can do what he would want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on.
E.nessa
As a colleague we all loved him, he was the soul and life of the team, we had so much planned. Normally before you saw Qamar walk into the office you could hear his funny laugh, no matter what day of the week it was, or what stress he had, never did we see that on his face. I still keep thinking he will walk through those doors. Poem below dedicated to Qamar: He is goneYou can shed tears that he is goneOr you can smile because he has livedYou can close your eyes and pray that he will come backOr you can open your eyes and see all that he has leftYour heart can be empty because you can't see himOr you can be full of the love that you sharedYou can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterdayOr you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterdayYou can remember him and only that he is goneOr you can cherish his memory and let it live onYou can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your backOr you can do what he would want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on. E.nessa e.nessa

7:33am Thu 12 Dec 13

Umar Zamir says...

My brother Qamar was an amazing man, when we was just 5 years old we played and ran around, i was always mischevious and he used to never fall for what i did never lead astray by my doings, he would would laugh or just tell me Umar we should'nt be doing that, he would normalise everything, as time went on he would keep me with him all time, when he used to head back to Lancashire i used to cry please let him stay, and vice versa when i left his house, we may have lived 40 miles away from each other but our love was sooo strong! Your smile was sooo beutiful, your laugh was beutiful, your eyes was beutiful your personality was beutiful we will always miss you my brother we have sooo many memories together, you had soo much time for us all never let us lack a second! My brother soo clean and tidy perfectionist! We will miss you soooo much lots of love. From your younger brother Umar Zamir
My brother Qamar was an amazing man, when we was just 5 years old we played and ran around, i was always mischevious and he used to never fall for what i did never lead astray by my doings, he would would laugh or just tell me Umar we should'nt be doing that, he would normalise everything, as time went on he would keep me with him all time, when he used to head back to Lancashire i used to cry please let him stay, and vice versa when i left his house, we may have lived 40 miles away from each other but our love was sooo strong! Your smile was sooo beutiful, your laugh was beutiful, your eyes was beutiful your personality was beutiful we will always miss you my brother we have sooo many memories together, you had soo much time for us all never let us lack a second! My brother soo clean and tidy perfectionist! We will miss you soooo much lots of love. From your younger brother Umar Zamir Umar Zamir

6:41pm Thu 12 Dec 13

SabahK says...

Mamu you fulfilled our dreams and you were an inspiration and a role model for us which we will always follow. We will fulfil all your dreams that you have seen for your nieces and nephews and we will make you proud. I hope you smile always like the way you used to smile and rest and sleep peacefully and may flowers and happiness be around you. Our duas and prayers will always be with you and may your soul rest in peace. We will always miss you, don't worry about grandma and your sisters, we will look after them and we will support them like you used to. We will never forget you dear and loved uncle, you are the best uncle ever who always had a smile on your face.
Mamu you fulfilled our dreams and you were an inspiration and a role model for us which we will always follow. We will fulfil all your dreams that you have seen for your nieces and nephews and we will make you proud. I hope you smile always like the way you used to smile and rest and sleep peacefully and may flowers and happiness be around you. Our duas and prayers will always be with you and may your soul rest in peace. We will always miss you, don't worry about grandma and your sisters, we will look after them and we will support them like you used to. We will never forget you dear and loved uncle, you are the best uncle ever who always had a smile on your face. SabahK

9:51pm Thu 12 Dec 13

zobiaaa says...

Just so shocked and still finding it difficult to believe Qam has gone. He was one of the nicest guys i ever met and worked with....Qam was always smiling and happy never hurt anyone or spoke bad about anyone...he would always laugh and joke around and i will always remember his smiling face his and laugh. He was a lovely caring friend and was like a big brother to me and i will cherish all his lovely memories. Cant believe he went so soon, there aren't enough words to describe what losing Qam is like. My prayers will always be for Qam...we all adored him and am so glad i met him at hbos because people like him are so rare to find. Cant express how saddned i am by this news...May Allah grant you a place in Jannat~ul~Firdaus...
Ameen...from Zobia
Just so shocked and still finding it difficult to believe Qam has gone. He was one of the nicest guys i ever met and worked with....Qam was always smiling and happy never hurt anyone or spoke bad about anyone...he would always laugh and joke around and i will always remember his smiling face his and laugh. He was a lovely caring friend and was like a big brother to me and i will cherish all his lovely memories. Cant believe he went so soon, there aren't enough words to describe what losing Qam is like. My prayers will always be for Qam...we all adored him and am so glad i met him at hbos because people like him are so rare to find. Cant express how saddned i am by this news...May Allah grant you a place in Jannat~ul~Firdaus... Ameen...from Zobia zobiaaa

11:54pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Sayma I. says...

Our hearts are broken
without a warning no words spoken..
you were taken away..
For Allah had said you could not stay.

empty and lonely is what we are
we lost a precious brother who was our shining star....

A family torn apart
your real world has now begun with a promising start
Life just feels so unfair
At this difficult crossroad we must bear..

strength and courage we will find
our brother Qamar will always be in our minds,

a place in heaven is where you sit
Receiving all our duas as luxury and gifts,

looking at that happiness you lit in our hearts..
knowing Allah has now set you free.

Gone too Soon.
May Allah grant you place in heaven.

Ameen.

Gone but will never be forgotton.Always in my prayers brother.
Our hearts are broken without a warning no words spoken.. you were taken away.. For Allah had said you could not stay. empty and lonely is what we are we lost a precious brother who was our shining star.... A family torn apart your real world has now begun with a promising start Life just feels so unfair At this difficult crossroad we must bear.. strength and courage we will find our brother Qamar will always be in our minds, a place in heaven is where you sit Receiving all our duas as luxury and gifts, looking at that happiness you lit in our hearts.. knowing Allah has now set you free. Gone too Soon. May Allah grant you place in heaven. Ameen. Gone but will never be forgotton.Always in my prayers brother. Sayma I.

11:20am Sun 15 Dec 13

mariam ilyas says...

No amount of words can describe the emptiness that you have left behind. Always had a smile on your face, you have gone but never will be forgotten. Gone way too soon and such a great loss.
Dear brother may allah grant you the highest rank in jannat x
Ameen
Mariam x
No amount of words can describe the emptiness that you have left behind. Always had a smile on your face, you have gone but never will be forgotten. Gone way too soon and such a great loss. Dear brother may allah grant you the highest rank in jannat x Ameen Mariam x mariam ilyas

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