In The Memory of Our Beloved Friend Salman Mehmood (@skdev)

By Hamad Dar

salmanSalman Mehmood, 24, a close friend of mine, a fellow blogger, an entrepreneur, a person behind a great cause of fighting against thalassemia and a great web developer embraced death today around 1 PM in the noon due to meningitis leaving all the bloggers and tweeters trembled with sadness.

Salman Mehmood was a very simple, modest and pious person. He would just help everyone all the time with his all time favorite phrase “just keep the wheel rolling” by which he meant just keep helping others. Salman was thalassemia major patient since his birth. When he was a kid, he lost his brother Nouman, it was then he promised with himself that he will do anything and everything to minimize thalassemia and to aware people of the dreadful disease. With this cause in his mind he started FAiTH (Fight AgaInst THalassemia). He was always on the move to educate people of the disease and to collect blood for the affected patients. With his cause he was featured on a TV show, where he spreaded the word about fighting against thalassemia. Check out clip of that show below:

When he did his matriculation, the pain got badly to him and he couldn’t attend college. He had to spend a lot of time with pain in hospitals. He would just read html tutorials to divert his attention from the pain. He extended his knowledge to other web languages and with that he became a great self taught web developer. He started working freelance on sites like rentacoder where he is rated as 9.9 out of 10 just because he couldn’t complete his one project because he was hospitalized. After gaining sufficient experience, he decided to move on from freelance work and get a job. He started working online full time for one of his freelance clients in a US based company called “Directors Advantage”. Till date, Salman was one of the best web developers I came across and at such a young age he already had PHP experience of over 8 years. He would offer his free PHP help to all his friends, fellow bloggers and tweeters but may be that didn’t just satisfy Salman’s big heart and he extended his free helping services to everyone on this earth. With his blog Iwritealot he offered his helping hand to everyone who may submit their faulty pages to him, so, he may correct the code.

He would offer his free PHP help to all his friends, fellow bloggers and twitterers but may be that didn’t just satisfy Salman’s big heart and he extended his free helping services to everyone on this earth. With his blog Iwritealot he offered his helping hand to everyone who may submit their faulty pages to him, so, he may correct the code.

I met Salman for the first time on 20th of January 2009 on a forum where I reached for some PHP help. He simply asked me the name of the plugin I needed help with and sent me the working version of it. After that I and Salman became good friends. We would just chat and gossip all night long whenever he was free from his work. In these ten months, Salman helped me with my blog and even my personal PHP projects, endless number of times. Even though Salman was a great professional with decent living and salary, he always wanted to complete his college and so, he gave his exams this year.

Salman is one of the best persons I ever met in my life and his death has left me all broken. He was so wonderful that he will always stay in my memories and I will never forget him. His sister, Ayesha has been really brave all this time and kept us all updated about Salman’s condition. May Allah give her and her family enough courage and patience to bear the loss. I have enough belief in Allah that he will be granted heaven for all the good deeds he did. May Allah bless him and give him peace. I request you all to pray for his soul, so, that he gets peace forever.

His Janazah prayer will be held today at Garden West, Karachi after Namaz-e-Maghrib.

ProPakistani Team offers heartily condolences to his family and friends. May his soul rest in peace.


  • Abdul Basit

    Allah Bless him and rest in peace .. we never notice little things in our life and we are so busy in our tasks but truth is RETURNING form Origin … if we just imagine that one day we will be back and its start of life.. we need to think about our contribution for this world or even country , city , town , street , home.. May Allah Grant us courage to wipe others tear and bring happiness in their lives.

  • Muhammad Rashid

    May Allah Bless him.

  • Shahzad

    Oh very sorry to read about his death
    Inna-Lillah-e-wa-Inna-Aal-e-hay-ra-jay-aoon
    May GOD bless his soul and may GOD give strength to his family member

  • Please put black display pictures on your facebook, twitter, msn in the memories of Salman.

    • I don’t mean to offend you but I think it’s a ridiculous thing. There is no need to mourn, even Islam says not to mourn. Try to help/support his family in some other way. Please don’t start some kind of social media campaign about his death. We can remember our friend in our hearts and help his family in any way. Thanks!

      • Abdullah Ibrahim

        I totally agree with Zeeshan, wearing the black avatars in not going to help anyone. And Islam forbids any such thing.

  • Allah bless him

  • Rest in peace!

  • Suhaib Malik

    Inna-Lillah e wa Inna Aal e hay ra jay aoon . May Allah bless him

  • What a nice guy, I never heard of him before, I tried to know him few minutes before by his twitter life stream, his all tweets helping greeting others with smile and a good mood, reading his tweets brought me tears.

    May Allah bless him, Ameen.

  • Abdullah Ibrahim

    May his soul rest in heaven. May Allah gives his family the power to overcome this grief. Allah wants good people in Jannat, so another good friend of our is gone from this dirty world.

  • Anosh

    May his soul rest in peace n may Allah give his family full courage. Indeed we have lost one great personality. I really feel sad for him and give my condelance to his family.

  • May Allah bless him! AMEEN

  • imi

    Allah bless him and thx propakistani for informing us

  • Joanna

    I am so sad to hear that Salman has passed away but Allah must have done what was best for him. I didn’t know him but I can see he was a wonderful person. My sympathies and condolences to his sister Ayesha and all the family and friends.

  • @Abdullah yes, the world was just too dirty for him.

  • omerfarooq

    May his soul rest in peace.

  • well written orbituary hamad. Good work. Learnt so much so more about salman… Noblest guy ever. Period.

  • Facebook User

    I always wanted to meet him. He was a good friend on Facebook. Its really heartening.
    May his soul rest in peace.

  • I have not known him for many days but as soon as I joined Twitter and came closer to the #blaggers community we have there, I was having a lot of tweets mentioning @skdev, I have been following him since and he has left me grieved, very grieved in fact. May his soul rest in peace.

  • Asim Kh

    May Allah Bless his soul and rest in paradise

  • K. Shahzad

    May his soul rest in peace!

    Whatever your post tells, he was indeed a great person!

    May Allah bless his family with the courage to deal with this great loss!

  • Yup he was really really helpful guy…

    May Allah bless him! AMEEN

  • Zubair

    May Allah rest his soul in peace

  • Shahzad Khan

    Ina-lila-hay-wa-ina-alehy-rajeon

    He is a nice person i love him as he fought well but its all about Allha He must have a plan better for his family and friends may he go to jannat i pray 4 him my tear’s are coming out i dnt hv any more word to say….

  • Mohammad Hammad Khan

    ALLAH bakhshe…

  • Usman Ali

    May his soul rest in peace.
    He was great.

  • mubbashir

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon

  • Naseer Haider

    Inaa lillah hi wa ina elihay rajioon ,May his soul rest in peace!

  • Farman

    May Allah Bless him and grant him Jannat-ul-Firdos
    Ameen !

  • Rest in peace..

  • Salman is my brother and I am proud of him :)

  • Rez

    Known him for past 3 years through irc, really good guy, helped me few times, i hope he rest in peace, Peopla should visit his thalassemia website and donate for the cause at http://www.thalassemia.com.pk

  • Jibran Hasnain

    “Inna-Lillah-e-wa-Inna-Aal-e-hay-ra-jay-aoon”

    Allah un ki maghfirat farmaye aur un ko jannat ul firdous me aala maqaam ata karay…Ameen

  • Saeed

    May Allah Bless his soul and rest in paradise

  • WafaKhan

    Inna Lillah e wa Inna Illaeh e Raaj e oon

    Very Sorry to know about Salman’s Death, but this is a serial and running my dear, soo please don’t loss the courage.

    May Allah Bless him. ameen

  • Raheel Aslam

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon

  • Faheem Abbas

    May Allah Bless him.
    Worthy to have an aim of life. helping other mean helping oneself.

  • Nayni

    May His Soul Rest in Peace!!! AAmeen

    @Hamad

    Can you plz tell us more about FAiTH ???

  • May Allah rest his soul in peace. I have written a post about Salman on my blog also.

  • May Allah bless his soul. And his example be inspiration to others

  • A.R.S.

    May his soul rest in peace.

  • Misbah

    I willl really miss him….

  • Imran

    ALLAH bless him

  • I knew him when I started to work freelance at Directors Adv. I’m from Argentina, so you can imagine 3 people of each corner of the world working online. He was so good at work, always trying to help, never saying a “no”. I didn’t talk too much with him “off work” but I’ll miss Salman.

    I will miss that genius, lovely person with his great heart and his outstanding hard-work. Wherever you are, Allah bless you.

  • M Rafay Aleem

    May Allah bless him and award him Jannat ul Firdous. Ameen.

  • May ALLAH bless him.

  • ALLAH bless him