Hamza Rauf, Son Of Anchor Rauf Siddiqui, Passes Away

Hamza Rauf, Son Of Anchor Rauf Siddiqui, Passes Away
Hamza Rauf, an inspiring young anchor and the only son of seasoned journalist Abdur Rauf, passed away in Lahore yesterday (Friday, March 10) due to a heart attack.

As a young child, Hamza hosted the program 'Hamzanama' on a private TV channel, where he used to interview religious scholars with an inquisitive yet humble and child-like innocence. The name of his show, meaning "epic of Hamza" or "Hamza's tale", was a play on his own name, as well as a reference to the Persian-origin chronicle 'Dastaan-e-Amir Hamza' or "adventures of Amir Hamza".


Hamza's meticulous research and respectful desire for learning attracted the respect of a broad audience of Pakistanis. His youthful aura also used to disarm the clerics he interviewed from any inhibitions they would have had in discussing matters of religious importance.

Family and friends say Hamza had been suffering from a heart condition for some time. Despite his health problems, Hamza continued to work hard and generate quality content for his audience. His innocent mannerisms yet inquisitive approach won the hearts of many young and old viewers who watched him hosting 'Hamzanama'.

Hamza Rauf's funeral was offered in Lahore cantonment, where public figures including media personalities participated. Later he was laid to rest at a local graveyard in Lahore.


Hamza's sudden death has left a significant void in the media industry. His dedication and passion for his work, in spite of his tender age, will always be remembered. His inspiring personality and passion for hosting will continue being useful to future generations of budding anchors and interviewers. Hamza's humble personality inspires others to pursue their dreams as well as make a positive impact in their chosen field.

Pakistanis on social media, and particularly the journalist community, is expressing deep shock and sorrow at the passing of Hamza Rauf.