FAISALABAD: In 2004, Aarifa Karim Randhawa was the youngest ever Microsoft certified professional in the world. Born in 1995, she received the prestigious title at the age of nine.
On December 22, Aarifa was admitted to Lahore’s CMH hospital after suffering cardiac arrest. On Thursday, doctors said there is no hope for her survival, and that her life support could be switched off ‘at any time’.
Aarifa’s father, Lt Col (Retd) Amjad Karim Randhawa told The Express Tribune that she had suffered an epileptic attack, which caused severe brain and heart damage. Randhawa said “only a miracle will allow my brilliant, genius daughter to live now”.
After the news of Aarifa’s condition emerged, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif took notice and offered economic support to the family, but they have refused to take the money.
When Aarifa, now 16, was given the title of a Microsoft professional as a young child, she visited the company’s headquarters in the US. When she met Bill Gates himself, she had two questions: Why weren’t children allowed to work for Microsoft, and why such few women worked for the organisation.
Her love for technology, however, started long before she was recognised internationally. After discovering computers for the first time at the age of five, she pestered her father for a personal computer, and after that there was no looking back.
Aarifa’s father recalled the year in which his daughter passed the test which enabled her to be declared the youngest professional certified by Microsoft in the world. “When she passed the test at age nine, everyone thought the result was wrong,” he reminisced. She wanted to make software just like Bill Gates, he added. She would say that she wanted to work for children and poor people.
Proudly, he said she came from a ‘low-profile’ family, but she would always say she wanted to study all over the world and then come back to help the people in her village. Her dreams were never for herself alone.
Aarifa’s achievements go far beyond recognition from Microsoft alone. The 16-year-old, a student of Lahore Grammar School’s Paragon campus, has represented Pakistan in various international forums. In 2005, the child prodigy received the Fatimah Jinnah Gold Medal from the government as well as the Salaam Pakistan Youth Award. In addition, she has received the president’s award for Pride of Performance, medals from IT professionals around the world, and also became a brand ambassador for PTCL in 2010.
Her talents however, are versatile. Besides excelling in the field of science and technology, Aarifa also flew a plane at the age of 10.
Aarifa’s life hangs in the balance, and while most have given up hope, her father says: “I am praying and I want everyone to pray for her”. (WITH ADDITIONAL INPUT FROM THE NEWS DESK)
Published in The Express Tribune, December 30th, 2011.
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Prayers and well wishes, my dear. I wish you the best and hope for your recovery.
God Bless Her...
May Allah give her Long Life with Good Health.
Mat Allah give her long life with good health.
I rarely pray, but I begged for the life of this poor child to the Merciful Benefactor. May she recover fully and continue inspiring people around the world with her genius.
This is really heartbreaking news. Aarifa get well soon. Pakistan needs daughters like you.
Religion aside. Get well young one. I hope you make a recovery.
How sad for this to happen to such an amazingly talented person. Sometimes doctors are wrong. Maybe she can be the rare exception again and recover.
She is such a prodigy, I was once also an MCSE and know how hard it was to become one, and she did it at 9! Just 9 years old! What a bright star she is!
My prayers for the family.
I hope she gets better, this is truly a shame and a shock. May she get the miracle she deserves.
May Allah protect her and see her through these trying times...the same Allah that gave her an epilitic attack. Thank you for harrming this child, Allah is great!
May modern Science restore her previous health.
May ALLAH (swt) bless her with a speedy recovery and long, healthy and happy life.. Ameen!
I pray for a miracle Aarifa.
May Allah bless her and give her complete health. Ilahi Ameen
Every one of us whom i know is preying for the little genius, oo god please help her, u can do miricles, she is our nations pride. dear Aarifa please come back.
Why didn't the family accept financial assistance? Is she getting all the medical care she needs? I really hope they're doing all they can to save her.
I pray that Allah gives her shifa-e-kamila. Ameen
ALLAH JI Aarifa Karim KI MDAD FARMYEN. AAMEEN
May peace be with you. A heart breaking, but also inspirational story of a brilliant young mind.
Hoping and praying for a miracle.
This is incredibly sad......I am at a loss for words.
Allah is ko seaht day Ameen
May Allah bless her... and give her healthy long life.....Ameen
O God she is daughter of this nation.O God we need such shiningstars at our this gloomy state of our country.O God we cant afford to lose this lovely baby.God pleeeeeese......
May Allah bless her with good health and long life... Ameen sumameen
May Allah save her life. Ameen
We don't want to loose such a precious gem.Oh Allah we wan't to see her shining in the whole world like before.May you recover soon ...Ameen !!
Rest In Peace. We will miss you
May Allah Give her health and courage to her family ,ameen. She is a gem
God bless her
May Allah bless her
I pray for her full recovery. We need more of such prodigies in this country.
and saquib,she is 16.not a little girl. read the passage.
she IS a miracle... may ALLAH bring her back to life...
and according to our honourable president and prime minister, we need asifa to guide us through the hard times!
My prayers and best wishes for her and her family. She is a daughter and a pride of Pakistan.
My prays are for her and for her family. It is indeed a tough times for her and her family. She is truly an asset. I pray for her recovery. Please update us all on any thing about. If she needs blood let me know. We need all start a campaign for her.
My prays are with her and her family. She is truly an asset and will be a great lost.Our very own child genius.
God protect her and get well soon
i have seen miracle happen INSHALLAH she will get well soon i am going for umra tomorrow i will pratt for her in haram and about that remark over burden or family pressure i think that person dont have kids of his own he dont know the pain of parents no one wants to see there kids in pain rite now shez not the younget ms person shez her parents little princess hanging between life n death so mister instead of giving this brytal remark say some good prayer for her if u cant do this then dont write painful remarks any ways i will pray for her life
May Allah Bless her with speedy recovery and a long, healthy and successful Life.Ameen
May Allah Almighty give her a speedy and complete recovery.
May Allah bless her health and long life AMEEN
Ya Allah we know what you have done, doing and will do is right, because you know what is right and wrong for us. But please our lord if my pray give life to this little girl, then please accept my pray for her and for all those people who are in bad health condition or in any tension.
May ALLAH keep HIS blessing on her, but I read the following article, which may be related to this event. Her parent should read the following article.
May Allah give her a long, healthy, happy and successful life (Amen).
We all pray for her good health .
May ALLAH giver her to sehat-e-kamla wa ajla.
Ohhhhh!!!!!!! really very sad to hear! Heartiest pray for her May Allah Bless her with a new life and may she recover soon to serve this country and achieve her goal..Ameen
Hey my GOD, MY ALLAH, please give her life back, please give her a beautiful, wonderful, amazing, healthful, strengthful life once again.....Aameen.....I know you are there to listen to our prayers, so please give her life....Aameen.
I am really sadden by this news. My prayers are with you. May Allah grant you good health. Ameen.
Miracle will happen Inshallah and the kid will get well.
May Allah bless her with health and she may live long.She is pride of our nation.
Allah bless her with good health. Ameen
May Allah bless her with health and long life Ameen!
May Allah bless her with peace in this world and the world hereafter....may Allah give her parents the strength to deal with this trying time.
May Allah Almighty Bless Her with health and happiness. Ameen.
We are very proud of her achievements, May her parents have strength at such critical time...Ameen
May she recover and pursue what she loves most
May Allah listen to all the prayers and give us back the true wealth, pride n future of our beloved nation
May she live long and fulfill her ambitions. Ameen!
may god bless her.
May ALLAH recovers her soon and she get rid of these (crisp) moments from which she is being going on.....
Prayers from the core of my heart....
My daughter, I have prayed for you, you will wake up and bloom.
Terrible news. I desperately hope she feels gets better.
Hope she is able to recover inshAllah. Prayers are with her.
Can any one keep me posted related to my very precious daughter of Pakistan. My email address:[email protected] I am really worried for her well beingand praying for her early recovery. May Allah (SWT) have Mercy on this rising Pakistani star & Pakistan as well. Ameen
Praying for her life and health. InshaALLAH all the DUAs for her will work and she will recover Ameen.
technology sucks everyone May Allah bless her with health!
*Truth is always the winner and it will win this time also .. *
Waiting for her hard recovery .. GOD CANT DO SUCH INJUSTICE TO THE GIRL ... WHO IS MUCH TALENTED ... PRAY AS FAR AS POSSIBLE UNTILL SHE IS SAVED .. AND CAME BACK TO A BIG RECOVERY .
Allha rehm framey.Ameen
The world needs more people like Aarifa Karim. May Allah Bless Aarifa Karim
She's NINETEEN. And may God save her. :'(
Allah, we need your highly talented creation to be in our world a little longer. Please work your miracle!
Allah give her Health and strength to continue her success Ameen.
I, pray to ALLAH SWT to bless Aarifa Karim with unlimited health,long life,may her parents be blessed with her life,I salute you our GENIUS,Mushkil Kusha ALI helps here Ameen.
What else could be said ?.My heart is broken.Can she be transported to USA ???. What the doctors say?.
Oh ALLAH (SWT), please bless her with healthy/long life and expedite her recovery .......ameen summah ameen
May she gt well soon......Ameen
@patriotic you spoke my heart she is precious to pakistan may god give her health
May she become healthy soon!
Please do not post her photograph in that condition... Put up a nice one.
ALLAH KARIM pls give her long life and helth AMEEN
No doubt she made Pakistan proud, she lifted up the Pakistani repute with her talent. We all should pray for her recovery may Allah Bless her n grant her health. ameeen.!
may she live long with good health Aameen
All our prayers are with her. @trtk, please spare kind thoughts and don't spread negativity. Remember, kindness begets kindness.
May Allah grant her health and strength to all people including her family, in these testing times.
May Almighty bestow her fast recovery with best of her health. May He shower His divine miracle from His infinite miraculous bounties.
being on a ventilator is a dismal condition..yet we ought not to lose hopes..ALLAH can do anything in her favor.so let us just pray for the health of this precious life
Get well soon Arifa...... we are all praying for you.......
My lil champ, may Allah protect you and save you for the betterment of Pakistan. You are precious for all of us.
May Allah bless her with health and a new life (ameen).
From what doctors have to say about her....it seems that we need a miracle to save her life from this tragic epileptic attack. But there is hope.......I have seen people recover from similar conditions....although such cases are only few and far in between but still we should never lose hope.....Lets pray for her....... May she have speedy and full recovery...as such attacks can leave very bad effects on nervous system and cognitive abilities.... May Allah make her as normal as earlier
Ya Allah, Please save the talented young girl. Aameen
Arfa....You are very special to all of us... Plz get well soon.... Us (your family and friends)are in deep tension and want you to get well soon...Plzzz everyone Pray for our child... I know their Parents wont be able to bear it...... May Allah grant Arfa with Health..... Ameen
Love you :(
Allah subhan watallah please give her good health. AMEEN
Ya ALLAH, please accept our dua.Make her well soon.Amin
get well soon....
get well sooooon ...........
If her parents or loved ones are reading this, ALOT of people are praying ALOT for this beautiful girl and Inshallah she will become better. On another note: Why are all the only remaining good things about Pakistan getting affected??? :( :( :( :(
I am heart broken to hear this. May Allah give her full recovery. Aameen
May ALLAH bless her with health & a long life. Get well soon Aarifa!!
May Allah bless her with full and speedy recovery. Aameen
our leaders always come up to financial support statements though they never do then but this time her family need moral support not financial....salute to her family that they refused it.. and those who needs financial support in real our leaders then seems quiet Anyway they dont wanna go to other topic but just wanna pray for this little gem of pakistan.. May ALLAH give her quick recovery AMEEN
May Allah grant her long healthy and happy life. Ameen.
reallyu sad to hear about it, May Allah bless her with good health (she is my sister's friend's cousin).
Ya Allah swt may save the Life of this Young Talent of Pakistan. May she as a Miracle of Allah swt recover fully & soon. Looks like either Meningites or some Drug reaction but Allah is Great & does Miracles.
May Allah give her long life with prosperity we all are with her , I am doing BS-Computer Science and for me she is a vibrant path . We will pray for her at every moment of our life , May Allah Bless Her...
Allah knows, what is best for her. We can only pray. Wish you best of luck
INSHALLAH, Allah will give her health and lots of success ahead. Ameen!
I will pray for her health. IA she will recover. Why cant our govt send her abroad.
Allah is larki ki mushkil asaan farmaye. Aameen.
May God give her a long and healthy life.
May Allah bless her good health
She's an asset to Pakistan and those around her. May Allah grant her full recovery and a bright, happy future! Ameen.
i am a non-believer in religion.....but i rspect and love this young girl that i realy PRAY she must come back to life...i am very heart-wrenched, dead tired sinse i heard she is in comma...i believe she will survive..
Allah zindagi aur sehat de, Aameen.
Please ALLAH Give her health Ameen Ameen
ALLAH ap ko sehat atta farmay,AAMEEN We as the pakistani nation proud on u dear sister of Pakistan......
May ALLAH S.W.T give her health...! Aameen
Aarifa Karim! We are proud of you
You will get well soon inshallah
This girl is a matter of great pride for our country. So much sad news in Pakistan. God give us a miracle.
She is the Sister and Daughter of Nation...... We are praying for her speedy recovery. Inshah;Allah she will be back to normal soon. Allah Kareem. Sayed Ali Zakir Naqvi
Ya ALLAH! Only YOU can heal, cure and give her complete health. Pakistan requires such brilliant minds and hearts to work and guide this country, by your permission. Please, please, please Ya ALLAH give her a healthy and long life. Aameen, Summa Aameen.
Oh Allah Plz. Give her health and long life. please
Get well soon.
May Allah gave her health and prosperity by the sadqa of Beemar-e-Karbala.
Allah please give her health and long life and empower her to do the best for Pakistan. AMEEN
Invoke Allah Jalla Shano for as you can see my tear for because to our beloved country Pakistan need for such youngest so Oh’ my Almighty Allah I invoke to be soon recovered her so that …A’meenSumA’meen!
God please save her.
May Allah give her health
She is very precious. May God bless her. Ameen
May Allah grant her speedy recovery. She is an asset to our nation.
i still cant believe she is going thruogh this! u really are a motivation for me after hearing your story it was an honour studying with u and our school is really going to miss you! loosing you will be a great loss to us our school (LGS) and to our nation. may Allah almighty give u health. ameen
We should pray for her early and painless recovery along with others who are suffering.
I pray she get well soon.
May Allah give bless her with health and fast recovery. Ameen
Good & timely approached by Govt Punjab. Keep it up Shabaz....
Sad turn in life! I wish her the best of health soon.
To Mr. Shahbaz Sharif: Please give this economic support to the thousands of homeless people who are rotting on the footpaths of Lahore. They are as human as anyone else.
Whole PAKISTAN is praying for her speedy recovery, i'm sure she will get thru this. INSHA'ALLAH
May Allah give her health .or is waqt in ki family ko himat or hosla ata farma .Aameen
May ALMIGHTY ALLAH bless her..Honestly while i am reading this i feel very sad for her ,she is very precious for Pakistan,I wish she will get well soon & i pray for her in my prayers..INSHAHALLAH she will recover fast.AMEEN
Please pray for this miracle !!
Please get well soon
Allah apne habib S.A.W k sadqe se usay sehat dede aameen.
Ya Allah have mercy on her,, give her health. She is so precious.
get well soon girl.your country needs you.my prayers and good wishes for you.a wellwisher from india.
Allaha Is ke haq mai jo behtar samjay.............. many sympathys with his parents
May Allah bless and save her.
Kindly correct her name she is not Aarifa but Arfa. Thanx
May God bless her with good health!
May Allah Bless our daughter of Pakistan..INSAH ALLAH she will be fine
Don't leave us like that....u need to fight....please
May she recover soon. Ameen =l
Ya Allah ST is bachi ko sehat aur tandrusti dijye, Ameen, May Allah ST bless her and save her life in good health, Ameen, she is a national treasure, not even an asset, Imran Owais Kazmi
How sad it is to see, that Aarifa intelligent brain whichis the pride of our country has been damaged. Its not the time for comments only, we need to do something more than this for our national Pride Aarifa
She is pride of Pakistan. Allah jald sehtayaab kare - Aameen.
M. [email protected] Zakaria Karachi.
Get well soon. You are extremely valuable to our nation plz get better.
Ya Allah! Rehem Farma. May She Get well soon. She is in critical situation and seriously I am feeling hard for Her. Love you Sister.
God protect her and give her health back!
May Allah give her health, long life & she will be stand with her family.
Brought tears into my eyes :'(..May you get well very soon girl..and InshaALLAH you will because GOD knows that this country needs you...
bimar e karbala ke sadqe mein is bachi ko zaroor shifa milegi--elahi ameen.inshallah puri family is imtihan se juldi guzar jae
Oh Allah, pls. give her health and long life.... Please...
Allah please bless her with good health. AMEEN.
We should pray for her early and painless recovery alongwith others who are suffering. Having said that i feel publishing the poor girls picture like this is inappropriate
we are proud of you.. I will remember u in my prayers.. May Allah bless you and give you life ameen,, its a big honour to have a genius citizen like you.. u're a motivation to me and many others LONG LIVE
May Allah bless her with health!
May Allah give her health and long life to make more achievements for herself and Pakistan Insha Allah.
May Allah bless her with health and happiness and get well soon dear little angel
@trtk , very bad remarks at the moment. MAY ALLAH PROTECT THIS GIRL.
trtk posted an hour ago
effects of over-burden/pressure from family
Such an ignorant statement to make. If you did take time out to post something the least you could have done was sent out a prayer! You have no idea what parents go through when they see their child suffer like this.
I hope that Allah blesses her with a quick and speedy recovery and that she may grow up to bring even more pride to this country!
Don't believe in miracles...rely on them!
It is very very tragic that a very brilliant mind of our country is in critical condition.. Whole nation is praying for her good health...
From what I have gathered she hasn't got a chance but still miracles happen. Insha Allah she will survive! (Ameen)
Get Well Soon.
"She was invited to the Microsoft Headquarters in the US by BILL GATES for being the World’s youngest MCP" AYE ALLAH SWT WE NEED MIRACLE.. PLZZ RECOVER HER...
May Allah give her health and lots of success ahead. Ameen!
May Allah make her well again to achieve all that she can with her immense talents. Ameen.
May Allah Bless her with life. Ameen
Get well soon girl, you have alot to give to this country !! May Allah give you health and happy life.....
May ALLAH SWT recover her soon.. she really is an asset for us..
May Allah Bless Aarifa with good health and long life. ameen and I request from all the readers to pray for her. I truly believe that only prayers can change destiny. Allah will surely listen to our prayers for Aarifa. and she will be back on the path of triumph and prosperity. Insha Allah
She is very precious. May God bless her. Ameen
May she get well soon .. INSAH ALLAH she will be fine
Get well soon Arifa..my heart is going out for you!!
Oh God, I hope she gets well soon :(
Said to hear. hard time for family .
We all pray for her good health and quick recovery..
Get well soon little one.
May Allah protect her and bless her with health. Aameen
How smart, wealthy or larger-than-life you may be, you have to surrender before Nature. Before God. Mankind is weak and vulnerable. If humans realize this, there would be no arrogance or injustice in this world - driven by a collective recognition of a supreme being...
she is the gem of Pakistan...... v should pray for her.....INSHALLAH.....SHE WILL BE FINE SOON...AMEEEN
I totally agree with Patriotic!! She is indeed valued more!! May Allah Bless her with speedy recovery and a long, healthy and successful Life.
we need people like her for the progress of this country...please Allah don't take her away from us...!!!
May Allah cure her and she get well soon. Why we keep losing our heros and left with all the trash!
May Allah give her health!! ... this is super sad!!
Very Sad news indeed. She was such a sweet and intelligent kid the last I recall of her. May Allah revive her and give her good health.
May Allah give her health!!
effects of over-burden/pressure from family
MAY ALLAH GIVE HER QUICK HEAL, COMPLETE the DESTINY.
Inshallah, she will get soon. she is a talented little girl, having potential to give motivation to many of elder ones like me. we are proud of her and hope she will continue her successful life after recovery. i also to want to get master this computer programming skills.
Get well soon Arifa,. I cant explain How grieved I am to hear this
ALLAH shifa dain. Ameen
May Allah talah give her health & she recovers soon ameen
May Allah give her Health and bring her life again on normal routine
Can you give me her family's contact details or tell us to contact us www.krcnhc.yolasite.com << Contact number and clinic address is gvn there. Thanks
God knows that this girl is more precious for Pakistan than all of our politicians combined! I really hope she gets well soon. She has a bright future ahead of her, and I for one really want her to accomplish all she can to her maximum potential. May Allah grant her health and a speedy recovery and bless her with happiness! Aameen.
May Allah give her good health and quick recovery. Ameen.
get well soon....May Allah give her long life Ameen
wish her a speedy recovery
May she get well soon. May Allah protect her.