LAHORE: Funeral prayers of the World’s Youngest Microsoft Certified Professional Arfa Karim Randhawa, who passed away on Saturday after protracted illness, were held on Sunday in Lahore, Express News reported.
The prayers, held in Cavalry Ground, were attended by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and attended by her close family members.
Her coffin was draped in the national flag. She was 16.
The teenage genius suffered an attack on that which had given her recognition and made her a source of inspiration for young and old across the country – her brain. Arfa had an epileptic attack on December 22 and had been in a coma since, while well-wishers prayed and watched her progress closely.
On December 29, doctors said there was no hope for her survival, and that her life support could be switched off “at any time”. However, she had then miraculously responded to certain stimuli, as recently as January 13.
Two more funeral prayers will be held for Arfa, one in Faislabad and another in her ancestral village where she is to be buried.
As Pakistanis mourned the loss of the child prodigy, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani also expressed grief and sorrow over Arfa’s demise. According to a statement released late on Saturday night, Gilani prayed for the departed soul and that Allah grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss.
Jamaat-e-Islami head Syed Munawar Hasan and Karachi chief Mohammad Hussain Mehanti also expressed grief at the death. Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain said in a statement that Pakistan has lost "precious talent" in Arfa Karim. He expressed grief at Arfa’s demise and has sympathised with the bereaved family members and prayed for Arfa’s soul.
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i really wanted to meet arfa to express my feelings to her as how much proud i feel in saying that she is a pakistani nationality to all those who think down grade of pakistan. I also wanted to show my heart to her as how much i miss her :"( NO ONE EVER CAN REPLACE ARFA from hearts and minds of her fans.....! I wish that In Sha Allah the dreams of arfa will be fulfilled by ministry of pakistan to make pakistan a pakistan that arfa had dreamt of.....! MISS U ARFA :''( MAY ALLAH(SWT) GRANT U JANNAT-UL-FIRDOUS AND MAY U BE IN THE HIGHEST LEVELS OF JANNAH... AMEEN.....
we miss him
we miss Afra she was very genious. May Allah her soul rest in peace Amin!
Arfa My dawrling Sister
I love you verrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrry much . you are big loss of this country. No one is like you in this country as well in this world.
I Love you arfa A great loss, not only for parents but also for the Pakistani nation. She will always remain in our heart. ALLAH Bless ‘Arfa’ With Heaven. From: Awais Ahmad
we are very proud of u arfa you are always being in our heart & mind we miss you ever
May Allah bless her with Jannah and give her family sab-re-jameel.we should follow our great arfah teaching ,she teach us that no need much degree just select a field and work hard for your nation....
You were precious asset of Pakistan and real Pakistani by faith. May God bless you.
Pakistan has lost an icon, the world has lost a star. RIP little one, you've been inspirational!
Arfa Karim Randhawa was a beautiful light in our world. Arfa Karim was also a young Ambassador for Pakistan, and in her there was much hope for all of us since it is often the young who open people's hearts in this world. People outside her family could see that she grew up loved and encouraged to follow her dreams and goals. This is a testament to her parents of a job well done. I will pray for her family and friends, we mourn your loss with you.
may Allah give you haven & we really proud to you we love you forever
You Are real Angel We miss you lot
She is the light in darkness, air for suffocated, hope for the good future. She has done her job in just sixteen years. May ALLAH reward her Kauser the best place in Jannat. Ameen
Very shocking news for very Pakistani.
It invariably imparts pain at the untimely death of such a child prodigy of her stature. I join her bereaved family and the people of Pakistan in sharing the grief of her demise. It is really sad.
We will never forget you.
we are love u arfa
I like U.
Arfra! You were the Pride of Pakistan, You are the Pride of Pakistan and you ‘ll remain the Pride of Pakistan.You were really a blessing of Allah for our Nation. You ‘ll remain alive in the heart of nation for ever.May Allah grant Your soul all peace in heaven(Aameen)…..You were a bright star,Super Star of Pakistan …………………………….. and Muneeb you shoulnot say like it.We did our best but it was the decision of Almighty Allah.You are criticizing in negative way but you should remember that ARFA had a very positive thinking and she didn’t like the things which create frustration and tensions. Pakistan Paaindabaad. Arfa all of us
@MUNIB: that is totally irrelevant.she got best medical facilities . Its all in Allah 's hand. RIP . amen
Arfra! You were the Pride of Pakistan, You are the Pride of Pakistan and you 'll remain the Pride of Pakistan.You were really a blessing of Allah for our Nation. You 'll remain alive in the heart of nation for ever.May Allah grant Your soul all peace in heaven(Aameen).....You were a bright star,Super Star of Pakistan ................................... and Muneeb you shoulnot say like it.We did our best but it was the decision of Almighty Allah.You are criticizing in negative way but you should remember that ARFA had a very positive thinking and she didn't like the things which create frustration and tensions. Pakistan Paaindabaad. Arfa all of us love you and proud of you a lot.
we could not forget u, u vl always in our heart, may God bless u, sweet ARFA.
ARFA KARIM, a real proud for Country, May ALLAH rest her soul in piece and grant courage to her family and all nation to bear the loss.
Inshallah you will be Jannat Allah Blessing with you missing you alot..
Does anyone know if Arfa was the only child of her parents or does she have any other siblings?
May "Allah Almighty" bless you the daughter of Pakistan. May Allah give you a place in the "Jannat-ul-firdoss". Ameen......!
v r miss u.
Arfa Karim I love you child, a gift of Allah to Pakistan & taken back, May Allah rest her soul in the heaven for ever, Amin.
we Miss all Life Allah Apko inshaALLAH Janaat naseeb KAry ga .I Blave ur Eyes is Angel Eyes
she was a very brilliant and such a innocent girl ...she was a example for every one ...sad day for whole pakistan may allah give her place in the heaven ...arfa u made us proud
Arfa has done in a little age ..what billions of people can't in thier big lives. she has not died actually she always alive in this world with her great work..not only she, with her name people of every era found her family and country name too....i wish every mom should have a wish to get such kind of children.........ARFA still alive and make her prominent contribution for the betterment of this world.
Arfa,you were our pride.I just cannot express our loss in words.You will be in our heart and mind for indefenate time and shall always be quoted as an example.You have made us Pakistanis proud even during the bad days we are facing..Be rest assured that millions are praying for your abode in heaven. and may ALLAH listen to them.Ameen
i love u arfa
Arfa is sooooo greate .It is Big Lose for Pakistan .
May Allah rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant patience to bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss ameen.
great loss of their parants ........ and as well of countray.... may ALLAH BLEES their parants with patience. I am sure you are at a better place wherein the Merciful envelops you with his mercy and grace. Peace.
A Great Loss for the Family & A really Great Loss for us the "Pakistanis" as a Nation.May ALLAH rest her soul in Peace & Bless him with JANNAT-UL-FIRDAUS.And give her Parents & all family members Sabr-e-Jamil to bear up this GREAT LOSS.AMEEN
Aslam 0 Alikum I never cried in my life if someone dead in our family or outside of family .. Im still crying for her this is not in my control.. May Allah rest her soul in Jannat. Ameen We just loss another hope of Pakistan. Allah Hafiz
Great loss for the nation.May God rest her soul in peace.Aamin
she iz veryyyyyyyyyy brilliant nd veery nycccccccccc girl. we all miss u. May Allah soul her rest in peace.
Inna Lillah Hay Wa Inna Elahay Rajioon. May Allah Keep her Soul in Rest and Peace, and May Allah give other children of our country to follow her and keep her talent alive. Ameen. If you love her, so follow her dream of Silicon Valley like establishment in Pakistan.
Dear Express Tribune, could you please consider to have your next story popup with an x on the side of it so that we can remove it if we prefer ? the next story popup makes it cumbersome to read the opinions of your readers. Thanks and no offence .
@MUNIB: - Mr Munib, Sir many sikh and panjabi Indians have the same family name as this young lady and yet we are pointing missiles at wach other ? she even looks like some of my relatives ...i agree totally with you , our indian side has to do the same as what you so wisely suggested.
We are all grieving over the untimely passing away of Arfa. May Allah grant her eternal abode in Jannah and grant her family the courage to bear the loss. Ameen.
May ALLAH bless her soul!!!!!!!!!
Only the good die young! Only the good.. :' ( RIP Arifa Daughter of Pakistan
An innocent girl dies of illness and instead of accepting the inevitable fate of life and death, you take this as an opportunity to berate a nation and people. Unfortunately children die of illness and injury the world over. It is only the hubris of man which feels that everyone can be cured of a terminal illness. I only wish that people like you can be given hidayat to see things clearly and to comment properly. May God bless her soul.
ALLAH TA"ALA ARFA ki rooh ko karvat karvat jannat naseeb karien aur us k darjat bulund farmayien, ghar walun aur ehl o ayal ko sabr ata karien aur is honhaar ladki ko jannat k ala tareen makam par faiz karien AMEEN SUMA AMEEN
ye wo ladki HAI, jis ne is mulk ki bay'loos khidmat ki----PAKISTAN LOVED U< LOVES U N WILL ALWAYS LOVE U INSHA"ALLAH Miss ARFA KAREEM
Do not stand at my grave and weep I am not there. I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow. I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain. I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awaken in the morning's hush I am the swift uplifting rush Of quiet birds in circled flight. I am the soft stars that shine at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry; I am not there. I did not die
Yes, I have all Microsoft and other vendor certifications and 1000s of other Pakistanis have it to. It's not a big deal to get certification. Since we have no accomplishment in Pakistan we start celebrating that a young girl passing an exam that anyone can memorize and pass. You have to memorize about 200 multiple choice questons and that is it. WHat apps did she build? Show me one app please @the Skunk:
i m very very sorry arfa to heard about u bt we all r here for limited time and we all have to go there may Allah rest your soul in piece and gives your family courage to beared such a big loss .and i dont have any words to appreciate your talent its superb.. salute to your mother...
No words just the tears..Indeed you are at better place.
Arfa was the daughter of the nation, so she was everyone's daughter and that is why we are all so upset. She has made us all very proud of her achievements. The least the Pakistan government can do is set up an IT University in memory of her, she deserves it and much more. Pakistani's that live abroad could sponsor education and awards to children in Pakistan who have the potential but not the facilities to become proficient in IT, it will build towards the vision that Arfa had for Pakistan. I salute her parents who brought up and encouraged her in every way for her to achieve what she did in her very short life. She is a great loss to our nation and it makes me extremely sad but Allah knows best.
may god bless u in jannatt ulfardous.no doubt u will remain alive as an honour for our country and u faimly also. randhwa sb. allah apko sabre jameel atta farmae.
May ALLAH ALLMIGHTY in HIS infinite mercy keep her in JANNATUL FIRDAUS and keep her in the company of HIS chosen ones. Ameen. Summa Ameen.
may god bless u in jannat.no doubt u will remain alive as an honour for our country and u faimly also.
Sad not just for Pakistan, but fr whole world. May God rest her soul in peace. Also some food for thought about her disease. She had been using computer excessively from a very young age. Excessive use of computers at tender age is well know tho trigger epilepsy (http://www.phcohealth.com/advicesheets/Epilepsy.pdf).. Problem is more among girls. Wish I am wrong,however, in my view her excessive use of computers might have been the cause of her epilepsy also. Hope her doctors will study her disease from this angle and have informed debate on the whole issue.
we willu mis u arfa sister
arfa is a very sweet girl may allah rest her soul in peace ameen such a nice girl
no wrds,, kal hee tumhay jana tha,, aaj tum bichar b gyin,,
The death of aarifa karim is because of our politics.. Why none of the the politician paid attention to her when she was fighting for her life in hospital and was waiting that the nation would her her but none, and when she died politician came to her funeral.
I deeply shocked to hear the news of untimely sad demise of Arfa Karim Randhawa, a glittering star of the nation. No doubt it is a great and irreparable loss for us but we bow our heads before Allah's will. May Allah rest the departed soul in eternal peace in heaven and grant the courage to the bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss with patience and fortitude Ameen. I would request the authorities in government to recognize the talent of innocent child who gave broader inspiration to our new generation to come forward and show that we have the potentials to exhibit ourselves at world level and we are not the case as known.
Arfa karim is dead, may Allah bless her soul and give her a place in Jannah.Zara nam ho yeh matti bari zarkhaiz hai saki, our country has no dearth of brains, only a dearth of proper training, even if gaining an MCP is not a big achievement, its still big for a 9 year old and it can't be just attributed to her brilliant brain but her parent's proper upbringing, so don't let your daughter's brains go waste, by telling them from childhood that the only goal they should've in life, is to get married, teach them and educate them and you will have many more arfas, all is not lost.
I believe I have lost my own daughter. I am really crying for such a great loss to PAKISTAN. May Allah give the departed soul highest place in heavens and give patience to the grieved family and friend. Amin Summa Amin YOU WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED my daughter.
May Allah rest her Soul in Peace....Ameen
إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ
May I request all the IT professionals of Pakistan and expats to bring her dream into reality of creating an IT valley similar to Silicon valley.... I think this only would be a fitting tribute to the genius we just lost. May Allah bless her and keep His vigil on all precious talented children of this nation.
You are not dead my little sister, because you left hope for entire nation. You have created a road map for entire generation that we have got a lot of potential. You will be rememberd in pages of history.
Arfa was a great blessing for Pakistan loss of a youngest illuminator of Pakistan is huge.But we just pray .May she rests in Heaven. Ameeen
she achieved so much in his little life that 99.999.. percent cant achieve in their whole life. RIP Arfa. u r a true inspiration,
You will be missed you lovely sweet child xxx
Sad day for Pakistan & Pakistanis. She could have taken this country to new heights of success but it seems that we surely are jinxed.
My heart shed a silent tear for this wonderful and angelic child..
May ALLAH ALLMIGHTY in HIS infinite mercy keep her in JANNATUL FIRDAUS and keep her in the company of HIS chosen ones. Ameen. Summa Ameen.
Its a very shocking news and a great loss for Pakistani nation. May Allah bless her with Jannah and give her family sab-re-jameel.
@AnIndian: Thank you for your kind thoughts and wishes. Have a nice day.
she was a lucky girl. so many peoples are praying for u. may ALLAH rest her soul in peace and give sabar e jameel to her family.
May Allah SWT give courage to the bereaved nation to bear this huge loss...
Allah bless u Arfa u made us proud !!!!
@Abdul Wahaab: An innocent girl dies of illness and instead of accepting the inevitable fate of life and death, you take this as an opportunity to berate a nation and people. Unfortunately children die of illness and injury the world over. It is only the hubris of man which feels that everyone can be cured of a terminal illness. I only wish that people like you can be given hidayat to see things clearly and to comment properly. May God bless her soul.
I have a question. What program did she ever write? What was her contribution to technology? Anyone whose parent want to make them pass Microsoft exam can do that but does it really mean anything?
Are we so bankrupt that we celebrate someone passing a Microsoft certification? Is this invention? Is this progress? I know Tribune will publish my comment and if they did I will be hated. I am sorry for this girl as much as anyone else. I just don't know if that's prodigy. Look it up in dictionary.
salute..salute...salute...thats all one can do to a prodigy.
I just cannot express my anguish at the death of this sweet little child. I hope God gives her parents the strength to overcome this incomparable loss. What a waste and whoever is up there making these decisions got it wrong this time.
A sad news indeed.
"The teenage genius suffered an attack on that which had given her recognition and made her a source of inspiration for young and old across the country – her brain"
A reputed publication such as Express Tribune should ensure the quality of language and grammar.
O my god what should I say big loss
O my god I what should I say I don't have words to say her very big loss
she was very nice and brillient girl.May Allah soul her rest in peace
You did what Pakistan could not do in 64 years..You are a national pride and sign of courage to all, old and young. Though we can not stand by the bereaved parents for their loss, but I being an elderly bro pray for their endurance and you be rest in peace.Yours is a national loss.
Proud of having you among us. I dont write were or was, as you have been and are and will remain alive in our hearts and mind.
We wl ms u arfa.may allah gv ur fmly strength
This is huge lost for Pakistan. May Allah rest her soul in Peace Aameen. She would always be remembered as a source of inspiration for Pakistani children and I hope PASHA/PSEB and Government would take some initiatives in coming future to start giving some best performance child awards on her name.
A great loss, not only for her parents but also for the entire Pakistani nation. She will always remain a source of inspiration for the children of Pakistan. May Allah Taala bless her soul with eternal peace.
Thank you for being a beacon of inspiration for all children and especially female children of Pakistan. I am sure you are at a better place wherein the Merciful envelops you with his mercy and grace. Peace.
With loving memories of “Arfa Karim”, Death comes into the room and leaves an awful silence. We are thinking of you. As you grieve know that we are remembering you and honoring the memory of “Arfa Karim”. “Arfa Karim” brought so many gifts to our life. We will never forget her!
I Love you so much... We will miss “Arfa Karim”.
May your heart and soul find peace and comfort. Ameen
In The Name Of "Arfa Karim"
"That when you die your life goes on It doesn’t end here when you’re gone Every soul is filled with light It never ends and if I’m right Our love can even reach across eternity I believe, I believe
Forever, you’re a part of me Forever, in the heart of me And I’ll hold you even longer if I can The people who don’t see the most Say that I believe in ghosts And if that makes me crazy, then I am ‘Cause I believe
There are more than angels watching over me I believe, I believe"
Innah lilah hay wa-innah elehay rajaoon
So sad, Such a brilliant extinguished. Loss for the whole world.
Why wasn't she sent to India for treatment ? It would have been an honor for us to treat and cure her.
Arfa.death is big loss to the nation .may your soul rest in heaven .you will not be forgotten
My heart felt condolence to the family and Pray Allah grant the family Sabr-e-Jameel, Such departed souls are lucky when million of hands are raised to pray for them.
RIP Arfa. my thoughts and prayers for the family. Arfa lived short life with huge impact. God bless her soul.
May Allah bless you in Jannah tul Firdous. You now will be Bird of heaven we all miss you. Pakistan proud on you. May Allah talah give sabr e jamil to rest of family.
It is a great loss indeed. @AbdulWahaab You should not say something like this. It was Allah's will. We gave her the best possible treatment and her father was satisfied with it. We gave our best; it just wasn't good enough.
She was such an intelligent and beautiful girl, and a great person too. She will always be missed My condolences to her mom, dad and brothers.
Ye Allah paak grant her jannanat al fardoos
A big loss for pakistan. May Allah grant her Jannah. Ameen.
my dear arfa.....................u were brilliant and got many awards.....w'll remember u in our prayers.May u rest in peace in Jannah.
May ALLAH takes you in His merciful fold and you live in eternal peace SORRRRRY we are not worthy for the likes of you.
This is so sad today; very unfortunate for Pakistan...
can't take my eyes off her innocent face... alot of positivity, dreams, energy & ambition evident through sparkling eyes. indeed a great loss for entire nation....you made us all proud, may your soul rest in eternal peace sister :((((
Inna Lillahe Wa Innalahe Raji'on..
Arfa you will ever be missed. We are proud of you. A true daughter of Nation
If Pakistan had One less Atom bomb or One less missile or One less Fighter plane or One less plot for Generals may be Arfa Karim would have been saved
May Allah bestow her best possible place in Jannat-ul-firods and give the family and friends courage to bear this loss Aameen.
No Worlds to say about the Fahar e Pakistan. Condolness to his family and with whole Nation . We will really Miss You 'Arfa Kareem' , such a great loss for Pakisatn and altrough for Microsoft. ALLAH Bless his family and Bless 'Arfa' With Heaven.
No Worlds to say about the Fahar e Pakistan . We will really Miss You 'Arfa Kareem' , such a great loss for Pakisatn and altrough for Microsoft. ALLAH Bless his family and Bless 'Arfa' With Heaven.
Thank you my dearest Arfa Karim for taking the name of Pakistan at the highest level in the world.
May Al-Mighty Allah rest your soul in peace and give strength to the bereaved family members and to your fans. Ameen and may-Al-Mighty Allah place you in Jannah. Ameen.
The nation will always miss you when we will talk about Microsoft.
The Microsoft and Arfa Karim will go together.
You will always be remembered in our prayers.
I love you Arfa. We the Pakistanis could not make an effort to stop you going there. We are pathetic indeed PS: May Allah rest her soul in peace ameen.
May she rest in Jannah...... condolences to the family!!!