Shahana Rafique Ahmed, a cheerful and well-respected member of the Pakistani-American community of Southern California for the last forty years, has passed away following a severe battle with cancer (Inna Lillahe Wa Inna Elaye Rajeon).
Her namaz-e-janaza was offered at the Islamic Society of Orange Countyat Garden Grove , on Thursday, December 17, 2009 after the Zuhar prayers. She was laid to rest in the Westminster Memorial Park in Westminster .
Shahana was a loving wife and best friend of forty years to her husband Rafique Ahmed, a prominent community figure who served as Religious Editor of Pakistan Link for many years, and beloved mother to her three children Shiraz , Shehzad and Sumrina. Her ultimate pride and joy were her five grandchildren Savera, Rayaan, Umair, Aleesa, and Ameena.
Shahana was born in Hyderabad , India and was raised and educated in Karachi , Pakistan where she served as the President of the Karachi City College Students Association. She also had the unique honor of being the first known member of the initial batch of women in the newly emerging Pakistani community more than forty years ago here in Los Angeles. Her wedding to Rafique Ahmed forty years ago also took place on the historic day of the First Moon Landing of Apollo 11 on July 20, 1969.
Touching the hearts of many through her selfless philanthropic efforts, Shahana dedicated her life to helping those in need. She also volunteered as an Islamic Teacher of the Weekend Islamic School at the Islamic Center of San Gabriel Valley for many years.
May Allah forgive her shortcomings and bless her with paradise for her good and noble deeds. Ameen!