Arifa Karim passed away at the tender age of 16 on Saturday, January 14, 2011, due to complications resulting from an epileptic attack she suffered on December 22, 2011. She left a legacy of achievement, having been the youngest ever MCP (Microsoft Certified Professional) at the young age of 9. Her achievement led to her being invited to Seattle, WA to tour Microsoft and meet the founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates.
Arifa Karim went on to be awarded the Fatima Jinnah Gold Medal by the Pakistani Government in 2005 as well as the Salaam Pakistan Youth Award in the same year. She had additionally been honored with the Presidential Award for Pride of Performance.
Arifa Karim was multi-talented. She was certified to fly a plane at a flying club in Dubai at the age of 10.
At her funeral Qari Ashraf stated “Arfa was not only extraordinarily brilliant in Information Technology but was also very fond of Hamd, Naat and Allama Iqbal’s poetry.”
Arifa’s father, Col. (Ret.) Amjad Karim Randhawa, said of his daughter:
She had a creative mind and always wanted to do something extraordinary far beyond her age. Arfa always surprised her teachers and class fellows with her intelligence and thought-provoking questions.
It was Arifa Karim’s creative mind and drive to succeed that allowed her to achieve great things at such a young age. She was unhindered by fear. Although Arifa Karim’s life was cut short, her achievements were many. Even more than for her accomplishments, however, it will be her indomitable spirit that Arifa Karim is remembered for and what children, young and old, will be inspired by for years to come.
May God bestow upon her an overflowing abundance of mercy.