Arfa Karim Randhawa 1995-2012

Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’oon. Arfa Karim, the computer programming prodigy who became the world’s youngest Microsoft Certified Professional at 9 years old, has passed away at the age of 16.

Here is an article with more information on her achievements and her life. Original article can be found here: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=135454

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Lahore—Computer programming prodigy Arfa Karim Randhawa died at a hospital in Lahore on Saturday night.

The 16-year-old girl, who seven years ago became the youngest Microsoft Certified Professional in the world, was on life support after suffering an epileptic attack. She remained hospitalised for 26 days. Her funeral prayers will be offered at Cavalry Ground in Lahore Cantt at 10AM today. The software genius will laid to rest in Faisalabad village of Ram Divali.

MicroSoft founder Bill Gates had also offered special assistance for Arfa’s treatment. But she could not be shifted to the US due to her critical condition. The great Arfa was only nine years, nine months and 11 days old when she became the world’s youngest Microsoft Certified Professional — a qualification usually gained by IT professional and software developers — after demonstrating her proficiency with the company’s software. She was invited by Bill Gates to visit the Microsoft Headquarters in USA. She also wrote a poem about Bill Gates. 

On returning to Pakistan, Arfa had numerous interviews on almost all of the country’s known television channels and newspapers. In August 2005, Arfa Karim received the Fatimah Jinnah Gold Medal in the field of Science and Technology, presented by the Prime Minister of Pakistan at that time. She also received the Salaam Pakistan Youth Award again in August 2005 by the President of Pakistan. She is also the recipient of the President’s Award for Pride of Performance. She is the youngest recipient of that award ever.

Arfa represented Pakistan on various international forums, invited by the IT Professionals of Dubai for a stay of two weeks in Dubai.

A dinner reception was hosted for her there, which was attended by the diagnostics of Dubai including the Ambassador of Pakistan. During that trip, Arfa was presented with various medals and awards. She also flew a plane in a flying club in Dubai at the age of 10, and received the first flight certificate.

In November 2006, Arfa was invited by Microsoft to be a part of the keynote session in the Tech-Ed Developers conference held in Barcelona.

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“If you want to do something big in your life, you must remember that shyness is only the mind,” she said. “If you think shy, you act shy. If you think confident you act confident. Therefore never let shyness conquer your mind.” – Arfa Karim, Age 10

May Allah grant her jannat al firdous and put noor in her grave.  Ameen.

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