Lives Lost: Pakistani immigrant helped others in Jersey City

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Feeding the poor and needy is an act that draws us closer to Allah. We earn His forgiveness, mercies and blessings through this act of charity.

“Anyone who looks after and works for a widow and a poor person is like a warrior fighting for Allah?s cause, or like a person who fasts during the day and prays all night. (Bukhari)

© Provided by Associated Press This undated family photo by Fizza Khan provided on Monday, May 18, 2020, shows her uncle Shafqat Khan, fourth from left, who died from the COVID-19 at the age of 76, leaving behind his wife Saida Khanum shown with their grandson Gabriel Cheng, fourth from right, his daughter Sabila Khan standing next to her husband Brian Cheng, his son Sabahat Khan, third from left, with his wife Gail Mooney holding their son Dublin, far left, his son Shafaat Khan is seated next to his wife Nusrat Khusroo Khan, far right, while holding their son Ayaan, second from right. (Fizza Khan via AP)

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — When a friend of the Khan family got a job working for a New Jersey politician, family patriarch Shafqat Khan was a regular sight at the politician’s office, frequently dropping by to seek help for people in need.


It was natural for Khan, a longtime Jersey City resident grateful that he managed to immigrate with his family to the U.S. in the 1980s from Pakistan via Libya. Family members say he spent much of the last two decades finding ways to help other Pakistani immigrants who joined his community just across the Hudson River from New York City.

© Provided by Associated Press This Tuesday, May 19, 2020 photo provided by Brian Cheng, shows his wife Kabila Khan who created a social media group for those mourning loved ones lost to the coronavirus-inspired by her father Shafqat Khan who died from the COVID-19 at the age of 76, leaving behind his wife, three children, seven grandchildren and a legacy of connection. “I’m trying to be constructive in how I’m grieving and I think my father would be proud,” said Khan. (Brian Cheng/ via AP)

Khan, who assisted recent immigrants with how to apply for driver’s licenses and hosted events for people of different faiths and cultures to understand each other better after the Sept. 11 attacks, died of COVID-19 on April 14 at age 76. He left behind his wife, three children, seven grandchildren and a legacy of connections.


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