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Obituary: Abdul Rehman (Raja Zar Khan)

Date published: 23 April 2019


Abdul Rehman, mainly known as Raja Zar Khan, from Rochdale, sadly died at the age of 88 years old during the early hours of Sunday 14 April 2019.

Abdul came to Rochdale from Azad Kashmir in the 1960s and worked in textile mills.

Abdul was involved in many different projects locally and abroad: setting up mosques across the borough of Rochdale, health education and housing projects across the borough of Rochdale, election matters across the borough of rochdale, immigration matters, private family matters, funeral arrangements, wedding arrangements for families, setting up electricity, water supply and road access to villages in Azad Kashmir, supporting the needy, elderly, widows, and orphans through various projects in Azad Kashmir, and encouraging the community to support the needs of others regardless of background.

Abdul was partially blind, uneducated, could not read or write, and spoke English with broken words, but when it came to charity, nothing could stop him. Even when he was bed-ridden 22 years ago from a stroke, that didn't stop him from helping people.

Abdul's grandson, Zafaraz Khan, said: "He was a true leader who had the confidence to stand alone. The courage to make tough decisions and the compassion to listen to others needs and a kind heart to do great things for the community.

"He wasn't afraid to speak the truth or be criticised. He didn't care if it was day or night and you knocked on his door for help. He would always help without hesitation.

"He never set out to be a true leader but became one by the equality of actions and the integrity of his intent.

"He was the foundation and light of many people's homes and community projects he was involved in across the borough of the Rochdale and his birth place, Azad Kashmir.

"Abdul’s heart and soul was full of heaven. He was a pillar of the community and he carved his name in many people's homes, hearts and communities.

"He not only left behind his loved ones, friends, family, companions and associates, but also left behind incredible legacies, principles and achievements which will spread from generation to generation.

"He will always be remembered and stories will be shared about him in many generations to come because of the legacies he has left behind in this world and the charitable work he did through the duration of his life.

"He did so much for others and gave so much to others with love and fairness and with no hidden agendas only for the love of God and also because he loved to make a difference no matter how big or small.

"He had the power and love in his heart to make the world a better place for everyone.

"He was a man who would spend his last penny on charity, his last drop of water for the thirsty, his last piece of food for the hungry. His purpose in life was to make a difference and help others. He never believed in worldly things. He lived a simple humble life.

"He said 'you arrived in this world with nothing and you leave with only a piece of white sheet so why try and collect things that you can't even take with you. Only do great things that will speak volume for you on the day of judgement'."

"No one could do what Abdul Saab did for others. He was truly an exceptional man.”

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