Welcome to the tribute page of Baraka Khan, a radiant and loving daughter, sister, and friend to so many, who sadly lost her battle with lung cancer after two years and nine months. Here we give thanks for her life and invite you to share your memories of our beloved Baraka.
To celebrate her lasting legacy, we would like to cordially invite you to donate to a cause promoted by The Baraka Khan Foundation in Baraka’s memory: the establishment of The Baraka Khan Visitor Gallery. The BKVG will be a place to host exhibitions on the common religious heritage of the Abrahamic faiths; to promote multi-faith dialogue; and to support community engagement projects. It will also serve as a visitor’s centre and memorialise Baraka. Please find out more and donate at ww.justgiving.com/fundraising/TheBarakaKhanFoundation.
Alternatively, if you wish, you can also make a donation via Baraka’s Just Giving page towards two causes that were closest to her heart: Macmillan Cancer Support (https://www.justgiving.com/BarakaIKhan) and the Cambridge Eco Mosque (https://www.justgiving.com/BarakaIKhan3)
More information on the Cambridge Mosque project can be found at the bottom of the page.Share Your Memories
Baraka has always dreamed big: rarely weighed down by her diagnosis, she inspired everyone around her with thoughts of what she could achieve. A self-confessed bookworm, she excelled academically, with stellar results in her GSCEs and IB, before winning a place at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, to study Social & Political Sciences. Among her favourite activities at Emmanuel, Baraka loved rowing. If she couldn’t be found wandering the banks of the Cam, chances are she’d be found on the river itself, both as a cox and a rower. Baraka always had a plan to use her education for good, to change the world in any way she could, a vision she never lost sight of. Just two days after her passing, she was due to collect a Master’s Degree from Cambridge.
Despite receiving a diagnosis of incurable lung cancer at just twenty two, she faced each day with grace, humility, and quiet determination. Often turning to her faith for strength, she found support in Allah and His provision for her, along with her loving family and caring friends. In particular, she shared a true bond with her husband Modasser, who shared her dreams and, courageously, her burdens. Between rounds of treatment, she raised nearly £600,000 (and counting!) for charitable causes that were close to her heart, through 3 sponsored walks in her hometown, her cherished Cambridge, and climbing Primrose Hill with her faithful walking stick, whom she named Gerald.
Baraka’s spirit, humour, and good company, will never be forgotten. We have been privileged to have known her, to share her devotion and optimism for the world.
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Baraka was blessed to have such a range of devoted and remarkable friends who supported her at every step of her journey. We would love to hear some of your stories and memories that you have shared with Baraka during her life.
The evening after Baraka’s funeral, peers from her time at Emmanuel College gathered to receive their Masters certificates from Cambridge University. The Master of Emmanuel College broke the sad news of Baraka’s passing, and all held a minute’s silence to honour Baraka. Memories of her time at Emma were then collated in a beautiful leather book, and the touching tributes of her classmates and contemporaries can be read below.
One of causes closest to Baraka’s heart was raising funds for a new mosque in Cambridge. In her own words, the Muslim community of her university town nurtured her faith, quenching both her intellectual and spiritual thirst. However the existing mosque has been long outgrown by its worshippers, who often have to spill out onto the street for Friday prayers. The Cambridge Mosque project has a vision of an eco-friendly, beautifully designed building, that will serve as a cultural bridge between the different communities in Cambridge. Please take the time to watch the videos below, explaining the need for the mosque, and taking you on a 3D tour of the designs so far. You can donate via Baraka’s JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/BarakaIKhan3
It is with great pleasure we announce that the latest in series of the Baraka’s Open House events was held on 27th August. The event was a special one, as Baraka would have turned 25 on 23rd August.
On this occasion,Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad (Professor T.J Winter), gave a short talk. He shared reflections on the metaphysical elements of life, beginning with a verse from a recording by Baraka of Surah Naba (78:39): “Let him who wills take the place of return to his Lord.” The Quran often mentions the place that we are heading for as a place of “return”. Our traditions say that what is in the next world is not the same as this world, but better. When we think of where we are going and where our loved ones have gone ahead of us, we are all on the same path of a return to God. To the believer in the confidence of the last justice and mercy of God, this return marks the end of all suffering and separation.
As always, we were blessed with the plentiful attendance of Baraka’s family and friends, remembering Baraka and the good work she did, and continues to do to this day. It is truly wonderful to continue to be surrounded by so much generosity, good will and support on a monthly basis.
Until next time
Shaista & Iqbal Khan
The Baraka Khan Foundation
It is with great pleasure we announce that the fourth Baraka’s Open House was held on 30th July. On this occasion, Lynda Thomas, CEO of Macmillan Cancer, gave a short talk, along with Mr. Yaqub Yousuf, a long time family friend. Mr Yousuf ran the 2016 London Marathon in Baraka’s honour and in support of the cause of Macmillan Cancer.
During her talk Lynda shared the launch of a new powerful campaign from Macmillan, revealing that every day 889 people will be told they have cancer in the UK. The campaign emphasises how no one should have to face cancer alone. For Baraka this sentiment was very important, choosing to fundraise for the charity, as on the day of her diagnosis a Macmillan nurse was on-hand for emotional support. During treatment she stocked up on leaflets on how to cope with fatigue and eating problems. Fortunately, she always had the support of her family and friends, but realising that not everyone is equally fortunate, she hoped nobody would ever be alone in their fight with cancer. Baraka was always grateful for the friends and family that stood by her, for all the doctors and nurses who helped her, and for what independence she was able to have until the end.
Mr Yousuf, in turn, discussed the lasting impact Baraka had on the life of so many, inspiring everyone around her to do good in the world. He also remembered how emotional it was to complete the marathon in her honour, and how Baraka ran her own marathon every day with grace and humility, inspiring him on a daily basis, and having promised to be there for him at the finishing line when he completed the marathon.
The family was touched and honoured to have both Lynda and Mr. Yaqub at the event that saw many in attendance, not least as Baraka was so committed to the cause of Macmillan. We trust that the event inspired many to continue to support important causes such as Macmillan in ensuring that nobody faces cancer alone.
We are thrilled that we can continue the good work she did in her lifetime for the cause, celebrating the legacy she left behind. The day was also blessed by the presence of Mr Sanjiv Mehta and Mrs Mehta, Ustadh Moustafa and his wife Silma, as well as Atilla Kurama and his wife Nehad, along with Baraka’s dear Aunty Yasmin and her husband Armoghan, who all spoke kind words of Baraka on the day.
Please note that the next Baraka’s Open House Event will be held on 27th August, celebrating her 25th Birthday, with the esteemed Professor Tim Winters speaking on the occasion.
We will leave you with the poem that Lynda shared with us on the day, ‘You’ll never walk alone’ and look forward to seeing you next time.
‘You’ll never walk alone’:
When you walk through the storm
Hold your head up high
And don’t be afraid of the dark
At the end of the storm
There’s a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of the lark
Walk on, through the wind
Walk on, through the rain
Though your dreams be tossed and blown
Walk on, walk on, with hope in your heart
And you’ll never walk alone
You’ll never walk alone
Shaista and Iqbal Khan
Shaista and Iqbal Khan
We look forward to celebrating the legacy of Baraka with you on the next occasion.
Shaista and Iqbal Khan
Event Summary: Baraka’s Open House, 26th March 2016