Anwar Khan
(1932 - 2011)

Anwar Khan
Nickname: Abbu Jee

January 10, 1932

Connecticut, United States of America
November 2, 2011


Mr. Anwar Khan (fondly know to family and friends as Abbu Jee) was born and raised in Hoshyarpur India on January 10th, 1932 to Mr. Fazal Muhammed (Babu Jee) and Ghulam Fatima (Amma Jee). He earned his higher education at Jamia Millia Islamia University in New Delhi. The Dean of the University, while Abbu Jee was attending, was the legendry Dr. Zakir Husain who served as the Vice President and later the President of India. Abbu Jee’s time and education with his mentor Dr. Husain served to help strengthen his passion for education and community service. Abbu Jee’s last message to his children and grandchildren echoed the need to always strive for better education and knowledge regardless of the challenges they may face.

As Abbu Jee was growing up he had the opportunity to meet in person and shake hands with Mahatma Gandhi (founding father of India) and Mohammed Ali Jinnah (Quaid e Azam- founding father of Pakistan). He recalled the challenges during the independence of Pakistan from the British Empire, when he traveled from India to Pakistan at the young age of 15 and he reminded us constantly how freedoms should never be taken for granted. These early that impressions gave him the admirable qualities of being honorable and patriotic.

Abbu Jee fondly recalled how his father started from scratch when the family came to Pakistan and by hard work and dedication the family was able to establish themselves. The role model of hard work, belief in his own capacities was a part of his DNA. He was able to create sustainability in the most difficult of projects. He was a true believer in empowering the people and allowing individuals to develop and nourish independent thinking. That is how he raised his children and influenced his grandchildren.

He spoke dearly on how his father created a school for female literacy in India and supported it even after he moved to Pakistan to make sure the children especially girls would get education.

Abbu Jee’s faith and patience was monumental and carried him through many financial and health challenges. He kept a smile on his face when challenges came his way. He was a strong believer of not worrying about things that he did not control. His attitude on life was a priceless gift he gave to his children and all those who knew him. It was truly inspirational. He lived his faith. He was not shy, as tears of love flowed on even the mention of his true Beloved.

Abbu Jee was married to Ammi (Zia ul Qamar) in July 26th,1957. He would fondly call her “Jan” or his “life” and his “Queen”. He was always striving for her happiness and always appreciated the unconditional love and care she untiringly gave. Their marriage and love was what gave the family strength and roots.

Anwar Khan started his career as a contractor in the construction of roads in the remote parts of Pakistan and later joined the new family business of farming. His foresight in establishing partnership and profit sharing with all the workers allowed him to achieve unprecedented success.

He gave education immense importance and as all his children went onto higher forms of education, he ensured that their education was paid for in a savings account in the chance that he may pass away prematurely. As a result of his perseverance and Ammi’s dedication four of their children are doctors and one is an engineer.

His other passions included cricket, and love for fruits especially mangoes and oranges. Both would bring a beautiful smile to his face.

Abbu Jee leaves behind his wife, Zia Ul Qamar, 3 sons and 2 daughters, their spouses and children. These include their daughter Iffat Ibrahim, and Ibrahim Farooq and their son Mustapha (residing in Canada); son, Sohail Anwar married to Fariha Anwar and their 3 sons Zarak, Hazik and Arbaz Anwar (residing in England); daughter, Bushra Qaiser married to Qaiser Mahmood parents of Kanza, Wardah, Shehnoor, Azka, Baariz Qaiser (residing in Pakistan); son, Umair Anwar married to Shazia Anwar and parents to Shanzay, Simra and Rayan Anwar (residing in Naperville, IL USA) and son, M. Saud Anwar married to Yusra Anwar, parents of Taha and Taseen Anwar (residing in South Windsor, CT).

Some of his favorite saying that he lived by included:
“Farming keeps you humble. The farmer only plants the seeds but the fruit of the seed is in the control of the Beloved.”
“There is only one possession that cannot be taken away from you and that is education. All else is transient in this life.”
and finally,
“I am not worried if my team wins or loses as long as they have the spirit to fight till the end and play fair.”

The family would like to thank various physicians who had helped him throughout his health. These include Dr. Hall at Hartford Transplant and Dr. Vinay Ranga who previously was at the Hartford Transplant service and is currently in Memphis Tennessee, and Dr. Asad Rizvi, his cardiologist, who he loved like a son. Their care, diligence and kindness at the various levels of his medical problems was a blessing. They are indebted to the family of the donor kidney who gave Abbu Jee over 8 years of dialysis free, healthy time with his family. The family would like to thank his Visiting Nurse Jackie London for her work and care through Interim-Care for past many years. Lastly, we all are grateful for the love and support from friends and family all over the world.

In lieu of flowers the family request that donation be sent in the name of Anwar Khan to: The Citizen Foundation USA, (a 501C 3 entity) supporting education of underprivileged children. ( Checks can be sent to TCF, USA, 185 Fairview Dr, South Windsor, CT 06074.

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Our loved ones may leave us in some ways, but they stay with us in many more modes. This father’s day as I reflect and miss my Abbu Jee, I know he lives through me.

Following are a small fraction of what I will hopefully continue to strive to achieve through his examples. His unconditional love for all of his children. His passion for education. His ability to work hard in every possible way, and not be worried if the outcome was not in his favor. His ability to speak the truth and stand for it, even when it may not have been in his own best interest. His love for the Almighty Beloved and His creation. As his illness progressed, his readiness to meet The Beloved with no fear or concern, but Trust and Complete conviction of ultimate intimacy. I could go on, as there is so much….

I hope and pray that I could be as good a person and a role model for my sons as Abbu Jee has been for me, and I be able to live up to the high standards that may make we worthy of being his son.
Saud Anwar (Son)
June 15th, 2014
This is my first father day without my father being physically here with me. As I wonder, how is this particular day different than every day of the last 7 and half months being without him, I am not sure?

Every day, early morning and evening I would sit with him, even if it was for a little bit. Those precious moments were filled with his gentleness, his smile, his unconditional love and care. He would make sure that I was well, I had a good day, and I was taking care of myself. In his gentle way, he would ask if I was being a good father.

I cannot begin to recognize all the gifts that I have been given by him. He would remind me at times, that he had consciously worked to give all of his children the power of decision making. He said, at times, he knew that we are possibly not making a good decision, but he would help us by allowing us to have that power and responsibility and thus slowly start to make good choices. Giving me the ability to think, decide and be independent in my approach on difficult choices and taking responsibility for those choices has been a gift.

As he struggled through the various health challenges for many years, he never complained even a single time and even when he had to go for a minor or major surgery, he smiled through them. This character remained firm even till the end. As he knew that he was coming close to the next stage of life, he smiled and with a firm belief said, I am not worried, but am happy. I have fulfilled my promise, and I know He Will Fulfill His.

His passion for education for his own children and grand children was so much that he asked each of his grand children to make sure that they work hard and remain focused on the best education that they can get, and make sure that learning remains of part of their DNA for ever. .

As everyday I recognize, he is no longer physically here with me, every day I am reminded that he lives within me. As a young child and adult, I wanted to make him proud, and make him happy, and be like him, and that desire remains unchanged. I work to try and have some of his characters as a part of me. I am successful to some degree in some, but clearly I have too big shoes to fill.

I cannot thank our Beloved to have granted such a beautiful gift of being with him and being raised by him. I recognize that every moment that we spend with the people that we love and care about is a gift and also part of a future history and memory.

So this father’s day in many ways is just like another day, where every day I miss his physical presence, but maybe a little bit more as we had special times during the father’s days. For my friends, please give special love and take special care of your fathers today and every day and keep people in your prayers, who can no longer do it.
Saud Anwar (Son)
June 17th, 2012
Out of all the things Dada Jan could have said to me as his last words over the phone, he told me to always study hard. It was the best thing I think he could say. It was good for me, my future, and him. I miss him so much and hope the best always.
Simra A. (Grandaughter)
November 27th, 2011
From Kanza Noor to Nana Abu;

“Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.”

Here, is a great man, who in one lifetime managed to prove all three correct. NanaAbu, you’ve always been an inspiration to all those who had the pleasure of knowing you. With a calm, silent exterior, and a fun-loving, adventurous spirit, a kind, selfless heart, and a smile and a prayer forever on your lips; it was a sad day indeed when we lost you. But, if there’s anything at all that you’ve taught us, it is to be strong in the face of adversity and to have faith even in the worst of times. So, it is with great sadness that we bid you goodbye, but you shall forever be with us, in our hearts and in everything we do.

Love you lots.
Kanza Noor Qaiser (grand-daughter)
November 17th, 2011
It was an honor getting to know you, if only for a short time, Mr. Khan. I enjoyed the time I spent with you and Mrs. Khan. Please accept my sincere condolences Mrs. Khan and family. He was a beautiful and kind man. I shall miss him.
Stephen Hawk
November 9th, 2011
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"Our loved ones may leave us in some ways, but they stay with us in many more modes. This father’s day as I reflect and miss my Abbu Jee, I know he lives through me. Following are a small fraction of what I will hopefully continue to strive to ach"
Saud Anwar
June 15th, 2014
"Miss you a lot, Abba ji."
Iffat Ibrahim
May 2nd, 2013
"I love you Abajee... Dil nahi lug raha.. I'm so confused. I miss you so much.. I love you Abu. kuch theek nahi lug raha..."
Bushra Anwar
November 22nd, 2011
"from Kanza Noor “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” Here, is a great man, who in one lifetime managed to prove all three correct. NanaAbu, you’ve always been an inspiration to all those w"
Kanza Noor Qaiser
November 17th, 2011
"Missing you so much Abajee...I still hear your voice in my silence. I never saw a more affectionate person as you when i'm meeting people who keep praising while telling me of their experiences with you. You are lucky man everyone loves you Abajee."
Bushra Anwar
November 16th, 2011
"I love u and will never forget u Nana Abu because legends never die!u always were,are and will be an inspiration to me!And I'll try to follow your footsteps.I will remember u always, in each decision I make I'll try to make u happy bcoz ur watching"
Azka Qaiser
November 13th, 2011
"I have always admired your staight forwardness, honesty of purpose,courage, perseverness and humor. You gave the best education, values and power of decision making to your children and indeed left your footprints for the future generation.Anis"
Anis Rahmaan
November 10th, 2011
"You have a beautiful mind and soul...... Your hands are so lovely.. I loved the clear lines in your hands. They were strong and deep. Very clean.. light you a candle everyday."
Bushra Anwar
November 10th, 2011
"Anwar Bhaijan was a great person, who always extended helping hand to the poor & needy,which is a great contribution to humanity."
Imtiaz Samadani
November 9th, 2011
"I love you Dadajann and I miss you so much. Nothing around the house can be the same with out you. By far you are the bravest man any body has ever seen and we all miss you and are aiming to be as great of a person as you. I love you Dadi."
Taseen Anwar
November 8th, 2011


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