Sam Abrar Khan, a leading activist of the Muslim, South Asian and Pakistani American community in New Jersey who also served as secretary general of Pakistan Tehrik e insaf USA, was laid to rest at a Muslim cemetery in New Jersey. Khan died of health complications after fighting for his life for three weeks at a New Jersey hospital on May 29. Late Khan was one of the most distinguished Pakistani Americans based in New Jersey and tri-state area.
His Namaz-e-Janaza was offered at Masjid Al-Wali in Edison, NJ. A large number of Pakistani American community and representatives of several other communities attended the Namaz-e-Janaza and offered their respects to late Khan. He was later laid to rest in Forest Green Park Cemetery in Morganville, NJ. Khan worked tirelessly for interfaith harmony and political empowerment of Pakistanis, South Asian and other communities. He was the Chief executive officer at MAK Group of Companies and AM Contracting. He was also chairman of the American Muslim Council and South Asian Community Outreach. Khan’s death left the Pakistani community in shock as condolences poured in.
“Sam Khan had a personality larger than life. He was a well-respected leader who worked tirelessly to unite communities. I will remember him for his generosity and persistence. His legacy will continue to inspire us all,” mycentraljersey.com quoted Edison Mayor Sam Joshi as saying.
Sam Khan unsuccessfully ran for mayor as a Republican in Edison in 2013 and 2017. He was also a member of the Middlesex County Planning Board, according to county officials.
Community social media groups went into overdrive to express shock and grief at the death of Khan, known for his generosity and community activism. The Muslim Officers Society of New York Police Department, PTI leader Dr Shahbaz Gill and many community leaders took to Twitter to condole his death.
Extremely sad to learn about the passing of Sam Khan, a great individual who was not only an award recipient from @NYPDMuslim but also a great leader for the #Muslim community in #NewJersey Always looking to improve the lives of all the people by connecting serving, & advocating. pic.twitter.com/vsD7rL5vXk
— NYPDMOS (@NYPDMuslim) May 30, 2023
Just heard about the Death news of our friend and community leader and activist of Pakistani American Community. the Gen Secetry of PTI USA, Sam Abrar Khan. Rest in peace my friend. pic.twitter.com/GJb88kkPTY
— Dr. Shahbaz GiLL (@SHABAZGIL) May 30, 2023
إِنَّا لِٰلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ
May Allah SWT bless him with the highest rank in Jannah. This is heartbreaking, a huge loss to our community and his family. Sam Khan https://t.co/OCLkDPrLcM
— Sheikh Aftab (@SheikhAftabVa) May 30, 2023
“With the last program, Sam Khan, we actually lost a good community leader. He was actually a great asset to the entire Pakistani community and all other communities in New Jersey. Sam Bhai was always the one to walk with everyone, he had a big heart for everyone. We have no words to thank him. I just pray that Allah Almighty will raise their ranks, Amen, wrote a community activist Mohmmad Tahir Sandhu on his Facebook post.
Pakistan Tehrik e Insaf leaders, including Atif Khan, also expressed grief over the death of Khan.
إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ
Sad to announce the death of our dear friend Sam Abrar Khan in New Jersey today. Sam Khan was a renowned community leader and Ex Secretary General PTI USA. May Allah grants him highest place in Jannah and gives Sabr to the family. https://t.co/3uFWKPy6pV
— Atif Khan (@akhan4pakistan) May 30, 2023
Pakistan Week extends its deepest condolences to the family of the late Sam Khan and prays to Allah to grant him the highest place in Jannah. Ameen