Ameena Ashfaq
1981 - 2015
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Ameena Ashfaq
Ameena Nadeem Ashfaq was born in Metairie, Louisiana on December 19, 1981 and passed away at age 33 on March 31, 2015.
Ameena attended Stephen F. Austin High School in Sugar Land before enrolling at the University of Texas at Austin and graduating with a major in Plan II Honors. There, she was appointed as the University Ombudsman in 2003, in which she served as liaison between the entire student body and administration. In addition, Ameena excelled at advanced classes in expository writing and fiction.
While a senior in high school and researching colleges, she met Rehan Ahmed. A friendship and romance developed, and despite attending colleges in different states, they married after graduating in 2004. The couple moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where Ameena completed law school at Vanderbilt University. Their favorite activities including walking the beautiful campus, swimming at the rec center (where Ameena would beat her husband in races), and enjoying sushi at Ameena's favorite restaurant, conveniently located just a block from their apartment.
Upon graduating law school, Ameena returned to Houston to join the Baker and Hostetler law firm as an attorney focused on health care issues. She was beloved by her colleagues for her intelligence, meticulous work, and caring, positive attitude. She also worked on several pro bono cases for those requiring legal assistance.
Although a lawyer by trade, Ameena had a passion for art. She was surrounded by art her entire life; Ameena's mother and great-grandfather are renowned artists. Her primary and favorite medium was fused glass, and she cultivated this craft for more than ten years. Her contemporary style focused on religious themes and abstract forms. Her work has been featured in the John Natsoulas Gallery in Davis, California and is part of the permanent collection of the Islamic Art Exhibit in San Francisco.
God was kind to let Ameena and Rehan travel all over the world, and their favorite destinations were Hawaii, Maldives, Malaysia, Turkey, and Egypt. She was passionate about water and they were fortunate to swim, scuba dive, and snorkel in many waters of the world. She loved quietly sitting outside contemplating and reading, finding new restaurants with her mother, playing word games with her father, and gently guiding her younger brother.
Although taken young, God allowed Ameena to live, love, and experience much in the past 33 years. She exhibited grace, gratitude, and patience in her near two-year battle with cancer, and developed lasting bonds with her care team at MD Anderson. She had an exceptionally loving family and experienced a deep and astonishing love with her husband for nearly half of her life. She constantly felt blessed to be surrounded by friends and family that were inspiring, caring, and genuine. She had few regrets in life and passed away while reciting scripture from the Quran.
She is survived by her husband, Rehan Ahmed, her parents, Nadeem and Seema Ashfaq, her brother Sameer, and her sister-in-law Noor.

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Published in Houston Chronicle on Apr. 7, 2015.
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August 10, 2018
I met Ameena when I worked at Baker Hostetler years ago and thought she was the kindest person. I was so sad to hear of her passing. Last night I woke up to her name on my mind. I don't know why. But I want to express my condolences to her family and let you know she still inspires me. What a beautiful soul!
Denise Moreau
July 4, 2016
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Jenna Marques
October 5, 2015
I did not know Ms. Ashfaq but saw a memorial to her in the Texas Bar Journal. Her lovely smile leapt off the page and I could not help but think she did not belong there. I read her obituary which was so positive and up lifting. I will strive to be more appreciative of my own life and the gifts I have been granted. I am sorry for her suffering but feel inspired by the way she lived.
August 22, 2015
Please accept my deepest condolences on your loss of a wonderful soul. I met Ameena at UT when she was a member of the Texas Union's CoSponsorship Board, which I advised. She would brighten my day every time I saw her. Brilliant, kind, considerate, charming, humorous: they only begin to scratch the surface of her numerous gifts. She gave me a hand-made card that I still cherish. I am sorry to have learned of her passing, only now. She lives in so many memories. May they bring some comfort to those of us left to grieve.
Marguerite Elliott
May 5, 2015
I am truly so very sorry to hear about Ameena's passing.My deepest sympathy goes out to all of her family and loved ones.
Pat Chambers
April 26, 2015
We have started a memorial fund in Ameena's memory:
Rehan Ahmed
April 18, 2015
Hannah Ahmed
April 17, 2015
Dearest Seema and Nadeem

Our prayers and thoughts have been with you from the time I find out Ameena was ill. Dearest Seema, your painting occupies a central space in my home and heart. With every glance i say a silent prayer for both you and Ameena.
May Allah give you the strength to bear this sadness my dear.
May Allah grant Ameena a place in Jannat al Firdaus.
Please accept our heartfelt condolences and prayers.
Inalilahi wa inalilahi hirajiun
Shihab and Norli
April 16, 2015
Dear Rehan, Nadeem, Seema, Sameer, and Noor,
It is with a very heavy heart JJ and I send our deepest sympathies in this difficult time for all of you. I have many fond memories of Ameena as a wonderful girl and then a beautiful young woman and wife. Our prayers are with you all at this difficult time please except our deepest sympathy.
Denise Marques
April 14, 2015
Ameena, was a very sweet & nice
person. I'm so very sorry to hear of her passing. MDAnderson Sugarland RCC Lab.
Cynthia West
April 11, 2015
Rehan Ahmed and Amina,s family.
My thoughts and prayers have been with you. Amina was a wonderful caring and pious person.

A place in Jannat e firdaus is reserved for her inshallah by the grace of Allah SUBANATAALA

April 9, 2015
Dear Seema and Nadeem, please accept our most sincere condolences.
Claudia and Guillermo Beltran
April 9, 2015
Dear Nadeem and Seema,

Bob and I extend our most heartfelt sympathies in the loss of your beloved daughter Ameena. She was a wonderful young woman when she used to babysit for us when you lived in Foster's Green. Always so creative and fun with the kids...they always wanted us to have Ameena come over. I am so sad for you all...our hearts go out to you and our prayers will be for you all as you grieve your tremendous loss. Please give your son our deepest sympathies as well as Ameena's dear husband.She was a remarkable young woman and will be missed by so many. God's peace in your sadness and grief. Jamie and Bob Todor
Jamie and Bob Todor
April 8, 2015
Ameena .. Rest in peace . May allah azzwajhal grant you the highest abode in Jhannat ul Firdose. Ameen.. May Allah give sabr to your loving parents and to your awesome husband ... ALLAH Subhantala gave you nijaat from your suffering and took you away to the best abode JHANNAT UL FIRDOSE.. Rest in peace .. One before one after we all have to meet our lord one day .. What belongs yo him goes back to him. INA LILAHI WO INA ILLAHI RAJIOUN..
Kausar Karim
April 8, 2015
My heart goes out to your family in the loss of such a precious person. You were truly blessed to have such a great daughter. She had a great life,although too short, and was a blessing to all she met. Keep those wonderful memories of her close as nothing can take those away. Your family will continue to be in our prayers.
David Kirk
April 8, 2015
Dear Nadeem and Seema,

May Allah swt grant that your beloved Ameena, an exemplary young woman of all that is good, be placed amongst the solihin. Her life has been remarkable.

My parents join us in remembering you, Rehan, Sameer and Noor at this time and we keep Ameena and all of you in our thoughts and prayers.

Rao and Zuli
April 8, 2015
InshAllah her work and impact will continue to live forever. May her family find peace.
April 8, 2015
So sorry to hear about such a talented young person being taken away by God. May God bless her with a place in the heavens and grant comfort to the family.
April 8, 2015
It came as a shock to hear of Ameena's passing. Please accept our condolence. Our thoughts are with family. May Allah Bless her Soul.
Pervez and Imrana
April 8, 2015
Very sorry to read about ameena, may she always rest in peace
April 8, 2015
So sorry for the loss of your beautiful and the family is in our thoughts and prayers ❤❤
Michelle Rainey
April 8, 2015
May Allah swt accept her final words of of His blessed book and make it her companion in her grave, allow the breezes of Jannah to flow through her transitory abode and grant her the ultimate end, jannatul firdaus. Ameen
-Abid Farooq
Abid Farooq
April 8, 2015
A couple of days ago my dearest Ameena Chachi passed away from kidney cancer. She inspired many people with her strength and love. I am so lucky that I had a wonderful memory about her before she departed. Last week my cousins and I went to her house we sat outside on a breezy spring night in Houston. My Rehan chacha (uncle) brought out Graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate. He started a warm fire and we made delicious s'mores with my Ameena Chachi and Rehan Chacha that is a memory that I will never forget.... My aunt Ameena was diagnosed about 2 years ago and every since then she has been so strong and fought cancer! I am so lucky to have spent so much time with her! I love her so much! And inshallah she will be granted Jannah. Ameen.
Hannah Ahmed
April 7, 2015
With deepest condolences to your family during this time of grief. Luke 23:43
April 7, 2015
I am so sorry to hear of Ameena's passing. I haven't seen her much since law school graduation, but will always remember how incredibly intelligent, kind, and grounded she was. My thoughts are with her husband and family. She will be missed.
Melissa Winberg
April 7, 2015
Sorry for your loss condolences go out to all the families may your prayers comfort you in this difficult time. Reba
April 7, 2015
Dearest Ameena, I met you as a teenager. You touched my family so deeply with your happy, beautiful, soul and spirit. My children were babies when they met you. They would always ask "when is Ameena going to babysit for us?" They loved that you would come with nail polish and arts and crafts to entertain them. It was my honor to help your Beautiful Mom with all your wedding preparations. Every moment, every detail was considered with such love. I am a better Mom to my daughter because of the relationship you had with your Mom. All I can ask for is that my Daughter looks at me with the love and respect your showed your parents and younger brother. You will always be a part of my heart. All my love Beautiful Angel.
Dani Kelemen
April 7, 2015
Dear Nadeem ,I was very sad to learn from Shehla Zakaullah of your great loss..May Allah Taalah bless Ameena with His infinite mercy and grant you and your family the sabar to bear this immense loss with courage and fortitude.Lots of fond wishes,Arifa apa.
April 7, 2015
What a wonderful tribute to a special woman taken far too soon. My sincere condolences to her family.
David Marshall
April 7, 2015
I am Soofia Aleem's Aunti, I met her in Soofia's wedding and really enjoy her company,May Allah grant her the highest rankings in Jannah and give sabr to those she left behind, I never can forget her. Gulnaz Khalid
Gulnaz Khalid
April 7, 2015
I will be praying for peace and strength for Ameena's family. Very simply, she's one of the best people I've ever known. I am in awe of Ameena's courage and strength. I will remember her and be inspired by her immense capacity for love, always.
Angel Harkins-Taylor
April 6, 2015
We pray for strength and patience for the loved ones Ameena left behind. May God bless her and the whole family during this difficult time.
Maliha Ali
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