April 2013 - Sonia Shah Organization


To My Daughter With Love

My Dearest Sonia

It has been a year that you passed away. You left your body but your spirit and energy is all around us. Though the pain is still very fresh, the emptiness is still very deep and the memories are still very strong.
When I look back on your short life and the last year, I can’t ignore the lessons I have learnt from you, lessons that website like this have made me a better person…….when you were young, I learnt from you the hunger for knowledge, craving to learn about life, people and the world, and the ability to adjust. When you grew up, I learnt from you to be humble yet confident, comfortable in your skin yet seeking friendship and love and achieving big goals without drama.
In your death, I learnt to authentically connect with God and people, to live with a purpose and have faith in a higher power, in myself and in people.
I will continue to learn from you and never stop loving you. Your legacy will never die!


Art Tea Chicago Benefit

Please join us for an exclusive Art Tea Chicago Benefit for Sonia Shah Foundation (SSF) featuring works by Zafar Malik and Sadia Uqaili. Portion of all acquisitions will be generously donated to SSF.

Reception: 5:30 – 10:30 pm
Address: 1280 Carol Lane, Deerfield, IL 60015
RSVP: iramshah12@yahoo.co.uk By invitation only.
Detail: Chundree, Gold leaf and acrylic on canvas 72″ x 40″


Sonia Shah Anniversary Event

Sonia Shah’s first anniversary was observed during Ramadan on July 26, 2013 with iftar at Shahi Nehari in Lombard, IL. Over 150 people gathered to remember Sonia, her dream and her mission to educate underprivileged girls. The program included an update on Sonia Shah Memorial school in Kangra, Pakistan. The construction will start in September and the school Will open in September of 2014 Insha Allah. Dr. Vaseem Iftikhar and Salma Karim recited beautiful Naats.. The keynote speaker for the evening was Professor Waqar Ul Haq who spoke about the value of charity and education in Islam.


Tribute to Sonia Shah

These works are to honor and celebrate Sonia Shah’s tragically short but hugely purposeful life. Both of us are inspired by her youth, vigor, abiding concern for girls’ education and her dedication and commitment to empowering less privileged women. We feel extremely fortunate to have made these works in her memory for this occasion.

In fact, the idea for this particular event Art Tea was born after the interest and enthusiasm generated by the two works Nukta and Chundree created by us. Nukta was auctioned at the first ever fundraiser dedicated to Sonia’s cause and the second piece Chundree is being shown for the very first time.

All the collaborative pieces that Sadia and I have made are informed and resourced from the memories of multiple cultures that Sonia and a lot of us straddle. The incredibly intricate and rich craft traditions of our Eastern heritage and the abstractions and spatial arrangements of our Western and modernist reality feature in our work as a homage to the past and a nod to a brave future for the next generation of girls that Sonia was so concerned about. We’ve used bold and minimalist visual language to signify Sonia’s resolve and her sense of urgency to build a bright future for the less privileged and the small detailed work honors and registers our gratitude to the unsung millions of brilliantly talented women who have toiled for millennia.

This is our tribute to Sonia. May she live forever through the lives of young women that her nascent but powerful ideas will help nurture and empower and may her passion and concern for the poor be a source of inspiration for girls around the globe.

Tribute by Sadia Uqaili and Zafar Malik