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Ali Ayub

September 29th, 1984 - April 30th, 2017

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Name Ali Ayub
Date of Birth September 29th, 1984
Date of Death April 30th, 2017
Home Town Washington, DC, US 
In Memoriam Donation The Citizens Foundation (education funding for underpriveldged children in Pakistan)
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Cemetery Maryland National Memorial
Location Laurel MD
United States
Plot Number The Garden of Jaferia Extension, lot 162D space 2
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SiblingsAlia Ayub, Mariam Ayub
ParentsMahmood Ayub, Mansoora Ayub
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Ruchira published condolence .

I am so sorry Mansoora. No words can help you heal from this sorrow, but know that I am thinking of you and feel for you.

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Raza published condolence .

Ali is still out there reading all of this. I'm sure he feels the utmost satisfaction knowing that the less fortunate youth of Pakistan are receiving their rights due to him.

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Ghazala Waheed published condolence .

My dearest Mansoora, I have not seen you since we were in school, decades ago. I still remember you as my childhood friend in convent when we were in our teens. Thru Facebook I was in touch with you. I feel tremendously sad to hear about your loss. I have never met Ali but reading about him makes me feel that I knew him too. He was a very gentle and loving person. May he rest in peace. May God give you the strength to bear this loss. Loads of love

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Samina Ali published condolence .

InshaAllah you are in heavens with your creator, blissful and at peace.

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Bibi published condolence .

Dear Mansoora and Ayub, very very sorry to hear about this sudden, untimely and tragic death of your beloved son. May God give you peace and may Ali live under God's Rehmat eternally. Stay well. With best wishes, Amera Raza (Bibi).

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Claudia Diaz published condolence .

My Condolences to your family for your loss. I only met Ali a few times but his loss is deeply felt. For the short time that I knew Ali, I saw a soft spoken, respectful man who was eager to embark on a new path. Ali, your are missed and gone too soon. May you rest in peace.

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Raza published condolence .

And this worldly life is not but, diversion and amusement. And indeed, the home of the Hereafter, that is the eternal life, If they knew. -Quran Sharif 29:64

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Shereen published condolence .

Ali's high school graduation. He was a man of the world. x

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Zahra Hasan published condolence .

We still cant get over the shock and disbelief at what happened and will always remember Ali Hassan as an exceptionally kind and loving person. Even as a young child, he displayed empathy and compassion way beyond his years and all those who knew him could recognize that he was gifted . I know in my heart that he has moved on to beautiful place because he was a beautiful person. Ina lillahe wa ina ilaihe rajeoon.

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Raza published condolence .

Well, I've been trying my hardest to not think about Ali. I've spent the last few days cracking jokes and trying to divert my mind towards other things. It worked for a few days, but here I am back again. I'm here thinking. Thinking about whether our lives truly matter. Thinking about whether others should value your life, If you don't value your own. A huge rush of thoughts are overwhelming me. I think about Ali. And I think that perhaps I have no idea how to handle grief. It feels comfortable to think that he's still out there somewhere in the world doing his thing. Then reality snaps at me and I can't help but think, what good it does for me. I read his old comments on youtube without trying to and get instantly reminded about what happened. I'm not sure If the shock has worn off or whether I am incapable of realizing shock. I suppose I need more time. However, when my mind drifts I get a heavy feeling on my chest and heart. They say time heals, and that's the only solution I can invest in at the moment. I can only depend on Allah swt. Ali's death has impacted me in so many ways, that I can not even describe it. How can I say it was good or bad, when the results are so morbid that I feel sick. I just miss him being around. I will have to have faith in God and keep pushing on. I know Ali would never want me to feel this way, so I try gather strength from his awesome personality. I guess it just becomes hard after a while, but I don't want to disappoint him. Thanks to Ali, there are so many children getting an opportunity for education that would have never had the chance. Allah swt will sprout fragrant flowers around his grave.

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Fm published condolence .

May Allah Grant you a Place in Jannah Bro... You will be missed by your fellow members @ www.defence.pk..

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Zeba Hyder published condolence .

Now you have left us to an unbearable lightness of being. And we will miss you sooo much! May God cradle you in his love! Ameen.

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Chris published condolence .

I went to see u today brother i just cant believe u not here with us it hurts alott from day one u always showed me love we always going to be brothers love u my brother ali may u ride in Paradise

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Noshi published condolence .

Ali Hassan you were the kindest sweetest and loveable human beings that one could have met! I will cherish the memories of my trip to Istanbul - you took me around the city and fed me the best kebabs ever! Then in DC two years ago - you were the perfect host -Sameer, Tanya and Zara loved you! You will be remembered always for your affectionate personality and the love and warmth you radiated - your bright eyes and beaming smile will live in our hearts forever! Rest in peace Ali Hassan

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Shahid published condolence .

sadly was never able to meet Ali and will remain a great regret for me forever. My wife ALWAYS spoke so highly about him every time his name was mentioned, more than anything about how he maintained a serious and intense connection to his homeland and family despite living abroad. Prayers and thoughts to the entire family who are all very special people. May God give them the strength to bear this loss.

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Senses published condolence .

Rest in peace brother

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Sema Hosta published condolence .

Dearest Mansoora, Mahmood and the family, I do not have any words, I am deeply saddened with your loss. May Allah give him the highest place and give you the strength to bear with this loss. Ali and the whole family are in my prayers and thoughts. I believe that now he is in a much better place, Allah keep good care of him and keep him close to you.

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Fruity published condolence .

Little ' Khaloo jaan'. Will miss you terribly.Was talking about you yesterday and rolling over laughing about what you did outside the Pakistani embassy when the Afghanis were protesting! You were truly a free spirit and one of a kind meant for greater things than this world could offer you.At peace knowing you will be with Khala jaan,Khaloo jaan and Mummy.Till we meet again xx

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Ghazala Ulmulk published condolence .

No words come to me at this terrible tragedy which took away our Ali Hassan. You will remain in our hearts and our prayers forever! Allah take good care of him and keep him close to you. Till we meet rest in peace my dearest nephew. Love you always. Your Dalla aunty

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Siraj Ulmulk published condolence .

I had first met Ali Hassan when , as a little boy, he had come to meet his grand parents Mr and Mrs Abul Hassan in Lahore. But where I really met him was when I was staying in his home in Washington DC when he had stating grown up into a fine young man. On the very first day of our meeting he broke the age barrier of forty years between us and came across to me as a person with a body in USA but a heart and soul in Pakistan. I saw in him the countless young Pakistani youth who feel more passionately about Pakistan than those of them who live here. Despite the fact that he had lived all his young life in USA he wanted to go to Pakistan and live there. He spoke about it comfortably. As if he had already experienced life in Pakistan. He was fascinated when I told him about Chitral. How people there were still living a happy life closer to nature. Anything I mentioned to him about Pakistan would fas&cinate him. His light brown eyes would brighten up and the dimple on his left cheek would show up even more. Young men like Ali Hassan are the real hope for us to get our beloved country back on track. Sadly he is no more. My biggest regret is that he was not able to see Chitral. He would have surely loved to be here as much as we would have loved to have him with us to feel his warmth whenever we spoke of our country and our people. May God bless you and keep you in peace dearest Ali Hassan.

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Mehnaz Ulmulk published condolence .

My Dear Mansoora Aunty, Uncle Mehmood,Alia and Maryam I have no words to describe the immense sadness I feel upon hearing about the tragic loss of Ali Hassan.We last met him at Alia's wedding and from then on he has lived in our hearts constantly. Gahtan and i felt and instant fondness for him.His warmth and the sparkle in his eyes every time he spoke of home and Pakistan will never be forgotten.He left us doing what he was passionate about and will continue to live in our hearts.I wish we could be with the four of you at this time. Ali, you were loved by so many and I am proud to have had a cousin like you.Having read all the messages from your friends- I can see you brightened their days like you did ours in the short time we spent with you in France.Rest in peace.

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Mehreen Noon published condolence .

My dear Mansoora, Mahmood and Ali's brave sisters my heart goes out to all of you. May allah give you the strength to bear this loss. His memory will live with you forever and may God give him the highest place. Love and prayers.

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Raza published condolence .

Another picture of my dear brother growing up in the mean streets of Lahore. He was always a daredevil from the time he learned how to ride a bike. May Allah swt bless him and his family. Ali is in heaven, probably waiting for me so that I can join him and we can race each other. My heart is heavy, but I will be coming to you soon Ali bhai.

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Raza published condolence .

A picture of my jiggar or older brother growing up in the mean streets of Lahore.

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Raza published condolence .

Ali was a kind and gentle soul. Above that, he was very intelligent and articulate. Among us friends, he was the absolute most patriotic Pakistani. I say this because with all the flaws that Pakistan has, he always represented our nation with fierce patriotism and goodwill. He never involved himself with the negatives. He had a will and aspiration that surpassed most people in this day and age. He even had a sticker of the flag of Pakistan on his bike. He also had another sticker '786' on his bike which translates to Bismillah or ie (In the name of Allah swt). He was a very sharp guy, and always so polite. I give thanks to Mehmood uncle and Mansoora aunty for raising him this way. He was a star amongst all of us Pakistanis growing up in the US that didn't have many role models to follow. A cool guy that we all loved and respected. I used to chat and talk to him on the phone for over 7 years. We even scheduled meetings to visit one another, but could never get it done due to busy schedules. I regret that so much. He was my brother and will always be my older brother. I will never stop thinking about him. The best thing about Ali was that he never let the world change him, rather he was one of the few daring people that wanted to change the world. I miss him so much. I send all of his family so much love. To me, he was flesh and blood and I will never forget him. He will always be alive in my heart.

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Terry Brocks published condolence .

I first met Ali thru my on line car stereo business to sell amp and box for his Mercedes .. He loved that car ..We participated in car audio competitions together and he met news friends and everyone loved Ali.. Ali had a genuine personality and he went from a random person to being accepted by everyone as a car audio family member in very little time.. I remember the days behind my apt building we used to install and tune our car audio systems before the events.... The car audio world,my friends,and team mates are devastated by his passing. Ali H Ayub will be missed but NEVER forgotten.. R.I.P. my brother!

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Hira Adil published condolence .

I remember the first time you called me tapoosa, not knowing what it meant my 11-year old self was highly offended. But you understood and before I could burst out in tears, told me it was an amazing bird and that only certain people have the privilege to be called the mighty tapoos- I didn't believe you-but I settled. After that every day was tapoos day and every chat was a tapoos chat. Now that I want to remember more, this is the only memory that shines through. Nothing can ever replace your being. A tabidar friend, a caring uncle and an extraordinary human.

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Zeenat published condolence .

Ali Hassan its almost 5th day that you are not with us in this temporary world but i can feel your presence everywhere. I can see you in Abbajani's house. The beautiful smile on your face and lovely dimples how can i forget.My dear cousin you were a binding force of our family. How can i forget your love and affection for every one. Ali do you remmember jamhoor our servant he was sharing your memories with us by saying that Ali was a gem of this family. I told him that he was, he is and he will be a gem of our family. This is a very hard time on us but Ali i am sure and i have a very strong faith in Allah that you are enjoying ur motorbike ride in jannat. We are proud of you my dear brother. Always waiting to see you. Your cousin Zeenat (inna lilahe wa inna elahae rajeoon)

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Shereen Ayub published condolence .

Ali Hassan in Istanbul, a city he adored and that loved him back.

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Luke published condolence .

Ali welcomed me into the family with open arms, he had an amazingly relaxed but engaging demeanour, maintaining such ease of presence regardless of the situation. Ali had an ability to talk across a wealth of topics and subjects (and in 3 languages), he could relate and offer so much to so many people and as a result, an amazing number of people loved Ali. Ali's passion for cars and bikes ran very deep, we spent many a conversation discussing the merits of one brand or another though I admit his car knowledge was far superior than mine. His departure is sudden and tragic, I feel he had only begun to explore his own capacity.

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Shereen published condolence .

When I was a child, I would hear story after story from Nader and Adnan about their times spent with Ali Hassan, whether it be in Michigan, Texas or D.C. I always loved hearing these stories, precisely because (besides them all being hilarious) I could hear the sense of brotherly love when they would tell said stories. The way they described these anecdotes were as if they were talking about another sibling. There's one memory I think about a lot since, fortunately, we had audio recordings of and we would listen to these frequently: when Ali would visit us in Texas, the 3 boys would gather around our (my) Sony Kids radio/cassette recorder and record themselves as they put on all sorts of skits. One particular segment was a heated debate between Ali v. Nader & Adnan: which city did the Texas Ayubs live in- Arlington or Dallas? There was most likely a heated Cowboys-Redskins rivalry debate in there, too. They probably occupied themselves for hours at a time doing this. Such simple times. We got older. In 2008, even though I hadn't heard from Ali in my teenage years, we instantly reconnected; it was so natural, as if we had regularly been in contact. That was the first time I would experience his uncanny ability to genuinely and whole-heartedly connect and stay connected with you. At the time we reconnected, he was living in Turkey and he urged us to visit him. To this day, my adventure in Turkey is still one of my favorite trips, and it was directly because of Ali and the way in which he toured Nader and me around Istanbul, a city which he deeply loved. From that trip, I was able to then form more vivid memories with Ali, this time in adulthood. The following year, this continued at Adnan's wedding in Pakistan, which is where this picture was taken. I love this photo because of the fact that anytime there was a moment that required immediate and close family to be involved, there was absolutely no doubt that Ali would be sitting next to my brothers and me; he was al

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Shereen Ayub published comment .

always a brother to us. And he was a damn good one. I will miss getting those Ali texts: the ones where he would ask how I am, catch up with my life and fervently plan a possible reunion. I know that that is a relatable experience for the many people he met, loved and continued to keep in touch with. Ali was the only person I knew who could provide memorable experiences *every* single time I had the privilege of hanging out with him. I hope you are resting easy, Ali Hassan. All my love and strength to Mahmood Uncle, Mansoora Auntie, Alia and Mariam. xx

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Sidra published condolence .

I remember how excited we used to get when abba jani used to tell us of your arrival to Pakistan. All your nieces and nephews were always deligted to have you amidst them. This is so surreal; its unbelievable. Just yesterday I used to see you sliding down the railing, which you almost broke, at ami's house. Every memory has hit me with lightning speed; the grave we dug for Nasir uncle's friend's parrot which wasn't anything short of an architectural miracle and how you used to let me play on your playstation. Every visit you made to Pakistan and every visit you intended to make, we waited for your arrival impatiently. Your constant disbelief over how grown up Hira, Haider and I are now as compared to our little spoilt selves. The arguments we had over India and Pakistan, I cannot seem to get any memory out of my mind. I wish I was there more and I wish I had stayed more in touch. Despite it all,I have vowed to learn from your exemplary life and be as invested in establishing and maintain close ties with all who have made me who I am today. Thank you for everything, the world is surely a changed place and I hope and pray that Jannat ul Firdous awaits you. Ameen. Love always. Your niece, Sidra

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Brook Campbell-Crawford published condolence .

I have great memories of hanging with Ali at Alia and Luke's wedding. He was a really calm, kind, and humourous gent; he even managed to upstage me on the poem reciting front! His fairwell to me that day was along the lines of, 'I'll see you soon, we're family now'. While I never did get to see Ali again, I thought about him often and was always interested to hear of his latest endeavours. It seemed our lives traced a similar path in many ways. Devastating loss of a great man.

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Sumeira published condolence .

It is not often that you will meet a person like Ali. Someone so down to earth with such warmth and a zest for life. Ali and I never lived in the same country but he always made an effort to bridge the distance and keep that close family bond alive. I know he has done this with family and friends across the globe and made us all feel cared for and appreciated. In the world that we live in today, this is a rare gift and one that I certainly admired him for. The inundation of love and grief for Ali over the last few days is a true testament to his character and I have no doubt that his memory will live on in the hearts and minds of so many. Rest in peace dear cuz. I'm sure you are in a better place (probably still looking out for everyone!) My love and prayers are also with Uncle Moody, Aunty Mansoora, Alia and Mariam. May Allah give you the patience you need to heal and get through this difficult time.

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Taygibay published condolence .

I only knew Ali online as Abu. Upon learning the news, I gathered one last comment of his that I had liked or thanked and my bike and headed out with all three. My bike being the human powered kind, the ride was slow for Ali but I tried for max effort : outpacing buses and cars until leaving the boulevard that becomes the highway out of town, sprinting against the wind on the long flat industrial street and then racing the fast rolling switchback trail along the river detouring flooded parts until I hit the big field with the tombs, panting and spent. There, I introduced Ali to Hani, a friend of mine who rests there since, well almost 10 years back in Afghanistan he ... anyway, they talked for a moment while I caught my breath. Of the three, only the bike came back with me. Ali let me go back after I showed him the entry point of the trail that goes north west to the mountains, not unlike some in Pakistan ... eternal hills, pristine, quiet. The comment, I'll leave here : "There is no honour in honour killing." I'll remember Ali as both voluntary and measured. That's better balance than most people can attain. Tay.

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Hillary Tolson published comment .

Taygibay this is the most unbelievably vivid tribute. I can hear him say these words, along with "Fear is no policy; surrender is no option." Please keep in touch with me. We used to talk hours on end. His analytic mind and balanced heart always captivated me. He is the love of my life forever and always.

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Farida Haque published condolence .

Part 3 of tribute to Ali Hassan, may you sleep easy... That is why this light shone through him, in gentleness, in grace, in laughter, in passion, even just in a smile. He gave me that gift of learning to love life more truly, just like he did. I think that he gave it to us all. Every day that we spend with such people is a little miracle, because they are the rarest people of all. It is a greater miracle still that I had the privilege to know him. And a greater one still that you raised him to be one. I will remember our time together that way, with great love. I looked up to him then, that fierce light of his shining down on me. I still see it, and I always will. Umair

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Farida Haque published condolence .

Here's the rest of Umair's tribute: part 2 "That the secrets of a good life had revealed themselves to him, and he lived and breathed them as naturally as the rivers flow to the sea. That for him life was not here to be merely endured, explained, won, conquered, but to be celebrated, discovered, given, shared, held close, lived to the edges of one’s being. That pure and true way of seeing, of living, is the rarest thing of all. He taught me all that every time I met him. That is why I looked up to him. I saw many of my peers, many young people in my generation, get lost in the chase. The pursuit of money and things and glory and titles. I did, too. It’s a meaningless quest. All that matters in the end is the days we have with the people that we love. I learned this the hard way. Ali Hassan was wise enough not to lose himself this way. Brave enough, patient enough, joyous enough, Wise beyond his years, as they say—but that misses the point. There are many people who spend their whole lives trying and trying but never quite learning the secrets that Ali Hassan lived and breathed so naturally, so simply, so effortlessly. To live in such a pure way is the best way of all, because it is the way of the heart. The heart is what we treasure most, whether our minds know it or not. And Ali Hassan had a fiercer and stronger and truer heart than than most people I have ever met, or ever will meet. That heart had the courage and wisdom to live a life in a way that taught everyone it met these great and wonderful secrets, of love, of life, of grace, of gentleness, without saying a word. I wondered, always, where, inner light, that radiance, that seemed so natural to him, came from. After I got sick, I understood: Ali Hassan loved life in a genuine way. Not “life” as in “doing things”. Not “life” as in “his life” or “my life” or “their life”. But life. All life. It’s mysteries and struggles and challenges, its differences and contrasts and improbabilities. That is why

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Overload published condolence .

I know Ali as Abu Zulfiqar from defence PK, we hardly have few time discussion and we always agrees with each other on different topics. I was thinking him very old and mature man with full life experience but sad to know he was just 32 and younger to me passed away. I don't know why but this stranger's death deeply effect me, feeling like I lost my family member. May Allah grant you highest place in Jannat, Ameen

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Farida Haque published condolence .

Dearest Mansoora, Mahmood, Alia and Mariam, here's the tribute Umair wrote to Beloved Ali Hassan. "Dear Mansoora Khala, Mahmood Uncle, Aliya, and Mariam, I want to say how deeply sorry I am. I’m sorry too that I couldn’t come today, but I am too sick right now to travel. So I thought I would write to you instead. It goes without saying that I loved Ali Hassan like a little brother. You always said, Mom and Fath always said, how much Ali Hassan looked up to me. But the truth is that I looked up to Ali Hassan. Because his light seemed to shine down on me. Here is why, and it is how I will remember him. There are many kinds of people in the world. But the rarest kind is one who has a heart that is full of gratitude and love, who has such a deep and profound and genuine connection to life that they teach the rest of us, somehow, what matters, counts, endures, just by being around us. Such people are beautiful in the truest way, and so they are the greatest gift of all. They seem to shine with an inner light that radiates fiercely, from somewhere that the rest of us long to reach. Ali Hassan was one of those rare people. I noticed, from a young age, that whenever I met him, he didn’t have an unkind word to say or even thought to think. And then as we grew up, young men who didn’t quite know how to be men in this new world, we would talk about life, about love, about the meaning and purpose and nature of it all. About the challenges and dreams and hopes of living. About the suffering, the struggle, the price, and the gift. And never was there an inkling that life to him was anything less than an improbable treasure. Never would he waste a minute with me on the trivial and superficial things, or on anger, or fear, or regret. Only on the gifts and the dreams and the miracles. It always seemed to me that deep down, he somehow already knew the great truths of life in a way that most people yearn desperately to all their days long, and still never really do. Th

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Rafi published condolence .

Ali, heartbroken to hear about what happened to you, but I draw comfort that you were doing something you loved at the time. We cherished you and your insights at pakdefence.com RIP Brother till me meet again.

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Bhaskar Jyoti Das published condolence .

Though i hardly know you, it pains me to hear whats happened. i hope you and your family gets peace. To family members, if you are in Delhi, i would be glad to be of any assistance. +91-9717188550

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Fekay published condolence .

My sincerest condolences and prayers to the family and friends for this tragic loss. A sincere patriot, genuine and a soldier till the end. RIP my brother.

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Fekay published condolence .

My sincerest coldolances and prayers to the family and friends for this tragic loss. A sincere patriot, genuine and a soldier till the end. RIP my brother.

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Zainab Gulzar published condolence .

Ali, Words fall short; emotions can't be described easily right now.. I'm in a shock and utter disbelief. You were such an amazing, charming personality. You cared so much about our family, about ou community.. Your love for Parachinar, for Pakistan, for Pashtuns, it's so overwhelming.. I still remember your comforting words to me when Abba passed away; but how do I convey the same message to Uncle? You were always there to mentor me; always there to advise me in studies.. I will miss translating phrases in Pashto for you. Why were you so humble, so kind, so full of life and compassion. I don't know what to say.. Up above, there are people who will take care of you. May you rest in peace and find solace wherever you are.. Love & respect, Ps. The two smiling faces have reunited in heaven..

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Nadeem 'neo' Khan published condolence .

Ali, my brother from Defence.pk where we all knew you as Abu Zolfiqar, I am devastated and still in shock...can't believe I am writing my condolences here. You are taken too soon from us, way too soon. You made your entry into the forum in 2009 and won everyone's heart including mine. We loved you for your patriotism, your knowledge of defence and strategic affairs, for your well manners...for your ability to reach out to everyone around you... I thank you for your moral support to me when I parted from the forum and all your kind messages you sent me from time to time. It would have been an honor to meet you in person but I will have to wait till my time comes to join you. Last year I lost my best friend Munir who also liked you a lot and now you....my world is falling apart. Never knew that your departure would have such a deep impact on me. With a heavy heart and tears in my eyes, I salute you brother, Its been a privilege to know you and to serve with you. God bless you and your family, I pray to our beloved Allah to give them the strength and courage in these difficult times. Ameen. Neo

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B.solo published condolence .

We as the Turkish members of Pakistan Defence Forum would like to extend our condolences to the Ayub family. Ali was a member we called ''Bizden'' which means ''One of us'',He greeted us in Turkish at every visit to our section,''Selamin Aleykum Kardesler''(Selam Alaykum Brorthers),He knew our culture well,he had lived in Turkiye and visited many times through the years.We Turks liked him alot and are saddened by his early departure. We will miss him like we have lost one of our own. May he rest in eternal peace Allah rahmet eylesin,mekanin Cennet olsun. Ali, May you rest in peace brother,you will be missed! Sincerely, Xenon54,Cabatli_53,Sinan,T-123456 and the rest of your Turkish brothers.

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Vcheng published condolence .

As online acquaintances of many years, Ali and I shared two great interests: geopolitics and motorcycles. In both, he was far more enthusiastic than I could ever hope to be, and I am truly saddened at his sudden loss for his family, friends and the online communities he participated in so well. Godspeed my riding friend, we will go for a ride on the other side someday.

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Lily published condolence .

Dear Ayub family, I'm so sorry for your loss. I didn't know Ali, but I'm friends with Alia, and if he is anything at all like her, then a great soul has been snuffed out. I hope you can find some measure of comfort seeing how many people he has touched and all the great work he has done.

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Alexandra Shaheen published condolence .

I first met Ali my freshman year at American University. I fondly remember riding around in his beloved grey Benz and having long talks about Arab culture. The 18 year old me from a small suburban town in New York was extremely impressed by his impressive worldly knowledge. I remember him then as being kinder and more generous than even the best of AU students. We kept in touch over the years, but really reconnected in 2012. He visited NYC several times and we had a blast. NYE 2013 was one for the books and I'll treasure those memories for a long time. Mansoora invited us over to her NY apartment for tea and I'll never forget Ali showing me the wonderful rooftop... Ali never failed to keep in touch... often messaging me to tell me how he missed me and wondering what was up. He understood that friendships took work and I truly regret missing his last gchat. I have been haunted by this since I heard the tragic news. The most impressive part of Ali's legacy? His kindness. This person cared so much about friendship. I never heard him speak badly about ANYONE. I can't say that about anyone else that I know. His parents truly raised a person that was amazing to the core. I will miss his friendship very much. <3 Shaheen

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Beena published condolence .

Think Ali Hassan's legacy begins with his smile. ..that million dollar, glorious, infectious, gigantic smile that stretched from one end of the universe to the other. Perhaps he was born smiling!!!

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Raza published condolence .

Spoke with his sister earlier today. Ali was always and will always be an older brother to me. I cried so much that I am out of tears. I think Ali would probably want me to laugh, he was a kind hearted guy with a great sense of humor. I want to send my love to his family, and want Ali to know that I will never forget him. I will probably post again after a little while to share more about him. Right now, I feel like the only way to feel any relief is to pray for him and read Quran. I'm probably still in shock. I just cant stop looking at photos and remembering the times we used to joke around. You'll always be in my heart Ali.

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Zahid published condolence .

I never met Ali. I knew him only through defence.pk. He was well known, liked, loved, & respected. I have tears in my eyes, & so do many others who never met him. His intellect, demeanor, & passion made him much larger than his pseudonym @ PDF. He is missed & shall ever live in our collective memory.

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Mk published condolence .

May Allah bless your soul. So young.

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Huda published condolence .

He was the most incredible man. He was so generous and kind and was a great friend.I am truly sorry for your loss. He will be missed and he will never be forgotten, may his soul rest in peace.

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Soraya And Family published condolence .

Dearest Ayub family, you are all in my thoughts and prayers. I was heartbroken to hear of Ali's passing. Ali was such a wonderful guy, I remember fondly a night out in London with him. He was the life and soul of the party - such a fun loving person. When I spent time with him again at Alia and Luke's wedding, I was reminded of what a humble, kind and warm person he was...such a credit to your family and such a gentleman. He would be so proud of how you are all dealing with this tragic time...from afar, seeing the Facebook posts from Mariam and Alia only emphasises the beautiful and special family you are. So strong, so positive. Humble, affectionate, kind and warm just like your beloved son and brother. Praying for you all and we love you Ali. Go well. Love to you all. Soraya and family xxx

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Alia Ayub published condolence .

Dearest Ali, Seeing this photo still makes me smile. Sending you our love always Bro. Love, Alia xoxo

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Linda Carson published comment .

My heart aches for all of you. May your fondest memories help sustain you now and forever. Love and hugs, Linda

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Adnan Ayub published condolence .

To my best friend and brother: Ali Hassan. It will not be the same without you. I am still recollecting the memories that we had growing up. Will never forget the love and affection that you gave to me, Rida, and my kids. Also will not forget how much that loving personality that you had. Your personality is really inspiring. My family and I miss you too much. Rest In Peace, cousin, best friend, and brother! Adnan, Rida, and the kids

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Marge published condolence .

Dear Ayub family, I'm so sorry for your loss. I didn't know Ali, but I know Alia. And if Ali was even the tiniest bit as heartwarming, caring, open and amazing person as Alia is, the world has lost someone amazing. It's so hard to loose a brother and a son. I hope you will find comfort in the love for each other as a family, and in the thoughts and prayers of all your friends. Best regards Marge (one of Alia's many (past) team mates)

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Hillary Tolson published condolence .

Ali, I know you are with me as I write this. I feel your presence in my heart and on my skin. Nothing will ever heal this pain, but knowing you are at peace is the only thing that matters. Oh how I've loved you since the moment I met you in 2003. My gaze has always and only been for you. Habibi you've left us so many signs to let us know you are here and with us. You know what you gave my mom--she is writing it down for me so I can carry it with me always. Oh Ali! Allah please reward our beloved with the highest place in Heaven. I love you with all my heart. For the rest of my life on this Earth I will live your memory and when I am done here, I will find you in Heaven and finally be at peace. My soulmate, neshama. Love, Hillary (McGee), Sara (Sada) and Larbi (Largi)

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