Hakem S. Rahman
(1988 – 2019) May he rest in peace
Hakem played a very active role in the inception of Pen of Mercy. It was by his incessant encouragement that Pen of Mercy was first founded by his mother, Shireen Sardar. The legal name of Pen of Mercy is Qalam Ar-Rahmah. It is an Arabic phrase which means Pen of Mercy. Hakem came up with this name since Pen of Mercy originally sold only Arabic calligraphy artwork made with pen and ink, in order to raise funds for its projects.
In April 2019 Hakem visited Gilgit, Pakistan and surrounding areas in the capacity of a volunteer photographer for Pen of Mercy. He visited many of the families which Pen of Mercy supports on a monthly basis. He took hundreds of pictures of the beautiful children and the beautiful regions they live in. He made several videos of the children and their homes.
Born and raised in Panama City, Florida, Hakem went to Egypt after he graduated from High school to learn Islamic studies and Arabic. After spending a couple of years in Egypt he moved to Amman, Jordan to further pursue his Islamic studies and Arabic language education. Later on he joined the University of Jordan in Amman to pursue a degree in Islamic jurisprudence. While in Jordan, Hakem facilitated it for Pen of Mercy to identify and to provide support for many Syrian refugee women and their children who were forced to leave their homes and take shelter in Amman, Jordan.
Hakem left his physical existence in this world October 18, 2019 in Pakistan and is buried in Peshawar, Pakistan. He leaves behind two daughters and one son.
Hakem was a very generous and giving person and will always be missed by all of us. It is our hope that Pen of Mercy and its continuing work will always be a source of honor for Hakem.