Sad Demise of Fellow Tipian

Our beloved friend and fellow Tipian, Syed Khurram Ashraf, Batch of 1994 expired on May 18, 2004, at 6:30 am in a road accident, in South Carolina, USA.

Innalillahe Wa Inna elahe rajioon. May God rest his soul in peace. Ameen.

Khurram joined TIP in the very first batch of 1994 and transferred to Clemson in 1997 and graduated accordingly in 1998.

Let us all remember him in our prayers.

The Anderson Independent Mail carries the news item on his demise at Tuesday morning wreck kills Clemson graduate.

Tuesday morning wreck kills Clemson graduate

By Wendy Weinhold
May 18, 2004

A 28-year-old Elberton man died when his car collided with a tractor-trailer truck on S.C. 81 North Tuesday, two days before the recent Clemson graduate planned to visit his homeland for the first time in three years.

Hopewell fire station Chief Ike Brissey said heavy rain was a major factor in the “tremendous collision” that killed Syed Khurram Ashraf, a native of Pakistan, and shut down all but one of the highway’s four lanes for more than four hours.

According to Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore, Mr. Ashraf died of head trauma after he lost control of his northbound 1997 4-door Honda and crossed the center lane into oncoming traffic shortly after 6 a.m.

An 18-wheel ADM semi truck struck the careening car and drove over the top of its mid- and rear-sections, shearing off the entire top frame of the car.

Mr. Ashraf was wearing a seatbelt as he drove to exercise at a fitness gym near the highway’s intersection with Interstate 85, Mr. Shore said.

A Clemson vanity plate on the car’s front grill was one of the few distinguishing factors that remained visible on the mangled green Honda.

The truck, which was pulling a tanker of cooking flour, was towed from the scene with a bent front hood. The driver of the truck, whose name was not available, was “shaken up” from the accident and transported to Anderson Area Medical Center, but he suffered no major injuries, Mr. Shore said.

In 1998, Mr. Ashraf transferred from a school in Pakistan to Clemson. He graduated the next year with a degree in textile science, his roommate and co-worker, 25-year-old Hasan Mahmood, said.

Mr. Ashraf worked five years for Glen Raven Inc., first at the textile company’s Anderson plant and for the past three years as planning manager at the Elberton plant, said Craig Yokeley, the northeast Georgia plant’s manager. Mr. Ashraf had resigned from the plant recently and moved from Elberton last weekend to 1-E Country Club Apartments in Anderson.

Once he returned from Pakistan, Mr. Ashraf planned to move to Florida to live with relatives and begin a master’s degree in sales and marketing, Mr. Yokely said.

The Elberton Rotary and Kiwanis clubs had recently hosted Mr. Ashraf to speak about life as a Muslim in America, said Anna Jones, who graduated with Mr. Ashraf from the 2004 Leadership Elberton class, a program that introduced adults to the community.

“Although it wasn’t lighthearted, he had an easy way of talking about a serious subject,” Ms. Jones said. “He was always in a good mood, always easy to talk to.”

Wendy Weinhold can be reached at (864) 260-1248 or by e-mail at

Please note that Khurram Ashraf’s body is being flown down to Pakistan & will arrive at 1:45am on Sunday Morning i.e. 23rd May. His Namaz-e-Janaza will held on the same day at 8:00am at Bait-ul-Mukarram Masjid near Hassan Square & Tadfeen will take place at Yasin Abad graveyard in Federal B’Area.

A Quran Khuwani is also arranged at his residence for ladies & for gents it will be at Masjid-e-Zohaib Roomi near his residence, which is

Street # 2
Block 15
Ph # 8118960

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