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Rashad Quadir Madyun

June 29, 1949 — January 14, 2024

Rashad Quadir Madyun, a beacon of wisdom and intelligence, passed away on January 14, 2024, at the age of 74. Born on June 29, 1949, in East Orange, NJ, Rashad's life was a testament to his analytical mind and his commitment to education and service. He was the second son of the late James and Maxine Chambers.

Rashad served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and was trained in Electronics and Telecommunications. His educational journey was marked by his pursuit of knowledge. He studied at Rutledge College, Rutgers University, the University of Phoenix and acquired many professional certifications. His passion for learning never waned, and he became known as a perpetual student, always eager to expand his horizons. Rashad's mild-mannered and soft-spoken demeanor was used as he developed his fondness for computer technology and software systems.

His professional life was characterized by entrepreneurship, a keen interest in information technology, and educating others. Rashad demonstrated his expertise while working in hospital systems after his military service, and he continued to share his knowledge as a Workforce Skills Instructor for PA Career Link. His dedication to empowering others through education was a hallmark of his career.

In the early 1980’s, Rashad was introduced to the life-changing spiritual teachings of Ananda Abinou by his close lifelong friend, Marcia Parks. He soon became an integral part of the Ananda Group. Rashad always affirmed, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” His first visit to an Ananda lecture became an amazing 40-year journey of workshops, retreats, and lectures that is still in existence today. Rashad recorded every lecture from the late 80’s until December 8th, 2023, by audio and video. He volunteered and distributed the recordings monthly to every member, past and present, by email and text (and sometimes mail). Who knew it would turn into a labor of love spanning four decades. Rashad was a beloved member of the group and will be missed greatly and always remembered lovingly.

Rashad was a great listener, a quality that made him a cherished colleague and mentor. His analytical skills were not limited to his professional life, as he was also an avid chess player. This strategic game complemented his love for reading, allowing him to enjoy the quiet, introspective moments that fueled his wisdom.

Rashad will be dearly missed by his family; sons, Amir Chambers, Tariq Chambers, Robert Chambers, and Hakim Madyun, his daughter, Rashida Madyun; as well as his stepson, Khalid Mills; and his nephew Colron Chambers and niece Krystal Chambers. His familial bonds extended to his very special friends and colleges, who found in him a guiding light and a compassionate heart.

Rashad's legacy is one of intellect and insight. Described by those who knew him as intelligent, wise, and analytical, he approached life with a calm and measured perspective. His influence will continue to be felt by his family, friends, and those who had the privilege of learning from him.

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