Friday, 31 August 2012

Farewell Cikgu Nor Bibi

I just received the message that Cikgu Nor Bibi Abdullah has passed away this afternoon, succumbing to cancer. Innalillahi Wainnailahi Rajiuun. May Allah bless her and place her among the Mukminins and accord her the best place in paradise.




After our parents, the next group of people who care about us and were there when we needed them would be our teachers. I got to know Cikgu Nor Bibi when I was at a tender age at MRSM Kota Bharu. She was our BM teacher but beyond that she played the role as our mother, provided us with counsel,  advice and encouragement; in nurturing us to be responsible adults later in our lives. I am sure those who know Cikgu Nor Bibi, especially those who belonged to her homeroom, would be able to recall sweet memories with her and her fellow teachers.

This was the last time I met Cikgu Nor Bibi when we visited her after she recovered from a surgery. She insisted for this photo to be taken and she posted this of her Facebook profile.

From Kota Bharu, she went to many other MRSMs to share her knowledge and pursue her passion in seeing young souls growing up to be leaders, professionals and citizens that would continue the nation building efforts. From my recollection, she was the Pengetua of MRSM Kuala Krai and Pasir Tumbuh. Based on this, there would be hundreds if not thousands of alumni of the MRSM system who was touched by her kindness. She was proud with the achievements of her students. Given the attention that was given to her by them when she was fighting her illness, the bonding between her and her students were truly based on love and affection at the highest order.

She then became more of a friend to me and many of her former students. Whenever I was in Kota Bharu, I will try to visit her to keep our relationship warm. With Facebook, she was able to maintain her relationship with her former students, many of them who would refer to her affectionally as Ibu or mother. She will keep us updated everyday with postings about herself and her views and feelings. In many ways, she kept on reminding us of the values and ideas she taught when we were within her care as a teacher. Once a teacher, she was our teacher forever. I am sure many of us will miss her daily Facebook postings from today onwards.

Now she is into her next phase of her journey as a servant of Allah. A part from prayers, we as her students could also honour her by becoming members of the society who will give our best in whatever that we do. I trust all our good deeds in one way or another are influence by the values imparted by her.

Today, as we celebrate our 55th Merdeka, we are also sad with the passing of our beloved teacher, Cikgu Nor Bibi. May Allah accord her His utmost blessings, forgive all her misdeeds and may we see each other again in Jannah.

Other blogs posting on Cikgu Nor Bibi:

Sanjungan buat Cikgu Norbibi
Time in a Bottle: September Morn'

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