Rest in peace, Inalillah. Malaysia has lost its two stars yesterday; on fateful 12th February 2015. One is the renowned cleric cum politician, Allahyarham Tuan Guru Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz due to prostrate cancer; the other one is Malaysian famous TV sports presenter, Datuk Hasbullah Awang due to heart complications.
Tuan Guru Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz.
Datuk Hasbullah Awang.
Tuan Guru Nik Aziz is a respectable figure, albeit he was of the Opposition side. To Malaysians who are mostly dedicated Moslems especially among the Kelantanese, Tuan Guru Nik Aziz epitomized a humble man who demonstrated sense of a true Moslem leader – despite holding the post of Menteri Besar of Kelantan for 23 years (1990-2013) but his house was a mediocre size in comparison to other typical Menteri Besar who are infamously affiliated with excessive luxury and wealth. As the Spiritual Leader (Mursyidul Am) for the political party he has been serving; Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (Parti Islam Se-Malaysia), his political comments were somewhat deemed controversial but with the recent awakening spirits of Islam among Malaysians of recent years, his image was revitalized and was aligned with what the Generation X aspires – someone who is influential BUT who demonstrated sense of humbleness as per what Islamic essence is all about.
Such a humble soul.
He was also an approachable figure, unlike other smart-talking political figures who only appear during the election times. Hence, it wasn’t a surprising scene to see pictures of him gracing the “Tahnik” (Islamic ritual to grace a newborn baby’s lips with saccharine substances such as honey or dates; famously known in Malay as “Belah Mulut” a.k.a. ‘To Cut The Mouth’) of Plain Rakyat’s newborn babies!! These were ordinary people but Allahyarham Nik Aziz did not discriminate. The humbleness was apparent. May ALLAH SWT bless his soul.
“Tahnik”, the Islamic ritual to grace newborn baby’s lips with saccharine substances.
Datuk Hasbullah Awang was one of Malaysian TV sports presenter darlings, along with Datuk Rahim Razali. The casual commentating voice evoked sense of excitement as well as thrill during any sport matches of which he was assigned to narrate. He has been commenting various matches but the most unforgettable would be the victorious Thomas Cup 1992 for Malaysia. I was in Standard 2 and I could still remember the thrill injected rung along with golden voice.
During the victory of Malaysia in Thomas Cup 1992.
May ALLAH SWT bless these souls. Inalillah – in the end, we all return to ALLAH SWT. From the soil we come, to the soil we return.