Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zainol Abidin Abdul Rashid: Gone BUT Not Forgotten

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zainol Abidin Abdul Rashid
Lecturer and Senior Fellow of Institute of Space Science
Supervisor (Master & PhD)
Lecturer (Communication Systems & Satellite Communications)
26 syaaban 1381 - 15 ramadan 1427
2 february 1962 - 8 october 2006

Allahyarham Dr. Zainol Abidin was an inspirational lecturer equipped with knowledge not just within class environment, but outreaching to life values and principles. His humble yet rather quirky attitude was strikingly attractive and put many instantly at ease around him. Being new in the fields of research, I have only heard, seen and read of (yet to experience) his numerous achievements that happened in an amazingly short span of time. From Tiung-Sat, to Muslim In Space, to Innosat (just to name a few), Allahyarham was a true scientist whose thirst for knowledge never cease to end.
I am truly honoured that I was given the privilege to be his student, to have had experience his supervision for Master, and a brief 3-months-supervision for PhD. He was by far the most dedicated supervisor I've ever had the pleasure of working with (the most taxing as well :)). His consistent appearance alone was a more than adequate motivating factor to keep me working day and night in the lab. If he does not show up at the lab, then I'd be fidgeting about showing him my work. But if he does show up, then I'd be resisting the temptation to run away just to avoid showing work that might have been poorly done or have not quite met his expectations... ha ha ha. It was thrilling, yet exciting, special in its own way, BEST of times...
Although deeply saddened by his passing, I'm still glad I was given the chance to have known someone as special as Allahyarham Dr. Zainol Abidin. He was truly a diamond in the rough and its always the best of people that will leave us first for Allah S.W.T.'s blessings are immense. He once told me that educating oneself is noble and we should always hope that we'd be placed amongst pious scholars when we face Allah S.W.T. for their place is honourable in the Hereafter. May he be placed amongst the honourable and pious of people... insyaALLAH.
Dr. Zainol, you will be missed.