I received sad news that Hajjah Asmah Tukiran, or more fondly known as Cikgu Umi, passed away at around 3.15 p.m. Saturday, 15 January 2011.
Cikgu Umi, who taught at PASTI Taman Meru since its very beginning almost 25 years ago, also taught my children between 2008 – 2009.
We arrived at her house just ten minutes after her jenazah was brought home from Pantai Putri Hospital. None of us could contain our tears, especially when we are reminded of her humbleness… how she was always full of love, and how she would speak to everyone in such a gentle manner.
I felt even more miserable when I keep remembering how the twins were talking about how much they missed Cikgu Umi early this year. It was just about two or three weeks ago when kakak said to me, “Mak, kakak dah lama tak jumpa Cikgu Umi. Nanti kita pergi jumpa Cikgu Umi lah.” Of course, we never made an effort to visit her.
May Allah bless Cikgu Umi’s soul and I pray that Allah grant her jannah for teaching and nurturing all her students with the love for Allah, Rasul and the religion. I will miss her terribly.