IPOH: Mohd Azmin Ishak wanted to prove that one can be a religious person and also become a professional and he has done just that.
“Although I had the choice of furthering my Islamic studies, I opted for engineering to prove that one can excel in religion and also be a professional,” said the 23-year-old electrical and electronics graduate who received Universiti Teknologi Petronas’ Chancellor's gold medal award at its fourth convocation in Bandar Seri Iskandar near here yesterday.
Mohd Azmin, who was from Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Agama Kedah in Merbong, Alor Star, recited several phrases praising Allah and Prophet Muhammad in his acceptance speech after receiving his award and scroll from former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who is also the chancellor of the university.
Mohd Azmin, who is the eldest of eight children, said his parents motivated him to succeed.
He also said he held on to the principle that “if you help God, God will help you rise and become successful.”
“Jihad is not about waging war. As Muslim students, we must excel in our studies and this should be our main jihad,” said Mohd Azmin whose father, Ishak Md Shah, 48, is a teacher while his mother, Sirosadah Ismail, 46, is a housewife.
Mohd Azmin was a dean’s list student in all semesters since he entered the university in June 1999.
He represented the university in squash and was the vice-president of the students and representative council.
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