Friday, September 19, 2014


ISDEV members busy going through the notes of the lecture by ISDEV statistician, Encik Aziz Abd Tahar 

ISDEV Graduate Monthly Supervision for August saw a packed C23 Conference Room at the School of Social Sciences. More than 50 ISDEV members were present for this month's programme which is held in the afternoon, 27 August 2014. This Monthly Graduate Supervision was part of of the Social Sciences Colloquium programme. Dr Fadzila Azni Ahmad was the Chairperson of the day throughout the programme.

Dr Zakaria (left) giving the "Tarbiyah Pengarah". With  him is Encik Abd Aziz (right), ISDEV statistician.

The programme started with a Tarbiyah Pengarah but this time around it was delivered by ISDEV Deputy Director, Dr. Zakaria Bahari. ISDEV Director, Prof. Muhammad Syukri Salleh was away due to the demand of his work.  Dr Zakaria addressed ISDEV members on the importance of having both iman (faith) and taqwa  (piety) especially in the context of embarking in research. Dr. Zakaria talked about how iman and taqwa with a strong belief in tauhid (monotheism) have to be the foundational stronghold of each and every researcher in ISDEV as ISDEV is committed to research on Islam with the aim to glorify Islam.

Committed and passionate about his work, Encik Abd Aziz, shared his more than 30 years experience as a
statistician with USM in doing the empirical studies of any project work.

The programme then continued with the Monthly Graduate Supervision on "How to Construct Questionnaire" by ISDEV Statistician, Abd Aziz Tahar. He led this session by providing a detailed explanation on the various terms used and referred to before one embarks to construct a questionnaire. He also gave some pointers on the do's and don'ts in structuring the questions for questionnaire. ISDEV members were keen to get a clearer picture as a lively questions and answer sessions transpired throughout his lecture.

The industrious ISDEV lecturer, Dr Fadzila Azni Ahmad who served as the chairperson throughout the programme.

Saturday, September 13, 2014


The believers are but brothers, so make settlement between your brothers. And fear Allah that you may receive mercy [al-Hujurat, 49:10].

Thursday, September 11, 2014


A pleasant personality who is always smiling - Dr Atih Rohaerti Dariah

ISDEV Graduate Discourse was held on 4 September 2014 at C23 Social Sciences Conference Room and run entirely by Dr Atih Rohaerti Dariah. Dr Atih is one of the researchers in the ISDEV Research University Team (RUT) on "Mould and Index of Islamic Development".

ISDEV members captivated not only with her presentation but also by her warm personality.

Dr Atih is an economic lecturer from Facultas Economic, Universitas Islam Bandung, Indonesia (UNISBA). She presented to ISDEV members her current research regarding "Struktur Perencanaan Pembangunan Berkelanjutan Dalam Perspektif Islam: Sebuah Konsep Asal” (The Advanced Development Planning Structure in Islamic Perspective: A Foundational Concept) .

Prof Syukri (left - front row) taking the opportunity of asking some questions to Dr Atih (left)

The program of the day was divided into two sessions in which the first session was the presentation by Dr. Atih while the second session was the question and answer session. ISDEV Director, Professor Muhammad Syukri Salleh was the chairman throughout the programme.

A thoroughly engaging presentation as ISDEV members, including (front row - right to left)
Dr Zakaria and Prof Syukri, attentively listened.

During the two-hour long programme, ISDEV members were very fortunate to have the opportunity to witness the presentation and at the same time, they were welcomed to voice their respective opinions, ask questions and even share some information related to Dr Atih's research. Dr Atih's gentle personality and approachable demeanour has allowed ISDEV members to mingle and get to know her better as well as get useful advice from such an experienced academician.

Dr Atih presenting her research paper

Also present at the program were ISDEV Deputy Director Dr. Zakaria Bahari, ISDEV lecturers, Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad and Dr. Mohd Shukri Hanapi as well as three new ISDEV lecturers Dr. Mohd Syakir Mohd Rosdi, Dr. Shahir Akram Hassan and Dr. Wan Norhaniza Wan Hasan.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014


Misdev'14- seated within the first 3 rows from the front

ISDEV welcomed it’s seventh batch of Masters in Social Science (Islamic Development Management) students on 5 September 2014 at Dewan Pembangunan Siswa 2, Kompleks Cahaya, Universiti Sains Malaysia. 33 new students have been accepted to pursue their Masters (Mixed-Mode) for the academic year 2014/2015. In continuation of ISDEV tradition, this new batch of students is collectively known as MISDEV'14.

Ahmad Saiful in his role as the Master of Ceremony of the day

The Ta'aruf Session (or Orientation Programme) for MISDEV'14 started at 10:00am with a welcoming speech by Ahli Bersekutu ISDEV (ABI) representative, Ahmad Saiful Rahman Ab.Rahim, who served as the Master of Ceremony of the program. He started by introducing to the students on what ISDEV is all about. Then he gave a brief general overview of the structure of ISDEV, introduced ISDEV lecturers as well as ISDEV supporting staff. The entire introduction was presented via a multimedia presentation prepared by ABI members.
Nor Hanani - briefly shared her experience of being supervised by Prof. Muhammad Syukri Salleh

Ridhwan Nordin also shared his experience as a student supervised by Dr Zakaria Bahari

For a clearer perception, current RISDEV (ISDEV Postgraduate student by Research) students who are supervised by ISDEV lecturers were called to briefly introduce their respective lecturers from their point of view in terms of each of the lecturers' individual personality and their experiences as to how they are supervised. This is the time that everyone had a chance to know each ISDEV lecturers inside out.

ISDEV lecturers - Dr Fadzila Azni (standing) addressing the students. With her are 
(from right to left), Dr Zahri, Dr Shukri and Dr Zakaria

A good start - MISDEV'14 seen diligently taking down notes.

Although ISDEV Director, Professor Muhammad Syukri Salleh, was away due to the demands of his work, MISDEV ’14 still had a chance to listen to welcoming remarks and general advice on being a student of Islam delivered by ISDEV Deputy Director, Dr. Zakaria Bahari. In the second session, Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad also gave a brief explanation on the courses to be attended by the students as well as the modus operandi of the class to the batch of MISDEV'14. A question and answer followed thereafter allowing MISDEV’14 to seek for clearer information.

Potluck is now part of ISDEV culture.

At the end of the session, there was time and space for everyone to mingle around, all within the dictates of the Shariah. ISDEV took the opportunity to invite one and all for a simple Jamuan Tengah Hari also organized by ABI members.

Enjoying lunch together.

Sunday, September 7, 2014


It was narrated that Mu’adh bin Jabal said: “The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) prayed one day, and made the prayer lengthy. When he finished we said (or they said): ‘O Messenger of Allah, you made the prayer lengthy today.’ He said: ‘I offered a prayer of hope and fear. I asked Allah for three things for my nation, and He granted me two and refused one. I asked Him not to let my nation be destroyed by enemies from without, and He granted me that. And I asked Him not to let them be destroyed by drowning, and He granted me that. And I asked Him not to let them be destroyed by fighting among themselves, but He refused that.’” [Hadith from Sunan Ibn Majah, Book 36, Hadith No. 4086].

Friday, September 5, 2014


Azrin presenting her findings and analysis

True to ISDEV’s culture, RISDEV student, Azrin Ibrahim presented her PhD thesis to ISDEV fraternity at the ISDEV Graduate Discourse recently. The intellectual discourse which took place at the Dewan Persidangan University (DPU) was held on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 at 9.30 am and chaired by Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad. 

Dr Zakaria (left) giving his opinion as to how Azrin could improve her PhD thesis

Azrin Ibrahim presented her PhD thesis entitled “Pembentukan dan Pengamalan Hisbah di Malaysia Masa Kini: Analisis Berdasarkan Kitab Al-Hisbat Fi Al-Islam" (The Current Development and Experience of HIsbah in Malaysia: An Analysis Based  on Kitab A-Hisbat Fi Al-Islam

Dr Fadzila inviting all who are present to pose questions to Azrin

She was given the green light by the appointed evaluator, Dr Mohd. Shukri Hanapi to proceed with the next stage, i.e. submission of her thesis to the IPS office. However Azrin had been encouraged to make the necessary amendments as suggested by him as well as those made by ISDEV lecturers. Azrin Ibrahim is supervised by Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad while her co-supervisor is Prof. Muhammad Syukri Salleh. 

A delighted Azrin upon hearing the good news

Tuesday, September 2, 2014


O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted [al-Hujurat, 49:13].