Tuesday, July 26, 2016


Without any worries Zaharah defended her PhD thesis with absolute composure.
On July 20, praise is to Allah SWT for the smooth mock viva voce of RISDEV (ISDEV Postgraduate by Research) student, Zaharah Ghazali. She defended her PhD Thesis on “Exporting Activity from Islamic Perspective and its Impact on Export Performance”. It was held at the conference room of C06, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). Five ISDEV lecturers and one lecturer from Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA), Brunei Darussalam, were spontaneously roped in to be the simulated Board of Examiners. They were Associate Professor Dr. Zakaria representing the director, Dr. Fadzila Azni as the chairman, Dr. Wan Norhaniza and Dr. Shereeza as the internal examiners while Dr Siti Sara as the external examiner respectively. The other lecturers who were present that day,  Dr. Mohd Syakir and Dr. Azrin, both from ISDEV and Dr. Hajah Rasinah from UNISSA also chipped-in, to make the viva session more interesting and engaging.
Positive and encouraging comments from pseudo examiners to prepare Zaharah well for her viva.
Her research area is found to be of much interests because the significance of her findings as stated in her PhD thesis provided the way forward which may help to increase KDNK (Gross Income per Capita) of Malaysia. Her findings also suggested the need for companies involved in exporting activities of halal products to be proactive in their quest for information and leveraging their products further. According to her, taking a proactive stance as exemplified by Rasulullah SAW and his companions, should be adopted by Muslim-owned companies in penetrating business opportunities worldwide as part and parcel of their exporting activities.
Prior to Zaharah's viva, ISDEV members including her husband, Mohd Rohaizad Md Rejab (standing - third from left)
performed the nawafil Solat Hajat. 
The next day,  a group of ISDEV lecturers and students volunteered to perform the nawafil Solat Hajat together at Masjid Al Malik Khalid, USM to invoke Allah SWT help in Zaharah's viva later that morning. This is a sacred tradition of ISDEV on the day of a candidate's viva voce to perform Solat Hajat to consciously ask for Allah SWT blessings and ease of affairs for the candidate that day. At the same time, it is intended to encourage and provide a positive aura to ISDEV candidates just moments prior to the commencement of their viva.
A confident and calm Zaharah managed to satisfy her examiners with the answers and responses she gave.
21 July, 2016 marked an important day for Zaharah to remember. She had succeeded in defending  her PhD thesis with excellent result and accordingly awarded with a Scale of 2. Undoubtedly, the Arabic idiom ‘Man Jadda Wa Jada’ (You Reap What Sow) can be used as a motivation for success. Zaharah had proven that dedication and perseverance were required as she was able to complete her postgraduate studies despite being challenged by her medical conditions.
Thanks to the Board of Examiners, Prof. Ahmad Nurul Azam (Chairman), Assoc. Prof. Dr.  Zakaria Bahari and Prof. Sr. Dr. Mastura (Internal Examiners) and Prof. Joni Tamkin Borhan (External Examiner) for their positive comments and tips for Zaharah to correct her thesis perfectly.
Heartiest Congratulations, Zaharah! 

Friday, July 22, 2016


A picture fit to frame - ISDEV lecturers with UNISSA lecturers and students.
It is part of ISDEV tradition to hold a monthly meet between ISDEV lecturers and all ISDEV students on one Friday every month. Such meet allows ISDEV lecturers to keep abreast of students' progress as well as providing the platform for interactions between lecturers and students as well as among the students themselves, both RISDEV (ISDEV Postgraduate by Research) and MISDEV (ISDEV Postgraduate by Mixed-Mode) students. Usually in such a meet, there will be two important programme - Tarbiyyah Pengarah ISDEV and the Monthly Graduate Supervision.
The gatherings of ISDEV members at DK A.
Tarbiyyah Pengarah ISDEV is a special slot for ISDEV Director, Professor Dr Muhammad Syukri Salleh to address ISDEV fraternity, including ISDEV staff. In this slot he shares his thoughts and concerns of the heart with ISDEV members. In the meantime, Monthly Graduate Supervision creates the platform for ISDEV students to learn more about the intricacies of postgraduate studies as a researcher at the postgraduate level. One ISDEV lecturer will be assigned to deliver a lecture on one aspect of conducting research and thesis writing.
Just us men - ISDEV lecturers and students with the six postgraduate students from UNISSA.
This month's meet took place on a blessed Friday 15 July 2016 at Dewan Kuliah A, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). However this month's meet was special because there were the lecturers and postgraduate students from Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA), Brunei Darussalam who attended this month's meet.
Dr Fadzila Azni touching on Thesis Jargon.
Similar to the setting in June, the programme of the day started with Monthly Graduate Supervision which saw ISDEV Deputy Director, Dr Fadzila Azni Ahmad, delivering on "Thesis Jargon" to ISDEV students.Her lecture was focus on specific words that are used and referred to in thesis writing. She encouraged ISDEV students to be critical in using certain terms when writing their theses reminding them of the need for the accuracy and precision of the terms being used.
A RISDEV student sharing her information on an article regarding a term used in thesis writing.
As usual ISDEV students took the opportunity during the question and answer session to ask question for further clarification as well as share with the others their views and understanding on some of the usual terms they had referred to in their theses. Even UNISSA postgraduate students took the opportunity to ask some questions on this topic.
Prof Syukri - his voice faltered once in a while detecting his strong emotional attachment to UNISSA in its strive for excellence for the sake of Islam.
The end of the Monthly Graduate Supervision signified Prof Syukri's slot to begin with the Tarbiyyah Pengarah ISDEV. Prof Syukri deliberately chose on "Why Brunei?" in this month's address to acknowledge the presence of delegates from UNISSA as well as to reinforce the strong ukhuwwah that has been built between these two institutions. In the Tarbiyyah, he provided a historical journey of how ISDEV was introduced to Brunei Darussalam which later led to the forging of ties with UNISSA. The common denominator that is shared by both ISDEV and UNISSA, that is, the love of and for Islam and to see to its glory at all times. This coupled with the willingness of both institutions to work hard to bring to reality the aspirations of bringing Islam to its rightful place has provided the catalyst in cementing the ties between these two institutions.
Dr Hajah Rasinah answering the question posed by Prof Syukri - Why ISDEV?
Prof Syukri then took the opportunity to invite Dr Siti Sara and Dr Hajah Rasinah, both are lecturers from UNISSA, to share with all those present that day the reasons for UNISSA to commit with ISDEV. Dr Siti Sara used the opportunity to express her surprise as to the willingness of ISDEV lecturers to share their knowledge and expertise. The seriousness of Prof Syukri mixed with the amiability of Assoc Prof Dr Zakaria whenever they meet to bring forward the agenda of the day to reality has provided the impetus for this mutual bonding. Dr Hajah Rasinah on the other hand, shared a personal emotional aspect of this strong linkage stating that is was in all probability owed to her beloved late father who was an Alumni of USM.
An appetizing lunch is usually provided at the end of the monthly meet. Puan Marzizah (2nd from left) enjoying her food while chatting and being friendly with UNISSA lecturers Dr Hajah Rasinah (left).

As the month of Syawal lingers on during this month's meet, ISDEV seized the moment to celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri with all those present. Lemang, nasi impit, kuah kacang, serunding and Hari Raya cookies and cakes were offered that day for lunch. After a rigorous morning feeding the intellect, ISDEV members and guests from UNISSA had a great time filling in their gastronomical needs with the delectable spread offered.
Patiently queuing up for the Hari Raya meal  from the banquet table.
ISDEV wishes all 'Kullu 'Aam Wa Antum Bi-Khair' .

Tuesday, July 19, 2016


Some of the organising committee members of MASA ISDEV-UNISSA@USM who were at the airport
to welcome the UNISSA participants from Brunei Darussalam.
On 12 July, 2016 a handful of ISDEV students were seen at the Pulau Pinang International Airport. They were there to eagerly await for the arrival of 10 postgraduate students from Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA), Brunei Darussalam who were participating in the 2nd ISDEV-UNISSA Socio-Academic Laboratory (MASA ISDEV-UNISSA @USM) programme.
Organising committee with the participants upon arrival at the Pulau Pinang International Airport
This programme is a return visit from UNISSA which signified the ties that bind these two institutions to not only further the bond that has been sealed but to ensure the sustainability of the bond too. 2nd MASA ISDEV-UNISSA@USM (or MASA@USM) acts as the continuation of the 1st MASA ISDEV-UNISSA @UNISSA (or MASA@UNISSA). The programme is designed to provide the platform for the sharing of expertise, knowledge and experiences to the participants of UNISSA at ISDEV. In line with the MASA@UNISSA programme, this years' activities were not only confined to the academically-inclined activities but also included social services as well as getting out and about the beautiful island of Pulau Pinang.
Participants of MASA@USM  diligently listening to the lectures on Data Collection given by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zakaria.
In terms of the academic programme, participants were required to attend classes on Islamic-based Research Methodology which entailed three main components. They are Research Design conducted by Dr. Wan Norhaniza Wan Hasan, Data Collection by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zakaria Bahari and Dr. Shahir Akram Hasan, and finally Data Analysis by Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad.
MASA@USM Participant, Abu Hasan from Thailand presenting part of his Master's research during the Data Analysis class conducted by Dr Fadzila Azni.
The Islamic-based Research Methodology classes received an overwhelming response from the participants. From these classes, ISDEV lecturers took the opportunity to help the participants in their postgraduate research as well as in writing their theses.

Monday, July 18, 2016


And those who are guided - He increases them in guidance and gives them their righteousness [Muhammad, 47:17].

Friday, July 15, 2016


On 12 July 2016, two RISDEV (ISDEV Postgraduate by Reserach) students were given the opportunity to present their PhD research proposals while another RISDEV student had the chance to present her final PhD draft thesis. They presented their proposals and final draft at Dewan Kuliah A (DKA), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). 
Dr Fadzila Azni giving her comments while Nurul Suhada looks on.
The proposal and thesis draft were presented in front of more than 30 attendees consisting of ISDEV lecturers and postgraduate students . For the session, the first candidate was Nurul Suhada Ismail with her PhD proposal entitled "Pengurusan Sekuriti Makanan Dalam Tasawur Pembangunan Berteraskan Islam (Food Security Management in Islamic-based Development Worldview). She is currently a student under the supervision of Dr. Wan Norhaniza Wan Hasan. Her PhD proposal was evaluated by Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad. 
Norhayati all prepared to pen down the suggestions and comments given by ISDEV lecturers to improve her final draft.
The second candidate was Norhayati Abdullah who presented her final PhD thesis draft on "Penilaian Penarafan Sukuk Dalam Pasaran Modal Islam Di Rating Agency Malaysia (RAM)" (Evaluation of Sukuk Ratings in Islamic Capital Market at Rating Agency Malaysia (RAM)). She is currently supervised by Dr. Zakaria while Dr. Wan Norhaniza had taken the responsibility to evaluate her full draft thesis. 
Noazita presenting her PhD proposal.
The final PhD candidate for that day was Norazita Marina Abdul Aziz with her PhD thesis proposal on "Teras Falsafah Dalam Pembangunan Teori Perakaunan Islam" (Philosophical Underpinnings in Islamic Accounting Development Theory). Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad is her supervisor. Her PhD thesis proposal was evaluated by Dr. Mohd Shukri Hanapi.
One RISDEVstudent taking the opportunity to ask a question to one of the candidates.
As usual a Question & Answer session took place after each presentation. After a detailed evaluation, all candidates finally received the good tidings that their PhD theses were accepted. Two of them had been given the endorsement to proceed with their theses proper while Norhayati received the green light to submit her final draft PhD thesis. All of them were given the mandate to proceed to the next stage after taking into account the comments of the evaluators and other ISDEV lecturers in enhancing their written theses.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016


An academic discourse taking place at C05 during the second morning session with ISDEV Director, Prof Syukri.
On Thursday, 23 June 2016, four lecturers from Kolej Universiti Islam Selangor (KUIS) came to the Centre for Islamic Development Management Studies (ISDEV), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) for a one day working visit. They were Puan Noor Idayu Abd Wahid, Puan Rahmatunnisah Sailin, Puan Siti Noor Ahmad and Puan Aemy Elyani Mat Zain. They were there with a common intention to seek ISDEV expertise and views for the publication of a textbook that they could use in the elective course offered by KUIS - Development of Human Potential (Pembangunan Potensi Insan). 
All in a day's work - Dr Fadzila Azni (centre) listening to the idea thrown out by one of the lecturers from KUIS.
Their one-day visit was divided into three sessions. During the morning sessions, in the first session, they took the opportunity to solicit the views and points from ISDEV Deputy Director, Dr Fadzila Azni, who is directly involved in this project. She has the expertise and is the current resource person for the cohort on Management of Islamic Development Institutions in ISDEV.

It was followed by the second morning session. In this session ISDEV Director, Professor Dr Muhammad Syukri Salleh, had an academic discourse with the lecturers from KUIS. In the discourse Prof Syukri shared on a range of topics from objectives of teaching and learning to heart to heart methods of writing. 
Other ISDEV lecturers came in later in the afternoon to help in any way they can on the intended textbook.
In the afternoon session, in line with ISDEV work ethos to work in a jema'ah, other ISDEV lecturers were roped-in during the second session to get their opinions and feedback. At the same time the four lecturers from KUIS get the chance to be better acquainted with ISDEV lecturers.
A token of gratitude from KUIS to ISDEV.
The intended textbook is actually a collaboration between KUIS and the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT). The textbook is intended to become a module for the elective course in KUIS specifically with the hopes that it could also be used and referred to by other Institutes of Higher Education. 

Sunday, July 10, 2016


Ibn Umar reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Never do people withhold alms from their wealth except that a portion from the sky will be withheld, and were it not for the animals it would never rain.[Source: Mu’jam Al-Kabeer 13454].