Thursday, November 26, 2015


 Professor Dr. Muhammad Syukri Salleh ( first right) sharing his ideas and experiences during
 the slot of “Bicara Ilmu” on the first day of the convention
On 5 till 6 November 2015, ISDEV Director, Professor Dr. Muhammad Syukri Salleh was invited to the 2nd Regional Convention on Islamic Studies 2015 (RCIS) as one of the panellists. With the theme on "The Strengthening of Islamic Studies Through 3 I: Inspiration. Intellectual. Innovation", the convention was organised by Kolej Universiti Islam Melaka (KUIM) and was held at Hotel KOBEMAS, MITC Melaka.
Group Photo - Professor Dr. Muhammad Syukri Salleh is surrounded by the participants,
undergraduate students pursuing Bachelor of Islamic Development Management, KUIM
This convention raises issues relating to the sources of Islamic Studies as an inspiration to the emergence of Islamic scholars. Through these intellectual Islamic scholars, there are some innovations required to improve the thinking and lifestyle in ensuring compatibility with modern setting. The innovations are preserved from any form of harm and negative impact so that it complies with Sharia principles (Islamic legal maxim). Thus, Prof. Syukri was given the honour to share and discuss his experience in the slot “Bicara Ilmu” on the first day of the convention. The participants of this convention included academics and students as well as practitioners who are actively engaged in Islamic studies within respective areas. 
Professor Dr. Muhammad Syukri Salleh (centre), ISDEV Alumni, Muslihah Mazlan (right)
and KUIM representatives (left), having discussion in the meeting for the
Bachelor of Islamic Development Management Programme.
Meanwhile, Prof. Syukri also had the chance to meet up with three ISDEV Alumni members, Muslihah Mazlan, Sofyatul Azlyn Shariffuddin and Siti Nur Afiqah Shafie who are currently lecturers of Management and Development Programme under the Academy of Islamic Studies, KUIM. As one of the academic consultants at KUIM, Prof. Syukri also took the opportunity to have a thorough discussion with the representatives of KUIM. He provided them advice and the guideline in terms of courses outline, relevant subject, ideas and also commented on their on-going course of Bachelor of Islamic Development Management Programme.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015


The Celebration - Four ISDEV graduates cutting the cakes as the symbolic of celebration the success.
From left, Fakhruddin Abd Rahman (RISDEV, Master by Research), Dr. Teuku Meldi Kesuma,
Dr. Nor Hanani Ismail and Dr. Azrin Ibrahim
In conjunction with the 52nd Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)’s convocation and sticking to the tradition of ISDEV, a simple Graduation Ceremony was held on Tuesday afternoon, 17 November 2015 to commemorate the four ISDEV student consisting of three RISDEV (ISDEV Postgraduate by Research) in Ph.D level and one RISDEV at the master level. With the help of ISDEV Associate Members (ABI), the high-tea reception was held at the Bumbledee's@1938 Restaurant, USM Guest House, USM.
Dr. Teuku Meldi Kesuma (left) and Fakhruddin Abd Rahman (right) receiving graduation certificate and
a surprise graduation gift from ISDEV Director, Professor Dr. Muhammad Syukri Salleh
All the four RISDEV graduates received their graduation certificates as well as graduation gift each from ISDEV as a sign of appreciation and honoured for completing their study in Islamic Development Management at the highest echelon of formal academic studies, the Doctor of Philosophy level as well as master level (by Research).
Dr. Nor Hanani Ismail (left) and Dr. Azrin Ibrahim (right) receiving their 'Outstanding PhD Thesis Award'
from ISDEV Director, Professor Dr. Muhammad Syukri Salleh
At the same time, all of them also received the ‘Outstanding PhD Thesis and Dissertation Award’ in recognition of their excellence in academic writing. The certificates and awards were presented by ISDEV Director, Professor Dr. Muhammad Syukri Salleh.
One for the album - a group photo of the four ISDEV graduates
with ISDEV distinguished lecturers
Besides the award presentation ceremony, the graduates also took a group photos with ISDEV lecturers as well as their family members.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

A NAS A WEEK - 11 SAFAR 1437

He has succeeded who purifies it, [al-Shams, 91:9].

Thursday, November 19, 2015


Dr. Azrin Ibrahim walking with pride after receiving her scroll from the USM Chancellor
Three RISDEV (ISDEV Postgraduate Research Mode) students of Centre for Islamic Development Management Studies (ISDEV) received their Doctors of Philosophy degree (or PhD) at the 52nd USM Convocation Ceremony on 17 November 2015. These graduates have actually bring continuously successful academic achievement for ISDEV since its upgrade as a Research Centre of Excellence (CoE) on 17 April 2014.
 Dr. Nor Hanani Ismail walking away with bless and honour after receiving her doctorate scroll
The students received their doctorates degrees in Islamic Development Management. Their scrolls were presented to them by USM Chancellor D.Y.M.M. Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Ibni Al-Marhum Tuanku Syed Putra Jamalullail. The doctorates recipients included the one newly appointed lecturer at ISDEV, Dr. Azrin Ibrahim. Other graduates were Dr. Nor Hanani Ismail who is now  a lecturer at Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) and Dr. Teuku Meldi Kesuma also a lecturer at Universitas Syiah Kuala (UNSYIAH), Aceh, Indonesia.
 The smile of success - Dr. Teuku Meldi Kesuma grinning cheerfully during the presentation
of his scroll by USM Chancellor
Meanwhile, Fakhruddin Abd Rahman who is also a RISDEV student has receive his master degree (by research) in second session, Wednesday, 18 November 2015.  Uniquely, all graduates are the protege of ISDEV lecturers, Professor Dr. Muhammad Syukri Salleh, Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad and Dr. Zakaria Bahari.
Fakhruddin Abd Rahman standing with honour during the convocation ceremony
in receiving his scroll on the second session
It is indeed a momentous and joyful occasion for these four RISDEV graduates. Parents and family of ISDEV graduates as well as ISDEV members were at the convocation ceremony to celebrate and share their success.
The celebration of success with family and friends after the convocation ceremony

Tuesday, November 17, 2015


ISDEV fraternity converge for a whole day at C06, School of Social Sciences
The ISDEV Intellectual Graduate Discourse was held on Friday 30 October, 2015 at C06, Conference Room, School of Social Sciences. The discourse was chaired by ISDEV Acting Deputy Director, Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad. Five ISDEV’s PhD candidates presented their PhD theses' proposal in two sessions with three candidates presenting their proposals in the morning session and the remaining two candidates presenting theirs in the afternoon session.
Nur Ilani Mat Nawi presenting her PhD proposal which focus on Objectivity in Research
For the morning session, the first candidate was Nur Ilani Mat Nawi with her PhD proposal on "Objektiviti Dalam Kaedah Penyelidikan Berteraskan Islam: Kajian Berdasarkan Pendekatan Al-Biruni Dalam Penghasilan Kitab al-Athar dan Kitab al-Hind" (Objectivity in Islamic-based Development Research Methods Based on Al-Biruni's Approach in Producing the Books - al-Athar and al-Hind). She is currently pursuing her PhD under the supervision of Professor Dr. Muhammad Syukri Salleh. Her thesis proposal was evaluated by Dr. Mohd Shukri Hanapi.
Ahmad Shaifful Anuar Ahmad Shukor exhibiting his grasp of the
area of research on Higher Education Waqf 
The second candidate was Ahmad Shaifful Anuar Ahmad Shukor with his PhD proposal on "Keberkesanan Perlaksanaan Wakaf Pendidikan Tinggi Malaysia" (Effectiveness of Implementing Higher Education Waqf). He is currently supervised by Associate Professor Dr. Zakaria Bahari. Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad took the responsibility to evaluate his PhD thesis proposal.

The third candidate was Wafdi Auni Mohamed with his PhD proposal entitled “Kerajaan Perpaduan Berteraskan Islam: Kajian Kes Parti Politik Melayu-Islam di Malaysia” (Islamic-based Unified Government: Case Study of Malay-Islam Political Parties in Malaysia). He is currently supervised by Dr. Mohd Syakir Mohd Rosdi while his thesis proposal was evaluated by Dr. Wan Norhaniza Wan Hasan.  
Norazilawati Md Dahlal presenting her PhD research interest in Halalan Toyyiban
After a long break for lunch and Friday prayer, the intellectual discourse continued in the afternoon session. The session began with Norazilawati Md Dahlal on “Konsep Pengurusan Kualiti Makanan Halalan Toyyiban Berteraskan Islam” (The Concept of Islamic-based Food Quality Management of Halalan Toyyiban). Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad is her supervisor while her PhD thesis proposal was evaluated by Dr. Mohd Shukri Hanapi.
Nur Sakiinah Ab Aziz in her full spirit explaining her PhD research
proposal on Islamic-based Data validity
The last candidate to present is currently a student under the supervision of Dr. Mohd Shukri Hanapi. Nur Sakiinah Ab Aziz presented the proposal on “Aplikasi Konsep Mutawatir Dalam Penentuan Kesahan Data Penyelidikan Berteraskan Islam” (The Application of the Concept of Transmission in Determining Islamic-based Data Validity). Her thesis proposal was also evaluated by Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad.

As usual, a Question and Answer session took place after each presentation. In the end, all the candidates heaved a sigh of grateful relief when all the appointed evaluators agreed to give endorsement and green light for all of them to proceed with the next stage of their PhD research.

Congratulations to all five ISDEV PhD candidates!

Sunday, November 15, 2015


Fadala ibn Ubaid reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “There are three persons you will not be asked about: a man who separates from the community and disobeys his leader and dies in a state of disobedience, a servant who abandons his master and then dies, and a woman with sufficient provision who displays her beauty when her husband is absent. There are three others you will not be asked about: a man who competes with Allah regarding His cloak for His cloak is pride and His garment is might, a man who doubts the command of Allah, and those who despair of the mercy of Allah.” [Source: Musnad Ahmad 23425; Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to As-Suyuti].

Thursday, November 12, 2015


Strolling at tourist-attraction places - Oxford Street and Speaker's Corner, Hyde Park London.
From 17 to 24 October 2015, two ISDEV delegates, ISDEV Director, Professor Dr. Muhammad Syukri Salleh and ISDEV Senior Lecturer, Dr. Shahir Akram Hassan were flown to the United Kingdom as part of their working trip for this year. Besides having the opportunity to visit tourist-attraction places such as Oxford Street and Speaker’s Corner in Hyde Park London, one of the most pertinent reasons they were there, besides attending meetings and discussions with some important persons, was to witness the singing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) with Islamic Relief Academy (IRA), Birmingham, United Kingdom as well as to discuss the details of the implementation of the MoU.
Light discussion with Zahid Ali Akbar (in red shirt), Human Rights Director of
The Association of British Muslims (AoBM) at London Central Mosque.
On the first day, the delegates had a chance to meet and hold a light discussion with Zahid Ali Akhbar, Human Rights Director of The Association of British Muslims (AoBM) at London Central Mosque. At the end of the discussions, Prof. Syukri received a green apple from Zahid Ali - symbolic gesture signifying the high appreciation and and honour of AoBM hosting the delegates from ISDEV. The green apple, is usually given specifically to guests who are fittingly regarded to be amongst the very learned and wise. 
Having discussion with ISDEV Visiting Fellow, Dato' Dr. Afifi Al-Akiti at The University of Oxford. 
On the next day, Prof. Syukri and Dr. Shahir went to the one of the prestigious universities in the world - The University of Oxford (informally Oxford University or simply known as Oxford) as well as the alma mater for Prof. Syukri. At Oxford, they met and discussed with Dato' Dr. Afifi Al-Akiti who is ISDEV Visiting Fellow since 2013. The discussion was focused on setting the date for Dato’ Dr. Afifi's follow-up of the ISDEV Lecture Series that he had delivered sometime in 2010 on "Approaching Knowledge Secular and Religious". He also expressed his keenness and eagerly awaits for the appropriate time to be back at USM to deliver his Public Lecture as well as having an up close and exclusive intellectually stimulating time between him and ISDEV members and students in the very near future.
Participating in the Fellows Seminar at Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (OXCIS).
While at Oxford, Prof. Syukri and Dr. Shahir also had a chance to participate in Fellows Seminar at Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (OXCIS). OXCIS is a Recognized Independent Centre of the University of Oxford. It was established in 1985 to encourage the scholarly study of Islam and the Islamic world. It also provides a meeting point for the Western and Islamic worlds of learning. Beyond Oxford, its role is strengthened by developing an international network of academic contacts. The work of the OXCIS has attracted global attention and widespread support. 
With the higher management of The Islamic Foundation and Markfield Institute of Higher Education,
Dr. M Manazir Ahsan - The Chairman of The Islamic Foundation (third right),
Farooq Murad -Director General of The Islamic Foundation (fourth right) and
Dr. Zahid Parvez -Director of the Markfield Institute of Higher Education (MIHE, first left).
On 20 October 2015, the delegates then went to The Islamic Foundation and Markfield Institute of Higher Education (MIHE), Markfield, Leicestershire. MIHE is the first academic institution of its kind in the west. It presents a unique opportunity to study Islam in an Islamic institution within the context of Higher Education in the United Kingdom. Thus, ISDEV delegates took the opportunity to discuss with the Chairman of The Islamic Foundation, Dr. M Manazir Ahsan as well as MIHE Director, Dr. Zahid Parvez about the possibility of ISDEV-MIHE collaboration and ISDEV Post- Doctoral Fellowship. This is because MIHE also aims to help in the development the local community through training, vocational education and pioneering of new courses. The Institute takes a positive approach in conducting inter-faith and inter-cultures dialogues between which received high recognition for its interfaith endeavours. 
Discussion with The Association of British Muslim (AoBM) Co- Directors, Paul Salahuddin Armstrong
and Mohammed Abbasi, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding, Football for Peace at Ibis Hotel, Birmingham.
The journey continue on 23 October 2015, where ISDEV delegates went to Birmingham to meet Paul Salahuddin Armstrong (also known as Sheikh Salahuddin Abu Sophia), and Mohammed Abbasi. Both of them are the Co-Directors of The Association of British Muslim (AoBM) who are dedicated to promote global peace via football game with the slogan “Football for Peace – Not Hatred”. For them, Islam stands for peace. Islam means peace, and Islam pursues peace. The goal of this religion is to bind people together with love not with hate. Our greeting of “Assalamu-Alaikum” translates to “peace be upon you”. 
Fostering of silaturrahim - Dr. Shahir Akram presenting a token of gift  from ISDEV
to Paul Salahuddin Amstrong as a brotherly momento.
According to them, football is a great game; a game that can promote peace among many people thus the AoBM is fully supportive of organisations that use football as a vehicle to promote peace – one such organisation is called Football for Peace. The organisation is led by a British Muslim who is also a professional British footballer – Kashif Siddiqi cum its Co-Founder. Kashif has been working tirelessly to bring people of opposing views and ideologies to come onto the field for a game of football. From the cordial meeting they had, it came as no surprise when they discovered that Paul Salahuddin is not only the Co-Director of AoBM but he is also a director, scholar and broadcaster. After officially embracing Islam on 1 March 2000, Paul continued to study religion and spirituality for the past 15 years. 

From this working trip, it can be surmised that ISDEV not only strives for Islam at the university's level but is also working hard to explore opportunities and the world outside the confines of ISDEV. This is done to provide opportunities and platform for ISDEV students to enthusiastically and eagerly introduce ISDEV and Islam to all corners of the world thus creating global-minded students who are able to steadfastly uphold Islam at all times.