Sunday, January 14, 2018


Ibn Umar reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Be different from the idolaters; let the beard grow and trim the moustache.” Whenever Ibn Umar performed the pilgrimage or the lesser pilgrimage, he would grab hold of his beard and what was left he cut.
[Source: Sahih Bukhari 5553; Sahih Muslim 259; Grade: Muttafaqun Alayhi (authenticity agreed upon) according to Al-Bukhari and Imam Muslim]

Ibn Hajr reported: Al-Qadi Iyad said, “It is disliked to cut, shave or trim the beard.” [Source: Fath ul-Bari]

عَنْ ابْنِ عُمَرَ عَنْ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ خَالِفُوا الْمُشْرِكِينَ وَفِّرُوا اللِّحَى وَأَحْفُوا الشَّوَارِبَ وَكَانَ ابْنُ عُمَرَ إِذَا حَجَّ أَوْ اعْتَمَرَ قَبَضَ عَلَى لِحْيَتِهِ فَمَا فَضَلَ أَخَذَهُ
5553 صحيح البخاري كِتَاب اللِّبَاسِ الفطرة خمس الختان والاستحداد وقص الشارب وتقليم الأظفار ونتف الآباط
259 صحيح مسلم كتاب الطهارة باب خصال الفطرة
وَقَالَ عِيَاضٌ يُكْرَهُ حَلْقُ اللِّحْيَةِ وَقَصُّهَا وَتَحْذِيفُهَا
فتح الباري شرح صحيح البخاري كِتَاب اللِّبَاسِ حلق اللحية وقصها وتحذيفها


Sunday, January 7, 2018


And remember that Abraham was tried by his Lord with certain commands which he fulfilled; He said: "I will make thee an Imam to the nations." He pleaded: "And also (Imams) from my offspring!" He answered: "But my promise is not within the reach of evil-doers."(1) [Translation of al-Baqarah,2:124 by Abdullah Yusuf Ali]

Note (1): Kalimat: literally "words" here used in the mystic sense of God's Will or Decree or Purpose. This verse may be taken to be the sum of the verses following. In everything Abraham fulfilled God's wish: he purified God's house; he built the sacred refuge of the Ka'ba; he submitted his will to God's, and thus became the type of Islam. He was promised the leadership of the world; he pleaded for his progeny, and his prayer was granted, with the limitation that if his progeny was false to God, God's promise did not reach the people who proved themselves false.

Sunday, December 31, 2017


Abdullah ibn Mas’ud reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “No one who has the weight of a seed of arrogance in his heart will enter Paradise.” Someone said, “But a man loves to have beautiful clothes and shoes.” The Prophet said, “Verily, Allah is beautiful and He loves beauty. Arrogance means rejecting the truth and looking down on people.” [Source: Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 91; Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Muslim].

عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ مَسْعُودٍ عَنْ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ لَا يَدْخُلُ الْجَنَّةَ مَنْ كَانَ فِي قَلْبِهِ مِثْقَالُ ذَرَّةٍ مِنْ كِبْرٍ قَالَ رَجُلٌ إِنَّ الرَّجُلَ يُحِبُّ أَنْ يَكُونَ ثَوْبُهُ حَسَنًا وَنَعْلُهُ حَسَنَةً قَالَ إِنَّ اللَّهَ جَمِيلٌ يُحِبُّ الْجَمَالَ الْكِبْرُ بَطَرُ الْحَقِّ وَغَمْطُ النَّاسِ
صحيح مسلم كتاب الإيمان باب تحريم الكبر وبيانه91

Wednesday, December 27, 2017


On 29th-30th November, 2017, the 12th ISDEV International Development Management Conference (IDMAC2017) was successfully held at Auditorium 1, Eureka Complex, Universiti Sains Malaysia. IDMAC 2017 follows the successes of the previous IDMAC which started in 2007 with various themes related to Islamic Development Management. This annually organised conference is an initiative to encourage research in Islamic-based social sciences. This year, the chosen theme for IDMAC is Halal-Green Development Management.

The two days conference was held with the focus to provide a platform and opportunity for practitioners, scholars, researchers, academicians, graduate students, NGOs and others from all over the world to converge and be proactively engaged in an intellectual discourse on Halal-Green Development Management as well as to explore new ideas and solutions for Halal-Green Development Management such as the empowerment of communities and to promote a better environment for the future generation derived fundamentally from the Islamic epistemology and worldview.

IDMAC 2017 Poster

Rationally, an Islamic-based approach with Islamic philosophical underpinning is needed to develop Halal-Green models in an integrated manner. Halal-Green development management is one of the initiatives to resolve problematic issues of institutional management, production and service management, social management, economic management and environmental management. This conference aims to address these issues by blending new, innovative, industrial liaison and practical thinking on these Islamic-based Halal-Green development management related issues.
Opening speech by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zakaria Bahari (above) and forum on Bridging the gap between human, technology and governance for Halal-Green Development by respective panelist (below).
The conference started with the opening ceremony with a short video presentation and continue with the forum on 'Bridging the gap between human, technology & governance for Halal-Green Development'. The session was hosted by three panelists comprising of the expert, namely, Mr Mohamad Firhan Mohamed Ghouse, General Manager of Penang International Halal Hub Development Sdn Bhd (PIHH), Mr Hussin bin Mohammad, Senior Manager, Asset & Operation Department. Jambatan Kedua Sdn Bhd and Dr. Joel Carboni, President of International Project Management Association USA and Founder of Green Project Management. 

After tea break that morning, the conference continue with the parallel sessions of paper presentation by the participants of the conference. A total of 60 papers were presented ranging from topics on Halal financing, Education and Islamic thoughts, Halal lifestyle issues, sustainable issues, Green development and management, Halal services, Halal philosophy and products, Halal consumerism, Shari'ah compliance and NGO's issues and Waqf and green economy. Meanwhile, the presenters and participants for IDMAC 2017 came from within USM and other local universities such as Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM), Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), University Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), University Sultan Zainal Abidin (UNiSZA), International Islamic University College (KUIS), few foreign universities such as Universitas Airlangga (Surabaya), Universities Syiah Kuala (Acheh) and from the industry, Sustainable Business Network Association Malaysia (SustNET).
The colours of parallel session for paper presentations by the participants of IDMAC 2017
On the second day, after all the presentation in the parallel session is completed, The participants then had the opportunity to listen to the Keynote Address by Dr Fadzila Azni Ahmad, ISDEV Deputy Director and IDMAC 2017 chairman on Halal-Green: The new management paradigm. She shared with all those present about the initiatives taken on Halal-green management.

Since pictures are worth more than a thousand words, below are some of the pictures that detailed the event marking the 12th IDMAC 2017.

IDMAC 2017 goodies for the participants: IDMAC special edition pendrive, button badges and bag.
The happy faces during the registration at IDMAC 2017
IDMAC 2017 banner, booth participant and committee members.
Paper presentations and discussions during the parallel session at IDMAC 2017
Some of the presenters at IDMAC 2017

Sunday, December 24, 2017


The blame is only against those who oppress men with wrong-doing and insolently transgress beyond bounds through the land defying right and justice: for such there will be a Penalty grievous(1) [Translation of al-Shuraa, 42:42 by Abdullah Yusuf Ali].

Note (1)
The fact that men seek the lower rather than the higher Law is itself a result of arrogant wrong-doing of which the type was the Pharaoh who claimed to be "your Lord Most High" and oppressed the Israelites, and kept his own people under slavery and subjection, and the false glamour of magic and deception.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017


On 1st December 2017, the celebration of Maulidur Rasul for Penang was held at Masjid Nurul Iman, Nibong Tebal. In conjunction with Maulidur Rasul celebration, the founder and former director of the Centre for Islamic Development Management Studies (ISDEV), Professor Dr Muhammad Syukri Salleh was announced as the recipient of the Penang state Maulidur Rasul Award 1439H/2017M.

It was an honourable moment when Professor Dr Muhammad Syukri Salleh was chosen to be recipient of Maulidur Rasul Award 2017 by the Selection Committee based on his contributions in academic achievements and non-academic affairs related to Islamic-based development.

Prof Muhammad Syukri Salleh posed with his award
The career of Professor Dr Muhammad Syukri Salleh in Universiti Sains Malaysia as an academician and intellectual started more than 30 years ago. Prof Syukri passion in writing, exploring the Islamic development field and building networking in local and international level linking various institutions to USM and particularly to ISDEV on Islamic development management has led Prof Syukri to be the recipient of the Maulidur Rasul Award. Prof Syukri is also known for his great contribution to upholding Islam at the national and global level recognized by various parties. His outstanding achievements inspire all the ISDEV lecturers, administration staffs and also students in working for the sake of Allah SWT. 

Heartiest Congratulations Prof Syukri!

Prof Dr Muhammad Syukri Salleh with Prof Dato' Dr Muhamad Jantan, USM Deputy Vice-Chancellor(Research and Innovation)

Sunday, December 17, 2017


Aisha reported: A man sought permission to enter the home of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, and the Prophet said, “Admit him, for wretched is the son of a hostile clan and wretched is the man of a hostile clan.” When the man entered, the Prophet spoke to him gently. Aisha said, “O Messenger of Allah, you said what you said about him and then you spoke to him gently.” The Prophet said, “O Aisha, the worst of people in position to Allah on the Day of Resurrection are those whom people abandon or leave alone for fear of their vulgarity.”
Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 5685, Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 2591
Grade: Muttafaqun Alayhi (authenticity agreed upon) according to Al-Bukhari and Muslim
Al-Qadi Iyad said, “Indeed, the Prophet spoke softly to him as a means of persuading him and being an example of Islam.”
Source: Sharḥ al-Nawawī ‘alá Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 2591
عن عائشة أَنَّ رَجُلًا اسْتَأْذَنَ عَلَى النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ فَقَالَ ائْذَنُوا لَهُ فَلَبِئْسَ ابْنُ الْعَشِيرَةِ أَوْ بِئْسَ رَجُلُ الْعَشِيرَةِ فَلَمَّا دَخَلَ عَلَيْهِ أَلَانَ لَهُ الْقَوْلَ قَالَتْ عَائِشَةُ فَقُلْتُ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ قُلْتَ لَهُ الَّذِي قُلْتَ ثُمَّ أَلَنْتَ لَهُ الْقَوْلَ قَالَ يَا عَائِشَةُ إِنَّ شَرَّ النَّاسِ مَنْزِلَةً عِنْدَ اللَّهِ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ مَنْ وَدَعَهُ أَوْ تَرَكَهُ النَّاسُ اتِّقَاءَ فُحْشِهِ
5685 صحيح البخاري كتاب الأدب باب لم يكن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم فاحشا ولا متفحشا
2591 صحيح مسلم كتاب البر والصلة والآداب باب مداراة من يتقى فحشه
قال القاضي عياض وَإِنَّمَا أَلَانَ لَهُ الْقَوْلَ تَأَلُّفًا لَهُ وَلِأَمْثَالِهِ عَلَى الْإِسْلَامِ
2591 شرح النووي على مسلم