Monday, April 23, 2018


ISDEV Tradition prior to Viva Voce - Mock Viva for both of the candidates 

Posing for the camera - ISDEV members after performing solat hajat prior to Sakinatul Raadiyah and Shahrinizam viva.
Praise to Allah SWT for the success of two RISDEV (ISDEV postgraduate by research) candidates, Shahrinizam Mohd Amin and Sakinatul Raadiyah Abdullah in their viva voce on 2 March 2018. Their viva took place at C23, Social Science Conference Room, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and were divided into morning and afternoon session. Viva voce is a big step in completing their Ph.D research journey after struggling for nearly 3 years to complete their research. As an ISDEV regular practice, a mock viva prior to the viva voce takes place on 28 February 2018 in order to challenge their capability on defending their PhD thesis.

Shahrinizam in action during his viva proper - stressing a point to defend his PhD thesis.
On 2nd March 2018, The first candidate, Shahrinizam Mohd Amin defended his PhD thesis titled "Faktor Penentu Pemilihan Institusi Pendidikan Menengah Islam Swasta IKRAM MUSLEH". The chairman for his viva was Professor Dr Jamilah Hj Ahmad from the School of Communication, USM while the External Examiner was Dr. Norazzah Kamri from Universiti Malaya (UM). His two Internal Examiners were Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zakaria Bahari and Dr. Shahir Akram Hassan from ISDEV, USM. His main supervisor is Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad were also present on the day.

Shahrinizam with his Borad of Examiners
Second candidate, Sakinatul Raadiyah Abdullah faced her viva voce in the afternoon session. She was tested on the knowledge of her Ph.D thesis on "Kaedah Pembiyaan Pembangunan Tanah Wakaf oleh Majlis Agama Islam Terpilih di Malaysia". She was under the supervision of Assoc. Prof Dr. Zakaria Bahari. The chairman of her viva was Dr. Noor Shakirah Mat Akhir from the School of Humanities, USM. The boards of examiners of her viva voce were Prof. Dr. Abdullah @ Alwi bin Haji Hassan from Universiti Asia e University as the External Examiner while Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad and Dr. Shahir Akram Hassan from ISDEV, USM served as the Internal Examiners.

Calm and energetic was the positive vibe shown by Sakinatul Raadiyah during her viva voce
During both viva sessions, it could be discerned that both of them was a little jittery but they managed to answer all questions calmly. The chairman of both viva voce declared that all examiners were pleased not only with their written thesis but also the manner in which both candidates were able to defend it excellently. Shahrinizam and Sakinatul Raadiyah passed their viva with flying colours.

Sakinatul Raadiyah with her Borad of Examiners

Congratulations to both candidates! 

Sunday, April 22, 2018


Abdullah ibn Amr reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “The pleasure of the Lord is in the pleasure of the parents, and the displeasure of the Lord is in the displeasure of the parents.” [Source: Sunan At-Tirmidhi 1899; Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to As-Suyuti]

عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ عَمْرٍو عَنْ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ رِضَى الرَّبِّ فِي رِضَى الْوَالِدِ وَسَخَطُ الرَّبِّ فِي سَخَطِ الْوَالِدِ
1899 سنن الترمذي كِتَاب الْبِرِّ وَالصِّلَةِ عَنْ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ بَاب مَا جَاءَ مِنْ الْفَضْلِ فِي رِضَا الْوَالِدَيْنِ
المحدث السيوطي خلاصة حكم المحدث صحيح


Saturday, April 21, 2018


Thus, have We revealed to you O Muhammad, a Spirit (inspired Book - The Qur'an) by Our command: while you did not know what is The Book and what is the Iman (faith)? But We have made it (The Qur'an) a light whereby We guide those of Our servants whom We please; and surely you are guiding mankind to the Right Way [Translation of al-Shura, 42:52].


Tuesday, April 10, 2018


ISDEV Graduate Discourse for February 2018 was held on 22 February 2018. Two RISDEV students were involved in the graduate discourse in presenting their PhD final draft thesis in front of ISDEV fraternity.
Farah Farhana passionately presenting her PhD findings
The Graduate Discourse was held at ISDEV open library, which involved two RISDEV students presented their thesis proposals. The first candidate was Farah Farhana Johari with her Ph.D final draft thesis titled "Asas Pembinaan Pernyataan Visi dan Misi Institusi Pembangunan Berteraskan Islam Di Malaysia". Farah Farhana is supervised by Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad. Her final thesis was evaluated by Dr. Shahir Akram Hassan who gave his approval for the to proceed with the submission of thesis draft.
Hayati jotting down some important points during her PhD thesis presentation
The second candidate on that day was Hayati Salleh with her Ph.D final draft thesis entitled "Konsep Bangunan Hijau Berteraskan Islam Berdasarkan Kompleks Suleymaniye, Turki". Hayati Salleh is currently under the supervision of Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad. Her final thesis was evaluated by Dr. Mohd Syakir Mohd Rosdi who gave his approval for the to proceed with the submission of thesis draft. Also at present were ISDEV founder, Prof. Muhammad Syukri Salleh, ISDEV Director, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zakaria Bahari, ISDEV lecturers, Dr Azrin Ibrahim, Dr Wan Norhaniza Wan Hasan, Dr Murni Yusoff, Dr Azreen Hamiza and Dr. Mohd Syahmir Alias from School of Humanities, USM.
Faces of the examiners and focused participant during the ISDEV graduate Discourse.
Both RISDEV students were given green light to proceed their theses to the next level.
Congratulations to all!

Sunday, April 8, 2018

A NAS A WEEK - 22 RAJAB 1439

Abu Dharr reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “The roof of my house was opened when I was in Mecca and Gabriel descended and opened my heart and then he washed it with the water of zamzam. He then brought a gold basin full of wisdom and faith and after emptying it into my heart, he closed it up. Then taking me by the hand, he ascended with me to the heaven and when we came to the lowest heaven, Gabriel said to its guardian: Open! He asked who was there? He replied: It is Gabriel. He asked if there was someone with him. He replied: Yes, it is Muhammad. He was asked if he had been sent for and Gabriel said: Yes. Then he opened the gate. When we ascended the lowest heaven, I saw a man seated with parties on his right side and parties on his left side. When he looked up to his right, he laughed and when he looked to his left, he wept. He said: Welcome the righteous prophet and the righteous son. I asked Gabriel who he was and he replied: He is Adam, upon him be peace, and these parties on his right and on his left are the souls of his descendants. Those of them on his right are the inmates of Paradise and those on his left are the inmates of Hellfire, so when he looked towards his right side he laughed, and when he looked towards his left side he wept. Then Gabriel ascended with me to the second heaven. He asked its guardian to open its gate, and its guardian replied in the same way as the other guardian had said, so he opened it.”

Anas ibn Malik continued: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, mentioned that he found in the heavens Adam, Idrees, Jesus, Moses, and Abraham, peace be upon them all, but he did not ascertain as to the nature of their abodes except that he had found Adam in the lowest heaven and Abraham in the sixth heaven. When Gabriel and the Messenger of Allah passed by Idris, upon him be pece, he said: Welcome the righteous prophet and righteous brother. He asked: Who is he? Gabriel said: It is Idrees. Then he passed by Moses, upon him be peace, and he said: Welcome the righteous prophet and righteous brother. He said: Who is he? He replied: It is Moses. Then he passed by Jesus and he said: Welcome the righteous prophet and righteous brother. He said: Who is he? Gabriel said: Jesus the son of Mary. Then he went to Abraham, upon him be peace. He said: Welcome the righteous prophet and righteous son. He asked: Who is he? Gabriel said: It is Abraham.

Ibn Abbas reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Then he ascended with me till I was taken to such a height where I heard the scraping of the pens. Allah then made fifty prayers obligatory for my nation and I returned with that and passed by Moses. Moses, upon him be peace, said: What has your Lord enjoined on your people? I said: Fifty prayers have been made obligatory on them. Moses said: Return to thy Lord, for your nation would not be able to bear this burden. Then I came back to my Lord and He remitted a portion. I again went to Moses and informed him about it and he said: Return to your Lord, for your nation shall not be able to bear this burden. I went back to my Lord and He said: They are five and at the same time fifty, and what has been said will not be changed. I returned to Moses and he said: Go back to your Lord. I said: I feel ashamed in front of my Lord. Gabriel then travelled with me until we came to the farthest lote-tree. Many colors covered it which I had not known. Then I was admitted to Paradise and saw in it domes of pearls and its soil made of musk.” [Source: Sahih Muslim 163, Sahih Bukhari 342; Grade: Muttafaqun Alayhi (authenticity agreed upon) according to al-Bukhari and Muslim]

عَنْ أَنَسِ بْنِ مَالِكٍ قَالَ كَانَ أَبُو ذَرٍّ يُحَدِّثُ أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ فُرِجَ سَقْفُ بَيْتِي وَأَنَا بِمَكَّةَ فَنَزَلَ جِبْرِيلُ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ فَفَرَجَ صَدْرِي ثُمَّ غَسَلَهُ مِنْ مَاءِ زَمْزَمَ ثُمَّ جَاءَ بِطَسْتٍ مِنْ ذَهَبٍ مُمْتَلِئٍ حِكْمَةً وَإِيمَانًا فَأَفْرَغَهَا فِي صَدْرِي ثُمَّ أَطْبَقَهُ ثُمَّ أَخَذَ بِيَدِي فَعَرَجَ بِي إِلَى السَّمَاءِ فَلَمَّا جِئْنَا السَّمَاءَ الدُّنْيَا قَالَ جِبْرِيلُ عَلَيْهِ السَّلَام لِخَازِنِ السَّمَاءِ الدُّنْيَا افْتَحْ قَالَ مَنْ هَذَا قَالَ هَذَا جِبْرِيلُ قَالَ هَلْ مَعَكَ أَحَدٌ قَالَ نَعَمْ مَعِيَ مُحَمَّدٌ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ فَأُرْسِلَ إِلَيْهِ قَالَ نَعَمْ فَفَتَحَ قَالَ فَلَمَّا عَلَوْنَا السَّمَاءَ الدُّنْيَا فَإِذَا رَجُلٌ عَنْ يَمِينِهِ أَسْوِدَةٌ وَعَنْ يَسَارِهِ أَسْوِدَةٌ قَالَ فَإِذَا نَظَرَ قِبَلَ يَمِينِهِ ضَحِكَ وَإِذَا نَظَرَ قِبَلَ شِمَالِهِ بَكَى قَالَ فَقَالَ مَرْحَبًا بِالنَّبِيِّ الصَّالِحِ وَالِابْنِ الصَّالِحِ قَالَ قُلْتُ يَا جِبْرِيلُ مَنْ هَذَا قَالَ هَذَا آدَمُ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ وَهَذِهِ الْأَسْوِدَةُ عَنْ يَمِينِهِ وَعَنْ شِمَالِهِ نَسَمُ بَنِيهِ فَأَهْلُ الْيَمِينِ أَهْلُ الْجَنَّةِ وَالْأَسْوِدَةُ الَّتِي عَنْ شِمَالِهِ أَهْلُ النَّارِ فَإِذَا نَظَرَ قِبَلَ يَمِينِهِ ضَحِكَ وَإِذَا نَظَرَ قِبَلَ شِمَالِهِ بَكَى قَالَ ثُمَّ عَرَجَ بِي جِبْرِيلُ حَتَّى أَتَى السَّمَاءَ الثَّانِيَةَ فَقَالَ لِخَازِنِهَا افْتَحْ قَالَ فَقَالَ لَهُ خَازِنُهَا مِثْلَ مَا قَالَ خَازِنُ السَّمَاءِ الدُّنْيَا فَفَتَحَ

فَقَالَ أَنَسُ بْنُ مَالِكٍ فَذَكَرَ أَنَّهُ وَجَدَ فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ آدَمَ وَإِدْرِيسَ وَعِيسَى وَمُوسَى وَإِبْرَاهِيمَ صَلَوَاتُ اللَّهِ عَلَيْهِمْ أَجْمَعِينَ وَلَمْ يُثْبِتْ كَيْفَ مَنَازِلُهُمْ غَيْرَ أَنَّهُ ذَكَرَ أَنَّهُ قَدْ وَجَدَ آدَمَ عَلَيْهِ السَّلَام فِي السَّمَاءِ الدُّنْيَا وَإِبْرَاهِيمَ فِي السَّمَاءِ السَّادِسَةِ قَالَ فَلَمَّا مَرَّ جِبْرِيلُ وَرَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ بِإِدْرِيسَ صَلَوَاتُ اللَّهِ عَلَيْهِ قَالَ مَرْحَبًا بِالنَّبِيِّ الصَّالِحِ وَالْأَخِ الصَّالِحِ قَالَ ثُمَّ مَرَّ فَقُلْتُ مَنْ هَذَا فَقَالَ هَذَا إِدْرِيسُ قَالَ ثُمَّ مَرَرْتُ بِمُوسَى عَلَيْهِ السَّلَام فَقَالَ مَرْحَبًا بِالنَّبِيِّ الصَّالِحِ وَالْأَخِ الصَّالِحِ قَالَ قُلْتُ مَنْ هَذَا قَالَ هَذَا مُوسَى قَالَ ثُمَّ مَرَرْتُ بِعِيسَى فَقَالَ مَرْحَبًا بِالنَّبِيِّ الصَّالِحِ وَالْأَخِ الصَّالِحِ قُلْتُ مَنْ هَذَا قَالَ هَذَا عِيسَى ابْنُ مَرْيَمَ قَالَ ثُمَّ مَرَرْتُ بِإِبْرَاهِيمَ عَلَيْهِ السَّلَام فَقَالَ مَرْحَبًا بِالنَّبِيِّ الصَّالِحِ وَالِابْنِ الصَّالِحِ قَالَ قُلْتُ مَنْ هَذَا قَالَ هَذَا إِبْرَاهِيمُ

قَالَ ابْنُ شِهَابٍ وَأَخْبَرَنِي ابْنُ حَزْمٍ أَنَّ ابْنَ عَبَّاسٍ وَأَبَا حَبَّةَ الْأَنْصَارِيَّ كَانَا يَقُولَانِ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ ثُمَّ عَرَجَ بِي حَتَّى ظَهَرْتُ لِمُسْتَوًى أَسْمَعُ فِيهِ صَرِيفَ الْأَقْلَامِ قَالَ ابْنُ حَزْمٍ وَأَنَسُ بْنُ مَالِكٍ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ فَفَرَضَ اللَّهُ عَلَى أُمَّتِي خَمْسِينَ صَلَاةً قَالَ فَرَجَعْتُ بِذَلِكَ حَتَّى أَمُرَّ بِمُوسَى فَقَالَ مُوسَى عَلَيْهِ السَّلَام مَاذَا فَرَضَ رَبُّكَ عَلَى أُمَّتِكَ قَالَ قُلْتُ فَرَضَ عَلَيْهِمْ خَمْسِينَ صَلَاةً قَالَ لِي مُوسَى عَلَيْهِ السَّلَام فَرَاجِعْ رَبَّكَ فَإِنَّ أُمَّتَكَ لَا تُطِيقُ ذَلِكَ قَالَ فَرَاجَعْتُ رَبِّي فَوَضَعَ شَطْرَهَا قَالَ فَرَجَعْتُ إِلَى مُوسَى عَلَيْهِ السَّلَام فَأَخْبَرْتُهُ قَالَ رَاجِعْ رَبَّكَ فَإِنَّ أُمَّتَكَ لَا تُطِيقُ ذَلِكَ قَالَ فَرَاجَعْتُ رَبِّي فَقَالَ هِيَ خَمْسٌ وَهِيَ خَمْسُونَ لَا يُبَدَّلُ الْقَوْلُ لَدَيَّ قَالَ فَرَجَعْتُ إِلَى مُوسَى فَقَالَ رَاجِعْ رَبَّكَ فَقُلْتُ قَدْ اسْتَحْيَيْتُ مِنْ رَبِّي قَالَ ثُمَّ انْطَلَقَ بِي جِبْرِيلُ حَتَّى نَأْتِيَ سِدْرَةَ الْمُنْتَهَى فَغَشِيَهَا أَلْوَانٌ لَا أَدْرِي مَا هِيَ قَالَ ثُمَّ أُدْخِلْتُ الْجَنَّةَ فَإِذَا فِيهَا جَنَابِذُ اللُّؤْلُؤَ وَإِذَا تُرَابُهَا الْمِسْكُ

163 صحيح مسلم كِتَاب الْإِيمَانِ أتاه جبريل صلى الله عليه وسلم وهو يلعب مع الغلمان فأخذه فصرعه فشق عن قلبه

342 صحيح البخاري كِتَاب الصَّلَاةِ بَاب كَيْفَ فُرِضَتْ الصَّلَاةُ فِي الْإِسْرَاءِ

Thursday, April 5, 2018


Welcoming ceremony for MISDEV 17.2
For the third time ISDEV accepted a second batch of intake for its Master in Social Science (Islamic Development Management) programme. A positive indication that this three semesters' mixed-mode course work programme is well known and well received. Thus, ISDEV welcomes the new batch of students on 08 February 2018 at Lecture Hall A (DKA), School of Social Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). Nine new students were accepted to pursue their Masters (Mixed-Mode) for the academic year 2017/2018 Semester II. In continuation of ISDEV tradition, this new batch of students is collectively known as MISDEV 17.2.

Associate Prof Dr Zakaria giving his welcoming speech

A successful welcoming ceremony for MISDEV 17.2 students was conducted by ABI (ISDEV Associate Members/Ahli Bersekutu ISDEV). Nine students had successfully registered for this semester. As an introduction to ISDEV traditions, the ceremony started with the recitation of the 99 Names of Allah SWT (Asma ul Husna). The welcoming ceremony is intended as the platform for new students to get to know better about ISDEV lecturers, administrative staff, and USM itself.

Associate Professor Dr. Zakaria Bahari, the director of ISDEV in his welcoming speech advise the new MISDEV17.2 to start with the right intention by being more committed to their studies and at the same time to remember at all times the sacrifices made by their parents in supporting their studies. He also added that, it is a must to have blessings in order to succeed in this world and the hereafter.
MISDEV 17.2 & their parents during the ice-breaking activity in the Ta'aruf session
In the Ta'aruf Session for MISDEV17.2 Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zakaria gave a brief general overview of the structure of ISDEV, the courses to be attended to by MISDEV17.2 students, introduced ISDEV lecturers and administrative staff as well as the manners and conduct that should be adhered to whilst studying at ISDEV.
Full house - ISDEV welcome the new batch of MISDEV 17.2 and family to ISDEV open library at D04
MISDEV17.2 students Ahlan Wa Sahlan to ISDEV family!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

A NAS A WEEK - 15 RAJAB 1439

Glory to (Allah) Who did take His Servant for Journey by night from the Sacred Mosque to the Farthest Mosque whose precincts We did Bless in order that We might show him some of Our Signs: for He is the one Who heareth and seeth (all things) [Translation of al-Israa', 17:1 by Abdullah Yusuf Ali]2167   2168   2169 

[2167] Masjid is a place of prayer: here it refers to the Ka'ba at Makkah. It had not yet been cleared of its idols and rededicated exclusively to the One True God. It was symbolical of the new Message which was being given to mankind.

[2168] The Farthest Mosque must refer to the site of the Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem on the hill of Moriah, at or near which stands the Dome of the Rock, called also the Mosque of Hadhrat 'Umar. This and the Mosque known as the Farthest Mosque (Masjid-ul-Aqsa) were completed by the Amir 'Abd-ul-Malik in A.H. 68. Farthest, because it was the place of worship farthest west which was known to the Arabs in the time of the holy Prophet: it was a sacred place to both Jews and Christians, but the Christians then had the upper hand, as it was included in the Byzantine (Roman) Empire, which maintained a Patriarch at Jerusalem. The chief dates in connection with the Temple are: it was finished by Solomon about B.C. 1004; destroyed by the Babylonians under Nebuchadnezzar about 586 B.C.; rebuilt under Ezra and Nehemiah about 515 B.C.; turned into a heathen idol-temple by one of Alexander's successors, Antiochus Epiphanes, 167 B.C.; restored by Herod, B.C. 17 to A.D. 29; and completely razed to the ground by the Emperor Titus in A.D. 70. These ups and downs are among the greater Signs in religious history.

[2169] Allah's knowledge comprehends all things, without any curtain of Time or any separation of Space. He can therefore see and hear all things, and the Mi'raj was a reflection of this knowledge. In this and the subsequent verses, the reference to Allah is generally in the first person and plural. But in the first and the last clause of this verse it is in the third person singular: "Glory to Allah, Who did take His Servant..."; "He is the One...". In each of these two instances, the clause expresses the point of view of Allah's creatures, who glorify Him, and whose hearing and seeing are ordinarily so limited that they can do nothing but glorify Him when one of His creatures is raised up to hear and see the Signs. It is they who glorify Him.