Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Due to unavoidable circumstances, the date of the 8th ISDEV International Conference on Islamic Development Management (IDMAC 2014) themed Islamic Political Economy previously scheduled on 2nd-3rd December 2014 is now changed to 9th-10th December 2014. Venue and time remain.

ISDEV apologizes for any inconveniences that this change of date may cause

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


The well received ISDEV Qurban Lunch in conjunction with Aidiladha at the Chancellory Foyer.

In line with the spirit of Aidiladha, this great celebration which is iconised by the major obligations namely performance of the hajj and the highly rewarded nawafil act of sacrifice to gain the blessings of Allah SWT as well as to cherish the teachings of Allah SWT, ISDEV took this opportunity to celebrate Aidiladha via having a Qurban lunch during the last day of tashriq, on 8 October 2014.

The recitation of doa  before starting the meal led by Dr. Mohd Syakir.
The Qurban lunch was held at the Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) Chancellory Building and was held specially for the staff of the USM Chancellory (Vice-Chancellor's Office, Registrar Department, Bursary, Human Resource, Public Relations Office, Admission Department, Human Transformation Centre, etc). 

Part of the course work, MISDEV'13 brothers are required to help in the sacrificial slaughtering of the cow.

Doing it together, MISDEV'13 skinning the sacrificial slaughtered cow.
The day before the Qurban lunch, the sacrificial slaughter of a cow on behalf of ISDEV members was held at Nur Afifah Abu Hassan’s (MISDEV’13 student) house. The beef was then distributed to ISDEV members and the villagers.

MISDEV'13 sisters meanwhile are seen busy preparing the meal together with the villagers.

Preparing to distribute fresh beef.
According to ISDEV Director, Professor Muhammad Syukri Salleh, the main purpose of this event was not only having a Qurban lunch for the guests but it was meant to provide a practical training of conducting the animal slaughter for MISDEV’13 in line with their course Pembangunan Insaniah (Human Development) that they are taking this semester. The course requires them to do a slaughter of an animal. However, other ISDEV members and students who wanted hands-on experience on the process of slaughter were also welcome to participate. 

Some of the guests that came for the ISDEV Qurban lunch.

Besides that, the purpose of the Qurban lunch was also to express ISDEV's gratitude to the staff of USM Chancellory for their help in all matters throughout ISDEV elevated status as a Centre of Excellence.

Prof. Syukri (right) entertaining one of ISDEV guests

Prof. Syukri also added that this event will become ISDEV annual event for upcoming years and  gave ISDEV commitment that Qurban lunch will be prepared for other departments and school by rotation. 

The VIP guests for the Qurban lunch.

Also present on that day were USM Vice-Chancellor, Prof Dato' Omar Osman, Deputies Vice-Chancellors, Bursar and Heads of the various Chancellory Departments who were ISDEV Honoured Guests.

Sunday, October 19, 2014


Eisa bin Hafs bin 'Asim said: "My father told me: 'I was with Ibn Umar on a journey, and he prayed Zuhr and 'Asr with two rak'ahs each, then he went and sat on his carpet. He saw some people offering voluntary prayers and said: What are these people doing? I said: They are offering voluntary prayers. He said: If I had wanted to pray before and after (the obligatory prayer) I would have offered it in full. I accompanied the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) and he did not pray more than two rak'ahs when traveling, and Abu Bakr (did likewise) until he died, as did 'Umar and 'Uthman, may Allah (SWT) be pleased with them all." [Hadith from the English Translation of Sunan an-Nasa'i, Vol. 2, Book 15, Hadith 1459, Grade: Sahih].

Thursday, October 16, 2014


Log on to for more details of the conference

ISDEV is organizing The 8th ISDEV International Islamic Development Management Conference (IDMAC 2014) with the theme "Islamic Political Economy". The 2-days conference is scheduled to be held on 2 December until 3 December 2014 at the University Conference Hall, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Pulau Pinang, Malaysia.

The deadline for the submission of abstract is on 24 October 2014. All abstracts are to be emailed directly to Dr. Mohd Syakir Mohd Rosdi at or the secretariat of IDMAC 2014 at

Further details of the conference are available at

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


On 10 October 2014, one RISDEV (ISDEV Postgraduate by Research) student and two MISDEV'13 (ISDEV Postgraduate Mixed-Mode) students presented their PhD research proposal and Master Dissertations proposal respectively. There were close to 50 ISDEV members consisting of ISDEV lecturers and postgraduate students at the Conference Room of C06, School of Social Sciences.

The three candidates were RISDEV student, Mohd. Shahmir Alias and the two MISDEV'13 students, Fathin Amalina Yaacob and Siti Sakinah Syed Hamzah.

Passionate about his research, Mohd Shamir stressing a point.

The first presenter was Mohd.Shahmir Alias who defended his research proposal on "Bebas Nilai Dalam Penyelidikan: Kajian Dari Perspektif Aksiologi Penyelidikan Berteraskan Islam". The candidate is supervised by Dr. Mohd Shukri Hanapi while his research proposal was commented by Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad.

The second session continued with MISDEV’13 presentation. It started with Siti Sakinah Syed Hamzah who presented on "Konsep Pelancongan Islam Berdasarkan Prinsip Pembangunan Berteraskan Islam". She is supervised by Dr. Fadzila Azni Hamat while Dr. Wan Norhaniza Wan Hasan acted as her co-supervisor.

A fairly nerve-racking experience for Siti Sakinah.

The last person of the day to present was Fathin Amalina Yaacob. She presented on "Isu-isu Zakat Dalam Media Arus Perdana". She is supervised by Dr. Zahri Hamat while her co-supervisor is Dr. Zakaria Bahari. Both of these MISDEV'13 students each presented Chapters 1 to 3 of their dissertations.

A serene smile on the exterior successfully covers Fathin's nervous and tense interior.

All of the candidates tried their best to explain the details of the contents of their research proposal. A number of questions were directed to them immediately following their presentations. The questions fielded included those by ISDEV lecturers as well as fellow postgraduate students, both RISDEV and MISDEV'13 and MISDEV'14.

After a detailed evaluation and comments given by ISDEV lecturers, all of them finally received the good news that they could proceed to the next stage of their PhD thesis and dissertations with modifications to be carried out based on the feedback given by the evaluators.

The ever-expanding ISDEV fraternity at C06.
They were elated with joy upon hearing that they have been given the endorsement to proceed their thesis and dissertations proper. They expressed their gratitude to Allah SWT and to their respective supervisors and co-supervisors for the guidance in helping them in writing their thesis as well as dissertations.

Heartiest Congratulations to the three candidates!

Sunday, October 12, 2014


(He) who created death and life to test you [as to] which of you is best in deed - and He is the Exalted in Might, the Forgiving [al-Mulk, 67: 2].

Saturday, October 11, 2014


A good turnout on a Saturday morning at the Social Sciences Interactive Room.

Located at Social Sciences Interactive Room, the 5th ISDEV-DBP Book Writing Workshop was successfully held on a Saturday, 20 September 2014. It was part of the endeavours in realising the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) bertween ISDEV and DBP that was been signed during the Vice-Chancellor's Annual Message on 5th January 2012. The workshop was organized by Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) in collaboration with ISDEV. 

Puan Rokiah, DBP editor, giving some pointers to help ISDEV budding authors with their works.

The workshop was led by DBP Editor, Puan Rokiah and was held in an informal and relaxed manner. Each author was required to make an appointment with their own Editor to meet and discuss further on the progress of their manuscripts.It is hoped that the discussion would benefit the development of their writings.

Norazilawati (right) making a point with her assigned editor, Puan Rokiah (left)

The main essence of this workshop was to get to know each author's respective editors and do a review of the book's manuscript together. The workshop provided the best possible avenue and opportunity for ISDEV budding authors to attain tips and guidance in their writing. 

Shahmi (left) in deep discussion with the DBP editor assigned to him.

With the 12 books that were officially launched in early 2014, ISDEV is confident of producing more scholarly books for the market with a target of not only 20 books but 46 books to be published by DBP early next year, in sha Allah.