Sunday, February 17, 2019


And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what (must ordinarily) appear thereof; that they should draw their veils over their bosoms and not display their beauty except to their husbands their fathers their husbands' fathers their sons their husbands' sons their brothers or their brothers' sons or their sisters' sons or their women or the slaves whom their right hands possess or male servants free of physical needs or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex; and that they should not strike their feet in order to draw attention to their hidden ornaments. And O ye Believers! turn ye all together towards Allah that ye may attain Bliss.  2984   2985   2986   2987 


2984The need for modesty is the same in both men and women. But on account of the differentiation of the sexes in nature, temperaments, and social life, a greater amount of privacy is required for women than for men, especially in the matter of dress and the uncovering of the bosom.

2985 - Zinat means both natural beauty and artificial ornaments. I think both are implied here, but chiefly the former. The woman is asked not to make a display of her figure except to the following classes of people: (1) her husband, (2) her near relatives whom a certain amount of neglige is permissible; (3) her women, (4) slaves, male and female, as they would be in constant attendance; but this item would now be blank, with the abolition of slavery; (5) men who are free from sexual desire and who usually frequent the houses; and (6) infants or small children before they get a sense of sex. Cf. also xxxiii. 59.

2986 - It is one of the tricks of showy or unchaste women to tinkle their ankle ornaments, to draw attention to themselves,

2987 - While all these details of the purity and good form of domestic life are being brought to our attention, we are clearly reminded that the chief object we should hold in view is our spiritual welfare. All our brief life on this earth is a probation, and we must make our individual, domestic, and social life all contribute to our holiness, so that we can get the real success and bliss which is the aim of our spiritual endeavor.

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ISDEV strength - excellent turnout by ISDEV members that day.
"Please proceed with your PhD research proper". That was the final verdict received by two RISDEV (ISDEV postgraduate by research) students after presenting their PhD research proposals on Friday, 15 February, 2019. The programme started at 9:30am at ISDEV Resource Room with the usual nasheed of asma al husna followed by the recitation of umm al kitab Surah al-Fatihah. The session was chaired by ISDEV Deputy Director, Dr Wan Norhaniza Wan Hasan.
Dr Fadzila Azni (right) giving her comments to Siti Maryam.
The first to present that morning was Siti Maryam Idris with her PhD proposal entitled The Efficiency of Islamic Home Financing in Malaysia. Currently pursuing her PhD studies under the supervision of Associate Professor Dr Zakaria Bahari  (main supervisor) as well as Dr Fadzila Azni Ahmad (co-supervisor), Siti Maryam with her warm and smiling disposition took in her stride, all the comments and suggestions given that day by all ISDEV members present. Her PhD proposal was evaluated by Dr Fadzila Azni.
A very focused Arini defending her PhD research proposal.
After that was Nor Arini Abdullah whose proposed PhD thesis was on "Gelagat Ejen Takaful Terhadap Pengguna dan Syarikat Takaful di Malaysia " (Takaful Agent's Behaviour Towards Takaful Consumers and Companies in Malaysia) was evaluated by her co-supervisor, Dr Murni Yusoff. Her main supervisor is ISDEV Director, Dr Shahir Akram Hassan. 

Tuesday, February 12, 2019


One section of ISDEV Resource Room at D04. 
ISDEV welcomes the second month for 2019 with the presentation of final draft thesis by two RISDEV (ISDEV Postgraduate by research) students, Khairul Faizi Mohd Rafiai and Noor Hidayah Samsudin. They both presented on Friday,1 February, 2019 at ISDEV Resource Room, D04. 
Khairul Faizi presenting his draft PhD thesis.
The programme started at 9:30am sharp with the usual invocation of asma al husna followed by the recitation of umm al kitab, al-Fatihah. Khairul Faizi was the first to present his research findings through his PhD thesis title Faktor-Faktor Yang Mempengaruhi Peserta Muslim Dalam Memilih Takaful Di Pulau Pinang (Factors Affecting Muslim Participants in Selecting Takaful in Pulau Pinang). His draft thesis was evaluated by Dr Fadzila Azni Ahmad.
Noor Hidayah jotting down some points on how to improve her PhD Thesis.
The next to present her draft PhD thesis was Noor Hidayah Samsudin. The title of her research was on Kaedah Pengurusan Motivasi Pekerja Dalam Islam Berdasarkan Kitab Syamail Muhammadiyah (Motivational Management Methods for Employees in Islam based on the Book Syamail Muhammadiyah) which was evaluated by ISDEV Deputy Director, Dr Wan Norhaniza Wan Hasan.
Another section of ISDEV Resource Room at D04.
After rigorous questioning by both the evaluators, other ISDEV lectures as well as RISDEV and MISDEV (ISDEV Postgraduate by Mixed-mode) students, both Khairul Faizi and Noor Hidayah were relieved and grateful to be given the approval to proceed with the submission of their theses. However there is a caveat - provided the suggestions and corrections provided that day wold be incorporated and updated in their written PhD theses before submission to Institute of Postgraduate Studies (IPS), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM).

Sunday, February 10, 2019


A’idh ibn Amr reported: A man came to the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, and asked him and he gave him. When he went out the door to leave, the Prophet said to him, “If you knew what it meant to beg, then no one would go to anyone else and ask him for anything.” [Source: Sunan An-Nasa’i 2586. Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to At-Tabari]

عَنْ عَائِذِ بْنِ عَمْرٍو  أَنَّ رَجُلًا أَتَى النَّبِيَّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ فَسَأَلَهُ فَأَعْطَاهُ فَلَمَّا وَضَعَ رِجْلَهُ عَلَى أُسْكُفَّةِ الْبَابِ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ لَوْ تَعْلَمُونَ مَا فِي الْمَسْأَلَةِ مَا مَشَى أَحَدٌ إِلَى أَحَدٍ يَسْأَلُهُ شَيْئًا
[2586 سنن النسائي كتاب الزكاة المسألة]
المحدث ابن جرير الطبري خلاصة حكم المحدث إسناده صحيح

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Sunday, February 3, 2019


Those who believe and work righteousness for them is forgiveness and a sustenance most generous2829 [Translation of al-Hajj, 22: 50 by Abdullah Yusuf Ali] 

2829 - The "sustenance" must be construed in the widest sense, spiritual as well as intellectual and physical. The reward of righteousness is far more generous than any merit there may be in the creature following the Will of his Creator.

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Friday, February 1, 2019


Prof Syukri at KITA.
On 24 January, 2019 Professor Dr. Muhammad Syukri Salleh was at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). He was there on invitation by the Institute of Ethnic Studies (KITA) to present and share his views at the Bengkel Acuan Islam Dalam Kehidupan Muslim di Malaysia (Workshop on the Islamic Mould in the Lives of the Muslims in Malaysia) organised by KITA. The workshop which started at 10am was chaired by Dr. Azlina Abdullah (aka Dr. Lynn) from UKM.
Stating the choice to take if embedding Islam is truly wanted and needed.
His presentation topic was on Membudaya & Menyulam KeIslaman Dalam Pembangunan Negara at the Meeting Room of KITA, Tingkat 4, Blok Pentadbiran Kolej Keris Mas, UKM. Prof. Syukri started his presentation by stating the present development worldview that Malaysia is in. He then went on to state that within the purview of such current development worldview, it is highly unlikely that the culturalization and embedding of Islam into the nation's development can be achieved. He cited a few examples of the non-sustainability of the various Islamic-based development approaches experienced in Malaysia especially the top-down approach. 
Prof Syukri explaining his stand to KITA members while on the right is Dr. Lynn. 
According to Prof Syukri, through his empirical research and analysis,  culturalizing and embedding Islam can only be holistically carried out when the mould of the development closely follows that of the Islamic worldview. This has been achieved. However most of these can be found at the grassroot's or at the organisational level as proven in Indonesia and Thailand.
Prof Syukri seen here with Ann Wan Seng (centre) and Prof. Dato' Teo Kok Seng (right).
Besides Prof Syukri, the other panelists for the second part of the morning session was Prof. Dato’ Dr. Teo Kok Seng. and Mr. Ann Wang Seng.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019


The participants at the research workshop conducted by ISDEV lecturers.
On  17 January, 2019, four ISDEV lecturers were in Kuala Ketil, Kedah Darul Aman to fulfill the invitation from Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Sultan Abdul Halim Mu'azam Shah (UniSHAMS). They were there to conduct the Bengkel Penyelidikan Kualitatif (Qualitative Research Workshop).
Assoc. Prof. Dr Zakaria.
The research workshop was well attended by the 50 postgraduate students including UniSHAMS lecturers who were pursuing their studies at the PhD level. The four lecturers were ISDEV Director, Dr Shahir Akram Hassan, ISDEV Deputy Director, Dr Wan Norhaniza Wan Hasan, Associate Professor Dr Zakaria Bahari and Dr Fadzila Azni Ahmad. 
ISDEV Deputy Director, Dr Wan Norhaniza.
Assoc. Prof Dr Zakaria lectured on the Structure of a Thesis while Dr Wan Norhaniza's lecture was on Research Design.
ISDEV Director, Dr Shahir Akram.
Dr Shahir Akram presented on Data Collection and Dr Fadzila Azni Ahmad spoke on Data Analysis Introduction to Atlas.ti. All lectures were conducted in the Malay Language.

Sunday, January 27, 2019


Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “O Allah, benefit me with what you have taught me, teach me what will benefit me, and increase my knowledge. All praise is due to Allah in every circumstance and I seek refuge in Allah from the condition of the people of the Hellfire.” [Source: Sunan At-Tirmidhi 3599. Grade: Hasan (fair) according to At-Tirmidhi]

عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ اللَّهُمَّ انْفَعْنِي بِمَا عَلَّمْتَنِي وَعَلِّمْنِي مَا يَنْفَعُنِي وَزِدْنِي عِلْمًا الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ عَلَى كُلِّ حَالٍ وَأَعُوذُ بِاللَّهِ مِنْ حَالِ أَهْلِ النَّارِ

[3599 سنن الترمذي كِتَاب الدَّعَوَاتِ ثلاثة لا ترد دعوتهم الصائم حتى يفطر والإمام العادل ودعوة المظلوم]
[قَالَ أَبُو عِيسَى هَذَا حَدِيثٌ حَسَنٌ غَرِيبٌ]

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