Sunday, September 17, 2017


Indeed, those who have believed and emigrated and fought with their wealth and lives in the cause of Allah and those who gave shelter and aided - they are allies of one another. But those who believed and did not emigrate - for you there is no guardianship of them until they emigrate. And if they seek help of you for the religion, then you must help, except against a people between yourselves and whom is a treaty. And Allah is Seeing of what you do. [al-Anfal, 8:72].

Friday, September 15, 2017


Praise to Allah SWT for the success of three RISDEV (ISDEV postgraduate by research) candidates, Nor Hatizal Amarul Shah, Salimah Yahaya and Ahmad Shaifful Anuar in their viva voce on two consecutive days on 3 and 4 August 2017. 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 in order to challenge their capability on defending their PhD thesis. 

Norhatizal with her full attention before answering questions during her viva session

On 3rd August 2017, The first candidate, Nor Hatizal Amarul Shah defended her PhD thesis titled "Penentu Pemilihan Pembiayaan Perumahan Musyarakh Mutanaqisah dalam Kalangan Pengguna Perbankan Islam". The chairman for her viva was Profesor Dr. Abdul Ghani Kanesan bin Abdullah from the School of Education Studies, USM while the External Examiner was Assoc. Prof. Dr. Asmady bin Haris from Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM). Her two Internal Examiners were Dr. Fadzila Azni binti Ahmad from ISDEV, USM and Dr. Nailul Morad bin Mohd Nor from School of Distance Education, USM. Her main supervisor is Assoc. Prof Dr. Zakaria Bahari and her co-supervisor Dr. Nor Asmat binti Ismail, were also present on the day.

Second candidate, Salimah Yahya faced her viva voce in the afternoon session. She was tested on the knowledge of her Ph.D thesis on "Faktor-faktor yang mempengaruhi penerimaan usahawan kecil Muslim di Kelantn terhadp Ar-Rahnu". She was under the supervision of Assoc. Prof Dr. Zakaria Bahari. The chairman of her viva was Profesor Dr. Jamilah Ahmad from the School of Communication, USM. The boards of examiners of her viva voce were Assoc. Prof. Dr. Asmady bin Haris from Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) as the External Examiner while Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad and Dr. Mohd Shukri Hanapi served as the Internal Examiners. 

Salimah in action during her viva session

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. Nor Hatizal and Salimah passed their viva with flying colours.

Meanwhile on 4th August 2017, Ahmad Shaifful Anuar Ahmad Shukor defended his Ph.D thesis in a viva voce that was held on friday, at C23, Social Science Conference Room, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). Ahmad Shaifful defended his thesis on "Pemerkasaan Pelaksanaan Wakaf Pendidikan Tinggi Malaysia". Ahmad Shaifful viva’s Board of Examiners consisted of the Chairperson, Profesor Dato' Dr. Sohaimi Abdul Aziz from the School of Humanities, USM, external examiner, Prof. Madya Dr. Siti Mashitoh Mahamood from Universiti Malaya (UM) and internal examiners, Dr. Shahir Akram Hassan and Dr. Mohd Shukri Hanapi. Ahmad Shaifful was also under the supervision of Assoc. Prof Dr. Zakaria Bahari.

Ahmad Shaifful Anuar during his viva session

Congratulations Norhatizal, Salimah and Ahmad Shaifful Anuar!!

Sunday, September 10, 2017


And recite to them the story of Adam's two sons, in truth, when they both offered a sacrifice (to Allah), and it was accepted from one of them but was not accepted from the other. Said (the latter), "I will surely kill you." Said (the former), "Indeed, Allah only accepts from the righteous (who fear Him) [al-Ma'idah, 5:27].

Sunday, September 3, 2017


Abdullah ibn Umar reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “If someone kills so much as a sparrow or anything larger without a just cause, then Allah the Exalted will ask him about it on the Day of Resurrection.” It was said, “O Messenger of Allah, what is a just cause?” The Prophet said, “A just cause is that you slaughter it for food, but you should not cut off its head and throw it aside.” [Source: Sunan al-Nasā’ī 4445; Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Adh-Dhahabi]

Thursday, August 31, 2017


Wishing you & your loved ones a blessed Eid!
May Allah accept our efforts and sacrifices that we have presented before Him for the sake of Him and Islam.

Sincere thoughts from,
Associate Professor Dr. Zakaria Bahari
Director, ISDEV
the whole family of 
Centre for Islamic Development Management Studies (ISDEV), 
Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)

Monday, August 28, 2017


One for the memento - Group picture of the participants and speaker of the Round Table Discourse on IQS for Islamic Hospitality
On 26th July and 27th July, 2017, Centre for Islamic Development Management Studies (ISDEV) successfully conducted a Round Table Discourse on Islamic Quality Standard (IQS) for Islamic Hospitality. The round table discourse is part of the data findings and analysis of the CLMV research grant. The two days discourse was held at Ibnu Khaldun Room, Institute of Postgraduate Studies (IPS), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM).

The speakers in action - very passionate in sharing the presented topic from left, Prof. Emeritus Dato' Wira Dr. Jamil Osman, Prof. Shaya'a Othman (centre) and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nor'ain Haji Othman (ringht) 
The round table discourse involved seven sessions where four sessions were held on the first day while the remaining three sessions was held on the second day program. The first session was  presented by Prof. Dr. Rahmah Ahmad H. Osman from International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) on the Concept of Islamic Quality whereas, the second session is presented by Prof. Emeritus Dato' Wira Dr. Jamil Osman from International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) East South East Asia on the topic entitle Developing Islamic Quality Index for Islamic Hospitality. The third session discussed on the Research in Islamic Quality Standard in Islamic Hospitality presented by Prof. Shaya'a Othman, the Chief Executive Office of Universal Crescent Standard Cente. The last session on the first day program was presented by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nor'ain Haji Othman from the Faculty of Hotel and Tourism Management, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) on the topic title Teaching Islamic Hospitality and Tourism.

Later that evening, a networking dinner hosted by ISDEV was held exclusively for all the participants of the round table discourse at BumbleDee's Cafe. All participants get together to share, expand and associate their networking between one another. All enjoys the taste of the scrumptious food that had been specially ordered for this occasion.

Networking Dinner hosted by ISDEV at Bumbledee's Cafe
On 27th July, the second day of the round table discourse, the morning session starts with the Sharing the Experience in the Islamic Hospitality Industry by Prof. Shaya’a Othman and the session continues with the sharing of Research experience in Islamic Hospitality and Tourism by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nor’ain Bt. Haji Othman. The last session for the round table discourse was the discussion and conclusion session which was led by Prof. Emeritus Dato’ Wira Dr. Jamil Osman. Prof. Emeritus Dato’ Wira Dr. Jamil Osman were discussing on the potential and and opportunities in Islamic hospitality especially in IQS.

Full house at the Ibnu Khaldun Room, IPS, USM. All the participants are very eager to listen and focus on the presentation
The two days discourse was chaired by Dr. Azreen Hamiza Abdul Aziz and was attended by representatives from IIIT, Kolej Universiti Insaniah, Politeknik Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin, Langkawi Tourism Academy, Universitas Darussalam Gontor as well as from USM, the representatives from School of Management, School of Humanities and  School of Housing, Building and Planning.

The round table discourse received an overwhelmed responses from all the participants. Based on the discussion, they were impressed with what they had learn and expressed their interest in the area of Islamic hospitality in which they find it as an interesting field to explore more. It is eagerly hope that this round table discourse mark the beginning of further cooperation in the near future between all participants and institutions.

Sunday, August 27, 2017


And lower your wing to those who follow you of the believers [al-Shu'ara, 26:215].