Sunday, August 31, 2014


On 18 August 2014, the appointment of ISDEV Council Members was officially and formally made in a brief meeting chaired by the Vice Chancellor of Universiti Sains Malaysia, Professor Dato' Dr. Omar Osman.

Dato' VC of USM (5th from left) and Prof Syukri (6th from left) with ISDEV lecturers and ISDEV Fellows of Academic Staff Training Scheme after the meeting
The meeting which was held at the Chancellery Conference Room (CCR), Level 6, Chancellery Office included a discussion on the various actions that have carried out since ISDEV was upgraded to a Research Centre of Excellence (CoE). In addition, future plans and direction were also discussed.

Also involved in the discussion were Puan Noriah Mohamad and Puan Noraida Mohd Nasir from Academic/Senate Department, Tuan Haji Abdul Aziz Che Jusoh and Sharulnizam Mohd Noor from Development Department, and Encik Amin Karim from the School of Social Sciences.

Dato' VC holding up the appointment letter flanked by four ISDEV pioneering lecturers, from left: Dr Mohd Shukri Hanapi, Dr Zakaria Bahari and from right: Dr Fadzila Azni Ahmad and Prof Muhammad Syukri Salleh
The discussion also includes the latest development on the current status of renovation works carried out to the previously Astronomy and Atmospheric Research building which will be occupied by ISDEV temporarily whilst awaiting for the actual ISDEV building to be completed in the near future. 

The appointment of ISDEV Director and ISDEV Deputy Director as well as the transfer of academic staff, support staff including those under the ISDEV Academic Staff Training Scheme (ISDEV ASTS) Fellows and former students under the purview of the School of Social Sciences was also in the agenda of discussion that day.

A Poignant Moment - the handing over of the  Letter of Appointment of the ISDEV Council members from Dato' VC to Prof Syukri.
The highlight of the discussion culminated with the signing of the letter of appointment of ISDEV Council Members by USM VC. The simple ceremony was witnessed by ISDEV Director, Prof. Muhammad Syukri Salleh, ISDEV Deputy Director Dr. Zakaria Bahari, Senior Deputy Registrar Academic Management Division, Noriah Mohamad, Senior Director of Development, Haji Aziz Che Jusoh, Chief Architect Shahrulnizam Mohamad Nor, Principal Assistant Registrar School of Social Sciences, Mr Amin Karim, as well as ISDEV lecturers and ISDEV ASTS Fellows.

A momentous occasion that is definitely cherished and treasured. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Prof Syukri (3rd from left) and Dr Zakaria (right) with some of the participants.

The leaders of ISDEV, Prof. Muhammad Syukri Salleh (ISDEV Director) and Dr. Zakaria Bahari (ISDEV Deputy Director) were recently flown to Bandung, Indonesia to attend an exclusive training program organized by the Faculty of Economics and Business, Universitas Islam Bandung (UNISBA). The three day training program on "Islamic Development Economics’ started on 20 until 22 August 2014. 

Prof Syukri presenting his paper to an exclusive audience

The first day of the program saw Prof Syukri presenting his respective papers and providing training to the participants which were limited to 20 only. The participants consisted of academics from universities as well as practitioners around Indonesia such as Jakarta, Semarang, Yogjakarta, Bogor and Bandung.

Prof. Syukri presented his paper on “The Principles of Islamic-Based Development” and "Islamic Management of Poverty", while Dr. Zakaria Bahari on the third day presented on "The State of Islamic Economic".

A representative of the organiser presenting a plaque to Dr Zakaria 

In between the lectures, Prof Syukri held a meeting with Dr. Atih Rohaeti Dariah (one of ISDEV Co-Researchers of the Research University Team (RUT) and Dr Hakimi from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia pertaining to Islamic Development Bank-sponsored research project on Islamic Sustainable Development.

Prof Syukri and Dr Zakaria too have a chance to visit Darut Tauhid which was founded by Abdullah Gymnastiar (or popularly known as AA Gym) who built Darut Tauhid based on “Manajemen Qalbu’ (Management of the Spiritual Heart). 

Having a light yet meaningful discussion with the founder AA Gym (2nd from right)
(from right to left) Dr Zakaria, AA Gym, Prof Syukri and Dr Atih at Darut Tauhid
Thereafter Prof. Syukri and Dr. Zakaria went to visit a T-Shirt printing factory owned and operated by Bandung born Erin Ramadhan who was once Prof. Syukri's student.

The visit to the T-shirt printing factory. Erin Ramadhan (left) is seen standing 
closely to his ex-lecturer, Prof Syukri (2nd from left).

The third day was the closing ceremony yet a closer tie was forged in which further cooperation between ISDEV and UNISBA was forged. The presence of Dr. Atih has helped to cement this close knit tie as she is a member of the project which conducts research in RUT on "Mould and Index of Islamic Development" which has paved the way for future research projects to be designed more easily. 

In addition, the training organised by UNISBA is also expected to serve as an annual ISDEV-UNISBA activity where more players could be involved, including students of both institutions are given the exposure and opportunity to participate in this training in the near future.

Prof. Syukri and Dr. Zakaria with the Dean of the Faculty of Economics Sciences and Business (left), UNISBA
Prof Syukri and Dr Zakaria were the dinner guests of the Rector of Universitas Islam Bandung, 
Prof. Dr. Taufik M. Boesoiri (left) and his wife 

Besides attending formal activities during their recent trip, Prof Syukri and Dr Zakaria were invited to attend a casual dinner with the UNISBA's Dean of the Faculty of Economic and Business on the first night, and on the second night becoming the dinner guests of Rector of UNISBA, Prof. Dr. Taufik M. Boesoiri at his residence.

Sunday, August 24, 2014


It was narrated from Sufyan Ath-Thawri, from Ibn 'Awn, from Nafi', from Ibn 'Umar, from 'Umar, that he said: "I was allocated some land of Khaibar. I came to the Messenger of Allah and said: 'I have acquired some land and I have never acquired any wealth that is dearer to me or more precious than it.' He said: 'If you wish, you can give it in charity.'" So he gave it in charity on condition that it would not be bought or given away, for the poor, relatives, slaves, guests and wayfarers. And there is no sin on the administrator if he eats from it or feeds others on a reasonable basis, with no intention of becoming wealthy from it [Hadith from Sunan an-Nasa'i, No. 3597].

Friday, August 22, 2014


Two ISDEV lecturers, Dr. Mohd Shukri Hanapi and Dr. Zahri Hamat were given a great opportunity to be among the presenters at the International Social Development Conference 2014 (ISDC 2014). With the theme on "Helping Professions and Social Services: Enhancing Well – being”, the conference was held at Bayview Hotel, Langkawi, Kedah, from 12 to 13 August 2014. The conference was organized by the School of Social Development, Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM). 

Dr Mohd. Shukri shares his findings on the social well-being of farmers in Perlis.

The participants of this conference included academics and students, social workers as well as as counsellors, psychologists, therapists and health professionals, rehabilitation personnel, government agencies, Non-governmental Organizations and private practitioners who came from all parts of the world. Both lecturers presented on the second day of the two-day programme. Their papers were presented during the concurrent session with the sub-theme on "Religion and Spirituality in Social Welfare".

Dr Zahri presented his paper on spirituality, fatwa and zakat assessment of paddy farmers in Malaysia

Dr. Mohd Shukri Hanapi presented on Perakaunan Zakat Padi dan Hubungkaitnya Dengan Kesejahteraan Sosial Petani: Kajian Kes di Negeri Perlis (Zakat Accounting of Paddy and Its Relationship with the Social Well-being of Farmers: Case Study in the State of Perlis) while Dr. Zahri Hamat presented on Spiritualiti, Fatwa dan Taksiran Zakat Usahawan Padi di Malaysia (Spirituality, Fatwa and Zakat Assessment.of Paddy Entrepreneurs in Malaysia).

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


ISDEV will organize The 9th ISDEV International Graduate Workshop (INGRAW 2014) for 2 days starting from 27 October until 28 October 2014. The workshop will be held at University Conference Hall, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia.

The deadline for the submission of abstract is 22 September 2014. Abstract could be emailed to Dr. Wan Norhaniza Wan Hasan at or

Further details of the workshop are available at


ISDEV Director Professor Muhammad Syukri Salleh, Deputy Director Dr. Zakaria Bahari and Senior Fellow Associate Professor Dr. Abdul Fatah Che Hamat were in Acheh from 11 till 15 August 2014.

With Acheh Mayor (Walikota) Eliza Saaduddin Jamal after dinner at her official residence (Pendopo)
The aims are two-folds. Firstly, to fulfill an invitation by Journal of Media Syariah, Acheh Baitul Mal, and Faculty of Shariah and Islamic Economics of Universiti Islam Negeri (UIN) Ar-Raniry to present papers at their Konferensi Internasional Tentang Zakat Di Dalam Masyarakat Islam - Optimalisasi Zakat Sebagai Pilar Peradaban Islam on 13-14 August and secondly, to hold PhD supervision for ISDEV part-time students residing in Acheh.

Associate Professor Dr Abdul Fatah Che Hamat presenting his paper

Prof Muhammad Syukri Salleh interviewed by reporters after his paper presentation

Prof Syukri presented a main paper entitled Mengurus Kemiskinan Melalui Zakat: Tiga Realiti Semasa (Managing Poverty via Zakat: Three Contemporary Realities), while Dr Zakaria's entitled Peranan Zakat Dalam Pembangunan Pendidikan Masyarakat: Kajian Kes Zakat Pulau Pinang (The Role of Zakat in Society's Educational Development: The Case of Zakat Pulau Pinang), and Dr. Fatah's presented on Transforming Zakat as a Means to Alleviate Poverty: Some Issues and Reflections.

After having breakfast with ISDEV Acheh students 

The supervision for the ISDEV students was held on 12 August at the Department of Management of Universitas Syiah Kuala (UNSYIAH).

With Gavernor of Aceh, Dr Zaini Abdullah (fourth from left with black songkok) after having dinner at Istana Pendopo (his official residence)

While in Acheh, Prof.  Syukri, Dr.  Zakaria and Dr.  Abdul Fatah were also invited to dinners for two consecutive nights hosted by Acheh Governor Dr. Zaini Abdullah and Acheh Mayor Ibu Walikota Eliza Saaduddin Jamal at their respective Pendopo (official residences). The ISDEV entourage were also treated by ISDEV students with breakfasts at traditional coffee shops with the famous Acheh coffee.

Sunday, August 17, 2014


Hajj is (during) well-known months, so whoever has made Hajj obligatory upon himself therein (by entering the state of ihram), there is (to be for him) no sexual relations and no disobedience and no disputing during Hajj. And whatever good you do - Allah knows it. And take provisions, but indeed, the best provision is fear of Allah . And fear Me, O you of understanding [al-Baqarah, 2:197].

Friday, August 15, 2014


ISDEV members were willing and ready to learn from CRI Director, Professor Ruslan Rainis (centre). On his left is ISDEV Director, Professor Muhammad Syukri Salleh.

On 6 August 2014, ISDEV members consisting of ISDEV Director, Professor Muhammad Syukri Salleh, ISDEV Deputy Director, Dr. Zakaria Bahari, ISDEV lecturers, Associate Professor Dr. Abdul Fatah Che Hamat, Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad, Dr. Mohd Shukri Hanapi and Dr. Zahri Hamat, as well as Fellows of ISDEV Academic Staff Training Scheme (ASTS) participated in the “Bengkel Penyelidikan ISDEV-CRI” (ISDEV-CRI Research Worskhop). 

Presenting a research grant proposal is a serious affair as pointed by Professor Ruslan Rainis (left)

The workshop was held at the Centre for Research Initiatives (CRI) in Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia and was chaired by the Director of CRI himself, Professor Ruslan Rainis. Among the objectives of this workshop is to guide ISDEV academics especially ISDEV ASTS Fellows who have not much experience in research let alone in preparing a research proposal, on how to be successful in procuring the research grant through a well prepared and written research grant proposal. In achieving this objective, participants were exposed to the various styles of research grant proposal writing, the types of research grants that have the potential to be applied as well as tips and a guide to writing a good research grant proposal.

Wan Norhaniza (2nd from right) was one of the three presenters that day while other ISDEV ASTS Fellows (on Wan Norhaniza's left) such as Murni, Azrin and Azreen were there to get some pointers. 

Meanwhile, three ISDEV ASTS Fellows who had recently completed their PhD studies were given the opportunity to present their respective research grant proposals. They were Wan Norhaniza Wan Hasan who presented on Islamic Sustainable Development Index, Shahir Akram Hassan on “Kajian Profile Penyelidikan Falak di Malaysia’ (Profile Studies of Falak Research in Malaysia) and Mohd Syakir Mohd Rosdi on “Ekonomi Politik Pembangunan Berteraskan Islam di Asia Tenggara” (Political Economy of Islamic-based Development in Southeast Asia). The workshop is deemed as a head-start of their career in their eventual official appointment as ISDEV lecturers. They are fortunate as they get a hands-on experience and direct pointers from Prof. Roslan personally on how best to successfully present a research grant proposal.