Ibn 'Abbas (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: I accompanied the Prophet (ﷺ) while we were returning from 'Arafat. Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) heard behind him a loud noise of beating and of driving the camels forcibly. He pointed towards it with his whip and said, "O people! Proceed calmly. No virtue lies in rushing." [al- Bukhari and Muslim, sunnah.com reference: Book 2, Hadith 25].
Monday, March 10, 2014
Thursday, March 6, 2014
|A leader who knows no rest - an enthusiastic Prof Syukri explaining about"Magnetic Institution"|
Institusi Magnetik (Magnetic Institution) was the catch phrase of the day for the Tarbiyyah Pengarah ISDEV in February, 2014. This was the topic of the monthly address to ISDEV fraternity by ISDEV Director, Prof. Muhammad Syukri Salleh at C23, Social Science Conference Room, USM on 28 February 2014.
Before detailing on what he meant by Institusi Magnetik, Prof. Syukri reiterated the importance to each and every member of ISDEV to have the characteristics of an "Oceanic Intellectual". To this Prof Syukri reminded ISDEV members of the oath taken by them in Danau Toba a few years back with a theme on "Tadabbur Alam". Then ISDEV members had vowed to have within them the characteristics of Ulul al-Baab (a group of people imbued with the treasures of knowledge within him). When the characteristics of an Ulul al-Baab are realised by every individual member of ISDEV only then that this "Oceanic Intellectual" permeates into heart, body and limbs of all ISDEV members. So when there are such characteristics by all members of ISDEV, then others will be attracted to know ISDEV and thus yearn to be part of ISDEV.
|As usual - a full house for the Tarbiyah Pengarah ISDEV|
However does ISDEV have the capacity and capability to attract other intellectuals not just from within Malaysia but internationally as well into ISDEV? To achieve this ISDEV needs to be an Institusi Magnetik. Is ISDEV poised to be an Institusi Magnetik?
Prof. Syukri then presented some facts and figures based on a report on ISDEV presented to USM Senate on 10 February 2014. Three main extrinsic factors on the magnetic energy of ISDEV have been identified. First is the presence of Oceanic Intellectuals in ISDEV who are not only known for their expertise in their chosen academic fields but who are also able to be ambassadors of ISDEV who are of high morals and integrity. Second is ISDEV's website through ISDEV homepage and ISDEVNews. Third is the personal blog of the lecturers of ISDEV.
|Requests for the secret to the coining of the term Institusi Magnetik - Shereeza (centre) poses a question to Prof Syukri|
Then Prof. Syukri stressed the focus to which this the magnetic energy is to be channelled to.He emphasized that the energy should not be used for the gains of a certain group of people in ISDEV let alone individuals in ISDEV for fear that the seeds of obsession in them may be sown and thus grow. The magnetic energy needs to be channelled to ISDEV to strengthen the jema'ah. Once ISDEV as jema'ah is strong, members of ISDEV have the shared ability to glorify and strengthen Islam. There is a need in attracting others to ISDEV naturally as opposed to by way of force. Thus ISDEV members must always be mindful of the objectives for which ISDEV strives for. ISDEV strives the utmost best for Islam. ISDEV strives to glorify Islam. This objective is achieved through various means at ISDEV. Among them is the heart to heart methods of teaching and learning, collective expertise, academic program, academic researches, the environment and ISDEV achievements.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
|A focused and concentrated lot - the sisters of ISDEV|
True to ISDEV culture, 7 RISDEV (students pursuing in Research Mode) PhD candidates presented their PhD thesis and proposals to ISDEV fraternity during ISDEV Graduate Discourse for February. The graduate discourse was held for two consecutive days in the morning of 26 and 27 February 2014 at the University Conference Hall, Universiti Sains Malaysia. The chairperson throughout the program was the Section Head of the Islamic Development Management Section of the School of Social Sciences, Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad.
| Lenny (left) presenting her PhD proposal while (2nd from left to right) Ku Nor Ashikin, Murni and Khairul Faizi|
anxiously wait for their turn
The first day started at 9.30 am and saw 4 RISDEV students presenting their PhD thesis proposals. The first presenter, Lenny Anak Luat presented her PhD proposal on "Analisis Strategi Pengurusan Insan di Yayasan Al-Bukhary" (Analysis of Human Management Strategy at Al-Bukhary Foundation). Thereafter Ku Nor Ashikin Ku Ahmad Zamri presented on " Usahawan Wanita Dalam Kalangan Asnaf di Lembaga Zakat Selangor (LZS): Analisis Program dan Faktor Kejayaan" (Women Entrepreneurs Amongst Asnaf in Lembaga Zakat Selangor (LZS): Analysis of Programme and Success Factors). Both proposals were evaluated by Dr. Mohd Shukri Hanapi who gave his approval for these two proposals to proceed with the research proper.
|Murni (left) takes her turn to present her PhD proposal on Islamic Marketing|
Then it was the turn of two students under the supervision of Dr. Zakaria Bahari. Khairul Faizi Mohd Rapiai presented on " Potensi Model Takaful Hibrid: Satu Analisis Pakar Terhadap Gelagat Pengusaha SME Muslim di Negeri Pulau Pinang" (Potentials of Takaful Hybrid Model: An Expert Analysis on the Behaviour of Muslim SME Entrepreneurs) while the final presenter for the day, Murni Yusoff, presented her proposal on "An Islamic Perspective on Relationship Marketing Approach in Malaysian-Based Takaful Operators". Both students received the recommendation to proceed with their PhD thesis.
The second day started at 9.00 am with Wan Norhaniza Wan Hasan presenting her final PhD Thesis followed by Mohd Syakir Mohd Rosdi and then Razali Othman. It is a norm at ISDEV that students present their findings first at the ISDEV Graduate Discourse before final submission to the Institute of Postgraduate Studies (IPS).
|Wan Norhaniza defending her findings in her PhD Thesis|
Wan Norhaniza Wan Hasan presented her PhD thesis on " Indeks Pembangunan Berteraskan Islam: Satu Analisis Konseptual" (The Islamic-based Development Index: A Conceptual Analysis). The thesis was evaluated by Dr. Zahri Hamat who commented positively that todate her PhD thesis is the least number of pages written by a RISDEV student. However the quality is not compromised as the content is compact, simple and precise. He acknowledged that Wan Norhaniza could submit her thesis to IPS in two weeks' time after making the minor adjustments recommended.
|Ustaz Syakir (left) defending his PhD Thesis while Razali (right) patiently waited for his turn|
"Tahalul Siyasi Dalam Ekonomi Politik Islam: Satu Kajian Theoritis" (Tahaluf Siyasi in Islamic Political Economy) is the title to Mohd Syakir Mohd Rosdi PhD Thesis while "Penggunaan Wang Sebagai Instrumen Wakaf Tunai" (The Use of Money as Cash Waqf Instrument) is the title for Razali Othman's PhD Thesis. Mohd Syakir's thesis was evaluated by Dr. Zakaria while Razali Othman's thesis was evaluated by Dr. Fadzila Azni. Razali Othman's presentation was acknowledged by all present to be comprehensive and well researched. His supervisor, Prof Muhammad Syukri Salleh concurred that his thesis was very well written.
|A presentation filled with facts and enthusiasm - Razali defending his findings (left) while his supervisor,|
Prof Syukri Salleh attentively listens
All 7 RISDEV students can now sigh a sign of relief by praising Allah SWT as their theses can now advance to the next level. All the hard work has paid off as 4 of them can now proceed to conduct their research while the other 3 are just moments away from submitting their PhD thesis to IPS.
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Saturday, March 1, 2014
|Just in front of ISDEV - A group photo commemorating the event|
On 18 February, 2014 the Centre for Islamic Development Management Studies (ISDEV) played host to the staff and students of Kolej Universiti Islam Melaka (KUIM). The KUIM entourage consists of 6 lecturers and 43 undergraduate students who are majoring in Islamic Development Management.
|Prof Syukri Salleh (with white cap) welcoming the entourage from KUIM|
|A token of appreciation to ISDEV Alumni, Musliha Mazlan (left) presented by Prof. Syukri Salleh (right)|
This visit signifies the close rapport that ISDEV has with KUIM. ISDEV had actively participated in developing the Islamic Development Management undergraduate program at KUIM. ISDEV Director, Prof. Muhammad Syukri Salleh, was appointed by KUIM as an Advisory Panel to develop the program sometime in 2010. According to Dr. Mohamad Nazli, the program is well-received and students of the program now have increased to more than 160 students.
|One of the students from KUIM posing a question|
The visit was divided into the morning session and the afternoon session. In the morning ISDEV lecturers and ASTS held a briefing on ISDEV. A formal discussion as well as a detailed explanation on ISDEV and the various Islamic Development Management postgraduate program were given.
|Only among students - ISDEV and KUIM|
The afternoon saw two concurrent sessions taking place. One of the sessions was a closed meeting round table discussion between the lecturers from both ISDEV and KUIM. The other session saw an open dialogue taking place among students of ISDEV and KUIM. This session was chaired by Ustaz Syakir Mohd Rosdi with the help of Wan Norhaniza Wan Hasan as well as Ustaz Taha.
|Dr Mohamad Nazli (left) presenting KUIM's gift for ISDEV to Prof Syukri Salleh (right)|
Prof. Muhammad Syukri Salleh also received a letter of appointment as a Visiting Lecturer of KUIM for the program. The appointment letter was officially delivered personally to him. It is hoped that the various input, myriad of experience and guidance as well as a deeper understanding of the postgraduate programmes shared with the undergraduate students of KUIM has helped to further promote ISDEV postgraduate programme to KUIM students. These would-be graduate students of KUIM would one day, in the very near future, be ISDEV potential postgraduate students, insya Allah!
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Abu Hurairah (RAA) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: “If anyone relieves a Muslim believer from one of the hardships of this worldly life, Allah will relieve him of one of the hardships of the Day of Resurrection. If anyone makes it easy for the one who is indebted to him (while finding it difficult to repay), Allah will make it easy for him in this worldly life and in the Hereafter, and if anyone conceals the faults of a Muslim, Allah will conceal his faults in this world and in the Hereafter. Allah helps His slave as long as he helps his brother.” [Related by Muslim, 1924] .
Thursday, February 20, 2014
|A group photo to commemorate the visit|
On Wednesday 29 January 2014, ISDEV received guests from the Seberang Perai Polytechnic, Pulau Pinang. The representative from the General Studies Department (Jabatan Pengajian Am) was led by Puan Rukaida Baharudin, Head of General Studies Department (GSDSPP), followed by 15 other lecturers from the same department.
|The Head of General Studies Department, Puan Rukaida Baharudin|
The delegates from GSDSPP were at ISDEV to explore the possibility of co-organizing academic programmes such as conference or seminar by appointing ISDEV as their mentor and guide. ISDEV Director, Prof. Muhammad syukri Salleh gave the recommendation to appoint the department as ISDEV's "adopted child" to enable them to participate in ISDEV's activities, within or outside the country as well as to learn the ins and outs of ISDEV management both in terms of administration, academic and non-academic affairs.
|Prof Syukri (left) welcomes the delegates to ISDEV|
It is hoped that with such steps taken, GSDSPP will be provided with the exposure and opportunities to be independent before the department is able to upgrade to greater heights. Prof Syukri also added that ISDEV is indeed honored to work with the department and would continue to play the role as a "foster father" in the process of guiding them soar to greater heights.
|Following the sunnah - exchange of gifts between ISDEV Director, Professor Muhammad Syukri Salleh (right) and the Head of General Studies Department, Puan Rukaida Baharudin (left)|
Present in the meeting was Dr Fadzila Azni Ahmad, Chairperson of the Islamic Development Management Section, School of Social Sciences, who provided information regarding the courses offered in ISDEV. As a result, some of the lecturers from the department present expressed their hopes and intention to resume their studies either at the Master or PhD level with ISDEV. This goal is supported by their head, Puan Rukaida Baharudin.