Wednesday, December 7, 2016


Mohd Zulkifli just moments before his viva shows he is ready for his viva voce.
The Tuesday of 29th November 2016, two RISDEV students (ISDEV Postgraduate by Research) students, Mohd Zulkifli Muhammad and Azreen Hamiza Abdul Aziz were spiritually and mentally prepared to face their viva voce held at C23, Meeting Room of the School of Social Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). It was the day to prove and defend their PhD thesis that they had worked upon for years.
In action - Mohd Zulkifli answering Chairman's Prof. Dr. Ahmad Sanusi Hassan questions
Mohd Zulkifli Bin Muhammad was the first candidate to face his viva voce. His session was in the morning. He calmly but confidently defended his PhD thesis on "Andaian ketidak-Terhadan Kehendak Manusia Dalam Ekonomi Islam Arus Perdana: Analisis Berdasarkan Tasawur Islam" (Assumption of Man's Unlimited Wants in Mainstream Islamic Economics: An Analysis From Islamic Tasawur). 
Thanks to the Board of Examiners, Prof Dr. Ahmad Sanusi Hassan  (Chairman - seated 2nd from left),
  Prof. Dr. Engku Ahmad Zaki Engku Alwi (External Examiner - seated right), and two internal examiners -
  Dr. Shukri Hanapi (standing -2nd from right) and Associate Professor Dr. Zakaria Bahari (standing - 3rd from left).
Alhamdulillah, praise is to Allah SWT, the viva voce for Mohd Zulkifli Muhammad ended with flying colours. His viva was smooth flowing throughout. His main supervisor Professor Dr. Muhammad Syukri Salleh and co-supervisor Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad were proud of their student when the result was announced that he had succeeded in his viva voce with a Scale of 1.
Azreen Hamiza with her big supporter, her husband Mohd Azrul. 
The second candidate of viva voce in the afternoon session was Azreen Hamiza Abdul Aziz. She had successfully defended her PhD thesis on "Conceptualizing Islamic Hospitality Management".
With humility and patience Azreen Hamiza explains the finer points of her PhD Thesis during her viva voce.
She showed her mastery of the subject and research as she was able to answer the questions posed to her rather matter-of-factly yet in the most relaxed mannerism possible exuding her strong grasp of her research throughout the viva. This had surely impressed her examiners when all examiners were made known that her academic and career background prior to her PhD endeavours was in the filed of financing. They had unanimously agreed to award her with a Scale of 2.
Thanks to the Board of Examiners, Prof Dato' Dr. Abdul Rashid Mohamed  (Chairman - seated 3rd right),
  Prof. Dr. Engku Ahmad Zaki Engku Alwi (External Examiner - seated 2nd right), and two internal examiners -
  Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad (standing -2nd from right) and Associate Professor Dr. Abdul Aziz Hussin (seated - right)
 It is truly and ardently believed that apart from the efforts of the candidates and all parties involved, the do'a (supplication) from all ISDEV members has added to the blessings of such blissful news.

Monday, December 5, 2016


Hudhaifa reported: We were sitting with Umar ibn Al-Khatab and he said, “Who among you has heard the Messenger of Allah mention tribulation?” Some people said, “We have heard it.” Umar said, “Perhaps it is the unrest a man might experience with his household and neighbor.” They said yes. Umar said, “Such unrest will disappear with prayer, fasting, and charity. Rather, who has heard mention from the Prophet describing a tribulation like the waves of the ocean?” The people were silent and I said I have heard it. Umar said, “You and your father are good men for Allah.” I said I heard the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, say, “Tribulation will be presented to the hearts of people like a reed mat woven stick by stick and any heart afflicted by them will have a black mark put into it, but any heart that rejects them will have a white mark put into it. Thus there will be two kinds of hearts: one is pure like a white gemstone and it will not be harmed by any tribulation as long as the heavens and earth endure, and the other is black and dusty like a worn-out vessel, neither recognizing good nor rejecting evil, but rather immersed in its desires.” [Source: Sahih Muslim 144, Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Muslim].

Friday, December 2, 2016


The Organizing Committee of The 11th ISDEV International Islamic Development Management Conference 2016 (IDMAC2016) is currently busy in their preparations to welcome presenters and participants to IDMAC2016 with the theme of Islamic Sustainable Development. IDMAC2016 is scheduled on 6-7 December 2016 at Auditorium, Institute for Research in Molecular Medicine Malaysia (INFORMM), University Sains Malaysia, Pulau Pinang.

The conference program schedule is appended below. For further information and latest updates on IDMAC2016, please kindly visit the website at 

0830 - 0900
Foyer in front of Auditorium
0900 - 0930
Opening Ceremony
0930 - 0945
Book Launching
0945 - 1100
Keynote Address I
Dr. Shereeza Mohamed Saniff
Honorary Lecturer
Centre for Islamic Development Management Studies (ISDEV)
Universiti Sains Malaysia
1100 - 1130
Morning Coffee Break
Club House
1130 - 1300
Parallel Session 1
Room A
Room B
Room C
1300 - 1430
Lunch Break & Zuhur Prayer
Club House & Prayer Room
1430 - 1600
Parallel Session 2
Room A
Room B
Room C
1600 – 1630
Afternoon Coffee Break
Club House
Session End
0830 - 0915
Club House
0915 - 1115
Parallel Session 3
Room A
Room B
Room C
1130 - 1230
Keynote Address II
Y. Bhg. Prof. Dato’ Dr. Omar Osman
Former Vice-Chancellor USM
Toray-USM Knowledge Transfer Centre
1230 - 1300
Closing Ceremony
Club House
Session End



Organised by:
Centre for Islamic Development Management Studies (ISDEV),
Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)
Islamic Relief Academy,
Birmingham, United Kingdom

May Allah SWT ease all of our tasks and May He shower His mercy on us. Allahumma Ameen.

Monday, November 28, 2016


The opening slide on Islamic Ethical Governance.
Professor Dr. Muhammad Syukri Salleh, ISDEV Director, has proven once again that he is indeed an accomplished academician, researcher and most important a teacher-at-heart when he fulfilled an invitation to wow the hearts and minds of the academia in Medan, Indonesia. Such a feat was attained when he gave his speech as the Invited SpSpeakereaker at The 1st International Conference on Social and Political Development (1COSOP) organised by Universitas Sumatera Utara (USU). Prof. Syukri flew to Medan on 20 November 2016 and he was given a heartfelt and warm welcome at Kualanamu International Airport by Dr. Heri Kusmanto, the Deputy Rector of Universitas Medan Area (UMA) and he is also the Deputy Chairman of the Organizing Committee for 1COSOP as well as an Alumni member of ISDEV, together with two other ISDEV Alumni members, Prof. Sukiman and Pak Isnaini.
 Prof Syukri with the top management of USU as well as the Mayor of the City of Medan (5th from left) who is the Guest of Honour at 1COSOP.
The two-day 1COSOP organized by the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (FISIP), USU and Office of Mayor, Medan Government, was held on 21 until 22 November, 2016 at Aston City Hall, Medan. Prof. Syukri was given the honour on the first day of 1COSOP to address the audience with his lecture pertaining to "Islamic Ethical Governance". Prof Syukri started his lecture by posing a simple mathematical question - is ethical governance equal to good governance? He then went to list the attributes of contemporary ethical governance and compared it with Islamic Ethical Governance.
Prof. Syukri delivering his speech regarding Islamic Ethical Governance.
According to Prof Syukri, the mathematical formulation is incorrect. Ethical governance does not necessarily mean good governance. The contemporary ethical governance is found to be incomprehensive as it is compartmentalised and fragmented. In contrast he advocated for Islamic Ethical Governance as opposed to the other as, the Islamic Ethical Governance consisting of seven principles, encompasses a more holistic aspect of life.
All smiles after their minds and hearts have been touched after listening to the pearls of wisdom from Prof. Syukri.
At the end of his lecture, impressed with the delivery of his speech and especially the words of wisdom contained therein that have touched them intellectually and spiritually, the audience thronged him for a photo session. The organiser of 1COSOP took the opportunity to have a group photo with Prof Syukri at the end of his session. 
Prof Syukri flanked by USU Deputy Rector, Dr Heri (left) and the Dean of FISIP, USU who garb him with the "Ulos" .
As the ultimate honour to Prof. Syukri, the Deputy Rector of UMA, Dr Heri and the Dean of FISIP, USU then garbed Prof. Syukri with an "Ulos". Although it is a simple ceremony yet it carries a solemn declaration to all that Prof. Syukri is accepted as part of USU big family and is now a member of that big family. Alhamdulillah

Congratulations Prof. Syukri!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

A NAS A WEEK - 27 SAFAR 1438

And (had you been present), you would see the sun when it rose, inclining away from their cave on the right, and when it set, passing away from them on the left, while they were (laying) within an open space thereof. That was from the signs of Allah . He whom Allah guides is the (rightly) guided, but he whom He leaves astray - never will you find for him a protecting guide [al-Kahf, 18:17].

Friday, November 25, 2016


The participants of INGRAW 2016
Alhamdulillah, indeed praise is to Allah SWT, the Centre for Islamic Development Management Studies (ISDEV), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), with the cooperation of the Institute of Postgraduate Studies (IPS), USM had successfully organized the 11th ISDEV International Graduate Workshop 2016 (INGRAW 2016). The two-day annual workshop which is the 11th in series was held on 19 and 20 October, 2016 at the University Conference Hall (DPU) of USM. It was held with the focused aim to provide the platform for  postgraduate research students boh at the Master and PhD levels to present and share their researches on Islam to fellow participants. 
Opening ceremony graced by the new Vice-Chancellor of USM, Prof. Datuk Asma Ismail
INGRAW 2016 was honoured to have the new Vice-Chancellor of USM, Professor Datuk Dr Asma Ismail, to grace and officiate the opening of INGAW 2016 and to officially launch the publication of seven edited books by ISDEV. In the modestly-held ceremony, Prof Datuk Asma congratulated the annual joint effort of ISDEV and IPS in their commitment to organise this international-standing workshop for postgraduate students as well as the publication of the selected papers from INGRAW 2016.

The cover of the seven edited books launched at INGRAW2016.
In the same vein, she posed some challenges to ISDEV to be more tech-savvy in reaching the masses. The use of e-books and three-minute videos to showcase students' research interests should be the way forward today to reach the people at large. Prof. Datuk Dr Asma also reminded the need for students to be holistic in their pursuit for knowledge as well as the need to hone their entrepreneur skills while keeping up at all times with the advancement in technology.
Overly full housed - The 11th INGRAW 2016 in session at DPU, USM
This year's success of INGRAW 2016 was also the result of the tirelessly effort of all the members of its Organising Committee who had managed, among other things, to reap the he lp of government departments and bodies as well as corporate entities to be a significant part INGRAW 2016with their generous contributions whether in terms of monetarily form or in kind. INGRAW 2016 took the opportunity to thank these sponsors during the Opening Ceremony.
Representatives from government  bodies and corporate organization receiving a token of appreciation for their generous contributions from ISDEV Director, Prof. Syukri Salleh.
INGRAW 2016 is a platform for postgraduate students to develop their writing skills and challenge their capabilities in developing new ideas in various fields on Islam for examples Islamic Economics, Islamic Banking and Finance, Islamic Management, Islamic Political Economy, Islamic Asset Management, Islamic Human Development, Islamic Research Methodology and many more. In helping the students to achieve such feat, resource persons from within USM as well as from other universities consisting of ISDEV Alumni students had been appointed to read the students' paper prior to INGRAW 2016 and to give their feedback and comments during the concurrent sessions on how their papers could be improved further. 
Part of the concurrent sessions at INGRAW 2016
For the first time ever in the INGRAW series, there was the "Best Paper Award" to deserving students whose papers were found to be excellently written and presented. The Award was presented for the first, second and third placing. For this year's INGRAW 2016, the "Best Paper Award" went to  all three MISDEV 15.1 (ISDEV Postgraduate by Mixed-Mode) students. The winner was Halimatus Sa'adiah Yusoff while the second and third place went to Faris Murtadha Fazial and Mohd Norfarahim Roslan.
The three MISDEV15.1 students who won the Best Paper Award at INGRAW 2016.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016


Group photo with ISDEV lecturers and the postgraduate students of Universitas Airlangga.
12 postgraduate students from Universitas Airlangga, Surabaya, Indonesia completed their academic trip with a 2-day short course organised by the Centre for Islamic Development Management Studies (ISDEV), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) on 17 and 18 Oct, 2016. ISDEV lecturers with their expertise shared their knowledge to the Airlangga students who were eager to obtain new knowledge on matters such as:-

1. Contemporary Issues in Islamic Economic- Micro and Macro
(by Associate Prof. Dr. Zakaria Bahari and Puan Azreen Hamiza)

2. Contemporary Issues in Islamic Development Management
(by Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad and Dr. Wan Norhaniza Wan Hasan)

3. Contemporary Issues in Islamic Finance-Celestrial and Man-made Assets
(by Associate Prof. Dr. Zakaria Bahari and Cik Murni Yusoff)

4. Contemporary Issues in Islamic Political Economy
(by Dr. Mohd Syakir Mohd Rosdi)

Focus - Participants diligently listening to the lectures during classes.
With the aim to gain more knowledge's, all students gave their full commitment and were focused in all classes. ISDEV lecturers received an overwhelming response from the participants which made the discussion in the classes lively and intellectually and as well as spiritually stimulating. From these classes, ISDEV lecturers took the opportunity to help students in their postgraduate research and also in writing their theses.

Taking a short break after learning new things.
Happy moment - hopefully this Ukhwwah will stay forever.

All the best to the postgraduate students of Universitas Airlangga!