Friday, March 6, 2015


The three ISDEV Researchers about to embark on their academic mission in Jakarta and Bandung.

ISDEV Researchers, Professor Muhammad Syukri Salleh, Dr. Mohd Syakir Mohd Rosdi and Dr. Wan Norhaniza Wan Hasan were recently flown to Indonesia to conduct a field work of their research study at the Centre for Islamic Studies in Finance, Economic and Development  (CISFED) in Jakarta as well as Darut Tauhiid in Bandung and Universitas Islam Bandung (UNISBA). The trip was from 14 until 18 February 2015.
An informal discussion with the members of Perhimpunan Baitulmal Wa Tamwil (PBMT)

The first day of the trip saw ISDEV Researchers having an informal discussion and dialogue with "Perhimpunan Baitulmal Wa Tamwil" (PBMT, Islamic Microfinance) led by Bapak Suharto, President and Director of PBMT Ventura. Bapak Suharto explained to ISDEV Researchers about PBMT programme in helping to improve the local economy through Islamic Microfinance. Moreover ISDEV Researchers also had the opportunity to mingle and meet up with other  members of PBMT.
Prof. Syukri (right) at the Seminar Pembangunan Pendidikan Islam organized by Insan Cendekia Madani (ICM).
Prof. Syukri's talk was full of vigour and vitality as his talk is on a subject that is very close to his heart.

On the second day, Prof. Syukri was invited by Insan Cendekia Madani (ICM), an Islamic Private Boarding School at Bintaro, Jakarta to deliver a talk at "Seminar Pembangunan Pendidikan Islam". Prof. Syukri gave a talk on Strategy for Islamic Education Development. The Seminar was attended by administrative staff and teachers of ICM and was well received by the audience.
Dr. Mohd Syakir Mohd Rosdi talks on "Thoughts on Islamic Political Economy".

Meanwhile in the afternoon session, Dr. Mohd Syakir Mohd Rosdi took his turn to talk on "Pemikiran Ekonomi Politik Islam" at CISFED, Jakarta. The program was mostly attended by "Alumni Himpunan Mahasiswa Islam" (HMI) who are involved directly and indirectly with CISFED. In this program, ISDEV and CISFED had the opportunity to discuss and exchange views on current Islamic political economic development especially in Malaysia and Indonesia.
Arrived at Bandung and welcomed by Dr. Atih (centre) and Ade Yunita (2nd from left).

The researchers then departed to Bandung on 16 February and was welcomed by Dr. Atih Rohaeti Dariah (one of ISDEV Co-Researchers in ISDEV Research University Team (RUT)) and Ade Yunita Mafruhat, a MISDEV'14 (Postgraduate by Mixed Mode) student, who hails from Bandung, Indonesia.
ISDEV Researchers collecting data at Daarut Tauhiid.
Part of the field work - Collecting data through an informal interview session  with a student at
Pesantren Tahfiz Daarut Tauhiid.

The mission then continued on 17 February with a field work at Daarut Tauhiid - an institution founded by Abdullah Gymnastiar (or popular known as AA Gym). At Darut Tauhiid, the field work was divided into three parts whereby the researchers conducted their field work at Pejabat Wakaf Darut Tauhiid, Yayasan Darut Tauhiid and Pesantren Tahfiz Darut Tauhiid (Baitul Qur'an).
Prof. Syukri delivers a speech at UNISBA.
One of the students poses a question to Prof.Syukri.

On the last day of the research trip Prof. Syukri was once again invited to deliver a public speech on "Polisi Pembangunan Berteraskan Islam" (Islamic-based Development Policy). The public speech organized by UNISBA was attended by lecturers and students from the Faculty of Economics and Business. A Q&A session took place after Prof. Syukri ended his speech and the audience especially , UNISBA undergraduate students took the opportunity to pose some questions for clearer understanding.
Serious at work with a Focused Group Discussion (FGD).

A Focus Group Discussion then took place among ISDEV and UNISBA researchers by focusing on "Pelaku Pembangunan Berasaskan Al-Qur'an" (Development Actors Based on Al-Qur'an). Researchers  from both institutions presented their findings of their research which led to the positive progress of the research.

Alhamdulillah - mission accomplished.

Overall the mission to Jakarta and Bandung was accomplished and the researchers were satisfied with the results of their field work. They conclude that besides collecting information for their research, they also had the chance to disseminate ISDEV thoughts as well as learning new ideas from others. From this field work ISDEV researchers had the chance to widen their networking as well as strengthen the ukhuwwah with their counterparts from Indonesia.

Sunday, March 1, 2015


They shall not be affected with headache thereby, nor shall they get exhausted,[al-Waqi'ah, 56:19].


Starting from 2 to 4 March 2015, ISDEV will host the 5th ISDEV-RUT (Research University Team) Workshop at C06, Social Sciences Conference Room, Universiti Sains Malaysia.

40 RUT team members from Malaysia, Indonesia as well as Brunei Darussalam will present a total of 38 papers, from their final stages of their researches based on their respective project cluster.

The research, entitled Islamic-Based Development and led by ISDEV Director, Professor Muhammad Syukri Salleh, contains 7 clusters viz. Istibdal Waqf', 'Etika dan Sistem Pengawasan dalam Pengurusan Insaniah', 'Pengurusan Kualiti Institusi Pembangunan Islam', 'Tanggungjawab Sosial Korporat,' 'Strategi Politik Pembangunan Berteraskan Islam', 'Dasar Pembangunan Berteraskan Islam dalam Konteks Negara Zikir di Brunei' and 'Tasawur dan Acuan Pembangunan Berteraskan Islam'.

The schdule of the workshop can be assessed through and click "ATURCARA BENGKEL ISDEV RUT KE- 5".

Tuesday, February 24, 2015


On 30 January 2015, news of ISDEV delegates, Professor Muhammad Syukri Salleh, Dr. Zakaria Bahari, Dr. Wan Norhaniza Wan Hasan and Dr. Shahir Akram Hassan was published in the The Brunei Times newsapaper.

The four delegates who had their respective roles in doing research collaborations with researchers in Brunei Darussalam were given the opportunity to hold meetings and discussions in their respective areas of research study.

An excerpt of the news on Prof Syukri and Dr Wan Norhaniza in The Brunei Times

According to the Brunei Times, Prof. Syukri Salleh and Dr. Wan Norhaniza, who are embarking  on the research regarding Policies of Islamic-Based Development in the Context of Zikir Nation in Brunei Darussalam, had the opportunity to hold a series of discussions with their research-in-collaboration partners, Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) led by Dr. Siti Sara Haji Ahmad, Dean of Arabic Language and Islamic Civilisation.

Dr Wan Norhaniza (left) receiving gifts from the Rector of UNISSA Dr. Haji Norarfan Haji Zainal (centre)

The purpose of such meetings were to discuss the details of the Islamic-Based Development Index as an indicator to measure and evaluate the development of Brunei Darussalam based on Islamic teachings. Besides, the discussions they were also there to present their research papers related to Islamic-Based Development Index. 

It is felt that since the Islamic-based Index is considered to be something new in Brunei Darussalam, the impact of the research is of great importance and significance as it can help the country to gauge and achieve Vision 2035 of Brunei Darussalam.

ISDEV researchers at the Jabatan Perancangan dan Kemajuan Ekonomi (JPKE) Brunei Darussalam

Dr. Zakaria and Dr. Shahir Akram who were also in Brunei Darussalam for their research endeavours also held discussions with their research-in-collaboration partners. For Dr. Shahir Akram, this is his maiden visit to Brunei took the opportunity to discuss as well as collect data for his research on Application of Rukyah and Hisab in Southeast Asia under his inaugural grant that he was awarded with recently. Dr. Zakaria also did not miss a beat in embarking his research on Application of Istibdal Waqf in Development: A Comparative Study of Brunei Darussalam and Malaysia by holding joint discussions with his co-researchers from UNISSA.

Sunday, February 22, 2015


Anas ibn Malik reported: A man said, “O Messenger of Allah, should I tie my camel and trust in Allah, or should I untie her and trust in Allah?” The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Tie her and trust in Allah.” [Source: Sunan At-Tirmidhi; 2517, Grade: Hasan (fair) according to al-Albani].

Monday, February 16, 2015


Attention to all RISDEV (ISDEV Postgraduate by Research) and MISDEV (ISDEV Postgraduate by Mixed-Moode) students.

In view of the upcoming Chinese New Year holidays and the long weekend ahead, all students are reminded to proceed with the registration activities and the payment of fees for Semester II, Academic Session 2014/2015 immediately.The dateline for registration and payment of fees is on 22 February 2015.

Therefore, RISDEV and MISDEV students, who have yet to register and/or make the payments are advised to register and make the necessary payments prior to the expiration date to avoid the imposition of penalty by the Institute of Postgraduate Studies (IPS) of Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and/or any unwarranted complications later on.

Please take note the registration activity is to be done through USM campusonline.

Sunday, February 15, 2015


And We have certainly made the Qur'an easy for remembrance, so is there any who will remember?[al-Qamar, 54:17]