Monday, December 31, 2007

A NAS A WEEK - 21 DZULHIJJAH 1428

Narrated Abu Musa: Some people asked Allah's Apostle, "Whose Islam is the best? i.e. (Who is a very good Muslim)?" He replied, "One who avoids harming the Muslims with his tongue and hands."

[Hadith from Sahih Bukhari, Book No. 2: Belief, Hadith No. 10]

Monday, December 24, 2007

A NAS A WEEK - 14 DZULHIJJAH 1428

[102] Then, when (the son) reached (the age of) (serious) work with him, he said: "O my son! I see in vision that I offer thee in sacrifice: now see what is thy view!" (the son) said: "O my father! do as thou art commanded: thou will find me, if Allah so wills, one practising Patience and Constancy!"
[al-Saaffaat,37:102]

Monday, December 17, 2007

A NAS A WEEK - 7 DZULHIJJAH 1428

Narrated Al-Bara': I heard the Prophet (p.b.u.h) delivering a Khutba saying, "The first thing to be done on this day (first day of 'Id ul Adha) is to pray; and after returning from the prayer we slaughter our sacrifices (in the name of Allah) and whoever does so, he acted according to our Sunna (traditions)."

[Hadith from Sahih Bukhari, Book No. 15: The Two Festivals ('Eids), Hadith No. 71]

Monday, December 10, 2007

BUSY WEEK FOR ISDEV: THE THIRD ISDEV GRADUATE WORKSHOP & THE FIFTH ISDEV LECTURE SERIES

This week would be a quite busy week for ISDEV. Two major events will take place. The first will be the Third ISDEV Graduate Workshop to be held on 12-13 December 2007 (Wednesday and Thursday) beginning from 8.30 am till 4.30 pm at Training Room of Institute of Graduate Studies, and the second will be The Fifth ISDEV Lecture Series to be held on the following day of 14 December 2007 (Friday) at 3.00 pm till 5.00 pm at University Conference Hall.
The highlights of the Graduate Workshop would be the announcement of ISDEV Best Master Thesis Award and ISDEV Best PhD Thesis Award as well as two Research Discourses, firstly by Associate Professor Muhammad Mumtaz Ali of International Islamic University Malaysia on 12 December 2007 on "Islamic Critiques of Conventional Research Methodology" and secondly by Professor Dato' Paduka Mahmood Zuhdi of Islamic Academy University of Malaya on 13 December 2007 on "The Application of Usul-Fiqh in Islamic Research Methodology". Both Research Discourses will begin at 9.00 am till 10.30 am.
On the following day, at the ISDEV Lecture Series, Sheikh Imran N. Hosein of Trinidad and Tobago will speak on "The Grand Design of Money Creation".
All are cordially invited to the Research Discourse and Lecture Series. For further information, please get in touch with ISDEV at +6-04-653 2656 or +6-04-653 4601 or +6-04-653 3422 or +6-04-653 2800.

A NAS A WEEK - 30 DZULQAEDAH 1428H

[96] If the people of the towns had but believed and feared Allah, We should indeed have opened out to them (all kinds of) blessings from heaven and earth; but they rejected (the truth), and We brought them to book for their misdeeds.

[al-A'raaf,7:96]

Monday, December 3, 2007

A NAS A WEEK - 23 DZULQAEDAH 1428

Narrated Aishah, Ummul Mu'minin: The Apostle of Allah (s.a.w) said: By his good character a believer will attain the degree of one who prays during the night and fasts during the day.


[Hadith from Sunan Abu Dawud, Book No. 41: Kitab al-Adab, Hadith No. 4780]

Monday, November 26, 2007

A NAS A WEEK - 16 DZULQAEDAH 1428

[28] "Those who believe, and whose hearts find satisfaction in the remembrance of Allah: for without doubt in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find satisfaction.

[ar-Ra'd, 13:28]

Monday, November 19, 2007

A NAS A WEEK - 9 DZULQAEDAH 1428

Narrated An-Nu'man bin Bashir: Allah's Apostle said, "You see the believers as regards their being merciful among themselves and showing love among themselves and being kind, resembling one body, so that, if any part of the body is not well then the whole body shares the sleeplessness (insomnia) and fever with it."


[Hadith from Sahih Bukhari, Book No. 73: 'Good Manners and Form (Al-Adab)', Hadith No. 40]

Saturday, November 17, 2007

PHD DEFENSE BY NOR AZZAH KAMRI

ISDEV Research Associate Nor Azzah Kamri will sit for her viva voce on 26 November 2007 (Monday) at 9.00am. She will be defending her PhD thesis entitled Implementation of Islamic Code of Ethics in Islamic Development Organization: A Case Study of Lembaga Tabung Haji Malaysia.
Before her real defense, Nor Azzah will be familiarized by ISDEV with a stituation of a viva voce through a mock viva to be held on 23 November 2007 (Friday) at 3.00pm at Meeting Room C05 (ISDEV), School of Social Sciences. The mock viva will be chaired by Professor Muhammad Syukri Salleh while Dr Mohamad Zaini Abu Bakar and Dr Nizam Sahad will act as examiners. All are welcome

Monday, November 12, 2007

A NAS A WEEK - 2 DZULQAEDAH 1428H

[99] No authority has he (Satan the Rejected One) over those who believe and put their trust in their Lord.
[an-Nahl,16:99]

Friday, November 9, 2007

INVITATION TO ISDEV RESEARCH DISCOURSE SERIES ON ISLAMIC CAPITAL MARKET AND ISLAMIC RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

During November and December this year, ISDEV will host four series of Research Discourses. Two would be on the Islamic Capital Market and the other two on the Islamic Research Methodology.
Both titles relate to the two research projects that are currently carried out by ISDEV. All are cordially invited and the details are as follows.
12 November 2007
"Equity in Islamic Capital Market: Concept and Operational Mechanism" by Professor Dr Abdul Ghaffar Ismail (Coordinator of EKONIS, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia), 10.00am - 12.30 pm, Training Room of Institute of Graduate Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang.

22 November 2007
"Sukuk in Islamic Capital Market: Concept and Operational Mechanism" by Professor Dato' Sano Koutoub Mustapha (Deputy Rector, International Islamic University Malaysia), 10.00 am - 12.30 pm, Training Room of Institute of Graduate Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang.

12 December 2007
"Islamic Critiques of Conventional Research Methodology" by Associate Professor Dr Muhammad Mumtaz Ali (International Islamic University Malaysia), 9.00 am - 10.30 am, Ibn Khaldun Room, Institute of Graduate Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang.

13 December 2007
"Application of the Methods of Usul-Fiqh in Research" by Professor Dato' Paduka Mahmood Zuhdi (Islamic Academy, Universiti Malaya), 13 December 2007 at 8.30 am - 10.00 am, Ibn Khaldun Room, Institute of Graduate Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

4 ABILITIES TO EXTRACT INFO DURING FIELDWORK

When carrying out a fieldwork, one has to be equipped with at least four abilities in order to extract maximum information and data needed.
The first is the ability to understand respondents' stance so that discussion could be done along, and not contrary to, that stance. The second is the ability to understand terms and talk of the day of the respondents so that the same language could be used to be part of the respondents and smoothen the discussion. The third is the ability to make ourselves important to the respondents so that they would not ignore us. And lastly, the fourth is the ability to justify the importance of the research for the respondents so that prejudices and uncertainties among the respondents could be avoided.

These are what had been developed and used by Muhammad Tahir (above) during his fieldwork in Bandung, Indonesia recently. He deliberated these during the recent Monthly Graduate Supervision held on 2 November 2007, to be shared by other fellow graduates and lecturers.
Muhammad Tahir is doing his doctorate on Tazkiyah An-Nafs in Islamic Development - The Case of Kopentren of Darut Tauhid in Bandung, Indonesia under the supervision of Professor Muhammad Syukri Salleh and Dr Khairul Anwar Othman. He is currently writing the analysis of the findings from his fieldwork.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

ISDEV INTRODUCES ANOTHER ACTIVITY, THE ISDEV RESEARCH DISCOURSE

In view of an increasing number of research projects undertaken by ISDEV and of the need to provide a maximum benefit to as many interested intellectuals as possible, the Centre now introduces a new activity called ISDEV Research Discourse.

In this Discourse, intellectuals and researchers from other institutions outside Universiti Sains Malaysia will be invited to speak on a topic related to any particular research that is being carried out by ISDEV.

This Discourse is a little bit different from ISDEV In-House Seminar, of which the speakers are from outside Universiti Sains Malaysia, presenting their ideas on a given topic that is thought to be helpful in concretizing ISDEV researches. In ISDEV In-House Seminar, the speakers are the members of ISDEV research teams themselves, presenting their research findings to be shared and commented by other colleagues.

Until the end of the year, four ISDEV Research Discourses on topics particularly related to ISDEV researches on Islamic Capital Market and Islamic Research Methodology have been scheduled. They are as follows:

1. 12 November 2007: "Equity in Islamic Capital Market: Concept and Operational Mechanism" by Professor Dr Abdul Ghaffar Ismail (Coordinator of EKONIS, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia), 10.00am - 12.30 pm, Training Room of Institute of Graduate Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang.

2. 22 November 2007: "Sukuk in Islamic Capital Market: Concept and Operational Mechanism" by Professor Dato' Sano Koutoub Mustapha (Deputy Rector, International Islamic University Malaysia), 10.00 am - 12.30 pm, Training Room of Institute of Graduate Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang.

3. 12 December 2007: "Islamic Critiques of Conventional Research Methodology" by Associate Professor Dr Muhammad Mumtaz Ali (International Islamic University Malaysia), 9.00 am - 10.30 am, Ibn Khaldun Room, Institute of Graduate Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang.

4. 13 December 2007: "Application of the Methods of Usul-Fiqh in Research" by Professor Dato' Paduka Mahmood Zuhdi (Islamic Academy, Universiti Malaya), 13 December 2007 at 8.30 am - 10.00 am, Ibn Khaldun Room, Institute of Graduate Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang.

All are cordially invited.
Announcements and reminders of the Research Discourses will be posted from time to time.

Monday, November 5, 2007

A NAS A WEEK - 24 SYAWAL 1428H

Masruq is reported to have asked 'A'isha about the action (most pleasing to) the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him). She said: He (the Holy Prophet) loved (that action) which one keeps on doing regularly. I said (to 'A'isha): When did he pray (at night)? She replied: When he heard the cock crow, he got up and observed prayer.


[Hadith from: Sahih Muslim, Book No. 4: 'The Book of Prayers (Kitab Al-Salat)', Hadith No. 1614]

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

LECTURES AT ISDEV MONTHLY GRADUATE SUPERVISION IN DVDs

Graduate students and interested parties who are interested in lectures pertaining to graduate research and thesis writing could now get them in DVD from ISDEV. These DVDs, based on lectures delivered at ISDEV Monthly Graduate Supervision (all in Malay), have been produced by ISDEV Media Unit and sold at a very low cost of RM5 each (excluding of postage).
To date, the titles that are available are as follows:

1. Fieldwork by Dr. Azlinda Azman
2. Constructing Research Proposal by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Abdul Fatah Che Hamat
3. Research Objectives, Questions & Hypotheses by Dr Zulkarnain A. Hatta
4. Past Research by Dr. Lilis Surienty Abd Talib
5. Literature Review by Dr. Nor Malina Malik

Those interested to have the DVDs as references or personal collection could now make an order from Sukainah at suekainah@yahoo.com or +6-04-653 4601 (office phone) or +6-04-653 2124 (fax).

Availability of new titles will be announced from time to time via ISDEV NEWS at http://isdevnews07.blogspot.com/ and ISDEV Site at http://isdev.usm.my/

Monday, October 29, 2007

A NAS A WEEK - 17 SYAWAL 1428H



[32] Then We have given the Book for inheritance to such of Our servants as We have chosen: but there are among them some who wrong their own souls; some who follow a middle course; and some who are, by Allah's leave, foremost in good deeds; that is the highest Grace.


[Faatir,35:32]

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

ISDEV NEAREST EVENTS

Announcing ISDEV Nearest Events

Event: Graduate Monthly Supervision
Topic: Research Scope, Limitation and Significance
Speaker: Dr Mohamad Zaini Abu Bakar
Date: 2 November 2007 (Friday)
Time: 9.30am - 12.00pm
Venue: ISDEV, School of Social Sciences


Event: In-House Seminar
Topic: An Islamic Analysis of Research Problems
Speaker: Dr Zainal Abidin Sanusi
Date: 16 November 2007 (Friday)
Time: 9.30am - 12.00pm
Venue: ISDEV, School of Social Sciences





Event: In-House Seminar
Topic: Observation Techniques - An Islamic Perspective
Speaker: Dr Fatan Hamamah Yahaya
Date: 23 November 2007 (Friday)
Time: 9.30am - 12.00pm
Venue: ISDEV, School of Social Sciences

All are cordially invited

Monday, October 22, 2007

A NAS A WEEK - 10 SYAWAL 1428H

Narrated Anas: The Prophet said, "None of you will have faith till he wishes for his (Muslim) brother what he likes for himself."

[Hadith from Sahih Bukhari, Book No. 2: Belief, Hadith No: 12]

Friday, October 19, 2007

DR ZAHRI HAMAT NOW A LECTURER AT THE SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, UNIVERSITI SAINS MALAYSIA

Former ISDEV Research Associate Dr Zahri Hamat has been appointed as a contract lecturer at the School of Social Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia for two years beginning 1 September 2007. He is attached to Development Planning and Management Programme at the School, teaching Economics for Development. Simultaneously, he continues to help School of Distance Learning to teach courses in Management Studies.
Dr Zahri also co-supervises Ekarat Sitisan, a Master student working on Potentials for the Establishment of Zakat Fund in Bangkok, Thailand. A couple more PhD candidates from Malaysia and Indonesia who will be working on Zakat are also expected to be co-supervised by Dr Zahri soon.
Currently, Dr Zahri also chairs the Organizing Committee of ISDEV Graduate Workshop III. The Workshop is an ISDEV annual occasion and specially organized for graduates working on Islam related research in universities worldwide. It will be held on 12-13 December 2007. In this Workshop, ISDEV Best Master Thesis Award and ISDEV Best PhD Thesis Award for 2007 will be given away to the winners.
In a very near future, Dr Zahri Hamat will be ISDEV Management Committee Member and will undertake a research with Professor Muhammad Syukri Salleh on Zakat Accounting in Southeast Asia. The research investigates zakat accounting practices in Muslim majority countries of Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia, and Muslim minority countries of Thailand and Singapore. It will be funded by Research University Grant. Another research (consultancy project) on The Impact Study of Zakat Distribution in Penang would also be done by Dr Zahri with Professor Muhammad Syukri Salleh and Dr Hasanah Abd. Khafidz. It is expected to be funded by Pusat Urus Zakat of the Religious Council of the State of Penang.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

NOR AZZAH KAMRI SUBMITTED PHD THESIS ON ISLAMIC CODE OF ETHICS OF TABUNG HAJI

ISDEV Research Associate Nor Azzah Kamri has submitted her PhD thesis. The title is Implementation of Islamic Code of Ethics in Islamic Development Organization: A Case Study of Lembaga Urusan Tabung Haji Malaysia. She has been working with ISDEV Director Professor Muhammad Syukri Salleh and ISDEV Management Committee Member Dr Zakaria Bahari. Viva voce for the thesis is expected to be held sometime in November 2007. When the exact date is confirmed, a mock viva will be held at ISDEV to familiarize and train her to face the real viva voce. After passing her PhD, Nor Azzah Kamri will return to and teach at Akademi Islam, University of Malaya.

Monday, October 15, 2007

A NAS A WEEK - 3 SYAWAL 1428H

[149] Whether ye publish a good deed or conceal it or cover evil with pardon, verily Allah doth blot out (sins) and hath power (in the judgment of values).

[an-Nisaa', 4:149]

Monday, October 8, 2007

A NAS A WEEK - 26 RAMADHAN 1428H

Narrated 'Aisha: Allah's Apostle used to practice Itikaf in the last ten nights of Ramadan and used to say, "Look for the Night of Qadr in the last ten nights of the month of Ramadan"


[Hadith from Sahih Bukhari, Book No. 32: 'Praying at Night in Ramadaan (Taraweeh)', Hadith No: 237]

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

`MORALISTIC & ETHICAL OBJECTIVITY' IN ISLAMIC RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

It was realized at the ISDEV In-House Seminar on 28 September that in Islamic Research Methodology, objectivity must be limited to `moralisitic objectivity' or `ethical objectivity' rather than `plain or absolute objectivity' as advocated and used by conventional research methodology. Moralisitic or ethical objectivity here means an objectivity that protects respondents' dignity and self-respect, based on Shari`ah.

That was one of the main discourses articulated during the presentation on "An Analysis of Research Ethics in Conventional Research Methodology" by Dr Mohamad Zaini Abu Bakar at the Seminar. Other discourses also include scrutinization on other research ethics proposed by the American Psychological Association (APA), such as limitation of capability and skills, protection of respondents' rights and dignity, avoidance of danger on respondents, protection and avoidance of abusement of respondents' secrecy, honest and unmanipulated presentation of research findings, and acknowledgement to those involved in realizing the research.

The Seminar concluded with an awareness that in Islamic Research Methodology, the factor that motivates a researcher's compliance of research ethical principles is iman, the practical application of the ethics is embedded in the principles of shari`ah, and the ultimate aim is to seek the truth and mardhatillah, the pleasure of God.

Monday, October 1, 2007

A NAS A WEEK - 19 RAMADHAN 1428H

[3] The Night of Power is better than a thousand months.

[al-Qadr, 97: 3]

Thursday, September 27, 2007

ISDEV ANNUAL IFTAR WELL-ATTENDED

On Tuesday 25 September 2007, Teratai Room at Chancellory was packed with more than 40 ISDEV members and friends attending ISDEV Annual Iftar. Guests of honour were Vice-Chancellor Professor Dato' Dzulkifli Abdul Razak, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Student Affairs and Development) Associate Professor Dr Omar Osman and Dean of the School of Social Sciences Associate Professor Dr Ismail Baba.

The occasion was an annual occasion organized in every Ramadhan of the year. It began with iftar (breaking of fast), followed by maghrib prayer, dinner, isyak prayer and finally by tarawih prayer led by ISDEV Fellow Associate Professor Haji Sibly Maros and assisted by ISDEV Research Associate Zubir Idris.

ISDEV is grateful to the organising committee led by Dr Zakaria Bahari and thankful to generous donors who made this occasion possible.

Monday, September 24, 2007

A NAS A WEEK - 12 RAMADHAN 1428H

Abu Sa'id al-Khudri (Allah be pleased with him) reported: We went out on an expedition with the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) during Ramadan. Some of us observed the fast and some of us broke it. Neither the observer of the fast had any grudge against one who broke it, nor the breaker of the fast had any grudge against one who had fasted. They knew that he who had strength enough (to bear its rigour) fasted and that was good, and they also found that he who felt weakness (and could not bear the burden) broke it, and that was also good.


[Hadith from Sahih Muslim, Book No. 6: 'The Book of Fasting (Kitab Al-Sawm)', Hadith No. 2480]

Saturday, September 22, 2007

MUSLIMS' CRITIQUES OF CONVENTIONAL RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

During his talk on "Contemporary Muslims Critiques of Conventional Research Methodology" at ISDEV In-House Seminar on Friday 21 September 2007, Professor Muhammad Syukri Salleh (left) observed that the Muslims' critiques of the conventional research methodology are still mostly confined to the philosophical underpinnings and almost none is touched on its technical instruments. In fact, he argued, there are limited literatures on Islamic Research Methodology themselves, hence the need to fill the loopholes so as construction of a holistic Islamic Research Methodology could be realized in a comprehensive manner.

Profesor Muhammad Syukri Salleh is the Director of ISDEV and the talk was the fourth series of ISDEV In-House Seminar pertaining to the critiques of conventional and construction of Islamic research methodology.

The next series will be held on Friday 28 September 2007. Dr Mohamad Zaini Abu Bakar will speak on "An Analysis of Research Ethics in Conventional Research Methodology".

Monday, September 17, 2007

A NAS A WEEK - 5 RAMADHAN 1428H


[183] O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that ye may (learn) self-restraint.

[al-Baqarah, 2:183]

IN-HOUSE SEMINAR: CONTEMPORARY MUSLIMS' CRITIQUES OF CONVENTIONAL RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

On coming Friday 21 September 2007, Professor Muhammad Syukri Salleh will speak on "Contemporary Muslims' Critiques of Conventional Research Methodology" at ISDEV In-House Seminar. The talk is the fourth series of the discourse on Islamic Research Methodology, to be held at Meeting Room C05, School of Social Sciences at 9.30 am. Though in-house in nature, the talk is opened to all. All are cordially invited.

Monday, September 10, 2007

A NAS A WEEK - 28 SYA'BAN 1428H

Abu Huraira reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: When there comes the month of Ramadan, the gates of mercy are opened, and the gates of Hell are locked and the devils are chained.


[Hadith from Sahih Muslim, Book No. 6: 'The Book of Fasting (Kitab Al-Sawm)', Hadith No. 2361]

Monday, September 3, 2007

A NAS A WEEK - 21 SYA'BAN 1428H

[9] O ye who believe! When the call is proclaimed to prayer on Friday (the Day of Assembly), hasten earnestly to the Remembrance of Allah, and leave off business (and traffic): that is best for you if ye but knew!

[10] And when the Prayer is finished, then may ye disperse through the land, and seek of the Bounty of Allah: and celebrate the Praises of Allah often (and without stint): that ye may prosper.

[11] But when they see some bargain or some amusement, they disperse headlong to it, and leave thee standing. Say: "The (blessing) from the Presence of Allah is better than any amusement or bargain! And Allah is the Best to provide (for all needs)."

[al-Jumu'ah,62:9-11]

Monday, August 27, 2007

A NAS A WEEK - 12 SYA'BAN 1428H

Abu Huraira reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: The rider should first greet the pedestrian, and the pedestrian the one who is seated and a small group should greet a larger group (with as-Salam-u-'Alaikum).
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[Hadith from Sahih Muslim, Book No. 26: 'The Book on Salutations and Greetings (Kitab As-Salam)', Hadith No: 5374]

Monday, August 20, 2007

A NAS A WEEK - 5 SYA'BAN 1428H



[42] Verily Allah doth know of (every thing) whatever that they call upon besides Him: and He is Exalted (in power), Wise.

[43] And such are the Parables We set forth for mankind, but only those understand them who have knowledge.

[44] Allah created the heavens and the earth in true (proportions): verily in that is a Sign for those who believe.

[45] Recite what is sent of the Book by inspiration to thee, and establish regular Prayer: for Prayer restrains from shameful and unjust deeds; and remembrance of Allah is the greatest (thing in life) without doubt. And Allah knows the (deeds) that ye do.


[al-'Ankabuut, 29:42-45]

Monday, August 13, 2007

A NAS A WEEK - 29 RAJAB 1428

Hammam b. Munabbih reported so many ahadith from Abu Huraira and one out of them is this that Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) said that Allah thus stated: When My servant draws close to me by the span of a palm, I draw close to him by the space of a cubit, and when he draws close to Me by the space of a cubit, I draw close to him by the space (covered) by two hands, and when he draws close to Me by the space (covered by) two hands, I go in hurry towards him.

[Hadith from Sahih Muslim, Book No. 35: 'The Book Pertaining to the Remembrance of Allah, Supplication, Repentance and Seeking Forgiveness (Kitab Al-Dhikr)', Hadith No: 6473]

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

NEW RESEARCH ASSOCIATE: IZWANI SAHARDIN

Izwani Sahardin (right), a doctorate candidate of ISDEV Fellow Dr Fatan Hamamah Yahaya of the School of Distance Education, has been appointed as ISDEV Research Associate beginning 11 July 2007.
Hailed from Acheh Darussalam, Izwani has actively participated in almost all ISDEV activities since 2005. She is currently working with Dr Fatan Hamamah on Food and Culture in Acheh, Indonesia.
Welcome to ISDEV family, Ibu Izwani.

Monday, August 6, 2007

A NAS A WEEK - 23 RAJAB 1428H


[29] It is He Who hath created for you all things that are on earth; then He turned to the heaven and made them into seven firmaments. And of all things He hath perfect knowledge.

[30] Behold, thy Lord said to the angels: "I will create a vicegerent on earth." They said: "Wilt Thou place therein one who will make mischief therein and shed blood? Whilst we do celebrate Thy praise and glorify Thy holy (name)?" He said: "I know what ye know not."


[al-Baqarah,2: 29-30]

Friday, August 3, 2007

ECONOMIC JIHAD HELD SUCCESSFULLY

As scheduled, the ISDEV Lecture Series IV was successfully held on 1 August 2007. The lecture on Economic Jihad by Tan Sri Dato' Muhammad Ali Hashim, the CEO of JCorp, was heard by a packed audience, amounting to about 600 persons altogether.

The lecture was coorganized by ISDEV and the Islamic Religious Council of the State of Penang (MAINPP). Amongst the VIPs attended at the lecture were MAINPP Head YB Sahabuddin Yahaya and Deputy President of Islamic Trade Hall of Malaysia Dato' Seri Mohd Yusoff Latiff.
Tan Sri Dato' Muhammad Ali began his lecture by defining the concept of and explaining the relationship between economic and business jihad, followed by a discussion on four main issues. The first was on the pertinent role of business jihad in the struggle of the ummah; the second on the business jihad as a means to face the challenge of `westoxication'; the third on the corporate waqf as a main strategy of business jihad; and finally on the fulfillment of the criteria of jihad and measurement of business success.

Some of the scenery of the ISDEV Lecture are as follows.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

NEW GRADUATE STUDENT: EKARAT SITISAN

Ekarat Sitisan (right), from Bangkok, Thailand, has registered as a graduate student on 4 June 2007. He is pursuing his Master of Art degree by researching on The Potentials of the Establishment of Zakat Fund in the Muslim Community of Bangkok, Thailand. He is working with ISDEV Director Professor Muhammad Syukri Salleh and ISDEV Management Committee Member Dr Zahri Hamat.

Monday, July 30, 2007

GENTLE REMINDER: ECONOMIC JIHAD

On Wednesday 1 August 2007 this week, Tan Sri Dato' Muhammad Ali Hashim, the CEO of JCorp will speak on Economic Jihad at ISDEV Lecture Series IV at Dewan Budaya USM from 10 am till 12 pm.

Everyone is invited. The entrance is free.