In line with the spirit of travelling as envisaged by the Holy Quran and the sunnah of Rasulullah (saw) the trip started with a briefing at the Penang International Airport by ISDEV Director, Professor Muhammad Syukri Salleh who reminded the members to specifically invocate (niat) to Allah that the change of status of members to be a mussafir receives Allah’s blessings. In addition to the above as the journey is intended to train the intellectual, emotional and physical strength of each delegate, members were at all times to be mindful of the privileges and accolades and tests provided to a mussafiruun.
Throughout the trip, the delegates moved as a Jemaah (Congregation) of ISDEV. In ensuring that this united spirit of brotherhood remained steadfast during the trip, delegates were given a wake-up call at 4:30am every morning by the Royal Perintis Hotel staff in Medan. Delegates were supported and encouraged to perform the Subh prayer as a Jemaah which was immediately thereafter followed with a short morning Tazkirah delivered by one post graduate students of ISDEV at each session. The Maghrib and Isya prayers (usually in Jama’ takdim or Jama’ ta’khir) which were also performed congregationally saw the delegates being very attentive to the evening Tazkirah delivered at each session. As in the morning Tazkirah sessions, the evening sessions were also delivered in turns by ISDEV postgraduate students.
A brief itinery on the activities throughout the 7 days 6 nights trip are as follows:
1st day: Arrival at Polonia International Airport, Medan, Indonesia
Upon arrival at the Polonia International Airport, Medan, Indonesia delegates were immediately whisked away to Warong Solo for dinner where most members for the very first time had a taste of “Juice Poligami”. After dinner the delegates then proceeded to the official opening of the “Seminar Antarabangsa Pembangunan Berteraskan Islam Ke-2: Wakaf dan Pemberdayaan Ummah” held at Aula Asrama Haji Medan.
In front of Hotel Royal Perintis
2nd day: Seminar Antarabangsa Pembangunan Berteraskan Islam Ke-2: Wakaf dan Pemberdayaan Ummah
ISDEV delegates at the Waqf Seminar
3rd day : Journey to Lake Toba enroute Parapat
Barbequeing fresh fishes from Lake Toba
4th day : A day at Samosir Island and back to Medan city
Unboarding the boat from Samosir Island
5th day : Workshop Antarabangsa Pembangunan Berteraskan Islam Ke 2:Wakaf Dalam Berbagai Perspektif
Back to the intellectual realm, this time some delegates were seen to be cool, calm and collected admist their anxiety to present their working papers at the “Workshop Antarabangsa Pembangunan Berteraskan Islam Ke 2: Wakaf Dalam Berbagai Perspektif” held at Universitas Muhammadiyah Sumatera Utara. More than 20 papers on a wide range of topics centered on Wakaf (Islamic endowments) were presented by ISDEV members at the international workshop which was carried out in four concurrent sessions.
Prof Muhammad Syukri Salleh receiving a gift from the Rector
Some of the ISDEV participants of the Workshop
6th day : PhD Proposal Presentations
7th day: Last minute shopping and home sweet home
Since the flight back to Malaysia was in the evening, delegates were given time in the morning to continue with their free and easy activities in the morning. Delegates were feasted to a farewell lunch at one of ISDEV postgraduate students’ house, Datuk Chairil Anwar, in the heart of Medan before leaving for the “Bandara”.
Alhamdulillah delegates ended their musafiruun status when the flight they boarded touched down at Penang International Airport just before 8:00pm.