Tuesday, March 31, 2009

ISDEV POST-DOCTORAL FELLOW WINS PRESTIGIOUS AWARD

With reference to Associated Press of Pakistan dated 14th February 2009, Dr. Abdul Hameed Khan Abbasi (pic), ISDEV Post-Doctoral Fellow has been conferred the prestigious Presidential Award for Academic Distinction named Izaz-i-fazeelat for the year 2008 by the President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan on Jan 27, 2009.

The award was conferred on Dr. Abdul Hameed for his outstanding contribution in producing most excellent quality text-books. His text-books have been recognized as the Best Text-Books on the national level in Pakistan. Dr Abdul Hameed Khan (Abbasi) is an Assistant Professor (BPS-19) at the Department of Quran & Tafseer, Faculty of Arabic and Islamic Studies, at the Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad, Pakistan.

These eight award-winning text-books, all written in Urdu, have the following titles:


1. Talkees-w-Tasheel Alfauz Alkabeer Fi Usul Altafseer
2. Principles and History of Tafseer
3. Research Methodology
4. Sciences of Tafseer and its Evaluation
5. Textual Study of the Holy Quran
6. Study of Quran-e-Hakeem (Surah Ibraheem, Surah Yousuf and Surah Rahad)
7. Study of Quran-e-Hakeedm (Surah Younas, Surah Hood, Surah Yousuf, Surah Rahad and Surah Ibraheem)
8. Study of Quran-e-Hakeedm (30th part of Quran)

Dr. Abdul Hameed started his Post-Doctoral Fellowship at ISDEV on 18th September 2008. He is currently busy with his Post-Doctoral Fellow research on “Contemporary Methodologies in Tafseer” under the supervision of ISDEV Director, Professor Muhammad Syukri Salleh.

Within this span of time, Dr. Abdul Hameed has produced three articles as follows:


1. Mowatta Imam Malik an Muwatta Imam Muhammad: Introduction and Methodology (in Urdu)
2. Tafseer: Its Origin, Importance and Sources (in English)
3. The Method of Al-Quran Al-Hakeem in the Solution of Conflicts between Husband and Wife (in Arabic)

He also presents regular seminar series on Quranic Arabic for the benefit of university community besides attending the other seminars series and programs of ISDEV regularly.

Congratulations Dr. Abdul Hameed! May Allah be pleased with your efforts. Ameen.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

A NAS A WEEK - 3 RABI'UL AKHIR 1430

Those who witness no falsehood and, if they pass by futility, they pass by it with honourable (avoidance) [al-Furqaan, 25:72].

Sunday, March 22, 2009

A NAS A WEEK - 26 RABI'UL AWWAL 1430

Narrated Ibn Abbas: Allah's Apostle used to say at the time of difficulty, "None has the right to be worshipped but Allah, the Majestic, the Most Forbearing. None has the right to be worshipped but Allah, the Lord of the Tremendous Throne. None has the right to be worshipped but Allah, the Lord of the Heavens and the Lord of the Honourable Throne [Hadith from Sahih Bukhari, Book No. 93: Oneness, Uniqueness of Allah(Tawheed), Hadith No. 526].

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

DR FADZILA AZNI AHMAD WON BEST PHD THESIS AWARD

Dr Fadzila Azni (left) receiving the Award from Prof Roshada Hashim, the Dean of Institute of Graduate Studies
The Malam Persada Kencana organized by the Institute of Graduate Studies, which was held on 19 December, 2008 proved to be yet another milestone for members of ISDEV. On the said historic night, our beloved member, Dr Fadzila Azni binti Ahmad represented postgraduate student at the PhD level for the School of Social Sciences to receive the Best PhD Thesis Award (Anugerah Tesis PhD Terbaik) for the Pure Arts Cluster. In honour of her achievement, Dr Fadzila Azni (or Dr Sukainah as she is affectionately known) was presented with RM1,000 cash, a certificate and a plaque from Universiti Sains Malaysia on that momentous occasion.
The title of Dr Fadzila Azni's thesis is Management Methods of Islamic Development Institutions in Malaysia.


The Plague

The Certificate

The Cheque

The dinner gala held at The Gurney Hotel & Resort, Penang was organized to celebrate and commemorate winners of USM postgraduate students (Masters and PhD Levels) in their various fields of studies. Besides the Best Thesis Award (Anugerah Tesis Terbaik), the night witnessed recipients in the following categories: Best Research Award (Anugerah Penyelidikan Terbaik), Sanggar Sanjung Award - Research Product Category (Anugerah Sanggar Sanjung - Kategori Produk Penyelidikan), Sanggar Sanjung Award - Publication Category (Journal) (Anugerah Sanggar Sanjung - Kategori Penerbitan (Jurnal) and the prestigious Vice-Chancellor Award 2008 (Anugerah Naib Canselor 2008) receiving their awards.

Congratulations Dr Fadzila Azni! May Allah be pleased with her efforts. Ameen.

Dr Fadzila (right) with other winners

Monday, March 16, 2009

A FAREWELL TO ISDEV FIRST POST-DOCTORAL FELLOW DR MUHAMMAD ABDULLAH

A farewell cake for Dr Muhammad Abdullah

March, 2009 represented a sad time for Dr Muhammad Abdullah, who hails from the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. It signified the end of his one year tenure as the Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at ISDEV. Dr Muhammad Abdullah commenced his Post Doctoral Research Fellowship on 21 March, 2008 at ISDEV under the supervision of ISDEV Director, Professor Muhammad Syukri Salleh.

Dr Muhammad Abdullah assigned topic was on “Hadith Methodology and Sciences” which has immense importance in the field of Islamic Studies. He shared his findings on the said topic with fellow members of ISDEV through a 10 series of monthly seminar. Amongst the papers presented at the monthly seminars were as follows: ”The necessity of Hadith”, “Collection and Compilation of Hadith”, “Classification of Hadith”, “Introduction to Hadith Literature/Traditionists”, and “Authenticity of Hadith”. These papers will be compiled and there are plans to publish these findings in the near future. InshaAllah with the publication of these papers, access to “Hadith Methodology and Sciences” will be easily accessible to all.

Dr Muhammad Abdullah submitted his writitngs on Hadith Methodology and Sciences to his supervisor-cum-ISDEV Director Professor Muhammad Syukri Salleh

In addition to the above, Dr Abdullah also conducted an introductory research work on the title "The Doubts of Orientalists on the Authenticity of Hadith and Its Impacts on the Movement of Negation of Hadith in the Sub-Continents". It was an infinite work on Hadith scholarship in the Sub-Continent and will take considerable time for its completion.

Besides being a dedicated scholar on his topic of research and an enthusiastic academician, Dr Muhammad Abdullah, who was granted the Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, is also an accomplished poet. He managed to enthrall and emotionally move fellow members of ISDEV with his poetry recital which was passionately recited in the Urdu language.

He will definitely be missed by those who are close and dear to him at ISDEV. To Dr Muhammad Abdullah, “Terima Kasih dan Selamat Jalan”. May we meet again to continue with our cause in increasing our understanding of Islam.

Last memorial photo of some ISDEV members with Dr Abdullah before his departure

Sunday, March 15, 2009

A NAS A WEEK - 19 RABI'UL AWWAL 1430H

Ye have indeed in the Messenger of Allah a beautiful pattern (of conduct) for any one whose hope is in Allah and the Final Day, and who engages much in the praise of Allah [al-Ahzaab, 33: 21].

Sunday, March 8, 2009

A NAS A WEEK - 12 RABI'UL AWWAL 1430H

Narrated 'Abdullah bin 'Amr: The Prophet said, "Convey (my teachings) to the people even if it were a single sentence..." [Hadith from Sahih Bukhari, Book No. 56: Virtues and Merits of the Prophet (pbuh) and his Companions, Hadith No. 667].

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Sunday, March 1, 2009

A NAS A WEEK - 5 RABI'UL AWWAL 1430H

O ye who believe! If ye will aid (the cause of) Allah, He will aid you, and plant your feet firmly [Muhammad, 47: 7].