Wednesday, June 23, 2010


ISDEV Acting Director Dr Fadzila Azni Ahmad who was away from 1st May, 2010 as a Visiting Researcher at the Islamic Research and Training Institute (IRTI) of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is finally back on 16th May 2010.

Upon her return she had briefed ISDEV members of the positive aspects that awed her, during her two weeks’ stay, pertaining to the work ethics and daily lives of the people in the sacred land. She recounted that in IRTI the staff’s time management was most notable as they were very much immersed in their work from 8:00am to 4:00pm - resting only for the daily prayers of Zuhr and Asr and of course lunch. There was no such thing as a morning break or tea break.

As to the obligatory prayers’ time of Zuhr and Asr the whole building becomes a musolla. Once the adhan is heard the staff irregardless of where they were would spread the prayer’s rug and perform the solat almost immediately. Usually the solat is performed congregationally. This sight in fact is not confined to within the building of IDB but also to that throughout the sacred land. Walkways and the car parking area, or any other open area for that matter becomes the make-shift place for congregational prayer.

Another trait that should be emulated by the ISDEV fraternity is the tradition of giving salam to everyone and anyone. They really practised the sunnah of Rasulullah salallahu ‘alaihi wassalam as she recalled having to greet the salaam of almost everyone she met whilst conducting her research there.

Dr Fadzila Azni hoped that these positive traits she had shared with ISDEV members can be emulated and be part and parcel of ISDEV’s working culture.

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