Monday, March 28, 2011


The backdrop of the Night, themed Ruhbanun fil Lail, Wa Fursanun fin Nahar

In memory of the recent ISDEV Graduation Night 2011, which meant to celebrate the completion of the study of 23 ISDEV graduates (20 ISDEV Master Mixed-Mode and 2 PhD and 1 Master Research-Mode), here are some photographs taken during the Night.

Table 1 with some of the food

MISDEV10 Juniza, Aisyah and Shahirah: three of the Organizing Committee Members of the Night

Some of family members of graduating Tuan Azura (standing right)

Dean of the School of Social Sciences Associate Professor Dr Ismail Baba giving a welcoming speech

Dr Ahmad Azrin Adnan (left), one of PhD graduates who won ISDEV Excellent Thesis Award 2011, receiving the Award from the Dean of the School of Social Sciences (middle), witnessing by ISDEV Director Professor Muhammad Syukri Salleh (right)

ISDEV Master Mixed-Mode Khairul Faizi (left), one of six Master Mixed-Mode graduates who won ISDEV Excellent Dissertation Award 2011, receiving the Award from ISDEV Director (right)

Some of the graduating ISDEV graduates with the Dean and lecturers

Sunday, March 27, 2011


ISDEV Deputy Director Dr Fadzila Azni Ahmad (2nd left) during ISDEV Graduation Night 2011 with MISDEV09 graduates - (l-r: Lenny, Azrin and Shafiza who have successfully completed their Master degree

On 18 March 2011, ISDEV celebrated the success of its graduates in an annual ISDEV Graduate Night 2011. A total of around 150 ISDEV fraternity, consisting of the graduates who received their degrees at USM March's convocation the next day, their families, on-going graduate students, as well as ISDEV academic staff and families, were there.

ISDEV is proud to have two PhD and one Master by Research students, plus 20 Master Mixed-Mode students that have succeeded in their studies, hence the celebration. The two PhD students, Dr Ahmad Azrin Adnan and Dr Muhammad Tahir, were unanimously agreed by their examiners to be nominated for USM Best Thesis Award (Pure Arts), while another 6 Master Mixed-Mode students, viz. Shafiza Shaari, Inke Kesumawati Adnan, Abdullah Fahimy Abu Bakar, Siti Syuhada Mohamad, Khairul Faizi Mohd Rafie and Lenny Luat have been acknowledged by their examiners to have written excellent Master Dissertations.

During the Night, ISDEV appreciated the high achievement of these graduates by awarding ISDEV Excellent Thesis Award to the two PhD graduates and ISDEV Excellent Dissertation Award to the six Master Mixed-Mode graduates. The former was given away by the Dean of the School of Social Sciences Associate Professor Dr Ismail Baba while the latter by ISDEV Director Professor Muhammad Syukri Salleh.

ISDEV graduates and family members having dinner during the Graduation Night

Mohd Syakir and Anwar entertaining the guests with nashid performance

The Dean of the School of Social Sciences (middle) Associate Professor Dr Ismail Baba presenting ISDEV Excellent Thesis Award to Muhammad Tahir, watched by ISDEV Director Professor Muhammad Syukri Salleh (right)

L-R: Dr Muhammad Tahir and Dr Ahmad Azrin Adnan who won ISDEV Excellent Thesis Award 2011

Ekarat Sitisan who has successfully completed his Master degree


And [they are] those who do not testify to falsehood, and when they pass near ill speech, they pass by with dignity [al-Furqan, 25:72].

Sunday, March 20, 2011


ISDEV fraternity on their arrival at the International Polonia Airport in Medan, Indonesia, on 11 March 2011, performing thankful prayer for their safe journey and stay

During the seven-days trip to Medan, from 11 to 17 March 2011, five targeted missions of 43 ISDEV fraternity were accomplished. The missions were firstly, the signing of Memorandum of Cooperation between ISDEV and Universitas Muhammadiyah Sumatera Utara (UMSU); secondly, the International Seminar on the Islamic Management Applications; thirdly, the intellectual expedition to Lake Toba and Samosir Island; fourthly, the launching of Journal of Islamic Development Politics (JISDEV); and fifthly, the 4th International Workshop on Islamic-Based Development (WAPI4).

Signing of Memorandum of Cooperation by Director of ISDEV Prof Muhammad Syukri Salleh and Rector of UMSU Drs Agussani M.AP. For the last four years, ISDEV and UMSU have been cooperating annually in various activities, especially in the organisations of international conferences, public academic lectures, pursuance of graduate studies and appointment of Visiting Professorship.

ISDEV fraternity at the International Seminar on Islamic Management Applications, 12 March 2011. In this Seminar, ISDEV Director Professor Muhammad Syukri Salleh, ISDEV Deputy Director Dr Fadzila Azni Ahmad, and ISDEV Management Committee Member Dr Zakaria Bahari presented their respective papers related to Islamic management. Other presenters were Affandy of UMSU, Delyuzar Syamsi of Bank Muamalat Jakarta, and Professor H.M.S. Idrus of the University of Brawijaya, Malang.

Parts of the participants of the Seminar

A dinner hosted by ISDEV PhD candidate in Medan, Ali Mukti. It seems to be a tradition that lunches and dinners were hosted by members of ISDEV Graduate Students Association in Medan. Amongst them this time were Hasrita, followed by Datuk Chairil Anwar, Azuar, Heri Kusmanto, Kasyful Mahalli, and Suhrawardi Lubis.

As usual, listening to tazkirah after fajr congregational prayer at Royal Perintis Hotel, ISDEV accommodation in Medan.

ISDEV Alumni Dr Sukiman of Medan Institut Agama Islam Negeri (IAIN) delivering a lecture in the bus, during the journey to Lake Toba, Prapat. Dr Sukiman has just completed a draft of his book entitled Islamic Education Model - A Learning Experience at ISDEV, Universiti Sains Malaysia, expected to be published this year.

An ad hoc `nashid concert' by Anwar Rosli (left) and Mohd Syakir (right) after a dinner at Wisma Wisata Bahari, where ISDEV fraternity stayed in Prapat. Also presenting religious songs/poems at this `concert' were Dr Sukiman, Datuk Chairil Anwar, Ridzuan and Muhammad Taha Omar.

ISDEV PhD candidate from Aceh, Ridzuan, presenting a song entitled Tuhan (God), in the bus during the journey back to Medan from Lake Toba.

The Journal of Islamic Development Politics (JISDEV) that has been launched by ISDEV Director Professor Muhammad Syukri Salleh at the 4th International Workshop on Islamic-Based Development (WAPI4) on 15 March 2011. JISDEV is co-published by ISDEV, the Graduate Programme of Universitas Medan Area and the Centre for Islamic Political Development (CISDEV) of Universitas Sumatera Utara. Potential contributors and interested subscribers could get in touch with its Editor-in-Chiefs, Dr Fadzila Azni Ahmad at or Heri Kusmanto at or with its Executive Editor Warjio at

Professor Muhammad Syukri Salleh, Dr Zakaria Bahari and Dr Zahri Hamat at the 4th International Workshop on Islamic-Based Development (WAPI4). In this Workshop, Professor Muhammad Syukri Salleh delivered a keynote address on The Direction of Islamic-Based Development: Strengthening Islamic or Conventional Systems, while all other ISDEV fraternity presented their papers, based on their research for Master or Doctoral degrees, totalling nearly 40 papers altogether


Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah's Apostle (salallahu 'alaihi wassalam) said, "Allah said, 'I will declare war against him who shows hostility to a pious worshipper of Mine. And the most beloved things with which My slave comes nearer to Me, is what I have enjoined upon him; and My slave keeps on coming closer to Me through performing Nawafil (praying or doing extra deeds besides what is obligatory) till I love him, so I become his sense of hearing with which he hears, and his sense of sight with which he sees, and his hand with which he grips, and his leg with which he walks; and if he asks Me, I will give him, and if he asks My protection (Refuge), I will protect him; (i.e. give him My Refuge) and I do not hesitate to do anything as I hesitate to take the soul of the believer, for he hates death, and I hate to disappoint him." [Hadith from the Translation of Sahih Muslim,Volume 8, Book 76: To make the Heart Tender (Ar-Riqaq), Number 509].

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


A total of 43 ISDEV fraternity, consisting of lecturers, post-doctoral fellow and graduate students are set to fly to Medan, Indonesia on Friday 11 March 2011. The missions abroad this time are to participate in two international seminars co-organised by ISDEV and Universitas Muhammadiyah Sumatera Utara (UMSU) and embark on an intellectual expedition to Lake Toba (Prapat) organised by ISDEV Graduate Students Association in Medan. All the activities take 7 days, necessitating them to be in Indonesia until 17 March.

Backdrop of the 2010 International Seminar on The Dakwah Role of Higher Learning Institutions: Model, Application and Prospects

The first International Seminar to be held on 12 March at UMSU is on Islamic Management Application while the second to be held on 15 March at the same venue is on Islamic-Based Development (WAPI-4). A total of 42 papers will be presented by the ISDEV entourage from Penang, apart from by paper presenters from among the members of ISDEV Graduate Students in Medan and other outsiders.

The International Seminars and intellectual expedition are actually ISDEV annual exercises. This year is the fourth year of such an exercise. Photos in this posting are those of the last year's exercise.

ISDEV is praying that its fraternity to Medan this year would benefit the most as the previous years, and more important would be blessed, helped and protected by Allah SWT.

ISDEV fraternity presenting their papers
Parts of the participants of last year's WAPI-3 2010

As usual, congregational prayer wherever they are

2010 Intellectual expedition to Samosi Island, Prapat

Sunday, March 6, 2011


So do not weaken and do not grieve, and you will be superior if you are (true) believers [Aali'Imraan, 3: 139].

Thursday, March 3, 2011


On 22 February 2011, 34 ISDEV entourage visited the Faculty of Economics and Muamalat (FEM) and the Islamic Finance and Management Institute (IFWMI) of the Islamic Science University Malaysia (USIM) in Bandar Baru Nilai, Negeri Sembilan. While establishing institutional networking, they held a half-day intellectual discourse.

It began with two ISDEV PhD students presenting a paper each. Mohd Shukri Hanapi talked on Graduate Researches at ISDEV while Warjio talked on Graduate Supervision at ISDEV. It was followed by another two presentatations by IFWMI PhD students. Supiah Salleh talked on her research on Shari`ah Audit and Wan Khadijah Wan Mohd Nasir on Halal Traceability of the Halal Products respectively.

Mohd Shukri Hanapi presenting his paper. On his left is Warjio.

The occasion ended with a conclusive presentation by AssociateProfessor Dr Kalsum Ahmad of FEM on Instrumention in Research Methodology.

Earlier, ISDEV entourage were received by the Dean of the FEM Dr Asmaddy Haris and the Director of IFWMI Dr Zurina Shafii as well as their staff and graduate students.

FEM Dean Dr Asmaddy Haris (left) with ISDEV Director Prof Muhammad Syukri Salleh