Sunday, July 31, 2011

A NAS A WEEK - 1 RAMADHAN 1432H

O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous [al-Baqarah, 2: 183].

Saturday, July 23, 2011

A NAS A WEEK - 24 SHA'ABAN 1432H

Abu Huraira (radhi Allahu 'anhu) reported Allah's Messenger (salallahu 'alaihi wassalam) as saying: Do not observe fast for a day, or two days ahead of Ramadan except a person who is in the habit of observing a particular fast; he may fast on that day. [Hadith from the Translation of Sahih Muslim, Book 6: The Book of Fasting (Kitab Al-Sawm), Chapter 3: Do Not Fast for a Day or Two Days Ahead of Ramadhan, Number 2382].

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

AMALAN `BONCENGAN GRATIS' DALAM DUNIA AKADEMIK


Oleh MOHD SHUKRI HANAPI

PENULIS ialah Felo Rancangan Latihan Kakitangan Akademik (RLKA) ISDEV, Universiti Sains Malaysia

SELAIN amalan plagiarisme, terdapat satu lagi amalan yang dikatakan semakin berleluasa dalam dunia akademik pada masa kini, iaitu boncengan gratis. Masalah inilah sebenarnya yang cuba dibincangkan oleh Profesor Dr. Muhammad Syukri Salleh dalam artikelnya Sindrom 'Boncengan Gratis' Dalam Dunia Akademik yang disiarkan oleh Utusan Malaysia baru-baru inI [http://www.utusan.com.my/utusan/info.asp?y=2011&dt=0704&pub=utusan_malaysia&sec=Rencana&pg=re_08.htm&arc=hive].

Ia merupakan satu isu 'dalaman' dalam dunia akademik yang amat penting diberi perhatian oleh ahli-ahli akademik dan para pelajar. Berdasarkan apa yang telah dibincangkan oleh Profesor Dr. Muhammad Syukri Salleh itu, dapatlah dirumuskan lima faktor utama yang mendorong kepada berleluasanya amalan boncengan gratis dalam dunia akademik ketika ini. Faktor-faktor tersebut ialah Pertama, meletakkan nama penyelia atas permintaan mereka. Berhubung hal ini, ada segelintir ahli akademik yang dipertanggungjawabkan sebagai penyelia kepada seseorang pelajar, meminta pelajar seliaannya itu memasukkan namanya sebagai penulis bersama dalam sebarang penulisan akademik yang dihasilkan.

Tidak kiralah sama ada penulisan akademik itu berbentuk kertas kerja seminar, atau artikel jurnal atau buku yang dihasilkan dari tesis, asalkan ada kaitan dengan seliaannya sahaja terus diminta dimasukkan nama. Alasan yang diberikan ialah perlu meletakkan nama penyelia kerana dia telah menyumbang idea dan membimbing pelajar sehingga dapat menyiapkan penyelidikan.

Kedua, meletakkan nama penyelia sebagai penghargaan seseorang pelajar terhadap sumbangan yang diberikan oleh penyelianya. Dalam hal ini pula, ada segelintir pelajar yang rasa amat terhutang budi kepada penyelianya kerana mereka banyak menyumbang idea, membimbing, memberi tunjuk ajar, menyemak hasil penulisan akademik sehingga berjaya menyiapkan penyelidikan, artikel jurnal, kertas kerja dan sebagainya.

Bagi golongan pelajar ini, mereka merasa 'amat bersalah' jika tidak memasukkan nama penyelia sebagai penulis bersama dalam penulisan akademik yang dihasilkan, walau pun penyelianya itu tidak pernah meminta pun mereka berbuat demikian.

Ketiga, wujud penulis-penulis yang berpakat untuk bertukar-tukar meletakkan nama masing-masing dalam sesebuah hasil penulisan akademik yang mereka tulis. Hal ini boleh terjadi dalam tiga keadaan. Pertama, sesama ahli akademik. Kedua, sesama pelajar. Ketiga, antara seseorang akademik (lazimnya penyelia) dengan pelajarnya.

Sebagai contoh, Si A, B dan C masing-masing menulis kertas kerja untuk sesuatu seminar. Pada masa yang sama, mereka berhasrat untuk mencukupkan hasil penulisan akademik bagi tujuan-tujuan tertentu. Lalu mereka berpakat untuk menghasilkan dan membentangkan tiga kertas kerja dalam satu seminar.

Cara yang dilakukan itu boleh digambarkan sebegini. Si A menulis sebuah kertas kerja, pada masa yang sama dia meletakkan juga nama Si B dan C di bawah namanya. Dengan hanya menukarkan nama penulis pertama sahaja, Si A, B dan C masing-masing 'berjaya' menghasilkan dan membentangkan tiga buah kertas kerja dalam satu seminar. Jika diperhatikan, sekejap mereka menjadi penulis pertama, dan sekejap mereka menjadi pembonceng gratis.

Keempat, memasukkan nama seseorang rakan yang tidak memberi apa-apa pun sumbangan yang sepatutnya dengan alasan ingin membantunya. Sebagai contoh, Si A dan Si B telah berpakat untuk menulis sebuah artikel secara bersama untuk diterbitkan dalam sesebuah jurnal akademik. Sebaik sahaja artikel jurnal itu siap ditulis, tiba-tiba Si B meminta kebenaran Si A untuk memasukkan nama kawannya, iaitu Si C (pembonceng gratis) dengan alasan ingin membantu Si C yang masih belum cukup hasil penulisan dan penerbitan akademik. Sedangkan dalam hal ini Si C tidak memberi apa-apa sumbangan pun dan tidak tahu apa pun yang ditulis oleh rakan-rakannya.

Kelima, meletakkan nama seseorang rakannya yang lain kerana dia membiayai sepenuhnya kos untuk membentangkan sesebuah kertas kerja di sesuatu seminar. Membiayai kos pembentangan merupakan hal ehwal yang tidak melibatkan penulisan. Justeru, ini juga boleh dikatakan satu bentuk boncengan gratis. Dalam hal ini, boleh terjadi juga apabila seseorang yang telah menghasilkan sesebuah kertas kerja untuk dibentangkan dalam sesuatu seminar, tetapi atas sebab-sebab tertentu dia tidak dapat pergi membentangkan kertas kerjanya itu. Atas inisiatif lain, beliau meminta bantuan salah seorang dari rakannya untuk membentangkan kertas kerja tersebut. Rakannya pun itu menyatakan kesanggupan untuk membentang, tetapi dengan syarat perlu meletakkan namanya selaku penulis bersama terlebih dahulu walau pun tidak menyumbang apa jua bentuk penulisan pun.

Berdasarkan kepada kesemua faktor yang mendorong kepada berleluasanya amalan boncengan gratis di Malaysia pada ketika ini, dapatlah disimpulkan bahawa amalan boncengan gratis yang dibincangkan oleh Muhammad Syukri sebelum ini perlu diberi perhatian oleh ahli-ahli akademik dan ditangani dengan sebaik mungkin. Walau pun dalam boncengan gratis itu ada unsur 'reda' dari penulis pertama, ia tetap dianggap sebagai amalan yang tidak beretika dan berintegriti dalam dunia akademik. Dengan membiarkan amalan boncengan gratis ini berleluasa dalam dunia akademik, maka sudah pasti akan lahirlah ahli-ahli akademik dan pelajar-pelajar yang tidak beretika dan tidak berintegriti dalam menghasilkan sesebuah penulisan atau penerbitan akademik.

Monday, July 18, 2011

ISDEV LECTURERS APPOINTED AS VISITING PROFESSOR & FELLOWS BY INDONESIAN UNIVERSITIES

In the news: Announcing the programmes of ISDEV lecturers at one of the universities in Medan, Indonesia

Five ISDEV lecturers have been appointed by three universities in Medan as their Visiting Professor and Visiting Fellows, beginning 24 July 2011.

ISDEV Director Professor Muhammad Syukri Salleh has been appointed as a Visiting Professor at Universitas Sumatera Utara (USU), Universitas Medan Area (UMA) and Universitas Pembinaan Masyarakat Indonesia (UPMI), for a duration of between 6 to 12 months. Currently, he is also in his second term of his appointment as a Visiting Professor at Universitas Muhammadiyah Sumatera Utara (UMSU).

Apart from him, ISDEV Deputy Director Dr Fadzila Azni Ahmad and ISDEV Management Committee Member Dr Zahri Hamat have also been appointed as Visiting Fellows by Universitas Pembinaan Masyarakat Indonesia (UPMI) while ISDEV Management Committee Members Dr Mohamad Zaini Abu Bakar and Dr Zakaria Bahari have been appointed as Visiting Fellows by Universitas Medan Area (UMA).

In fulfilling the appointments, all of them will have their first trip to Medan during 24 until 29 July 2011. During the trip, Professor Syukri will talk on Heart-to-Heart Method in Teaching-Learning Process at UPMI and UMSU, on Islamic Rural Development Strategy at USU, and Opportunities and Challenges of Islamic-Based Development at UMA.

Dr Fadzila Azni Ahmad will deliver a lecture at UPMI on Heart Management in the Heart-to-Heart Learning-Teaching Method and Dr Zahri Hamat on Personal Experience in Realizing Heart-to-Heart Learning-Teaching Method. Both of them also will be involved in a discussion at UMSU on the Opportunities for Research Partnership.

Dr Mohammad Zaini Abu Bakar, who is currently already at UMA, will deal with conflict management while Dr Zakaria Bahari will be delivering a lecture on Islamic finance at UMA.

In between these programmes, there will also be collective and personal supervisions for all ISDEV graduate students in Medan, as well as a PhD proposal presentation by Al-Umry, entitled Wakaf Pokok Kelapa di Kabupaten Asahan, Sumatera Utara, Indonesia: Suatu Kajian Hukum dan Mekanisme Operasi (Tree Waqf in Kabupaten Asahan, Sumatera Utara, Indonesia: A Study on Laws and Operational Mechanaisms).

Sunday, July 17, 2011

KHENDURI DAN SOLAT HAJAT ISDEV

ISDEV akan mengadakan khenduri dan solat hajat seperti berikut:

Tarikh: 20 JULAI 2011 (RABU)
Tempat:
BILIK MESYUARAT C05 (ISDEV) & SURAU PPSK
Aturcara: 12.00 PM - 12.30 PM: UCAPAN PENGARAH

12.30 PM - 1.30 PM: MAKAN TENGAHARI
1.30 PM: SOLAT ZOHOR DAN SOLAT HAJAT

Tujuan Majlis:


1.
Meraikan kehadiran tiga orang staf baru ISDEV – Puan Hanim Noor, Puan Nor Shazila dan Tuan Haji Abd. Aziz Tahar

2.
Meraikan perkahwinan warga ISDEV – Puan Nor Hidayah Md Saad dan En. Meor Hezbullah

3.
Mengadakan majlis perpisahan untuk Puan Nor Hidayah Md Saad yang akan berpindah kerana mengikuti suaminya ke Sabah

4. Mendirikan solat hajat memohon Allah mengurniakan kesembuhan kepada warga ISDEV dan ahli keluarga warga ISDEV: Puan Nor Hidayah Md. Saad, Puan Norhayati Abdullah, Cik Wan Norhaniza Wan Hasan, Isteri Ust Mohd Shukri Hanapi dan Isteri En. Razali Othman.

Semua warga ISDEV dijemput hadhir.

A NAS A WEEK - 16 SHA'ABAN 1432H

The believers are but brothers, so make settlement between your brothers. And fear Allah that you may receive mercy [al-Hujurat, 49: 10].

Friday, July 15, 2011

ISDEV DEPUTY DIRECTOR IN THE NEWS

New Straits Times, 15 July 2011 (Friday)

Showing commitment to her research

Dr Fadzila Azni Ahmad knew that pursuing a postgraduate education would enhance her expertise in her research area and enable her to seek intellectual challenges

DR Fadzila Azni Ahmad is the Chairman of the Islamic Development Management Department and Deputy Director of the Centre for Islamic Development Management Studies (ISDEV). Her expertise includes Islamic Management, Islamic Development Management and Management of Islamic Institutions, which she had studied during her postgraduate years attaining a Masters of Economics (Islamic Economics) and a doctorate in Islamic Development Management, from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM).

Dr Fadzila came to know about USM at an education road show, after which she enrolled in the USM Science Matriculation course. Her postgraduate years at ISDEV have proved to be crucial in her career advancement.

There she had her fundamental training in writing academic articles, conducting research projects and lectures, and organising programmes.

Dr Fadzila notes, "A postgraduate qualification ' is, important as it indicates commitment and expertise in your research area."

"I decided to pursue further studies to enhance my expertise in my research area, skills in research and writing and seek intellectual challenges," shares Dr Fadzila.

She completed her master's and doctorate in USM as it was the only university which offered the Islamic Development Management field at the postgraduate level. The programme was tailored to train experts in the field of Islamic Management.

Postgraduate students involved in ISDEV research projects as research officers, present papers in workshops organized by ISDEV, conduct lectures on their research topics as well as organise academic programmes.

By the time she graduated, Dr Fadzila had drawn an impressive resume, having been awarded the IDMP-Malacca State Award, the 2008 USM Persada Kencana Best PhD Thesis Award and the 2009 Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd Yassin Best PhD Thesis Award.

She had also accrued 10 years of research experience and eight years of teaching various university courses.

Dr Fadzila's area of study covered the Management of Islamic Development Institutions which focused on the management methods applied by the Islamic Development Institutions from the Islamic worldview, epistemology, and ontology perspectives.

Because of this she is able to relate her postgraduate knowledge and experience with her current work as the Chairman of Islamic Development Management Studies, where she is much involved in organising postgraduate programmes offered in the department.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

FAREWELL TO ISDEV’S POST DOCTORAL FELLOWS


Farewell cake Dr Masakaree Ardae (Thailand) and Dr Esharat Hussin Basri (Pakaistan)

The ISDEV fraternity congregated for the Monthly Graduate Supervision at 9:30am on a beautiful Friday, 17 June, 2011 morning. They were there to attentively listen to the talk given by, ISDEV Deputy Director, Dr Fadzila Azni Ahmad on “OBJEKTIF KAJIAN DAN HUBUNGANNYA DENGAN PERNYATAAN MASALAH DAN PERSOALAN KAJIAN” (Research Objectives and its Relations to the Problem Statement and Research Questions).

However this monthly affair for the month of June ends with a sweet tasting bud for all those present. An enormous 2kg farewell cake had been specially ordered for the farewell ceremony that ensued immediately after the supervision. It was time for ISDEV to bid goodbye to Dr. Eshrat Hussin Basri and Dr. Masakaree Ardae.

Dr. Basri gave his parting words to the ISDEV fraternity with a promise that he intends to write a book of his memoirs in Malaysia after spending time in this country for a year. He also hoped that the ukhuwwah developed can be further strengthened and expanded upon his return on 19 June, 2011 to his home country in Pakistan.

Dr Esharat Husin Basri giving his farewell speech

Dr Masakaree Ardae aka Dr Nik Wan Muhammad Syukri

In the meantime Dr. Masakaree Ardae was unfortunately unable to attend the ceremony as he had to attend the funeral of his wife’s maternal aunt in Thailand. However Dr. Ardae whose post doctoral fellowship at ISDEV lasted for two terms will definitely be missed by those who are close and dear to him especially the team at Anjung ISDEV. His tenure as a Post Doctoral Fellow ends on 23 June, 2011.

Goodbye and all the best to Dr. Basri and Dr. Ardae.

Dr Fadzila Azni Ahmad during her lecture

Saturday, July 9, 2011

A NAS A WEEK - 9 SHA'BAN 1432H

Ibn Umar (radhiallahu 'anhu) reported that whenever Allah's Messenger (salallahu 'alaihi wassalam) mounted his camel while setting out on a journey, he glorified Allah (uttered Allah-o-Akbar) thrice, and then said: Hallowed is He Who subdued for us this (ride) and we were not ourselves powerful enough to use It as a ride, and we are going to return to our Lord. O Allah, we seek virtue and piety from Thee in this journey of ours and the act which pleaseth Thee. O Allah, lighten this journey of ours, and make its distance easy for us. O Allah, Thou art (our) companion during the journey, and guardian of (our) family. O Allah, I seek refuge with Thee from hardships of the journey, gloominess of the sights, and finding of evil changes in property and family on return. And he (the Holy Prophet) uttered (these words), and made this addition to them: We are returning, repentant, worshipping our Lord. and praising Him [Hadith from Translation of Sahih Muslim, Book 7: The Book of Pilgrimage (Kitab al-Hajj), Chapter 73: What is to be Uttered When One Sets Out For Hajj or Any Other Journey, Number 3113].

Sunday, July 3, 2011

A NAS A WEEK - 2 SHA'BAN 1432H

Allah does not charge a soul except (with that within) its capacity. It will have (the consequence of) what (good) it has gained, and it will bear (the consequence of) what (evil) it has earned. "Our Lord, do not impose blame upon us if we have forgotten or erred. Our Lord, and lay not upon us a burden like that which You laid upon those before us. Our Lord, and burden us not with that which we have no ability to bear. And pardon us; and forgive us; and have mercy upon us. You are our protector, so give us victory over the disbelieving people" [al-Baqarah, 2: 286].