Thursday, December 27, 2012


Picture For Keeps - the lovable children of Ban Nua
18 Dis - MISDEV'12 successfully  organized an academic cum friendship trip to Ban Nua, Thailand from the  7th until 9th December, 2012. 40 delegates from ISDEV consisting of ISDEV Director, Professor Muhammad Syukri Salleh, lectures as well as students joined in this programme. This academic visit also serves as cordial gesture of a return visit of the 90 delegates strong entourage from Ban Nua Thailand, led by Dr Tobrani,  who visited ISDEV on the 23rd October 2012.

Officiating the Programme - Dr Tobrani welcoming ISDEV delegates 
Officiating the Programme - the affable Prof Muhammad Syukri Salleh 
As a request from Dr. Tobrani, the programme was packed with useful activities such as a "Cleanliness Campaign" among Ban Nua school children, a nasyeed teaching session focused on Asma Ul Husna and Salawatreorganizing the Mini Library of the Ban Nua community as well as an IT session with focus on "Excel" dedicated for the Ban Nua's zakat managers.

Part of the cleanliness program - teeth brushing sessions

Reorganizing the mini library
Teaching session of the nasyeed on Asma ul Husna  
An Excel Workshop in session 
There was also a friendly football match between ISDEV brothers with Wailalak University students as one team playing against the Ban Nua community team. The ISDEV-Wailalak University team won the match on penalties after extra time. 

Ustz Shahir (ISDEV) seconds before scoring the goal for the ISDEV-Walailak Team

A Great Game - The football team from ISDEV with Walailak University and Ban Nua  players
There was a distinct uniqueness in Ban Nua. First ISDEV delegates learned from the trip hands-on on what  Islamic development from the grassroots is in reality. Second they also learned what is meant by knowledge management by upholding the simple rule of "Perform the solat and pay the zakat”. Third the importance of the masjid  as a centre of administration. Fourth was on how zakat is effectively used to help the poor and fifth was the sacrifice made by the villagers of Ban Nua in building the masjid.

At the Floating Market
The self-sustaining Ban Nua community living amid a non-Muslim majority country is a true walk-the-talk inspiration to all ISDEV members.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

A NAS A WEEK - 11 SAFAR 1434

Suhaib reported that Allah's Messenger (salallahu 'alaihi wassalam) said: Strange are the ways of a believer for there is good in every affair of his and this is not the case with anyone else except in the case of a believer for if he has an occasion to feel delight, he thanks (Allah), thus there is a good for him in it, and if he gets into trouble and shows resignation (and endures it patiently), there is a good for him in it [Hadith from the Translation of Sahih Muslim, Book 42: Kitab Al-Zuhd Wa Al-Raqa'iq (Book Pertaining To Piety And Softening Of Hearts), Chapter 14: Every Act Of A Believer Is A Blessing For Him, Number 7138].  


Sunday, December 16, 2012


And lower your wing to those who follow you of the believers [al-Shu'ara', 26:215].

Sunday, December 9, 2012


A cross sectional view of  ISDEV fraternity at C06

28 Nov - This month's ISDEV Monthly Supervision was held at the School of Social Sciences Conference Room (C06), USM. The room was packed with more than 70 students, which included RISDEV, MISDEV '11 and  MISDEV'12 as well as ISDEV lecturers attending the supervision.

ISDEV Director, Professor Muhamamd Syukri Salleh (right)
delivering his Tazkirah
The opening slide to Prof. Syukri's Tazkirah

The program started off with the customary Tazkirah session which is a continuity on the series of 'The ISDEV Director Tazkirah' given by ISDEV Director, Professor Muhammad Syukri Salleh. The Tazkirah is the second in series in which Prof. Syukri reminded ISDEV fraternity this time about the tribulations that ISDEV had to overcome for the present Centre for Islamic Development Management Studies (ISDEV) to be established.

A prospective student of ISDEV (centre):  Experiencing life as a student 

The second session then continued with a lecture by Dr. Mohd Shukri Hanapi on "Sumber Penyelidikan Daripada Al-Qur'an dan Hadith: Kaedah Pencarian, Penggunaan dan Rujukan" (Research Sources from The Qur'an and the Hadith: Research, Usage and Reference Methods).

Ustaz Dr Shukri (left) stressing a point during his lecture

Dr. Shukri 's lecture consisted of three main matters but due to time constraints only two matters were covered that day.The first was a general guide on the authentic books and websites used in searching for verses from the Qur'an and Hadith of the Prophet Muhammad SAW. The second was on the usage of the verse from the Quran and Hadith as a point to support one's statement or discussion in one's research.

Online Books on Quran and Hadith that can be referred to by ISDEV students

The third which was on how to refer to the verses of the Qur'an and Hadith and the style of referencing of the verses of the Qur'an and Hadith used will be covered in the next monthly graduate supervision.

As usual ISDEV members took the opportunity to clarify their doubts on the topic and checked with Dr.Shukri on how to ensure the verses and hadith they had identified could help them in their researches.


Usair b. Jabir reported that a delegation from Kufa came to 'Umar and there was a person amongst them who jeered at Uwais. Thereupon Umar said: Is there amongst us one from Qaran? That person came and Umar said: Verily Allah's Messenger (salallahu 'alaihi wassalam) has said: There would come to you a person from Yemen who would be called Uwais and he would leave none in Yemen (behind him) except his mother, and he would have the whiteness (due to leprosy) and he supplicated Allah and it was cured except for the size of a dinar or dirham. He who amongst you meets him should ask him to supplicate for forgiveness (from Allah) for you [Hadith from the Translation of Sahih Muslim, Book 31: Kitab Al-Fada'il Al-Sahabah (Book Pertaining To The Merits Of The Companions (radhi Allahu 'anhu) Of The Holy Prophet (salallahu 'alaihi wassalam), Chapter 55: The Merits Of Uwais Qarani (radhi Allahu 'anhu), Hadith Number: 6170

Thursday, December 6, 2012


Presenters and Participants of the 3rd RUT Workshop

28 Nov-  With the cooperation of all RUT secretariats, the 3rd ISDEV Research University Team (RUT) Workshop was successfully held. The workshop was held for two days from 21 until 22 November 2012 at the School of Social Sciences Conference Room (C06), University Sains Malaysia.

In action - Wan Nurhaneeza presenting her research paper
Ustaz Fakhruddin posing a question to one of the presenters

A total of 26 papers were presented by the 20-strong RUT team members and Fellows of ISDEV Academic Staff Training Scheme (ASTS). These papers contained the development for the past six months of their research and findings and signified the ongoing researches and progress made since the 2nd RUT Workshop held in May 2012.

Professor Muhammad Syukri Salleh, ISDEV Director, chairing the workshop
The research on 'Islamic-based Development' led by ISDEV Director Professor Muhammad Syukri Salleh, contained 5 projects, which are:
(1) The Politics of Islamic Development Strategies
(2) The Construction of the Mould and Index of Islamic-based Development
(3) Ethics and Monitoring System in Human Management
(4) Corporate Social Responsibility of Islamic Banks
(5) The Application of Waqf Istibdal in Development

Dr Jasni (left) discussing his research with Prof Muhammad Syukri Salleh

Part of the RUT team members

The research team consists also of members from Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM), Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA), Universitas Sumatera Utara (USU), Universitas Medan Area (UMA) and Institut Agama Islam Negeri Sumatera Utara ( IAN SU).

ISDEV sisters in full concentration during the RUT Workshop

Queuing in line for lunch
All in all more than 50 participants, consisting mostly of ISDEV lecturers and students took part in the two-day workshop.

Monday, December 3, 2012


And Allah has made for you the earth an expanse [Nuh, 71:19].

Monday, November 26, 2012


Abu Huraira reported Allah's Messenger (salallahu 'alaihi wassalam) as saying: Avoid suspicion, for suspicion is the gravest lie in talk and do not be inquisitive about one another and do not spy upon one another and do not feel envy with the other, and nurse no malice, and nurse no aversion and hostility against one another. And be fellow-brothers and servants of Allah [Hadith from the Translation of Sahih Muslim, Book 32, Chapter 7, Hadith Number 6214].

Sunday, November 18, 2012


And We have enjoined upon man (care) for his parents. His mother carried him, (increasing her) in weakness upon weakness, and his weaning is in two years. Be grateful to Me and to your parents; to Me is the (final) destination [Luqman, 31:14].

Friday, November 16, 2012


A jubilant Ekawaty standing next to her supervisor,
Dr Zahari Hamat

8 Nov - The first day of November in the year 2012 will be such a memorable day for Marlina Ekawaty, ISDEV's PhD candidate. She had successfully defended her thesis entitled “Pengurusan Zakat di Kota Malang, Indonesia: Analisis daripada Muzakki dan Institusi Zakat” (Zakat Management in Malang, Indonesia: Analysis from Muzakki and Zakat Institutions) during her viva which was held at the Mc Clintoch Room in the IPS Building.

Commemorating her success - a photo with  her panel of examiners
to record Ekawaty's moment of triumph
The viva session was chaired by Professor Abdul Khalil H.P Shawkataly from the School of Industrial Technology, USM. The external examiner for the viva was Professor Dato’ Dr. Hailani Muji Tahir (Fakulti Pengajian Islam, UKM) while the internal examiners were Dr. Zakaria Bahari (ISDEV) and Dr.Hasanah Abd Khafidz (School of Humanities). The Dean of the School of Social Sciences, Dr. Nor Malina Abd Malik and the Director of ISDEV, Professor Muhammad Syukri Salleh were also present. 

In defending her thesis, Ekawaty who is under the supervision of Dr. Zahari Hamat and co- supervised by Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad, was able to answer all the questions posed to her with such calm disposition and confidence. She was well tuned to the contents of her thesis. Her responses and answers to the questions posed by the examiners truly left a positive impression to all present.

Following the traditions of her preceding ISDEV PhD candidates, Ekawaty’s thesis also received the recommendations that her thesis ought to be nominated for an award.

Congratulations Marlina Ekawaty!

Monday, November 12, 2012


The son of Abu Said al-Khudri reported on the authority of his father that Allah's Messenger (salallahu 'alaihi wassalam) said: When one of you yawns, he should keep his mouth shut with the help of his hand, for it is the devil that enters therein [Hadith from the Translation of Sahih Muslim, Book 42: Kitab al Zuhud wa al Raqa'iq, Hadith Number 7130].

Friday, November 9, 2012


A conference room with the view - Participants of INGRAW'12

6 Nov - The 7th ISDEV International Graduate Workshop 2012 (INGRAW'12) was successfully organized as scheduled and well participated. The workshop was held from 30 till 31 October 2012 at the University's Conference Hall with more than 100 participants attending.

Professor Roshada Hashim
delivering the First Keynote Address
Two keynote addresses were delivered, firstly by the Dean of Institute of Postgraduate Studies (IPS), Universiti Sains Malaysia, Professor Roshada Hashim with a Keynote Address entitled Knowledge Creation from Postgraduate Research: Opportunities and Challenges for the Islamic World, while on the second day, Dr Zakaria Bahari the Deputy Director of ISDEV delivered the second Keynote Address entitled The Opportunity to do Research in ISDEV.

Dr. Zakaria, Deputy Director of ISDEV
delivering the 2nd Keynote Address
A total of 92 papers were presented throughout the one and half-day workshop divided into three segments of five concurrent sessions each. Each presenter's working paper was evaluated by a panel Resource Persons who are experts in their field based on the subject mater of the research. The presenters gained to benefit from the various feedback, input, comments and  ideas given by these Resource Persons on how best they could  improve the quality of their research and written thesis, wherever felt needed.

The Dean of School of Social Sciences
Dr. Nor Malina Abd. Malik
The closing ceremony took place on the noon of the second day by Dr. Nor  Malina Abd.Malik, Dean of School of Social Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia. In her closing speech, she congratulated ISDEV on the success of the international workshop that catered specifically for postgraduate students embarking research on Islam.

Professor Muhammad Syukri Salleh presenting a token of appreciation
to the Dean
The curtain has now closed for INGRAW'12. However ISDEV is upbeat that INGRAW'13 which is scheduled to be held in August next year (2013) will see more presenters and participants congregating and networking for the benefit of Islam, insya Allah.

For a glimpse of INGRAW'12, pictures that are worth more than a thousand words, tells you the fantastic participation received by ISDEV:

Women Power - An encouraging response received from the sisters

Lenny Luat presenting her research in one of the concurrent sessions
in Room C
Never to be missed in ISDEV organized conferences - The Book Sale!!!
Break Time - Good food, Alhamdulillah .

Never a dull moment - Al-Umry's (holding the microphone) lively
presentation of his research paper

Monday, November 5, 2012


Those will be awarded the Chamber for what they patiently endured, and they will be received therein with greetings and [words of] peace [al-Furqan, 25:75].

Tuesday, October 30, 2012


It has been narrated on the authority of Abu Huraira that the Messenger of Allah (salallahu 'alaihi wassalam) said : Do not desire an encounter with the enemy; but when you encounter them, be firm [Hadith from the Translation of Sahih Muslim, Book 19: The Book of Jihad and Expedition (al-Jihad wal Siyar), Chapter 6, Hadith Number 4313].

Sunday, October 28, 2012


Counting days and just  1 day left for The 7th ISDEV International Graduate Workshop (INGRAW2012) to be held. The workshop will be held  at USM's University Conference Hall for 2 days starting from 30 October until 31 October. A total of 92 papers will be presented at the workshop.

On the first day of the workshop, Dean of Institute of Postgraduate Studies (IPS), Universiti Sains Malaysia, Professor Roshada Hashim will deliver a Keynote Address entitle Knowledge Creation from Postgraduate Research: Opportunities and Challenges for the Islamic World, while on the second day, Dr Zakaria Bahari the Deputy Director of ISDEV will deliver a second Keynote Address entitle The Opportunity to do Research in ISDEV.

If you are keen to attend the 7th INGRAW 2012,  the persons to contact are Pn. Noor Shazila Ishak at +6-04-653 5812 or Pn.Hanim Noor at +6-04-653 3422. For those interested and require more details about this workshop log on to the  official blog