Sunday, August 26, 2012


Who spend (in the cause of Allah) during ease and hardship and who restrain anger and who pardon the people - and Allah loves the doers of good [Aali 'Imraan, 3:134].

Saturday, August 18, 2012


Narrated Anas bin Malik: Allah's Apostle (salallahu 'alaihi wassalam) never proceeded (for the prayer) on the Day of 'Id-ul-Fitr unless he had eaten some dates. Anas also narrated: The Prophet used to eat odd number of dates [Hadith from the Translation of Sahih Bukhari, Volume 2, Book 15: The Two Festivals ('Ids), Hadith Number 73].

Thursday, August 16, 2012


Prior to Breaking of Fast:  ISDEV members reciting the doa after the tahlil
26 July - ISDEV Director, Professor Muhammad Syukri Salleh together with his beloved family broke the Ramadhan fast on the night of Thursday, with all ISDEV members at the Banquet Hall, Universiti Sains Malaysia. About 100 members consisting of lecturers and students gathered for this ISDEV annual faith-filled event. 

ISDEV members in preparation  to break the fast 

According to Prof Muhammad Syukri in his opening speech, Muslims abstain from food and liquid during the daylight hours of the holy month of Ramadhan and break the fast at sunset. The breaking of fast together is a way to share Islamic traditions and enjoy a meal together in friendship. Sharing food with others is an important part of marking the holiest month in Islam. Everybody is commanded to be very generous.

 ISDEV members awaiting the azan to break the fast 

Guests at the dinner broke the fast with dates, te traditional way to end a Ramadhan fast and other fruits as well as with some  traditional Malay 'kueh'. The congregational Maghrib prayer took place after having a simple brake with Ustaz Shahir Akram leading the jema'ah . He was  also the Imam for the congregational Isya'  prayer as well.

ISDEV Director, Professor Muhammad Syukir Salleh (in blue) enjoying the sumptuous spread

Guests then dined on the Malay-styled dishes and took this opportunity to acquaint with ISDEV family members. Indirectly, this will strengthen the relationship among ISDEV members.

As One - ISDEV members during the congregational prayers

The event came to an end when the Tarawih prayer took place which was led by Ustaz Wan Khairul Firdaus. May this event received the blessings of Allah SWT and that everyone is given the physical and mental strength to continue with their fast in this holy month of Ramadhan.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012


left-right : Ustaz Mohd Shukri Hanapi and Ustaz Muhammad Yasir Yusoff
3 May - Congratulations and praise to Allah SWT for the success of two ISDEV PhD candidates, Ustaz Mohd Shukri Hanapi and Ustaz Muhammad Yasir Yusoff. They had finally completed their studies and have now officially received their doctorate title.

It has become a practice in ISDEV for the candidates to attend the mock viva a day prior to the actual viva. It is aimed at providing a realistic presentation for the candidates to enable them to adequately prepare for the actual viva.
The  candidates during their mock viva
The first candidate, Ustaz Shukri hanapi's viva voce was scehduled in the morning. It could be discerned that he was a little jittery but he managed to answer all questions calmly. The chairman of the viva voce declared that all examiners were pleased not only with his written thesis but also the manner in which he was able to defend it excellently. He added that his thesis ought to be awarded at the School's level the very least, if not at the University's level.

Performing solat hajat before the actual viva
Ustaz  Shukri with his examiners and supervisors
2:30pm saw Ustaz Yasir's turn for his viva voce. The air was definitely tensed as the candidate was fielded various questions from the examiners. Although he was unable to agree to some of the questions asked and suggestions given by the examiners, he had managed to control the situation and respond with utmost calmness and clarity.
The supporters

However, all wells that ends well. The palpitations that he might have felt during the oral examinations were well worth it. Ustaz Yasir who hails from Acheh, received the great news that he had passed his viva voce with flying colours and that his thesis should also be nominated for the best thesis award.

Congratulations to both candidates!

Sunday, August 12, 2012


 He has certainly succeeded who purifies himself [al-A'laa,87:14].

Tuesday, August 7, 2012


'A'isha (radhi Allahu 'anha) reported that when the last ten nights began Allah's Messenger (salallahu 'alaihi wassalam) kept awake at night (for prayer and devotion), wakened his family, and prepared himself to observe prayer (with more vigour) [Hadith from the Translation of Sahih Muslim, Book 006: The Book of Fasting (Kitab al-Sawm), Chapter 40, Hadith Number 2643].

Monday, August 6, 2012


8 May- The tazkirah for this week was presented by Wan Nurhaniza with the title 'Anger and Forgiveness'. She started her tazkirah with a fact that everyone must have felt angry before. However it was wise to control that angry feeling. 

According to her, in situation of anger, we must immediately think positive and look to our own mistakes rather than searching for other people's mistakes. If we are able to do that then we will be more willing to forgive others. Indeed to forgive another person could relieve other negative feelings within us and thus prevent us from being directly tied to those negative feelings.

Ustaz Syakir delivering his lessons for the day
After the Tazkirah, the week's lesson was continued by Ustaz Syakir who focused on the topic the way to benefit and understand knowledge.