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 2012ingraw.blogspot.com.

Monday, October 22, 2012


Their meat will not reach Allah , nor will their blood, but what reaches Him is piety from you. Thus have We subjected them to you that you may glorify Allah for that [to] which He has guided you; and give good tidings to the doers of good [al-Hajj, 22:37].

Wednesday, October 17, 2012


27 Sept-  Four ISDEV's PhD candidates presented their PhD thesis proposal at the Conference Room, School of Social Sciences. The PhD Thesis Proposal Presentation was divided into the morning and afternoon sessions with two candidates presenting their proposals in each session.

For the morning session, the first candidate was Razali Othman with his PhD proposal entitled  "Penggunaan Wang Tunai Dalam Wakaf Tunai: Satu Penilaian Teoritis" (The Usage of Cash in Cash Waqf: A Theoretical Assessment). He is currently a student under the supervision of Professor Muhammad Syukri Salleh while Dr Zakaria Bahari is his co-supervisor. His thesis proposal was evaluated by Dr. Zahri Hamat.

Razali flanked by Prof. Syukri and Dr. Fadzila during his presentation

Razali's beloved wife, Associate Professor Dr. Rohayu Abdul Ghani, from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia was also present during this session of ISDEV Graduate Discourse to give her full and utmost support to her husband.

Razali's beloved wife, Associate Professor Dr. Rohayu Abdul Ghani

The second candidate was Mutiara Dwi Sari with her PhD proposal title on "Pengaruh Personaliti Terhadap Pemilihan Perbankan Islam di Indonesia" (Personality Influence on the Choice of  Islamic Banking in Indonesia). She is currently supervised by Dr.Zakaria Bahari while Dr Zahri Hamat acts as her co-supervisor. Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad took the responsibility to evaluate her PhD Thesis proposal.

A spirited Mutiara Dewi Sari (in blue ) stressing a point during her presentation

The afternoon session began with Suraya Ab.Jaafar with her PhD thesis proposal on "Tadbir Urus Baik Usahawan Asnaf Zakat di Majlis Ugama Islam dan Adat Resam Melayu Pahang (MUIP)" (Good Governance of Zakat Asnaf Entrepreneurs of Pahang Islamic Religious Council and Malay Tradition). Dr.Zaini Abu Bakar is her main supervisor while Dr. Zahri Hamat is her co-supervisor. Her PhD Thesis proposal was  also evaluated by Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad.

A focused and confident Suraya Jaafar presenting her presentation

The last candidate to present her PhD thesis proposal is currently a student under the supervision of Dr Mohamad Zaini Abu Bakar while her co-supervisor is Associate Professor Dr Noor Shakirah Mat Akhir. Zaleha Embong presented the proposal on "Ta'awun Dalam Pembangunan Komuniti Majmuk: Kajian Kes di Kawasan Rukun Tetangga, Kota Bharu, Kelantan" (Ta'awun in the Development of Plural Community: A Case Study in Rukun Tetangga (Neighbourhood Association) Area, Kota Bharu, Kelantan). This thesis proposal was evaluated by Dr. Mohd Shukri Hanapi.

Well prepared for her presentation-Zaleha Embong in action

As usual Q&A session took place after each presentation. Finally, the candidates could give a heave a sigh of grateful relief when all the lecturers agreed to give endorsement for them to proceed with the thesis proper.

Congratulations to all four ISDEV PhD candidates!

Part of ISDEV fraternity at C06

Monday, October 15, 2012


28 Sept - This month's ISDEV Monthly Supervision was held at Ibn Khaldun Meeting Room, Institute of Postgraduate Studies, USM. The room was packed with more than 70 students and ISDEV lecturers attending the supervision. ISDEV new batch of Masters' students, MISDEV'12 were also present.

Rapt attention when Prof Syukri Salleh delivers his lectures

The program was divided into two sessions. The first session was held in the morning and started off with a Tazkirah by ISDEV Director, Professor Muhammad Syukri Salleh. He brought back old memories on the establishment of ISDEV and everyone was curious to know the whole history of ISDEV and thus gave their full attention. However, the Tazkirah given that morning was the first part of many series of Tazkirah to be given by ISDEV Director. There would be a continuem of the Tazkirah in future supervisions.

One of the slides on the History of ISDEV

The second session then continued with a lecture by Prof. Syukri on "Kaedah Penulisan Tesis". After a brilliantly brief yet accurate explanation on this topic, a lively Q&A session took place before the session was closed for ISDEV brothers to perform the obligatory congregational Jumaat prayer.

No chair was spared - a packed Ibn Khaldun Meeting Room at IPS

The second session, which was in the afternoon, was reserved for a PhD Thesis Presentation by Heri Kusmanto. He presented his findings from his completed draft PhD Thesis on "Masyarakat Sivil Berteraskan Islam di Indonesia: Politik Akomodasi dan Upaya Pendemokrasian Muhammadiyah dan Al-Washliyah di Sumatera Utara" (Islamic-based Civil Society in Indonesia: Political Accommodation and  Democratization Efforts of Muhammadiyah and Al-Washliyah in Northern Sumatera). He is currently a student supervised by Dr. Mohamad Zaini Abu Bakar while Professor Muhammad Syukri Salleh is a co-supervisor. His thesis was evaluated by  Dr. Zahri Hamat.

A cool calm collected yet focused Heri Kusmanto

With the time allotted for 40 minutes, he presented his thesis wisely and strove to answer all the questions posed from the attending members.Finally he could sigh a heave of relief and gratefulness because the evaluator and lecturers agreed that his thesis was qualified to be submitted to the Institute of Postgraduate Studies, USM upon him refining some minor corrections.

Sunday, October 14, 2012


A Lively Banquet Hall with ISDEV members and their families

27 Sept - Located at the Banquet Hall, University Sains Malaysia, ISDEV members including lecturers, students as well as family members were gathered together to celebrate the "Eid as well as to officially welcome ISDEV new batch of Masters students, MISDEV'12.

Prof. Syukri with his Welcoming Speech

The event started with the congregational Maghrib prayer led by Ustaz Shahir Akram Hassan and continued with a welcoming speech by ISDEV Director, Professor Muhammad Syukri Salleh. According to him, the main objective of this event was not only to celebrate the 'Eid but also to welcome new students to ISDEV. In addition it is also hoped that the brotherhood among ISDEV members are strengthened and ties forged are even closer with  the family members of ISDEV fraternity.

Ustaz Syakir receiving the awards on behalf of Dr Mohd Shukri and Dr Yasir

Prof.Syukri also took this opportunity to present ISDEV Best PhD Thesis Award to Dr. Mohd Shukri Hanapi and Dr. Muhammad Yasir Yusuf.

Getting to know one another - ISDEV brothers having their dinner

Simply sweet and lovely ISDEV sisters

Tuesday, October 2, 2012


Group photo of ISDEV members with Darul Quran entourage
21 Sept - Darul Quran JAKIM ('Darul Quran') paid an honorary working visit to the Centre for Islamic Development Management Studies (ISDEV). The cordial meeting was held at the Institute of Postgraduate Studies (IPS), Universiti Sains Malaysia.

The seven members strong entourage from Darul Quran was led by Puan Hajjah Zawanah Muhammad, Deputy Director Undergraduate Branch, Darul Quran, while ISDEV was led by its Director, Professor Muhammad Syukri Salleh.

ISDEV Director, Professor Syukri Salleh welcoming the entourage

The main purpose of the visit was to foster and strengthen the relationship between Darul Quran and ISDEV by making ISDEV a strategic partner and role model to strengthen the organizational management of Darul Quran.

Darul Quran members listening to Prof. Syukri briefing

A gift from the heart by Darul Quran to ISDEV
In addition, both sides have reached a consensus for further cooperation between Darul Quran and ISDEV in future development projects involving academic, extracurricular activities as well as organizational management.

ISDEV Deputy Director, Dr Zakaria Bahari, Chairperson of the Islamic Development Management Section of the School of Social Sciences, Dr Fadzila Azni Ahmad as well as Dr. Mohd Shukri Hanapi and Ustaz Syahir Akram were also present at the meeting.