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].