Sunday, April 28, 2013


The ISDEV-Teacher representatives
with ISDEV lecturers, fellows and statistician

28 April - A total of 13 delegates from ISDEV led by ISDEV Director, Prof. Muhammad Shukri Salleh left for Ban Nua, Thailand on 9 April, 2013 to attend a program jointly organized by ISDEV, the Ban Nua Community and Walailak University.

Murni Yusof (third from right) leader of the ISDEV-Teacher delegates

The program signified the First Malay Language and English Language Camp ("the Language Camp"). ISDEV had sent six students as the Malay and English Teachers who are led by Murni Yusoff. They were assisted by nine students from the Walailak University and 10 students from the Prince of Songkhla University who acted as tutors and interpreters in the Language Camp.

The venue for the opening ceremony - The Masjid Ban Nua 

The opening ceremony of the program was held the following day at the Masjid Ban Nua. Among those present in this ceremony were Prof. Muhammad Shukri Salleh, ISDEV Director, Dr. Wisoot bin Lateh (also known affectionately as Dr Tobrani) the Imam of Ban Nua, and Ajan Razak Panamalae, Head of Walailak University delegation.

Professor Muhammad Syukri Salleh, ISDEV Director, delivering the opening ceremony

After the opening ceremony, a ta‘aruf (orientation) session between the ISDEV-Teacher delegates and  the tutors and interpreters from Walailak University and the Prince of Songkhla University were held.

All those involved in the Language Camp with Dr.Tobrani (in white)

The ISDEV-teachers delegates were at Ban Nua for the Language Camp for two weeks. The Language Camp started on 10 April, 2013 and ended on 25 April, 2013. The Camp coordinator is Dr Idris Mansor. The target group of the Language Camp is the primary school going students in that area.

The venue of study - where the language classes were conducted


And We have enjoined upon man, to his parents, good treatment. His mother carried him with hardship and gave birth to him with hardship, and his gestation and weaning [period] is thirty months. (He grows) until, when he reaches maturity and reaches (the age of) forty years, he says, "My Lord, enable me to be grateful for Your favor which You have bestowed upon me and upon my parents and to work righteousness of which You will approve and make righteous for me my offspring. Indeed, I have repented to You, and indeed, I am of the Muslims." [al-Ahqaf, 46:15].

Thursday, April 25, 2013


The Malam Graduasi ISDEV

25 April - All the 18 students who registered for the Master in Social Science (Islamic Development Management) in 2011 under ISDEV had successfully completed their studies. As part of ISDEV tradition, the Malam Graduasi ISDEV (ISDEV Graduation Night) is held during the eve of USM Convocation ceremony for the MISDEV ’11 cohort as well as graduating RISDEV students to celebrate their achievements. This year it was held on Friday 12 April, 2013

In celebrating this auspicious occasion 18 MISDEV’ 11 students had successfully completed their Masters Degree while 2 other students had successfully completed their PhDs. With the theme ‘Ruhban fi al- layl wa fursan fi al-Nahar' (similitude of a priest by night and a warrior by day) the event was held the Dewan Utama Pelajar Desasiswa of the Universiti Sains Malaysia.

ISDEV Lecturers (Left to right) Dr Mohd. Shukri, Dr Zahari, Dr Zakaria,
Prof Muhammad Syukri, Dr Zaini and Dr Fadzila Azni

At the event besides the students, ISDEV lecturers including ISDEV Deputy Director, Dr Zakaria Bahari, Dr. Zaini Abu Bakar, Dr. Zahri Hamat, Dr. Fadzila Azni as well as their family members and the students parents, loved ones and relatives were also there to join in the celebration of excellence.

The event began with a congregational Maghrib prayer led by Taha Mohd Omar followed by a brief Tazkirah delivered by Ustaz Shahir Akram as an positive injection to the soul before proceeding with the next item in the programme.

One of the 12 MISDEV'11 students who won the award

As a symbol to the opening ceremony of the event, upon the launch of the night by ISDEV Director, Prof. Muhammad Syukri Salleh, a multimedia presentation on the trials and tribulations that the MISDEV’11 students had gone through for the three semesters were screened. It was then followed by the presentation of certificates for “Outstanding Dissertation” and “Outstanding PhD Thesis Award” by ISDEV Director to the 14 graduates in recognition of their excellence in academic writing.

Recipient of Oustanding PhD Thesis Award - Dr Marlina Ekawaty

Recipient of Oustanding PhD Thesis Award - Dr Heri Kusmanto (left)

This includes two of the outstanding PhD thesis award received by Dr. Marlina Ekawaty and Dr. Heri Kusmanto.

Soutul ISDEV in action

Besides, the award presentation ceremony, guests were also entertained with the rendition of nasheed by the group “Soutul ISDEV” comprising of ISDEV students itself.

ISDEV Director, Professor Muhammad Syukri Salleh,
delivering the Closing Speech

Before adjourning the event, Prof Syukri Salleh in his closing speech reminded all those who present that the quest and striving hard for knowledge will never end as long as there is interest, effort and the will to pursue and not to fail or to surrender; to seek knowledge regardless of age and strive hard, very, very hard not only for self interest but alos due to one’s love for the beloved sanctity and religion of Islam.

All eyes were on the The Multimedia Presentation

Sunday, April 21, 2013


The DPU during the ISDEV Monthly Graduate Supervision

18 April - The ISDEV Monthly Supervision for March 2013 was held at the University Conference Hall (DPU) of Universiti Sains Malaysia. This is the third consecutive month held at the same venue which was held on Friday, 29 March 2013.

Prof. Muhammad Syukri Salleh delivering the Tazkirah

The program started at 9.30 am with the 'Tarbiyah Pengarah' series delivered by ISDEV Director, Professor Muhammad Syukri Salleh. This is the final part to his three-part series on 'Teras Kekuatan ISDEV' (The Basis to ISDEV Strength). This time the emphasis was on the importance of ' Kefahaman dan Keselarasan' (Understanding and Uniformity) among ISDEV members, It is a follow-up to the first and second part on ' Iman and Ukhwah' which he had stressed during the previous two months' graduate supervision.

ISDEV's Core Strength - Understanding and Uniformity

Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad, then led the second session with her further explanation on the topic " Research Objective and Research Question' to help students identify and provide focus to their research by justifying the reasons and rationale of embarking on the research.

Dr Fadzila Azni lectures on Research Objective

A few RISDEV students as well as MISDEV'12 students were asked to highlight their Research Objectives of their respective research. It became a practical platform for these students as they were guided to understand better and were able to grasp better  their respective Research Objective. Dr Fadzila Azni also took the time to highlight the distinction between general objectives as well as the main objective in their research.

Dr Zahari (centre) responding to a student's query


Narrated Abu Huraira: I said, "O Allah's Apostle! Who will be the luckiest person who will gain your intercession on the Day of Resurrection?" The Prophet said, "O Abu Huraira! I have thought that none will ask me about this Hadith before you, as I know your longing for the (learning of) Hadiths. The luckiest person who will have my intercession on the Day of Resurrection will be the one who said, 'None has the right to be worshipped but Allah,' sincerely from the bottom of his heart." [Hadith from the Translation of Sahih Bukhari, Book 76: To make the Heart Tender (Ar-Riqaq), Hadith Number 574].

Monday, April 15, 2013


Azrin Ibrahim presenting her PhD proposal while Prof. Syukri looks on

14 April - On 28 March 2013, it was ISDEV PhD candidate (or 'RISDEV') Azrin Ibrahim's turn to present her PhD proposal. This month the PhD proposal presentation was held at C05. As usual the PhD proposal presentation was well attended as it proved that C05 has turned to be too small indeed a venue for the growing ISDEV fraternity.

Ustaz Dr. Mohd Shukri Hanapi evaluating Azrin's proposal

Azrin presented her proposal on “Analisis ke Atas Kitab Hisbah fi Al-Islam Karangan ibn Taimiyyah” (Analysis on the Book  Hisbah fi Al-Islam by ibn Taimiyyah). Her PhD proposal was evaluated by Dr. Mohd. Shukri Hanapi. Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad is supervising her PhD thesis while Professor Muhammad Syukri Salleh acts as her co-supervisor.

A serious-looking Dr Zakaria giving his comments

On this presentation, Dr. Fadzila Azni served as the Chairperson. ISDEV Director, Prof. Muhammad syukri Salleh and ISDEV Deputy Director, Dr. Zakaria Bahari were also present that day.

Some of the brothers of ISDEV attending the PhD Proposal Presentation

After a detailed evaluation, Azrin finally received the joyful news that her PhD research proposal was accepted. She had been given the endorsement to proceed with her thesis proper, under the supervision of her respective supervisors.

Sunday, April 14, 2013


Say, "It is He who has produced you and made for you hearing and vision and hearts; little are you grateful." [al-Mulk, 67:23].

Monday, April 8, 2013


Yahya related to me from Malik that he heard that Luqman al-Hakim made his will and counselled his son, saying, "My son! Sit with the learned men and keep close to them. Allah gives life to the hearts with the light of wisdom as Allah gives life to the dead earth with the abundant rain of the sky." [Maliks Muwatta, Book 059: Knowledge, Section : Seeking Knowledge, Hadith Number 001].