Sunday, January 26, 2014


Suhaib reported that Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) 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 (God), 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 [Reference: Sahih Muslim, 2999].

Thursday, January 23, 2014


TYT Pulau Pinang launches the ISDEV-DBP books

The tireless efforts of 13 writers from ISDEV (Centre for Islamic Development Management Studies) were paid well when their books were officially launched during the Vice-Chancellor New Year’s Message for 2014 held at the Dewan Tunku Syed Putra, Universiti Sains Malaysia on 8 January, 2014.

 TYT launches one of the 12 ISDEV-DBP books

It was more exciting when all the 12 books showcasing the close knit collaboration between ISDEV and Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) was officially launched by the Yang Di-Pertua Negeri of Pulau Pinang, Tuan Yang Terutama Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas.

 Professor Ulung Tan Sri Dr. Kamal Hassan introducing the 12 books

All 12 books centre around Islamic development and analyzed issues ranging from economics, social and political, asset management, and health among others based on the Islamic worldview and episteme. ISDEV Director Prof. Muhammad Syukri Salleh said the publication of the books by DBP is expected to contribute to the development of the society with Islamic values. He added that what was more remarkable was that all the 12 books were the results of the hard work and persistent commitment given by ISDEV members under the strict guidance and advice from the professional team of DBP's editors.

 One of the presentation slides acknowledging ISDEV's achievements

 Six of the twelve ISDEV-DBP book covers 

The process in the makings of these books started as early as January 2012, and with the close rapport forged between ISDEV members and DBP's editors, these books were successfully completed within the prescribed period of time albeit the struggles and juggling of various responsibilities that each ISDEV member had to handle. With this display of ability, working hard within the time frame prescribe, ISDEV is confident of producing more scholarly books for the market with a target of 20 books to be published by early next year.

 TYT presenting a souvenir to the authors "Urus Harta Urus Iman"
Shereeza (right) and Nur Inani (left)

Prof Syukri expressed his gratitude to the DBP editors for their professional guidance and relentless support. He also thanked the authors for their hard work in making the official launch of these 12 books a reality that day. ISDEV would be known not only as a center of study but is also capable of providing spiritual food to the spiritual-deficient community that hungers for reading materials based on Islamic worldview and episteme.

 In the media - the crew from TV Al-Hijrah interviewing Prof Syukri Salleh

Also present at the ceremony were YBhg. Professor Ulung Tan Sri Dr. Kamal Hassan who introduced these books by providing a brief review of each of the books and YBhg. Prof. Dato' Seri Dr. Md. Salleh Yaapar, Chairman of the Board of Governors of DBP and USM Vice Chancellor, YBhg. Professor Dato' Dr. Omar Osman.

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 The 13 authors of the 12 ISDEV-DBP books with ISDEV Director,
Professor Syukri Salleh (front, center)

Sunday, January 19, 2014


And do not exchange the covenant of Allah for a small price. Indeed, what is with Allah is best for you, if only you could know [al-Nahl, 16:95].

Saturday, January 18, 2014


Pehin (fourth from right) with ISDEV Director Prof Syukri Salleh (centre),
lecturers and ASTS of ISDEV

ISDEV is truly honoured to receive an official visit by the Executive Director of Abdul Razak Holdings (ARH), Brunei Darussalam, Yang Mulia Pehin Orang Kaya Lela Dato Seri Laila Jasa Haji Awang Abdul Rahman Haji Abdul Karim. Pehin graced a closed meeting with ISDEV academic and administration staff on 26 December, 2013.

All ears while Prof Syukri Salleh (far right) briefed about the layout plans

Brunei’s most prominent economist and leading corporate figure, is here to assist in the realization of ISDEV’s erection of its own study centre based on the endowment program (waqf), approved by the university and the State Islamic Religious Council of Pulau Pinang (MAINPP). In the discussion he stated that he was very pleased to be given the opportunity to cooperate and participate in this noble cause. He expressed his hopes that such effort is set as an example for other institutions to uphold the endowment program both at national and global levels.

Pehin in action -  contributing his ideas to enhance the upcoming ISDEV building

It was sheer exhilaration to witness Pehin contribute his creative ideas towards the enhancement of the existing design of ISDEV new study centre. He added more juice by touching up existing design so that the building will allow ISDEV to be self-sustaining suitable with the desired concept and the aim its establishment which is based on waqf. Pehin’s presence did not only help in the contribution of some ideas but also acts as a catalyst to ISDEV members to continue pursue the goal of becoming a Centre of Excellence.

All is Well ~ A lighter side of Pehin during the closed meeting

 A gift from the heart presented by Prof Syukri Salleh (left) to Pehin (right)

In the meantime, ISDEV Director, Professor Muhammad Syukri Salleh also expressed his gratitude to Allah SWT as ISDEV new study centre had successfully passed a number of strict procedures and regulations. Due to the blessed assistance of professionals such as Pehin, it is now possible that ISDEV’s dream to become a Centre of Excellence can indeed materialize. Prof Syukri urged ISDEV members to cooperate and play their respective roles and render all the help, suggestions and opportunities afforded by Pehin and others to ISDEV seriously and to strive hard to achieve ISDEV's dream.

Sunday, January 12, 2014


Narrated Ibn Mas`ud: The Prophet (ﷺ) used to take care of us in preaching by selecting a suitable time, so that we might not get bored. (He abstained from pestering us with sermons and knowledge all the time) [Hadith from the Translation of Sahih al-Bukhari: 68; In-book Reference: Book 3, Hadith 10].

Thursday, January 9, 2014

RISDEV Student Awarded the Prestigious Anugerah Buku Negara 2013

Cover page of the award winning book

Congratulations to Ab. Aziz Yusof (or cordially known as ‘Pak Ajis’ among ISDEV members) for his success in winning the prestigious Anugerah Buku Negara 2013. His award winning book entitled ‘Pengurusan Pembangunan Organisasi: Teori dan Amalan’ (Development Management of Organization: Theory and Practice) published by Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) received the highest accolade for books in the Management Category.

The award was presented by the Yayasan Pembangunan Buku Negara (YPBN) in conjunction with the 1Malaysia Book Expo held at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), Kuala Lumpur. The expo was held from 11 until 15 December, 2013.

The unassuming author and award winner - Ab. Aziz Yusof

Ab. Aziz, a RISDEV student (postgraduate in research mode at ISDEV) is pursuing his PhD on ‘Penilaian Prestasi Maklumbalas 360 Darjah: Satu Analisis Teoretis Dari Perspektif Islam’ (360 Degrees Performance Appraisal: A Theoretical Analysis from the Islamic Perspective”. He is also currently a member of the academics as a Senior Lecturer at the College of Business, Universiti Utara Malaysia.

It is hoped that with this success, Ab. Aziz has inspired and motivated other students to embark in writing. Living with a daily hectic schedule is not to be used as an excuse from the pursuit of writing as has been exemplified by Ab. Aziz.

Congratulations Ab. Aziz!

Sunday, January 5, 2014


O you who have believed, let not a people ridicule [another] people; perhaps they may be better than them; nor let women ridicule [other] women; perhaps they may be better than them. And do not insult one another and do not call each other by [offensive] nicknames. Wretched is the name of disobedience after [one's] faith. And whoever does not repent - then it is those who are the wrongdoers (al-Hujurat, 49:11).

Wednesday, January 1, 2014


PULAU PINANG, 26 Disember 2013 - Pusat Kajian Pengurusan Pembangunan Islam (ISDEV) di Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) akan dipertingkatkan keupayaan dan kolaborasinya pada peringkat dunia serta berusaha membangunkan program wakaf untuk menjadi model dalam usaha yang berkaitan.

Naib Canselor USM, Profesor Dato’ Dr Omar Osman menerima kunjungan rasmi Pengarah Eksekutif Abdul Razak Holdings (ARH), Negara Brunei Darussalam Yang Mulia Pehin Orang Kaya Lela Raja Dato' Seri Laila Jasa Haji Awang Abdul Rahman Haji Abdul Karim hari ini untuk membantu merealisasikan hasrat tersebut.

Beliau adalah tokoh ekonomi dan korporat terkemuka negara Brunei.
Dalam kunjungan tersebut USM dan ARH berhasrat untuk bersama-sama memajukan wakaf ISDEV di dalam kampus induk USM. 

Hadir dalam perbincangan tersebut ialah ahli-ahli Jawatankuasa Pengurusan Universiti termasuk Timbalan-timbalan Naib Canselor dan Pendaftar serta Pengarah ISDEV Profesor Dr Muhamad Syukri Salleh.

Teks: Nor Rafizah Md Zain
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