Thursday, December 31, 2015

A PRE "FARE THEE WELL" BY MISDEV'14

By attempting and submitting their final exam papers on 29 December 2015, MISDEV’14 students (ISDEV Mixed-Mode Postgraduate - batch 2014) could finally feel elated because that last exam paper they attempted signified their studies for the Master of Social Sciences (Islamic Development Management) for three semesters was almost coming to the end.
A solemn and sombre atmosphere as it can literally be felt the heaviness
 of the hearts to bid "fare thee well  ISDEV"
Thus, a simple “Pre Farewell and Restu Ilmu” was held at the Meeting Room of C05, ISDEV in honour of MISDEV’14. ISDEV Director, Professor Dr. Muhammad Syukri Salleh took the opportunity to deliver a short but heartfelt speech to all MISDEV '14 students.

In his speech, Prof. Syukri reminded and welcomed MISDEV'14 students who wished to pursue their study at the PhD level with ISDEV. He told them that they could make the application even though the final results had yet to be received. In addition, Prof. Syukri also encouraged MISDEV'14 students to continue writing, with publication in a book form in mind, as one of the steps to expose their research and writing to a wider audience and not to leave their writings only as research materials which are limited and referred to by ISDEV students only. 
Prof. Syukri delivering his short but heartfelt speech for MISDEV'14 students.
Prof. Syukri also encouraged and welcomed MISDEV'14 students who were willing to contribute their energy, time and money to raise the endowment funds for Wakaf ISDEV although they were no longer students of ISDEV. In fact Prof. Syukri strongly encouraged each and every MISDEV'14 student to take a proactive stance on Wakaf ISDEV as he ardently believes that such effort will undoubtedly gain continuous rewards from Allah SWT. He  also took this opportunity on behalf of all ISDEV lecturers and administrators to apologize and request for "menghalalkan" (legalize or make permissible) anything that is overlooked which may perhaps be due to MISDEV'14 by ISDEV.
It is truly hard to say goodbye - as glaringly obvious by the look of Mohd Hilmi
At the end of the meeting, ISDEV lecturers were given a surprise with a poetry recital by MISDEV’14 Class Representative, Ustaz Afnan Hamimi Taib Azamudden on "Semusim di ISDEV". The words and the meaning of the poem, which is specially dedicated to ISDEV lecturers, touched everyone. The meeting ended with ‘bermaaf-maafan’ (greetings of forgiveness among one another) of ISDEV lecturers and MISDEV’14.

Here is an excerpt of a poem recited by Ustaz Afnan Hamimi Taib Azamudden, Class Representative of MISDEV'14 dedicated specifically for ISDEV lecturers.


"SEMUSIM DI ISDEV"

Semusim di ISDEV, 
kami dipertemukan dengan insan yang bertutur dengan hati, 
melihat dengan hati, 
mendengar dengan hati, 
mendidik juga dengan hati.

Semusim di ISDEV, 
kami dipupuk tanggungjawab menjadi pelajar, 
bukan semata-mata untuk segulung sarjana, 
tetapi mardhatillah yang utama.

Semusim di ISDEV, 
kami diajar bahawa akhlak dan adab sentiasa menjadi penilaian yang pertama, 
pencapaian akademik adalah penilaian yang kedua.

Semusim di ISDEV, 
kami belajar menulis dengan akal dan hati, 
bukannya menulis dengan nafsu dan emosi.

Semusim di ISDEV, 
kami diminta mempraktikkan apa yang dipelajari, 
tidak hanya sekadar berteori.

Semusim di ISDEV, 
kami mengenali nilai kesetiaan diantara kawan dengan sahabat dan ikhwan. 
'Setia-ikhwan' adalah pedoman.

Semusim di ISDEV, 
kami faham betapa harus persahabatan dimaksimakan dan 
betapa perlu permusuhan diminimakan.

Semusim di ISDEV, 
kami belajar sunnah orang berjuang, 
dilatih berjuang dalam derita, 
untuk mengecapi bahagia.

Semusim di ISDEV, 
kami nikmati betapa manisnya ikatan silaturrahmi, 
belum pasti akan kami rasainya selepas ini.

Semusim di ISDEV, 
kami mengenal Allah yang Esa, 
menghafal kesemua 99 namaNya dan merasai diri bertuhankanNya.

Semusim di ISDEV, 
pengajian, penulisan, pembentangan, penyeliaan, 
permusafiran ke Ban Nua, Medan dan Brunei, 
penganjuran program, penyembelihan, jamuan, solat berjemaah, 
dan ujian nilai keinsanan di dalam program pembangunan insaniah, 
semuanya tersemat kemas dalam ingatan.

Wahai guru-guru kami, 
walaupun cuma semusim dapat bersama, 
mohon maafkan semua salah silap kami yang sengaja atau tidak sengaja. 

Sungguh, 
tidak mampu kami membalas segala ilmu, 
didikan dan pengalaman yang dicurahkan, 
walaupun seluruh isi dunia ini kami berikan sebagai balasan.

Wahai guru-guru kami, 
walaupun cuma semusim dapat bersama, 
ketahuilah bahawa kalian amat kami sayangi,
 sama seperti ibu, ayah, abang dan kakak kami.

Duhai Tuhan kami, 
peliharalah ikatan antara hati kami dengan hati guru-guru kami ini, 
janganlah Dikau leraikan ikatannya.

Duhai Tuhan kami,
 janganlah Dikau pisahkan pemilik ikatan hati-hati ini, 
melainkan sesuatu yang pasti iaitu mati.

Terima kasih daripada kami, MISDEV14.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

A NAS A WEEK - 16 RABI'UL AWWAL 1437

Al-Mughira bin Shu’ba reported: On the day the Prophet’s son Abraham died, the sun eclipsed and the people said the eclipse was because of the death of Abraham. The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “The sun and the moon are two signs among the signs of Allah and they do not eclipse because of the death or birth of any person. So when you see them, call upon Allah and pray until the eclipse is clear.” [Source: Sahih Bukhari 1012, Sahih Muslim 915; Grade: Muttafaqun Alayhi (authenticity agreed upon) according to Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Saturday, December 26, 2015

ISDEV DELEGATES AT SISPEQ 2015

ISDEV Senior Lecturer, Dr. Shahir Akram Hassan and RISDEV student (ISDEV Postgraduate by Research) Nur Sakiinah Ab Aziz recently participated in Seminar Serantau Pengajian Qira’at (SISPEQ) 2015 on 22 December 2015.
The interest in his research is clearly displayed by Dr Shahir Akram Al-Hafiz (right) while presenting his paper.
SISPEQ with a theme on “Qiraat Pemangkin Disiplin Ilmu Islam” (Qira’at Catalysts the Discipline of Islamic Knowledge), was organised by Jabatan Pengajian al-Quran dan al-Sunnah Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Institut Al-Quran Terengganu and Majlis Agama Islam dan Adat Istiadat Melayu Terengganu. The one day seminar was held at Prinzpark Resort, Kuala Terengganu.
The participants of the seminar
Dr. Shahir Akram Hassan al-Hafiz presented his paper on “Pembinaan Kaedah Penyelidikan Islam menggunakan Ilmu Qira’at” (The Construction of Islamic-based Research Methodology using the Sciences of Qira'at). In the meantime, Nur Sakiinah Ab Aziz, presented on “Potensi Konsep Mutawir dalam Ilmu Qira’at sebagai Kaedah Penyelidikan Berteraskan Islam” (The Potentials of the Chain of Narrations Concept in the Sciences of Qira'at as an Islamic-based Research Methodology).
Nur Sakiinah presenting her paper in SISPEQ 2015
According to them, the chance to participate and present their papers in this seminar had indirectly revealed the importance and the rising interest in the field of research on Qira'at. In addition, they shared the view that SISPEQ had paved the way and opportunity for intellectuals and scholars of Islam in multi-disciplinary areas to share research interests, ideas and findings in the sciences of Qira'at especially in expanding their network base within and outside the country.


Monday, December 21, 2015

DR. RAZALI OTHMAN WON YAYASAN NURUL YAQEEN BEST THESIS AWARD 2015

Dr. Razali Othman receiving his award for winning the best thesis award for the Ph.D category
ISDEV Alumni, Dr. Razali Othman won the prestigious and much coveted Yayasan Nurul Yaqeen Best Thesis Award 2015 for the PhD category and received RM15,000 in cash, a trophy as well as a certificate of appreciation.

Dr. Razali Othman was a RISDEV student (ISDEV Postgraduate by Research) who graduated from USM last November 2014. His winning research, supervised by main supervisor, Professor Dr. Muhammad Syukri Salleh and co- supervised by Associate Professor Dr. Zakaria Bahari, was on "Penggunaan Wang Sebagai Instrumen Wakaf Tunai: Satu Kajian Teoritis" (The Use of Money as a Cash Waqf Instrument: A Theoretical Study). Dr Razali Othman is now the Director of Islamic Centre, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM).
Photo memento with Ahmad Fedtri Yahya, Tv3 personality
Meanwhile, there are other four ISDEV Alumni members, Professor Ab Aziz Yusoff (currently he is the Vice Chancellor of University College Bestari, Terengganu), Dr. Wan Anisah Endut and Dr. Wan Mohd Khairul Firdaus Wan Khairuldin (both from Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin, UNiSZA), and Dr. Raziah Md. Tahir (Universiti Utara Malaysia, UUM) all of whom won the consolation prize for the PhD category.

Trophy and certificate of Dr. Raziah Md. Tahir - consolation prize
All five ISDEV Alumni members celebrated their auspicious winnings and received recognition for their excellent thesis during the Majlis Anugerah Tesis Terbaik Yayasan Nurul Yaqeen 2015 with a book launch on “Transformasi Pemikiran Sarwajagat Jilid Ketiga’ on 15 Disember 2015. The ceremony was held at Dewan Utama, Rumah Kelab Persatuan Alumni Universiti Malaya (UM) and was officiated by the Chairman of Yayasan Nurul Yaqeen, Tan Sri Dato’ Haji Muhyiddin Haji Mohd Yassin.
The 3 Winners! Second from left, Dr. Razali Othman, Professor Dr. Ab Aziz Yusoff and Dr. Wan Anisah
Dr Suraya (left) of UniSZA is also an ISDEV Alumni member.
The main criteria for the selection of the theses is that the researches must be based on Islamic universal view or 'al-tasawwur al-Islami'. It is hoped that through awards such as these, ISDEV's commitment to produce high quality theses on Islam could be further acknowledged and appreciated simultaneously bringing glory and honour to the name of Islam.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

A NAS A WEEK - 9 RABI'UL AWWAL 1437H

There has certainly come to you a Messenger from among yourselves. Grievous to him is what you suffer; (he is) concerned over you and to the believers is kind and merciful [al-Tawbah, 9:128].

Thursday, December 17, 2015

A HAT TRICK FOR ISDEV - 3 STRAIGHT SCALE "1"

ISDEV family would like to congratulate three RISDEV (ISDEV Postgraduate by Research) students, Shereeza Mohamed Saniff, Kasyful Mahali and Mutiara Dwi Sari as the three of them had managed to consecutively passed their viva-voce with flying colours. All three were awarded with a Scale “1” as well as nominated for the “Best PhD Thesis” awards at least at the university’s level for their show of confidence yet cool and very calm disposition in defending their well written theses.
A grateful Shereeza (seated second from left) with her board of examiners.
The first candidate, Shereeza Mohamed Saniff defended her viva-voce on 4 December 2015 at C06, Social Science Conference Room, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). Shereeza defended her thesis on "A Conceptual Analysis of Islamic-Based Development Actor" (Satu Analisis Konseptual Pelaku Pembangunan Berteraskan Islam”).The board of examiners for her viva-voce consisted of Professor Dr. Tengku Sepora Tengku Mahadi as Chairman, Dr. Wan Norhaniza Wan Hasan as Director's Representative, Associate Professor Dr. Mustafa Omar Mohammed from International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) as her External Examiner while Associate Professor Dr. Zakaria Bahari from ISDEV and Associate Professor Dr. Abdul Aziz Hussin from the School of Housing, Building and Planning (HBP) USM served as her Internal Examiners. ISDEV Director, Professor Muhammad Syukri Salleh is her main supervisor while Dr Fadzila Azni Ahmad is her co-supervisor.
A relieved Kasyful (seated second from left) was all smiles after his viva.
The second candidate was Kasyful Mahali with his thesis on “Perancangan Kota Medan: Suatu Kajian daripada Perspektif Prinsip Pembangunan Berteraskan Islam” (Development Planning of Medan City: A Study from Islamic-based Development Principles Perspective) while his board of examiners consisted of Professor Dr. Ahmad Sanusi Hassan (Chairman), Dr. Shahir Akram Hassan as the Director's Representative and Professor Dato’ Dr. Abdul Rahman Abdul Aziz from Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) as his External Examiner. Meanwhile the Internal Examiners consisted of Associate Professor Dr. Zakaria Bahari and Dr. Zahri Hamat. His viva-voce was held on 9 December 2015. His main supervisor is Professor Muhammad Syukri Salleh and his co-supervisor is Dr Fadzila Azni Ahmad too. 
Mutiara Dwi Sari in action defending her PhD thesis during her viva.
Mutiara Dwi Sari or also known as “Ibu Wiwik” among ISDEV members defended her viva-voce on 11 December 2015 which was held at the same place with the other two candidates. She defended her PhD thesis on Personaliti Pengguna Muslim dan Pengaruhnya terhadap Pemilihan Institusi Perbankan Islam di Kabupaten Kampar, Provonsi Riau, Indonesia” (Personality of Muslim Consumers and Its Influence on The Islamic Banking Institutions Preference in Kampar Regency, Riau Province, Indonesia). Her board of examiners consisted of Professor Dato’ Dr. Mohd Mokhtar Saidin (Chairman), Dr. Mohd Shukri Hanapi as Director's Representative, Professor Dr. Abdullah@Alwi Haji Hassan from Asia e University (AeU) as her External Examiner while Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad and Professor Dr. Muhammad Syukri Salleh served as Internal Examiners. Her main supervisor is Associate Professor Dr Zakaria Bahari.
A group photo after the performance of the nawafil solat hajat congregationally at Masjid al Malik Khalid USM.
As usual and true to ISDEV tradition, two strict routines were carried out to prepare the candidates intellectually, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Mock viva and the performance of the nawafil solat hajat congregationally amongst ISDEV members at Masjid Al-Malik Khalid were carried out earlier prior to each candidates’s viva. This is indeed a blessed routine, a reminder to candidates and ISDEV students, to be conscious of Allah SWT at all times and seek for Allah SWT help in facing the potentially gruelling viva-voce.

With the three consecutive outstanding success of ISDEV candidates, it is hoped that these excellent achievements are inspiration to other ISDEV students to continue to work hard to achieve excellence not only for individual's sake but also for the sake of Islam.

Congratulations to all 3 Candidates - Shereeza, Kasyful and Mutiara Dwi Sari!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

A NAS A WEEK - 4 RABI'UL AWWAL 1437

In another narration, the Prophet said, “Verily, every deed has an enthusiasm and every enthusiasm has its limits. Whoever is enthusiastic for my tradition has succeeded, but whoever is enthusiastic for something else has been destroyed.” [Source: Musnad Ahmad 6725, Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Ahmad Shakir].

USM VICE CHANCELLOR LAUNCHED 15 DBP - USM (ISDEV) BOOKS


 USM Vice Chancellor cutting the ribbon as the symbolic gesture on the
 launching ceremony of the 15 DBP-USM (ISDEV) books
The close knit collaboration between the Centre for Islamic Development Management Studies (ISDEV), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) turns out to be a fruitful effort once again with the launch of 15 books written by ISDEV members inclusive of the two books written by USM academics.
USM Vice Chancellor and honourable guests reviewing some of the books launched.
The books were officially launched by Professor Dato’ Dr. Omar Osman, USM Vice Chancellor during the closing remarks of The 9th ISDEV International Islamic Development Management Conference (IDMAC 2015). The launching ceremony was held on the second day of IDMAC 2015 on 9 December 2015 at University Conference Hall, USM. All the 15 books launched are primarily on Islamic-based development which analysed issues ranging from economics, social, political economy, asset management and hospitality.
Presenting the books to the authors and some photo memento by the authors.
USM Vice Chancellor said the publication of the books by DBP is expected to contribute to the development of the society with Islamic values. He added that it is remarkable that all the 15 books were the results of the hard work and persistent commitment given by ISDEV members and USM academicians under the strict guidance and advice from the professional team of DBP's editors.
ISDEV Director, Professor Dr. Muhammad Syukri Salleh introducing the 15 books.
Meanwhile, ISDEV Director, Professor Dr. Muhammad Syukri Salleh added that the initial process in producing these books started as early as January 2012. In 2014, 12 books by ISDEV members were officially launched. Alhamdulillah, this year, with the close rapport forged between ISDEV members and DBP editors, ISDEV successfully launched the second batch of 15 books within the prescribed time period. With this display of ability, working hard within the time frame set, ISDEV is confident in producing more scholarly books for the market in the near future and endeavours to commit to produce scholarly works at least once a year. 
Group photo of the 14 authors of 15 DBP- USM (ISDEV) books with
USM Vice Chancellor, ISDEV Director, and honourable guests.
Also present at the ceremony were YBhg. Profesor Dato' Seri Dr. Md. Salleh Yaapar, Chairman of the Board of Governors of DBP, Abdul Nasir Mohd Razali, DBP Northen Region Director as well as Yang Mulia Pehin Orang Kaya Lela Dato Seri Laila Jasa Haji Awang Abdul Rahman Haji Abdul Karim, Executive Director of Abdul Razak Holdings, Negara Brunei Darussalam.

For more information on these 15 books kindly log on to:
http://isdev.usm.my/index.php/en/publications/books

Thursday, December 10, 2015

IDMAC 2015 ON ISLAMIC ASSET MANAGEMENT

A group photo on the first day of IDMAC 2015
Alhamdulillah, with the full commitment of all committee members and ISDEV members, ISDEV successfully organised the 9th ISDEV International Islamic Development Management Conference (IDMAC 2015) at the University Conference Hall (DPU) of Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Pulau Pinang. This is the ninth in a series of initiative to encourage related research in Islamic social sciences perspective, with the theme on Islamic Asset Management. 
The ambiance at the registration counter prior to the start of IDMAC 2015
The two days conference was held from the 8 till 9 December 2015 with the focus to provide a platform and opportunities for practitioners, managers, scholars, researchers, academicians, graduate students and others from all over the world to engage on an intellectual discourse on Islamic Asset Management. IDMAC 2015 also provided the opportunity to all participants to explore new ideas and issues on managing assets in Islam to ensure maximisation of benefits for the Ummah.
Associate Proessor Dr. Zakaria Bahari delivering the First Keynote Address
The first Keynote Address for this conference was given by IDMAC 2015 Chairman, Associate Professor Dr. Zakaria Bahari. This year’s IDMAC 2015 also welcomed a very special guest from Brunei Darussalam, Yang Mulia Pehin Orang Kaya Lela Dato Seri Laila Jasa Haji Awang Abdul Rahman Haji Abdul Karim, Executive Director of Abdul Razak Holdings, Negara Brunei Darussalam.
The second Keynote Speaker by YM Pehin Dato Haji Awang Abdul Rahman
on Islamic Asset Management Issues & Concern
There were two keynote addresses delivered at IDMAC 2015. On the first day, the keynote address was delivered by Associate Professor Dr. Zakaria Bahari on Understanding Islamic Asset Management while the second keynote address was delivered by Yang Mulia Pehin on Islamic Asset Management: Issues & Concerns on the last day of IDMAC 2015.
Capturing the enthusiasm displayed by some presenters 
A total of 56 papers were presented ranging from topics on Islamic Asset Management with the focus on five key areas encompassing Waqf, Zakat, Islamic Banking and Finance, Takaful, Islamic Investment and Micro-Finance as well as Islamic Management.
Participants took the opportunity to listen to the
various papers presented at IDMAC 2015
Meanwhile, the presenters and participants for IDMAC 2015 came from within USM and other local universities such as Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM), Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI), and a few foreign universities such as Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) of Brunei Darussalam, Universitas Sumatera Utara (USU) and Universitas Medan Area (UMA) of Medan, Indonesia, Universitas Airlangga (Surabaya), Universitas Muhammadiyah Jember (Jember), Sekolah Tinggi Ilmu Ekonomi (STIE) Mandala and Isa Kaita College of Education, Nigeria.
Some of the participants from foreign universities
The closing remark for the conference was given by USM Vice Chancellor, Professor Dato’ Dr. Omar Osman. He congratulated ISDEV for the successful organisation of the conference and expressed the need for such a conference to be continued. IDMAC provide the researchers the opportunity to present research findings, discuss and exchange views and ideas as well as to promote research on Islam.
USM VC - Prof Dato' Dr. Omar Osman officially declared
the close of IDMAC 2015
Prof. Dato' Dr. Omar also suggested to ISDEV to organise the 10th edition of IDMAC (IDMAC 2016) with a focus on sustainable development. This is in view of the need to study on sustainability as something that is omnipresent currently. He hoped that ISDEV could be the pioneer in carrying research on sustainability based on Islamic precepts and principles based on the elements contained in the Quran and Al -Hadith. He expressed his confidence of ISDEV ability to organise IDMAC 2016 and to attract more researchers to present their papers at the next sitting. Prof. Dato' Dr. Omar at the end of his remarks officially declared the close of IDMAC 2015.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

KPI’15: A TRULY MEMORABLE MOMENT

The participants of KPI'15 posing  at ease for the group photo.
A truly memorable experience as MISDEV14 (ISDEV Postgraduate Mixed-Mode) students were assigned to organize the 3-days 2-nights Kem Pembangunan Insaniah (KPI’15) programme. KPI' 15 was held from 27-29 November 2015 at Sedim Vista Homestay & Chalet, Kulim, Kedah. This annual programme emphasizes on the practical aspects of human development as a further enhancement to the theoretical aspects covered in the third semester course on Human Development (SVW502).
Parliamentary Debate and flying fox are among the activities during KPI'15.
The programme emphasised on four main elements of quality human development involving spiritual, physical, mental and emotional development. Besides MISDEV14 students and ISDEV lecturers, KPI’15 also involved MISDEV15 and RISDEV (ISDEV Postgraduate by Research) students. The main objective of this programme was to expose in reality the hands-on practical experience on applying the theories of human development that MISDEV14 students have learnt throughout the semester.. 
Slaughtering the chicken as part of the practical aspects in the art and ethics of slaughtering management
KPI’15 consisted of four cores activities. First was Public Speaking which covered the delivering of tazkirah, khutbah, parliamentary debate and presentation. Second was for the brothers to practice their role as Imam and Bilal. Third, the Art and Ethics of Slaughtering Management and fourthly was the Art and Ethics of Corpse Management. All these four activities were conducted on the three consecutive days they were there. It is a blessing as students received valuable feedback and comments by the lectures as these activities enhanced their skills or knowledge on the fard ‘ain and fard kifayah.
MISDEV15 sharpening their practical skills in handling the Art and Ethics of Corpse Management.
Besides these four core activities, KPI’15 also included outdoor activities and a cultural night. All in all KPI'15 provided opportunity for MISDEV'14 to not only discover their physical, mental and spiritual strengths, but also discover their abilities and talents throughout the wholehearted performances they displayed. All in all, KPI’15 was fruitfully conducted due to the high commitment given by MISDEV14 students, RISDEV and MISDEV15 students, lecturers as well as Sedim Vista’s staff. Everyone gained a lot of experience. Alhamdulillah the mission of this program was accomplished! All thanks to Allah SWT.
Delivering tazkirah were among  the programme in enhancing and building both
the confidence level and soft skills of the participants.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

A NAS A WEEK - 25 SAFAR 1437H

And there is no creature on earth but that upon Allah is its provision, and He knows its place of dwelling and place of storage. All is in a clear register [Hud, 11:6].

Thursday, December 3, 2015

ISDEV RESEARCH DISCOURSE: ALL ARE CORDIALLY INVITED


With great pleasure and honour Centre for Islamic Development Management Studies (ISDEV) would like to invite ISDEV members,  USM staff and members of the public  to attend the ISDEV Research Discourse as follows: 

Title    :  Paradoks Politik Pembangunan (The Political Development Paradoxs)
Date    :  7 December 2015 
Time   :  9.30 am 
Venue :  University Conference Hall (DPU), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) 

The discourse will be delivered by invited lecturer from Universitas Medan Area, Indonesia, Dr. Warjio. He is also an Associate Fellow of ISDEV. This discourse will be reviewed by Dr. Mohd Shakir Mohd Rosdi, ISDEV Senior Lecturer while Dr. Mohd Shukri Hanapi serves as the Moderator. 

To those who are interested to attend and should further information be required kindly contact: 

Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad 

Tel: 604 - 653 4603/ 5812 or Email: sukainah@usm.my

All are cordially invited.


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

MASA@BAN NUA 6.0

Group Photo - All the participants of MASA@Ban Nua 6.0 posing for a memento picture
in front of Ban Nua Mosque
Continuing the legacy of the seniors before them as well as part of the fulfilment of the coursework for SIW505-Epistemology and Islamic Tasawwur, MISDEV'15 (ISDEV Postgraduate by Mixed-Mode) have successfully organised an empowering program aimed at the grass root level of the Ban Nua community in Thailand named Socio-Academic Laboratory – Ban Nua 6.0 (MASA@Ban Nua 6.0). 

The 3 days-2 nights programme was held from 13 until 15 November 2015 with a total of 66 ISDEV members participated including RISDEV (ISDEV Postgraduate by Research Mode) students and lecturers.
Colouring contest for kids - Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad's son also taking part in the contest
With the aim to brings along a great mission of strengthening the relationship between ISDEV members and the Muslim community in the village of Ban Nua, MASA@Ban Nua 6.0 packed with useful activities such as “Qiamullail” which started as early at 4.00 am followed by the congregational Subuh prayer, a nasyeed performances for culture night, reorganising the mini library of the Ban Nua community, colouring contest for the Ban Nua kids, grooming skill session and Thai language class were also organised with the cooperation of Ban Nua representatives specially for participation of the programme. 
Organising mini library and 'gotong- royong' are the 
never-to-be- missed activities at Ban Nua
The “gotong-royong’’, is a never-to-be-missed activity was also included in the programme as participants worked together to spruce up the clean surroundings and well maintained Ban Nua Mosque. There was also a friendly futsal match organised by Prince Songhkla University between ISDEV brothers against the Ban Nua community team. The match was won by Ban Nua team with the result 3 - 1. 
(From top left)Thai Language class, grooming skill session, nasyeed performances and
futsal match are also among the activities 
Besides having informal activities, there were also an academic programme consisting of “Dialog Tasawur Pembangunan Komuniti Islam Ban Nua". The dialogue were discussed by two panels, Dr. Wisoot Lateh@Tobrani (the Imam of Ban Nua) and Ustaz Mohamad Muhaimin Mohamad Zaki (MISDEV’15 student) while Dr. Mohd Shukri Hanapi served as Moderator for the dialogue session.
The Honourable Imam of Ban Nua - Dr.Wisoot Lateh@Tobrani in his full spirit during the 'Dialog Tasawur Pembangunan Komuniti Islam Ban Nua'
With the ending of the dialogue session, MASA@Ban Nua 6.0 also came to an end. From all of the organised activities, the participants learned that the programme has further strengthened the ukhuwwah between the Ban Nua community, through several initiatives such as in the areas of knowledge sharing and cooperative ownership, management and improvement of mini library, sports and youth culture, and of course learning the Thai language too.
 One for The Picture - ISDEV participants and lecturers taking a group photo at the end of
the MASA@Ban Nua 6.0 programme
Indeed, MASA@Ban Nua 6.0 represents the commitment of ISDEV and the Ban Nua community to forge closer ties that have been consistently renewed and strengthened annually for the past 5 years. Dr. Wisoot Lateh expressed his hope that ISDEV and Ban Nua community will continue to organise such programme in the future for the sake of Ban Nua Muslim community, ISDEV students as well as Islam.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

A NAS A WEEK - 18 SAFAR 1437H

Abu Sa’eed Al-Khudri reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “The world is sweet and green. Verily, Allah will make you successors in order to see how you will behave, so be cautious of the world and be cautious of women. Verily, the first trial of the children of Israel was concerning women.” [Source: Sahih Muslim 2742; Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Muslim].

Thursday, November 26, 2015

ISDEV DIRECTOR AT REGIONAL CONVENTION ON ISLAMIC STUDIES (RCIS)

 Professor Dr. Muhammad Syukri Salleh ( first right) sharing his ideas and experiences during
 the slot of “Bicara Ilmu” on the first day of the convention
On 5 till 6 November 2015, ISDEV Director, Professor Dr. Muhammad Syukri Salleh was invited to the 2nd Regional Convention on Islamic Studies 2015 (RCIS) as one of the panellists. With the theme on "The Strengthening of Islamic Studies Through 3 I: Inspiration. Intellectual. Innovation", the convention was organised by Kolej Universiti Islam Melaka (KUIM) and was held at Hotel KOBEMAS, MITC Melaka.
Group Photo - Professor Dr. Muhammad Syukri Salleh is surrounded by the participants,
undergraduate students pursuing Bachelor of Islamic Development Management, KUIM
This convention raises issues relating to the sources of Islamic Studies as an inspiration to the emergence of Islamic scholars. Through these intellectual Islamic scholars, there are some innovations required to improve the thinking and lifestyle in ensuring compatibility with modern setting. The innovations are preserved from any form of harm and negative impact so that it complies with Sharia principles (Islamic legal maxim). Thus, Prof. Syukri was given the honour to share and discuss his experience in the slot “Bicara Ilmu” on the first day of the convention. The participants of this convention included academics and students as well as practitioners who are actively engaged in Islamic studies within respective areas. 
Professor Dr. Muhammad Syukri Salleh (centre), ISDEV Alumni, Muslihah Mazlan (right)
and KUIM representatives (left), having discussion in the meeting for the
Bachelor of Islamic Development Management Programme.
Meanwhile, Prof. Syukri also had the chance to meet up with three ISDEV Alumni members, Muslihah Mazlan, Sofyatul Azlyn Shariffuddin and Siti Nur Afiqah Shafie who are currently lecturers of Management and Development Programme under the Academy of Islamic Studies, KUIM. As one of the academic consultants at KUIM, Prof. Syukri also took the opportunity to have a thorough discussion with the representatives of KUIM. He provided them advice and the guideline in terms of courses outline, relevant subject, ideas and also commented on their on-going course of Bachelor of Islamic Development Management Programme.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

ISDEV GRADUATION CEREMONY: THE CELEBRATION OF FOUR ISDEV GRADUATES

The Celebration - Four ISDEV graduates cutting the cakes as the symbolic of celebration the success.
From left, Fakhruddin Abd Rahman (RISDEV, Master by Research), Dr. Teuku Meldi Kesuma,
Dr. Nor Hanani Ismail and Dr. Azrin Ibrahim
In conjunction with the 52nd Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)’s convocation and sticking to the tradition of ISDEV, a simple Graduation Ceremony was held on Tuesday afternoon, 17 November 2015 to commemorate the four ISDEV student consisting of three RISDEV (ISDEV Postgraduate by Research) in Ph.D level and one RISDEV at the master level. With the help of ISDEV Associate Members (ABI), the high-tea reception was held at the Bumbledee's@1938 Restaurant, USM Guest House, USM.
Dr. Teuku Meldi Kesuma (left) and Fakhruddin Abd Rahman (right) receiving graduation certificate and
a surprise graduation gift from ISDEV Director, Professor Dr. Muhammad Syukri Salleh
All the four RISDEV graduates received their graduation certificates as well as graduation gift each from ISDEV as a sign of appreciation and honoured for completing their study in Islamic Development Management at the highest echelon of formal academic studies, the Doctor of Philosophy level as well as master level (by Research).
Dr. Nor Hanani Ismail (left) and Dr. Azrin Ibrahim (right) receiving their 'Outstanding PhD Thesis Award'
from ISDEV Director, Professor Dr. Muhammad Syukri Salleh
At the same time, all of them also received the ‘Outstanding PhD Thesis and Dissertation Award’ in recognition of their excellence in academic writing. The certificates and awards were presented by ISDEV Director, Professor Dr. Muhammad Syukri Salleh.
One for the album - a group photo of the four ISDEV graduates
with ISDEV distinguished lecturers
Besides the award presentation ceremony, the graduates also took a group photos with ISDEV lecturers as well as their family members.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

A NAS A WEEK - 11 SAFAR 1437


He has succeeded who purifies it, [al-Shams, 91:9].

Thursday, November 19, 2015

FOUR ISDEV STUDENTS RECEIVE THEIR PhD AND MASTER DEGREE AT 52ND USM CONVOCATION CEREMONY

Dr. Azrin Ibrahim walking with pride after receiving her scroll from the USM Chancellor
Three RISDEV (ISDEV Postgraduate Research Mode) students of Centre for Islamic Development Management Studies (ISDEV) received their Doctors of Philosophy degree (or PhD) at the 52nd USM Convocation Ceremony on 17 November 2015. These graduates have actually bring continuously successful academic achievement for ISDEV since its upgrade as a Research Centre of Excellence (CoE) on 17 April 2014.
 Dr. Nor Hanani Ismail walking away with bless and honour after receiving her doctorate scroll
The students received their doctorates degrees in Islamic Development Management. Their scrolls were presented to them by USM Chancellor D.Y.M.M. Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Ibni Al-Marhum Tuanku Syed Putra Jamalullail. The doctorates recipients included the one newly appointed lecturer at ISDEV, Dr. Azrin Ibrahim. Other graduates were Dr. Nor Hanani Ismail who is now  a lecturer at Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) and Dr. Teuku Meldi Kesuma also a lecturer at Universitas Syiah Kuala (UNSYIAH), Aceh, Indonesia.
 The smile of success - Dr. Teuku Meldi Kesuma grinning cheerfully during the presentation
of his scroll by USM Chancellor
Meanwhile, Fakhruddin Abd Rahman who is also a RISDEV student has receive his master degree (by research) in second session, Wednesday, 18 November 2015.  Uniquely, all graduates are the protege of ISDEV lecturers, Professor Dr. Muhammad Syukri Salleh, Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad and Dr. Zakaria Bahari.
Fakhruddin Abd Rahman standing with honour during the convocation ceremony
in receiving his scroll on the second session
It is indeed a momentous and joyful occasion for these four RISDEV graduates. Parents and family of ISDEV graduates as well as ISDEV members were at the convocation ceremony to celebrate and share their success.
The celebration of success with family and friends after the convocation ceremony