Sunday, May 31, 2015


Mu’adh ibn Anas reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “The best of virtues is that you maintain relations with one who cuts you off, that you give to one who deprives you, and that you pardon one who insults you.” [Source: Musnad Ahmad 15191, Grade: Hasan (fair) according to Ibn Al-Wazeer].

Friday, May 29, 2015


The Participants from UPM Pusat Islam.

From 8 May until 10 May, 2015, four ISDEV lecturers including ISDEV Director, Prof. Muhammad Syukri Salleh were invited to speak to the staff of Pusat Islam, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) staff and were appointed as the facilitators for the 'Program Pengukuhan Sahsiah Diri Staf" (Strengthening Self Personality of Staff Programme). The 3-day long programme was organised by the Islamic Centre of Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM Pusat Islam) at Felda Residence Trolak Resort, Sungkai, Perak Darul Ridzuan.
Prof. Syukri presented his talk on Qalb-based Management.

According to the Director of UPM Pusat Islam, Dr. Razali Othman, the main objective of this programme was to introduce the concept or the principle that ISDEV had been implementing all these while. Specifically it was aimed at introducing the pragmatic aspects of Qalb-based (Heart-based) Management which is an approach to the learning and management of Hati ke Hati (or Heart to Heart) to the staff of UPM Pusat Islam.
Dr. Mohd Shukri Hanapi talks about "Keberkatan Rezeki" (The Blessings of Sustenance).

This Qalb-based Management is a rather unique approach that sets it apart from the mainstream management methods widely available globally. It is something new and interesting to apply and implemented in management. So Dr. Razali had taken this opportunity to execute this Qalb-based Management approach and the principle of shared responsibility based on this Islamic approach to be introduced to the staff. He further added that should this pilot programme be a success, this Qalb-based Management approach would be suggested to the top management of UPM and implemented to all staff in UPM.
Dr Shahir Akram delivering his talk on the implications of Qalb-based Management
towards attracting blessings at work.

He also added that he purposely invited the lecturers from ISDEV to be the facilitators because ISDEV was the only institution that ventured and implemented the Qalb-based Management to its students and staff. With the achievement made by ISDEV so far, to him ISDEV has proven that the principle and approach were among the key elements that had successfully created the ‘one family’ environment among ISDEV members. 
Dr. Syakir in action talking on a topic that is very close to his heart.

All of them gave a talk related to Qalb and the principle behind the ‘Hati ke Hati’ concept. The talks included the Qalb-based Management approach and the implications of Qalb Management as a magnet that could attract blessings from the duties that are carried out in the name of one's employment or service.
The participants with Dr Razali Othman, Director of Pusat Islam, UPM (seated - four from right) and ISDEV lecturers.

The three days programme ended with a photo group session among the participants for their keeps. On the same note, ISDEV is indeed honoured with the opportunity given to share this approach with other institutions. It is also hoped that the management of the administration in other institutions could also be carried out more efficiently using Islamic-based concept as is being practised in ISDEV.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015


ISDEV researchers, Dr.Shahir (2nd from right) and Dr. Shukri (3rd from right) in front of the UniSZA observatory.

Dr. Shahir Akram Hassan Al-Hafiz who obtained his inaugural grant of University Research Individual (RUI) on "Pengaplikasian Rukyah dan Hisab di Asia Tenggara" (The Application of Rukyah (Moon Sighting) and Calculations in Southeast Asia) has begun conducting the second stage in the first phase of his empirical research with his co-researcher Dr. Mohd Shukri Hanapi. They were at Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA) Terengganu, from 19 until 22 April 2015 to collect some data.
A look at the interior of the observatory and reading some of the information displayed there.

According to Dr. Shahir Akram, this is the second leg of the empirical research that has been conducted after they went to Brunei Darussalam to collect the data under the same research grant. In UniSZA, they met up with Malaysia's astronomy expert Associate Professor Dr. Baharuddin Zainal to discuss details of their plans to collaborate the conduct of the research in the very near future.
Having a discussion with a representative of ESERI.

They also made some collaborations with the East Cost Environmental Research Institute (ESERI), UnisZA where they are looking into avenues to combine astronomy with environmental science in conducting the second phase of the research. Meanwhile the two ISDEV researches also paid a visit to the Balai Cerap UniSZA (Observatory) situated at Bukit Merang, Merang, Setiu. They had the opportunity to observe planet Venus through a special telescope as well as collected data for their research.
Observing Venus

As part of the effort to collect data in the research, the third leg of the first phase research will see these researchers scheduled to fly to West Java (Jawa Barat), Indonesia this coming August. They intend to observe moon sighting at the Pelabuhan Ratu, Sukabumi as it is said that the place is very special where one can sight the moon with the naked eyes. Dr. Shahir also added that as soon as his team finish collecting data in Indonesia, the research team will then proceed with their research by visiting other observatories such as in Singapura as well as the southern countries of Malaysia including Johor, Negeri Sembilan, and Melaka.

Sunday, May 24, 2015


O you who have believed, obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those in authority among you. And if you disagree over anything, refer it to Allah and the Messenger, if you should believe in Allah and the Last Day. That is the best (way) and best in result [al-Nisaa', 4:59].

Friday, May 22, 2015


One of the slides by Dr. Shahir Akram Hassan for the April Monthly Graduate Supervision.

The first ISDEV Monthly Graduate Supervision for this year took place on Friday, 24th April 2015 at C06 Social Sciences Conference Room, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). It was actually the first of such experience for MISDEV'14 (ISDEV Postgraduate by Mixed-Mode) students and the newly registered RISDEV (ISDEV Postgraduate by Research Mode) students.

The session started at 9 a.m. with a lecture on Penganalisisan Kualitatif dan Penaakulan (Qualitative Analysis and Reasoning) delivered by ISDEV Senior Lecturer, Dr. Shahir Akram Hassan. He identified three main problems that graduate students always encounter when writing a thesis which are 1) Consistency of Argumentation 2) Structure of Argumentation and 3) Continuity of Argumentation. This problem is most evidently found in Chapter Four of the theses submitted by students.
Dr Shahir Akram (in white) delivering his lecture on Reasoning Method and the Application of Logic

In order to overcome these three identified problems, Reasoning Method (Kaedah Penaakulan) and the Application of Logic (Aplikasi Mantik) can be applied in writings. Students must observe the rules of categorization and employ critical and analytical thinking in their writings. Continuity of argumentation itself is of vital importance.
Dr. Mohd Syakir (centre) posing a question during the Question & Answer session. 

Giving the explanation for almost one hour and a half, students as well as other lecturers never missed a chance to pose their questions related to the topic discussed during the Question & Answer session. Dr. Shahir Akram tried to give a clear explanation so that all present are able to fully comprehend and thoroughly understand the approach to logical argumentation he mentioned throughout his lecture.

Also present that day were ISDEV Director, Prof. Muhammad Syukri Salleh, ISDEV Deputy Director Dr. Zakaria Bahari, ISDEV lecturers as well as ISDEV administrative staff.

Monday, May 18, 2015


Introducing the month's topic in the Tarbiyah Pengarah ISDEV for April 2015.

"Memperkasa ISDEV Melalui Fitrah" (Empowering ISDEV through Fitrah) was the catch title of the day for the Tarbiyyah Pengarah ISDEV in April, 2015. This was the topic of the monthly address to ISDEV fraternity by ISDEV Director, Professor Muhammad Syukri Salleh. It was held at the Conference Room of C06, School of Social Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia on 24 April 2015.
In his address, Prof Syukri talked about how to strengthen ISDEV in our innate natural state (fitrah). According to him, Fitrah referred to something naturally inborn in everyone such as the love for happiness through righteousness. Happiness can be achieved by striving (mujahadah) to have a pure heart, and an accurate instinct and intuition. Mujahadah is to elude from mazmumah (despicable) attributes which is undeniably not an easy endeavour, but it is nonetheless not impossible.
Astute and demurely looking Prof. Syukri reminding ISDEV fraternity the importance of staying true to one's fitrah.

It is very much related to tazkiah al-nafs and the knowledge on tasawwuf. Tasawwuf is the science of the path to Allah SWT. It is the course on how a believer cleanse the heart by the avoidance or shying away from mazmumah properties of the vile and reprehensible while filling the heart with mahmudah properties or attributes of honour.

Unlike previously held Monthly Graduate Supervision that were attended by lecturers and students only, this session was joined by ISDEV administrative staff too. This was to ensure the accomplishment of a mission to develop ISDEV as a research centre of excellence which was full of contentment was sustainable and could be realised. Each and every ISDEV member was reminded to develop within themselves God-consciousness and to help the society at large to develop the same as well. Prof Syukri reiterated that was the only way to shun away pride and ego which could destroy man's fitrah.
Not wanting to miss a point, all eyes were on the screen to mentally capture and understand each and every point stressed by Prof Syukri in his monthly address.

Before ending the Tarbiyyah Pengarah ISDEV with a Question and Answer session, Prof Syukri invited all the administrative staff and ISDEV lecturers to express their feelings as well as experience working at ISDEV. All in all ISDEV students were given a holistic feel of what is to be a member at ISDEV.

Sunday, May 17, 2015


Ibn Abbas reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Teach others, make things easy, and do not make things difficult. When one of you is angry, he should remain silent.” [Source: Musnad Ahmad, 2137, Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Ahmad Shakir]

Friday, May 15, 2015


The close knit collaboration between ISDEV and Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) is proven once again with the publication of three new books written by ISDEV members. 

The covers of the three new books - all published by Dewan Bahasa & Pustaka.

These books are written by 2 RISDEV (ISDEV Postgraduate by Research) students, Puan Azrin Ibrahim and Cik Norazilawati Md Dahlal and 1 MISDEV'12 (ISDEV Postgraduate by Mixed-Mode) student, Cik Che Nurmahirah Che Ghaffar. 

Azrin had written a book on ‘Amalan Hisbah di Malaysia’ (Hisbah Practices in Malaysia) while Norazilawati's book was on ‘Pengurusan Kualiti Makanan Halal’ (Quality Management of Halal Food). “Kepimpinan dan Kepatuhan dalam Pengurusan Insaniah Berdasarkan Sirah Nabawiyah” (Leadership and Compliance in Human Management based on the History of Prophet Muhammad) was the title of the book written by Che Nurmahirah.

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, hard work and keeping diligently within the time frame prescribed, ISDEV is confident of producing more scholarly books. In fact, there are another 12  new books scheduled to be published in the near future.

Should you be keen to get a copy of these books or require further details regarding these books, do log on to

Monday, May 11, 2015


The Centre for Islamic Development Management Studies (ISDEV), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) with the cooperation of the Institute of Postgraduate Studies (IPS), USM is organizing The 10th ISDEV International Graduate Workshop (INGRAW 2015). The 2-days conference is scheduled to be held on 27 and 28 October 2015 at the University Conference Hall of USM, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia.

This workshop is for all aspiring researchers who are steadfastly pursuing their Masters or PhD degrees. It specifically caters to the needs of aspiring academicians who are seeking the right platform to present any aspects of their research. The only condition is that the research that is to be presented at INGRAW 2015 must relate to Islam. 

This international standing workshop is opened to all postgraduate students within and outside Malaysia who are pursuing their research on any disciplines but must be related to Islam. Those who are interested to join and keen to know more about this graduate workshop can log on to 

If you are keen and aspire to participate in INGRAW2015, the invitation to submit your abstract is now open.The deadline for the submission of abstract is on 25 July 2015. All abstracts are to be emailed directly to Ms. Azrin Ibrahim at or the secretariat of INGRAW 2015 at

Sunday, May 10, 2015


Allah does not charge a soul except (with that within) its capacity. It will have (the consequence of) what (good) it has gained, and it will bear (the consequence of) what (evil) it has earned. "Our Lord, do not impose blame upon us if we have forgotten or erred. Our Lord, and lay not upon us a burden like that which You laid upon those before us. Our Lord, and burden us not with that which we have no ability to bear. And pardon us; and forgive us; and have mercy upon us. You are our protector, so give us victory over the disbelieving people." [al-Baqarah, 2:286]

Thursday, May 7, 2015


This year's ISDEV Malam Graduasi was held at the Chancellery Foyer of USM.

ISDEV Malam Graduasi (Graduation Night) is steeped in tradition. It is an annual event organized by the current cohort of MISDEV (ISDEV Postgraduate by Mixed-Mode) students to honour and celebrate the academic success of their seniors.

This year's ISDEV Malam Graduasi saw no exception. MISDEV'14 students were tasked to organize the ISDEV Malam Graduasi  2015 which rounded up the convocation celebrations that MISDEV'13 and two RISDEV (ISDEV Postgraduate by Research) students experienced during the day. This year's Malam Graduasi was held on Saturday, 25 April, 2015 at the Chancellery Foyer, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). Many invited guests with their family members walked in with delightful expressions before the events for the auspicious night started at 8:00 pm.  
Ustaz Aisamuddin (standing) leading the do'a  while next to him is Ustaz Afnan (seated), one of the MCs for the night.

The night began with the recitation of Asma’ al-Husna and Surah Al-Fatihah. This was immediately followed with the invocation of a prayer (do'a) from Ustaz Aisamuddin seeking Allah S.W.T blessings to provide all those present - ISDEV members including academicians and administrative staff as well as graduated students with their beloved family members and current MISDEV and RISDEV students - a blessed and blissful moment to enjoy the dinner together. 
One of MISDEV'13 students, Wan Nornajwa (second from right) with her family members.
There were two masters of ceremony (MCs) for that night. They were Ustaz Afnan Hamimi and Ustaz Zufar. They kept the night moving with full of surprises and witty dialogues which made all those present felt at ease to freely mingle with one another. After dinner, guests were then entertained by ISDEV well-known artist, Dr. Mohd. Syakir together with his back-up vocals consisted of some MISDEV'13 students who were known for their rhythmically beating skills of the drums performing the nasheed of “Sunnah Orang Berjuang”. A significant theme song for ISDEV that is usually sung in most events by ISDEV. Undoubtedly this nasheed brought some sweet memories spent together in ISDEV for most of ISDEV members as well as a rendezvous of the past to some family members that night who might have used to listen and sang along with this nasheed years ago. 
A must in each ISDEV Malam Graduasi - a word of advice from the beloved ISDEV Director, Prof. Syukri Salleh.

The ceremony continued with a montage display and speech from representatives of MISDEV'13. They were Muhammad Saiful, the Class Monitor of MISDEV'13 and Nur Afifah who represented the sisters of MISDEV'13. Also not to be missed, dearly beloved and respected ISDEV Director, Professor Muhammad Syukri Salleh, whom everyone waited in eagerness for his wise and fatherly advise. They shared genuinely from their hearts and the words touched all who were there. There were also prayers made for ISDEV's strong and promising future to develop more and more people with Islamic heart, mind and overall worldview within South East Asian countries generally and Malaysia specifically. As seniors, they also thanked MISDEV'13 for such a wonderful night while Prof. Syukri Salleh expressed his hopes for MISDEV'13 to pursue their PhD level as a continuity and contribution to the Islamic Development Management knowledge worldwide.
Top: Excellent PhD Theses, Deicy (Right) and Assoc. Prof. Ab. Aziz (Left).
Bottom: Representative of the ISDEV Excellent Dissertation Awards receiving on behalf of all winners from
Dr. Fadzila Azni (right) and Dr. Mohd Syakir (left).

Finally, the moment that MISDEV'13 students were waiting for - the ISDEV Excellent Dissertation Award. Indeed it was a momentous occasion as 28 out of the 36 MISDEV'13 students received the great good news of being bestowed with the prestigious ISDEV Excellent Dissertation Award. In addition the two RISDEV students, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ab Aziz Yusoff and Dr. Deicy Natalia Karamoy whose convocation was also celebrated that night received the ISDEV Excellent PhD Thesis Award.

A never to be missed opportunity, the group photo for the ISDEV Malam Graduasi of 2015.

At the end of the night, all guests were invited to take a group photograph. As the saying goes, "A picture is worth a thousand words" it is hoped that the night would be preserved as a moment to be remembered by all guests who were there that night.