Sunday, January 31, 2016


And say, "My Lord, cause me to enter a sound entrance and to exit a sound exit and grant me from Yourself a supporting authority." [al-Israa', 17:80].

Friday, January 29, 2016


Praise to Allah SWT for the success of two RISDEV (ISDEV postgraduate by research) candidates, Khatijah Othman and Saharudin Shakrani in their viva voce on 21 January 2016. Their viva took place at C06, Social Science Conference Room, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and was divided into morning and afternoon session. 
Khadijah Othman attending her mock viva - a day prior to the actual viva in providing a
realistic presentation for the candidate to enable them adequately prepare for the actual viva
The first candidate, Khatijah Othman’s viva voce was scheduled in the morning. She defended her thesis on "Islamic Compliance Quality Management System (ICQMS): An Analysis from Islamic Tasawwur, Epistemology and Ontology Perspectives" (Pematuhan Sistem Pengurusan Kualiti Islam (PSPKI): Analisis dari Perspektif Tasawwur, Epistemologi dan Ontologi Islam).

The chairman for her viva was Professor Dr. Muhammad Kamarul Kabilan Abdullah from the School of Education Studies, USM while the External Examiner was Associate Prof. Dr. Che Zarrina Binti Sa'ari from the Department of Akidah and Islamic Thought, Academy of Islamic Studies, Universiti Malaya (UM). Her two Internal Examiners were Associate Professor Dr. Zakaria Bahari and Professor Sr. Dr. Mastura Jaafar@Mustapha from School of Housing, Building and Planning (HBP), USM. Her main supervisor Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad and her co-supervisor Professor Dr. Muhammad Syukri Salleh, were also present. 
Khadijah Othman during her viva voce. She passed her viva with flying colours and
her thesis is nominated for the best thesis award
During the viva, it could be discerned that she was a little jittery but she managed to answer all questions calmly. The chairman of the viva voce, Prof. Kamarul declared that all examiners were pleased not only with her written thesis but also the manner in which she was able to defend it excellently. Prof. Kamarul unanimously announced that Khatijah passed her viva with flying colours and her thesis is nominated for the best thesis award.

Second candidate, Saharudin Shakrani faced his viva voce in the afternoon session. He defended his thesis on “Penilaian Prestasi Sekuriti Patuh Syariah Terpilih Menggunakan Model Kemeruapan Bersyarat Peletakan Harga Aset Modal Islam" (Performance Evaluation of Selected Syariah Compliant Securities using the Conditional Volatility of Islamic Capital Asset Pricing Model).
Second candidate, Saharudin Shakrani during his mock viva trying
his best to answer all the question calmly
The boards of examiners of his viva voce were Professor Dr. Joni Tamkin Borhan from Academy of Islamic Studies, UM as the External Examiner while Professor Dr. Muhammad Syukri Salleh and Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad served as the Internal Examiners. Both of his main and co-supervisors, Associate Dr. Zakaria Bahari and Dr. Zahri Hamat were also present.

During Saharudin's viva, the air was definitely tensed as the candidate was fielded various questions from the examiners. Although he was unable to agree to some of the questions asked and suggestions given by the examiners, he had managed to control the situation and respond with utmost calmness and clarity. The chairperson, Professor Dr. Abdul Ghani Kanesan Abdullah finally announced the candidate passed his viva voce.

Congratulations to both candidates! 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016


Four RISDEV (ISDEV Postgraduate by Research) candidates, Ridwan Nurdin, Surita Hartini Mat Hassan, Farah Farhana Johari and Mohammad Zulfakhairi Mokhtar presented their PhD thesis in ISDEV graduate discourse for the month of January 2016. Ridwan Nurdin presented his final draft of PhD thesis whereas the other presenters, Surita Hartini, Farah Farhana and Mohd Zulfakhairi presented their PhD thesis proposals in front of more than 40 attendees consisting of ISDEV Deputy Director, lecturers as well as ISDEV students. The programme was divided into two different places, C05, ISDEV and C06, Social Sciences Conference Room, School of Social Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) on 22 January 2016.
Surita Hartini  answering all the question and response to all the feedback
confidently during her presentation for her PhD thesis proposal
The presentation was divided into two sessions, in the morning and afternoon session. The first session started at 10.00am with the first candidate, Surita Hartini Mat Hassan. She is currently supervised by Asssociate Professor Dr. Zakaria Bahari. She presented her PhD thesis proposal on "Pelaburan Hartanah Wakaf: Analisis Kelestarian Manfaat Wakaf" and her presentation was evaluated by Dr. Shahir Akram Hassan.
Ridwan Nurdin in his full spirit presenting his PhD final draft in front
 of ISDEV lectures and fratenity at C05
The second candidate was Ridwan Nurdin.  He presented his final draft PhD thesis on "Kriteria  dan Tahap Kesetiaan Pekerja Perbankan Islam di Banda Acheh, Indonesia". He is also under the supervision of Associate Professor Dr. Zakaria Bahari. Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad served as the evaluator for his presentation.
ISDEV students in full attention and  jot down some notes from
Farah Farhana's presentation
After the Jumaat Prayer, the programme continued with the third candidate, Farah Farhana Johari. She presented her PhD thesis proposal on "Asas Pembinaan Visi dan Misi Institusi Pembangunan Berteraskan Islam di Malaysia". Farah Farhana was evaluated by Dr. Mohd Shukri Hanapi and currently is supervised by Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad.
Mohd Zulfakhairi patiently presenting his PhD thesis proposal and receive a
positive feedback from all ISDEV lecturers to proceed further to the next level
The last candidate was Mohammad Zulfakhairi Mokhtar with his thesis proposal on "Pengaruh Niat Terhadap Tingkah Laku Berwakaf Tunai Dalam Kalangan Muslim di Pulau Pinang". He is currently supervised by Associate Professor Dr. Zakaria Bahari. His presentation was evaluated by Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad.

After a detailed evaluation, all candidates finally received good tidings that their PhD research proposal and final drafts were accepted. Ridwan Nurdin had been given the mandate to submit his PhD thesis while the rest received the endorsement to proceed further to the next level.

Congratulations to all candidates!

Sunday, January 24, 2016


Jabir ibn Abdullah reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Ask Allah for beneficial knowledge and seek refuge in Allah from knowledge without benefit.” [Source: Sunan Ibn Majah 3843].

Friday, January 22, 2016


With great pleasure and honour Centre for Islamic Development Management Studies (ISDEV) would like to invite all especially to all ISDEV  fratenity to attend The 8th Annual Lecture Series on Contemporary Islam in Malaysia. The programme will be held on 28 January 2016 at the University Conference Hall, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM).

The programme will start at 9.30am until 2.00pm with Dr. Shereeza Mohamad Saniff from ISDEV as the Moderator of the programme.

The 8th Annual Lecture Series is an annual occasion resulting from the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Universiti Sains Malaysia and University of Agder, Norway in 2007. In this programme, the two panels will discuss current issues on Islam in Malaysia. In addition, there will be a session of exchanging views, opinions as well as giving in depth explanation in regards to the issue discuss to the students from University of Agder, Norway.

The panels are Associate Professor Dr. Levi Geir Eidhamar from the Department of Religion, Philosophy and History of University of Agder, Norway and Tuan Azril Mohd Amin from Institut Kajian Strategik Islam Malaysia (IKSIM). He is also the CEO of Centre for Human Rights Research and Advocacy (CENTHRA), Lawyer and Islamic NGO activist.

To those who interested to attend and for further information kindly contact:

Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad
Tel: 604 - 653 4603/ 5812 


Mr. Kamarudin Mohamed Ismail Merican
Tel: 604 – 653 4601

All are cordially invited.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016


The signs that says it all - a building for ISDEV
Finally the reality of ISDEV to have its own building is materialising. Alhamdulillah. This is the next step forward since the receipt of the Watikah from USM Legal Advisor, upgrading ISDEV stature from a Virtual Centre previously to the current Research Centre of Excellence (CoE) on May 2014. As a CoE, ISDEV has been operating independently from the School of Social Sciences, USM and is scheduled to operate within its own building by this year.
The building that once was used by the Unit Penyelidikan Ilmu Falak & Sains Atmosfera will shortly house ISDEV once the renovation works are completed
The operations of ISDEV in this new building is transitional while ISDEV awaits for its own mixed development building to be constructed based on an endowment scheme. The new building that is expected to house ISDEV, previously was owned by Unit Penyelidikan Ilmu Falak & Sains Atmosfera which is located between the Centre for Policy and International Studies (CenPRIS) and Graduate School of Business (GSB) buildings. The renovation of the building started in 18 September 2015 and is expected to be completed by April 2016.
Works in progress - physical transformation of the building to suit ISDEV needs
At the moment the renovation is supervised and coordinated by USM Development Department and the contractor in charge is Warisan Juta Enterprise. The renovation works include the interiors of the building at both the ground floor and second floor. With this new building and a much larger space area as compared to the present building (C05) that ISDEV is operating, it is expected that ISDEV members will be able to maximally use the facilities provided. It is ardently hoped and prayed that that the renovation works are carried out as smoothly and as efficiently as utmost possible.

Sunday, January 17, 2016


And We made from among them leaders guiding by Our command when they were patient and (when) they were certain of Our signs [al-Sajadah, 32:24].

Friday, January 15, 2016


ISDEV welcomes 2016 with two joyous news; the extended service bestowed on ISDEV Director, Professor Dr. Muhammad Syukri Salleh and the appointment of new ISDEV Deputy Director, Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad. 

Following the end of his appointment as ISDEV Director on 31 December 2015, Prof. Syukri has been reappointed as ISDEV Director for a duration of one year beginning on 1 January 2016 till 31 December 2016. In the meantime Dr. Fadzila Azni is ISDEV Deputy Director beginning 1 January 2016 till 31 December 2018. Her appointment is for the duration of three years. 

Prof. Syukri is the founder of the Centre for Islamic Development Management Studies, or ISDEV, founded in 1995 at the School of Social Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). Initially known as the International Project for Islamic Political Economy (IPIPE), the name then evolved into Islamic Development Management Project (IDMP) in 1997, and finally, to its present name, Centre for Islamic Development Management Studies (ISDEV) in September 2005. In 14 May 2014, ISDEV finally received a Watikah from USM Legal Advisor upgrading its stature from a Virtual Centre previously to the current Research Centre of Excellence (CoE). As such ISDEV now operates independently from the School of Social Sciences. Prof Syukri has been at the pinnacle of ISDEV position since it was known as IDMP.
ISDEV Founder and Director - The wisdom Professor Dr. Muhammad Syukri Salleh contributes to the excellence and success of Islamic Development Management

Prof. Syukri's service with USM dates back from 1981. In 1991 he was conferred with the title "Dr." upon the completion of his D.Phil thesis (Islamic-Based Development) at the revered University of Oxford, UK. His D.Phil thesis received the thumbs up from his examiners as no corrections need to be made to his D.Phil thesis. Upon his return to USM he was appointed in 1992 as the Chairman of the Development Studies Programme (now known as Development Planning and Management Programme), School of Social Sciences, USM. Two years later he became the Associate Professor of the said Programme until October 2000 when he received his full professorship, a title that he carries with him to this very day.

Meanwhile, being meticulous and having the ability to understand every struggle ISDEV had to face and overcome from ISDEV inception is the main factor that has enabled Dr. Fadzila Azni to be appointed as ISDEV Deputy Director. 

According to Prof. Syukri, although the ultimate decision was made by the university, nonetheless as ISDEV Director he was given the opportunity to nominate those who are eligible to be his deputy as well as together strive to move ISDEV further forward as not just a Research Centre of Excellence but also as the National Reference Centre and Regional Reference Centre in the near future.
Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad, well known for her well mannered and calm disposition,
with her beloved son and husband
He added that all those who were nominated have the required qualifications and criteria however fortune seems to side Dr. Fadzila Azni. Personally he is pleased with this appointment as Dr. Fadzila Azni's fastidous attitude in all matters be it in administration or academic. She is also among the oldest member of ISDEV who had witnessed the stumbles and rise, the tribulations and successes thus  having the right acumen to understand ISDEV struggles, objectives, mission and vision.

Meanwhile, Dr. Fadzila Azni expressed her special gratitude to Prof. Syukri and generally to ISDEV members and USM for the trust bestowed on her to take up such a heavy responsibility. Dr. Fadzila  Azni started her career as ISDEV Senior Lecturer in 2011 after graduating with her PhD on the Management Methods of Islamic-based Development InstitutionsBesides her renowned "meticulousness" as described by Prof. Syukri, Dr. Fadzila Azni is also well known for her well mannered and calm disposition thus keeping up to her per name "Suekainah" or "Dr. Sue" among ISDEV members.

With such joyous news, ISDEV is confident that Prof. Syukri and Dr. Fadzila Azni will together be able to set new and higher goals for ISDEV members to meet and thus achieve greater success especially in the name of Islam. 

Congratulations to Prof. Syukri and Dr. Fadzila Azni!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016


ISDEV students never missed a chance to jot down some notes from the presentations
Another five RISDEV (ISDEV Postgraduates by Research) students get the approval to proceed with the next level of their PhD pursuits. They are Mohammad Salleh Abdullah, Zaharah Ghazali, Sakinatul Radiyah Abdullah, Azuar Juliadi and Wan Khairul Aiman Wan Mokhtar. One of them, Sakinatul Radiyah presented her PhD proposal while the other four defended the final draft of their PhD theses.
First candidate, Mohammad Salleh Abdullah presented his final draft on Waqf Service Delivery System
Their PhD proposal and final PhD drafts presentations were spread out into two sessions with two different days and was held at University Conference Hall, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). The first session was held on 30 December 2015 and started at 9.00 am while the second session was continued on the next day, 31 December 2015 at 2.00 pm. Both sessions were well attended as all the students took the chance to listen, gave comments and ideas as well as gained insights and knowledge from the presentations. 
Zaharah Ghazali - presented her final draft in English
Mohammad Salleh Abdullah, Zaharah Ghazali and Sakinatul Radiyah Abdullah were slotted for the first session. Mohammad Salleh presented his final PhD draft on "Sistem Penyampaian Perkhidmatan Wakaf Berteraskan Islam (SPPWBI): Satu Kajian Teoritis" (Islamic-based Waqf Service Delivery System: A Theoretical Study) while Zaharah Ghazali presented on "Exporting Activity from Islamic Perspective and its Impact on Export Performance". Their theses were evaluated by Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad for Mohammad Salleh while Zaharah was evaluated by Associate Professor Dr. Zakaria Bahari. 
Sakinatul Radiyah Abdullah - full of spirits and confidence to defend her PhD thesis proposal
The last candidate of the first session was Sakinatul Radiyah with her thesis proposal on “Pengurusan Pembiayaan Harta Wakaf di Malaysia: Satu Analisis Perbandingan" (Financing Management of Waqf Assets in Malaysia: A Comparative Analysis) and was evaluated by Dr. Shahir Akram Hassan. She is under the main supervision of Associate Professor Dr. Zakaria Bahari.
Azuar Juliadi in action
The next day, the second session saw Azuar Juliadi and Wan Khairul Aiman Wan Mokhtar took their turn to present their final draft PhD Thesis with Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad chairing the session. Azuar Juliadi presented his final draft on "Budaya Organisasi Islam di Bank-bank Syariah Kota Medan, Indonesia" (Cultural Organization of Islamic Banks in the City of Medan, Indonesia) while Wan Khairul Aiman presented his PhD proposal on "Masalah Pembangunan dalam Hadith Kajian Al- Maudu'iy Berdasarkan Kitab Sahih Al- Bukhary" (Development Issues in the Thematic Study of Hadith based on Sahih al-Bukhary). Associate Professor Dr. Zakaria Bahari evaluated Azuar Juliadi’s final draft while Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad evaluated Wan Khairul Aiman’s final draft.
Last candidate on the second day, Wan Khairul Aiman Wan Mokhtar - delivering his presentation
 in a very calm yet full of confidence disposition
After a detailed evaluation, all candidates finally received the good tidings that their PhD research proposal and final drafts were accepted. They had all been given the endorsement to proceed with their theses proper under the supervision of their respective supervisors.
ISDEV Director, Professor Dr. Muhammad Syukri Salleh (centre), Dr. Shahir Akram (right) and Dr. Mohd Syakir Mohd Rosdi (left) evaluate and giving comments to the candidates

Congratulations to all of them!

Sunday, January 10, 2016


Anas ibn Malik reported: A man said, “O Messenger of Allah, should I tie my camel and trust in Allah, or should I untie her and trust in Allah?” The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Tie her and trust in Allah.” [Source: Sunan At-Tirmidhi 2517].

Thursday, January 7, 2016


ISDEV Director, Professor Dr. Muhammad Syukri Salleh and ISDEV Deputy Director, Asscociate Professor Dr. Zakaria Bahari recently received appointment as the Adjunct Professors at University College Bestari (UC Bestari), Terengganu from 1 December 2015 to 30 November 2016. The appointment is for a term of one year.
Professor Dr. Muhammad Syukri Salleh and Associate Professor Dr. Zakaria Bahari recently
 appointed as Adjunct Professor at University College Bestari (UC Bestari), Terengganu
As the Adjunct Professor, both of them will give their contributions whether in the form of ideas, energy and expertise to the development, performance and excellence of UC Bestari. They also will give their contributions by delivering academic talks and seminars to UC Bestari students as well as their administrators.

Generally an Adjunct Professor is an honorary title accorded to professionals, corporate leaders and others who have expertise and experience in a particular field. They are usually appointed as part-time teaching staff of higher learning institutions. Thus, Prof. Syukri and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zakaria anticipate that with the trust bestowed on them by UC Bestari, their visit to UC Bestari will be more frequent to carry out their duties as an Adjunct Professors. 
Universiti College Bestari is located at Putera Jaya, Bandar Permaisuri, Setiu, Terengganu
However, both of them are resolute, determined and confident that they will ensure their primary duties as a lecturer and Director as well as Deputy Director of ISDEV at USM are attended to foremost each and every time before they leave for UC Bestari.

This appointment adds on to Prof. Syukri earlier appointment as Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Arabic Language and Islamic Civilization, Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA), Brunei Darussalam from 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2017 for a term of two years.

Heartiest congratulations on the much revered appointment to Prof Syukri and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zakaria.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016


Mohd Syahmir winning the Best Student Award in the
Mixed-Mode category in the Persada Kencana Awards '15
Mohd Syahmir Alias, RISDEV student (ISDEV Postgraduate student by research) recently received the “Best Student Award” in Mixed-Mode category during the Majlis Persada Kencana ’15 that was held at Dewan Budaya, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) on 31st December 2015. He received the award in recognition of his academic excellence and the huge potential of his research. He received a certificate and cash. 

According to Mohd Syahmir, this award was totally unexpected to him. Nonetheless he is grateful to Allah SWT and thanked all ISDEV lecturers, and members for all the support, guided and described the acknowledgement as a sign of recognition of his research area. Persada Kencana award is to recognize and reward the achievement and contribution of many important people who have played a significant part to the success of postgraduate education management of USM.
The winning face, from left: Dr. Shahir Akram, Mohd Syahmir, Mohd Haidzir Auzir
and Dr. Mohd Syakir with their awards.
Mohd Syahmir added that the award given to him is extremely meaningful and he valued the trust that has been placed on him by the university. He hope that by winning the award, ISDEV students will also be motivated and continue to achieve more in preserving the recognition in the tradition of excellence since the Persada Kencana Awards in 2013. He is currently conducting a research on “Bebas Nilai dalam Penyelidikan Saintifik: Kajian daripada Perspektif Perkaedahan Penyelidikan Berteraskan Islam” and under the supervision of Dr. Mohd Shukri Hanapi.

Meanwhile, eight other students also received their “School Award” in three categories. Two of them, Nurhidayati Nadiha Mukri and Nurul Suhada Ismail received the “Excellent Dissertation Award” meanwhile Mohd Haidzir Auzir received the “Best Paper Presenter for “Acuan Ekonomi Islam: Daripada Tasawwur Jahiliah kepada Tasawwur Islam”.
The Winners of Persada Kencana '15 posing a group photo
with beloved ISDEV lecturer, Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad
Dr. Shahir Akram Hassan, Dr. Mohd Syakir Mohd Rosdi and Dr. Wan Norhaniza Wan Hasan, who are currently ISDEV Senior Lecturers were also received "ISDEV Best Thesis Award”. At the same time, Dr. Raziah Md Tahir and Dr. Mohamad Hilmi Hidthiir (ISDEV Alumni) were also received the award in the same category.

All the winners in School Award Category received a certificate each and all the awards was presented by the Dean of Institute of Postgraduate Studies USM, Professor Othman Sulaiman. The event was officiated by the USM Deputy Vice Chancellor (Students Affairs and Alumni), Professor Dato’ Dr. Adnan Hussein.

Sunday, January 3, 2016


O you who have believed, fear Allah and seek the means (of nearness) to Him and strive in His cause that you may succeed [al-Maidah, 5:35].