Sunday, October 30, 2016


Ibn Abbas reported: I was riding with the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, and he said, “Know that there is much good in patience with what you dislike, that support will come with patience, relief will come with affliction, and hardship will come with ease” [Source: Musnad Ahmad 2800; Grade: Hasan (fair) according to Ibn Hajar].

Friday, October 28, 2016


Mock viva held prior to his viva voce at ISDEV, open library, D04
Taha Mohd Omar, a RISDEV (ISDEV postgraduate by research) candidate has added the tally to ISDEV records of "Excellent PhD Thesis". He was awarded Grade 1 (the highest scale accorded to by Universiti Sains Malaysia for a viva) by the Board of Examiners during his viva on Monday, 29 September 2016 at C06 Conference Room, School of Social Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). Taha or also known as PU Taha from the reality TV show 'Pencetus Ummah' on Astro Oasis in season 3 had successfully defended his Ph.D thesis on "The Islamic Capital Market: Analysis of the Shariah Screening Methodology by the Securities Commission of Malaysia". 

After performing solat hajat for Taha at Masjid Al-Malik Khalid, USM
As the culture in ISDEV prior to any viva voce, there are two routines that are strictly adhered to prepare students spiritually, emotionally, physically as well as intellectually. First is a mock viva which is usually held on the eve of the viva. Taha had his mock viva on 28 September 2016 at ISDEV open library.

The second routine is performing the solat hajat congregationally amongst ISDEV members. Solat hajat for Taha Mohd Omar was held on Friday morning. ISDEV members congregated at 8.30 p.m. at Masjid Al-Malik Khalid USM to perform the solat hajat together with a focused intention of seeking Allah SWT help and guide candidate for sitting his viva.

Taha Mohd Omar answering the question with clarity and confidence during his viva voce
The viva started at 9.30 a.m. and the Board of Examiners took the opportunity to asked Taha with a variety of questions. Taha successfully defended his thesis after being fielded with questions and comments from the board of examiner. His viva was smooth flowing throughout. He showed his mastery of the subject and research as he was able to answer the questions posed with his strong grasp of his research throughout the viva. 

Taha (centre), with his Supervisor, Prof. Muhammad Syukri Salleh (right) , Prof. Dato Dr. Abdul Rashid Mohamed (left) and his biggest supporter, his mother Prof. Dr. Norulaini Nik Ab Rahman with the board of examiners
The Board of Examiners consisted of the chairperson, Professor Dato Dr. Abdul Rashid Mohamed from the School of Educational Studies, USM with External Examiner, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mustafa Omar Mohammed from International Islamic University, Malaysia and two Internal Examiners who were Dr. Nailul Morad Mohd Nor from the School of Distance Education and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zakaria Bahari from ISDEV. His main supervisor is Prof. Dr Muhammad Syukri Salleh and his co-supervisor Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad were also present.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016


Sweet moments when five RISDEV students received their scrolls.
5 RISDEV (ISDEV Postgraduate by Research) students of the Centre for Islamic Development Management Studies (ISDEV), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) received their Doctors of Philosophy (PhD) degree at the 54th USM Convocation Ceremony on 24th October 2016.
A Distinguished Proud Moment - all smiles after going through the obstacles for years. From right to left: Musmuliadi, Ahmad Nizam, Mohd Syahmir Alias, Wan Khairul Aiman and Azuar Juliandi.
The day has come to honour the hard work, effort and pains of students in their pursuit of 'ilm (knowledge). After going through all the obstacles for years, 5 RISDEV students, 2 of whom are from Indonesia, could proudly cast their smiles as they had succeeded in completing their studies at the highest level.
Celebrating their accomplishments with relatives and friends.
The 5 RISDEV students had graduated with two of them receiving nomination for outstanding thesis are as follows:

1. Mohd Syahmir Alias : Bebas Nilai Dalam Penyelidikan Siantifik: Kajian dari Perspektif Perkaedahan Penyelidikan Berteraskan Islam (Value Free in Scientific Research: Study from the Islamic-based Research Methodology Perspective).

2. Ahmad Nizam : Gaya Hidup Pengguna Muslim dalam Memilih Perbankan Syariah di Banda Aceh, Indonesia (Lifestyle of Muslim Consumers in Selecting Islamic Banking in Banda Aceh, Indonesia).

3. Azuar Juliandi : Budaya Organisasi Menurut Tasawur Islam di Bank- bank Syariah Kota Medan, Indonesia" (Organisation Culture According to Islamic Tasawur in Islamic Banks in Medan City, Indonesia).

4. Wan Khairul Aiman Wan Mokhtar : Tasawur Pembangunan dalam Kitab Sahih Al-Bukhary: Kajian Al-Hadith Al-Maudui'y (Islamic Development Worldview in Sahih al-Bukhari: Study on Al-Hadith Al-Maudui'y).

5. Musmuliadi Kamarudding : Konsep Pengurusan Kepadatan Manusia Berteraskan Islam: Kajian Kes Konsep Pengurusan Kepadatan Jemaah Haji Lembaga Tabung Haji di Mekah (Islamic-based Crowd Management Concept: Case Study of Lembaga Tabung Haji Crowd Management Concept in Mekah).
Sticking to traditions - a simple luncheon served and dedicated for the graduates and their loved ones.

Monday, October 24, 2016


One Big Family - ISDEV PAI-1 Family

PENANG, 18 September 2016 – Centre for Islamic Development Management Studies (ISDEV) organised the first ISDEV Alumni Gathering or Perhimpunan Alumni ISDEV (PAI-1) a feisty celebration with the presence of over 100 participants among lecturers, ISDEV alumni and students as well as accompanied by their family members respectively.

Meet and greet - during the registration session at PULAZA
Siti Fatimah Mohd Razali, MISDEV 15 (ISDEV Postgraduate Mixed-Mode) said "I gain a lot of experience through the sharing of alumni. Previously I only know the alumni by name but this program had given me the chance to interact with them directly".

The academic colloquium, sharing of academic knowledge and experience at ISDEV by ISDEV Alumni
According to Raudha Md Ramli, ISDEV Ph.D candidate who is also the committee member of PAI-1, "This program is successfully executed and put into practice the participants' understanding of the struggle and continuation in the battle of gaining knowledge and apply it to the real world”.

Riadah - Some of the fun recreational activities for students and family members
PAI-1 is filled with a variety of activities including the sharing of academic knowledge and experience, academic colloquium, recreational activities and socialise session among participants. 

The team work - Barbecue preparation for the grand dinner by the committee members
PAI-1 is an opportunity for ISDEV fraternity to strengthen and tie the bond of Ukhuwwah. PAI-1 also enables students to drawn the experience of ISDEV alumni in their academic journey. 

Happy tummy faces during PAI-1 grand dinner
The 2-days 1-night PAI-1 was held from 17 September 2016 to 18 September 2016 at the Training Centre of Zakat (PULAZA), Balik Pulau, Penang. All in all, PAI-1 was fruitfully conducted due to the high commitment given by the committee members, RISDEV and MISDEV students, lecturers as well as ISDEV Alumni. Everyone blissfully contented and have gained a lot of experience from it. Alhamdulillah the mission of PAI-1 was accomplished. Thank you Allah!

Lucky Smile - The lucky winners for PAI-1 Grand dinner lucky draw

Sunday, October 23, 2016


Say, "Indeed, my prayer, my rites of sacrifice, my living and my dying are for Allah , Lord of the worlds [al-An'aam, 6:162].

Friday, October 21, 2016



The 11th ISDEV International Graduate Workshop was successfully held from 19 till 20 October at the University's Conference Hall (DPU), Universiti Sains Malaysia with more than 150 participants attending. The workshop started with the meeting of both the minds and hearts with the main intention of invoking on Allah SWT pleasures through the various working papers that were presented and commented upon.

The 11th INGRAW is a platform for postgraduate students to develop their writing and challenge their capabilities in developing new ideas in various fields for examples Islamic Economics, Islamic Banking and Finance, Islamic Management, Islamic Political Economy, Islamic Asset Management, Islamic Human Development, Islamic Research Methodology and many more. 

Overly full housed - The 11th INGRAW 2016 in session at DPU, USM
The new Vice-Chancellor of USM, Professor Datuk Dr Asma Ismail, graced the modestly in the Official Opening Ceremony of INGRAW 2016 and 7 Edited book Launching with her presence and officially declared the commencement of INGRAW 2016. Professor Datuk Dr Asma Ismail congratulated ISDEV in its perseverance and dedication to see to the realisation of the 11th series of INGRAW, an achievement which she acknowledged is needed to be given due recognition, bearing in mind the uncertainty of the current economic background globally. She also added that a student need to be holistic not just in nature but need to balance with the entrepreneur skills as well as the advancement in technology. 

The Media and Public Relations Centre (MPRC), USM made a coverage on the opening ceremony of INGRAW 2016 by the Vice Chancellor of USM in Buletin USM recently. The said news can be assessed with just a click of a play button at the respective video. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016


One Happy Family- Group photo of ISDEV lecturers and students
In line with the spirit of Eiduladha, this great celebration which is iconised by the major obligations namely performance of the hajj and the highly rewarded nawafil act of sacrifice to gain the blessings of Allah SWT as well as to cherish the teachings of Allah SWT, ISDEV took this opportunity to celebrate Eiduladha via having a Qurban lunch during the last day of tashriq, on 15 September 2016.

Lecturers and students having their feast at the Qurban Lunch
This time around, the celebration of Aidiladha cum the Qurban lunch was held at ISDEV new building at D04. The Qurban lunch was held for USM staff in various departments who had contributed greatly in the process of moving and arranging the furniture, books and theses.

Assoc. Prof. Dato' Al-Ustaz Haji Ellias led the Yassin recital of gratitude and prayers for ISDEV new building   
Before the Qurban lunch starts, the director of Pusat Tranformasi Insan, USM, Assoc. Prof. Dato’ Al-Ustaz Haji Ellias led the Yassin recital the symbol of ISDEV gratitude and prayers to have a new home at D04. He gives advice for ISDEV fratenity on the inner strength that needed in every human. The inner strength needed are al-Khauf, al-raja’ and al-hubb.
A memento - USM Vice-Chancellor, Deputies Vice-Chancellors Research and Innovation, ISDEV Director and lectures pose in front of ISDEV building
Also present on that day were USM Vice-Chancellor, Prof Dato' Omar Osman, Deputies Vice-Chancellors Research and Innovation, Prof Dato’ Dr. Muhammad Jantan, Bursar and Heads of the various Departments of USM including ISDEV new neighbours, Graduate School of Business (GSB) and Centre for Policy Research and International Studies (CenPRIS) staffs.

Catching up with everyone in USM strengthen the Ukhuwwah
ISDEV Alumni that fly all the way from Medan, Indonesia also at present were Dr. Warjio, Dr. Heri Kusmanto and their family members.

         Happy tummy enjoying the Qurban Lunch at ISDEV

The day before the Qurban lunch, the sacrificial slaughter of a cow on behalf of ISDEV members was held at Nur Afifah Abu Hassan’s (MISDEV13 student) house in Kampung Kelang Batu, Sungai Bakap, Penang on 14th September 2016, 12 Zulhijjah 1437h.

Gathering in front of Masjid Al-Khalid USm before leaving to Sg. Bakap
At 8.00 am, MISDEV15.1 and MISDEV15.2 students (ISDEV Mixed-Mode student batch 2015) gathered at Masjid Malid al-Khalid, USM and convoyed to the slaughtering place. The short briefing on the slaughtering activity was given by the Programme Director, Muhamad Shakir Abdul Sahood and programme coordinator, Dr. Mohd Syakir Mohd Rosdi. The slaughtering started at 10.30 am, followed by skinning the sacrificial slaughtered cow, cutting and dividing the Qurban meat.

The process of skinning the sacrificial slaughtered cow, cutting and dividing the Qurban meat.

At the end of the slaughtering event, all ISDEV fraternity enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by the villagers. The main purpose of this event was not only having a Qurban lunch for the guests but it was meant to provide a practical training of conducting the animal slaughter for MISDEV 15.1 and MISDEV 15.2 in line with their Human Development (Pembangunan Insaniah) course that they are taking this semester. The course requires them to do a slaughter of an animal. However, other ISDEV members and students who wanted hands-on experience on the process of slaughter were also welcome to participate.

The act of giving and kindness - Appreciation to the villagers by sharing the Qurban meat

Jazakumullahukhoir kathiran everyone!

Sunday, October 16, 2016


Aisha reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Whoever seeks the pleasure of Allah despite the wrath of people, then Allah will suffice him against the people. Whoever seeks the pleasure of people despite the wrath of Allah, then Allah will leave him to the patronage of the people.” [Source: Sunan al-Tirmidhī 2414]

Monday, October 10, 2016


The 11th ISDEV International Graduate Workshop is the eleventh of a series initiative to encourage related academic research in Islamic dimension. It is a continuity of the tenth ISDEV Graduate Workshop that was jointly organized by the Centre for Islamic Development Management Studies (ISDEV) and Institute of Postgraduate Studies (IPS). This annual event aims to achieve and provide platform for post-graduate students from all over the world who are doing Islamic-based research to present their works for discussion and evaluation as well as to provide wider opportunities to academicians and post-graduate students to interact openly and build networking.

In conjunction with ISDEV International Graduate Workshop (INGRAW 2016), ISDEV proudly bring to you 7 EDITED BOOK teaser. Click play to watch the exclusive highlights for INGRAW 2016 edited book teaser. Share and tell us your favourite!

Sunday, October 9, 2016


Corruption has appeared throughout the land and sea by (reason of) what the hands of people have earned so He may let them taste part of (the consequence of) what they have done that perhaps they will return (to righteousness) [al-Ruum, 30:41].

Friday, October 7, 2016


ISDEV lectures and students at Batu Musang Jetty ready for Pulau Aman community development project
4 Sept, 2016 - A total of 13 ISDEV members with 9 lecturers and 4 ISDEV students led by Professor Dr. Muhammad Syukri Salleh pay a visit to Pulau Aman, Penang. ISDEV has taken a big step to enhance the networking and collaborate with IRM for sustainable and integrated humanitarian project for community development. The IRM team was led by its country Director, En. Zairulshahfuddin Zainal Abidin, with En Kamarul Halim Sakrani (Head, Relief & Programmes Divisions), Puan Siti Fadilah Mohd Hood (Senior Manager of Fundraising Division) Puan Sharlina Adnan (Head, Services Divisions), Datin Norelan Ismail (Senior Manager, charity Shoppe & Events Divisions), Nurbazilah Sulaiman (Manager, Funraising Divisions) as well as En. Azlan Shah Lazim (Senior Officer of Relief & Programmes Divisions).

En route to Pulau Aman
Pulau Aman or geographically named as Aman island situated at the small island in South Seberang Perai, Penang is the location for the first ISDEV – Islamic Relief Malaysia (IRM) community development project. The community development project has three objectives to achieve. First, is to empower the community of Pulau Aman. Second is to foster a good relationship and to share the happiness with the community. Third is to make sure that the community does not feel left far from the development and society from the main land. 

Community engagement wih Pulau Aman community
The trip starts as early as 9.45 am converge at Batu Musang Jetty followed by a 10 minutes boat ride to Pulau Aman.  Upon the arrival at Pulau Aman jetty, the team received a warm welcome by the principal of Sekolah Kebangsaan Pulau Aman, En Norman Jaafar. After a short briefing by En Noram Jaafar and En Sanusi, the chairman of JKKP of Pulau Aman,  ISDEV and IRM team were taken to visit the historic site of Pulau Aman which known as the Telaga Emas. Afterwards the team was taken to visit places of attraction in Pulau Aman such as the camp site, home stay and chalet, the oldest breadfruit tree in the Southeast Asia or kwon as sukun by the locals, seafood restaurants as well as community engagement with the locals. 
Enjoying fresh 'Mee Udang'  for lunch - One of attraction at Pulau Aman

It was a truly an overwhelming experience exploring Pulau Aman for its unique culture, nature and biodiversity as well as meeting the community. It was an awe-inspiring opportunity to be part of the community development in Pulau Aman. It is hope that this project will become a stepping stone for ISDEV and IRM in collaborating into much more projects in the near future. 

Think Humanitarian, Think Islamic Relief
Think USM, Think ISDEV!
Agreement of collaboration - ISDEV director and IRM presenting their token of appreciation to En Sanusi for the hospitality in Pulau Aman

 Chalet Pulau Aman Resort with various activities

Tuesday, October 4, 2016


A leader who knows no rest - an enthusiastic Prof Syukri explaining about "Menajamkan Peralatan"

Menajamkan Peralatan” (Honing the tools) was the topic of the “TarbiyyahPengarah” (Director’s Tarbiyyah) held on 26 August, 2016 at Lecture Hall A (DKA), School of Social Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). The monthly Tarbiyyah was delivered to the ISDEV fraternity by ISDEV Director, Professor Dr. Muhammad Syukri Salleh.
Full focus were given to Prof Syukri in delivering the Tarbiyyah Pengarah in ISDEV Monthly Graduate Supervision
In his tarbiyyah, Prof. Syukri mentioned that ISDEV is not only a purely academic centre, it also acts as tools to make people realise the magnificence and wonders of Islam specifically in academics and in all aspects of life in general. Focusing on honing the available tools in ISDEV, Prof. Syukri said that all these tools are capable of changing ISDEV internally to form a strong congregation of wondrous outstanding characters displayed by ISDEV members and Muslims.

Dr. Shahir Akram Hassan, Dr. Wan Norhaniza Wan Hasan and Dr. Mohd Shukri Hanapi shared their experience in 'honing the tools' in ISDEV through  musafir in Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia
Qalb, ‘aql, nafs, lecturers, administrative staffs as well as all the facilities available in ISDEV are the tools that need to be sharpen. These tools could only be illustrated through good conducts in instilling the mahmudah characteristics and eliminating the mazmumah characteristics. Prof. Syukri also added that through faith and devotion towards Allah SWT is the way to avoid and eliminate mazmumah characteristics.

However, for academicians as well as administrative staffs, Prof. Syukri reiterated that the only way to honing these tools is through having skills and expertise in delivering ilmu (knowledge) sincerely in addition to strengthening the ukhwah, love and tolerance among ISDEV fraternity. The advantage of honing the tools is also seen in facilities available at ISDEV such as the development of ISDEV’s new complex and education waqf.

Strengthening Ukhuwwah - A surprise birthday celebration organized by ABI for ISDEV members
At the end of his talk, Prof. Syukri concluded that it is important to increase efforts in honing the tools at ISDEV. He urges all ISDEV members, especially lecturers of ISDEV to sharpen their knowledge and expertise as well as to disseminate knowledge, teach and lead. The Monthly Graduate Supervision ended with a surprise birthday celebration organized by ABI for ISDEV fraternity that celebrate birthday on April until August. The Monthly Graduate Supervision was attended by lecturers, students and ISDEV administrative staffs. This is to ensure the success of the mission to develop ISDEV into a High Research Centre of Excellence.
One for the picture - ISDEV lecturers and ABI pose a group photo for the memento

Sunday, October 2, 2016


Abdullah ibn Amr reported: A man asked, “O Messenger of Allah, which emigration is best?” The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “To emigrate from that which Allah disapproves. Emigration is of two kinds: the emigration of the resident and the bedouin. As for the emigration of the bedouin, he responds when he is called and he obeys when he is commanded. As for the emigration of the resident, its trial is more severe and its reward is greater.” [Source: Musnad Ahmad 6774; Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Ahmad Shakir].