Sunday, December 31, 2017

A NAS A WEEK - 12 RABI'UL AKHIR 1439H

Abdullah ibn Mas’ud reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “No one who has the weight of a seed of arrogance in his heart will enter Paradise.” Someone said, “But a man loves to have beautiful clothes and shoes.” The Prophet said, “Verily, Allah is beautiful and He loves beauty. Arrogance means rejecting the truth and looking down on people.” [Source: Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 91; Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Muslim].

عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ مَسْعُودٍ عَنْ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ لَا يَدْخُلُ الْجَنَّةَ مَنْ كَانَ فِي قَلْبِهِ مِثْقَالُ ذَرَّةٍ مِنْ كِبْرٍ قَالَ رَجُلٌ إِنَّ الرَّجُلَ يُحِبُّ أَنْ يَكُونَ ثَوْبُهُ حَسَنًا وَنَعْلُهُ حَسَنَةً قَالَ إِنَّ اللَّهَ جَمِيلٌ يُحِبُّ الْجَمَالَ الْكِبْرُ بَطَرُ الْحَقِّ وَغَمْطُ النَّاسِ
صحيح مسلم كتاب الإيمان باب تحريم الكبر وبيانه91

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

IDMAC 2017 ON HALAL-GREEN DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT

On 29th-30th November, 2017, the 12th ISDEV International Development Management Conference (IDMAC2017) was successfully held at Auditorium 1, Eureka Complex, Universiti Sains Malaysia. IDMAC 2017 follows the successes of the previous IDMAC which started in 2007 with various themes related to Islamic Development Management. This annually organised conference is an initiative to encourage research in Islamic-based social sciences. This year, the chosen theme for IDMAC is Halal-Green Development Management.

The two days conference was held with the focus to provide a platform and opportunity for practitioners, scholars, researchers, academicians, graduate students, NGOs and others from all over the world to converge and be proactively engaged in an intellectual discourse on Halal-Green Development Management as well as to explore new ideas and solutions for Halal-Green Development Management such as the empowerment of communities and to promote a better environment for the future generation derived fundamentally from the Islamic epistemology and worldview.

IDMAC 2017 Poster









Rationally, an Islamic-based approach with Islamic philosophical underpinning is needed to develop Halal-Green models in an integrated manner. Halal-Green development management is one of the initiatives to resolve problematic issues of institutional management, production and service management, social management, economic management and environmental management. This conference aims to address these issues by blending new, innovative, industrial liaison and practical thinking on these Islamic-based Halal-Green development management related issues.
Opening speech by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zakaria Bahari (above) and forum on Bridging the gap between human, technology and governance for Halal-Green Development by respective panelist (below).
The conference started with the opening ceremony with a short video presentation and continue with the forum on 'Bridging the gap between human, technology & governance for Halal-Green Development'. The session was hosted by three panelists comprising of the expert, namely, Mr Mohamad Firhan Mohamed Ghouse, General Manager of Penang International Halal Hub Development Sdn Bhd (PIHH), Mr Hussin bin Mohammad, Senior Manager, Asset & Operation Department. Jambatan Kedua Sdn Bhd and Dr. Joel Carboni, President of International Project Management Association USA and Founder of Green Project Management. 

After tea break that morning, the conference continue with the parallel sessions of paper presentation by the participants of the conference. A total of 60 papers were presented ranging from topics on Halal financing, Education and Islamic thoughts, Halal lifestyle issues, sustainable issues, Green development and management, Halal services, Halal philosophy and products, Halal consumerism, Shari'ah compliance and NGO's issues and Waqf and green economy. Meanwhile, the presenters and participants for IDMAC 2017 came from within USM and other local universities such as Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM), Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), University Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), University Sultan Zainal Abidin (UNiSZA), International Islamic University College (KUIS), few foreign universities such as Universitas Airlangga (Surabaya), Universities Syiah Kuala (Acheh) and from the industry, Sustainable Business Network Association Malaysia (SustNET).
The colours of parallel session for paper presentations by the participants of IDMAC 2017
On the second day, after all the presentation in the parallel session is completed, The participants then had the opportunity to listen to the Keynote Address by Dr Fadzila Azni Ahmad, ISDEV Deputy Director and IDMAC 2017 chairman on Halal-Green: The new management paradigm. She shared with all those present about the initiatives taken on Halal-green management.

Since pictures are worth more than a thousand words, below are some of the pictures that detailed the event marking the 12th IDMAC 2017.

IDMAC 2017 goodies for the participants: IDMAC special edition pendrive, button badges and bag.
The happy faces during the registration at IDMAC 2017
IDMAC 2017 banner, booth participant and committee members.
Paper presentations and discussions during the parallel session at IDMAC 2017
Some of the presenters at IDMAC 2017


Sunday, December 24, 2017

A NAS A WEEK - 5 RABI'UL AKHIR 1439H

The blame is only against those who oppress men with wrong-doing and insolently transgress beyond bounds through the land defying right and justice: for such there will be a Penalty grievous(1) [Translation of al-Shuraa, 42:42 by Abdullah Yusuf Ali].

Note (1)
The fact that men seek the lower rather than the higher Law is itself a result of arrogant wrong-doing of which the type was the Pharaoh who claimed to be "your Lord Most High" and oppressed the Israelites, and kept his own people under slavery and subjection, and the false glamour of magic and deception.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

PROF SYUKRI IS THE RECIPIENT OF THE PENANG STATE MAULIDUR RASUL AWARD 2017


On 1st December 2017, the celebration of Maulidur Rasul for Penang was held at Masjid Nurul Iman, Nibong Tebal. In conjunction with Maulidur Rasul celebration, the founder and former director of the Centre for Islamic Development Management Studies (ISDEV), Professor Dr Muhammad Syukri Salleh was announced as the recipient of the Penang state Maulidur Rasul Award 1439H/2017M.

It was an honourable moment when Professor Dr Muhammad Syukri Salleh was chosen to be recipient of Maulidur Rasul Award 2017 by the Selection Committee based on his contributions in academic achievements and non-academic affairs related to Islamic-based development.

Prof Muhammad Syukri Salleh posed with his award
The career of Professor Dr Muhammad Syukri Salleh in Universiti Sains Malaysia as an academician and intellectual started more than 30 years ago. Prof Syukri passion in writing, exploring the Islamic development field and building networking in local and international level linking various institutions to USM and particularly to ISDEV on Islamic development management has led Prof Syukri to be the recipient of the Maulidur Rasul Award. Prof Syukri is also known for his great contribution to upholding Islam at the national and global level recognized by various parties. His outstanding achievements inspire all the ISDEV lecturers, administration staffs and also students in working for the sake of Allah SWT. 

Heartiest Congratulations Prof Syukri!

Prof Dr Muhammad Syukri Salleh with Prof Dato' Dr Muhamad Jantan, USM Deputy Vice-Chancellor(Research and Innovation)


Sunday, December 17, 2017

A NAS A WEEK - 29 RABI'UL AWWAL 1439

Aisha reported: A man sought permission to enter the home of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, and the Prophet said, “Admit him, for wretched is the son of a hostile clan and wretched is the man of a hostile clan.” When the man entered, the Prophet spoke to him gently. Aisha said, “O Messenger of Allah, you said what you said about him and then you spoke to him gently.” The Prophet said, “O Aisha, the worst of people in position to Allah on the Day of Resurrection are those whom people abandon or leave alone for fear of their vulgarity.”
Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 5685, Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 2591
Grade: Muttafaqun Alayhi (authenticity agreed upon) according to Al-Bukhari and Muslim
Al-Qadi Iyad said, “Indeed, the Prophet spoke softly to him as a means of persuading him and being an example of Islam.”
Source: Sharḥ al-Nawawī ‘alá Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 2591
عن عائشة أَنَّ رَجُلًا اسْتَأْذَنَ عَلَى النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ فَقَالَ ائْذَنُوا لَهُ فَلَبِئْسَ ابْنُ الْعَشِيرَةِ أَوْ بِئْسَ رَجُلُ الْعَشِيرَةِ فَلَمَّا دَخَلَ عَلَيْهِ أَلَانَ لَهُ الْقَوْلَ قَالَتْ عَائِشَةُ فَقُلْتُ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ قُلْتَ لَهُ الَّذِي قُلْتَ ثُمَّ أَلَنْتَ لَهُ الْقَوْلَ قَالَ يَا عَائِشَةُ إِنَّ شَرَّ النَّاسِ مَنْزِلَةً عِنْدَ اللَّهِ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ مَنْ وَدَعَهُ أَوْ تَرَكَهُ النَّاسُ اتِّقَاءَ فُحْشِهِ
5685 صحيح البخاري كتاب الأدب باب لم يكن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم فاحشا ولا متفحشا
2591 صحيح مسلم كتاب البر والصلة والآداب باب مداراة من يتقى فحشه
قال القاضي عياض وَإِنَّمَا أَلَانَ لَهُ الْقَوْلَ تَأَلُّفًا لَهُ وَلِأَمْثَالِهِ عَلَى الْإِسْلَامِ
2591 شرح النووي على مسلم
(Source: https://abuaminaelias.com/dailyhadithonline/2017/12/06/hadith-on-manners-the-prophet-is-polite-to-a-vulgar-rude-man/)

Sunday, December 10, 2017

A NAS A WEEK - 21 RABI'UL AWWAL 1439H

Leave alone those who take their religion to be mere play and amusement, and are deceived by the life of this world. But proclaim (to them) this (truth): that every soul delivers itself to ruin by its own acts: it will find for itself no protector or intercessor except Allah. if it offered every ransom, (or reparation), none will be accepted: such is (the end of) those who deliver themselves to ruin by their own acts: they will have for drink (only) boiling water, and for punishment, one most grievous: for they persisted in rejecting Allah [Translation of al-An'am, 6:70 by Abdullah Yusuf Ali].

Sunday, December 3, 2017

A NAS A WEEK - 14 RABI'UL AWWAL 1439H

Al-Mughira ibn 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. When you see them, call upon Allah and pray until the eclipse is clear.” [Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 1012, Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 915; Grade: Muttafaqun Alayhi (authenticity agreed upon) according to Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

عن المغيرة بن شعبة قال انْكَسَفَتِ الشَّمْسُ يَوْمَ مَاتَ إِبْرَاهِيمُ فَقَالَ النَّاسُ انْكَسَفَتْ لِمَوْتِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ‏ فَقَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم إِنَّ الشَّمْسَ وَالْقَمَرَ آيَتَانِ مِنْ آيَاتِ اللَّهِ لاَ يَنْكَسِفَانِ لِمَوْتِ أَحَدٍ وَلاَ لِحَيَاتِهِ فَإِذَا رَأَيْتُمُوهُمَا فَادْعُوا اللَّهَ وَصَلُّوا حَتَّى يَنْجَلِيَ
صحيح البخاري كِتَاب الْكُسُوف بَاب الدُّعَاءِ فِي الْخُسُوفِ1012 

Sunday, November 26, 2017

A NAS A WEEK - 7 RABI'UL AWWAL 1439H

And thou (standest) on an exalted standard of character [Translation al-Qalam, 68:4 by Abdullah Yusuf Ali].

Sunday, November 19, 2017

A NAS A WEEK - 30 SAFAR 1439H

Anas ibn Malik reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said to me, “Young man, if you are able every morning and evening to remove any rancor from your heart towards anyone, then do so.” Then the Prophet said to me, “Young man, that is my tradition (sunnah). Whoever revives my tradition has loved me, and whoever loves me will be with me in Paradise.” [Source: Sunan al-Tirmidhī 2678; Grade: Hasan (fair) according to At-Tirmidhi]

عن أنس بن مالك قَالَ لِي رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ يَا بُنَيَّ إِنْ قَدَرْتَ أَنْ تُصْبِحَ وَتُمْسِيَ لَيْسَ فِي قَلْبِكَ غِشٌّ لِأَحَدٍ فَافْعَلْ ثُمَّ قَالَ لِي يَا بُنَيَّ وَذَلِكَ مِنْ سُنَّتِي وَمَنْ أَحْيَا سُنَّتِي فَقَدْ أَحَبَّنِي وَمَنْ أَحَبَّنِي كَانَ مَعِي فِي الْجَنَّة
سنن الترمذي كتاب العلم باب ما جاء في الأخذ بالسنة واجتناب البدع   2678
قَالَ أَبُو عِيسَى هَذَا حَدِيثٌ حَسَنٌ غَرِيبٌ

Monday, November 13, 2017

USM 55TH CONVOCATION: ISDEV TRIUMPH WITH 64 GRADUATES

USM 55th convocation ceremony at Dewan Tuanku Syed Putra (DTSP), USM
The colours of happiness - joyous moment of ISDEV Ph.D graduates with family and friends at USM 55th convocation ceremony
Heartiest congratulations to all 64 ISDEV graduates for successfully completing their studies at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). The conferment of the Ph.D and Master Degree was held from 28th October 2017 until 2nd November 2017 encompassing 10 sessions. The USM 55th convocation ceremony was held at Dewan Tuanku Syed Putra (DTSP), USM, Main Campus, Penang.

We did it! MISDEV 15.1 graduates with dear family and friends
The celebration and excitement for MISDEV 15.2 at the USM 55th convocation ceremony
 This year, ISDEV recorded a huge number of 64 graduates that had successfully received their Ph.D and Master Degree. 20 RISDEV (ISDEV Postgraduate Research Mode) students received their Doctors of Philosophy degree (or PhD) and 35 MISDEV 15.1 (ISDEV Postgraduate by Mixed-Mode)  and 9 MISDEV 15.2 (ISDEV Postgraduate by Mixed-Mode) students received their Master of Social Science (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.

USM Chancellor D.Y.M.M. Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Ibni Al-Marhum Tuanku Syed Putra Jamalullail at the USM 55th convocation ceremony
However, above the happiness, Mohd Rohaizad Md Rejab accepted an Anumerta Award on behalf of his late wife, one of ISDEV Ph.D student, Zaharah Ghazali who life took a tragic turn when she is lost her battle to breast cancer November last year. She managed to complete her thesis on “Export Activity in Islamic Perspectives and its effects on Nation’s Exports’".
Newspaper clippings on late Dr Zaharah Ghazali 
Mohd Rohaizad Md Rejab accepted an Anumerta Award on behalf of his late wife, ISDEV Ph.D student, Zaharah Ghazali
Their hard work, perseverance amidst the struggles to complete their studies within the three semesters were gratefully realized. Parents, family, friends and loved ones as well as ISDEV lecturers joined in the joyous moments of these 64 ISDEV graduates. Many photos were snapped on the convocation day to capture the momentously joyous occasion of that day.

Memento with USM Vice Chancellor, Professor Datuk Dr. Asma Ismail and USM top management at the USM 55th convocation ceremony
May their success bring inspirations and drive others to study hard and achieve excellence in the pursuit of knowledge for the benefit of the ummah and Islam.

Congratulations to all 64 ISDEV graduates!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

A NAS A WEEK - 24 SAFAR 1439H

Say: "Not equal are things that are bad and things that are good even though the abundance of the bad may dazzle thee; so fear Allah O ye that understand! that (so) ye may prosper."See Note [Translation of al-Maidah, 5:100 by Abdullah Yusuf Ali].

Note: People often judge by quantity rather than quality. They are dazzled by numbers: their hearts are captured by what they see everywhere around them. But the man of understanding and discrimination judges by a different standard. He knows that good and bad things are not to be lumped together, and carefully chooses the best, which may be the scarcest, and avoids the bad, though evil may meet him at every step.


Monday, November 6, 2017

ISDEV GRADUATE DISCOURSE: 3 MORE RISDEV GET THE NOD!

On 6 October 2017, three RISDEV students finally presented their thesis in ISDEV Graduate Discourse at Dewan Kuliah A. The three of them are Sharinizam Mohd Amin, Khairul Bariyah Othman and Mohammad Zulfakhairy Mokhtar.

Shahrinizam shows his mastery in the field of management of educational institutions
The first candidate, Sharinizam Mohd Amin presented his thesis titled “Kepuasan IBu Bapa Terhadap Penentu Pemilihan Institusi Pendidikan Islam Swasta: Kajian Kes Institusi Pendidikan Menengah Ikram Musleh”. Sharinizam is under the supervision of Dr Fadzila Azni Ahmad and his thesis was evaluated by Associate Professsor Dr Zakaria Bahari. 

Khairul Bariyah is confident with her thesis findings
Meanwhile, Khairul Bariyah Othman presented her thesis on ”Konsep Niat Berteraskan Islam dalam Tingkah Laku Kepatuhan Zakat Pendapatan”. Khairul Bariyah is under the supervision of Dr Fadzila Azni Ahmad and her thesis was evaluated by Dr Mohd Shukri Hanapi that were represented by Dr Mohd Syakir Mohd Rosdi.

Zulfakhairy in his calm action during his presentation
The last candidate, Mohammad Zulfakhairy presented his thesis with the title “Pengaruh Niat Terhadap Tingkah Laku Berwakaf Tunai dalam Kalangan Muslim di Pulau Pinang”. His thesis was examined by Dr Fadzila Azni Ahmad and he is under the supervision of Associate Professor Dr Zakaria Bahari.

Dr Fadzila Azni giving comments on Mohammad Zulfakhairy thesis 
All of them received positive feedback from the examiners and allowed to proceed for submission their final draft for viva voce.

Congratulations Sharinizam, Khairul Bariyah and Zulfakhairy on your success.




Sunday, November 5, 2017

A NAS A WEEK - 17 SAFAR 1439H

Abdullah ibn Abbas reported: Al-Fadl was riding with the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, and a woman from Khash’am came. Al-Fadl began to stare at her and she stared at him. The Prophet made Al-Fadl turn his face in the other direction. [Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 1442, Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 1334; Grade: Muttafaqun Alayhi (authenticity agreed upon) according to Al-Bukhari and Muslim]


عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ عَبَّاسٍ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُمَا قَالَ كَانَ الْفَضْلُ رَدِيفَ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ فَجَاءَتْ امْرَأَةٌ مِنْ خَشْعَمَ فَجَعَلَ الْفَضْلُ يَنْظُرُ إِلَيْهَا وَتَنْظُرُ إِلَيْهِ وَجَعَلَ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ يَصْرِفُ وَجْهَ الْفَضْلِ إِلَى الشِّقِّ الْآخَرِ
1442 صحيح البخاري كتاب الحج باب وجوب الحج وفضله
1334 صحيح مسلم كتاب الحج باب الحج عن العاجز لزمانة وهرم ونحوهما أو للموت

Sunday, October 29, 2017

A NAS A WEEK - 10 SAFAR 1439H

Allah has revealed (from time to time) the most beautiful message in the form of a Book consistent with itself (yet) repeating (its teaching in various aspects): the skins of those who fear their Lord tremble thereat; then their skins and their hearts do soften to the celebration of Allah's praises. Such is the guidance of Allah: He guides therewith whom He pleases but such as Allah leaves to stray can have none to guide [Translation of al-Zumar, 39:23 by Abdullah Yusuf Ali].

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

FIRE DRILL TRAINING AT ISDEV

On 29 September 2017, ISDEV participated in the fire drill that was conducted by Universiti Sains Malaysia Occupational Safety and Health Unit (Unit Keselamatan dan Kesihatan Pekerjaan Universiti, UKKPU). The live-fire exercise is an effort to create awareness among USM staff on the fire safety rules and evacuation during fire emergency. It is also a standard of procedure that need to be follow as the training step to avoid any emergency occurrence in the near future.

The assembly area - at present on the fire drill were the staffs from ISDEV, GSB and CenPRIS 
UKKPU is responsible for the management of occupational safety and health (KKP) in USM that is in line with the requirements of the national legislation, particularly the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1994 and the Atomic Energy Licensing Act 1984. 

En Mohd Asro Ramli from UKKPU, USM is giving a simple brief on the procedure during emergency
The fire drill was led by Dr. Mohd Syakir Mod Rosdi who was in charge for ISDEV Safety and Health unit. A simple brief was given by En. Mohd Asro Ramli from UKKP, USM for the safety procedure and emergency exit during fire related emergency. A simple demonstration on how to quench the fire using fire extinguisher is also thought to all staff as the guideline for emergency.

The demonstration on how to use the fire extinguisher
Here is the 4 PASS simple step on how to use a fire extinguisher:

Pull the pin in the handle
Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire
Squeeze the lever slowly
Sweep from side to side until the fire is put out

PASS step is use to put out the fire
Also at present on that day were staff from Graduate School of Business (GSB) and Centre for Policy Research and International Studies (CenPRIS). 

Sunday, October 22, 2017

A NAS A WEEK - 3 SAFAR 1439H

Jabir ibn Abdullah reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Verily, Allah did not send me to be harsh or obstinate, but rather he sent me to teach and to put at ease.” [Source: Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 1478; Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Muslim]



عَنْ جَابِرِ بْنِ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ
إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَمْ يَبْعَثْنِي مُعَنِّتًا وَلَا مُتَعَنِّتًا وَلَكِنْ بَعَثَنِي مُعَلِّمًا مُيَسِّرًا
1478 صحيح مسلم كتاب الطلاق باب بيان أن تخيير امرأته لا يكون طلاقا إلا بالنية

Monday, October 16, 2017

ISDEV AT MUSLIM WORLD BIZ EXHIBITION AND CONFERENCE 2017

A photo session of Dr Azreen Hamiza Abdul Aziz and Dr Murni Yusoff in front of Hall entrance at PWTC
From 19 to 20 September, delegates from ISDEV, Dr Murni Yusoff and Dr Azreen Hamiza Abdul Aziz went to Muslim World Biz Exhibition and Conference 2017 that was held at Putra Word Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur. The conference was organized by OIC International Business Centre and divided into several themes such as OIC-Asia-Africa Trade & Economic Forum, World Islamic Tourism Conference & Expo, Round Table Talk on The Jewels of Muslim World, Women’s Summit, OIC Higher Education Fair, and Summit of Science & Technology Development in Islamic Countries.

On 19 and 20 September 2017, Dr Murni Yusoff participated in OIC-Asia-Africa Trade & Economic Forum that was held in Tun Dr Ismail Hall B, in Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur. The forum was organized to provide platform for businesses in various sectors to tap the opportunities and information about Asian and African markets. The two-days forum were filled with topics related to potential of trade and investment in OIC Countries, branding and marketing trend in Muslim countries. The forum was participated by various business organizations such as apparel, food and beverages, consultation services, legal firms and also from education institutions. Dr Murni also had the opportunities to meet Madam Nor Rofeah Abdullah Sani, the lecturer from Faculty of Creative Multimedia in Multimedia University, Mr Awaluddin Abdul Rahman and his wife Madam Rosemawati Khalid, the Founder of Wall & Fleet Consulting, Miss Nadra Fatima Mannan, the lawyer from Tetuan Kamilia Ibrahim & Co., Madam Nadhirah Nawawi, the Executive Manager from NN One Supplies & Service, Madam Zehan, the Manager from Eva Safiyyah Resources, and Mr Zulfadli Roslee, the Managing Director from MZR Accenture Enterprise.
From right to left: Dr Murni, Dr Azreen Hamiza & Madam Zehan, Mr Awaluddin Abdul Rahman, Madam Rosemawati Khalid & Dr Murni, Dr Murni & Ms Nadra Fatima Mannan

Among the topics of presentation held at OIC-Asia-Africa Trade Forum
Whereas on 20th September 2017, Dr. Azreen Hamiza Abdul Aziz participated in the World Islamic Tourism Conference & Expo (WiTX2017) that was held in Tun Dr Ismail Hall A, in Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur. The conference was organized to presents insight and solutions and brings together tourism leaders, innovators, investors and stakeholders who all share one common aim of understanding and driving the Islamic-friendly travel industry. The conference was divided into two main sessions. The first session is on shifting to Halal tourism accommodation on Muslim Friendly Amenities whereas the second session focus on Enhancing the tourism airport service quality. Dr Azreen Hamiza managed to extend the networking with Madam Karima Bihaki, Founder & CEO of BookHalalHomes.com, United Kingdom, Mr. Riyanto Sofyan, Chairman of Sofyan Hotels, Indonesia, Madam Chahira Ait Belkacem, General Manager, Green Heaven, France, Dr. Aam Bastaman from Universitas Trilogi, Indonesia and Hj Fahmy Mubarak, CEO Gateway Global Marketing.


Dr. Azreen with the speakers and participants of the WiTX2017
Indeed, the 2 days activities in the Muslim World Biz Exhibition and Conference 2017 has beneficial and mending a closer networking between ISDEV, USM and the industries. Looking forward for another ISDEV delegates journey in the future. Congratulations Dr. Murni & Dr. Azreen!

The panel speaker and some of the topics that presented in the two sessions of WiTX2017