Tuesday, March 28, 2017


Presenter of the seminar - Ustaz Muhaidir Hj Joll, Ustaz Dr. Engku Ahmad Fadzil Engku Ali and Ustaz Hj Hanafiah Abdul Razak
Nine strong entourage from ISDEV consisted of two ISDEV lecturers and seven ISDEV students participated in the "Seminar Pendidikan Fatwa dan Falak Peringkat Negeri Pulau Pinang" on 16th March 2017 at Pusat Islam, UiTM Pulau Pinang, Permatang Pauh Campus. This program was organized by Penang Mufti Department with cooperation Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), Pulau Pinang. The aim of the seminar is to strengthen the role of the Penang Mufti department in carrying out the task to disseminate the understanding and results of Irsyad law and fatwa. 
ISDEV strong entourage: ISDEV students and Dr. Shahir Akram Hassan  participated in the seminar
Dr. Shahir Akram Hassan and Dr. Shukri Hanapi represent two ISDEV lecturers while Nik Liyana Mustapa @ Nik Daud, Noor Hamizah Johari, Nor Arini Abdullah, Halimatus Sa'adiah Yusoff, Nur Aida Athirah Sulaiman, Muhamad Shakir Abdul Sahood and Ahmad Hulaimi Ishak are the seven ISDEV students participated in the seminar. 
In action - Ustaz Hj Hanapiah Abdul Razak presented his paperwork at the seminar
Three paperwork presented on the one day seminar. The first paper work was presented by Ustaz Muhaidir Hj Joll regarding "Kekeliruan Umat: Inilah Jawapannya". The Second presenter was Ustaz Dr. Engku Ahmad Fadzil Engku Ali with his topic entitle "Pegangan Ahli Sunnah Wal Jamaah di Dalam Perkara-perkara Khilafiah". While the last presenter, Ustaz Haji Hanafiah Abdul Razak  presented his paper on "Isu-isu Falak Semasa".

Dr. Shahir Akram Hassan, Muhamad Shakir Abdul Sahood and Ahmad Hulaimi Ishak took a picture with Ustaz Anuar Ariffin (Third - Left), Ustaz Syeikh Mohd Firdaus Mohd Khalil (Third - Right) and UstazMohd Jais Anuar Ahmad (second - Right)
Indeed, within the one day seminar, ISDEV members did not only merely attend the seminar only but also gained so much information, knowledge and understanding on the Fatwa education and astronomy. The seminar is packed with presentation that was beneficial to ISDEV astronomy research team. Kudos!   

Monday, March 20, 2017


RISDEV students gain new knowledge and experience through their participation in academic seminars.
Six RISDEV (ISDEV Postgraduate by Research) students recently attended the International Seminar on Islamic Jurisprudence in Contemporary Society 2017 (ISLAC 2017). They presented their working papers at the two-day ISLAC 2017 which started on 4 until 5 March, 2017 at Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA), Terengganu. 
RISDEV students getting ready to present their papers.
The six RISDEV students each presented their papers according to the specific theme as follows:

Issues in Medicine, Islam and Human Rights 
1) Noor Hidayah Samsudin: " Keadilan Dalam Kepimpinan Sebagai Kaedah Motivasi Pekerja"

Islam and Environmental Conservation; Islam and Terrorism/War
2) Nurul Suhada Ismail: "Isu Perundingan Dalam Sekuriti Makanan Analisis Dari Persektif Tasawur Islam"

Shariah Index and Its Implementation and Maqasid Shariah in Islamic Law
3)Nurul Farhana Yahaya: "Perwatakan Mazmumah Pelaku Pembangunan: Analisis Berdasarkan Tamthiliyyat (Perumpamaan) Terpilih Dalam Al-Quran" 

4)Norashikin Ahmad: "Prinsip Pembangunan Berteraskan Islam (PBI): Analisis Berdasarkan Maqasid al-Syariah"

Maqasid Shariah in Islamic Law
5)Siti Mastura Muhamad: "Keperluan Tingkat Fiqh kepenggunaan Berasaskan Maqasid Syariah" 

Islam and Gender and Islamic Family Law
6)Yusma Fariza Yasin: "Peranan Wanita Dalam Ketenteraan: Analisis Kisah-kisah Terpilih Dalam Kitab Rahiq al-Makhtum"

RISDEV students with ISLAC Director, Prof. Dr. Engku Ahmad Zaki Engku Alwi.
The aims of ISLAC-2017 are to discuss the ideas of social harmony that is manifested in every aspect of human life through Islamic law and contemporary issues from the perspective of Islamic law as the proof of its significant role and relevancy across the changing time and place in all aspects of human life, in line with the niche of the Faculty of Islamic Contemporary Studies. It also highlight the uniqueness of Islamic jurisprudence as a catalyst of ummah wasatiyyah to ensure their lives to be more harmonious. At the same time, it explore the glory of Islamic law at all levels including the State of Terengganu as well as establish local and international academic network.

Prof. Muhammad Syukri with Ustaz Hanis and Dr. Azrin Ahmad
In the evening, RISDEV students took the opportunity to have dinner together with one of ISDEV Alumni, Associate Professor Dr. Ahmad Azrin Adnan at his home. In the same vein, ISDEV Founding Director, Professor Muhammad Syukri Salleh pays a visit since he was in Terengganu to attended a meeting. Prof Syukri did not miss the opportunity to meet the six RISDEV students who presented at ISLAC-2017 as well as ISDEV Alumni members in Terengganu and students from University College Bestari.
Prof. Muhammad Syukri together with University College Bestari students.

Sunday, March 19, 2017


Indeed, those who have believed and done righteous deeds - the Most Merciful will appoint for them affection [Maryam, 19:96].

Tuesday, March 14, 2017


Abu Dharr reported: I said, “O Messenger of Allah, instruct me.” The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “I advise you to be mindful of Allah Almighty, for it will beautify all of your affairs.” I said, “Tell me more.” The Prophet said, “You must recite the Quran and remember Allah Almighty, for you will be mentioned in heaven and you will have light upon earth.” I said, “Tell me more.” The Prophet said, “You must observe long periods of silence, for it will drive away Satan and help you in the matter of your religion.” I said, “Tell me more.” The Prophet said, “Beware of too much laughter, for it will deaden the heart and take away the light on your face.” I said, “Tell me more.” The Prophet said, “Do not fear the blame of any critic in the matter of Allah.” [Source: Shu’ab al-Imān 4582]

Monday, March 13, 2017


Lenny presenting her thesis during mock viva session at ISDEV open library.
Alhamdulillah, on 2 March, 2017, Lenny a/p Luat one of RISDEV students (ISDEV Postgraduate by Research Mode) sat for her mock viva at ISDEV open library for her Ph.D thesis entitled "Strategi Pengurusan Insan Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM): Kajian dari Perspektif Islam" (Human Management Strategy of Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM): Study from the Islamic Perspective). Questions and comments from all lecturers and postgraduate students that ensued immediately after her presentation had helped her to improve in the defence of her thesis. It had definitely given her the confidence to face her viva-voce scheduled for the next day in the morning of 3 March, 2017.
After performing solat hajat at Masjid Al-Malik Khalid USM.
A tradition in ISDEV, a solat hajat performed congregationally prior to a student's viva was held at Masjid al Malik Khalid, USM. The routine of performing the solat hajat congregationally amongst ISDEV members is done together with a focused intention to seek Allah SWT help in order to guide the candidate for her viva voce later.
In action - Lenny during her viva voce  at the conference room, C23, PPSK
During the viva voce session, Lenny confidently explained and calmly answered all the questions. Despite her obstacles, coming all the way from Sibu, Sarawak, all comments and suggestions from the examiners were well received by Lenny as she positively agreed to the comments given. At the end of her viva, she thanked all those present, especially her supervisor, Dr Fadzila Azni Ahmad and co-supervisor, Dr wan Norhaniza Wan Hasan, after it was announced that all examiners were satisfied with her defence of her thesis.
Lenny Anak Luat with her Board of Examiners
The viva started at 2.30 p.m. and the Chairperson for the viva was Professor Dr. Muhammad Kamarul Kabilan Abdullah from School of Educational Studies, USM. The External Examiner was Professor Dr. Abdullah @ Alwi Hj Hassan from ASIA e-University, while her two Internal Examiners were Associate Professor Dr. Zakaria Bahari and Professor Dr. Muhammad Syukri Salleh. Lenny Anak Luat finally was able to breathe a sigh of relief upon hearing the great good news that she had been awarded Grade 2 for her PhD Thesis.

Congratulation Lenny, You Made It!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017


Dr Shahir Akram Hassan (centre) with some of the participants and one of the speakers,
 Dr. Nurul Fadly Habidin (3rd from left).
Dr. Shahir Akram Hassan, one of ISDEV lecturers, is active in searching for new knowledge to sharpen his writing skills in terms of research and publication. He decided to join the Kursus Persijilan Cipta Potensi: Penyelidikan, Penerbitan, Perundingan, Pengkomersialan dan Perniagaan (CP5P)that took place at Tanjung Malim, Perak for three days starting from 21 February 2017 until 23 February 2017. This course was organized by Kaizentrenovation Sdn Bhd in collaboration with the Faculty of Management and Economics, Sultan Idris Education University (UPSI), Sultan Azlan Shah Campus at Proton City, Tangjung Malim.
Dr. Shahir Akram together with ISDEV Alumni Dr Wan Muhammad Khairul Firdaus (left) and Ustaz Abdul Hanis Embong (behind).
One the many interesting aspects of this seminar is, the session discussed about how to make a research more strategic and more efficient which indirectly could lead to a positive advantage in spreading Islam whether in terms of research writing or publication. This seminar is very much applicable to new lecturers or future lecturers as it exposes them to explore five core requirements that need to be achieved which are research, publishing, consulting, commercialization and business. In addition, this seminar provided descriptions and examples which are realistic to the new lecturers and at the same time it provided an opportune platform for the participants in the seminar to expand their networking base and discuss on possible research cooperation. The participants consisted of lecturers and PhD students from Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI), Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM), Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) and Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA). 
In action - a lecture from Dr Nurul Fadly Habidin.
Dr. Nurul Fadly Habidin, CP5P Program Founder is also a senior lecturer at the Management and Leadership Department, Faculty of Management and Economics, UPSI. His research areas are in Business Engineering and Performance Improvement. These two areas are parts of the components to the development of the lean six sigma and performance improvement systems for Malaysian automotive.
Dr. Shahir Akram Hassan received a certificate from Dr. Nurul Fadly Habidin.

Sunday, March 5, 2017


O you who have believed, avoid much [negative] assumption. Indeed, some assumption is sin. And do not spy or backbite each other. Would one of you like to eat the flesh of his brother when dead? You would detest it. And fear Allah ; indeed, Allah is Accepting of repentance and Merciful [al-Hujurat, 49:12].

Friday, March 3, 2017


Pak Isnaini at his mock viva held at ISDEV open library.
Alhamdulillah, the time has finally come. Two RISDEV (ISDEV Postgraduate by Research Mode) students are getting ready to present their theses in viva after struggling for five to eight years in completing their PhD thesis writing. Two candidates were tested during mock viva that was held at Building D04, ISDEV open library on 23rd February 2017. The first candidate was Isnaini or known as Pak Isnaini and the second candidate was Norhayati Abdullah.
Norhayati Abdullah at her mock viva.
The second candidate that had been tested for mock viva was Norhayati Abdullah. Norhayati took eight years since 2008 to complete her PhD thesis writing titled "Kriteria Penilaian Penarafan Sukuk di Rating Agensi Malaysia (RAM)" (Assessment of Sukuk Rating Criteria in Rating Agency Malaysia (RAM)).
Posing for the camera - ISDEV members after performing Solat Hajat prior to Pak Isnaini and Norhayati Abdullah viva.
Praise to Allah SWT, ISDEV members once again congregated at 8.45 a.m at Masjid Al-Malik Khalid USM to perform the Solat Hajat with intention of seeking Allah SWT help to guide both candidates in their viva which take place in the morning and afternoon sessions.
In action - Pak Isnaini presenting his PhD research
On 24th February 2017, the first candidate of viva-voce took place at Ibn Khaldun room, IPS at 9.30 a.m. Pak Isnaini took 5 years to complete his PhD thesis writing titled "Pelaksanaan Jaminan Akad Pembiayaan Mudharabah Industri Kecil Sederhana di Bank Sumut Syariah, Indonesia Kota Medan" (Execution of Mudharabah Financing Guarantee Agreement of Small Medium Industries in Bank Sumut Syariah Indonesia, Medan). The significant advantage of his research is he has put an effort to develop moral values in order to solely follow Islam regulation in every aspect such as legislative in Islamic finance.
Pak Isnaini with all the examiners after the completion of his viva.
The results of the meeting with all the examiners did not take much time to decide and awarded Pak Isnaini with Scale 1, which is the highest scale in a viva voce. His viva was conducted by Professor Dr. Abdul Gani Kanesan Abdullah (School of Educational Studies, USM) as the Chairman. The External Examiner was Profesor Dr. Joni Tamkin Borhan from University of Malaya (UM), and two Internal Examiners were Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad (USM), and Dr. Mohd Syakir Mohd Rosdi (USM).
In action - Norhayati Abdullah defended her thesis with confidence.
In the afternoon, the viva voce continued with the second candidate who is under the supervision of Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zakaria Bahari and co-supervisor Dr. Zahri Hamat. Norhayati created another triumphant moment when her PhD thesis was not only awarded with a Scale 1 but her thesis was also nominated for the Best Thesis Award which was decided and agreed to by all the examiners.     
Norhayati with all the Board of Examiners.
The Board of Examiners comprise of the chairperson, Professor Dr. Muhammad Kamarul Kabilan Abdullah from School of Educational Studies (USM), while the External Examiner was Professor Dr. Joni Tamkin Borhan from University of Malaya (UM) and two Internal Examiners who were Professor Dr. Muhammad Syukri Salleh and Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad from ISDEV.

Congratulations Isnaini and Norhayati!