Tuesday, May 30, 2017


Group photo with ISDEV lecturers and the entourage from Universitas Trunojoyo Madura
On 2nd May 2017, an entourage of lecturers from Universitas Trunojoyo Madura (UTM Madura), East Java, Indonesia paid a visit to Centre for Islamic Development Management Studies (ISDEV), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) to attend a 2-days short course on Islamic economics and finance as well as Islamic development management. The short course was held on 2nd and 3rd May 2017 and organized by ISDEV as part of the Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) between ISDEV and UTM Madura. The entourage from UTM Madura comprised of nine lecturers with the background of management and finance.

ISDEV lecturers with their expertise shared their knowledge to the UTM Madura entourage on Contemporary Issues in Islamic Economics - Micro & Macro (Associate Prof. Dr. Zakaria Bahari and Dr. Azreen Hamiza Abdul Aziz), Contemporary Issues in Islamic Development Management (Professor Muhammad Syukri Salleh), Contemporary Issues in Islamic Finance - Celestial & Man-made Assets (Associate Prof. Dr. Zakaria Bahari and Dr. Murni Yusoff) and Contemporary Issues in Islamic Political Economy (Dr. Mohd Syakir Mohd Rosdi). 

With the aim of gaining more knowledge, UTM Madura entourage gave their full commitment and focus in all classes. ISDEV lecturers received an overwhelming response from the USM entourage as participants which made the discussion in the classes lively and intellectually and as well as spiritually stimulating them. From these classes, ISDEV lecturers took the opportunity to build further research collaboration potential that could be developed in the near future. 

All the best Universitas Trunojoyo Madura, til we meet again!

Sunday, May 28, 2017


Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “When the month of Ramadan begins, the gates of the heaven are opened and the gates of Hellfire are closed and the devils are chained.” [Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 1800, Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 1079; Grade: Muttafaqun Alayhi (authenticity agreed upon) according to Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Friday, May 26, 2017

ISDEV Graduate Discourse in April 2017- 6 RISDEV Candidates Get The Nod

ISDEV Graduate Discourse for April was held for two consecutive weeks which were on 14 and 21 April 2017. Six RISDEV students were involved in the graduate discourse in presenting their PhD final draft thesis and proposals in front of ISDEV fraternity.

Maizatul Mazwa is very passionate in explaining her point for her PhD proposal
The first Graduate Discourse was held on 14 April 2017 at Dewan Kuliah A (DKA), which involved three RISDEV students presented their thesis proposals. The first candidate was Maizatul Mazwa Mazlan with her Ph.D thesis proposal titled "Kaedah Tarbiyah Rasulullah SAW untuk Latihan dan Pembangunan Dalam Pengurusan Insan". Maizatul Mazwa is supervised by Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad with Dr. Azrin Ibrahim as her co-supervisor. Her proposal is focusing on using the Tarbiyah of Rasulullah SAW as the method for training and human development.

Shahirah Said is ready to share her problem statement in her Ph.D thesis
The second candidate on that day was Shahirah Said with her Ph.D proposal entitled "Falsafah Sains Halal Dalam Al-Quran: Kajian Tafsir Al-Mawdu'iy". Shahirah Said is currently under the supervision of Dr. Mohd Shukri Hanapi and her co-supervisor is Dr. Mohd Syahmir Alias from School of Humanities, USM. In her proposal, the topic focused on how to examine the understanding of the concept of philosophy of science based dietary beliefs of the Al-Quran. It is important to secure the position of the Al- Quran which serves as a strengthening of faith, law and morality of human beings.

Well Done! - Nurul Farhana Yahaya during her presentation of her Ph.D research proposal
The third presenter was Nurul Farhana Yahaya. Her thesis proposal entitle "Perwatakan Manusia Dalam Tamthiliyyat Al-Quran: Kajian Tafsir Al-Maudhu'iy". Her thesis proposal focused on human character scrutinized by the parable found in the Al- Quran and analyzed using the interpretation of Al-Maudhu'iy. Nurul Farhana is currently under the supervision of Dr. Mohd Shukri Hanapi. Both Maizatul Mazwa Mazlan and Nurul Farhana Yahaya proposal's were evaluated by Dr Shahir Akram Hassan while Shahirah Said's proposal was evaluated by Dr Fadzila Azni Ahmad.

Norazilawati presented her thesis proposal with full of confident
The Second Graduate Discourse was held on Friday 21st April. 2017 at Institute for Research in Molecular Medicine (INFORMM), USM, The discourse was chaired by ISDEV lecturer Dr. Wan Norhaniza Wan Hasan. On this day, another three ISDEV’s Ph.D candidates presented their Ph.D theses' proposal and draft thesis. The first candidate was Norazilawati Md Dahlal was under the supervision of Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad. She presented her thesis proposal titled 'Konsep Pengurusan Kualiti Makanan Halalan Tayyiban' where her topic focused on the construction of a comprehensive concept of food quality including the technical aspects and the Islamic spiritual. Her final thesis was evaluated by Dr. Mohd Shukri Hanapi who gave his approval for the to proceed with the submission of thesis draft.

Nurul Izza Abdul Aziz jotting down points from her examiner during her proposal presentation
The second candidate was Nurul Izza Abdul Aziz. She is supervised by Dr. Fadzilah Azni Ahmad. Her thesis proposal titled "Kualiti Kesejahteraan Kakitangan Wanita Berteraskan Islam: Analisis Berdasarkan Sirah". Her study is focused on achieving the welfare quality of working women in Islam based on the story of women in the time Prophet Muhammas PBUH. Her thesis proposal was evaluated by Dr.Azrin Ibrahim who gave her approval for the proposal to proceed with the research.

Road to submission - Nur Ilani Mat Nawi presented her Ph.D draft thesis 
The third presenter was Nur Ilani Mat Nawi. She presented her Ph.D draft thesis entitled "Objektif Dalam Kaedah Penyelidikan Berteraskan Islam: Kajian Berdasarkan Pendekatan Al-Biruni Dalam Kitab Al-Hind". Her draft thesis focused on concept used by Al-Biruni in his writing on Kitab Al-Hind where he studied on Hindu society. Her final thesis was evaluated by Dr. Mohd Shukri Hanapi who gave his approval for the to proceed with the submission of thesis draft.

Some of the lecturers who participate in giving comments regarding thesis proposal and draft
All six RISDEV students were given green light to proceed their theses to the next level. Congratsulations to all!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

A NAS A WEEK - 25 SHA'BAN 1438

The month of Ramadhan (is that) in which was revealed the Qur'an, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion. So whoever sights (the new moon of) the month, let him fast it; and whoever is ill or on a journey - then an equal number of other days. Allah intends for you ease and does not intend for you hardship and (wants) for you to complete the period and to glorify Allah for that (to) which He has guided you; and perhaps you will be grateful [al-Baqarah, 2: 185].

Tuesday, May 16, 2017


The first Mini Symposium on Islamic Tourism 2017 was held from 13 to 14 April 2017 at the Malaysia Tourism Centre (MATIC), Kuala Lumpur. The mini symposium was organised by Islamic Tourism Centre (ITC). The focus of this symposium is on Islamic tourism and the aim is to gather Master and Ph.D students from all universities in Malaysia to present and discuss on their papers and research topics with fellow researchers, academicians and industry players. Industrial players, academicians, tour operators as well as students from all over Malaysia participated in this prestigious symposium including two members from the Centre for Islamic Development Management Studies (ISDEV), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). Dr. Azreen Hamiza Abdul Aziz and Siti Zanariah Yusoff were the two privileged ISDEV members who participated in the mini symposium.

The mini symposium is officiated by YB Datuk Mas Ermieyati Binti Samsudin, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia.
YB Datuk Mas Ermieyati Binti Samsudin, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia in her opening speech at the Mini Symposium

Prof. Emeritus Dato’ Dr. Abdul Kadir Din presenting his keynote speech on Muslim-Friendly Tourism: Potentials, Trends and Challenges
The symposium begins with a keynote speech from Professor Emeritus Dato’ Dr. Abdul Kadir Din from the faculty of Tourism Management, Universiti Utara Malaysia who is also the Board of Trustee of ITC. He presented his keynote on Muslim-Friendly Tourism: Potentials, Trends and Challenges. All participants were then divided into three parallel sessions in 1st day  of the symposium. Siti Zanariah Yusoff presented her paper on Positioning the Roles of Public Relations in Islamic Hospitality while Dr. Azreen Hamiza presented her paper on Muslim-Friendly Hospitality: The New Research Direction.
Dr. Azreen Hamiza (Left) and Siti Zanariah (Right) presenting their research paperwork at the Mini symposium at MATIC, Kuala Lumpur.
Apart of the main objective in sharing the new research areas in Islamic Tourism, during the 2nd day of the symposium, a panel discussion was held to discuss on the current issues and trends in Muslim Friendly Tourism (MFT). The panel for the discussion are Mr. Zulkifly Md. Said, The Director General of ITC, Assoc. Prof Dr. Khairil Wahidin Awang from Universiti Putra Malaysia and Tn. Haji. Ismail Hisham Ahmad Zambri, The General Manager, PNB Perdana Hotel & Suites on the Park. The symposium ended with a closing ceremony and presentation of certificates to all the presenters.
The panel discussions and wrap up on the second day of the Mini Symposium

Group picture - The presenters with YB Datuk Mas Ermieyati Binti Samsudin (Centre), Mr. Zulkifly Md. Said, Tn. Haji. Ismail Hisham Ahmad Zambri, Prof. Emeritus Dato’ Dr. Abdul Kadir Din and Prof Amran Hamzah

Enjoy watching the news clip coverage for the Mini Symposium on RTM 1!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

A NAS A WEEK - 18 SHA'BAN 1438

Wathila ibn Al-Asqa reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “The scriptures of Abraham, upon him be peace, were revealed on the first night of Ramadan. The Torah was revealed after six nights of Ramadan had passed. The Gospel was revealed after thirteen nights of Ramadan had passed. The Criterion was revealed after twenty four nights of Ramadan had passed.” [Source: Musnad Ahmad 16536; Grade: Hasan (fair) according to As-Suyuti].

Tuesday, May 9, 2017


ISDEV delegates arrived at Juanda International Airport 
ISDEV delegates started a mission for 6 days from 1st April 2017 until 6th April 2017. The mission took place at Jember, Indonesia. En route to Jember, ISDEV delegates make a stop at Surabaya to make use of the opportunity of connecting flight from Jember to Surabaya. It is a golden opportunity for ISDEV delegates to meet Tuan Haji Muhammad Raffi Haji Shahir at Surabaya since he is also on his way to Jember as a keynote speaker for Conference on Social, Political, Governmental and Communication Sciences (ICSPGCS) organized by Faculty of Politic Social Sciences, Universitas Muhammadiyah Jember.
ISDEV delegates at the ICSPGCS 2017, Universitas Muhammadiyah Jember
On 2nd April 2017, ISDEV delegates arrived at Jember. Two ISDEV lecturers (Prof. Dr. Muhammad Syukri Salleh and Associate Prof. Dr. Zakaria Bahari) together with four RISDEV students (Wafdi Auni Mohamed, Mohd Syahmi Mohd Miswan, Mohd Haidzir Auzir, and Kamarulariffin Ithnan) participated in presenting their paper works in the ICSPGCS 2017. The title of RISDEV students paper works presented were:

1. Wafdi Auni Mohamed - " Kerajaan Perpaduan Berteraskan Islam: Kaedah Pembentukannya dari Perspektif Ta'awun dan Tahaluf Siyasi"

2. Mohd Syahmi Mohd Miswan - " Asas-asas Media Penyiaran Berteraskan Islam"

3. Mohd Haidzir Auzir - "Tasawur Socio-Politik Islam: Satu Analisis"

4. Kamarulariffin Ithnan - "Matlamat Akhir Pelaku Politik Islam: Analisis Konseptual Berasaskan Hadith-hadith Pilihan".

After the accomplished mission at ICSPGCS 2017, on the 4th April 2017, ISDEV together with Universitas Muhammadiyah Jember agreed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen their relationship for future planning in academic research as well as other collaboration in the near future.

ISDEV delegates at meeting room at Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR)
ISDEV delegates continue their Musafir back to Surabaya for the invitation by Universitas Airlangga Surabaya (UNAIR) to attend a meeting between ISDEV Director , Associate Prof. Dr. ISDEV Zakaria Bahari and Prof. Muhammad Syukri Salleh with top management of the university. The meeting ended with various activites of expanding the networking and travelling around surabaya. Mission accomplished at Jember and Surabaya!

One of the RISDEV students shared "Throughout the musafir with Associate Prof. Dr. Zakaria Bahari and Prof. Muhammad Syukri Salleh for 6 days in Jember and Surabaya, I have received a lot of experience and lessons. This is because, ISDEV is just not a place to further a postgraduate studies but the intangible process of gaining new knowledge that could not be gain in the classroom.  A lot of efforts and Tarbiyyah are done in order to produce a good quality scholars who are experts in their respective fields. This time, this is a journey with some special things that touched my heart with tauhid, solah, knowledge and practice in striving for mardhatillah". - Mohd Syahmi Mohd Miswan.

Some of the activities at Surabaya and Jember

Sunday, May 7, 2017

A NAS A WEEK - 11 SHA'BAN 1438

Say, (O Muhammad), "If you should love Allah, then follow me, (so) Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful." [Ali 'Imran, 3:31].

Friday, May 5, 2017


Backdrop for the inaugural speech at University College Bestari, Terengganu
Professor Dr. Muhammad Syukri Salleh deliver his first inaugural speech entitled "Ke Arah Universiti Keusahawanan Berasaskan Waqaf" as an adjunct professor at University College Bestari (UCB), Terengganu on 12th April 2017. In his trip to Terengganu, Prof Syukri with one ISDEV lecturer and 9 RISDEV students started the 3 days journey on 10th April 2017.
Students and lecturers who participated in Safar to Pantai Timur
ISDEV lecturers who participated in "Safar ke Pantai Timur" were Prof. Dr. Muhammad Syukri Salleh and Dr. Wan Norhaniza Wan Hasan while nine RISDEV students were Mohd Shahmi Mohd Miswan, Abang Mohd Razif Abang Muis, Mohammad Zulfakhairi Mokhtar, Wafdi Auni Mohamed, Kamarulariffin Ithnan, Mohd Haidzir Auzir, Azizan Sarayon, Noor Husna Mohd Shafie and Nurul Syahidah Roslan. 

Ta'aruf session - ISDEV member with UCB Top Management
The first programme was the 'PhD Sharing Experience' with UCB staff. The programme was held at Canselori Building from 10.00am until 12.00pm. Vice Chancellor, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic, lecturers, officers were also participated in the sharing session. The aims of this programme is about sharing knowledge on the selection of research topic, understanding the supervisor and how to build momentum to pursue PhD.

One of ISDEV traditions - 'Tazkirah Subuh'

Small reunion between ISDEV existing member and ISDEV Alumni
On 12 April 2017, the last day of the safar, ISDEV members get the opportunity to meet and strengthen the ukhuwwah with ISDEV Alumni at Bukit Panorama, Kuala Terengganu. Among those who attended the gathering were Prof. Madya Dr. Azrin Adnan, Dr. Suraya Ismail, Dr. Mutiara Dwisari and Dr. Wan Anisah Endut. All of them were ISDEV Alumni from Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UnisZa).

Kudos to ISDEV team! 


Monday, May 1, 2017


'Aisha said: The Messenger of Allah (way peace be upon him) came to me when a woman was sitting with me. He said: Who is she? I said: She is a woman who does not sleep but prays. He said: Do such acts which you are capable of doing. By Allah, Allah does not grow weary but you will grow weary. The religious act most pleasing to Him is one the doer of which does it continuously. (And in the Hadith transmitted by Abu Usama [the words are]: "She was a woman from Banu Asad.") [Sahih Muslim Book 004, Hadith Number 1717].