Wednesday, June 28, 2017


Anas ibn Malik reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, arrived in Medina during two days in which they were celebrating. The Prophet said, “What are these two days?” They said, “We would celebrate these two days in the time of ignorance.” The Prophet said, “Verily, Allah has replaced these two days with two better days: the day of sacrifices (eid al-adha) and the day of breaking fast (eid al-fitr).” [Source: Sunan Abu Dawud 1134; Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Ibn Hajar]

Thursday, June 22, 2017


Wishing you & your loved ones a blessed Eid!
Sincere thoughts from,
Associate Professor Dr. Zakaria Bahari
Director, ISDEV
the whole family of 
Centre for Islamic Development Management Studies (ISDEV), 
Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017


Alhamdulillah, Praise to Allah SWT for the success of two RISDEV (ISDEV postgraduate by research) candidates, Wafdi Auni Mohamed and Abdul Hanis Embong as well as one MISDEV (ISDEV masters by research) candidate, Roslan Hassan in their viva voce on 5th May 2017 and 18th May 2017 respectively. The two viva session on 5th May took place at C23, Social Science Conference Room, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and was divided into morning and afternoon session. Meanwhile Abdul Hanis Embong viva took place at Humanities conference room,USM.

In action - Wafdi Auni Mohamed tried his best to make examiners understand his ideas

The first candidate, Wafdi Auni Mohamed's viva voce was scheduled in the morning 5th May 2017. He defended his thesis on Islamic-Based Unity Government with Special Reference to Malay-Muslim Political Parties in Malaysia (Kerajaan Perpaduan Berteraskan Islam dengan Rujukan Khusus Kepada Parti Politik Melayu-Islam di Malaysia). Wafdi Auni was awarded a scale 1 for his show of confidence yet cool and very calm disposition in defending his written thesis.
Wafdi Auni Mohamed with his beloved wife cum number one supporter who was there throughout his viva voce
The chairperson for the Board of Examiners was Professor Dr. Abu Hassan Abu Bakar from Housing, Building and Planning (BHP), USM. In the meantime, Professor Dr. Badlisham Mohd Nasir from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) was the external examiner. His two internal examiners were Professor Dr. Muhammad Syukri Salleh and Dr. Mohd Shukri Hanapi while Dr. Mohd Syakir Mohd Rosdi as his main supervisor. 
In action - Roslan Hassan calmly listen to the examiner questions
On the same day, once again another MISDEV (ISDEV masters by research) candidate, Roslan Hassan added the excellent record to ISDEV whenhe also awarded with a Scale 2 in his viva voce on his research on Organizational Conflict Management Method from the Islamic Perspective at The Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) (Kaedah Pengurusan Konflik Organisasi dari Perspektif Islam di Majlis Bandaraya Shah Alam (MBSA).
Roslan Hassan with his Board of Examiners and his main supervisor Dr. Mohd Shakir Mohd Rosdi
The chairperson for the Board of Examiners was Professor Dr. Mahmod Sabri Harun from School of Management, USM. Meanwhile, Associate Professor Dr. Badlisham Mohd Nasir from Universiti Kebangsaaan Malaysia (UKM) was the external examiner. His internal examiners is Dr. Mohd Shukri Hanapi. He was supervised by Dr. Mohd Syakir Mohd Rosdi. 

 Abdul Hanis Embong patiently explains the finer points of his PhD Thesis during his viva voce.
Meanwhile, on 18th May 2017, Abdul Hanis Embong has added the tally to ISDEV records of “Excellent PhD Thesis”. He had successfully defended his PhD thesis on The Application of Tafseer Methods in Islamic-Based Research Methods (Aplikasi Kaedah Tafsir Dalam Kaedah Penyelidikan Berteraskan Islam). His viva was held in the afternoon at Humanities Conference Room, School of Humanities, USM. 

Abdul Hanis Embong with his Board of Examiners and his main supervisor Dr. Mohd Shukri Hanapi
The chairperson for the Board of Examiners was Prof. Dato' Dr. Mokhtar Saidin, the Director of the Centre for Global Archaeological Research (CGAR), USM. Bombarded with questions from his External Examiner, Prof. Dato' Dr. Mohd Yakud @ Zulkifli Bin Mohd Yusoff, from Academy of Islamic Studies, University Malaya who was online in conference video call via skype and two Internal Examiners, Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad and Dr. Mohd Syakir Mohd Rosdi did not break his spirit in any way. He remained undaunted and was even able to answer all questions calmly. The examiners unanimously agreed to award him with scale 1. Abdul Hanis was supervised by Dr. Mohd Shukri Hanapi and co-supervised by Dr. Shahir Akram Hassan.

It is truly and ardently believed that apart from the efforts of the candidates and all parties involved, the do'a (supplication) from all ISDEV members has added to the blessings of such blissful news.

Sunday, June 18, 2017


And those who strive for Us - We will surely guide them to Our ways. And indeed, Allah is with the doers of good [al-'Ankabut, 29:69].

Sunday, June 11, 2017


Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said when the month of Ramadan arrived, “The month of Ramadan has come, a blessed month in which Allah the Exalted has obligated you to fast. In it the gates of the heavens are opened, and in it the gates of Hellfire are closed, and in it the devils are chained, and in it is a night that is better than a thousand months. Thus, whoever is deprived of its good is truly deprived.” [Source: Musnad Aḥmad 7108; Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Ahmad Shakir]

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Tarbiyah Pengarah on Excellent Work Culture

Associate Professor Dr Zakaria is very passionate in delivering his Tarbiyah

On 19 May 2017, Associate Professor Dr Zakaria Bahari as the ISDEV Director delivered his Tarbiyah titled 'Excellent work culture' in the monthly series of Tarbiyah Pengarah. The programme was held at DKA, Universiti Sains Malaysia and was attended by lecturers, supporting staff and postgraduate students of ISDEV. The Exchange student from Universitas  Airlangga, Indonesia also had the opportunity to listen to the advice and guidance of the Director ISDEV in the program.

According to Associate Professor Dr Zakaria, a good culture can only happen through a good source. However, a good source would not be a good culture unless it is well used. In his speech, he stressed that ISDEV members including lecturers, supporting staff and students to follow the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad SAW in carrying out tasks within the scope of their work. He affirmed that the excellent culture could not be achieved without maximum effort.

Associate Professor Dr Zakaria urged the ISDEV members  to follow the way of Prophet Muhammad SAW. Through this steps, the ISDEV members are not only able to achieve the goals in Key Performance Index (KPI)  set by university, but also able to obtain intangible success. In implementing the way of the Prophet Muhammad SAW, the focus should be on akhlak, actions, speech and behavior of every ISDEV members. He stressed that the bonds of affection between ISDEV fratenity will produce a harmonious working environment and excellent work culture based on unity and team work. Both of these aspects are very important if the working goal is to seek the pleasure of Allah. To achieve that goal, Associate Professor Dr Zakaria outlined four important aspects to be embedded in every ISDEV members:
1. The correct intention - to convey the essence of truth, justice, success and peace of mind
2. Establish a working culture - perseverance and skill, feeling pleased with Him
3. The principle of in teamwork -Orientation organization, Shura, the balance and the right attitude to work
4. Basis of cultural excellent work culture from Islamic perspective- rights and responsibility
Besides, he also outlined a strategy to achieve excellent work culture among ISDEV members:
1. Understanding, respect and solidarity
2. Consistency beliefs and practices to establish trust and partnership organization
3. Recognizes the right to contribute to responsible and appreciate the efforts of others
4. Identify the roles and duties as contractual relations in order to reduce those opportunists.
Most importantly, this time Tarbiyah Pengarah that emphasized on the excellent work culture in ISDEV is fulfilled with brotherhood and consistency so that eventually could lead to the pleasure of Allah.

Sunday, June 4, 2017


O you who have believed, if you fear Allah, He will grant you a criterion and will remove from you your misdeeds and forgive you. And Allah is the possessor of great bounty [al-Anfal, 8:29].