Monday, November 29, 2010


The Chancellory building of the Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM)
Since a week ago, I am attached as a Visiting Professor to Islamic Finance and Wealth Management Institute (IFWMI) of the Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) in Bandar Baru Nilai, Negeri Sembilan. I am scheduled to be here for a month, from 22 November to 21 December 2010.

While here, I am asked to deliver a lecture entitled Islamic Research Methodology: The Need and Present State at IFWMI's Warasyah Taqwiyah (literally sort of Intellectual Discourse) in early December, to present a paper on Rethinking Wealth Management: A Preliminary View at IFWMI Workshop on 15 December, and to become a Panel on the presentation of FRGS proposals by Fellows of IFWMI and lecturers of the Faculty of Economics & Muamalat on 16-17 December 2010.
Faculty of Economics and Muamalat building, in which IFWMI is located
My office at IFWMI

Friday, November 12, 2010


Meeting in progress
The Assessment Committee of the Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd Yassin Best Thesis Award which I chaired on Wednesday 10 November 2010 has decided on the winners of the Award for both the Master and Phd Theses.

For the first time since the Award was introduced, there is a winner for the Master Best Thesis Award this year, apart from the PhD winner. They will be announced at an Award Ceremony scheduled to be held either in the middle of December or early January in Kuala Lumpur, depending on the suitability of the Deputy Prime Minister's date. The Deputy Prime Minister himself will present the prizes to the winners, consisting of a certificate each and a total of RM10,000 and RM15,000 for Master and PhD Theses winners respectively.

The decision on the winners was based on the assessments by 63 assessors, who are lecturers of various universities in Malaysia. Their assessments showed an encouraging increase in the quality of the theses nominated, with the winner's mark reaching 4.8, only 0.2 more for the full mark of 5. The nominations came from within and outside Malaysia, by individuals, theses supervisors and awarding degree institutions, totalling 24 PhD theses and 14 Master theses altogether.

The Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd Yassin Best Thesis Award has indeed attracted high quality Master and PhD Islamic related theses, proving the excellence of those Malaysians producing them. 

Next, the nomination for 2011 is now opened and the deadline for the submission of the Master and PhD theses is 31 May 2011. For further details, see
Members of the Assessment Committee

Tuesday, November 09, 2010


One of ISDEV's favourite photos: Khairul's son on my lap, together with Khairul MISDEV09 (my right), Dr Fadzila Azni (3rd left) and MISDEV10 sisters with Shereeza (MISDEV08) on the background

Sunday, November 07, 2010


Brother Ekarat Sitisan defending his thesis, watched by Muhammad Tahir (right)

Alhamdulillah, glad that another graduate student of mine, Ekarat Sitisan from Bangkok, Thailand, has submitted 3 final copies of his Master thesis to the Institute of Postgraduate Studies, marking his success in getting his Master Degree. The title of his thesis is The Potentials of Zakat Fund in Bangkok, Thailand.

Ekarat, together with my PhD student Ahmad Azrin Adnan who has earlier passed his study with flying colours, are expected to be conferred with their degrees respectively during the March 2011 Convocation, InshaAllah.

Apart from Ekarat and Azrin, another two of my PhD students are in the pipeline of attaining their degrees. They are Muhammad Tahir from Sulawesi, Indonesia who has submitted his thesis and now is waiting for his viva, and Warjio of Medan, Indonesia who is in his final stage of polishing his thesis before submitting it for examination. The title of Tahir's thesis is Tazkiyah An-Nafs in Development: The Case of Koperasi Pasentren (KOPENTREN) of Darut Tauhid in Bandung, Indonesia, while Warjio's is Dakwah Political Party: The Ideology, Strategy and Accomplishment of Parti Keadilan Sejahtera in Indonesia.

Praying that both of them are successful and will be able to receive their PhDs during the August 2011 Convocation, InshaAllah, also hopefully with flying colours. Many thanks to all ISDEV academics for ensuring the excellent success of our students.

ISDEV brothers wishing Ekarat good luck after special prayer (solatulhajat) for his viva

Brother Ekarat (3rd right) with Board of Examiners after his viva
Brother Ekarat with ISDEV brothers after the viva
Brother Ekarat with ISDEV sisters who came to support him during his viva