Thursday, September 29, 2011


Checking-in at Brunei International Airport
Alhamdulillah, we are safely back in Penang today. All missions in Brunei Darussalam were accomplished. Our knowledge about zakat in the country has been increased, and networking has been established with Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) through Academy of Brunei Studies and Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) through Madhab Shafi'i Research Centre.

In consequence, I am thinking aloud to establish a research team on Malay Islamic Monarchy (Melayu Islam Beraja) concept of the Brunei Darussalam, consisting of academic staffs of ISDEV, UBD and UNISSA. For the beginning, perhaps at least four research concentrations could be undertaken, viz, development, institutional management, zakat, and Islamic banking. The present state of the four could be observed and their potentials could be prescribed in strengthening the realisation of the Malay Islamic Monarchy concept.

In memory: At one of the three buffet restaurants behind our hotel that we used to have our dinner
In memory: The Palm Garden Hotel, our accommodation at Kiulap, Brunei Darussalam
In memory: While waiting for our connecting flight to Penang, working at one of the restaurants at LCCT, Sepang
In memory: While flying back to Penang, Dr Zakaria and Dr Zahri reading and commenting on the thesis of ISDEV graduate students

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