Sunday, April 23, 2017

A NAS A WEEK - 27 RAJAB 1438

Exalted is He who took His Servant by night from al-Masjid al-Haram to al-Masjid al- Aqsa, whose surroundings We have blessed, to show him of Our signs. Indeed, He is the Hearing, the Seeing [al-Isra, 17:1].

Tuesday, April 18, 2017


Ar-Risalah Fi Ta'yin Al Qiblah
Penang State Mufti Department came to ISDEV with pleasure to share their ilm (Knowledge) regarding 'Hisab dan Praktikal Arah Kiblat'. On 11th April 2107, Penang State Mufti Department agreed to held a one-day workshop on Falak where the contents of the workshop included of Introduction to Qiblah, Calculation Method using formula, Practical Method of Floor Plan and Practical Method using Compass. The workshop is taken place at ISDEV open library at Building D04. 

We have certainly seen the turning of your face. (O Muhammad), toward the heaven, and We will surely turn you to a qiblah with which you will be pleased. So turn your face toward al-Masjid al-Haram. And wherever you (believers) are, turn your faces towards it (in prayer). Indeed, those who have been given the Scripture well know that it is the truth from their Lord. And Allah is not unaware of what they do. (Al-Baqarah (02) : 144)

ISDEV students participated in calculating the right direction of qiblah

Learning about Qiblah is important because it gives us a sense of unity, uniformity, and discipline. If there were no Qiblah, we would pray as isolated groups with no connection to one another. Qiblah gives us a focus, a common sense of purpose, and direction. The instruments needed to determine the right Qiblah are traditional book logarithms, scientific calculator, coordinate geographies such as GPS, Google Earth, Mekah coordinate, and also compass. 

Instruments needed to determine the right qiblah

Practical - Falak crew show the right way to ISDEV lecturers (Dr. Shahir Akram Hassan and Dr. Shukri Hanapi) on how to calculate and mark the qiblah 

Sunday, April 16, 2017

A NAS A WEEK - 20 RAJAB 1438

Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “A man suffered from thirst while he was walking on a journey. When he found a well, he climbed down into it and drank from it. Then he came out and saw a dog lolling its tongue from thirst and licking the ground. The man said: This dog has suffered thirst just as I have suffered from it. He climbed down into the well, filled his shoe with water, and caught it in his mouth as he climbed up. Then he gave the dog a drink. Allah appreciated this deed, so he forgave him.” It was said, “O Messenger of Allah, is there a reward for charity even for the animals?” The Prophet said, “In every living being there is a reward for charity.” [Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 5663, Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 2244; Grade: Muttafaqun Alayhi (authenticity agreed upon) according to Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Tuesday, April 11, 2017


ISDEV entourage with Penang Mufti, Dato' Dr. Haji Wan Salim Wan Mohd Noor (centre) and Dr. Mat Rofa Ismail
On Monday, 20th Mac 2017, Penang Mufti Department invited ISDEV to join their Module 1 on Astronomy Tafaqquh (Tafaqquh Ilmu Falak) that was held at Dewan Auditorium A, 5th Floor, Komtar, Penang. This program was divided into 4 series which included 2 modules in it. The first module was focusing on Tafsir Ayat Kauniyah and Daurah Kitab Falak. The program was conducted by YBhg. Dr. Mat Rofa Ismail who were also the guest speaker for the program. He delivered his talk on Sejarah Pengembangan Ilmu Falak di Nusantara.

After the tea break that morning, YBhg. Dr. Mat Rofa Ismail led a program with three subtopic concentration. The first subtopic is on Falak Islami while the second subtopic is on Falak Ulama Melayu. The third and the final focus is on Alam Kosmos. The conclusion achieved from the focus discussion on the subtopics shows that the early activity of astronomy in Baghdad was to measure the radius of the earth. As for now, the knowledge about astronomy has developed into a modern science which needed all Muslim scholar concord either in ilm (knowledge) of quantum physics, astrophysics, trigonometry or others.

YBhg. Dr, Mat Rofa Ismail explaining on the four seasons occurrence
The program also included a book launched written by YBhg. Dr. Mat Rofa Ismail entitle Biografi Agung Sheikh Ahmad Al-Khatib Al-Minankabawi. The book launched is transpired from the world Islamic leader, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Khatib especially on his knowledge of the modern sciences of astronomy and economy. 

Participants of the Tafaqquh Ilmu Falak 2017 
The participants for the program were from Kedah Mufti Department, Perlis Mufti Department, Perak Mufti Department, Akademi Pengajian Islam Kontemporari (ACIS), Pusat Islam Universiti Utara Malaysia, Muzium & Galeri Tunku Fauziah Univeristi Sains Malaysia and Centre for Islamic Development Management Studies (ISDEV) Universiti Sains Malaysia. ISDEV representatives was led by Dr. Shahir Akram Hassan with three ISDEV students, Nur Aida Athirah, Siti Arinah and Mohd Hulaimi together with an ISDEV alumni, Dr. Mohd Syahmir  Alias participated in the one-day program that provided so much information and understanding on astronomy. We are looking forward for the second module soon.

Dato' Dr. Haji Wan Salim Wan Mohd Noor, Penang Mufti received a token of appreciation from Dr. Mat Rofa Ismail

Sunday, April 9, 2017

A NAS A WEEK - 13 RAJAB 1438

Say, "O My servants who have believed, fear your Lord. For those who do good in this world is good, and the earth of Allah is spacious. Indeed, the patient will be given their reward without account." [al-Zumar, 39:10]

Tuesday, April 4, 2017


Aisha reported: She asked the Prophet, “Have you encountered a day harder than the battle of Uhud?” The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Your tribes have troubled very much, and the worst was the day of Aqaba when I presented myself to Ibn Abd Yalail ibn Abd Kulal and he did not respond to what I intended. I departed, overwhelmed with excessive sorrow, and I could not relax until I found myself at a tree where I lifted my head towards the sky to see a cloud shading me. I looked up and saw Gabriel in it. He called me saying: Allah has heard your people’s saying to you and how they have replied, and Allah has sent the Angel of the Mountains to you that you may order him to do whatever you wish to these people. The Angel of the Mountains greeted me and he said: O Muhammad, order what you wish, and if you like, I will let the mountains fall on them.” The Prophet said, “No, rather I hope that Allah will bring from their descendants people who will worship Allah alone without associating partners with him.” [Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 3059, Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 1759; Grade: Muttafaqun Alayhi (authenticity agreed upon) according to Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

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!