|When ISDEV Director, Dr Shahir Akram speaks, all eyes and ears are attentive.
The Centre for Islamic Development Management Studies (ISDEV), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) is a one-of-its-kind research centre. It is steeped in traditions which have been observed since prior to its inception, when ISDEV was still just a virtual centre at the School of Social Sciences, USM. One of the long lasting traditions is the short tazkirah
sessions held at every lecture just before the start of the class as well as the monthly ISDEV Director's Tarbiyyah.
|The opening slide to ISDEV Dirrector's Tarbiyyah.
For the month of February 2020, the topic of choice by ISDEV Director, Dr Shahir Akram Hassan for the ISDEV Director Tarbiyyah's slot held on the 21st instant was on "Preserving ISDEV Traditions". He started his tarbiyyah with an activity through mentimeter.com and requested all to list at list five ISDEV traditions. The activity proved very fruitful as scores of answers were given among which the popular ones are Tuesdays Study Sessions and congregational Solat Hajat pre-viva voce.
|Dr Shahir Akram, elaborating further on the three basic ISDEV traditions.
Dr Shahir agreed with the findings from the activity held but he said that among the many traditions that are mentioned in the list there are three basic traditions that he wants all ISDEV members to honour, observe and follow closely at all times, The three are (1) KEEPING TIME - be punctual at all times whether for ISDEV programme and activities or for other programme; (2) ALIGNMENT (keselarasan) of thoughts and actions which can be also translated in the outward appearance and last but not the least (3) SHARING GOOD NEWS which is part of the sunnah of Rasulullah SAW.