Monday, August 1, 2016


Thinking Strategically and Strategic Planning

Summary Presentation of a Lecture given to Delegation of Muslim Youth Leaders from Cambodia at Regional Office International Institute of Islamic Thought,  on 2016.7.26 , Kuqala Lumpur Malaysia

ENGLISH: If we cannot change the thinking and behaviour of present Muslim Leaders, certainly we can develop the future generation of Muslim Great Leaders to lead the world to peace and harmony.
MALAY: Jika kita tidak boleh mengubah pemikiran dan tingkah laku Pemimpin Islam masa kini, sudah tentu kita boleh membentuk Generasi Masa Depan Pemimpin Muslim Dunia untuk memimpin dunia ke arah keamanan dan keharmonian.

Monday, April 25, 2016


Nor’ain Othman, PhD, & Rozian Mohd Taha
Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia
Shaya’a Othman
Universal Crescent Standard Center


 Islamic tourism can be seen from a different perspective as compared to the conventional tourism such as economic, cultural and religious perspectives. Travelling and exploring for the purpose of seeking knowledge, enriching one’s experience and improve one’s character has been encouraged by Islam. The development of Islamic tourism give rise to the various business components within the tourism industry which include tour operators, hotels, airlines and restaurants to restructure their products and services towards halal or shariah compliance or Muslim friendly to meet the demand of the growing market segment. According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), international tourism continued its momentum with a 5% growth, or an additional 52 million international tourists, recorded a world total of 1.087 billion arrivals in 2013. The management of tourism businesses should look beyond profit and should adopt good governance from the Islamic perspectives to meet the demand of the Muslim travelers. This paper attempts to examine the management strategy of current tourism business such as hotels and tour operators in the light of their moving towards Maqasid al-Syariah or, in other words, ‘the spirit of the Islamic Syariat’. Muslim scholars are of the opinion that the ultimate objectives [maqasid al-Syariah] which are a necessity [al-daruriyyah] for mankind to be able to live peacefully in this world, according to al-Quran and al-Sunnah, include five main areas – [1] protection of life, [2] protection of al-Din [Islam], [3] protection of human generation, [4] protection of intellect, and, lastly, [5] protection of wealth or resources. From a review of the related literature, little is mentioned or discussed about tourism businesses working towards achieving these ultimate objectives or Maqasid al-Syariah.

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Thursday, March 31, 2016



Comparing several Waqf Institutions in Turkey and Malaysia,  waqf institutions in Turkey are well structured and such institutions having a long history of success since the great era of Ottoman Empire. The spectrum of Waqf activities during Ottoman Empire included all activities of life as shown in the following diagram.

Since the period of Ottoman Empire and till today, Turkish society believed in the concepts of putting good work and making favors for others as well. They are competing with one another in charity. This practises have been instrumental in the development of waqf culture and thus creating many Waqf Institutions.

Until today Waqf Institutions in Turkey focus  mainly in development of Educations such as establishing Universities and schools.

It is observed that the success of Waqf Institutions in Turkey is based on 5 Critical Success Factors namely [1] Productive [2] Accumulative [3] Sustainable [4] Financially Self-sufficient , and [5] Administratively Self-sufficient

Please Click the following slides to learn more details of how Waqf institutions are being managed in Turkey and Malaysia. It was presented at The International Conference, Islamization and Integration of Knowledge in East and South East Asia Region: Challenges and Prospects organised by International Institute of Islamic Thought [IIIT] & University of Aceh Indonesia on 2016.2.1 [Note there is an error in the slide].

The same presentation was also presented to Universiti Islam Malaysia[UIM] Cyberjaya Malaysia on 2016.4.8. as 1st Waqf Talk Series [ITS-1]  organised by International Institute of Waqf and Islamic Finance Management [I-WAQF], Universiti Islam Malaysia [UIM].