KUALA LUMPUR, NETRALNEWS.COM - Muhammad Rizieq B Husein Syihab (HRS), also known as Rizieq Shihab, has become a doctoral candidate at the University of Islamic Science Malaysia (USIM) in Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia.
"HRS is currently a doctoral candidate in Islamic Da’wah (Sermon) and Management Program at the Islamic Science University of Malaysia. His dissertation has reached 70%," said Head of Islamic Education and Implementation Program USIM, Associate Professor Dr. Kamaluddin Nurdin Marjuni in Kuala Lumpur, as quoted by Antara on Thursday (5/11).
Dr. Kamaluddin is currently the first promoter of Rizieq Shihab, while the second promoter is Dr. Ahmed Abdul Malik from Nigeria.
Kamaluddin said HRS started his doctorate program on September 2012 at Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia in Islamic Da'wah and Management Program, Faculty of Leadership and Management.
"HRS wrote a dissertation in Arabic Manahij At-Tamyiz Bayna Al-Ushul Wa Al-Furu 'Inda Expert Suna Waljama'ah or Method of Separation Between Usuliyyah and Furui'yyah Problems according to Ahlu Sunnah Waljama'ah," he said.
He said HRS is currently in Malaysia for several days to conduct intensive meeting with the two promoters for dissertation consultation.
"He is currently in the ninth semester. If he is not preoccupied with the struggle of da'wah and politics in Indonesia, then HRS should have completed his doctoral program by the end of 2015 or seventh semester," he said.
According to Kamalludin, HRS is a diligent in increasing his knowledge. Rizieq Shihab seeks books for reference to writing his dissertation, even though the books are located abroad like in Egypt, Arabia and others.
"When he took two courses (Data Analysis & Research Methodology) required for every doctoral student in the first half of 2012, Dr. Mikail Ibrahim, a lecturer in Data Analysis, was astonished to see that HRS intelligence could accomplish all tasks brilliantly , "He said.
Kamaluddin said that the course is the most difficult and requires in-depth accuracy, while the HRS will bring a several fully-loaded boxes containing reports of the results of studies on the tasks assigned by the lecturer.
He said the persistence of HRS also appeared at the beginning of his encounter in 2012 at that time he asked his motive for taking the doctorate program.
"I asked 'Habib why do you want to go to PhD, while Habib is already pious and is one of the leaders of Islam in Indonesia. He said that he still needed to learn more, since he had already mastered his bachelor’s and master’s degrees,” he said.
Kamaluddin said HRS said in academic sciences he should continue to the end of the academic level of PhD so that should not be half-hearted in any struggle.
"Hopefully HRS with da'wah situation in Indonesia that he strived for this, leads to a conducive situation, so he can return full concentration to finish his dissertation that only 30 percent left, so that it can conduct doctoral promotion in early 2018," he said.