Meethaq Shari’a Board members comprises of five of the most leading scholars in the field of Islamic banking:
Dr. Abdullah Al-Abri is a prominent consultant in the Sultanate in Islamic law generally and Islamic banking in particular. He has massive presence and clear contributions locally in the legal arena. His Eminence has been Vice Chairman of the Sharia Supervisory Board of Maisarah Islamic Banking (Bank Dhofar) since establishment, 2013, and served as a Prof. at the Faculty of Law at SQU, Prof. of Macroeconomics & Microeconomics at the same faculty, a visiting Prof. at the Faculty of Shari’a Studies –Muscat, and contract as well as investment programs consultant to Jibreen –Oman, a certified lawyer at the Supreme Court in the Sultanate, member of the Board of Directors of the Omani Bar Association, .. etc. He holds PhD in economics & Islamic banking, from Yarmouk University –Jordan (2009), M.A in jurisprudence and its principles, from Al al-Bayt University –Jordan (2002), and B.A in Sharia, from Institute of Sharia Sciences, Sultanate of Oman (1996). Currently, Dr. Al-Abri is the Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees –Al-Buraimi University College –Oman, and often appears on legal and Shari’a scholarly platforms locally and internationally.
Prof. Dr. Laldin is a leading Shari’a advisor and distinguished professor in Islamic banking, Islamic finance & Islamic capital market worldwide. He was on the Shari’a advisory board of: Accounting & Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI) –Bahrain, HSBC Insurance –Singapore, Energy Bank –Bahrain, among others. In academics, Dr. Laldin is the Executive Director of the International Sharia Research Academy for Islamic Finance (ISRA), and Prof. at International Center for Education in Islamic Finance (INCEIF). He was Assistant Prof. at IIUM –Malaysia, Visiting Assistant Prof. at the University of Sharjah –UAE, & Head –Department of Fiqh and Usul, Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge & Human Sciences –IIUM, & others. H.E received Malaysian Islamic Personality Award (2017), The Most Outstanding Individual Contribution to Islamic Finance during KLIFF (2016), and The Zaki Badawi Award for Excellence in Shariah Advisory & Research (2010). Dr. Laldin authored & published heavily in Islamic finance and capital market, and does appear on Islamic related events worldwide. Currently, He serves as Member of the Shari’a Advisory Council of Bank Negara Malaysia, the International Islamic Financial Market (IIFM) –Bahrain, the SSB of Dubai Islamic Bank –UAE, and the Financial Regulation Advisory Council of Experts, Central Bank of Nigeria. Dr. Laldin received PhD in Islamic Law from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland –UK (1995), and B.A Hons –Islamic Jurisprudence & Legislation from University of Jordan (1989).
Pro. Dr. Al-Qassar is a leading Sharia advisors in Islamic banking & finance, both on advisory and teaching. His serves as a member of the Shari’a Supervisory Board at: Boubyan Bank -Kuwait, Kuwait International Bank –Kuwait, Bank of London and the Middle East (BLME) –London, UK, Al Hilal –Islamic window of Ahli United Bank –Bahrain, & Gulf Finance House (GFH) –Bahrain, just to name. His eminence has strong presence in the academic arena, where he was Prof. at the Faculty of Sharia –Department of Comparative Jurisprudence & Sharia Politics –Kuwait University, and worked previously as an Assistant Dean at the Faculty of Sharia –Kuwait University.
Sheikh Waleed bin Sulaiman al-Qurri is a great scholar in the discipline of Islamic jurisprudence in Oman. Currently, he is active in Islamic finance domain –banking and Takaful (Islamic insurance). Since 2007 to date, he works as Fatwa Secretary at the Fatwa Office of the Sultanate. He also seats as a member of the Shari’a Supervisory Board of Oman Takaful since incorporation, as well as member of the Shari’a Review Bureau –Bahrain. Sheik al-Qurri obtained his BA in Shari’a from the Institute of Shari’a Studies in Oman, and the Certified Shari’a Advisor and Auditor (CSAA) of AAOIFI –Bahrain. Presently, he pursues his MA degree in Islamic Theology at the Sultan Qaboos University –Sultanate of Oman.
His Eminence, Dr. Rufai is a renowned scholar in the field of Islamic jurisprudence with a strong presence in the standardization of the Islamic finance sector. Presently, he is the head of Shari’a Compliance at the International Islamic Financial Market (IIFM) –Bahrain for nearly 14 years.
Previously, Dr. Rufai was member of the SSB of First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB) –UAE, Shari’a advisor to Crescent Financing Company in Hamilton –New Zealand, and Special Shari‘a Advisor to the Waikato Muslim Association and the Hamilton community –New Zealand, lecturer and in-charge of public relations of the Saudi International School –Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, amongst others. He does often appear on Islamic finance events. Among his published works are: “The Sources of Islamic Legislation and the Complete Recognition of the Independence of Thought in Islam”, “Islamic Economic System: Basic Principles and Fundamentals”, “Shari’a Rulings and Regulations for the Issuance and Trading of Sukuk Al-Ijarah”, and others. Dr. Rufai received his PhD in Islamic Law on the Transactions and Islamic Insurance, from the University of Malaya –Malaysia (2006), and B.A in Shari’a, from the Islamic University of Madinah - KSA.