Meethaq Shari’a Board members comprises of five of the most leading scholars in the field of Islamic banking:
Prof. Dr. al-Quradaghi is a leading Shari’a advisor in Islamic banking & finance worldwide. He chair or otherwise leads a number of Shari’a boards & councils, such as the European Fatwa & Research Council (Ireland), Islamic Fiqh Academy (Jeddah), Accounting & Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions “AAOIF” (Bahrain) and Zakat World Organization (Kuwait). His Eminence was awarded the Qatar State’s Incentive Award in Islamic Comparative Jurisprudence, and also the Ajman Award on community service in 2001 by the Ajman emirate –UAE. In 1985, he obtained PhD in Shari’a & Law from Al-Azhar University. Dr. al-Quradaghi authored over 50 books and 200 researches, including the Student’s Economic Bag, in 12 volumes, and frequently appears on Islamic related events and forums. Currently, he is the chairman of the Board of Directors of the Human Development University, besides his membership at the Advisory Academic Committee of the Islamic Centre –the University of Oxford, UK.
Sheikh Esam is a prominent Shari’a scholar with massive presence in the Islamic finance industry, including Islamic banking, Takaful and investment funds, with rich exposure covering regions like the Middle East, South Asia and Europe. He serves as a key member in many Shari’a-related bodies including the High Council for Islamic Affairs (Bahrain), the High Sharia Authority of the UAE Central Bank, the Shari’a boards of Investment Dar Bank (Bahrain), the Ecolslamic Bank (Kyrgyzstan), Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank “ADIB” (UAE), ArCapita Bank (Bahrain), Al Baraka Islamic Bank (Bahrain), AlMeezan Islamic Bank (Pakistan), Dar Takaful (UAE), the International Islamic Financial Markets “IIFM” (Bahrain), Maldives Monetary Authority (Maldives), and the Accounting & Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions “AAOIFI” (Bahrain). He holds a BA since 1983 from McGill University, Montreal (Canada) and currently he teaches Islamic Jurisprudence, Islamic theology, and Quranic exegesis in a number of Islamic centres of the Ministry of Islamic Affairs in Bahrain.
Dr. Majid Al-Kindi is an icon in the field of Islamic Jurisprudence in Oman, enriching the Shari’a Supervisory Board of Meethaq with a vast experience on Islamic pronouncement, with a focus on the standard practices in Oman. He is one of the pioneers of Islamic banking and finance among local Shari’a scholars in the Sultanate. In parallel to his assignment at Meethaq, Dr. Majid works as the Secretary-General of the Fatwa Body of the Sultanate. He has been an assistant judge at the Ministry of Justice, and a researcher at the Fatwa Body of the Sultanate. He received a PhD in Islamic Jurisprudence from the International Islamic University –Malaysia (2012) and second PhD in Economics and Islamic Banking from Yarmouk University –Jordan (2014). He is the first Omani author on Islamic finance, i.e. “Financial Transactions and Contemporary Application” and “Securities Markets Under the Shariah Guidelines”, and is frequently seen on Islamic Forms.
Mufti Irshad A. Aijaz is a prominent Shari’a scholar from the Republic of Pakistan in Islamic finance in general and Islamic banking in particular. He does chair: the Shari’a Advisory Committee of the State (Central) Bank of Pakistan, the Shari’a Supervisory Board of Summit Bank, and Bank Islami Pakistan. He is a member of the Shari’a Supervisory Board of Standard Chartered Bank –Pakistan, the Shari’a Committee of Barakah Group –Australia, and many others. Mufti Irshad is also engaged in the academic field, including teaching at the National Institute of Banking & Finance, lecturing at the Institute of Business Administration, and faculty membership at Sheikh Zayed Islamic Center, the Center for Islamic Economics –Karachi, Iqra University –Karachi, etc. He is frequently seen on Islamic economic & financial forms and at Islamic economic centers & educational entities. Mufti Irshad has completed “Takhassus fi-Al-Ifta” at Jamia Darul Uloom–Karachi in 1996, and MBA at Iqra University. He now pursues M. Phil in Islamic Finance at the University of Karachi –Pakistan.
Sheikh Walid bin Sulaiman al-Qurri is a scholar in the area of Islamic jurisprudence in the Sultanate of Oman. Currently, he is active in the domain of Islamic finance broadly speaking and particularly in Islamic insurance (Takaful). Since 2007, 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) AAOIFI –Bahrain. Presently, he pursues his MA degree in Islamic Theology at the Sultan Qaboos University –Sultanate of Oman.