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Moody’s: UK’s first asset-backed Sukuk is credit positive for Al Rayan Bank and Islamic financial institutions

Moody’s: UK’s first asset-backed Sukuk is credit positive for Al Rayan Bank and Islamic financial institutions

 Securitization of Sharia-compliant home purchase plans On 22 February, UK-based Al Rayan Bank PLC (ARB, Aa3 negative, baa21) issued the UK’s first asset-backed Sukuk through a special-purpose vehicle, Tolkien Funding Sukuk No. 1. The issuance, a £250 million securitization of Sharia-compliant home purchase plans (HPPs), widens the issuer base for Sukuk outside the core Islamic markets of Gulf Coo... »

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The “Black Magic” Playboy who took Dubai Islamic Bank to brink of Collapse

Foutanga Babani Sissoko told DIB branch manager he had black magic powers and ended up taking $242m from the bank and putting the bank on verge of collapse. In a BBC report, Brigitte Scheffer reported Mali national Foutanga Babani Sissoko persuaded Dubai Islamic Bank manager, Mohammed Ayoub he had magic powers with which he could take a sum of money and double it. According to the report after Sis... »

The Islamic Finance Week – Jakarta to Manchester

The Islamic Finance Week – Jakarta to Manchester

Islamic Finance Week in Review – 24 Feb 2018 Corporate Sukuk Market The sovereign and corporate sukuk market surged this week, with the stand out corporate issuance coming from Turkey where Al Baraka Turk’s issued a first for Turkey with a Tier 1 perpetual Sukuk facility which is also the first Basel III-compliant publicly-listed Tier 1 issuance. The profit rate was 10%. In Oman, Golden Grou... »

Islamic Development Bank aims for $2.5bn Mega Sukuk

Islamic Development Bank aims for $2.5bn Mega Sukuk

IDB Aiming for its Largest Sukuk Issuance Bandar Hajjar, president of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) has said the Saudi Arabia headquartered institution is planning soon to issue its largest sized Sukuk for $2.5 billion. The 57 member AAA rated development bank is a regular issuer of Sukuk having last issued in September 2017 with a $1.25 billion issuance which was priced at 2.261%. As part of... »

Sukuk Issuance in Africa: A Prospect for Further Growth

Sukuk Issuance in Africa: A Prospect for Further Growth

Article originally published in IIFM Sukuk Report, 6th Edition. Written by Islamic Corporation for Private Sector Development (ICD) Realising Africa’s Sukuk Potential Africa is on the brink of a major transformation. The continent possesses immense potential in becoming the new powerhouse of the world, underpinned by strong macroeconomic growth, a growing consumer base, strong retail markets... »

How to Build the Industry’s Global Centre

How to Build the Industry’s Global Centre

The prize remains up for grabs with none of the current hubs in the Middle East and South East Asia able to achieve the critical mass to move from a domestic to regional centre, and then upwards into a global Islamic finance centre. »

Sharia compliant finance for Development

Sharia compliant finance for Development

Islamic Finance for Development Victoria Kwakwa – World Bank Vice President for the East Asia and Pacific. Income growth is not the sole aim of economic development. To many, an equally important, albeit less quantifiable, outcome is a sense of progress for the entire community, and a confidence that prosperity is shared equitably – and sustainably – across society for the long term. Inclusi... »

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Industry Principles

Key Principles of Islamic Finance Islamic Finance is a fast growing financial services sector within which transactions are required to be compliant with Shari’a – a body of jurisprudence derived from the Qur’an and secondary sources known as the ‘Hadith’. Key characteristics include finance based on trade transactions in order to remove the basis of making money from money, often interprete... »

IMF Highlights Islamic Financial market Instrument Development in UAE

IMF Highlights Islamic Financial market Instrument Development in UAE

IMF Highlights Islamic Finance Instrument Development in UAE The IMF has highlighted the development of Islamic finance instruments in the UAE, stating the UAE is a major hub for Sukuk issuances. During 2001–15, $53.8 billion or 36 percent of all global sukuk issuances originated in the UAE. Report highlights are presented below. UAE Banking System Challenges The UAE has come a long way in the dev... »

From Financing to Empowerment – Sharia compliant finance as an Enabler in Eradicating Poverty

From Financing to Empowerment – Sharia compliant finance as an Enabler in Eradicating Poverty

Empowerment to access Markets, Technology, Education 21 July 2017 – The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) and the Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development (ISFD) held a wonderful event at the United Nations headquarters in New York titled “From Financing to Empowerment – Islamic Finance as an Enabler in Eradicating Poverty” on 14 July. A video of the event is provided below by UN Web TV. T... »

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