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Shari’ah For Bankers


The Shari’ah for Bankers course provides a comprehensive explanation on the Islamic foundations and principles of the origin of the current Islamic banking and finance system, with a specific focus on Islamic commercial jurisprudence. The course also includes intellectual discussions on the theories of property, rights, ownership, and contracts. The theory of contracts and its pillars are given specific emphasis and is covered in a significant portion of the course.


At the end of the programme, the participants will have a more rounded knowledge of Islamic banking and finance in terms of the Shariah fundamentals as well as the different aspects of banking operations and products available locally and globally. This will better equip them to have a more comprehensive understanding and a world view of the issues faced by them in their daily operations.

In general, the program’s objective is or learners to be able to:

  • Describe Shari’ah, its sources and components
  • Explain the difference between Shari’ah and Fiqh
  • Define Maqasid Syariyyah, its classification and application in Islamic banking and finance
  • Application of Maqasid Syariyyah from the macro and micro perspective
  • Application of Shari’ah contracts in Islamic banking and finance

Course Content

  • Shari’ah and its components: Shari’ah (Islamic law) and Fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence)
  • Definition of basic terms in Islamic jurisprudence. (Fiqh, Shari’ah, Usul Fiqh)
  • The sources of Shari’ah
  • Maqasid Shariyyah
  • Classification of Maqasid Syariyyah
  • Maqasid al-Shariyyah in Islamic Finance
  • Prohibited element in Islamic finance
  • Fundamental elements in Shari’ah contract

Trainer’s Profile

Ahmad Suhaimi Bin Yahya (hereinafter referred as “The Trainer”) is currently the Chief Shariah Officer of Hong Leong Islamic Bank Berhad (“HLISB”) and brings with him over 23 year worth of experience in fiqh almuamalat (Islamic commercial law) and Islamic finance. Prior to joining HLISB, he was the Chief Regional Shariah Offcer of Kuwait Finance House (Malaysia) Berhad (“KFHMB”), Senior Vice President and Head of Shariah of RHB Islamic Bank Berhad (“RHBIB”). Before joining RHBIB, he was the in-house Shariah Advisor and the Director of Shariah Division of KFHMB. He was one of the pioneer staff of KFHMB, the first foreign Islamic bank licensed by Bank Negara Malaysia (“BNM”). Before joining KFHMB, he had served the Securities Commission Malaysia (“SC”)’s Islamic Capital Market. He had also experience in teaching Shariah (Islamic Law) whereby he had been lecturing at the International Islamic University Malaysia (“IIUM”) before joining SC. He holds a degree in Shariah from the Al-Azhar University, Egypt and Master degree in Shariah from Cairo University, Egypt with First Class Honours. He also holds a professional certification as a Certified Shariah Advisor and Auditor (CSAA) by Accounting and Auditing Organisation for Islamic Financial Institutions (“AAOIFI”) in Bahrain.  

He is currently a member of the High Shariah Supervisory Board of Central Bank of Oman (“CBO”), the Chairman of Shariah Governance Committee, Association of Islamic Banking Institutions Malaysia (“AIBIM”), BNM Group Member for Infusion of Shariah Standard Murabahah into Academic Syllabus, Exco member (Deputy Secretary) of Association of Shariah Advisors in Islamic Finance (ASAS), a member of Panel Pakar Muamalat JAKIM and a member of Board of Studies, Kolej Pengajian Islam Johor (“MARSAH”). He was appointed as a member of the Shariah Advisory Council of Securities Commission Malaysia from 2010-2012, a member of BNM’s Industry Committee for Shariah Standard Review 2013 and Board of Studies, IIUM Institute of Islamic Banking and Finance (“IIiBF”) in 2011. He was also the Shariah Advisor of KFH Investment Co. in Kuwait 2014-2015. In HLISB, he is currently a member of Management Committee of the Bank.

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