Shariah Board Members
Shariah Board Members
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The current members are of the Shariah Supervisory Board of Albaraka Bank Limited are:

Dr Abdus Sattar Abu Ghudda (Syrian) 

Dr Ghudda is the senior Shariah consultant for Al Baraka Banking Group. He is also a director of the Department of Financial Instruments at Al Baraka Investment and Development Company and is a member of the Shariah Supervisory Boards of several Islamic financial institutions. He is an active member of the OIC Islamic Fiqh Academy and AAOIFI.

He was responsible for the research and compilation of the Encyclopaedia of Fiqh of the Kuwait Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs and is a former member of the Ministry’s Fatwa Board. He has taught fiqh and Islamic studies in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.
Dr Ghudda obtained BA degrees in Islamic Shariah and in Law from Damascus University. He went on to earn his MA degree in Shariah and hadith and his PhD in Shariah and comparative fiqh from Al-Azhar University in Cairo.

Shaykh Mahomed Shoaib Omar

Shaykh Mahomed Shoaib Omar serves as a member of the Shariah Supervisory Board of Al Baraka Bank. He completed his B.Com Law degree and LLB at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He studied Arabic and Islamic Law personally under the renowned contemporary jurist, Mufti Taqi Usmani, at Darul Uloom Karachi and has received Ijaazah from him.

He was also a student of the Chief Qadi of India, Mujahidul Islam Qasemi, the founder of the Islamic Fiqh Academy of India and a distinguished authority in Muslim Family Law. During the past 32 years he has collaborated with Mufti Taqi Usmani in solving problems affecting Contemporary Applications in Islamic Law.
He has, for the past 14 years, also worked closely with well-known contemporary Shariah expert, Shaykh Abdus Sattar Abu Ghuddah, in relation to Islamic Finance. He has extensive experience in the application of Shariah to contemporary situations, inclusive of Islamic Finance. He was granted the right of appearance in the High and Constitutional Courts of South Africa in 1995.
He successfully argued the landmark case of Amod v Road Accidents Fund in the Constitutional Court and Supreme Court of Appeal, which case recognised a duty of support flowing from an Islamic marriage.

He currently practices as an attorney, specialising in Shariah and Corporate Law. He has written a number of books and numerous articles on Islamic law and its contemporary applications, inclusive of Islamic Finance, in English and Arabic. He is regarded as expert in comparative jurisprudence (fiqh al muqaarin).

Mufti Zubair Bayat

Mufti Zubair Bayat is the founder and current Ameer of Darul Ihsan Islamic Services Centre. He also serves on the board of Islamic Schools as well as Islamic financial institutions and as advisor to various organisations. 

After matriculating he completed his Aalim Fadhil and Ifta courses at the famous Darul Uloom Deoband, India. He thereafter furthered his studies by obtaining his Master of Arts degree (cum laude) in Islamic Studies from the University of Johannesburg and obtained a certificate in Muslim Personal Law from the University of Islamabad.  

After completing his formal studies he occupied a post as a lecturer in advanced Islamic studies at The Islamic University (Madrasah Arabia Islamia), Azaadville and then moved to Stanger where he established the Zakariyya Muslim School and served as Principal and Ameer. In this period, he also served as Chairman of the Association of Muslim Schools in KZN. He has travelled extensively delivering talks and workshops covering a variety of subjects, written many articles and published several books.

Due to his burning concern and desire to serve and unify the Muslim community, he has been instrumental in many pioneering efforts establishing educational, welfare, social, economic, youth and community initiatives both locally and abroad.

Mufti Shafique Ahmed Jakhura 

Mufti Jakhura serves in the Fatwa Department preparing and issuing Islamic juristic rulings at the Darul Ihsan Research Centre in Durban. He has established and heads the Centre for Islamic Economics and Finance SA (CIEFSA) - a non-profit organisation dedicated to increasing awareness and providing education in the fields of Islamic economics and finance, structuring Shariah-compliant transactions and providing Shariah-compliant commercial solutions at various levels.

In 2002 he completed, with distinction, the Aalimiyah Course at Madrasah Taleemuddeen, in Durban and in 2005 completed a three-year specialisation course in Islamic Jurisprudence (Fiqh and Fatwa) from Jamia Darul Uloom Karachi, under the guidance of Mufti Taqi Usmani, which culminated in the submission of a thesis on the topic of Shirkat and Mudharabat.
He is a Certified Shariah Accountant and Auditor from the Accounting and Auditing Organisation for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI), Bahrain.

He has an Advanced Diploma in Islamic Banking and Finance from the Centre for Islamic Economics, based in Karachi. He also serves the Islamic Finance and Takaful Industry in other parts of the world.