The Shariah Supervisory Board is an independent body comprising specialist jurists in Islamic Commercial Jurisprudence, which is entrusted with directing, reviewing and supervising the activities of Al Baraka Bank, in order to ensure that the bank complies with Shariah law. The board sets out to ensure that all Shariah matters regarding Al Baraka Bank are dealt with in a professional manner and in strict accordance with the Shariah standards set out by AAOIFI.
It is the responsibility of the Shariah Supervisory Board to carry out regular audits of the bank’s business operations, and to form, based on its reviews, an independent opinion. The Shariah Supervisory Board’s rulings and resolutions are binding on the bank.
Dr Ghudda is senior Shariah consultant at Al Baraka Banking Group, a director of the Department of Financial Instruments at Al Baraka Investment and Development Company, a member of the Shariah Supervisory Boards of several Islamic financial institutions and is an active member of the OIC Islamic Fiqh Academy and AAOIFI.
Dr Ghuddah was responsible for the research and compilation of the Encyclopaedia of Fiqh sponsored and published by 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 Law and in mainstream 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 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 35 years he has collaborated with Mufti Taqi Usmani in solving problems affecting Contemporary Applications in Islamic Law.
He has, for the past 17 years, also worked closely with well-known contemporary Shariah expert, Shaykh Abdus Sattar Abu Ghuddah, in the field of Islamic Finance and has extensive experience in the application of Shariah Law to contemporary situations, including 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 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 at Darul Uloom, Azaadville and then moved to Stanger where he established the Zakariyya Muslim School and served as Principal and Ameer. 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.
Mufti Jakhura serves in the Fatwa Department at the Darul Ihsan Research Centre in Durban preparing and issuing Islamic juristic rulings. 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. In 2005, he completed a three-year specialisation course in 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 certified by the Accounting and Auditing Organisation for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI) in Bahrain. He has an Advanced Diploma in Islamic Banking and Finance from the Karachi-based Centre for Islamic Economics.