Shariah Committee

  • Assoc. Professor Dr. Mohamed Azam Mohamed Adil

    Chairman

    Deputy Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) cum Principal Fellow of the International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) Malaysia.

    Assoc. Professor Dr. Mohamed Azam, was appointed as Independent Director of CIMB Islamic Bank Berhad on 5 November 2014 and is the Chairman of the Group Shariah Committee. He currently serves as Deputy CEO cum Principal Fellow of the International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) Malaysia.

    He began his career as a lecturer at Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Shah Alam, Malaysia since 1990 and was later promoted to Associate Professor in 2008. He held several administration posts in UiTM, where he was the Head of Islamic Studies Unit, Centre for Preparatory Studies from 1997 until 2001, the Coordinator for Minor and Elective Programmes at ACIS from 2006 until 2011 and later became the Head of Programme for Minor, Elective and Postgraduate Studies from 2011 until 2012.

    Assoc. Professor Dr. Mohamed Azam is also a Fellow of the Accounting Research Institute (ARI) and Institute of Zakat Studies, UiTM and member of the Research Ethics Committee, UiTM.  He sits on the Selangor Religious Council (MAIS) Legal Committee, Shari’ah Community of Attorney General Chambers and on several Editorial Boards such as Shari’ah Journal, University of Malaya, Global Journal of al-Thaqafah, Kolej Universiti Sultan Azlan Shah, Jurnal Fikrah, UiTM and ESTEEM Journal, UiTM, Penang.

    Assoc. Professor Dr. Mohamed Azam was appointed on the panel of the Industrial Court of Malaysia from 2007 until 2009, and was awarded the Fulbright Visiting Award by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), Washington, DC, USA in 2007. He is currently the President, Academy of Islamic Studies, University of Malaya's Alumni (ALIM).

    He obtained his Bachelor degree in Shar’ia and Law from the University of Malaya, and his Master of Laws (LLM) and PhD degrees from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.

  • Sheikh Profesor Dr Mohammad Hashim Kamali

    Founding Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) of the International Institute Of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) Malaysia

    Prof. Dr. Mohammad Hashim is a Canadian and Malaysia permanent resident. He is currently the Chairman and CEO of the International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies and a member of the SC Shariah Advisory Council for the period from July 2010 to June 2012. He formerly served as a Professor of International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilisation (ISTAC) and Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws, International Islamic University, Malaysia (IIUM). He has been teaching Islamic law and jurisprudence since 1985. 

    He holds a 1st Class, BA Honours degree in Law and Political Science from Kabul University, Afghanistan, LLM degree from the London School of Economics, UK and a PhD in Islamic Law from the School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London, UK. He is also a renowned writer in the area of Islamic law and jurisprudence and has written many books and articles on the subject.

  • Sheikh Dr Nedham Yaqoobi

    Independent Shariah Adviser

    Sheikh Dr. Nedham Yaqoobi is a renowned Shariah scholar. He sits on various Shariah boards of Islamic banking and financial institutions globally including the Dow Jones Islamic Market Indexes, the Accounting and Auditing Organisation for Islamic Financial Institutions and the International Islamic Financial Market. He is the author of several articles and publications on Islamic finance and other sciences, in English and Arabic. He was educated in classical Shariah in his native Bahrain and in Makkah under the guidance of eminent scholars, including Sheikh Abdulla al-Farisi, Sheikh Yusuf al-Siddiqi, Sheikh Muhammed Saleh al-Abbasi, Sheikh Muhhamed Yasin al Fadani (Makkah), Sheikh Habib-ur-Rahman A. Zaini (India), Sheikh Abdulla bin Al-Siddiq Al-Ghumar (Morocco), and others.

    He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Comparative Religion, a Master of Science degree in Finance from McGill University, Montreal, Canada and a Ph.D in Islamic Law at the University of Wales, United Kingdom.

  • Sheikh Dr Haji Mohd Nai'm Haji Mokhtar

    Chief Judge of Selangor Syariah Court, and the Director of the Family Support Division, Malaysian Shariah Judiciary Department, Prime Minister’s Department

    Sheikh Dr. Haji Mohd Nai’m Haji Mokhtar is the Chief Judge of Selangor Syariah Court and the Director of the Family Support Division, Malaysian Shariah Judiciary Department, Prime Minister’s Department. He served as a lecturer at the Ahmad Ibrahim Kuliyyah of Laws, International Islamic University, Malaysia from 1990 to 1997. He then joined Messrs Zulkifli Yong, Azmi & Co. as a Shariah lawyer before being appointed as a Shariah judge in 1998. 

    He was a research officer at the Malaysian Shariah Judiciary Department, Prime Minister’s Department from 2003 to 2004, as well as a Shariah Subordinate Court Judge for Federal Territory from 2007 to 2008 and a Shariah Prosecutor, Federal Territory and a Shariah Officer in 2008, before assuming his current position. He also served as Visiting Fellow, Islamic Legal Studies Program at Harvard Law School, Harvard University, USA and as Chevening Visiting Fellow, Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, Oxford University in 2008/2009.

    He holds a LLB degree from the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), a LLM from the University of London, United Kingdom and a Ph.D in Shariah from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. He also holds a Diploma in Shariah Law & Practice and a Diploma in Administration and Islamic Judiciary both from IIUM.

  • Sheikh Associate Professor Dr. Shafaai Bin Musa

    Chief Executive Officer, Johor Institute of Integrity, Leadership and Training

    Associate Professor Dr. Shafaai Musa is a Malaysian, currently serving as Chief Executive Officer at Johor Institute of Integrity, Leadership and Training, an institute under Johor Chief Minister Office. He is the Chairman of Sun Life Malaysia Takaful Berhad Shariah Committee. He has more than fifteen years of experience in teaching Islamic law and jurisprudence and wrote several researches and articles. He also served as a member of Shariah Expert Panel for the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia since 2005. He formerly served as Executive Director, Centre for Continuing Education International Islamic University Malaysia and Chief Executive Officer, International Islamic College cum Chief Executive Officer, International Islamic University Malaysia Higher Education Sdn. Bhd.

    Associate Professor Dr. Shafaai received his Bachelor’s degree in Shariah from the University of Al-Azhar, Egypt, a Masters’ degree in Comparative Laws from IIUM and a Ph.D from the Glasgow Caledonian University, United Kingdom.

  • Sheikh Dr Yousef Abdullah Al Shubaily

    Associate Professor, Comparative Jurisprudence Department, High Institute of Judiciary, Imam Muhammad Bin Saud Islamic University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

    Sheikh Dr. Yousef Abdullah Al Shubaily lectures at the Comparative Jurisprudence Department, High Institute of Judiciary, Imam Muhammad Bin Saud Islamic University in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He also serves as a Co-operating professor for the American Open University. 

    Beyond his academic career, Dr. Yousef has extensive experience in serving on various Shariah boards of a number of banks and financial institutions in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, the United States of America and Britain. Dr. Yousef has written many books, academic papers and articles on Islamic jurisprudence and commercial law and has actively participated in numerous seminars and conventions in related areas. He also participates in religious and economic programmes on television and radio broadcasts in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and abroad.

    He obtained a Bachelor’s degree from the Faculty of Shariah and Fundamentals of Islam and a Masters’ degree from the Department of Comparative Jurisprudence at Imam Muhammad Bin Saud Islamic University, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 1993 and 1996, respectively. In 2001, he obtained a Ph.D in Islamic Jurisprudence from the same university.

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