Islamic Finance & Banking by LCCI – UK

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10th February 2014

London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (UK) offers Islamic Finance & Banking Level 4 Qualification.
Topics Covered –
1. Fundamentals of Islamic Finance & Banking
2. The Islamic Law of Contracts
3. The Application of Islamic Financial Instruments
4. The Function of Sukuk

Course Duration: 3 Months
Commencement – February 2014
Course Fee- Rs 30,000/=

Course coordinators:
Cosmopolitan College of Business & Technology
502, R A De Mel Mawatha, Colombo 3
Hotline: 0758 703835


Amana Bank declares Profit – Rs 140 Million

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Islamic Banking in Sri Lanka – 04th March 2013

Amana Bank, the first fully fledged Islamic Bank in Sri Lanka that commenced operations in August 2011 completed its first full year of Banking activities in 2012. With all the difficult times and the credit restrictions that was enforced on Banking industry in sri Lanka, Amana Bank was successful in making a profit of LKR 140.617 Million.This is a remarkable growth compared to the loss of LKR 180.782 million the bank incurred during the four months operation in 2011.

According to a recent statement made by Mr Faizel Salieh, Managing Director/ CEO of Amana Bank, bank has plans for branch expansion for the year 2013 and introduction of new products and services that will take the bank forward for a greater success.

There were 02 other fully fledged Islamic Banks that were opened in the Indian ocean countries in 2011. The Century Banking Corporation – Mauritius (launched on 31st March 2011) and the Maldives Islamic Bank – Maldives (launched on 07th March 2011). Both are the first Islamic banks to be opened in the respective countries. It would be interesting to see the results of those two banks as well.

Isalmic Finance Vacancy – Finance Company

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Islamic banking in Sri Lanka, 4th March 2013


Positions: Cashier / Marketing / Recovery/ Documentation Assistant

Branch Locations: Kandy / Kalmunai / Puttalam / Dehiwela / Colombo

Qualifications and Experience:

– GCE O/L with 5 credit passes including English & Mathematics in 1st attempt
– GCE A/L with at least 2 credit passes
-Computer Literacy
-Age – Below 25 years
-Marketing/Recovery assistants must have knowledge in their respective fields and Possess a valid licence to ride Motor bikes
-Experience in Islamic Finance will be an added advantage


Positions: Branch Officer In-Charge / 2nd Officer

Branch Locations: Kandy / Kattankudy/ Puttalam / Dehiwela

Smart Dynamic highly result oriented individuals with experience in effectively managing targets and proven track records in branch operations who possess with the following qualifications

– GCE A/L with at least 2 credit passes- Degree/Diploma or professional qualifications
-Computer literacy
-Age – Below 32 years
– Must have 3 -4 years experience in branch operations
-Experience in Islamic finance will be an added advantage

Detailed CV with the names and contact details of two non-related referees with the position on the top left corner of the envelope to be sent to the address given below.

The Advertiser
PO Box 1346

Closing date – 18th March 2013

(Source: Sunday Observer – 4th March 2013 page No. 68)


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Finance Directory – Sri Lanka

(Updated: 27th February

Fully fledged Islamic Bank


No. 480, Galle Road, Colombo 3

Phone: 94 11 7756 756

Fax: 94 11 257 4419


Mr Faizal Salieh

-Rtd. Justice
Ash-Sheik Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani

M M A Mubarak

– Ash-Sheik Mufti M I M Rizwe

Mufti Muhammad Hassan Kaleem

Mohd Nazri Bin Chik (Ustaz)

-Offering Islamic Finance since 1997 under the name of Amana Investments

– Commenced Banking Activities from August 2011

– 24 Branches

Islamic Banking Windows
at Conventional Banks


‘An-Noor’ Islamic Banking Unit

25th Floor, Head Office, No. 4, Bank of Ceylon Mawatha,
Colombo 1

Phone: 94 11220 5036

Fax: 94 11 244 5811


– Head of Islamic Banking Unit:

Mr M K S Mohamed Bishry

Mufti M I M Rizwe

Offering Islamic Finance since 2009

– At Selected 50 Branches


‘Al Adalah’ Islamic Banking Unit

No. 75 M/1 Hemas Building,  York Street, Colombo 1

Phone: 94112486273 to 275

Fax: 94112336021 – Senior Manager: Ms. S. Feroza Ameen

– Assistant Manager Mr. M Zamrooth Azmi

M M A Mubarak

– Sheikh Fazil Farook

– Sheikh M M Murshid

Offering Islamic Finance since 2011

– Account opening only at Islamic Banking unit

– Deposits/Withdrawals from any branch


‘Al Najah’ Islamic Finance Unit

LEVEL 16, HNB Towers, Darley Road, Colombo 10

Phone: 94 112661545, 2661546, 2661580

Fax: 94 11 2664866

E-mail – – Head of Islamic Banking Unit:

Mr L.A.M. Hisham

– Manager Islamic Banking Unit:

Mr Fariz Fuad

Ash-Shaikh Mufti Yoosuf Haniffa

– Ash-Sheikh M.M. Mubarak,

– Ash-Shaikh Fazil Farook

– Ash-Shaikh Mohamed Mashood Muhamed Insaf

In operation
from February 2012

account opening
forms available at all branches


Islamic Banking Division

Head Office
No. 8, Leyden Bastian Road,Colombo 1.

Tel : (+94)112 448765

Tel : (+94)112 448766

Tel : (+94) 115 222 200

Hotline: 94 115000622

Dr. Muhammad Zubair Usmani, Fazil Takhassus

– further approved and vetted by Dar ul Ifta, Jamia Dar ul Uloom Korangi

Offering Islamic Finance since March 2006

– Six branches

Islamic Banking Windows
at Finance and Leasing Companies


‘Al-Falah’ Islamic Finance Unit


No. 100/1,
Sri Jayawardenepura Mawatha, Rajagiriya, Sri Lanka

Phone: 94 115880786

Fax: 94 11 2861616

Chief Executive
Officer – IBU

-Mr Krishan Thilakaratne

Chief Manager – IBU
– Mr. Shiraz Refai -+94 11 5880752

Fazil M. Farook

– Ash-Shaikh Murshid M. Mulaffar

– Mufti Shafique Ahmed Jakhura

Islamic Finance since 2008

– At 5 Al-Falah Centres

– 43 Main LOLC Branches

– 7 LOLC service centres


‘Al-Salamah’ Islamic Finance Unit

Stanley Wijesundera Mawatha, Colombo 7

Phone: (011)452 1222

Fax (011) 534 5327

Head of Islamic Finance Unit-

Mr. Zakir Sally

– Ash-Shaikh
Ahamed Mohideen

– Ash-Shaikh
Aasir Hussein

Offering Islamic Finance since 2009

‘Al Safa’ Islamic Finance Unit


No. 74, Union Place,
Colombo 2, Sri Lanka

Phone: 94 112490000

Fax: 94 11 249 0105


-Deputy General
Manager-Al Safa Islamic Finance Unit- Mr K M M Jabir

-Senior Manager
– Al Safa Islamic Finance Unit- Mr Imruz Kamil

– Ash-Shaikh
Mufti M I M Rizwe

– Ash-Shaikh Murshid M. Mulaffar

– Ash-Shaikh Haniffa Abdul Nazar

Offering Islamic Finance since 2009

‘CDB Meezan’ Islamic Finance Unit

416, First Floor, Galle Road, Colombo 6

Head of Islamic
Finance Unit – Mr Shabni Mohideen 0772674562


– Ash-Shaikh
Mufti Yoosuf Haniffa

– Ash-Shaikh Haniffa Abdul Nazar

– Ash-Shaikh
Mohamed Mashood Muhamed Insaf

-Ash-Shaikh Mohideen

Offering Islamic Finance since December 2012

Islamic Finance Instituion
– others

(incorporated by Act of Parliament – Act no.16 of 2000)

Islamic Service Society Akurana Providers
of Islamic Financial Services

Islamic Finance Advisory
& Other Service Providers

Adl Capital (Pvt) Ltd

Islamic Finance Advisory Service


Bauddhaloka Mawatha,
Colombo 4

Phone: +94 112585227

email: Managing Director – Mr. Ishrat Rauff

– Mufti Shafique
Ahmed Jakhura

– Ash- Shaikh
Fazil Farook

– Ash- Shaikh
Murshid M. Mulaffar

Manager licensed by Securities Exchange Commission -Sri Lanka.

-Expert Consultants
and facilitators in setting up Islamic Banking Units/Windows at Banks
and Finance Companies

– Corporate
Advisory, Investment Advisory,

– Private
Equity, Stock market related operations and

– product
structuring in conformity with the shariah law

Ford, Rhodes, Thornton & Co.

Islamic Finance Advisory Service / Tax consultants

32 A, Sir Mohamed Macan Markar Mawatha, P.O. Box 186, COLOMBO 3

Phone – 011 542 6426

Facsimile -0112445872

E-mail Mr Reyaz Muhlar

Mr Suresh Perera

– Tax consultation

of Islamic finance focus group

Earnst & Young Colombo main office
201, De Saram Place
Colombo 10.

Tel: + 94 11 2463500

Fax: + 94 11 2697369

RAM Ratings (Lanka) Ltd No.9,
Arthur’s Place,

Colombo 4

Phone: 011 2553089 / 011 2503551

Fax : 011 2553090

Rating agency
The Research Intelligence Unit

Information Desk
Bartleet House
65 Braybrooke Place
Colombo 2

Tel: +94 11 4718258

Mobile: +94722741305

Fax: +94 11 5510143

e-mail:, Mr Roshan

Research agency

Takaful Companies (Islamic

Amana Takaful PLC

(Takaful – General)

No.98, Bauddhaloka Mawatha,
Colombo 4, Sri Lanka

Phone: 94 11 259 7430

Fax 94 11 534 0658 Chief Executive

– Mr Mohamed Fazal Ghaffoor

– Mufti Shafique
Ahmed Jakhura

– Ash- Shaikh
Fazil Farook

– Ash- Shaikh
Murshid M. Mulaffar


( Islamic Insurance)

Takfaul PLC

(Takaful -Life)

No.6, Glen Abor Place
Colombo 4, Sri Lanka

Phone: 94 11 576 9986

Fax: 94 11 534 0658

Chief Executive Officer:

-Mr Reyaz Jeffry

Islamic Insurance

Islamic Capital Market

Global Ltd
1/3, Bauddhaloka Mawatha

Colombo 4

Phone: (011) 255 6411

Fax : (011) 255 6412 General
Manager: Mr. Fawas Farook – Mobile: 077 2288525

Shariah Fund
Amana Asset Management Ltd No.6, Glen Abor Place
Colombo 4, Sri Lanka

Phone: 94 11 576 9986

Fax: 94 11 534 0658

Executive Officer::

Mr Ehsan Saheed

Comtrust Asset Management (Pvt) Ltd. 4th Floor , Majestic City, Colombo 4
Sri Lanka.

E-mail :

Tel : 94-11-575 9571

Fax : 94-11-250 6347

Mr P Asokhan

i-fund and the Comtrust-Adl Mudharabah fund.

Islamic Finance – Education
and Training providers

First Global Academy

(Islamic Finance Training)


Collingwood Place,
Colombo 6, Sri Lanka

Phone: 94 11 739 5090


Mr Muath Mubarak

Mr Naeem Thowfeek

Finance Qualification- London

(Pioneers is Islamic Finance Courses in Sri Lanka)

Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka (IBSL)

College of Banking and Finance
No. 1081, Maradana Road, Colombo 08

Phone: – Mr Manuja
Jayawan 0115219246

Ms Sachini Karunadheera – 0115219250

in Islamic Banking

-Certificate in Introduction to Islamic Banking and Finance

Institute of Business Studies

(Islamic Finance Training)

No. 67, Kawadana Road, Dehiwela, Phone: 9411 552 2188
94 11 552 2488


Finance Diploma & Advance Diploma
UTO EduConsult (Pvt) Ltd 82 1/B Baudhaloka
Mawatha, Colombo 4

Contact Person: Ms.Rozana

Phone: 94 77 350 1246


Finance Conference organisers
Zailan Educonsultants 21 1/1, Vishaka
Road, Bambalapitiya, Colombo 4

Contact Person: Moulavi Inshaf


– Ash-Shaikh
Mufti Yoosuf Haniffa

Shaikh Murshid M. Mulaffar

Finance Qualification- London

in Arabic
Cosmopolitan College of Business & Technology 502, R A De Mel Mawatha, Colombo 3

Hotline: 0758 703835

Phone: 94 11 2559855

Fax: : 94 11 2559844


Islamic Finance & Banking Level 4 Qualification

Islamic Microfinance Service

Al Baraka Islamic Investments (Pvt) Ltd Jamiah Naleemiah Road, China Fort,

Phone: +94 34 7910831

Muslim Aid Micro Credit Guarantee Ltd

#9/2 Cooray
Place, Edirigoda Road, Nugegoda
Sri Lanka

Tel: +94 11 2815024

Fax:+94 11 2815022


Country Director -Mr. Faizer Khan


Phone: +94 112815024

Islamic Micro Finance

Contact Person:

Dr. M.M.M. Najim, Ph.D.




Amana Bank pioneers in Islamic banking

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Islamic Banking in Sri Lanka, 19th February 2013

Amana Bank pioneers in Islamic banking

Amana Bank has been successful in delivering significant advantages to Sri Lankan customers through its wide range of innovative and cutting edge banking solutions. Amãna Bank Managing Director / Chief Executive Officer, Faizal Salieh in an interview with Daily News Business in discussion about the presence of Amana Bank in Sri Lanka and Banking Industry, its future challenges in the industry.

Some excerpts of the interview

Q: Amana is ambitious of playing a leading role for Islamic finance. How do you see the industry progressing in Sri Lanka?

A: We are indeed the lead players in Sri Lanka in many ways. We pioneered Islamic finance far back as 1997 and were instrumental in bringing the first level of changes to the Banking Act in 2005 to facilitate the evolution of Islamic banking. We pioneered many of the Islamic Finance products in use in the market today; formed the first licensed commercial bank based on the principles of Islamic banking in August 2011. Negotiated and brought in a substantial amount of foreign equity investments into the Islamic banking sector during the height of the conflict period and the global financial crisis. We still continue to be the market leaders.

The industry is still in its nascent stage, but has the potential for growth both in the context of the unique value proposition it carries and the global interest and growth, Islamic Finance has generated particularly in the aftermath of the global financial and economic crisis. The industry is seeing the emergence of a number of conventional banks and finance companies opening ‘Islamic windows’; market awareness is on the increase, particularly among Non-Islamic customers on the UVP of Islamic finance; regulators are beginning to understand and respond favourably to the business model of Islamic finance; many new products are being introduced. The Government has made a policy statement in support of creating a level in the playing field, between Islamic finance and conventional finance in the field of taxation although we are still to see a uniform cascading at the Inland Revenue Departmental level.

Q: Many non-Muslims in Sri Lanka are interested in Islamic-compliant banking instruments. Why is this?

A: It is this unique value proposition that Islamic banking offers that attracts all customers irrespective of caste or creed. This UVP is built on the principles of fairness, equity and justice which are the cornerstones of the business model. Transparency is a fundamental component in all the transactions, there are no hidden costs or small prints.

The model essentially works on a profit/loss sharing system and not on pre-determined and fixed interest rates.

Some of the outstanding features are that Islamic banks do not profit from the genuine difficulties of their customers; there is no penalty for delayed payments by customers, who are in difficulty, even if the bank charges a penalty under circumstances where a customer tries to abuse the system or take undue advantage, such penalty would not be taken into the bank ‘s income but channelled to charity as the purpose of applying, such penalty would be to act as a deterrent to abuse.

The model does not allow the bank to profit from economic uncertainties in that speculative transactions and dealing in uncertainty are prohibited. People who have experienced Islamic banking, value the fairness of its principles.

Q: What do you think could be done to address the shortage of experts in the Islamic Banking segment ?

A: There is certainly a shortage of expertise both at the Sharia scholars level and the banking practitioners level globally, this is a serious constraint to the expansion and development of the industry worldwide. There is no immediate solution to this human resource problem. universities are beginning to introduce Islamic finance courses at academic level and professional institutes, such as CIMA have also introduced similar courses.

Q: What future challenges do you see for Islamic banking in Sri Lanka? What suggestions do you have for the betterment of the industry?

A: I see a great future for Islamic banking both at the global and local levels. As the world goes through cycles of economic and financial crises and instability from time to time, people have realized over the time that many of these situations are due to the fundamental weaknesses embedded in conventional economic theory, particularly monetary theory and its application and have begun researching for alternatives, therein lies the challenge for the principles of Islamic economics, finance and banking to provide a uniquely different alternative solution and build the platform for a refreshingly new model.

In terms of the challenges that Islamic banking faces worldwide, Topping the list is an enabling regulatory, legislative and fiscal framework. Other challenges include the need for standardization of contracts, simplification of documentation in transactions, harmony and uniformity in the application of Sharia decisions and interpretations across banks and financial institutions, uniformity and transparency in financial reporting and ofcourse adherence to good corporate governance standards.

The response of international accounting standards to accommodate the accounting characteristics of Islamic finance is also a challenge. Another fundamental challenge is the maintenance of the purity of transactions on an ‘end-to-end’ basis by Islamic banks, when there is aggressively competing in the market, particularly against conventional banks. Yet another key challenge is the development of new and simple products that can meet the changing banking needs of customers.

Inter-bank money market transactions are still at an early stage of development and there is a strong case for an appropriate Sharia-compliant instrument as an alternative to the Treasury Bill for banks to keep surplus liquidity with the Central Bank. Managing and investing surplus liquidity in appropriate Sharia-compliant and revenue generating instruments is a real challenge for the industry in the present phase of its life cycle.

Q: What additional role could Amana bank play in Sri Lanka’s economic development?

A: We have some project ideas in mind and shall pursue it in due course, as we move forward and strengthen our balance sheet. The Government’s infrastructure development budget is over USD 20 billion.

This offers considerable scope for sovereign sukuks. There has been some protracted in-depth discussions with the authorities on sukuks.

The sukuk product structure has certain pillars which might appear conceptually difficult to the authorities and we are in the process of evaluating various alternative product forms to progress in this direction.

The main area of our focus is the SME sector. This is where we are concentrating our strategies on. SMEs are the backbone of the economy and is widespread across the country. We also tied up with MoneyGram recently to provide a conduit for foreign currency remittances by Sharia-conscious Sri Lankan expatriates to their motherland.

Q: What are the factors that contributed to overall Amana Bank’s performance for the last year?

A: We are relatively a new and small bank. We started banking operations in August 2011 and completed a full year of business only last year. Whilst we are pleased with the growth of our customer deposit base, the growth of our financing assets (or “lending” to use a conventional term) was adversely restrained by the credit ceiling imposed by the Central Bank on all banks since March last year. As a new and small bank it hurts us much more than the bigger banks and had a telling effect on our operating profitability. Nevertheless we were able to post a respectable bottom line, subject to audit, in 2012.

As for the factors that contributed to our performance, I would say that our presence and reach in the right areas where there is demand for our services, the fairness with which we transact business, the dedication of our staff and the strengths of our strategic shareholders are the key factors that play a significant role in the bank’s overall performance.

Q: How would you rate Sri Lanka in comparison to other regional Islamic finance players?

A: The key measures for such a rating, I think would lie in, (a) the availability of an integrated enabling environment, (b) the size of the market, (c) the level of development and linkages with the capital market and (c) the number and quantum of cross border deals done. In this respect, Sri Lanka takes a stand behind countries like Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and Pakistan, but ahead of India. W do have the potential to position ourselves competitively and this would require an integrated approach by the relevant authorities and the industry operators and fast tracking in decision making. Examples outside the region include UK and South Africa.

Q: What are the measures taken to increase Deposit base?

A: The bank is implementing a plan to expand its reach and distribution network across the regions where there is a demand for our services; we have opened two new branches in January this year and have introduced our own ATMs as well as tied up with Combank’s ATM network so that our customers will be provided with better convenience. Further we have introduced a number of deposit and saving schemes as measures to widen our deposit base.

Q: What are the measures taken to curtail the expansion of NPA?

A: Our NPA which is presently around 1% is well within the total banking sector average of 4%. A robust risk evaluation process at the point of origination of credit and a close account performance and monitoring system are in place to manage NPAs.

Q: What is the future growth strategy plan?

A: It is a combination of expanding reach, conveniences and new products with a strong strategic focus on the Consumer and SME business segments.

Q: What are the measures taken to improve capital and governance structure for future growth?

A: We are in the process of raising additional capital to strengthen our balance sheet to support our aggressive expansion plans as well as prepare for the higher statutory capital requirements that would come into progress in 2015. We are following the standards of good corporate governance set by the Central Bank. We believe both these are important for the bank’s future growth.

Q: What is Amana bank’s future strategy for the SME sector?

A: The SME sector is a primary focus area in the bank’s strategic plan. It is a sector we are closely associated with. We want to increase our involvement in this sector through a number of initiatives which include scaling up our customer relationships from transaction banker to primary banker, using a separate and relevant credit scoring model to evaluate SME credit, introducing SME relevant products and services, establishing SME desks and centres and educating our customers in this segment on how to manage their businesses in order to achieve long term sustainability.

Q: What are your plans for branch expansion and products expansion?

A: We have an aggressive branch expansion plan this year. We have 16 branches at present, plans are on the way to increase this number to a significant amount. We have already introduced some new products at both ends of our balance sheet and will soon be adding some more on the asset financing side this year.

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Amana Bank Opening a Branch at Kuliyapitiya

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Islamic Banking in Sri Lanka, 19th February 2013

Amana Bank Opening a Branch at Kuliyapitiya

Amana Bank will be opening it’s 17th Branch at No.215 1/1 Main Street, Kuliyapitiya In sha Allah on 20th February 2013.

Book Launch – An introduction to Islamic Banking – TAMIL

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Islamic Banking in Sri Lanka, 15th February 2013

A book titled ‘Islamiya Wanki Murai – Oor Arimuham’ (An introduction to Islamic Banking system) in Tamil was launched yesterday (14th) at the the Postal Department Auditorium.

The book has been written by Ash Sheikh S M M Masahir (Naleemi) – Senior Lecturer – Southeastern University – Sri Lanka and Moulavi H M Ahmad Hilmy, Lecturer – Southeastern University – SriLanka.

Apparently this is the first book that has been written in Tamil in Sri Lanka on the subject of Islamic Banking. It has been published by Meelparvai Media Centre and has been priced at Rs.250/- and will be available at leading Islamic Bookshops.

The event was presided by Mr M H M Hanan. The Chief Guest Ashsheikh Mufthi Yusuf Haniffa in his speech emphasized the need of such materials not only in Tamil but in Sinhala language too. He also mentioned that Islamic Financial institutions must make effort to introduce other Islamic Finance products without limiting it to Mudharaba, Murabaha, Ijara and Diminishing Musharaka and speedy introduction of Islamic Microfinance.

The book review was made by Dr S.M.M. Nafeez, Senior Lecturer- Southeastern University – Sri Lanka.

May this be the first step towards greater achievements.

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