Asst. Prof. Dr. Ziyaad Mahomed
Qualification:Phd (Islamic Finance), INCEIF
Fields/Area of Specialization:Associate Dean/Director, Executive Education & E-Learning
Asst. Prof. Dr. Ziyaad Mahomed is an Associate Dean/Director for INCEIF's Executive Education & E-Learning. He is also the Chairman of the Shariah Board of HSBC Amanah Malaysia and serves on a number of Shariah boards internationally. He is a multi-award-winning Scholar with almost 20 years of global experience as an executive, consultant and Islamic Scholar in Islamic finance and capital markets. Dr Ziyaad has consulted/trained more than 7,000 Finance Professionals and Islamic Scholars in most disciplines within the Islamic Finance sector in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. He intends to focus on Islamic social finance, Shariah issues & innovation, fintech and Sukuk, amongst other research areas.

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  • do_msme_patronage_factors_correspond_to_UAE_Islamic_banker_perceptions_shamsher.pdf.jpg
  • Newsletter & Bulletin


  • Authors: Shamsudheen, Shinaj Valangattil; Ramadili Mohd, Shamsher Mohamad; Mahomed, Ziyaad (2020)

  • According to UAE Ministry of Economy, the SME sector represents more than 94 per cent of the total number of companies operating in the country and provide jobs for more than 86 per cent of the private sector's workforce. There are more than 350,000 companies working at the SMEs platform, and providing over 86 percent of the private sector's total workforce. They contribute to more than 60 percent of the UAE non-oil GDP. According to the Central Bank of UAE's data, credit provided to microenterprises grew 26.3% during the period from December 2017 through March 2019.

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  • Master


  • Authors: El Fadili, Imad (2019)

  • This thesis examines the role that Islamic social finance instruments can play to support the refugee crisis and its effects, faced by the Muslim community in the Netherlands. This research is the first study that is focused on Islamic social finance for refugee empowerment and integration in the Netherlands. The study highlights the entire journey of a refugee in the Netherlands, its challenges, the role of non-profit organizations as well as the opportunities for Islamic social finance. This thesis presents the Dutch Zakat and Waqf Institute (DZWI) model as a proposal to integrate zakat and waqf into the mainstream philanthropy sector in order to empower refugees. DZWI enables the M...

  • reality_check_slow_progress_digital_transformation_Islamic_social_finance_ziyaad.pdf.jpg
  • Newsletter & Bulletin


  • Authors: Mahomed, Ziyaad (2019)

  • It is true that significant progress in poverty alleviation and social empowerment has been made over the last 30 years. For OIC member states, the percentage of the population living below the poverty line has decreased by almost half, from 41.1% in 1990 to 22.4% in 2011. However, as populations increase, the number of people suffering from hunger, malnutrition and disease remains considerable. The OIC 2025 Programme of Action stresses, in Article 1.6, that Member States must transform their approach through "effective utilization of Islamic social finance (Zakat, Waqf) at national and intra-OIC level" in order to address poverty. It is quickly forgotten that the celebrated 17 social...

  • item.jpg
  • Newsletter & Bulletin


  • Authors: Mahomed, Ziyaad; Jamaluddin, Asmah Nabila (2019)

  • Islamic social finance (ISF) tools have been instrumental in alleviating poverty as they promote fairness in the distribution of wealth in society. For Malaysia, when effectively mobilised, such instruments are expected to create a significant positive impact on both socio-economic situation and Malaysia's economic growth in general. As an impact-focused technique, community investment through cash Waqf for example, has potential to support those that are less advantaged and provide entrepreneurial assistance through asset purchases and working capital needs. To this end, we present a model of Islamic social finance based on the 'Central Halal Kitchen' concept, using e-hailing deliver...

  • item.jpg
  • Master


  • Authors: Ahmad Sazaki, Muhammad Luqman (2019)

  • This paper aims to exhibit how Regtech can be utilized in developing supportive, yet prudent, policies to the Islamic banking and finance sector which are aligned with the objectives of the Shari'ah. Regtech has showcased to be a powerful enabler for both regulators and market participants to collect, analyze and improve compliance to be achieved in real-time at low costs. Apart from that, the ability for Regtech and facilitating technologies to collect hard and soft data (e.g., financial information and behavioural data) provides an avenue for regulators to incorporate the ethos of Islamic finance into its policy development processes. To achieve the said objectives, this paper would...

  • classical_zakat_modelling_blockchain_ziyaad.pdf.jpg
  • Newsletter & Bulletin


  • Authors: Mahomed, Ziyaad (2018)

  • As the third pillar of Islam, zakat has a 1,400-year-old history in reducing inequality and redistributing wealth to at least, the deserving Qur'anic recipients (Al Qur'an, 9:60). Understood as an obligatory command, zakat appears no less than 58 times in the primary source of Islamic law, 26 times along with prayer, for instance: "So establish Salat and give Zakat, and hold fast to Allah" (Al-Qur'an 22:78). All Muslims who meet a minimum threshold of zakatable assets (nisab) are required to pay zakat annually. The oft-repeated conundrum however, is if the Zakat institution was so deeply entrenched in the Islamic law, why then do so many continue to suffer from poverty and malnutritio...

  • Sukuk_announcement_effects_during_financial_crisis_the_case_for_Indonesia_ziyaad_et_al.pdf.jpg
  • Journal Article


  • Authors: Mahomed, Ziyaad; Ramadili Mohd, Shamsher Mohamad; Ariff, Mohamed (2018)

  • The effects of capital-raising announcements have long been used as an indicator of increased shareholder wealth (Brown and Warner, 1985). Studies on bond announcements, for example, have been largely inconclusive. However, when effects are measured based on bond underlying structure, 'straight and convertible bonds', then the results are more conclusive (Abdul Rahim, 2012). Furthermore, issuances around crisis period are expected to result in negative market reaction as investors prefer liquidity (Fenn, 2000). Sukuk are bond-like instruments that are issued based on the Sharia guidelines and perceived to be less risky due to their risk sharing attribute. Sukuk are issued by the gover...

  • IF_Hub_Issue_2_Sukuk_announcement_Ziyaad.pdf.jpg
  • Newsletter & Bulletin


  • Authors: Mahomed, Ziyaad (2017)

  • Capital market behavior and the effects of varying sources of capital on share price has long intrigued finance theorists (Brown & Warner, 1980) and the choice of conventional capital market instruments based on investor reaction, has been researched extensively (Abdul Rahim, 2012). Profit-driven firms focus on profit maximization and the creation of shareholder wealth. However, opting for internal funds over public fund-raising has been shown to signal quality to the market, thereby affecting overall company value (Ross, 1977). The introduction of Sukuk instruments since 2001 has also influenced market reaction (Ashhari et al., 2009). Therefore, we investigate the effects of Sukuk an...

  • chapter 7_islamic capital market_sukuk_ziyaad.jpg.jpg
  • Chapter in Book


  • Authors: Mahomed, Ziyaad (2017)

  • Sukuk are certificates of equal value that represent ownership in tangible assets, usufruct and services, and equity of identified project (AAOIFI, FAS 17 (2010)). They present undivided pro rata ownership of underliying assets (Securities Commission Malaysia, 2011). While sukuk are generally taken to be the counterpart of bonds, they differ from conventional bonds in six basic aspects (Ariff et al., 2012). This chapter explains the sukuk structure and its changing forms. Then, the chapter turns to the discussion of sukuk, capital structure and value of the firm. Before providing a conclusion. issues and challenges faced by the sukuk market are deliberated. Available in physical co...

  • chapter_4_islamic_banking_business_of_conventional_banks_Shamsher_Ziyaad_Nazrol.jpg.jpg
  • Chapter in Book


  • Authors: Ramadili Mohd, Shamsher Mohamad; Mahomed, Ziyaad; Mustaffa Kamil, Nazrol Kamil (2017)

  • Globally, Islamic banking grew by a compound annual growth rate of 17.3 percent between 2009 and 2014. The estimated size of the industry at the end of 2014 was given at US$2.1 trillion. This total follar value of assets held by the Islamic financial institutions is less than 2 percent of the conventional banking industry; nonetheless, this is a huge achievement, considering it started from a zero base in the 1970s (Ernst & Young, 2013). Through the rate of growth has declined in recent years, the industry has nevertheless managed to grow by more than 15 percent even during the 2009 global crisis, whereas the overall banking assets remained static and economic growth in almost all cou...

  • islamic_finance_insolvencies.pdf.jpg
  • Chapter in Book


  • Authors: Zada, Najeeb; Lahsasna, Ahcene; Mahomed, Ziyaad; Saleem, Muhammad Yusuf (2017)

  • Like many other financial institutions, Bahrain-based Arcapita Bank operating in the United States was hit hard by the Eurozne crisis that followed the global financial crisis. Unable to restructure its $1.1 billion debt obligations due in March 2013, the bank decided to file for Chapter 11 protection in the US Bankruptcy Court. This case study introduces Arcapita and its operations, explains the US Chapter 11 and its important aspects like debtor in possession (DIP) financing, highlights the most significant episodes of the Arcapita case, and concludes with important lessons embedded in the proceedings. Available in physical copy only (Call Number: HG 3368 A6 I82Na)

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  • Newsletter & Bulletin


  • Authors: Ramadili Mohd, Shamsher Mohamad; Mahomed, Ziyaad (2017)

  • Islam has a unique dispensation on the concept of wealth, its ownership and distribution. Wealth is not regarded as an end per se, but a means to an end: the end being the paradise in the hereafter. Essentially, material possessions are considered the primary form of weakth, perceived to be generated, accumulated and/or invested by the one who acquired it. Inclusively, wisdom, knowledge, salvation and even contentment can all be categorized as wealth. From the Islamic perspective, Allah (to Him be Praise) is the true owner of all wealth and He entrusts it to man for beneficial use (Quran 20:6). Therefore, a Muslim is required to earn and invest wealth in Islamically permissibale metho...

  • Islamic_social_finance_ziyaad.pdf.jpg
  • Newsletter & Bulletin


  • Authors: Mahomed, Ziyaad (2017)

  • The consistent growth of the global Islamic banking and finance has provided a niche market with solutions and financial inclusion through a well-defined Islamic ethos. Unfortunately, Islamic finance has been criticised for having diverted from its core principles of socio-economic empowerment and upliftment. As in mainstream interest-based finance, Islamic financing and advances rely on the customers' credit-worthiness and the ability to repay, inevitably supporting those with good credit standing to improve their financial status. But, how has Islamic finance improved the lot of the downtrodden? What about the ethical, socio-economic tenets that Islamic finance has so vociferously e...

  • crypto_mania_ziyaad_shamsher.pdf.jpg
  • Newsletter & Bulletin


  • Authors: Mahomed, Ziyaad; Ramadili Mohd, Shamsher Mohamad (2017)

  • The 17th century was witness to the Dutch Golden Age, the leading global economic power at the time. It was also the period of what was soon after referred to as 'Tulip Mania' for what is considered the first recorded speculative bubble that collapsed in 1637. Many analysts find a stark similarity between tulip mania and the dramatic rise of the cryptocurrency value in 2017. Tulip bulbs became fashionable status symbols, and although having weak fundamentals, reached exorbitant prices. Bitcoin's dramatic 1,500% increase in 2017 alone, attracted a significantly large group of speculative investors to benefit from what many see as an unhinged gamble on what has gained popularity, not on...

  • Zakat_in_Islamic_wealth_management_ziyaad.jpg.jpg
  • Chapter in Book


  • Authors: Mahomed, Ziyaad (2017)

  • The common understanding of investments is to manage wealth such that there is wealth increase with rare losses of the starting value to compensate wealth holders (i) against inflation via risk-free return and (ii) plus a risk premium for the risk of the investment. It thus has the twin objectives of growth in wealth and preservation of wealth. This is achieved by means of a planned strategy that defines the goals of the investor. Wealth management includes the following: to achieve maximum growth with minimal risk (or maximum growth for a target level of risk); to manage risk as far as is possible to minimise taxation and other costs to receive a consistent income; to have a consiste...

  • Malaysia_global_hub_for_fund_administration.pdf.jpg
  • Newsletter & Bulletin


  • Authors: Ramadili Mohd, Shamsher Mohamad; Mahomed, Ziyaad (2017)

  • The last decade has witnessed significant growth of fund management companies in the Southeast Asian region, and Malaysia has shown immense potential in this area. The expansion of the middle income class, outstanding talent and abundant natural resources have contributed to this growth. Despite significant developments in the recent past, the mutual fund industry in Malaysia is relatively small compared with other market in Malaysia, particularly in the area of Islamic fund administration, requires a comprehensive financial ecosystem that is globally competitive.

  • Wealth_effect_of_sukuk_issuance_announcement_in_two_markets_ziyaad_ariff_shamsher.jpg.jpg
  • Chapter in Book


  • Authors: Mahomed, Ziyaad; Ariff, Mohamed; Ramadili Mohd, Shamsher Mohamad (2017)

  • This chapter is written with a view to explain how stock prices react to the issuance of a new kind of debt instrument (the sukuk debt certificates) in two stock markets in the period 2001-15. The existing classical corporate finance theory considers share prices' response to capital issuances to be crucial to any understanding on how to maximize the firm value and thus the shareholder wealth. How this is achieved has been debated extensively and deliberated elaborately by academics over six decades. It stands to reason, though, that maximizing firm value requires effective investment decisions which in turn necessitates access to a valuable source of capital.

  • CIAWM_Issue3_islamic_social_finance_investment_imperative_ziyaad.pdf.jpg
  • Newsletter & Bulletin


  • Authors: Mahomed, Ziyaad (2017)

  • The rapid growth of global Islamic wealth and asset management has contributed to the establishment of a niche market based on the Islamic finance paradigm of interest-free, transparent, profit and loss sharing and mutually beneficial contracts. However, Islamic wealth and finance has been criticized for converging into conventional practices rather than its core principles of socio-economic empowerment and justice. The capitalist attributes of profit maximization without the ethical and moral boundaries has pervaded this industry that was supposed to espouse the ethical and socio-economic tenets as its value prepositions for its future growth and survival. There is an emerging trend ...

  • The_resurgence_of_Islamic_social_finance_Ziyaad.pdf.jpg
  • Industry Article


  • Authors: Mahomed, Ziyaad (2017)

  • The consistent growth of the global Islamic banking and finance has provided a niche market with solutions and financial inclusion through a well-defined Islamic ethos. Unfortunately, Islamic finance has been criticised for having diverted from its core principles of socio-economic empowerment and upliftment. As in mainstream interest-based finance, Islamic financing and advances rely on the customers' credit-worthiness and the ability to repay, inevitably supporting those with good credit standing to improve their financial status. But, how has Islamic finance improved the lot of the downtrodden? What about the ethical, socio-economic tenets that Islamic finance has so vociferously e...

Asst. Prof. Dr. Ziyaad Mahomed
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Qualification: Phd (Islamic Finance), INCEIF
Fields/Area of Specialization: Associate Dean/Director, Executive Education & E-Learning
Asst. Prof. Dr. Ziyaad Mahomed is an Associate Dean/Director for INCEIF's Executive Education & E-Learning. He is also the Chairman of the Shariah Board of HSBC Amanah Malaysia and serves on a number of Shariah boards internationally. He is a multi-award-winning Scholar with almost 20 years of global experience as an executive, consultant and Islamic Scholar in Islamic finance and capital markets. Dr Ziyaad has consulted/trained more than 7,000 Finance Professionals and Islamic Scholars in most disciplines within the Islamic Finance sector in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. He intends to focus on Islamic social finance, Shariah issues & innovation, fintech and Sukuk, amongst other research areas.
Showing results 1 to 20 of 28
  • do_msme_patronage_factors_correspond_to_UAE_Islamic_banker_perceptions_shamsher.pdf.jpg
  • Newsletter & Bulletin


  • Authors: Shamsudheen, Shinaj Valangattil; Ramadili Mohd, Shamsher Mohamad; Mahomed, Ziyaad (2020)

  • According to UAE Ministry of Economy, the SME sector represents more than 94 per cent of the total number of companies operating in the country and provide jobs for more than 86 per cent of the private sector's workforce. There are more than 350,000 companies working at the SMEs platform, and providing over 86 percent of the private sector's total workforce. They contribute to more than 60 percent of the UAE non-oil GDP. According to the Central Bank of UAE's data, credit provided to microenterprises grew 26.3% during the period from December 2017 through March 2019.

  • item.jpg
  • Master


  • Authors: El Fadili, Imad (2019)

  • This thesis examines the role that Islamic social finance instruments can play to support the refugee crisis and its effects, faced by the Muslim community in the Netherlands. This research is the first study that is focused on Islamic social finance for refugee empowerment and integration in the Netherlands. The study highlights the entire journey of a refugee in the Netherlands, its challenges, the role of non-profit organizations as well as the opportunities for Islamic social finance. This thesis presents the Dutch Zakat and Waqf Institute (DZWI) model as a proposal to integrate zakat and waqf into the mainstream philanthropy sector in order to empower refugees. DZWI enables the M...

  • reality_check_slow_progress_digital_transformation_Islamic_social_finance_ziyaad.pdf.jpg
  • Newsletter & Bulletin


  • Authors: Mahomed, Ziyaad (2019)

  • It is true that significant progress in poverty alleviation and social empowerment has been made over the last 30 years. For OIC member states, the percentage of the population living below the poverty line has decreased by almost half, from 41.1% in 1990 to 22.4% in 2011. However, as populations increase, the number of people suffering from hunger, malnutrition and disease remains considerable. The OIC 2025 Programme of Action stresses, in Article 1.6, that Member States must transform their approach through "effective utilization of Islamic social finance (Zakat, Waqf) at national and intra-OIC level" in order to address poverty. It is quickly forgotten that the celebrated 17 social...

  • item.jpg
  • Newsletter & Bulletin


  • Authors: Mahomed, Ziyaad; Jamaluddin, Asmah Nabila (2019)

  • Islamic social finance (ISF) tools have been instrumental in alleviating poverty as they promote fairness in the distribution of wealth in society. For Malaysia, when effectively mobilised, such instruments are expected to create a significant positive impact on both socio-economic situation and Malaysia's economic growth in general. As an impact-focused technique, community investment through cash Waqf for example, has potential to support those that are less advantaged and provide entrepreneurial assistance through asset purchases and working capital needs. To this end, we present a model of Islamic social finance based on the 'Central Halal Kitchen' concept, using e-hailing deliver...

  • item.jpg
  • Master


  • Authors: Ahmad Sazaki, Muhammad Luqman (2019)

  • This paper aims to exhibit how Regtech can be utilized in developing supportive, yet prudent, policies to the Islamic banking and finance sector which are aligned with the objectives of the Shari'ah. Regtech has showcased to be a powerful enabler for both regulators and market participants to collect, analyze and improve compliance to be achieved in real-time at low costs. Apart from that, the ability for Regtech and facilitating technologies to collect hard and soft data (e.g., financial information and behavioural data) provides an avenue for regulators to incorporate the ethos of Islamic finance into its policy development processes. To achieve the said objectives, this paper would...

  • classical_zakat_modelling_blockchain_ziyaad.pdf.jpg
  • Newsletter & Bulletin


  • Authors: Mahomed, Ziyaad (2018)

  • As the third pillar of Islam, zakat has a 1,400-year-old history in reducing inequality and redistributing wealth to at least, the deserving Qur'anic recipients (Al Qur'an, 9:60). Understood as an obligatory command, zakat appears no less than 58 times in the primary source of Islamic law, 26 times along with prayer, for instance: "So establish Salat and give Zakat, and hold fast to Allah" (Al-Qur'an 22:78). All Muslims who meet a minimum threshold of zakatable assets (nisab) are required to pay zakat annually. The oft-repeated conundrum however, is if the Zakat institution was so deeply entrenched in the Islamic law, why then do so many continue to suffer from poverty and malnutritio...

  • Sukuk_announcement_effects_during_financial_crisis_the_case_for_Indonesia_ziyaad_et_al.pdf.jpg
  • Journal Article


  • Authors: Mahomed, Ziyaad; Ramadili Mohd, Shamsher Mohamad; Ariff, Mohamed (2018)

  • The effects of capital-raising announcements have long been used as an indicator of increased shareholder wealth (Brown and Warner, 1985). Studies on bond announcements, for example, have been largely inconclusive. However, when effects are measured based on bond underlying structure, 'straight and convertible bonds', then the results are more conclusive (Abdul Rahim, 2012). Furthermore, issuances around crisis period are expected to result in negative market reaction as investors prefer liquidity (Fenn, 2000). Sukuk are bond-like instruments that are issued based on the Sharia guidelines and perceived to be less risky due to their risk sharing attribute. Sukuk are issued by the gover...

  • IF_Hub_Issue_2_Sukuk_announcement_Ziyaad.pdf.jpg
  • Newsletter & Bulletin


  • Authors: Mahomed, Ziyaad (2017)

  • Capital market behavior and the effects of varying sources of capital on share price has long intrigued finance theorists (Brown & Warner, 1980) and the choice of conventional capital market instruments based on investor reaction, has been researched extensively (Abdul Rahim, 2012). Profit-driven firms focus on profit maximization and the creation of shareholder wealth. However, opting for internal funds over public fund-raising has been shown to signal quality to the market, thereby affecting overall company value (Ross, 1977). The introduction of Sukuk instruments since 2001 has also influenced market reaction (Ashhari et al., 2009). Therefore, we investigate the effects of Sukuk an...

  • chapter 7_islamic capital market_sukuk_ziyaad.jpg.jpg
  • Chapter in Book


  • Authors: Mahomed, Ziyaad (2017)

  • Sukuk are certificates of equal value that represent ownership in tangible assets, usufruct and services, and equity of identified project (AAOIFI, FAS 17 (2010)). They present undivided pro rata ownership of underliying assets (Securities Commission Malaysia, 2011). While sukuk are generally taken to be the counterpart of bonds, they differ from conventional bonds in six basic aspects (Ariff et al., 2012). This chapter explains the sukuk structure and its changing forms. Then, the chapter turns to the discussion of sukuk, capital structure and value of the firm. Before providing a conclusion. issues and challenges faced by the sukuk market are deliberated. Available in physical co...

  • chapter_4_islamic_banking_business_of_conventional_banks_Shamsher_Ziyaad_Nazrol.jpg.jpg
  • Chapter in Book


  • Authors: Ramadili Mohd, Shamsher Mohamad; Mahomed, Ziyaad; Mustaffa Kamil, Nazrol Kamil (2017)

  • Globally, Islamic banking grew by a compound annual growth rate of 17.3 percent between 2009 and 2014. The estimated size of the industry at the end of 2014 was given at US$2.1 trillion. This total follar value of assets held by the Islamic financial institutions is less than 2 percent of the conventional banking industry; nonetheless, this is a huge achievement, considering it started from a zero base in the 1970s (Ernst & Young, 2013). Through the rate of growth has declined in recent years, the industry has nevertheless managed to grow by more than 15 percent even during the 2009 global crisis, whereas the overall banking assets remained static and economic growth in almost all cou...

  • islamic_finance_insolvencies.pdf.jpg
  • Chapter in Book


  • Authors: Zada, Najeeb; Lahsasna, Ahcene; Mahomed, Ziyaad; Saleem, Muhammad Yusuf (2017)

  • Like many other financial institutions, Bahrain-based Arcapita Bank operating in the United States was hit hard by the Eurozne crisis that followed the global financial crisis. Unable to restructure its $1.1 billion debt obligations due in March 2013, the bank decided to file for Chapter 11 protection in the US Bankruptcy Court. This case study introduces Arcapita and its operations, explains the US Chapter 11 and its important aspects like debtor in possession (DIP) financing, highlights the most significant episodes of the Arcapita case, and concludes with important lessons embedded in the proceedings. Available in physical copy only (Call Number: HG 3368 A6 I82Na)

  • item.jpg
  • Newsletter & Bulletin


  • Authors: Ramadili Mohd, Shamsher Mohamad; Mahomed, Ziyaad (2017)

  • Islam has a unique dispensation on the concept of wealth, its ownership and distribution. Wealth is not regarded as an end per se, but a means to an end: the end being the paradise in the hereafter. Essentially, material possessions are considered the primary form of weakth, perceived to be generated, accumulated and/or invested by the one who acquired it. Inclusively, wisdom, knowledge, salvation and even contentment can all be categorized as wealth. From the Islamic perspective, Allah (to Him be Praise) is the true owner of all wealth and He entrusts it to man for beneficial use (Quran 20:6). Therefore, a Muslim is required to earn and invest wealth in Islamically permissibale metho...

  • Islamic_social_finance_ziyaad.pdf.jpg
  • Newsletter & Bulletin


  • Authors: Mahomed, Ziyaad (2017)

  • The consistent growth of the global Islamic banking and finance has provided a niche market with solutions and financial inclusion through a well-defined Islamic ethos. Unfortunately, Islamic finance has been criticised for having diverted from its core principles of socio-economic empowerment and upliftment. As in mainstream interest-based finance, Islamic financing and advances rely on the customers' credit-worthiness and the ability to repay, inevitably supporting those with good credit standing to improve their financial status. But, how has Islamic finance improved the lot of the downtrodden? What about the ethical, socio-economic tenets that Islamic finance has so vociferously e...

  • crypto_mania_ziyaad_shamsher.pdf.jpg
  • Newsletter & Bulletin


  • Authors: Mahomed, Ziyaad; Ramadili Mohd, Shamsher Mohamad (2017)

  • The 17th century was witness to the Dutch Golden Age, the leading global economic power at the time. It was also the period of what was soon after referred to as 'Tulip Mania' for what is considered the first recorded speculative bubble that collapsed in 1637. Many analysts find a stark similarity between tulip mania and the dramatic rise of the cryptocurrency value in 2017. Tulip bulbs became fashionable status symbols, and although having weak fundamentals, reached exorbitant prices. Bitcoin's dramatic 1,500% increase in 2017 alone, attracted a significantly large group of speculative investors to benefit from what many see as an unhinged gamble on what has gained popularity, not on...

  • Zakat_in_Islamic_wealth_management_ziyaad.jpg.jpg
  • Chapter in Book


  • Authors: Mahomed, Ziyaad (2017)

  • The common understanding of investments is to manage wealth such that there is wealth increase with rare losses of the starting value to compensate wealth holders (i) against inflation via risk-free return and (ii) plus a risk premium for the risk of the investment. It thus has the twin objectives of growth in wealth and preservation of wealth. This is achieved by means of a planned strategy that defines the goals of the investor. Wealth management includes the following: to achieve maximum growth with minimal risk (or maximum growth for a target level of risk); to manage risk as far as is possible to minimise taxation and other costs to receive a consistent income; to have a consiste...

  • Malaysia_global_hub_for_fund_administration.pdf.jpg
  • Newsletter & Bulletin


  • Authors: Ramadili Mohd, Shamsher Mohamad; Mahomed, Ziyaad (2017)

  • The last decade has witnessed significant growth of fund management companies in the Southeast Asian region, and Malaysia has shown immense potential in this area. The expansion of the middle income class, outstanding talent and abundant natural resources have contributed to this growth. Despite significant developments in the recent past, the mutual fund industry in Malaysia is relatively small compared with other market in Malaysia, particularly in the area of Islamic fund administration, requires a comprehensive financial ecosystem that is globally competitive.

  • Wealth_effect_of_sukuk_issuance_announcement_in_two_markets_ziyaad_ariff_shamsher.jpg.jpg
  • Chapter in Book


  • Authors: Mahomed, Ziyaad; Ariff, Mohamed; Ramadili Mohd, Shamsher Mohamad (2017)

  • This chapter is written with a view to explain how stock prices react to the issuance of a new kind of debt instrument (the sukuk debt certificates) in two stock markets in the period 2001-15. The existing classical corporate finance theory considers share prices' response to capital issuances to be crucial to any understanding on how to maximize the firm value and thus the shareholder wealth. How this is achieved has been debated extensively and deliberated elaborately by academics over six decades. It stands to reason, though, that maximizing firm value requires effective investment decisions which in turn necessitates access to a valuable source of capital.

  • CIAWM_Issue3_islamic_social_finance_investment_imperative_ziyaad.pdf.jpg
  • Newsletter & Bulletin


  • Authors: Mahomed, Ziyaad (2017)

  • The rapid growth of global Islamic wealth and asset management has contributed to the establishment of a niche market based on the Islamic finance paradigm of interest-free, transparent, profit and loss sharing and mutually beneficial contracts. However, Islamic wealth and finance has been criticized for converging into conventional practices rather than its core principles of socio-economic empowerment and justice. The capitalist attributes of profit maximization without the ethical and moral boundaries has pervaded this industry that was supposed to espouse the ethical and socio-economic tenets as its value prepositions for its future growth and survival. There is an emerging trend ...

  • The_resurgence_of_Islamic_social_finance_Ziyaad.pdf.jpg
  • Industry Article


  • Authors: Mahomed, Ziyaad (2017)

  • The consistent growth of the global Islamic banking and finance has provided a niche market with solutions and financial inclusion through a well-defined Islamic ethos. Unfortunately, Islamic finance has been criticised for having diverted from its core principles of socio-economic empowerment and upliftment. As in mainstream interest-based finance, Islamic financing and advances rely on the customers' credit-worthiness and the ability to repay, inevitably supporting those with good credit standing to improve their financial status. But, how has Islamic finance improved the lot of the downtrodden? What about the ethical, socio-economic tenets that Islamic finance has so vociferously e...