UAE Sharia Authority sets out covid-relief parameters

By DG Staff

ABU DHABI 4 May 2020: The Higher Sharia Authority (HSA) for financial and banking activities in the UAE, approved a set of Sharia parameters to mitigate pandemic impact on affected individuals and companies, as well as, urged Islamic financial institutions to join their efforts in supporting sectors and individuals affected by Covid-19.

The HSA issued Sharia parameters related to the postponement of installments for Islamic financial institutions’ customers and how to deal with such postponement from a Shariah perspective based on the type of the transactions and their Sharia contracts.

The HSA reviewed its agenda and adopted some Sharia standards and parameters for calculating the collections costs incurred by Islamic financial institutions from late payment transactions. The HSA also discussed issues related to the imposition of fees on loan-based transactions, where HAS instructed to conduct consultation with Islamic Banking Committee of the UAE Banks Federation, to identify best practices in this regard, said Wam.

The HSA also reviewed requests for new financial products submitted by some Islamic financial institutions, and approved the applications that comply with the applicable Sharia standards. The HSA stressed the need to strike a balance between development and innovation in Islamic financial products and the regulatory and Sharia requirements.

Furthermore, HSA reviewed the requests submitted by Islamic financial institutions regarding the approval of annual Sharia reports, the appointment of members of the Internal Sharia Supervision Committees, and the heads of the Internal Sharia Control and Shari’ah Audit Departments, and issued resolutions in this regard.

To further improve the role of Internal Sharia Supervision Committees in Islamic financial institutions, the HSA was instructed to prepare a Charter template for the Internal Sharia Supervision Committees based on best practices and to initiate a consultation about it with Islamic financial institutions.

The HSA completed the discussion of the remaining topics listed on the agenda and undertook the necessary action.

The meeting was chaired by His Eminence Sheikh Dr. Ahmed Bin Abdulaziz Al Haddad, the Chairman of the HSA, and attended by Their Eminences the members of the HSA: Sheikh Prof. Dr. Jassim Ali Al Shamsi, Sheikh Issam Muhamad Ishaq, Sheikh Dr. Aznan Hasan, and Sheikh Dr. Usaid Muhammad Adeeb Al Kilani.

The HSA adopted its report for the year 2019, which maps the most significant achievements, initiatives and resolutions conducted during the year.

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