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General Information of Tawafuq Consultancy Sdn Bhd (1161491-M)

Tawafuq Consultancy Sdn Bhd (1161491-M) (“Tawafuq”) is appointed as the Shariah Adviser for all the Islamic funds and portfolios under management with effective from 1 March 2019.

Tawafuq is an independent global Shariah advisory firm, committed to offering comprehensive end-to-end Islamic finance and halal solutions by leveraging on its global presence, in-depth knowledge and integrated structure. The firm provides consultancy, research, training and professional services in the area of Islamic banking, Islamic capital market, Islamic wealth management, Islamic asset management and Takaful.

Tawafuq was incorporated as a limited liability company in Malaysia under the Companies Act, 2016 (previously known as Companies Act, 1965) on 8 October 2015.

Experience in Advisory and Services

Tawafuq is registered with the Securities Commission of Malaysia to offer Shariah advisory services on sukuk issuance, Islamic unit trusts, investment funds, real estate investment trust (i-REIT), exchange-traded funds, crowdfunding and P2P issuances.

Roles and Responsibilities of Tawafuq as the Shariah Adviser

As the Shariah Adviser, the role of Tawafuq is to ensure that the operations and investments of the Funds are in compliance with Shariah requirements. The Shariah Adviser reviews the Funds’ investments on a monthly basis to ensure compliance with Shariah requirements at all times and advise on the Funds’ compliance with Shariah requirements. However, the final responsibility for ensuring Shariah compliance of the Funds with Shariah requirements in all relevant aspects rests solely with the Manager.

In line with the SC Guidelines, the roles of Tawafuq as the Shariah Adviser are:

1. Ensuring that the Funds are managed and administered in accordance with the Shariah principles;

2. Providing expertise and guidance for the Funds in all matters relating to Shariah principles, including on the Funds’ deed and Master Prospectus, its structure and investment process, and other operational and administrative matters;

3. Consulting the SC who may consult the Shariah Advisory Council where there is any ambiguity or uncertainty as to an investment, instrument, system, procedure and/or process;

4. Scrutinising the Funds’ compliance report as provided by the compliance officer, transaction report provided by or duly approved by the Trustee and any other report deemed necessary for the purpose of ensuring that the Funds’ investments are in line with the Shariah principles;

5. Preparing a report to be included in the Funds’ interim and annual report certifying whether the Funds have been managed and administered in accordance with the Shariah principles;

6. Ensuring that the Funds comply, with any guideline, ruling or decision issued by the SC, with regard to Shariah matters;

7. Vetting and advising on the promotional materials of the Funds;

8. Assisting and attending to any ad-hoc meeting called by the SC and/or any other relevant authority.

Profile of the Shariah Team

Tawafuq’s Shariah team consists of the following personnel:

Syeikh Ibrahim Bin Nasir Al-Sawafi (Chairman Shariah Advisory Board)

Syeikh Ibrahim Al-Sawafi holds the office of Learned Secretary at the Ifta Office of the Ministry of Awqaf & Religious Affairs of the Sultanate of Oman. Syeikh Ibrahim is a renowned Shariah scholar and member of several Shariah boards in the Sultanate of Oman including the Shariah Advisory Board of Bank Nizwa. He regularly speaks at Islamic banking & finance seminars and conferences and is an active participant in the development of the Islamic Banking & Finance industry in Sultanate of Oman.


Muhammad Aiman Mohamad Salmi (Director/ Principal Consultant/Managing Advisor)

A Chartered Professional in Islamic Finance (CPIF), Aiman holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Laws (Shariah)(Honours) from the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) and a MSc in Islamic Finance from INCEIF, Malaysia. An Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya (Malaysia) and a qualified Malaysian Syarie Counsel, he regularly delivers Islamic Finance courses and has completed the prestigious “i-Advisor program” organized by the Securities Commission Malaysia.

Currently, he is a member of the Chartered Institute of Islamic Finance Professionals (CIIF), the Association of Shariah Advisers in Islamic Finance Malaysia (ASAS), Malaysian Finance Association (MFA), Malaysian Association of Muslim Finance Professionals (MAMFP), ASEAN Young Professionals Network (AYPN), Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers (AICB), and the International Council for Islamic Finance Educators (ICIFE). He is also the Deputy President of Malaysia Young Shariah Scholars Association (MySSA).

He is the Principal Consultant and the Qualified Shariah Personnel for Tawafuq Consultancy, as required by SC. He has served a major local Islamic bank assigned to the Shariah Department, whereby he oversees Shariah-compliance aspect of the banking products, offerings, procedures and system and regularly conducts researches on various arising Shariah issues for consumer, business and corporate, wholesale and investment banking segments. Aiman is an accredited trainer with the Islamic Banking & Finance Institute of Malaysia (IBFIM) and has founded the Young Shariah Scholars’ Discourse Series (YSD).

Dr. Ahmad Zakirullah Bin Mohamed Shaarani (Senior Consultant)

Dr. Ahmad Zakirullah is currently a member of Shariah Committee of the United Overseas Bank Malaysia Berhad. Previously he served Islamic Banking and Finance Institute of Malaysia (IBFIM) from February 2008 till October 2018. His prior responsibility includes providing Shariah input on the advisory, consultancy, and research functions with regard to Islamic banking, takaful, Islamic capital market and Shariah-compliant funds. He also has served University Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) and PTPL College.

He obtained his Diploma of Shariah Islamiyyah (Hons) from Higher Institute of Islamic and Arabic Language (MADIWA), Perak, Bachelor of Shariah Islamiyyah (Hons) Degree from Al-Azhar University, Egypt, Master’s Degree (Hons) of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Heritage (Fiqh and Usul al-Fiqh) from the International Islamic University Malaysia and Doctor of Philosophy of Usul al-Fiqh from University of Malaya.”

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