SSB Members

Sheikh Dr. Mohammad Abdul Rahim Sultan Al Olama

Chairman

Sheikh Dr. Mohammad Abdul Rahim Sultan Al Olama was elected as a Shari'a Supervisory Chairman of the Board at Alizz Islamic Bank in April 2013. Sheikh Dr. Mohammed is a member of the Grand Islamic Scholars Body in Dubai, an Associate Professor of the School of Shari'a at the United Arab Emirates University in Al Ain and an acknowledged expert in Shari'a finance. Dr. Al Olama is also the head of the Fatwa Committee of the Zakat Funds in the United Arab Emirates.

Dr. Al Olama has written extensively on modern Islamic finance and has presented numerous research papers at various international conferences. He currently serves on a number of Shari'a boards representing Islamic financial institutions and Takaful companies, some of which include Dubai Islamic Bank, al hilal bank, Emirates Islamic Bank, Noor Islamic Bank, Dar Al Takaful, Mawarid Finance and Manazel Real Estate.

Dr. Al Olama holds a PhD in Comparative Islamic Law from Umm Al Qurra University in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

Sheikh Dr. Osama Mohammed Saad Bahar

Member

Sheikh Dr. Osama Mohammed Saad Bahar was elected as a Shari'a Supervisory Board Member at Alizz Islamic Bank in April 2013. Sheikh Dr. Bahar is a prominent, highly-respected Shari'a scholar from Bahrain. He is currently the Head of the Internal Sharia Compliance and member of Shari'a Supervisory Board at First Energy Bank, following earlier senior positions at Islamic banks in Bahrain including Head of Shari'a Compliance at Al Salam Bank as well as the Chairman and Executive Member of the Shari'a Supervisory Board at Capinnova Investment Bank, an investment arm wholly owned by Bank of Bahrain and Kuwait in Bahrain.

His expertise extends across structuring Islamic financial products, preparing Sharia contracts as well as authoring research papers on Islamic Banking and finance. Sheikh Dr. Bahar sits on a number of Sharia Supervisory Boards including, Ithmaar Bank, Global Banking Corporation, International Investment Bank, Sakana Holistic Housing Solutions and Reef Real Estate Finance Company.

Sheikh Bahar received his Doctorate degree from Lahaye University in Holland, his Master's Degree from Al Emam Al Awzae University in Lebanon and his Bachelor's degree in Islamic Shari'a from Prince Abdul Qader University of Islamic Studies in Algeria.

Sheikh Nasser bin Yousef Al Azri

Member

Sheikh Nasser bin Yousuf Al Azri was elected as a Shari'a Supervisory Board Member at Alizz Islamic Bank in April 2013. Sheikh Nasser is currently the Director of the Fatwa Department at the Ministry of Awqaf and Religious Affairs in Oman and an Interim Secretary at the Grand Mofti's Office. He is also an active member of several committees at the Ministry responsible for Mosques, Zakat, Hajj, Publications and Book Revision. Prior to his current capacity, Sheikh Al Azri held a number of prestigious positions including Judge Assistant at the Ministry of Justice and Researcher in Islamic Affairs at the Ministry of Awqaf and Religious Affairs.

Sheikh Al Azri has extensive knowledge and expertise in Islamic and judiciary laws. He has also authored several papers and research studies, and attended prominent Islamic conferences such as those held by the International Islamic Fiqh Academy.

He received a High Diploma degree in Jurisprudence from the Institute of Shari'a Sciences in Oman.