KUWAIT, Nov 3 (KUNA) -- The global financial crisis has not hit Islamic
finance industry thanks to its sound and strong systems as Gulf Islamic
investment firms still have USD 235 billion's worth of combined assets,
Islamic financial leaders said here Tuesday.
Speaking at the two-day 3rd Fiqh Conference for Islamic Finance
Institutions, which kick-started here earlier in the day, they stressed the
significance of carrying on the sound strategies of Islamic investment firms
which they said are now highly reputed in European countries and the US.
The sponsor of the conference, Ahmad Bezea al-Yassin, called on such
institutions to fend off the negative impacts of global financial crises by
sticking to Islamic Sharia' and by being so cautious and vigilant.
Sheikh Ojail al-Neshmi, chairman of the organizing committee, emphasized
that Islamic rules for business and investment should be strictly observed.
"The observance of the Islamic approach has hedged (Islamic) institutions
from bankruptcy as the grinding crisis has thrown many companies into the
circle of bankruptcy," he addressed the gathering.
For his part, Al Imtiaz Investment Managing Director Ali al-Zebeid said
Islamic finance industry had witnessed bright successes over recent years,
with Islamic investment firms' assets hitting USD 235 billion.
In a recent report, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) estimated the
volume of Islamic finance industry worldwide at roughly USD 850 billion, he
He urged Islamic finance institutions to learn from the lessons of the
global financial crisis by paying more heed to products that constitute
genuine economy, applying world transparency and professionalism criteria and
honoring corporate governance rules. (end)
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