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Islamic Banking Terms Translation
Baitul mal Treasury
Fiqh Jurisprudence
Halal Lawful
Haram Unlawful
Ijarah Leasing
Mudaraba Profit-sharing
Mudarib Entrepreneur-borrower
Murabaha Cost-plus or mark-up
Musharaka Equity participation
Riba Usury
Shari'a Islamic law


Islamic Products Glossary:


Musharakah

Musharakah or joint venture is an agreement between two or more partners, whereby each partner provides funds to be used in a venture. Profits made are shared between the partners according to the invested capital on pre agreed ratio.

Mudarabah

"Mudarabah" is a special kind of partnership where one partner gives money to another for investing it in a commercial enterprise. The capital investment comes from the first partner, who is called the "rabb-ul-mal", while the management and work is the exclusive responsibility of the other party, who is called the "mudarib".

Murabahah

This concept refers to the sale of goods at a price, which includes a profit margin agreed to by both parties. The purchase and selling price, other costs, and the profit margin must be clearly stated at the time of the sale agreement. The bank is compensated for the time value of its money in the form of the profit margin.

Musawamah

Musawamah is the negotiation of a selling price between two parties without reference by the seller to either costs or asking price. While the seller may or may not have full knowledge of the cost of the item being negotiated, they are under no obligation to reveal these costs as part of the negotiation process. Musawamah is the most common type of facility to meet the pre shipment and post shipment requirements.

Ijarah

Ijarah means lease, rent or wage. Generally, the Ijarah concept refers to selling the benefit of use or service for a fixed price or wage. Under this concept, the Bank makes available to the customer the use of service of assets / equipments such as plant, office automation, motor vehicle for a fixed period and price.

Ijarah-Wal-Iqtina

A contract under which an Islamic bank provides equipment, building, or other assets to the client against an agreed rental together with a unilateral undertaking by the bank or the client that at the end of the lease period, the ownership in the asset would be transferred to the lessee. The rentals as well as the purchase price are fixed in such manner that the bank gets back its principal sum along with profit over the period of lease.

Wakalah (Power of Attorney)

This occurs when a person appoints a representative to undertake transactions on his/her behalf, similar to a power of attorney


 

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