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Presentation on theme: "ISF 1101 Foundation of Islamic Finance TOPIC 3. SPECIFIC CHARACTERISTICS OF ISLAMIC FINANCE."— Presentation transcript:


2 1)Salient Features of Islamic Finance 2)Debt Versus Equity TOPIC CONTENT

3 1. Philosophy and Features of Islamic Finance

4 Avoiding interests Avoiding gharar Avoiding gambling 1. BASIC PROHIBITIONS

5 IB transaction is not just merely advancing money. It involves certain trade arrangement Major forms or business contracts of Islamic finance 1.Contract of Profit-Sharing: Mudharabah; Musharakah 2.Contract of Sale: Murabahah; Ijarah; Bay as-Salam; Istisnaa; Qard ul hasanah; BBA; Bay as-sarf; Jualah 3.Contract of Deposits: Al-wadiah 4.Contract of Agency: Wakalah 5.Contract of Hibah 6.Contract of Security: Al-Rahn; Kafalah; Hiwalah 2. ALTERNATIVE FINANCING PRINCIPLES

6 1. Basics of Mudarabah 6/2 9 Definition: An arrangement whereby owner of property (rabbal mal) provides a specified amount of capital to another person who is to act as entrepreneur to trade with the capital (mudarib) Profit sharing is justified: one on basis of capital, another on basis of labor A form of trustee partnership; a contract of fidelity An investor/group provides capital to agent/manager to trade with it. Example: – Bank (rabbal-mal) = owner of capital – Entrepreneur/Customer (mudarib) = responsible for management of business; provide expertise to initiate and operate business 2 types of mudarabah: – Restricted: financier may specify particular business to be invested in – Unrestricted: financier does not specify; mudarib invests in business he deems fit

7 1. Basics of Mudarabah 7/2 9 Profits – Shared between the two parties according to a mutually pre-agreed ratio – Profit sharing must be a percentage of actual profit – Cannot be a fixed amount or a fixed percentage of capital contribution - Both parties at liberty to agree on the ratio - Must be decided at the conclusion of contract - Different proportions can be agreed for diff situation (eg: deal in wheat vs cloth) – Loss means erosion in capital, loss can be compensated by future profit – Financier can award/donate bonus Losses – Investor/financier: bears financial loss; Entirely absorbed by capital provider; A shortfall in capital – Agent/mudarib: bears loss of time and efforts; Will not be compensated except if mudarib negligent or dishonest, he has to bear financial losses

8 2. Basics of Musharakah 8/29 Definition An arrangement whereby two/more persons contribute capital for purpose of trading with the joint capital, profit of which, shall be shared among the partners Forms of musharakah : depending on economic activity: -muzaraa (agriculture) -musaqat (gardening) -musharakah (trading) Salient features of musharakah –Profit to be shared according to mutually agreed ratio –Losses to be borne strictly according to ratio of capital contribution –All partners have right to participate in business –Difference of opinion amongst fiqh schools on what constitutes acceptable capital: money vs physical commodities

9 2. Basics of Musharakah 9/29 Basic principles –Cannot entail mere advancing of money: Must involve equity or participation in business –Financier must share any losses incurred by business, according to proportion of capital investment –Profits can be distributed in any mutually agreed ratio

10 Musharakah-Mudarabah Compared 10/29 CharacteristicsMusharakahMudarabah 1. Investment/ Capital Comes from all partnersComes from rabbul mal, not mudarib 2. Right to participate All partnersRabbul mal has no right to participate 3. Loss sharingAll partners, according to capital contribution Absorbed fully by rabbul mal 4. LiabilityNormally unlimitedLiability of rabbul mal limited to his investment 5. Distribution of profit Can be distributed on any interval by valuation of the assets (annual, quarterly, monthly) Final distribution takes place only after liquidation of mudarabah business 6. Ownership of assets All assets become jointly owned by all partners according to the proportion of their investment All asset owned by rabbul mal

11 3. Murabahah Contract Definition: a contract of sale between buyer and seller where seller discloses the actual cost of commodity and profit margin added to buyer Purpose: to protect innocent consumers lacking in trade expertise from tricks of cunning traders Different from musawwamah: commodity is sold for a lump sum price without any reference to cost (based on bargaining from both sides) Payments for murabahah -Can be cash basis or deferred payment terms -Commonly deferred payment (murabahah-muajjal)

12 Shariah Basic Rules of Sale Since murabahah is a sale contract, its validity is based on the conditions pertaining to sale as prescribed by the shariah 1.On matters pertaining to object of sale: 1.Must be existing at time of sale 2.Must be owned by seller at time of sale 3.Must be in physical/constructive possession of seller at time of sale 4.Must be of value 5.Must be specifically known and identified 6.Cannot be for haram use 2.On matters pertaining to the sale transaction: 1.Sale must be instant and absolute 2.Sale must be unconditional -Certainty of delivery -Certainty of price

13 Murabahah as a Mode of Financing Concept of murabahah is highly used by IBs Debt-based, no sharing of risks A means of circumventing prohibition of riba Caution: a murabahah transaction does not become valid simply by replacing the term interest with profit or mark-up -All conditions stipulated by Shariah in relation to a murabahah transaction must be observed to ensure Shariah validity

14 Mechanisms of Murabahah Financing Bank Customer Supplier of commodity 1. Customer identifies commodity 2. Customer approaches bank, promises to buy commodity from bank 3. Bank buys commodity on cash basis 4. Customer buys commodity via murabahah on deferred payment terms

15 4. Ijarah Definition ajr; ujrah: consideration, return, wages, rent A form of exchange value/consideration/rent of service of an asset contract between 2 parties: Lessor (mujir) leases property to lessee (mustajir) in exchange for lease or rental payment (ujrah) Basis for ijarah Al-Quran: If you had wished, surely you could have exacted some recompense for it (Surah al- Kahf, verse 77) Sunnah: Whoever hired a worker must inform him of his wages and give a worker his wages before his sweat dries Sale of usufruct (bay al manfaah) Usufruct : Right to use and enjoy profits/advantages/benefits of property belonging to others as long as it is not damaged or altered in any way

16 Basics of Ijarah Types of usufruct Property - capital assets (manfaah al-ayn) Labour - employment and service (manfaah al-amal) In ijarah-based financing, ijarah ayn is applied Major difference between ijarah and al-bay (sale) contracts Ownership of property is NOT transferred Risks and responsibilities remained with the owner (lessor) Comparable (but not identical) to conventional leasing contract

17 BANK (Lessor) PROPERTY CUSTOMER (Lessee) (2) Bank leases property (1) Bank buys property AL- IJARAH (3) Customer pays rental

18 Salient Features 1. Asset must have valuable use 2. Asset must not be consumable Must be returned to lessor in its original form at end of leasing period Normal wear and tear accepted/expected 3. Ownership of asset Remains with lessor Only usufruct is transferred to lessee 4. Liabilities and risks Incidental to ownership: reside with lessor Associated with usage: reside with lessee 5. Lease contract is a bilateral contract Termination must be mutually agreed 6. Upon loss or non-existence of usufruct, ijarah contract is terminated

19 Terms and Conditions 1. Period of ijarah arrangement must be clearly specified 2. Purpose and mode of usage should be agreed upfront 3. Leased asset is a trust in hands of lessee Lessee liable for damage only due to negligence Lessee does not guarantee safeguarding of leased asset nor indemnifies lessor of damages 4. Rental payment must commence after delivery of leased asset either actually or constructively (e.g. give keys to house)

20 5. Salam Contract 20 1.Definition Sale whereby seller undertakes to supply specific goods to buyer at a future date in exchange for advanced payment made at spot Price paid in advance (at conclusion of the contract) for goods to be delivered later Sale by advance payment 2.Permissibility of salam Being practiced during time of the Prophet People used to pay in advance for dates to be delivered in 1, 2 or 3 months Application of salam subject to the strict observance of certain conditions: quality, measure, weight, price and quantity to be specified Prophet ordered: Whoever who wishes to enter into a contract of salam, he must effect the salam according to the specified measure and the specified weight and the specified date of delivery

21 Features of Salam 21 1.Subject matter Consensus: Any commodity that can precisely be determined in quality and quantity Not particularized (with specified origin: e.g. product of a particular farm or field) – might not be able to produce Cannot be for exchange of identical items and subjective assessments, like antiquities, diamond 2.Payment Majority view: buyer should give full price/payment at the time of making contract Shafie: on the spot, before separation of the parties Maliki: allows voluntarily concession of 2 or 3 days Contemporary jurists: 3 days, provided before delivery of goods Normally in legal tender

22 Features of Salam 22 3.Period & place of delivery Necessary to fix period/time & place to deliver goods (part of the condition) Hadith: 1-3 years for delivery, later jurists: shorten the period, some to 1 day for transporting goods 4.Penalty for non-performance AAOIFI Standard: not permitted to impose penalty for late delivery As deterrent, penalty can be agreed in contract and be channeled to charity account – not part of bank profit

23 Benefits of Salam 23 Seller Price received in advance – able to cover cash/liquidity needs for personal/productive/trading activities Better way of taking financing rather than loan with interest No risk/hardship in marketing produce Ready demand, no oversupply Buyer Gain cheap price - salam price is typically lower than cash/market/spot price Get commodity at the time he needed No risk of product non-availability No excess demand Secured against price fluctuations - effective price stabilizer

24 Salam as Mode of Financing 24 Suitability of salam Agricultural financing Source of bank profit Difference between salam price and market/cash/spot price Problems/Issues Banks would receive commodities, not money Banks are accustomed to dealing with only money, not equipped with competency to trade in commodities To earn halal profit, banks have to deal with commodities in one way or the other Paradigm shift required

25 1. Parallel Salam with Third Party Bank Commodity Producer Commodity Buyer Deliver goods in 6 months (July 2005) Pay $10,000 immediately (Jan 2005) Deliver goods in 3 months (July 2005) Pay $11,000 immediately (Apr05) First salam (Jan05) Second salam (Apr05)

26 Parallel Salam with Third Party 26 Source of bank profit Price differences between first and second salam Period of second salam is shorter, thus price of second salam is typically higher than price of first salam Bank engages in two salam contracts As buyer and seller These contracts must be independent of each other -In second salam, bank bear risk and liability as the owner of commodity -If commodity producer does not deliver goods as per first salam contract, bank must still deliver goods to commodity buyer as per second salam contract

27 6. Basics of Istisna Contract 27 Definition Contract whereby purchaser orders a manufacturer to manufacture a specific commodity Price and necessary specifications of commodity are determined and agreed upfront Cancellation Before work starts, any party may cancel contract (although there is moral obligation on manufacturer to manufacture the commodity) After work has started, contract cannot be cancelled unilaterally Payment Mode is flexible as long as mutually agreed Can be in advance, progressive with stages of work completed, upon delivery or deferred for periods after delivery

28 Basics of Istisna Contract 28 Required materials Sourced by manufacturer (otherwise becomes contract of ijarah) Purchaser can specify quality of materials Manufacturer arranges both raw materials and labour Not necessary for seller himself to manufacture unless specified in the contract Time of delivery need not be fixed However, purchaser may fix maximum time for delivery, beyond which Purchaser not bound to accept goods and pay the price Financial penalty imposed for late delivery

29 Istisna as Mode of Financing 29 Istisna can be used for financing of assets that require construction Applied in financing purchase of real estate from property developers on concept of sell and build Unfortunately, much of Islamic home financing have inappropriately used contracts like BBA and murabahah when istisna should have been used A parallel istisna arrangement is used given that the bank has no competencies to build houses Bank engages a third party (contractor) The two istisna contracts are independent of each other In the event that the contractor fails to deliver or delivers but with defects, bank must be liable to customer Bank has contracted to deliver the house to the customer as per stipulated and agreed specifications and must do so regardless of whether the contractor delivers

30 Parallel Istisna with Third Party Bank Bank Customer Developer/ Contractor Deferred payment schedule To deliver house as per specifications First istisna Second istisna Progressive payment

31 Comparison of Salam and Istisna FeaturesSalamIstisna 1. Delivery of goodsIn the future 2. Payment of priceSpotFlexible (spot, progressive, on delivery, in installments after delivery, or some combination) 3. Type of goodsHomogenous commodities with a ready market Assets requiring construction or tailor- made manufacturing 4. Suitable sectorAgricultureConstruction, small batch manufacturing

32 7. Wadiah (Safe-keeping) Literal definition: Leave, i.e. things left with a person (not the owner) for purpose of safe-keeping Legal definition -Authorization of a person to keep the property of another in his safe custody by explicit or implicit terms -Basis: and if one of you deposits a thing on trust with another, let the trustee (faithfully) discharge his trust, and let him fear his Lord [Al-Baqarah: 238] Types 1. Wadiah yad amanah (like current account) Gives no return on deposits, allow depositors to withdraw funds anytime 2. Wadiah yad dhamanah (like saving account) Bank may at its own discretion pay depositors positive return in form of hibah (gift), depending on banks profitability No pre-determined/priori guarantee of benefits

33 Wadiah Contracts (2) Wadiah yad amanahWadiah yad dhamanah Pure safe custodyGuaranteed safe custody Original contract of wadiahModification of original contract: combines wadiah with contract of guarantee (kafalah or dhaman) No liability on custodian in case of loss or damage (except if negligent) Custodian liable for any loss or damage Custodian not allowed to use or benefit from deposited item Deposited property can be used for trade Not entitled to any profit gainedProfit gained from use of deposited property exclusively right of custodian Deposited property must be kept separately, no pooling of funds Deposit properties need not be segregated Owner of asset (depositor) can take back deposited asset at any time Custodian is allowed to charge a fee for custodianship but traditionally wadiah has been a charitable act

34 Wadiah yad Dhamanah In contemporary Islamic banking, wadiah yad dhamanah contract is used to emulate conventional savings account Salient features of its use Bank guarantees deposited monies Depositor can withdraw monies at any time Bank can use deposited monies to generate profit Depositor is not entitled to profits generated by bank Bank typically gives a return to depositor in form of discretionary and voluntary hibah (gift or token of appreciation) In Malaysia, hibah rates used to calculate profit allocated for wadiah saving accounts is determined by bank at end of each month

35 35/34 8. Al-Rahnu 1.Parties in contract: Pledger (rahin), pawn broker (murtahin), pledged asset (rahn) 2.Three contracts in operation Al-rahn – pledged property taken as collateral for debt Qard hasan – benevolent loan = interest free loan Wadi'ah yad amanah – custodianship of property 3.Source of profit for bank: Storage cost: custodial fee levied as part of wadiah amanah contract 4.If pledger does not repay qard hasan loan within agreed period, pawn broker can auction off pledged asset Murtahin takes loan amount plus storage fee due to him and returns any surplus to rahin

36 Mechanisms of Al-Rahnu Islamic pawn broker Customer 2. Qard hasan loan Repay qard hasan loan 1. Pledge asset 3. Custodial fee under wadi'ah amanah Return pledged asset

37 9. Bay Bithaman Ajil (BBA) Meaning: - Bay (sale), thaman (price), ajil (deferment) -A sale where payment of price is deferred A payment facility to complement a murabahah sale Thus, BBA facility refers to a murabahah sale where payment of goods sold is deferred over a period of time Terms BBA, bay muajjal and murabahah are used interchangeably Most common instrument for Islamic home financing in Malaysia

38 Property Sale Agreement (PSA) BBA Home Financing (Malaysian Practice) Customer Seeking Financing Bank Property Developer / Original Home Owner Sales & Purchase Agreement (S&P) 4. Deeds of Assignment / Charge 1. Beneficial ownership 1. 10% down payment 5. Balance 90% 3. BBA price (deferred payment) Property Purchase Agreement (PPA) 2. House 2. Cash price (90% balance) 3. House sell back

39 Bay al-inah Bank Customer 1. Sell Asset A 2. Sell back Asset A 1. Pay cash $X 2. Deferred Payment $X + y (bank profit margin)

40 Musharakah Mutanaqisah Based on concept of diminishing partnership in ownership Mechanisms 1. Home buyer and bank jointly acquire and own property 2. Bank leases its share of property to home buyer on basis of ijarah 3. Home buyer, as owner-tenant, promises to acquire, periodically, banks share of property 4. Home buyer pays rental to bank under ijarah, which partially contributes towards increasing home buyers share in property 5. Risks and costs of ownership to be shared equally between home buyer and bank 6. At end of ijarah/lease term and upon payment of all ijarah/lease rentals, customer would have acquired all of banks shares and partnership will ceased 7. Customer becomes sole owner of house

41 Mechanisms of Musharakah Mutanaqisah Bank Customer Jointly Purchased Property 10%90% Bank leases its 90% share of property to customer Customer pays rent for usage of Banks 90% share of property Customer gradually buys share of property from Bank Customers monthly installment payments

42 Musharakah Mutanaqisah Date Acquisition Payment (£) Rent (£) Total Monthly Payment (£) July333.33615.85949.18 August335.26613.92949.18 September337.69611.99949.18 October339.12610.06949.18 November341.05608.13949.18 December342.98606.20949.18 Islamic Bank of Britain (IBB): An Example of Monthly Installments under Home Purchase Plan Calculations are based on property purchase price of £150,000; the customer contribute 30,000 (20%) towards the property purchase price; the financing period is 30 years; and the rent rate is 6.95% (and assuming rent rate is fixed).

43 Comparison between BBA Home Financing and Diminishing Partnership (MMP) IssuesBBA Home Financing Diminishing Musharakah (MMP) 1. ContractBuyer and Seller (Debt)Partnership (Equity) 2. Ownership riskCustomerJointly customer and financier 3. PricingFixed profit rateVariable rental rates (review) 4. Contracted amountFixed based on Selling PriceFlexible market rental rates 5. Monthly installmentRepayment of Profit/Principal Repayment of rental and share redemption portion 6. Treatment on profit Profit is capitalized in installment sum Profit is shared between customer and financier based on ratios 7. Early settlementBanks decides on profit rebateCustomer redeem more shares 8. Changes in economic cycle Fixed rates cannot be varied thus mismatch of funds Variable rental rates can address mismatch of funds

44 8. Other Arrangements Tawarruq: buy on credit, then sell at spot to third party for cash: murabahah financing with tawarruq Wakalah: a contract of agency – contract between two parties in which one party appoint another to act on his behalf. Delegating duty to another party for specific purposes and under specific conditions Hibah: gift; discretionary

45 Original Form of Tawarruq Person A Person C Person B (needs financing) B buys asset RM120 Deferred B sells asset RM100 Cash 1 2


47 Debt versus Equity 47/29 Basic differences between debt and equity financing Debt financing: where investor is just capital provider, fixed return no matter what the outcome of business venture Equity financing: reflecting share of ownership; sharing of profit & loss, return depending on outcome of business venture In Islam, equity financing is most desirable Asset-based, entail real economic activity Undertaking responsibility and liability: Risk and liability sharing Direct participation/contribution of parties involved Shirkah-based participatory mode of business Shirkatul milk: partnership by ownership-profit motive may not necessarily exist Shirkatul aqd: partnership by contract – partnership to do joint business with objective to earn profit

48 Role of Equity in Islamic Economics 48/ 29 Earliest financing instrument being proposed in IB literature –Principle alternative for replacing interest-bearing transactions –Murabahah, ijarah and BBA are derivatives and complements -should be limited to cases where mudarabah and musharakah are not applicable Mudarabah is an ideal instrument to achieve objectives of IE –To alleviate concentration of wealth –Reduce income disparities via equitable allocation of capital-promotes distributive justice –Productive uses of resources: labor and capital –Islamic concept of development includes moral, spiritual and material aspects -Money and property are social tools to achieve social goals; promote brotherhood -Banks objective should be maximization of social benefit, not solely profit maximization

49 1.Ayub (2007) References

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