DR. ZAHARUDDIN ABDUL RAHMAN
In the revered sphere of Shariah acquiescence and halal observation, Adjunct Professor Dr. Zaharuddin Abd Rahman is a renowned visage exuding tremendous feats of achievement worthy of emulation and praise.
His far-reaching contribution to world of Shariah-compliance and halal-related industries spanning over 22 years encompasses unswerving contribution in multiple domains in the local arena – counting banking and Takaful institutions, corporate companies, higher education (universities & colleges), the F&B segment, the cosmetics industry, educational technologies, telcos, the Malaysian Government & GLCs plus Malaysian regulators (BNM & the Securities Commission of Malaysia).
He is also an entrepreneur who apply the Shariah and ESG concept in his businesses. Additionally providing new feat in technological contribution such in by introducing EdTech platform i.e myclaaz.com and mycourse.my. Also in Fintech area where he offers www.ibayar.my, a software solution for easy payment and collection management. The other fintech is algorithm based technical and fundamental analysis for equity investment via www.shariahscreener.com
His fame in Shariah-conformity and halal-centric proficiency has enabled him to actively impart his quintessential knowhow upon the International stage, touching nations like Singapore, Brunei, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Trinidad Tobago, United Kingdom and the USA.
At present, he is the Founding Managing Director of Elzar Group of Companies, Elzar Shariah Solutions Sdn. Bhd., Myclass Technologies Sdn. Bhd., Aaalim Aulad Islamic Preschool, MyDental Care, Shah Alam, Urban Mobility Asia and a solar PV company, Suria and Sonne Sdn. Bhd. He is also currently serving as Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Business and Accountancy of University of Selangor (UNISEL), just as he did formerly at the University of Sultan Zainal Abidin (UNISZA).
Dr. Zaharuddin’s comprehensive portfolio includes a myriad of central roles for Islamic financial institutions, including:
Member of Shariah Advisory Council of Securities Commission of Malaysia
Shariah Committee Member of EPF Malaysia (Simpanan Shariah)
Chairman of Shariah Committee of PUNB Malaysia, MARA & Boustead Credit
Chairman of Shariah Committee of BNP Paribas
Chairman of Shariah Committee of Exim Bank Malaysia
Chairman of Shariah Committee of OSK Investment Bank
Shariah Committee Member of al-Rajhi Bank Malaysia
Shariah Committee Member of Standard Chartered Saadiq Malaysia
Shariah Committee Member of Duetcshe Bank
Shariah Committee Member of al-Rajhi Bank Malaysia
Shariah Expert Consultant at Central Bank of Malaysia
Shariah Consultant of CIMB Islamic Bank
Shariah Scholar of Bursa Marketplace Malaysia
Shariah Committee Member of Zurich Takaful Malaysia
Shariah Committee Member of ACR Retakaful (Bahrain)
Shariah Committee Member of BIMB Securities
Moreover, Dr. Zaharuddin carries out various roles at the corporate company level, holding governmental and non-governmental positions such as:
Shariah Advisor of Sidq Salam Malaysia
Research Fellow of International Shariah Research Academy (ISRA)
Member of the Board of Directors at University Sultan Zainal Abidin (UNisZA) – where he is also Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee plus Member of the Finance & Investment Committee
Member of the Board of Trustees for Yayasan Pembangunan Ekonomi Islam Malaysia (YAPIEM) – where he is also Chairman of the Risk Committee
Member of Majlis Syura (Consultative Council) of Penang
Member of Perlis Fatwa Council
Shariah Advisor of MARA
Member of Islamic Finance Consultative Council under Ministry of Finance Malaysia
Shariah Advisor of Onexox, Raffielinna Sdn. Bhd., Ana Edar, Lazz Marketing & Think Osem Sdn. Bhd.
Shariah Advisor of ShariahScreener.com
Zakat Advisor of Celcom Berhad
Shariah Advisor of Exim Bank Malaysia
Dr. Zaharuddin served as an Asst. Professor at the Kulliyyah of Economics, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) for more than a decade. He obtained his Degree from University of Malaya, his MA in Shariah from Al-Yarmouk University, Jordan and PhD in Islamic Studies and Finance from University of Wales, UK (specializing in Islamic Derivatives and Maqasid al-Shariah). He is also a Certified Islamic Finance Trainer & Lecturer by The Markfield Institute of Higher Education, United Kingdom.
His has served RHB Islamic Bank Ltd., Malaysia as a Senior Manager Shariah & Product Development; and later, joined Asian Finance Bank Ltd. as Head (Vice President) of Shariah Compliance.
To-date, he has written over 23 books and countless articles on Islamic Jurisprudence and Islamic Banking, over and above other Shariah matters, in journals – covering local & international magazines as well as textual material for conferences.
As a dynamic and effervescent Brand Personality in his field, Dr. Zaharuddin recurrently appears in the local television scene on channels; for instance on TV1, TV Alhijrah, TV3, TV9, Bernama TV and Unifi TV. He is also a feature persona on radio, frequently heard lecturing on air via Bernama Radio, IkimFm, Radio Klasik and RTM Perlis actively touching on various Shariah issues, in particular those orbiting the Islamic commercial transaction,
Collectively, his social media pages, ‘DrZaharuddin’, have a robust following of about two million!