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!