Md. Abdullah Sharif, CIPA, CSAA
Preamble: Mr. Md. Abdullah Sharif, born in 23 February 1979, is an enthusiastic Islamic scholar in Bangladesh. He is one of the few visionary Islamic scholars in present day Bangladesh who have devoted his knowledge and intellect for development of Islamic Banking industry. Mr. Md. Abdullah Sharif is the elected Secretary General of Central Shariah Board for Islamic Banks of Bangladesh (CSBIB). The institution has been providing services encompassing Islamic banking and finance towards the Islamic banks and financial Institutions of the country under the guidance of unique Islamic Shariah principles since its inception in the year 2001. At present, 24 banks and financial institutions are members of this institute. Early Life: Mr. Md. Abdullah Sharif was born in a respected Muslim family from Kishoreganj. His father Sofir Uddin Ahmed was the officer of local Government of Kishorgonj district. Mr. Abdullah imprinted his extra ordinary talent all the way through his student life. He acquired 1st class in Dakhil and Alim examination. Later he acquired Fazil and Kamil (Hadith) degree from Katlasen Alia Madrasah with first class also. Simultaneously, he secured first class in the BA from Sirajganj University College and MA degree in “Islamic Studies” from Dhaka College under National University. Mr. Abdullah completed MBA from Bangladesh Islami University. Presently he is a running M.Phil researcher (final year) of Dhaka University with Title: Role of Islamic Microfinance on the Rural Development: Bangladesh Perspective. Professional Life: Mr. Abdullah started his banking carrier on 19th June 1999 as in Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited. Later, he joined in ICB Islamic Bank Ltd. on 20 August 2009 and in the City Bank Limited on 4th November 2010. At present, Mr. Abdullah is a Vice President and Head of Shariah Secretariat of the Bank. He was elected Secretary General of Central Shariah Board for the term 2015-2019 and 2019-2023. Besides, he has been performing as the Head of Shariah Audit Department of Internal Control and Compliance Division of the City Bank Limited. Recognition: Mr. Abdullah Sharif beholds pro-active attitude instinctively. He has embraced himself into various activities and responsibilities. As a result, various organizations and institutions treated his eminence with reverence. Mr. Abdullah gives speeches on Islamic Banking and Finance in various training sessions organized by recognized Institutions. He takes part in various international seminars and courses on Islamic Banking, Insurance and Finance within the country and abroad. He frequently provides consultancy service to various Islamic Banking and Insurance institutions. He is a prominent professional fellow of AAOIFI with CIPA &CSAA. Affiliation with electronic media: Mr. Abdullah is a renowned figure in electronic and print media. He takes part recurrently in dialogues on Islamic Banking, Finance and various Islamic issues on ATN Bangla, Desh TV, and Asian TV. Various Scholarly Affiliations: Mr. Abdullah enjoys sharing the knowledge he earned through driving deep into the vast ocean of Islamic Shariah, Banking and Finance. In this connection, he regularly gives lessons to Training Institutions of different banks and financial institutions. He has played a strong role to launch ‘CIPA & CSAA worldwide recognized Islamic Banking Professional Qualifications of AAOIFI in Bangladesh. AAOIFI offers these significant international accounting and shariah qualifications for skill development. Mr. Abdullah gives answer to questions concerning Islamic Banking and Finance in various newspapers. Magazines & bulletins very often circulate his writings on Islamic Banking & Finance. His article `Islamic Finance Marches Ahead in Bangladesh’ was published in Islamic Finance News Annual Guide 2018, a Malaysia based world famous Islamic economic journal. Mr. Md. Abdullah Sharif is a visionary man. He aspires to move forward by fulfilling his aims. His optimum goal is to bring Islamic Banking to the doorsteps of the people of Bangladesh. He dreams to enrich the people of the country under the essence of Islamic Banking and Finance. He firmly believes that in this way the dream of Sonar Bangla that all the people of Bangladesh cherished since independence will come true someday.