ما دهاك؟

محاولة شعرية صوفية  بعنوان ما دهاك؟


تدبّر تدبّر، بخلقه تأمّل


إليه تقرب، عليه توكّل


و ما دهاك إذ تألمت يوماً من عسره، قلبك تململ!


و إذا جاءك درهمٌ من رزقه، عقلك تبدّل


و ما حسبك من علمه من شيءِ، قدره تقبّل


و انته عما نهى عن فعله و في مضيّك تعقّل


أظننت أن كل من طفق الدمع من عينه لوجه تهلل!


ليس كل من خلع النعلين على الباب تبتّل


باسل نديم

In a search of Islamic banking


While Islamic banking assets are mainly based in the GCC and Malaysia, interested people are mapped in different locations globally. Where are those interested people in Islamic banking located? 

Bassel Nadim reports:




Islamic banking top 10 list
Google data revealed that Pakistan and Nigeria are the most interested in Islamic banking as measured by search hits. Among others, India, UK, Germany and USA are also in the top 10 list indicates curiosity from around the globe in Islamic banking.  Countries with large Muslim community such as Saudi Arabia and Indonesia have missed the list.




Islamic banking search hits 2005 - 2012
The highest search hits registered in July 2011 impacted by the news of 15% Islamic banking market share in Pakistan. On the other hand, August 2006 and June 2004 recorded the lowest.

It seems appealing to support the proposition that the more the unique the concept to the prevailing culture, the higher number of search hits it provokes and the less the impact the community size.

Bassel Naidm @ CNBC



I was hosted by CNBC Arabia to talk about Sharia compliant trade financing as an area for global banks to play.


Watch the interview and share your comments. 





Bassel Nadim @ France24 TV

I was hosted by France24 TV to talk about the recent business developments between Russia and United Arab Emirates





Bassel

Talking to GulfNews about Syrians in UAE

Dubai: From the start of the Syrian crisis, people have been concerned for their relatives living in the war-torn country.

With the quickly deteriorating situation and growing possibility of a US-led attack, the level of worry among Syrians has multiplied manifold. Gulf News spoke to UAE-based Syrians, who said they want nothing more than their families’ safety.
Zekrayat Mustafa wants her family to be safe but they are not ready to leave Halab, Syria - the only home they’ve known.
In a recent phone call to her sister, Zekrayat was upset to hear about the dangerous situation the family was facing just to purchase food.
ekrayat said: “My sister told me she insisted on buying cucumbers and tomatoes even though there was gunfire in front of her. People were being shot at right beside her but she wanted to buy food for the family.
“I’m more nervous and worried than they are whenever I speak to them. They are living life normally in Halab because they’ve adjusted to the chaos around them. I want them to leave but they are determined to stay.”
Diab Rahmeh is another Syrian expatriate who is hoping that his family will join him in the UAE. His mother is refusing to leave her home near Homs and his sister, who is seven months away from her university graduation, doesn’t want to leave her mother behind.
Rahmeh said: “Eventually I want to bring them both here because their safety is more important to me than anything. People in Syria are scared of the chaos that may ensue if the recent news of US involvement is true. I know many people who want to leave, but they can’t. Others are not interested in leaving.”
Bassel Nadim, who has the majority of his family and relatives in Damascus, Syria, would like them to relocate to a safer location, but complications such as obtaining visas and transport obstacles make the decision difficult.
He said: “Before the recent developments, my family was not planning to leave Syria. Now they are a little more concerned and constantly worried. Even if people want to leave, there are limited options. Also, some people there are still driven by the hope that things will calm down and get back to normal.”
Ala’a Mohammad had a similar view. He would like to ensure his family’s safety but getting visas for them to leave Syria is next to impossible. Additionally, his family is reluctant to leave their home.
He said: “No one likes to stay in danger, but my parents have a very strong connection to Syria.”
Mohammad added that regardless of what his family wants, in the end he will make sure they are safe.

Visiting Trinidad & Tobago

I have spent some time in Trinidad & Tobago working with the Agricultural Development Bank on the strategic options to introduce Islamic banking into the country.

I was interviewed by Guardian newspaper about this topic. Among other thoughts, I have stressed that an Islamic bank is first a bank, then a Sharia compliant firm. A prudent Islamic bank shall confirm adherence to regulations and risk management rules as well as Sharia.


Enjoy reading the report here and let me know what do you think about an Islamic banking in the Caribbean.

Bassel