Ramadan Mubarak from Dr Samir Alamad, Head of Sharia Compliance & Product Development at Al Rayan Bank
Assalamu Alaikum and Ramadan Mubarak
We are welcoming the blessed month of Ramadan again. As a holy month, consisting of fasting, prayer, Zakah (Alms) and good deeds, Ramadan is a gift from Allah; Through our worship, abstinence and actions we are able to feed the mind and soul, strengthen our faith and earn immense rewards. It is also a time when both families and communities re-connect and unite.
Consequently, this is a busy time for Al Rayan Bank which celebrates its 15 year anniversary this year. It was in 2004 when Al Rayan Bank opened its first branch in London, with a handful of customers and just nine employees. Today, we have more than 85,000 customers, a workforce of nearly 340 and 15 branches and offices throughout the UK.
As a result of our pioneering work, and the support of our customers, Al Rayan Bank is considered a beacon of the British Islamic finance industry. Since its inception, we have been serving the Muslim community in the UK and overseas, enabling individuals and businesses to conduct their finances in a Sharia compliant way.