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Sharia compliance

Yes, Nomo is an Islamic bank and complies with Sharia principles.

The key difference between Islamic and conventional banking is that Islamic banks are subject to the major prohibitions outlined in Sharia, including:

  • Riba (the charging of interest)

  • Gharar (excessive risk-taking and uncertainty)

  • Participation in haram industries, such as alcohol, gambling, tobacco and pork

The main role of the Sharia Supervisory Board (SSB) is to make sure that Nomo is Sharia-compliant. The SSB oversees activities and assists in structuring new products/services.

The members of the Sharia Supervisory Board (SSB) are:

  • Sheikh Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Qassar (Chairman)
  • Sheikh Dr. Esam Khalaf Al-Enezi
  • Sheikh Dr. Mohammed Daud Bakar

The Sharia Supervisory Board at Nomo Bank was consulted on charging a 9 GBP fee to the current account if the aggregate balance falls below the minimum decided by the bank, namely, 20,000 GBP or equivalent, noting that the bank will give clients a 3-month fee-free period after joining.

The Sharia Supervisory Board views that there is no objection in collecting account fees should the account fall under the £20k balance requirements, to cover the banks expenses, such as managing the accounts, maintenance of systems and internal and external requirements from regulatory authorities. These fees are considered in exchange for the work and services performed by the bank. There is no Sharia objection that prevents Nomo from collecting these fees and commissions. It is not usury (Riba) or suspicion of usury (Riba).

In the case of the current account, the bank is considered a debtor and not a creditor. What is forbidden is for the debtor to pay an amount in excess of the debt. To conclude, these fees and commissions are not considered to be in excess of the debt.