The application of beneficial ownership in asset-based sukuk: A shariah analysis

Mohamad Zaharuddin, Zakaria and Ahmad Zaki, Salleh and Abdulsoma, Thoarlim and Akhtarzaite, Abdul Aziz (2015) The application of beneficial ownership in asset-based sukuk: A shariah analysis. Malaysian Journal of Syariah and Law, 2 (3). pp. 1-24. ISSN 19857-454

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Sukuk nowadays has become the fastest growing product in the Islamic capital market especially in Malaysia. As a future hub for Islamic finance, Malaysia has planned many strategies in order to attract more investors to come investing in Malaysia. For that, Malaysia via Securities Commission has developed variety of Sukuk products which are Shariah compliant. Mainly, there are two categories of sukuk namely Asset-based and Asset-backed sukuk. Assed-based sukuk is a sukuk whereby the existence of an underlying asset is sold to the investors only to facilitate the issuance of sukuk. Whereas in asset-backed sukuk, the asset is not merely used as a tool to facilitate the issuance but it is really transferred to the investor via a true sale transaction. However, in asset-based sukuk issuance, the transfer of asset to the investor is not a true sale. In simple word, only beneficial ownership is transferred to the investor while the legal title remains with the originator. The practice is seemed not to be persistent with the Shariah principle that requires the complete transfer of ownership to the buyer. In Islamic law, the ownership will determine the obligation of the owner toward his property. For example, a lessor is liable for the impairment of his property because he is the legal owner of the property while the lessee is not responsible for it because the lessee only owns the beneficial right of the property. Hence, this study is very important to determine the status of the transfer of beneficial ownership in assetbased sukuk whether it is compliant with Shariah or not?. The status is vital because the result will lead to the different consequences especially with regard to the sukuk holder whether he is liable for the underlying asset or not?

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Beneficial Ownership, Asset-based Sukuk, Shariah, Islamic Capital Market, True Sale
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculty of Islamic Contemporary Studies
Depositing User: Fatin Safura
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2022 02:30
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2022 02:30

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