Netherlands-based investment firm, The Growth Capital, has partnered with Shari’ah Review Bureau (SRB) as its Sharia advisor to oversee its investment activities in digital assets, particularly cryptocurrencies, through the TGC Trading Fund.

The Growth Capital views digital assets as catalysts for revolutionary changes in global finances. Omid Rahimi, CEO, emphasized the company’s commitment to leveraging its full licensing in the Netherlands to bring about positive transformations in the financial investment community. Obtaining Sharia compliance certification is a significant milestone for The Growth Capital, enabling the company to offer the Muslim community exposure to digital assets with regulatory adherence and Sharia assurance.

The Growth Capital has proactively established a fund dedicated to investing solely in Sharia-compliant cryptocurrencies, employing a long-term appreciation strategy. Omid Rahimi highlighted the collaboration with SRB, citing their extensive experience working with asset managers, blockchain, and fintech companies as a strategic move to focus on private Islamic investors and provide them exposure to Sharia-compliant digital assets.

SRB, renowned for its end-to-end Sharia advisory solutions, offers centralized services for Sharia supervision, functionality, and swift product certification.

This approach not only streamlines the process for global Islamic financial establishments and fintech startups but also reduces overheads associated with Sharia scholarly tasks.

Yasser S. Dahlawi, Founder and CEO of SRB, acknowledged the growing trend in the investment community towards alternative investments in the digitized asset class, emphasizing how SRB’s Sharia assessment of the assets, controls and audit services align with the unique nature of non-traditional products. Dahlawi concluded by expressing how their collaboration with The Growth Capital supports the firm in maintaining focus on critical investment functions while ensuring ongoing Sharia compliance.

Prior to this MRHB Network partnered with Shari’ah Review Bureau (“SRB”), a Bahrain-based Shari’ah advisory firm, to independently assess and review its new product EMPLIFAI (Earnings Amplified with Algorithms & AI) which aims to provide Sharia-compliant passive income.  

The Singapore headquartered,MRHB Network which provides interest-free DeFi, NFT and halal crypto asset opportunities has partnered up with Shari’ah Review Bureau (“SRB”), a Bahrain-based Shari’ah advisory firm, to independently assess and review its new product EMPLIFAI (Earnings Amplified with Algorithms & AI) which aims to provide Sharia-compliant passive income.   

“The MRHB ecosystem aims for a wide array of crypto-based DeFi solutions”, explained Naquib Mohammed, Founder and CEO of MRHB Network. “After a successful launch of the Sahal Wallet app, a multichain self-custodial digital wallet, we are pleased to present our new product to the Muslim community – a liquidity harvester product, EMPLIFAI which incorporates a Sharia-compliant mechanism and structure for users to invest and generate passive income.”  

EMPLIFAI is designed to generate income mainly from DeFi activities such as yield farming, liquidity mining, bridge protocol fees and arbitrage opportunities. It will be rolled out in two phases, namely V1 and Version Pro. V1 will be for retail users whereas Version Pro (in the pipeline) will be catered to institutional participants.  

DeFi (decentralized finance) is a rapidly growing sector within the digital asset industry. The value locked in DeFi protocols has grown from billions to tens of billions of dollars in just a few years, and the space is expected to continue its growth in 2023. 

Commenting upon the engagement with SRB, Naquib Mohammed said, “Bringing SRB on board to review, assess and eventually audit EMPLIFAI’s processes, legal documents and the passive income mechanism in light of Shari’ah further strengthen our trust for our shareholders and the users. SRB is one of the few Shari’ah advisory firms that works with fintech companies with a diverse product offering and we leveraged on their experience.”   

Yasser S. Dahlawi, Founder and CEO of SRB added, “EMPLIFAI product exhibits a growing trend in the community that seeks an alternative investment and return from blockchain asset class. We will continue to help MRHB in its product enhancement and Shari’ah compliance as it scales its offering in the blockchain sphere with Version 2.”

With the growing development and success of MRHB Network halal crypto ecosystem, MRHB is currently closing its bridge to Series A round from strategic partners and expanding to the Kingdom of Saudia Arabia before the close of 2023. 

Naquib Mohammed speaking to Laraontheblock states, “ I am extremely proud of the MRHB Shariah Team and the Engineering Team, to have successfully launched an industry first liquidity harvesting protocol that is tailored to address the faith based crypto community. Testament to our efforts is the approval stamp of the Central Bank of Bahrain regulated SRB, who certified our product and architecture without a single correction remark. This itself proves the high quality of the deliverable that the teams have succeeded in creating. Emplifai is a gift of MRHB to the world, where the halal oriented community can reap the benefits of DeFi, just not with compromising their beliefs , but also their principal amount. The nature of Emplifai is such that it preserves the defi user from the volatility of the crypto market, hence a relief to a newbie.”

IslamicCoin, issued by HAQQ Blockchain ( Haqq means truth in Arabic), which is Shariah compliant has raised another $200 million from Alpha Blue Ocean’s ABO Digital. As such the total funding now stands at $400 million.

The founders of Haqq Network include two prominent UAE banking experts. The network aim to cater to the world’s 1.9 billion Muslims. IslamicCoin was presented at the UN’s Cop27 in Egypt and was recognized as the Most Promising ESG Crypto at the Abu Dhabi Blockchain Awards, the Executive Team has received unwavering international support from both private investors, funds as well as the financial world.

The latest partnership will entail introducing Islamic Coin to the ABO network of investors and helping the team structure innovative Shariah-compliant financial products that could be used in the digital asset space to raise alternative funding. The deal provides for access to a maximum of $200M as and when required and ensures Islamic Coin has a long and stable runway.

“ABO Digital is thrilled to collaborate with Islamic Coin as an alternative finance provider. This ambitious project, supported by a stellar team, is revolutionizing the Shariah-compliant market by introducing digitization. We are honored to have been selected as a partner,” commented ABO Digital CEO Amine Nedjai.

The alliance comes on the heels of another major win for the team, as it signed an MOU with London based DDCAP Group, paving the way for Haqq Network integration with over 300 global Islamic banks. That partnership will see the development of a number of solutions for Islamic Finance that include a Shariah-compliant Web3 alternative to SWIFT, a digital asset platform, CBDCs, tokenization and other ventures.

“We are building a game-changing financial platform that brings together ethics and the traditions of Islamic Finance, delivering a robust solution that benefits and works together with traditional systems to significantly improve the state of the world,” commented Islamic Coin co-founder Mohammed AlKaff AlHashmi.

The Advisory Board of IslamicCoin is represented by Abu Dhabi and Dubai Ruling Families, including the grandson of UAE founder Sheikh Dr. Hazza bin Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Navy Chief Sheikh Saeed bin Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Nahyan (advising in private capacity), Sheikh Khalifa Bin Mohammed bin Khalid Al Nahyan, Sheikh Mohammad Bin Khalifa Bin Mohammad Bin Khalid Al Nahyan, His Highness Sheikh Juma bin Maktoum Al Maktoum and Her Highness Sheikha Mariam Suhail Obaid Suhail Al Maktoum. The team also boasts top names in traditional and Islamic finance. Islamic Coin’s Executive Board includes Emaar’s Hussein Al Meeza (who is also a co-founder), an award-winning banker with over 45 years of experience spanning the Islamic banking, finance, and insurance sectors, one of the key personalities involved in establishing Dubai Islamic Bank — the first fully-fledged Islamic Bank in the world. The Executive Board also includes Greg Gigliotti, CEO, Chief Investment Officer, and Founding Partner of Xtellus Advisors, a respected fund manager with experience at Goldman Sachs and other global institutions with a portfolio of over $16 Billion during his career.

Islamic Coin will be listed on exchanges soon.