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The type of transaction, which involves the customer’s promise to purchase the item from the institution, is called Murabaha to the purchase orderer. By this it is distinguished from the normal type of Murabaha which does not involve such a promise by the customer. The Murabaha to the purchase orderer is the sale of an item by the institution to a customer (the purchase orderer) for a pre-agreed selling price which includes a pre-agreed profit mark-up over its cost price, this having been specified in the customer’s promise to purchase. Normally, a Murabaha to the purchase orderer transaction involves the institution granting the customer a Murabaha credit facility. A Murabaha to the purchase orderer transaction typically involves deferred payment terms, but such deferred payment is not one of the essential conditions of such transactions. A Murabaha can be arranged with no deferral of payment. In this case, the mark-up will only include the profit the institution will receive for a spot sale and not the extra charge it will receive for deferral of payment.


The term Ijarah means the leasing of property pursuant to a contract under which a specified permissible benefit in the form of a usufruct is obtained for a specified period in return for a specified permissible consideration.

Ijarah Muntahia Bittamleek

One of the forms of Ijarah used by Islamic financial institutions is Ijarah Muntahia Bittamleek. This is a form of leasing contract which includes a promise by the lessor to transfer the ownership in the leased property to the lessee, either at the end of the term of the Ijarah period or by stages during the term of the contract.


Istisna’a is a contract of sale of specified items to be manufactured or constructed, with an obligation on the part of the manufacturer or builder (contractor) to deliver them to the customer upon completion.


To understand Mudaraba, one must first define Sharika (Musharaka), which is an agreement between two or more parties to merge their assets or to combine their services, obligations, and liabilities with the aim of making profit. A Mudaraba contract is distinguished from a Sharika (Musharaka) contract by the following:

  • The basis for earning a share of profit in the Sharika is the required capital contribution of all parties, whether in the form of cash, commodities, services, or liability in the case of a reputation partnership and that the subject of the contract is based on a single element, i.e. capital. The basis for earning profit in a Mudaraba, on the other hand, comes from two elements. The first element is the existence of capital that is subject to, and similar to, the conditions of Sharika capital. The second element is the work done by the Mudarib that is different from the capital of the venture.
  • In Sharika, the work, as a general rule, is to be jointly by the parties, whereas in Mudaraba it is the Mudarib who works.

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