Ustaz Dr Ahmad Shahbari @ Sobri Salamon was first appointed as a member of the Shariah Supervisory Council in 1984 and previously the Chairman of the Shariah Supervisory Council of Bank Islam until 31 March 2015. He is also the Chairman of the Shariah Advisory Body of Takaful Malaysia and Chairman of the Shariah Committee of BIMB Investment Management. Ustaz Dr Ahmad Shahbari started his career in 1978 as a lecturer at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (“UKM”) for it’s Shariah Department, Faculty of Islamic Studies and was appointed as an Associate Professor in the Shariah Department in 1984. He had two stints as a lecturer at International Islamic University of Malaysia; the first was on secondment at the university’s Kulliyah of Economics from 1983-1984, and for the second stint, he lectured for Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyah of Law from 1986-1996. Later, he was appointed as the Executive Director of Pusat Rawatan Islam (Islamic Religious Council of Selangor or MAIS) from 1996-1999 and afterward was appointed as the Executive Chairman of the company until 2015.
Ustaz Dr Ahmad Shahbari previously served as Shariah Advisor to Abrar Group, Arab Malaysia Merchant Bank, Arab Malaysian Finance, PT Takaful Indonesia, Asean ReTakaful International Ltd,Labuan Offshore Banking Financial Authority and a member of Board of Directors Yayasan Pembangunan Ekonomi Islam Malaysia (“YAPIEM”) (1985-1995). He had served as a member of Majlis Agama Islam Selangor (“MAIS”) for 21 years since 1985 and as a member of the Islamic Consultative Council in the Prime Minister’s Office. Ustaz Dr Ahmad Shahbari is an approved Individual Shariah Advisor by the Securities Commissions of Malaysia.
Dr Ahmad Shahbari was awarded ‘Tokoh Ulama’ Bestari Negeri Selangor’ in 2000 and received the ‘Tokoh Ma’al Hijrah Negeri Selangor’ in 2001. He has produced writings in educational history, economy, Islamic banking and Islamic law, for television and publication purposes. His body of work includes 14 books and translations of eight volumes of books on Islamic Jurisprudence by Professor Dr Sheikh Wahba Mustafa al-Zuhayli.
Dr Ahmad Shahbari has no family relationship with any director and/or major shareholder of Bank Islam. He has no conflict of interest with Bank Islam and neither has he been charged with any offences.