Islamic Finance Qualification

A Trailblazing Pathway To A Career In Islamic Finance


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Our Islamic Finance Qualification is a carefully-crafted pathway for aspiring iBankers who will settle for nothing but the best. Let our seasoned practitioners guide you to truly excelling in the field of Islamic Finance.

Are you ready to embark on a journey to building a legacy for yourself in a lucrative, ever-expanding industry? Enroll in this Pathway crafted by two reputed institutes in the industry and gain a globally recognized qualification now!

We cover Islamic Finance from both technical and Shari’ah perspectives while helping you get a deep understanding of the influence of Shari’ah in a business context in banking and finance contracts. Understand the basic products of Islamic banks including Mudharaba, Musharaka, Murabaha, ljarah, Salam, Istisna and current accounts.

Get to know the principles of Islamic asset management, Sukuk market and Islamic insurance while obtaining Associate membership status from CISI-UK. All this and more, at the fraction of the original cost. Register now and start building your legacy.

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Your IFQ Instructors

MIT-Muhammed Ikram Thowfeek
MIT-Muhammad Ikram Thowfeek is one of the very rare and unique Islamic finance personalities in the industry. Teaching Islamic finance on various topics is his passion and have taught more than 5000 Islamic finance students globally over the last three (3) decades. He is a Chartered Accountant by profession and an Islamic Banker and Ethical Entrepreneur by practice.

MBA-Dr. Mohammad Burhan Arbouna
Dr. Mohammed Burhan Arbouna holds a PhD in Laws with specialization in Islamic banking and finance from International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), and Masters in Comparative Laws.
He also holds BA in Shariah and Higher Diploma in Education from Islamic University of Medina. He is a subject matter expert in Islamic banking, finance and takaful and a practitioner since 1997 till to date.

Benefits of Enrolling with the FGDA

World-class Mentors
Subject Matter Experts and Practitioners will be taking up the Webinars on a regular basis, as per the Schedule.
Ofqual Approval
Both the Pathways are regulated by Ofqual (The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation). Ofqual regulates qualifications, examinations, and assessments in England.

CISI Membership

If you are not currently a CISI member you will receive free CISI Student membership whilst you study and have access to a wide range of benefits.

“Be One in a Million”

Membership of the Millionaires Club of Islamic Bankers, Ethical Entrepreneurs and Islamic Finance Specialists entails a gamut of benefits to the students.

Next Steps

The CISI offers a range of qualifications and membership opportunities to suit those aspiring to work in the industry, right through to the most experienced professionals. After successfully completing this qualification we can support you throughout your career to help you demonstrate professional excellence.


To further enhance your practical knowledge upon completion of this exam Islamic Finance Qualification (IFQ) you can proceed to the get the professional Executive Diploma in Islamic Banking & Finance by answering 4 Case Studies Questions plus completing 2 Practical Project Works.

CISI Associate membership enables you to develop your career, increase your competence and maintain the highest standards of personal integrity.

CISI Membership

If you are not currently a CISI member you will receive free CISI Student membership whilst you study and have access to a wide range of benefits. Upon successful completion of the IFQ you will have the opportunity to upgrade to Associate membership and you will be entitled to use the designatory letters, ACSI.

CISI membership enables you to develop your career, increase your competence and maintain the highest standards of personal integrity.

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FGDA Membership ‘Be One in a Million’

Get free access to:

  • MIT Suite: Blog, Podcast, Talks & Videos
  • eBooks/digital content
  • One-year free subscriptions to the ISLAMIC FINANCE TODAY (IFT) Digital Magazine
  • Premium monthly Webinars
  • Paid Public Lectures and Programs conducted periodically, physically & virtually
  • All conferences, workshops & seminars (both physically & virtually)
  • Online Quizzes, Puzzles, and other competitions to win fabulous prizes
  • Be an Affiliate and Earn by introducing a buddy, relative, colleague to follow FGDA Programs


  • We give you way more than just theoretical knowledge
  • We have the best practitioners who have spent decades in the industry and have years of wisdom and knowledge
  • We give you a hands-on approach to how Islamic Finance works – we guide you on the theoretical knowledge, but also show you how to apply that to real-life scenarios and problems.

Islamic Finance

Islamic Banking and Finance is a centuries old practice with its roots running back 1440 years – however, the first modern approach into Islamic Banking and Finance did not happen until 1975. Today, Islamic Banking and Finance sector is a global success story, managing funds in excess of 2 trillion US Dollars.

With educational institutes introducing Islamic Banking qualifications as mentioned earlier, competition among them is increasing rapidly to partake in this multi-trillion dollar industry. Imparting and nurturing new talent for the corporate and entrepreneurial world is what it will take to survive and thrive in this race. There is ample room for growth and new-players if we are to market Islamic Finance to the masses under the moniker of ‘valid and applicable to people of all faiths and beliefs’.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What forms of payment do you accept?

There are various options to pay at your own convenience.

  1. Cash – You can come to our office and pay cash and get a receipt
  2. Direct Bank Transfer – You can transfer the funds to our First Global Academy Bank Account and share the copy to the transfer slip and get it acknowledged, followed by access to the Portal.
  3. You can pay digitally, using your Debit/Credit card.

Do you have instalment plans for the course fee?

Yes, if you need some time to pay for. You can select to pay in two instalments. Since this program will run upto 8-10 weeks – to start and finish.


Are there any group projects where I will have to interact with other students?

Not for this IFQ Program. But if you are one of the students following the Dual Qualifications Program, then you have to do projects on your own and submit. All details of the project will be shard under that program.

How do I interact with the lecturer?

Most of the interaction will happen on and during the weekly webinars, our lectures are very interactive and you will often find yourself participating in question and answer sessions and we give plenty of opportunity to our students during the sessions to ask any and all questions they have and clear up any confusion they might have before moving on.

Do you have mock exams? If so, what’s the structure of those?

We currently give our students access to two mock exams – 50 Questions picked from our question bank, with the option of trying it with 3 attempts.

How do I access the course materials?

Weblinks for the webinars will be shared with you on a weekly basis. You will gain access to all other educational materials + extras via the student portal and the website.

Can I share the login details with my friends?

This is unfortunately not possible as the e-learning standards we adhere to require one account per student to track progress and maintain educational integrity.

What are the hardware/software requirements for me to attend the virtual sessions?

A stable internet connection with a mic and webcam will be needed. You will need Zoom to access the weekly webinars.

Once I have joined how do I get access?

We will send you the account login details once the payment information is verified – you can use this login info by clicking on the login button on the banner of our homepage to gain access to the student portal.

What format of training is included in the pathway?

The content of the pathway will be conveyed via weekly webinars with access to educational collateral provided through the student portal of the website.

Who is the CISI-FGA Pathway for?

The CISI-FGA Pathway is for aspiring Islamic Bankers of all faiths.