The Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI) deeply mourns the loss of Sheikh Saleh Abdullah Kamel—one of the founding fathers and patrons of Islamic economics and finance, who passed away on the 26th day of the holy month of Ramadan, 1441 A.H. (corresponding to 18 May 2020), aged 79, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Sheikh Saleh Abdullah Kamel contributed towards the establishment of AAOIFI in 1991 and was serving as the Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BOT) at AAOIFI.
At this moment of grief, H.E. Sheikh Ebrahim bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Chairman BOT, remembered Sheikh Saleh Abdullah Kamel as an “extraordinary person having left behind an extraordinary legacy” and sent condolences and sympathies to his family and loved ones with prayers for him attaining the highest levels of Jannah. He also said, “Sheikh Saleh Abdullah Kamel was a man of vision and integrity who strongly believed in Islamic economics and finance as a panacea to all the economic challenges facing the world. His indispensable role in establishing AAOIFI and steering its activities over the decades cannot be acknowledged and appreciated enough.”
Omar Mustafa Ansari, Secretary General, AAOIFI, remarked on behalf of the AAOIFI BOT, technical boards, and the secretariat, “We are all deeply grieved by the sad demise of Sheikh Saleh Abdullah Kamel who, for us, was the role model and a driving force behind our initiatives and activities at AAOIFI.” He also said that “it is now a collective responsibility of the industry in general and AAOIFI in specific to continue his great legacy in the best of form and spirit as envisaged and propounded by him. May Allah SWT accept his work in the way of Islam.”