Equitable and Participatory Islamic Finance

Islam is based on the founding principle of establishing justice in all matters. In financial transactions, Islamic law mandates that risk must be equally shared so that both parties enjoy the benefit of the transaction without exploitation. This imbalance, or "Riba" is prohibited in Islam, as money created above the amount of a loan such as interest can lead to societal imbalance and perpetuate income inequality. Guidance Residential's Declining Balance Co-ownership program is an ethical and participatory financial transaction where only real assets are purchased and the risks are shared between Guidance and its customers.

The United States Founding Fathers, as well as notable Christian and Islamic financial scholars of the world have all voiced concern about the effects that interest would have on individuals and families. Before Guidance was formed, Muslim Americans who wanted to uphold Sharia law could not participate in the American Dream of owning a home because the pathway to home ownership was "Riba" With the creation of the Declining Balance Co-ownership Program however, Guidance created a modern solution to an ancient problem and Islamic finance could now benefit those who do not want to compromise their faith or principles.

An independent Shariah Board

Comprised of globally renowned scholars in Islamic law and doctrine, who scrutinize the program to ensure
that our initiatives are always Shariah compliant.

  • Shaykh Yusuf Talal Delorenzo

    Shaykh Yusuf Talal Delorenzo

    Shaykh DeLorenzo is a member of the Shariah Board for the Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI). He is considered a leading authority on Islamic finance in the United States. He has translated over twenty books from Arabic, Persian, and Urdu for publication, including a three-volume Compendium of Legal Rulings on the Operations of Islamic Banks. Shaykh DeLorenzo has also been a pioneer in internet education with a course entitled 'Principles of Islamic Investing'. He is a member of Shariah Boards of several Islamic financial institutions in the United States and abroad, including Dow Jones Islamic Markets and Guidance Residential Financial Group. Shaykh DeLorenzo has served as secretary of the Fiqh Council of North America and was also an advisor on Islamic education to the government of Pakistan. Following a university education in the United States, Shaykh DeLorenzo studied the classical Shariah Sciences with scholars in Pakistan.
  • Shaykh Nizam Yaquby

    Shaykh Nizam Yaquby

    Shaykh Nizam Yaquby is a member of the Shariah Board for the Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI). He has contributed important original research on many aspects of modern Islamic finance, and is considered one of the world’s leading experts in the field. He is a member of the Shariah supervisory boards for several Islamic financial institutions, including Guidance Residential Financial Group, Citi Islamic Investment Bank, and the Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank. Since 1976, he has taught Tafsir, Hadith and Fiqh in Bahrain. He is also the author of several articles and publications on Islamic finance and other sciences in English and Arabic. Shaykh Yaquby received his M.Sc. in Finance from McGill University in Montreal. He was educated in the classical Shariah sciences in his native Bahrain and in Makkah.
  • Dr. Mohamed A. Elgari

    Dr. Mohamed A. Elgari

    Dr. Elgari is Professor of Islamic Economics at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and formerly Director of its Center for Research in Islamic Economics. He is a member of the OIC Islamic Fiqh Academy and of the Academic Committee of the Islamic Development Bank. Dr. Elgari advises numerous Islamic banks and financial institutions worldwide. He authored several books and research papers on the subject of Islamic finance, including a widely used textbook on Islamic Economics and frequently lectures on the subject. He is a member of the editorial Boards of the Harvard Law School’s 'Harvard Series in Islamic Law' and of the 'Review of Islamic Economics'. Dr. Elgari holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California.
  • Justice Muhammad Taqi Usmani

    Justice Muhammad Taqi Usmani

    Justice Usmani is the Chairman of the Shariah Board for the Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI). He has been a member of the Supreme Court of Pakistan since 1982. Presently, he is the Vice President of Dar Al Uloom Karachi. Formerly, he was the Deputy Chairman of the Islamic Fiqh Academy, Jeddah. He is also Chairman of the Shariah Supervisory Boards of Guidance Residential Financial Group, U.S.; Saudi American Bank, Jeddah; and Citi Islamic Investment Bank, Bahrain; Vice Chairman of the Shariah Supervisory Board of Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank; and member of the Shariah Supervisory Boards of Al-Baraka Group, Jeddah; First Islamic Investment Bank, Bahrain; and the Islamic Unit of the United Bank of Kuwait, among others. Justice Usmani holds Alimiyyah and Takhassus degrees from Darul Uloom, Karachi, an M.A. degree from Punjab University and an LLB from Karachi University.
  • Dr. Abdul Sattar Abu Ghuddah

    Dr. Abdul Sattar Abu Ghuddah

    Dr. Abdul Sattar Abu Ghuddah is a member of the Shariah Board for the Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI). He is also a director of the Department of Financial Instruments at Al-Baraka Investment & Development Company, a member of its Shariah Supervisory Board and Shariah Advisor to the parent company, Dallah Al-Baraka Group. He is an active member of the Islamic Fiqh Academy, Jeddah and the Accounting and Auditing Standards Boards of Islamic Financial Institutions. He has taught Fiqh and Islamic studies in Riyadh and Kuwait. From 1982-1990 he was a member of the Fatwa Boardin the Ministry of Islamic Affairs in Kuwait. He formerly lectured in the Faculty of Law and Shariah at Kuwait University. Dr. Abu Ghuddah obtained BA degrees in Islamic Shariah and in
    Law from Damascus University. He then went on to earn his MA in Shariah and Hadith
    and his Ph.D. in Shariah and Comparative Fiqh from Al-Azhar University, Cairo.
  • Dr. Imran Ashraf Usmani

    Dr. Imran Ashraf Usmani

    Dr. Usmani has been teaching Islamic sciences for the past fifteen years in Jamia Darul Uloom Karachi and has published several books and articles, including 'Meezan Bank’s Guide to Islamic Banking'. Dr. Usmani also serves as a Shariah Supervisory Board Member / Shariah Advisor to: State Bank of Pakistan, HSBC Amanah Finance, Credit Suisse, Lloyds TSB, Meezan Bank, Pak Kuwait Takaful Co and others. Dr. Usmani holds LLB, M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in Islamic Finance from Karachi University as well as Alimiyyah and Takhassus degrees in Islamic jurisprudence from Jamia Darul Uloom Karachi.
  • Dr. Mohamad Daud Bakar

    Dr. Mohamad Daud Bakar

    Dr. Mohamad Daud Bakar is a member of the Shariah Board for the Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI). He is an Associate Professor in Islamic Law and the Deputy Rector, Student Affairs and Discipline, at the International Islamic University, Malaysia. His areas of specialization include Islamic Legal Theory, Islamic Banking and Finance, Islamic Law of Zakah and Islamic Medical Law. Besides his teaching and research assignments, Dr. Mohamad Daud provides Shariah consultancy, structuring and advisory services to various Islamic financial institutions. Dr. Mohamad Daud is currently a Shariah Advisor to Guidance Residential Financial Group and a member of the Shariah Supervisory Board of esteemed organizations such as the Securities Commission of Malaysia, the Central Bank of Malaysia, Takaful Nasional Berhad, HSBC (Malaysia), Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI) in Bahrain, Keppel Insurance (Takaful) Ltd of Singapore, the Dow Jones Islamic Market Index and the Malaysian Rating Corporation Bhd. Dr. Mohamad Daud obtained his Bachelor of Shariah from the University of Kuwait in 1988 and was later conferred
    with a Ph.D. from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.

Home financing solutions that adhere to traditional, timeless values and address modern financial needs

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    Homeownership is an essential part of the American Dream. Guidance Residential makes this dream a reality for Muslim-Americans by offering a Declining Balance Co-ownership Program that establishes an equitable co-ownership between the customer and Guidance Residential.

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    The agreement makes the transaction a form of partnership rather than an interest-bearing loan as in the case of a conventional mortgage program. While adhering to the principles of the Muslim-Americans, Guidance Residential is helping all consumers achieve their goal of homeownership and gain protections and competitive benefits that are not available with conventional mortgages.

Guidance Residential History

With a track record that spans over a decade, Guidance Residential has pursued a diligent journey to become
the leading Islamic home financing provider in the U.S. marketplace.

  • 1999

    Guidance Residential embarks on a 3-year, multi-million dollar R & D project involving eighteen law firms and six of the world's leading Islamic finance scholars to provide an authentic home financing model compliant with both U.S. and Islamic legal systems.
  • 2002

    Guidance Residential begins operations in 3 states.
  • 2007

    Surpasses $1 billion in Islamic home financing provided. Guidance Residential proves that the Islamic home finance market is viable and here to stay.
  • 2009

    Guidance Residential receives media recognition from major outlets and is nominated for the Islamic Business and Finance Magazine's "Best Islamic Home Finance Provider" award.
  • 2012

    Guidance Residential is 10 years old, and becomes the largest corporate sponsor of Muslim-American community initiatives having committed over $1.5 million.
  • 2013

    Guidance Residential is the nation's leading provider of Islamic home financing. It remains to be the only U.S. Islamic home financing company with an independent Shariah Supervisory Board made up of world-renowned scholars who also serve on the board of AAOIFI (Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions), a regulatory benchmark for the Islamic Finance industry.
  • 2015

    The Assembly of Muslim jurists of America (AMJA) , endorses Guidance Residential and its Declining Balance Co-ownership Program, as a 'permissible' path to Muslim-Americans in need of home financing. Guidance Residential operates across 23 states in the U.S. and has financed nearly $3.5 billion in Islamic Home Financing.
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