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World's first Halal Food Index launched at the World Halal Forum

The SAMI Halal Food Index is championed by Rushdi Siddiqui, Global Head of Islamic Finance & OIC Countries, Thomson Reuters, in cooperation with Ideal Ratings, a leader in Shariah compliant fund management service and World Halal Forum, a leader in Halal industry.

The SAMI Halal Food Index will be governed by an Advisory Board comprising:

  • Rushdi Siddiqui as Chairman of Advisory Board
    (Global Head of Islamic Finance & OIC Countries, Thomson Reuters, USA)
  • Abdalhamid Evans
    (Director, World Halal Forum, Malaysia/UK)
  • Darhim Hashim
    (CEO, International Halal Integrity Alliance)
  • Fazal Bahardeen
    (Founder & CEO of Crescentrating, Singapore)
  • Rafi-Uddin Shikoh
    (Founder of DinarStandard, USA)
  • Ishrat Rauf
    (Founder of Saif-Capital, Sri Lanka)
  • Ahmad Adam
    (Founder of the American Halal Association, USA)


Rushdi Siddiqui, Global Head Islamic Finance, Thomson Reuters commenting on the creation of this Index, said "A Halal food index would build bridges to Muslim investors, generate Sukuk issuance for financing Halal food companies and help the development of the Halal food industry in OIC countries!"

The SAMI Halal Food Index is made up of over 200 food-manufacturing companies from the Muslim world, with a combined market capitalization of over US$100 billion. To date, the SAMI Halal Food Index has out-performed several leading global Food indexes during the most volatile time period of March 2010 to March 2011, by 20%, according to IdealRatings data.

"The SAMI Halal Food Index has initially confined the criteria to those companies from Muslim countries only, and will consider including companies from OECD countries including UK, US, Canada, Brazil, France, Netherlands and others, " said Mohamed Donia, CEO of IdealRatings

The SAMI Halal Food Index will be the bridge builder for Islamic funds, exchange traded fund investing and Sukuk issues as well as for global non-Islamic investors interested in the emerging food sector markets, a non-cyclical and therefore lower risk sector.