A Note on Sukuk and their role in Islamic Finance
Dr. Mohammad Nejatullah Siddiqi
"This note argues that distancing sukuk from debt is necessary to make them free of riba and elements of maysir (gambling). This can be done by making sukuk based on real assets to the exclusion of murabaha receivables. It also requires doing away with the commitment to redeeming sukuk at their original price on expiry of their term. These steps may save Islamic finance from contributing to the trend towards inequity and instability germane to conventional debt based financial system. Oil rich Muslim countries issuing sukuk should especially avoid financial products likely to further worsen the distribution of income and add to popular discontent."