Amjid Ali, who passed away in Bristol on 17th September 2021, was well-known in British Muslim circles as a pioneer in Islamic banking, and champion in the cause of raising awareness on organ donation. From 1998 to 2012 he was the senior figure in HSBC Amanah, the Islamic Finances Division of the HSBC Group. He played an important role in encouraging Islamic scholars to think afresh about organ donation, which culminated in the issue of Mufti Mohammed Zubair’s fatwa, ‘Organ Donation and Transplantation in Islam – an opinion’ in 2019.
Amjid Ali entered the banking profession at the age of 19, as a management trainee at Midland Bank. He worked in retail and branch operations, continuing when it was acquired by HSBC – the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation. He was responsible for setting up its Islamic finance operations in the UK and an acknowledged expert and practitioner in this field.
After leaving HSBC Amanah, Amjid remained active as an Independent Management Consultant working across a range of private, public and Voluntary Sector organisations, but it is the issue of organ donation that became a life-mission.
Compiler: Jamil Sherif