Finance & Banking

OMAR MUSTAFA ANSARI SECRETARY GENERAL OF ACCOUNTING & AUDITING ORGANISATION FOR ISLAMIC FINACIAL INSTITUTIONS (AAOIFI)

WHAT WAS YOUR EARLIEST AMBITION?
To be a professional footballer… Although
I never pursued my ambition… And let me
clarify… It was not for money as I did not know
at that time that it had a hell of money involved.
Actually, I loved playing it… Maybe if I knew, I
would have followed it.

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY THE MOST?
Reading. And reading freely, lying on the bed or
a sofa. And with some snacks, or at times with
meal…

WHY ARE YOU INTO ISLAMIC FINANCE?
When I started my career as a Chartered
Accountant, I realized that this field had lot
of impermissible activities including interest,
bribes, tax evasions and fraudulent financial
reporting. To avoid it all, I decided to stick to
one of the best professional firms (EY) and to
start research and study on the interest-free
financing. This eventually led me to Islamic
finance consulting and then resulted in my
move to AAOIFI.

WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME?
Reading, sports (table tennis, football and
squash) and computer games.

WHICH MOVIE IS YOUR ALL TIME FAVOURITE? (IF YOU WATCH MOVIES)
I can’t pick one.

WHO HAS BEEN YOUR GREATEST MENTOR?
My two bosses and teachers at EY Pakistan, Mr.
Ebrahim Sidat and Mr. M. Basheer Juma. Both of
them are great professionals and great humans.
Mr. Sidat is the finest professional I have met
in my life with whom you learn at every step,
while Mr. Juma is not only a good professional
but also a great mentor (and author) on self, life
and time management.

WHERE ARE YOU THE HAPPIEST?
Playing football, and playing with my children.
Can’t decide for one.

IF YOUR 15-YEAR OLD SELF SEES YOU TODAY, WHAT WOULD HE SAY?
He could never imagine it to be himself. I am so
much blessed by Allah SWT in all aspects, that
I don’t have words. But to be honest, nothing
close to the imaginations of myself at that young
age. So, he will say “I can’t believe it’s me!!!”.

IN A FEW SENTENCES DESCRIBE YOURSELF AT THE AGE OF 65.
If I am blessed with this much life, maybe I will
be spending a lot of time in reading, writing and
a little bit in social and religious activities. But
with the speed I am aging, I have doubts as to
whether I will be able to do anything at that
time, if still alive…

ANY DISAPPOINTMENTS IN LIFE?
Humans around us are rigid. They do not learn
the benefit of flexibility in thoughts and easygoing approach for matters disturbing you…
This does not let you enjoy the blessings of
Allah…

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