Title: Pricing practices of ar-rahnu providers in Malaysia

Authors: Nik Hadiyan Nik Azman; Salina Hj. Kassim

Addresses: Kulliyyah of Economics and Management Sciences, International Islamic University Malaysia, 50728 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia ' IIUM Institute of Islamic Banking and Finance, International Islamic University Malaysia, 50728 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Abstract: Ar-rahnu is a shariah-compliant pawnbroking instrument that has high suitability to serve short-term and immediate financial needs of the lower income people, especially the Muslims. An important component of ar-rahnu is the safe keeping/service fee on the collateral items charged by the ar-rahnu providers. This study highlights the pricing practices of selected ar-rahnu providers in Malaysia by comparing the service charges they imposed as well as the loan margins granted by each of the providers. In doing so, the study aims to provide a critical discussion on the related issues arising from the pricing practices of the ar-rahnu providers. This study hopes to shed light on the role of ar-rahnu in providing inclusive financing to the low-income group. Findings of this study contribute towards better growth of the ar-rahnu industry in particular, and the Islamic finance industry in general.

Keywords: ar-rahnu; financial inclusion; Islamic finance; service fee.

DOI: 10.1504/MEJM.2017.083712

Middle East Journal of Management, 2017 Vol.4 No.1, pp.84 - 96

Available online: 11 Apr 2017 *

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