Visa launches Islamic banking cards in Bangladesh

Tuesday 20 July 2021 10:24 CET | News

Visa has announced the launch of a new portfolio of services for Bangladesh-based customers in line with Islamic Banking principles, according to

Guided by Shariah principles, the new credit and debit cards will offer benefits to Islamic banking cardholders in categories like dining, travel, and shopping. Banks following Shariah principles, both traditional and Islamic, that wish to offer cards compliant with Islamic Banking can now do so in all available Visa card variants — Classic, Gold, Platinum, and Signature — each of which comes with a range of tailored benefits, such as Hajj and Umrah travel, lifestyle, healthcare, and more. 

Customers can avail these offers online as well as in physical retail stores across the country that accept Visa cards, according to a press release. To make life simpler, Visa has also provided a dedicated website to help people learn more about travel, lifestyle, shopping, and other categories, in addition to browsing and redeeming offers linked to their cards. 

Apart from lifestyle benefits, few issuing banks may enable Islamic cardholders to make Zakat donations. Customers can also avail international offers through the Visa Offers portal. 

With Islamic finance ruling 25% of Bangladesh’s banking landscape today, the country is home to roughly 35% of the world’s Islamic Banking customers. Visa is no stranger to Islamic Banking, similarly working in other markets like the Middle East, Indonesia, and Malaysia. For such cards, issuing banks can prohibit certain categories like gambling, dating, alcohol, etc. Visa is currently working with multiple issuers to launch Islamic Banking cards in the market in July 2021.

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Categories: Payments & Commerce | Cards
Countries: Bangladesh
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