Rashaad Amra is an economist who works for the government of South Africa and one of my “A” students of Maqasid al-Shariah in South Africa’s International Peace College South Africa – IPSA Graduate Program. I ask him here on Deen TV some tough questions: What is it exactly we mean when we say “Islamic” banks? And why is the Islamic approach focusing on the micro and not the macro of economics? How come the current “Islamic” policies on economic issues are largely capitalist and often times neoconservative? Can a “bank” be an “Islamic” institution by definition? And the relationship between Riba (usury) and interest?