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Allah works in mysterious ways , one born muslim genius become a prostitute while one non muslim become a pious muslim when he convert. wasalam --
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Sufiah returned to Oxford but her early promise was beginning to dissipate. It was then that she met Jonathan Marshall, a law student.
The two fell in love and married in 2004. Jonathan had already converted to Islam. He was 24 and she was 19. The marriage lasted less than two years.
Speaking yesterday from Saudi Arabia , where he works for a leading firm of City solicitors, Mr Marshall explained: "The reason we split was that I became more observant and Sufiah became less so.
"That took her in the wrong direction, away from the direction in which I wanted to go. The teachings of Islam are fundamental to your everyday life, so when paths diverge in that respect it is a major issue.
"She was confused, really. She didn't know quite what she wanted. She wasn't ready to settle down. Basically, she wanted to be a student.
"She wasn't particularly extrovert. She wasn't a difficult person to live with. We simply had different goals, different ideas of where we wanted to be. There were, to my knowledge, no affairs or anything. I never considered such a thing, simply because of the religious basis of our marriage."
Mr Marshall said there was little contact between Sufiah and her family in her final year at Oxford but some bridges were mended when they attended the couple's Islamic wedding ceremony.
He did not gain the impression during the marriage that Sufiah had been subjected to physical abuse by her father as a child. Psychological abuse was another matter.
Sufiah completed her course but failed to take her final exams, ostensibly because of her health. When Mr Marshall secured a job with one of the 'magic circle' law firms the couple moved to London and then, briefly to Singapore .
It was there that they decided to split. On returning to London , Sufiah was admitted to London University 's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) to read economics.
Despite their split in August 2005, Mr Marshall supported her for eight months before taking up a job with his firm in Saudi Arabia . He has remarried and has two children.
"We agreed that I would assist her for a specific time. I felt a moral obligation to help her out while she was still at university. She wanted to concentrate on university and I agreed she should."
Speaking of the weekend's disclosures, he said: "I am completely shocked. It's very sad, actually. It's very shocking that someone can use themself in such a way. I can't fathom why she would do it - especially someone in her situation. Despite the problems with her family she had many advantages which other people don't have.
"It's a particular shock - her coming from a Muslim background. To see pictures of somebody doing that - somebody I knew very closely - it makes me think how did she get to that stage. Quite frankly she knows well enough what she should and should not do.
"My view is that people can blame childhood to a certain extent, but there also comes a point where you have to take responsibility for your own actions.
"She had her advantages: she had someone willing to support her while she was at university. One newspaper told me that it had offered a substantial amount for her story. Personally, I'd rather sell my story than sell myself."
Mr Marshall has no way of contacting his former wife now - except through the mobile number posted on the website on which she advertised her services.
"I really do hope she manages to get her life back together," he said. "She was obviously very able and it's sad that she is not able to use that talent."
Yet, if Sufiah Yusof is to be believed, she has not yet abandoned her academic career - she told the News of the World's undercover reporter that she was studying for a master's degree in economics and had her exams coming up. Even now, she still has something to prove.





Jonathan Ibraaheem Marshall Associate. Solicitor, England and Wales .
+966 1 4780220 (Tel.)+966 1 4769332 (Fax)
Email: jonathan.marshall@aljadaan.com
Practices Islamic Finance, Islamic Law, Project Finance, Capital Markets, Structured and Corporate Finance, Securitizations, Energy, Restructuring.
Jonathan Ibraaheem Marshall Mr. Marshall's practice focuses on Islamic finance, project finance and Islamic capital markets. His previous experience includes large multi-facility international project financings, capital markets, including public offerings, and debt restructuring. Mr. Marshall joined the Al-Jadaan Law Firm in October 2006 from the London office of White & Case where he acted for major international financing organisations, large corporations and governmental bodies.

Relevant Experience
Mr. Marshall's experience includes
· Advising on Shariah (Islamic law) compliant sukuk transactions in Saudi Arabia , including the debut Saudi Electricity Company offering.
· Advising on Shariah compliant project and trade financings in Saudi Arabia .
· Lead Associate acting as Saudi counsel for Mobile Telecommunications Company (MTC) and its Saudi partners in respect of the Guarantee Facility and Islamic Murabaha Facility to finance the SAR22billion (US$6billion) acquisition of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's third GSM mobile license. Responsible for client liaison between MTC and its Saudi partners.
· Lead Associate acting for the Mandated Lead Arranger, ABC Islamic Bank E.C, in respect of the ongoing Islamic Ijara Facilities to partially finance the Abraj Al Bait development in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.
· Lead Associate acting for the Mandated Lead Arranger, Samba Financial Group, and the Arrangers in respect of the Syndicated Islamic Multiple Facilities to partially finance the SAR4,006,200,000 (USD1,068,148,677) expansion of Al-Masjid al-Nabawi (the Mosque of the Prophet Mohammed, may peace and blessings be upon him) in Medinah, Saudi Arabia. This innovative, and entirely Shari'ah compliant facilities provided the Saudi Binladin Group Limited with a Murabaha (deferred payment) based letter of credit facility and a guarantee issuance facility in an aggregate amount of SAR2,975,000,000 (USD793,206,358). This project also involved the drafting of an Ijara (lease) based facility as an integrated part of the Islamic facilities.
· Lead Associate acting as Saudi counsel for the Mandated Lead Arrangers in respect of the US$855million Murabaha Facility granted to Ibn Zahir (Saudi European Petrochemicals Company).
· Advising the Mandated Lead Arrangers in respect of Saudi law and Shariah issues relating to the US$400 million Ijara facilities and the US$175 million Commodity Murabaha facility in relation to the Islamic refinancing (conversion of conventional to Islamic debt) of the Saudi Ployolefins Company.
· Part of the team advising Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) in respect of the ongoing Saudi Kayan Petrochemicals Project.
· Part of the team advising Total S.A. in respect of the ongoing Jubail Petrochemicals Project.
· Part of the team advising the project company in respect US$526 million Al-Waha Project, the first greenfield project in Saudi Arabia to be solely financed using Shariah compliant financing.
· Part of the team representing the sponsors, Qatar Petroleum and ExxonMobil, on the US$7.6bn Qatargas II LNG project in Qatar and the United Kingdom (at the date of completion, the second largest project financing ever conducted). Involved in the drafting of the export credit agency and commercial bank facility agreements, finance and security documentation. Assisted in the closing and conditions precedent process.
· Representation of the sponsors in connection with the istisna'a-ijara Islamic financing of the Qatargas II LNG project (at the date of completion, the largest Shariah compliant structured financing ever). Involved in negotiation of terms with the Shariah advisory boards of the participating Islamic finance houses and in drafting documentation. Helped to explain Islamic finance concepts and the Islamic financing structure in the context of the larger conventional debt based transaction.
· Part of the team representing the project sponsors on the Sohar aluminium smelter project in Oman . Involved in drafting the project documentation.
· Lead team member on the JSC ATF Bank U.S.$350million Senior Eurobond listed on the London Stock Exchange. Responsible for drafting the Prospectus and all legal documentation, negotiation of the Subscription Agreement and arranging listing on the London Stock Exchange.
· Advising KazMunaiGas Exploration and Production (a division of the state oil and gas company of Kazakhstan ) on their U.S.$2.3bn Initial Public Offering on the London Stock Exchange. Responsible for prospectus drafting, liaison between Company and sponsor Banks and drafting of investor presentations.
· Acted for Svenska Handelsbanken AB (publ) on the update of their U.S.$20.0bn European Medium Term Note Programme (EMTN) (listed on the London Stock Exchange) and the establishment of a new covered EMTN programme for mortgage subsidiary Stadshypotek.
· Advising, as New York counsel, the American Honda Finance Corporation and Honda Canada Finance Incorporated, on the update of their U.S.$9.0bn EMTN programme (listed on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange).
· Advising Kazaktelecom (the national telecom company of Kazakhstan) on its application for exemption from the disclosure requirements of US securities law pursuant to Rule 12g3-2(b).
· Acted for the Chinese Development Bank in the purchase and restructuring of debt in a large PRC based telecommunications company in Hong Kong , Vietnam and Bangladesh .
· Acted for the Export-Import Bank of the United States , responsible for the English law security documents securing finance for a Malaysian satellite company.
· Part of the team which advised PT Bumi, one of Indonesia 's largest coal producers, on the U.S.$600million securitisation of its mining units, PT Kaltim Prima Coal (KPC) and PT Arutmin Indonesia .
Background
· Al-Jadaan Law Firm,Associate - Riyadh (KSA) (October 2006 to present)
· White & Case L.L.P,Trainee Solicitor – London ( United Kingdom ) (2004 - 2006)Trainee Solicitor – Singapore (2005)
Membership
· Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales
· Law Society of England and Wales
Education
· University of Oxford , Keble College ( United Kingdom ), 2007 Master of Arts
· University of Oxford, Oxford Institute of Legal Practice ( United Kingdom ), 2004
· Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice with Distinction
· University of Oxford , Keble College ( United Kingdom ), 2003 Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) Jurisprudence (English Law with European Law)
· University of Leiden ( Netherlands ), 2002
· Leiden Law Courses (European and International Law)
 

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