7 TIPS FOR MUSLIM BUSINESSES.

All praise be to Allah.

Here are some tips for the Muslim business owners for success in this life and hereafter.

1. MAKE PROFIT THE SECONDARY AIM

The first goal of the business should not be chasing market and making as much profit rather it should be established to please Allah as the halal way of life.

Seeking profit is not bad in fact it is obvious thing associated with business but it should not be primary focus of the business.

By making Allah the goal, and implementing Islamic rules of honesty, truthfulness, and good behavior with customers, Insha Allah, any Muslim business is bound to boom.

2. BE TRUTHFUL AND HONEST

From the shaeeh hadith it is well known that the honest and truthful businessman will be amongst the Prophets and the martyrs. Honesty and truthfulness are essential in this business. And when it comes to Muslim businesses, it means building a relationship of trust with customers, which cannot be done with lies and deceit.

3. BE OPEN TO CRITICISM

The business must be transparent and there must be no fear of criticism and scrutiny. A muslim businessman should be always ready to have a product or business scrutinized or for halalness of products. This serves to build trust.

A person who feels angry with a customer asking about the acceptability of the product, remember it is the right of the consumer and when you get angry and deny the person any information regarding it, you are denying them their right.

Remember, ultimately, we are all responsible to Allah. If a business is cheating Muslims, Allah will eventually expose those involved.

4. BE CLEAN!

Cleanliness is half of Iman. Keeping your products clean and hygienic is important as well. This is required especially for halal grocery stores where the presence of rotten vegetables and fruits and presence of blood is expected. Being careless means promoting sicknesses from germs and unhygienic conditions in which the item is placed. Also a loss of customer.

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: "Cleanliness invites towards faith (Iman) and faith leads its possessor to paradise." (Tabarani)

This cleanliness, by the way, does not just apply to those areas of a store a customer will see. It includes equipment and storage areas as well.

5. AIM FOR BIGGER GOALS

Dont keep a mediocre thinking and go with the flow. Aim for the more success and better goals. Improve your business and strive to make it a better point of service. Allah loves the one who has great ambitions and works hard. Look into the possibility of pooling resources within the Muslim community or with other shareholders to expand the business. Doing this will also reduce overhead costs and in the long run, the price of products for your consumers.

6. DONT INDULGE IN RIVALRY OR PUTTING OTHERS DOWN.

A difficult task it may seem but it is very important to keep oneself away from unnecessary finger pointing, accusations and nasty rivalry.

This is not the way of the muslim and a muslim economy doesn't work like that. Being a businessman doesnt mean that a person must forget the brotherhood of this ummah. We are first muslims and than anything else. A muslim first considers forming an association of Muslim businesses. This will help them learn from each other and promote goodwill. This cooperation could, in the long run, benefit the Muslim consumer, and in turn the Muslim businesses themselves.

7. DO NOT SELL THE HARAM While there are more “Muslim” businesses sprouting up, not everything they sell is Islamic.

It is not difficult to find Muslim owned businesses selling pork, alcohol, pornographic magazines, and renting these kinds of movies on the one hand while selling Halal meat on the other.

Keeping the business halal in terms of what products one sells may be difficult but it worth all.

Of a less offensive nature, perhaps, are those businesses which sell Halal products but rent or sell cultural (especially Indo-Pakistani) movies. While these movies may seem harmless in comparison to those of the pornographic variety, what must be remembered is that when Muslim parents and elders indulge in watching such cultural films, their children can very easily find an excuse to watch their own “cultural” films (i.e. American-Hollywood).

This requires efforts on the part of Muslim business owners to wipe out the Haram and ensure the Halal in their businesses.

And Allah knows best.