Prophet Muhammad PBUH principles of success for professionals, entrepreneurs & leaders of the modern world.
( This blog is written by Anfa Aziz. A former Sales Manager at Vodafone, she is now a regional Head at The Islamic kidstore. Her association with The Islamic kidstore has increased her curiosity and knowledge about Islam. Here she has tried to explore a completely different aspect of the life of Prophet Muhammad PBUH for the benefit of professionals and entrepreneurs today. Its definitely a must-read . )
What business you run today? Have you followed the business run by him, someone who never studied business management in university but is able to change the world civilization and economic control of the ummah?
Life of Prophet Muhammad PBUH as an Entrepreneur. If we go through the biography of the Last Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), we will find that he was not only a philosopher, warrior, a leader and a great influential person in the history of the world, but very rarely, a few know that Muhammad (PBUH) led a life of a successful entrepreneur and a successful leader. That is why, he should not only be respected as a religious leader and head of state, but should also be appreciated as a merchant who had a range of business network, market share and extensive customers on the basis that his entrepreneurship period of nearly 25 years is relatively longer than his prophetic period of 23 years. He not only emphasized the importance of ethics in business but also involved directly in business activities.
He had implemented management values in life and business practices. He had been very well versed in managing processes, transactions, and business relationships with all elements of the business as well as those who look at it.
He was a merchant who was honest and fair in making a business agreement. He would never make customers complain. He often keep its promise and hand over the goods in a timely message. He always showed a great sense of responsibility and high integrity with anyone. His reputation as an honest merchant and really has been widely known since he was young.
The basics of ethics and management of the business, has received religious legitimacy after he was appointed as the Prophet. The principles of business ethics who inherited increasingly justified academically at the end of the 20th century or the beginning of the 21st century. Principles of modern business, such as customer objectives and customer satisfaction (customer satisfaction), superior service (Service Excellence), competence, efficiency, transparency, fair competition and competitive, everything has become a picture of personal and business ethics Muhammad when he was younger.
Twelve Traits of Leadership according to Holy Qura’an Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), while unfolding the traits of leadership said “Everyone is custodian of his/her subordinates and is answerable for his job on the DAY OF JUDGEMENT.”
Following are the traits which a leader/head must possess.
- Taqwa (Fear of Allah) Human beings should avoid committing sins. Unless one has no fear in his heart, one cannot avoid sins. To achieve Taqwa, one should imagine the wrath of Almighty Allah.
- Ikhla’as (Sincerity) It is imperative for everyone to achieve the Will and Pleasures of Almighty Allah instead of doing a task for the sake of public happiness.
- Shukka'ar (Attitude of Gratitude) After getting any comfort, a man should thank Allah
- Saba’ar (Patience & Persistence) Patience is of three kinds. Saba’ar Alta’at (Performing Prayer, Fast, Haj and Zakat); Saba’ar Anaal Massia (To keep away from doing offences) and Saba’ar Alal Shaed (To remember Allah at difficult time).
- Sadda’aq (Truthfulness) To achieve a height of a task is called Saddaq, based on Aqwaal, Afaal and Ahwaal. Commitment to a task is Aqwal; Every task should be according to Islamic teaching is Afaal while all tasks should be according to Hadith and Sunnah is called Ahwaal.
- Tawaza’a (Submission) A man should consider himself as a meek and modest and do not even think of taking revenge upon anyone.
- Hikma’at (Wisdom) Intellectualism bestowed upon a soul by Allah is Hikmaat. One should talk and debate intellectually and rationally.
- Tawakka’al (Trust in Allah) If a person does utmost to accomplish a task and seeks Almighty Allah’s Blessing for its result is called Tawakkal.
- Ikhla’aq (Ethics) Ethics are necessary to live a prosperous and progressive life as these are natural. Without ethics, this world can become a mess.
- Hasoul-e-Ilm (Seeking knowledge) Imam Malik (RA) said knowledge is a high-merit asset and one can ascertain insight through knowledge.
- Shuja’at (Courage) The trait of courage protects a man from the agonies and woes and that man becomes a hard rock against difficulties and challenges.
- Shura’a (Consultation) To consult the people concerned and not impose any decision upon others is called Shura. Reconciliation on an issue should be achieved while opinion should be given when the inner self is satisfied.
So a bit of the life of the Prophet Muhammad in the business world is loaded with management values, wish the modern businessman, can imitate him so that they could be successful with commendable morals in business jets.