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Islam and Entrepreneurship: In the footsteps of Khadijah bint Khuwaylid (RA)

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Islam and Entrepreneurship: In the footsteps of Khadijah bint Khuwaylid (RA)

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There is no doubt Khadijah bint Khuwaylid (RA) was a superwoman during her lifetime and remains a great role model even in present times.

She was at the helm of a successful business empire. And her life story full of great lessons for every Muslim especially the business owner.

Khadijah (RA) nurtured her home and cared for her family with a deep sense of servitude yet attained a successful status with her businesses. I look no further than at this noble woman’s life, when carrying on with my business pursuits.

In her story, I find great motivation; learning about how such a wealthy & dignified personality with a high social standing could combine deep faith with exemplary character and an outstanding business reputation. It is truly remarkable and rare, yet a level to aspire towards.

Khadijah (RA) was truly visionary ~ she did not follow the ways of the majority, but instead carved her own path and remained steadfast on it

In the Entrepreneurial Steps of Khadijah (RA): 3 Lessons for Success

1. Deep Faith

Although Khadijah (RA) grew up in a corrupt society, her belief and pure qualities shone through. She was thus nicknamed Tahirah (pure) in the pre-Islamic era. She did not follow the ways of the majority, but instead carved her own path and remained steadfast on it.

As the first convert to Islam, she also faced different trials from those regarding her faith and submission to Allah (SWT) to tests on her character and relations with others.

Khadijah (RA) remained firm and unshaken in her belief and patiently faced up to the challenges surrounding her from all directions with wisdom & dignity.

Despite all of the trials, her faith & entrepreneurial insights impacted on her business making it a success. She was able to support her husband and keep her interactions strong with people in the community.

Her personal qualities combined with a firm faith formed the foundation of her business. She was able to use her wealth in a noble way – to promote Islam and help those who were needy.

Personal takeaway
For every plan that goes wrong and for every challenge the entrepreneurial world throws at me, I try to remain steadfast, courageous and maintain strong faith just like Khadijah (RA).

In a similar way, I strive to build a foundation of firm belief and seeking Allah’s pleasure beginning with my intention and business vision/ goals; as well as uphold the values she held on to ~ like integrity, commitment & perseverance.

2. Exemplary Skills

We find a great combination of skills; from leadership, interpersonal, tactical and quality decision making skills in the life of Khadijah (RA).

An example of this was when she sought a reputable and competent person, to accompany her caravan of goods. As a tradesman of exceptional character & reputation, Khadijah (RA) employed Muhammad – the honest (al-Amin) to travel with her caravans across designated trade territories.

Her skills combined with active participation led to profitable monetary outcomes, in addition to a lifetime of blessed partnership.

Khadijah (RA) was a believer, wife, mother & entrepreneur among other roles. Yet, she was able to manage her home as well as her business – with a high level of commitment. Her satisfied husband and well brought up children are a testament to this.

As an active partner at home and contributing member of the society, she was able to balance her home affairs with her business affairs. She found quality time to invest in the running of her enterprise as well as partake in issues on the home front.

Personal takeaway
As I go through my hustles and projects; juggling personal time with house chores, I aim for active participation, balance and excellent service.

I also value my time because I want to accomplish success all round – spiritually, emotionally and financially just as Khadijah (RA).

3. Outstanding Business Reputation

Classed as being very wealthy, Khadijah (RA) grew up under the tutelage of a business mentor – her father, who was a wealthy merchant and a community leader.

She enjoyed a widespread influence, stemming from her lineage and business status. And she was able to build a sound reputation; through her active role in the society & contribution to the economy.

This great lady committed her time, wealth, experience and skills to serve her family, Islam and the Muslim Ummah.

She was well known for her philanthropy & positive contributions to the cause of Islam. She also served as a strong moral compass for others with her good morals & manners, altruism and compassion. All of these qualities earned her a glowing reputation.

Personal takeaway
My definition of excellence & good service always rises when I look to Khadijah’s example.

When I remember her unique sacrifice, I redirect my steps in order to taste the same sweetness of sacrifice.

I equally aim for a sound reputation. And strive to provide great service to the Ummah – through my time, knowledge, skills and wealth. I take my definition of social entrepreneurship from this great model.

I strive in all of this in order to follow the blazing trail of success she created.

A Great Legacy

Khadijah (RA) was a staunch believer and supporter of a cause.

Her support came in various forms such as physical, emotional and financial. I look up to her perseverance in the face of hostility &oppression. And also look to her optimism in the midst of uncertainty as a leader at home and out of the home.

With such a clear and profound support for her family and a cause she believed in, she led a purposeful life characterised by excellent service. In return, she received a great reward – the most distinguished type ever – as Jibril (AS) informed her husband, Muhammad (SAW) about Allah’s promise of a palace in Paradise for her.

Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet (SAW) said that Gabriel said, “Here is Khadijah coming to you with a dish of food or a tumbler containing something to drink. Convey to her a greeting from her Lord (Allah) and give her the glad tidings that she will have a palace in Paradise built of Qasab wherein there will be neither any noise nor any fatigue (trouble).” (Sahih Bukhari)

Here is the legacy of a personality who exemplifies what we seek today in coaches, mentors & experts in the Ummah; and especially for the younger generation. We can only try our best to strive in following her unique footsteps.

From Inspiration to Action

With so many great lessons embedded in the life of our beloved mother Khadijah (RA), my greatest inspiration comes from looking closely at her entrepreneurial success and seeking to emulate her every step of the way.

From setting up a new project and facing up to its daily challenges; to seeking balance between my business & personal life; to dealing with various business dynamics and societal pressures.

I equally turn to her life lessons when I’m faced with the decision of choosing a suitable business partner and equally when seeking mentors, experts & teams to collaborate with.

But the inspiration is most striking when my hard earned profits are much needed for noble Islamic causes; and most especially when I make that choice to live as a Muslimah and an entrepreneur.

Khadijah (RA) remains a top role model and a standard for business excellence for all Muslims especially Muslim women.

She embodied Islam and Entrepreneurship in the truest sense.

Such were the standards set by a Muslimah, over a 1000 years ago!

Recommended Reading

Golden Stories of Sayyida Khadijah (R.A) by Abdul Malik Mujahid. Darussalam Publishers, 2012.

What other lessons can you take for your Islam and Entrepreneurship from the life of the noble ladyKhadijah (RA)? Please share below

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23 Comments

  1. Maryam February 16, 2016

    Our mother Khadija can be taken as an example in probably every situation. May Allah grant us her wisdom. Ameen

  2. Saima Masood February 15, 2016

    Great post…Hazart Khadija is a great role model for all the Muslim women ..Mashallah you have chosen a good topic..well written!

  3. Fozia S February 15, 2016

    No one can doubt that Khadijah (RA) is a great role model Masha’Allah

    In sha Allah you will be successful in all your aims

  4. Myda Tahir February 13, 2016

    JazakAllah for sharing sister Amina,
    She is truly a role model in all walks of life,
    May Allah guide us to his footsteps.

    Eat Healthy Stay Healthy 🙂

  5. Haya February 13, 2016

    Enjoyed reading this article. I always saw Khatija RA as best wife ever. Seeing her as a strong business women has increased her respect for her in my heart. Indeed she deserves to be a queen of janaah.

  6. Sara February 12, 2016

    What an inspirational businesswoman, Masha Allah!

    1. Amina Edota February 12, 2016

      She is such an inspiration, Alhamdulillah!

  7. kenz February 11, 2016

    Good article. Loved the way how you put examples from Khadijah RA. Thank you for the insight

    1. Amina Edota February 12, 2016

      Thank you for taking the time to read through and for the feedback.

  8. Creative Khadija February 11, 2016

    MashaAllah, very nice article. I am glad you share this. I feel proud at my name Khadija 🙂 May be its the reason behind my successful entrepreneurship!

    1. Amina Edota February 12, 2016

      Brilliant connection, Alhamdulillah… I can imagine your pride in having such a noble lady’s name.

      May Allah bless your entrepreneurial pursuits in leaps and bounds.

  9. Papatia February 11, 2016

    This is a great post which will be relevant in all Muslim eras of this dunya. Masha’Allah, good job! :)xx

    1. Amina Edota February 12, 2016

      Jazaakillah for the lovely comment. Alhamdulillah 🙂

  10. Ruku February 10, 2016

    Such a beautiful correlation between our mother Khadija and your personal reflection mA. I love Rasulullah’s and her life/love story as well sA, so much we can learn and implement.

    1. Amina Edota February 12, 2016

      Their life/ love story is one of a kind, Masha Allah. And we really have a lot to learn from and take action on.

  11. Maria February 10, 2016

    Barakallahu fiikum! Thank you so much for posting, great article!

    1. Amina Edota February 12, 2016

      Alhamdulillah… Thank you for reading and commenting.

  12. Aaliyah February 10, 2016

    I loved this article. Indeed Khadijah (ra) is a great role model for all.

    Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    1. Amina Edota February 10, 2016

      She is indeed 🙂 Masha Allah. Thanks for reading and commenting.

  13. Ashfa Salam February 9, 2016

    This is a wonderful article!
    “..she did not follow the ways of the majority, but instead carved her own path and remained steadfast on it” – this inspires me 🙂
    Thank you very much!

    1. Amina Edota February 10, 2016

      Alhamdulillah… I just got more inspiration reading that quote. Jazaakillah khayr.

  14. Faridah February 7, 2016

    Assalaamu alaykum warahmatullah,

    I pray this reaches you in the best of health and eeman.

    What an inspiring piece! What a beautiful dedication to our beloved mother Khadija RA. The more and more I hear about our righteous predecessors, the more I realise why Allah chose them to be our role models. Their unparalleled ability to excel in both dunya and akhirah is astounding.

    My favourite piece from the article has got to be this:
    “Khadijah (RA) was truly visionary ~ she did not follow the ways of the majority, but instead carved her own path and remained steadfast on it” <3 <3
    She lived and breathed Islam so Allah poured upon her barakah and granted her (RA) the ability to see that which others didn't

    Now this is truly a role model! What a beautiful reflection indeed :')

    Wa salaam wa fi amanillah 🙂

    1. Amina Edota February 9, 2016

      Wa alaykum salaam wa Rahmatullah wa Barakautuhu,

      You have made a beautiful contribution sr. Faridah. Jazaakillah for sharing your insight.

      Indeed Khadijah (RA) and the rest of the mothers of believers, companions and righteous predecessors are truly models for us if only we open our hearts and minds to the lessons embedded in the stories of their lives. For every story I read or re-read, I feel more humbled and driven.

      Alhamdulillah for our history and heritage – we have many to take our examples from.

      Wassalam x

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