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Ramadan 2010 (Pearls of Light)


Holy Prophet (S.A.W) as a Businessman

Business was the family trade of our Beloved Prophet (S.A.W). He (S.A.W) learnt its finer points at a young age from travelling with His (S.A.W) uncle Abu Talib, who was himself a successful businessman.

Holy Prophet (S.A.W) chose this as His (S.A.W) occupation and journeyed to different countries as a trader (such as Syria, Busra and Yemen). From His exceptional character, particularly His honesty and trustworthiness, He (S.A.W) was given the title 'Ameen' by his fellow travellers.

Hazrat Abdullah bin Abi al-Humasa (R.A) once said, “I once bought something from the Prophet (S.A.W) prior to the proclamation of Prophethood. I was short of money and gave whatever I had, promising to return during the day and fulfil the amount and also requested Him (S.A.W) not to leave the area where He (S.A.W) was.

Afterwards, I had unintentionally forgotten my promise to Him (S.A.W) and returned three days later on remembering, to find the Prophet (S.A.W) waiting in that very place! He (S.A.W) showed no anger on His face for this and simply said”, “Where were you? I've been waiting here for the past three days.” (Sunan Abu Dawood, Vol. 2, Pg. 334, Baab fll-Idah)

After Hazrat Saaib (R.A) had embraced Islam, he was asked concerning the utmost truth of Rasoolullah (S.A.W). He answered, “O People, I know more of the Prophet (S.A.W) than you, as I was His (S.A.W) business partner before his announcement of Prophethood! He (S.A.W) was a person who remained true to his commitments, and no argument ever arose because of Him (S.A.W).” (Sunan Abu Dawood, Vol. 2, Pg. 317, Chapter Karaahiyatul-Muraad)

Hazrat Abu Sa’eed (R.A) reported that the Messenger of Allah (S.W.T) has said, “The truthful and trustworthy merchant will be the Prophets, the upright and Martyrs.” (Trimizi Shareef)

Our Holy Prophet (S.A.W) has taught us the true way of conducting our businesses. If we follow the teaching of Rasoolullah (S.A.W), we cannot fail. We will not only succeed in this world but also in the hereafter.

May Allah (S.W.T) give us the ability to follow the Sunnah’s of our Beloved Prophet (S.A.W). Ameen.