Saturday, August 11, 2012

Business Gives Us More Than Money

Bismillahirrahmanirrahim …

In this bless month of Ramadhan al-Mubarak, I just wanted to share my two cents to all of you people. Who? You. My beloved and respected visitors that happen to drop by and glance through my page :) Thanks a lot! 

Doing business or involving yourself in marketing world isn’t a small thing to be shy or ashamed about. Knowing that somebody buying or selling things either small kind of goods or big kind of stuff needs to make us delighted though.

Sometimes we frequently heard about this hadith that states 9/10 sources of income come from making business. Still, I’m not going to lean my two cents from this hadith because this hadith categorize under mursal (simple to understand is it’s quite far from criteria of sahih).

No matter what by doing a reality check, biz world does gearing up industrial and globalization progress in each rising countries. How amazing is that? Yup. Practically business does making big changes in each part of country in this universe. The different maybe in the style of doing business and the products that they serve. I’m not going to blabber about how to do business nor how to start a business. Hehe. I’m not good in both of them.  

Let’s focus on these ‘ayat-ayat cinta’ from Allah s.w.t. in Surah al-Baqarah 2:275. The phrases that I bold clearly state that Allah legalize business and prohibit interest. The word used stressing the act of - command, enable and encourage :) Each ayat (sentences) in the Holy Qur’an always has lots of purposes, despite the one that obviously understandable. 

275. Orang-orang yang memakan (mengambil) riba itu tidak dapat berdiri betul melainkan seperti berdirinya orang yang dirasuk Syaitan dengan terhuyung-hayang kerana sentuhan (Syaitan) itu. Yang demikian ialah disebabkan mereka mengatakan: "Bahawa sesungguhnya berniaga itu sama sahaja seperti riba". Padahal Allah telah menghalalkan berjual-beli (berniaga) dan mengharamkan riba. Oleh itu sesiapa yang telah sampai kepadanya peringatan (larangan) dari Tuhannya lalu ia berhenti (dari mengambil riba), maka apa yang telah diambilnya dahulu (sebelum pengharaman itu) adalah menjadi haknya, dan perkaranya terserahlah kepada Allah. Dan sesiapa yang mengulangi lagi (perbuatan mengambil riba itu) maka itulah ahli neraka, mereka kekal di dalamnya.

The divine purpose that I discover from involving yourself in biz world … is get to know variety of people! Yeah. Business does connect people (not only N.O.K.I.A hehe). Subsequently, I try to link this advantage with another ‘love letter’ from Allah azza wa jalla in Surah al-Hujurat 49:13. 

13. Wahai umat manusia! Sesungguhnya Kami telah menciptakan kamu dari lelaki dan perempuan, dan Kami telah menjadikan kamu berbagai bangsa dan bersuku puak, supaya kamu berkenal-kenalan (dan beramah mesra antara satu dengan yang lain). Sesungguhnya semulia-mulia kamu di sisi Allah ialah orang yang lebih taqwanya di antara kamu, (bukan yang lebih keturunan atau bangsanya). Sesungguhnya Allah Maha Mengetahui, lagi Maha mendalam pengetahuannya (akan keadaan dan amalan kamu).

Get to know many types of people including the ‘special’ peculiar one; accidentally guiding us in correcting our bad behaviour. Dealing, negotiating, bargaining and facing with various whims and antiques expects us to be somebody that firm, patient and tolerate at the same time. Furthermore if the products that you sell are hand-made or some raw material made by your own, you need to be ready in taking the critism by your customer. Smile and keep smiling, even if your ear swelling red in the end, hehe.

Business connects people in many ways. Your customer starts from such a young age to the ‘evergreen’ one! There’s no boundary in selling and buying things, not limited to certain races or certain beliefs only. We live as one, human being that needs to works things out everyday and the flow need things besides. As far as the merchandises you are selling are not breaking the law, it’s fine to proceed. 

It’s quite impossible if you’re doing business and never get to know your customer’s basic background. Am I right? There you are. Take this advantage to learn about other people despite learning your own needs. If I’m not mistaken, in business there’s always a ‘Pilot-test’ in each product formed. The reason is to know the feedback and response from potential clients to the products. The same reason applied here, get to know their preferences, besides helps you to improve your product, it also helps you to sustaining their requirements.

Business and new circle of friends are some kind of linking action. Your customer, clients, consumer, and buyer (etc) are your potential new best friends. Embrace (treat them nicely sincerely) like your own families, treats them fairly and you might surprise that you are not only getting money from them but you also getting new leaf of life for real :) insyaAllah. Wallahu'alam bissawab.

As always, any response or feedback please drop it at my mailbox :) 

Salam Ramadhan Kareem 'alaikum jamii'an.