Friday, July 8, 2011
Muhammad, The Successful Entrepreneur
So without further ado, i'll give you an interesting story about prophet Muhammad p.b.u.h that i take from hidayatullah.com. I simply translate it in google translate, revised and edited it a bit. So, here it goes. I hope it will be useful and we can make benefit from it. Aaaameeennn...
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Hidayatullah.com-TRADITION-ritual birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad, known as the Prophet's Birthday has become a religious culture among the people of Indonesia. Even the Prophet's Birthday has been used as a great day in this country, which means it is a national holiday.
This month, precisely February 15, 2011, is exactly 12 Rabi al-Awwal 1432 H on the Islamic calendar (Hijri) is the birthday of a man named Muhammad carrier Supreme religion of peace for all mankind.
The birth of the Prophet is actually excluding the big day when seen from the view of al-Quran and al-Hadith.
However, typically, the Prophet's Birthday memorial is intended as a momentum to study and contemplate the return journey of his life as an apostle as well as ordinary human beings who are successful in various facets of life.
Messenger is a personal portrait of success in life should be a role model for mankind.
Sirah of the Prophet is a living model that God intended it to be implemented by each person a true Muslim. So the Prophet's Birthday celebration is not just the joy of his presence in history but more importantly of all is how to understand the journey of his life as a whole, complete and comprehensive that it becomes a role model in building the civilization of mankind.
With the momentum of the Prophet's Birthday, the authors want to bring one dimension of the Prophet's life that is rarely discussed by the preachers and muballig the success of Muhammad as a trader. Muhammad is not only a success in preaching, leading the state and households but also successful in building the business. Muhammad was not only respected as religious leaders and heads of state but also respected as a merchant who has a range of business network and market share and extensive customer.
Muhammad as a business leader and entrepreunership explained clearly in the book Dr. Shafi Antonio with the title "Muhammad Super Leader Super Manager". The book describes that time Muhammad began doing business with intership (internship), business manager, investment manager, business owner and ended up as investors are relatively longer (25 years) compared with the period of his prophetic (23 years). Prophet Muhammad was not the only figure who prosecute the importance of ethics in business but also involved directly in business activities.
Since childhood, precisely at the age of 12 years, Muhammad had introduced about the business by his uncle, Abu Talib, in a way be included in a business trip to Syria.
Trading experience (internship) obtained by Muhammad from his uncle for several years with petty trade around the Kaaba.
With the experience of existing capital and with honesty in running the business, the name Muhammad began to be known among business people (investors) in Mecca.
In time, Muhammad began to reveal his high capability in running the business trade, even the Meccans attracted some investors to entrust their capital to be managed by Muhammad with the principle of sharing (musharaka-mudaraba) and payroll. At this stage of Muhammad have switched from business manager (managing his own business) became an investment manager (managing capital investors).
With the capital that has been relatively large, Muhammad had the opportunity to expand the business to reach the trade center in the Arabian Peninsula. His honesty in business, so if the business known as Al-Amin became an attraction for major investors to invest their capital to Muhammad, one of whom was Khadijah who later became his first wife.
At age 25, Muhammad married Khadijah, a successful business woman Mecca. Automatically Muhammad became the owner and manager of Khadija's wealth. Merging the two wealth through marriage is of course increased the trade they both capital and control market share. At this stage of Muhammad has become a business owner.
After Muhammad married Khadija, he is becoming more intense to develop its business through the expedition of business regularly in the trading centers in Arabia, he visited the market-intense regional and international markets in order to retain customers and business partners. Trafficking network, he had reached Yemen, Syria, Busara, Iraq, Jordan, Bahrain and the cities of other Arab trade.
Just before the prophetic period (38 years old) at which a lot of time has been spent to reflect his success as a trader region where its trade area include Yemen, Syria, Busra, Iraq, Jordan, Bahrain and the cities of the Arabian Peninsula other trades. On stage he has entered a phase in which, according to Robert T Kiyosaki called financial freedom.
Thus a successful business trip before the official Muhammad became a prophet who rarely communicated to the younger generations at the Prophet's Birthday celebrations. A thorough understanding about the biography of his life will prevent the occurrence of a narrow understanding about the Prophet. Many people who thinks Prophet as a poor person but on the contrary he is the figure of a successful businessman.
Through the Prophet's Birthday this momentum it is necessary to raise the theme of Muhammad as a business success for spurring the emergence of young entrepreneurs among Muslims. Actually, this country has religious figures as well as a successful entrepreneur, say for example, national figures KH Ahmad Dahlan with batik business. Even in the history of Indonesia's independence movement we know the religious leaders who gathered in Trade Syarikat Indonesia.
As we know the number of entrepreneurs in Indonesia is still relatively low compared with developed countries in the world. Of the total population of Indonesia, 231, 83 million people is only about 2 percent are self-employed or equal to 4,6 million. Surely this number is very small if the country wants its people to grow stronger and become economically independent.
Developed countries have a relatively high percentage of entrepreneurs relative of its population. Percentage of Singaporeans who entrepreneurship reach 7 percent, China and Japan 10 per cent of their total population. While the highest is the United States by 11, 5-12 per cent.Through the Prophet's Birthday celebration, we need to campaign the importance of entrepreneurship as what has been exemplified by the Prophet Muhammad as a solution to solve the race problem (poverty and unemployment). [Ali Rama, Researcher ISEFID (Islamic Economic Forum for Indonesian Development)]
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