In this article, I want to share with you five traits that I believe every Muslim business owner should work on developing so they can grow a successful halal business!
Trait #1: Integrity
The first trait we’re going to talk about, and that I strongly recommend that every Muslim business owner develop is integrity.
So what does integrity mean exactly?
Integrity is similar to honesty. What it means is that you are honest in your business dealings and in your communication with others.
What this does is it allows people to trust you more and the most valuable asset to a business is trust, if you can develop trust with your customers then that’s when they’ll buy from you and the best way to develop trust is through integrity.
Integrity means saying what you mean and meaning what you say. It means standing behind your words, sharing with someone your honest feedback, and telling them what you actually think.
It also means that when you’re going to face a transaction or a business dealing that you operate from a basis of integrity, This means you operate with honesty and you make sure that through these transactions you are not cheating anyone. You are operating ethically, and you want what’s best for both parties.
Trait #2: Develop A Gratitude Mindset
Why is it important to develop a gratitude mindset?
A gratitude mindset is going to allow you to have the emotional state that leads to success.
Success is not external, it is not outside of you, success is not based on things that you do, but rather success is based on who you are.
Now, how do we develop the internal state that leads to success?
A great way to do that is with a gratitude mindset
Allah SWT tells us:
“If you are thankful I will give you more”
The Prophet (ﷺ) used to offer night prayers till his feet became swollen. Somebody said to him “Allah has forgiven you, your faults of the past and those to follow.” On that, he said, “Shouldn’t I be a thankful slave of Allah)?”
Practice gratitude every single day, reflect on the blessings that you have in your life, focus on the positives versus the negatives, focus on what you do have versus what you don’t, shift your perspective, raise the level of your emotional state.
This way you can be dealing with your business, and working on your projects from a place of contentment, happiness, and gratitude.
Trait #3: Be Impact Focused
The best way that I can share what impact-focused means is by sharing my story with you, when I first started a business I wasn’t impact-focused I was revenue-focused.
When I first started my journey as an entrepreneur I was chasing the money, I spent days trying to increase sales, and generate new clients for my business. I was focused on the income.
Then after no success I said to myself “let me just see how I can serve others, get my message out and make sure that I try to benefit as many people as possible”.
when I switched my mindset from income to impact-focus what happened my income started to grow.
If you want to focus on impact think to yourself:
- How can I grow my audience?
- How can I grow the number of people that are listening to my message?
- How can I deliver my message to benefit people?
So for example, as a business owner, I’m always thinking about how I can add value to my audience through my knowledge, so I try to provide valuable resources like blogs, videos, and training that are beneficial to my audience!
And these are going to help me increase my impact and bring a positive change in the lives of my audience.
So regardless of what business you are doing, you want to think about how can you grow your impact, think about how you can give back to your community.
Trait #4: Chasing Excellence
Imam Tabrani narrated the Prophet’s words.
“Indeed Allah loves one who when he does work, does it with Itqan (excellence).”
So what does that mean? It means that if you’re going to put out a product or service, or engage in a certain transaction then do so by trying to do the best possible job that you can do.
Let’s say you’re walking down the street and you see a market, and you look at their sign and it looks hand-drawn and unprofessional, does that make you want to go in? What does that tell you about the business? Do they really care? If that’s how much effort they’re putting into their sign, how much effort are they putting into sourcing quality products?
The reason why I say chasing excellence, is that you don’t want to fall into the trap of perfectionism. We can only try our best to get as close as possible to excellence as Muslim entrepreneurs, in our dealings and the offers that we put out and the services that we create.
We want to try to build the best possible services, offers, or products possible. And we want people to see through everything that we do, that we are doing our work with “Itqan”.
Trait #5: Uplift Others
Whenever it comes to growing any endeavor, enterprise, or business you require the help of other people because you can’t do it all on your own.
No matter how hard you try, you are going to need the help of others. When you want to grow a business you need other people to believe in your mission and vision. You need an audience that believes in what you have to offer, and wants to help you get your message out there and spread your business to the people that need it most.
How do we do this?
Help people in ways that you can get them to believe in themselves. When you are uplifting your team, encouraging them, and working with them to develop their skills then that leads them to believe in you and when they believe in you, they’re going to do their best.
When you focus on uplifting others, they will uplift you because what goes around comes around!
To sum it up, these are the five traits we mentioned:
- Gratitude mindset
- Impact focus
- Chasing excellence
- Uplifting others all
These are all traits that are taught to us through the prophet SAW and through Islam. I believe every Muslim should work on developing them if they want to be a successful Muslim business owner!