While we all acknowledge that Prophet Mohammed ﷺ is an example for us in all aspects of life, and the Sunnah provides us with the guidelines around which we can organize our daily routines, are we fully aware of the different facets of our Prophet’s ﷺ life? And do we truly reflect on and practice the principles he embodied?
For instance, how often have we considered the Prophet ﷺ in his capacity as an entrepreneur?
A study of the Seerah reveals that by the age of 12, the Prophet ﷺ had begun to assist his uncle Abu Talib with business ventures and transactions, and in time, he gained enough experience to start his own business. The Prophet ﷺ gained credibility and was known to all as the honest and trustworthy, “Al Sadiq, Al Amin”. Although he was a savvy businessman, his personality and good character shone through his business and entrepreneurial ventures, so much so that he was approached for marriage by Khadijah (RA). We learn from this that good character and personality beautify everything we do. (Side note: we are NOT saying become an entrepreneur to get married!).
Allah (SWT) and His Messenger ﷺ encourage us to work and make an honest living. In both the Quran and Sunnah, working is seen as a source of independence and the means to achieve a fulfilling life. The Prophet said, “Nobody has ever eaten a better meal than that which one has earned by working with one’s own hands. The Prophet Dawud (RA) used to eat from the earnings of his manual labor” (Sahih Bukhari). And yes, this involves doing the nitty-gritty hands-on work we often despise, especially when resources are scarce and means are limited. The work isn’t always fun, but will be rewarded, both in this life and the next, if done in a way that is in accordance with the Quran and Sunnah.
The Prophet and his companions exemplified the ability to start something from nothing, and Islam as a religion began with a following of the poor, the weak, and the oppressed, but this did not prevent it from flourishing and spreading across the globe because of the quality of its people and their incredible work ethic.
This May 15th to 17th, ISNA Compass aims to assist us to apply the Prophet Muhammed’s ﷺ example to our own personal and professional development, during the 41st Annual ISNA Canada Convention. Our distinguished speakers will discuss the importance of emulating the Prophetic Sunnah of Empathy in our everyday interactions with those around us. We will then focus on putting the theory to use, developing practical skills that will assist us in this in our exciting and interactive Empathetic Leadership workshop. With the help of our Shuyookh, we’ll also be studying the complexities of balancing various human roles and responsibilities through the example of the blessed Prophet ﷺ. Finally, our first ever Entrepreneurial Networking Session will bring a group of exceptional panelists together to provide an opportunity for up and coming entrepreneurs to learn what it takes to succeed in both, this life and the next.
For more information, please visit: www.isnacanadaconvention.ca and to sign up for the session click here