بِسْمِ اللّهِ الرَّحْمـَنِ الرَّحِيم
Desire, Passion..Go Getter….Game Changers! These words sound great, but how great we’ll soon find out.
Guess who is the least educated, poorest, most unemployed, most restrained, highly populated in India? It’s our Muslim Ummah! It’s very dismaying to know that we are falling into a trench of self-destruction.
I believe that the key to coming out of this dead lock is ENTREPRENEURSHIP…….
There are many communities in India, and surprisingly the ones that are the most successful, are the ones whose community’s backbone is entrepreneurship like Marwari’s, Bohras, Kachis, Banyas, Siddhis to name a few.
As long as we Muslims do not realize the need for a systematic reinforcement of Muslim entrepreneurship it is highly unlikely to get out of the situation we are in.
When I graduated from engineering friends from other communities apart from mine consciously recognized the NEED to stop migration to other countries and take up entrepreneurship to create wealth and employment prospects. A few years later a few people of our community formed a committee, and after many meetings they were still not strong about what they could do and what efforts they had to put in.
The result was evident. Everyone failed and everyone on that committee took different paths going to different countries, but still longing to have their own setup to be able to come back to India.
Another BIG hindrance of having to return back to India in spite of having collected the bucks, is one becomes enslaved to the luxuries and comforts of life abroad. Unconsciously we get entangled in the vicious cycle “LIFE ABROAD”
A few daring ones from the above committee did start two different enterprises, both creative and inspiring. A little discipline and effort could have taken them to the next level, but sadly it had to come to an abrupt end. Failures not only discourage those who made an effort to start something but also to those who follow suit.
I would like to say that guidance and financial support from the community will certainly help and encourage many of our young aspiring youth to take up entrepreneurship seriously.
In order to promote entrepreneurship we must also bypass the biggest obstacle riba. As prophet Hurayrah mentioned: The Prophet (saw) mentioned “there will certainly come a time for mankind when everyone will take riba and if does not do so, its dust will reach him” (Abu Dawud, Kitab al-Buyu’, Bab fi ijtinabi al-shubuhat; also in Ibn Majah)
There is a dire necessity to promote Muslim entrepreneurship by forming committees and forums which can inspire youth to think and “GO GET” what they dreamt of, present their ideas and the best idea gets the funds it requires to flourish.
By being “Game Changers” we can definitely impact ourselves, our family and our community.
I’d love to hear from you as to how we could inspire and promote our youth towards entrepreneurship.