In the excitement of things, some businesses mistaken foolishness for entrepreneurship. Here are 3 common examples (with some possible excuses given):
- They fail to do a proper plan before executing the business (no time, too troublesome, just not as exciting as executing the plan itself).
- Should they write up a plan, they tend to miss out or go fuzzy over one component after the execution bit: the financial projections; the short term and long term forecasts of the revenue your business aims to generate (numbers and marketing creativity don’t go together).
- Making split second decisions not based on tacit knowledge, but an unfounded gut feel (all experienced entrepreneurs do this, don’t they?)
Let’s now take a cue from this hadith:
One day Prophet Muhammad, noticed a Bedouin leaving his camel without tying it. He asked the Bedouin, “Why don’t you tie down your camel?” The Bedouin answered, “I put my trust in Allah.” The Prophet then said, “Tie your camel first, then put your trust in Allah.” [at-Tirmidhi]
Let’s analyze the hadith. The camel to the bedouin is just like the business to the businessman: it is an important asset which helps in his sustenance. The bedouin too, is worthy in the sense that he has God in his heart, and trusts God to take care of his asset. While this in itself is praiseworthy, the Prophet PBUH corrects him and recommends something even better, which is to ask the bedouin to put in some effort, take action, and tie the camel first, and then to put his trust in God.
Such is the concept of tawakal in Islam; not to leave your fate in God’s hands in a fatalistic fashion, but to first do what you can and trust that the end result is the best because God is all knowledgeable and all wise. It is about doing what you can, to the best of your abilities, in your locus of influence, of deciding what you need to do and executing it first, then leaving the rest (including results) in God’s hands.
In other words, plan your business first, then when executed, have faith that the results of your efforts are what is best for you from Him. After all, there can be no regrets from trying your very best, and trusting Allah in a good light with your results, come what may.