5 Successful Muslim Entrepreneurs Who overcame Failure

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You will find several articles mentioning the success of entrepreneurs who “hit the rock bottom” before they eventually made it to the top. However, rarely do you find articles which talk about “successful Muslim entrepreneurs’” who made it despite the odds against them.

Well, follow our guide below to know the top 5 Muslim entrepreneurs who made it big in a world full of uncertainty.

1. Timur Kulibayev:

Being the son-in-law of the Kazakh president may have given Timur advantage, but it is his hard work which made him successful. This oligarch has held key positions in several state owned enterprises and has immense power and influence over all of the country’s hydrocarbon industry.

Timur Kulibayev
Timur Kulibayev

As of last year, his net worth was estimated to be around US$2.1 billion which made him the 894th richest position worldwide.

2.  Shahid Khan:

Shahid Khan was born to a middle class family in Lahore, Pakistan. He later on moved to the United States at the age of 16 to attend university. His first job was that of a dishwasher where he was paid a paltry US$1.20 per hour.

Shahid Khan
Shahid Khan

Khan briefly worked at an automotive manufacturing company while attending university. Later on, he bought the same company from his employer. Other than that, Khan also owns Jacksonville Jaguars. His net worth is estimated to be US$5.6 billion.

3.  Naushad N. Merali:

Merali went to secondary school in the suburbs of Nairobi and later on ventured into business. He is one of Kenya’s leading industrialists and the founder of telecommunication company Kencell. He is constantly expanding his entrepreneurial ventures throughout East Africa.

Naushad Merali
Naushad N. Merali

4.  Aliko Dangote:

Aliko is the proprietor of the famous Dangote Group conglomerate which is functional in several African countries.  This cement manufacturing giant is said to be ranked the 67th richest man worldwide and the richest in Africa. According to Forbes, Aliko’s net worth is said to be US$18.6 billion.

Aliko Dangote
Aliko Dangote

5. Bahaa Hariri:

Bahaa is the son of the former assassinated prime minister of Lebanon Rafik Hariri.  He completed his graduation from Boston University before venturing into his family’s construction and development company in Saudi Arabia.

Bahaa Hariri
Bahaa Hariri

In 2008, Bahaa left the family business and currently runs the Al-Abdali project which is based in Jordan. Additionally, he also runs a real estate and development company the operations of which he conducts via Switzerland.

So there you go with a list of the 5 most successful Muslim entrepreneurs who beat the odds to make it big.  This should be an inspiration for you because if they made it big, so can you.Moreover, Islam has encouraged the entrepreneurial spirit. Even the Prophet (P.B.U.H) encouraged entrepreneurship as noted via the following hadith;

No doubt, it is better for a person to take a rope and proceed in the morning to the mountains and cut the wood and then sell it, and eat from this income and give alms from it than to ask others for something.” [Bukhari]

Additionally, several verses in the Quran encourage honest business dealings along with hard work. For example;

And when the prayer is ended, then disperse in the land and seek of Allah’s favor, and remember Allah much, that you may succeed. (Quran 62:10).

He it is who has made the earth subservient to you, so walk in the paths of it and eat of His provision. And to Him will be the resurrection. (Quran 67:15).

Learn more about what the Quran teaches in regards to business and other aspects of life and via your digital Quran companion app which will also aid you in Quran memorization.

Author Bio:
Lisa Zahran is a writer and copywriter who has worked with New York Times bestselling authors and personal development organizations such as Productive Muslim and Mindvalley. As CCO at Quran Academy, she has authored a transformative eBook that can help make Quran memorization easier and more meaningful in your daily life. Experience this eBook plus a 14-day trial of Quran Companion for free today.


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