Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Quixtar is UnIslamic?

Honesty and truthfulness are qualities which a Muslim business person should develop and practice in himself. Truth, for example, has a self-reinforcing effect. In a hadith reported in Sahih al Bukhari.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, "Truthfulness leads to righteousness, and righteousness leads to Paradise. A man continues to tell the truth until he becomes a truthful person. Falsehood leads to al fujuwr (i.e. wickedness, evil-doing), and al fujuwr (wickedness) leads to the (Hell) Fire, and a man may continue to tell lies till he is written before Allah, a liar."
Hadith No. 8.116
Honesty and truth is especially important for Muslim business persons because of the need to make a profit and the temptations to enhance the attributes of their product of service during a sales pitch. This is why the Prophet (peace be upon him) said:
The merchants will be raised on the Day of Resurrentction as evil-doers, except those who fear Allah, are honest and speak the truth.
Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah, Darimi
Source: http://islamic-world.net/economics/ethical_guidelines.htm

I thought I had to do a lot of research on this one but it turns out to be quite simple. Honesty! I don't know much about other religions but I am quite sure that they also teach for honesty and forbid lies and deceit.

If you are telling time and cost of being an IBO to your prospects before signing them up, and fully disclosing how much profit you will be making because of them (including tapes, books and seminars profit), all products sold by you and your downline are permissible in shariah (no alcohol, gelatin and other things that are not halal) and charging them fair price then your business is Islamic. Otherwise....

I've seen many plans. I heard NO BODY disclosing to the prospects what is the time and cost to work this business before signing them up.

Is it Islamic (or any other religion, if it is not presented honestly), decide yourself.

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1 Comments:

At 8/24/2007 10:48:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Depending on your LOS, it can be very anti-Islam. I was part of a team that was incredibly "fundamentalist Christian", to the point that when I showed the plan to a Muslim girl, my sponsor was ecstatic, not about helping her to make money, but about the chance to convert her and her family to Christianity. There were also quite a few anti-Islamic things said from stage at major functions that made me quite ashamed of being a fellow Christian, and I had to wonder if they'd ever read the Bible verse "Love Thy Neighbor..."

I don't know if they get any of the major religions right- or if they're all twisted into their greed...

 

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