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Something I noticed about the Businessmen in Saudi

الحمد لله رب العالمين وصلى الله وسلم على نبينا محمد وعلى آله وأصحابه ومن اهتدى بهديه إلى يوم الدين أما بعد
السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته
No matter where I shop, I find the businessmen helping each other. They don’t seem to have jealousy for one another, Allaahu Aa’lam. Whenever we can’t find a certain item in one store, the shopkeeper will almost always direct us to one that can help. They speak good about each other’s products and some will even leave their shop to walk you to another just to make sure you find it without a problem. They will sometimes bargain with the shopkeeper to get you a discount. I love to see the clerks sitting around sipping tea with each other, smiling and talking. I know the marketplaces are hated, but kindnesses like these increase my eemaan. 
I needed some herbs once and the store I wanted to go into was closed. A clerk across the hall saw that I was turning to leave and called for me to wait. He went and got the shopkeeper who came and opened the store for me. When I was done, he closed the shop back up then went back to what he was doing. 
Most of the shops here in Saudi are placed in the same areas. For example, one street will have nothing but shoes and handbags, another will have just carpets, so on and so forth. Things are a bit different in the West. Let’s say businessman 1 sets up a shoe store in the East end of town. Businessman 2 will purposely go to the West end to sell his shoes. Both of their objectives are to corner the market so that everyone will come to them. This tactic is seen as a smart business move. This is how it normally is in the West.
In the East, I think the believers know that no matter where you set up shop, your rizq is from Allaah. No one can take that from you no matter how hard they try. You can be surrounded by hundreds of stores all selling the same things you have, if Allaah decrees the sale for you, then its for you….if He doesn’t then it was not meant to be.
Another thing I love about being here…the people are so relaxed. Shopkeepers allow vendors to come and set up tables (or lay carpets) in front of their shops or in some mall parking lots to sell their goods. They don’t move vendors away with the “your cutting into my profits” type of attitude. How many of us will allow someone we don’t know to set up a table in front of our store??? Subhaanallaah we barely want to link each others business web sites let alone allow someone to set up a table in front of our establishment.
One funny thing, Jeddah is the shopping capital here in Saudi. Everywhere you look (no joke) there is a shopping center being built. All of the malls basically sell the same thing. When we’re out riding around the city, we laugh at all the new malls being built because more than likely they’ll resemble the other 100 malls in town.
Subhaanallaah, guess what’s on its way to Jeddah? Chinatown. A city just wouldn’t be a city without a Chinatown section. I can’t wait to take pics of it. I’m hoping to be able to get some good ole Chinese herbs.
In Shaa Allaah I’ll list my favorite Muslimah Owned Businesses. Maa Shaa Allaah we have some talented sisters in our communities and we should support them in what’s halaal, In Shaa Allaah and stop hating on each other for what Allaah choose to give His slaves.
Haneefah

8 thoughts on “Something I noticed about the Businessmen in Saudi

  1. As salaamu alaykum,

    I have found the same thing here in Yemen and even in Egypt. If one shop was out of something, one of the store workers would run across the street or wherever to see if that shop had the item.

  2. Wa ‘alaikis salaamu wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh sisters.

    …smiles @ TJ. I love how they help one another.

    Bint al Madinah – Maa Shaa Allaah, Tabaarakallaah, I am here to stay bi idhnillaah. I love and miss my family dearly, but my heart is here now. If I am ever seen back in the West, know that I am JUST VISITING! I’ve seen and put up with things that I wish did not exist here, but nonetheless I absolutely love Sa’oodiyyah and would love to see my sisters and brothers (blood related and deen wise) here too. There are 6 new cities being built, so that means more jobs and Hijrah opps on the way In Shaa Allaah. I don’t blame anyone for having ghibtah (a halaal form of jealousy). Being here is a great ni’mah from Allaah.

    May Allaah give you a makhraj (way out) ukhtee, aameen. In Shaa Allaah you’ll become “Bint al Madinah” haqeeqatan!

    Haneefah

  3. Assalaamualaikum..dear umm su’aad..it’s been so long since our last chat..i miss that English Arabic chat so much..since that’s one of my medium of practicing arabic..ooohhh my spoken arabic is getting worse.. By the way, I want to ask you to re write some of ur writings here in my blog http://www.baynamuslim.blogspot.com . This is an online Islamis store based in Jogjakarta, Indonesia. I want to give the right idea of KSA to other Indonesian, from the first hand. One more thing, i’ve build new blog, which is specially for Wooden batik from Java. Have heard about it before? Please visit and drop a comment on it http://www.woodbatikofjava.blogspot.com how to list my bussiness in your muslimah bussiness’ section? Shukran..wassalamualaikum

  4. Sorry sis, not “i want to ask you to re write…” it should be ” I want to ask permition from you,to re write in my blog” shukran and jazaakillaahu khair

  5. As salaamu ‘alaikum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh. Na’am, it’s been a while ukhtee. How have you been?

    You can take whatever you need from my blog and translate it for your blog readers In Shaa Allaah. I’ll give you the email addresses of the women who own the photos if you want them as well.

    You have some cute tops on your site. We have to swap products In Shaa Allaah..smiles.

    Wooden Batik from Java – Never heard of it ukhtee.

    I will update the Muslimah Owned Business section in a bit. I forgot to list many others (forgive me).

    Hayyaakillaah.

    Haneefah

  6. waalaikumsalam warahmatullah wabarakatuh..alhamdulillah Inshaallah I’m still in manhaj Salaf in every aspect of my life..but a lil bit sad, I’m still here in Indonesia while my husband is in Jeddah..Allahu Ar Rahmanul Musta’aan I know my zawj is trying to get my visa
    shukron for allowing me to re write your stories
    Frankly speaking, I’m too lazy to take photos and then upload new photos of abayas and tops lol.. na’am we can swap them next time Insha Allah (My mom in law is planning to build a shop special for Hajj&Umrah and Mid East things.. )
    Indonesia, especially my city Jogjakarta and Central java is famous for its strongly rooted culture of Textile batik..and since the last 30 years we have wooden batik..come and see the items..I newly uploaded them..
    http://www.woodbatikofjava.blogspot.com
    Shukran ukhtee
    hayyakillaah
    Umm Hazim rizka

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