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.