Hi all readers! In this article I will explain about the historical phase that the Prophet Muhammad had experienced as a Quraysh and as a human being in general. The phase I meant was when he traded to Sham. There are many interesting things about that.
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There is one thing that is well-known among Arabs, especially among the Quraysh tribes, that the descendants of Ismail worked as traders since thousands of years before. Hasyim, one of the ancestors of the Prophet Muhammad has established a cooperative relationship with other tribes. That cooperative relationship is one of the important factors in the success of the Quraysh tribe in trading.
Abu Talib, uncle of the Prophet Muhammad was also a merchant. When he was a child, Abu Talib had invited him to trade. That’s why he knows how to trade well and what is needed to get success in trading, such as how to interact, professionalism, honesty, and so forth.
When the Prophet Muhammad grew up, he thought about how to make ends meet. He found no other better way than trading. Because he agreed he chose to trade as a way to make ends meet.
In general, wealthy people at that time gave capital to people who could be trusted and had good knowledge about trade. The aim is so that they can both benefits. These two criteria became an advantage for the Prophet Muhammad. He fulfills these two criteria because. That was proven since he was a child. In addition, he is also known as a person who always keeps promises — keeping promises is one of the main things that distinguishes one trader from another.
The privileges of the Prophet Muhammad made many wealthy people trust him to manage their capital. He also often trades to many regions; Sham, Basra, and Yemen, but in Islamic history the famous story was when he traded to Sham.
The story begins when Khadijah binti Khuwalid spoke with Nafisah about who was the right person to carry his merchandise. After they both spoke, the name of the Prophet Muhammad appeared. Previously he had brought merchandise Khadijah binti Khuwalid to sell at the Habasyah market in Tihama. This time she wanted him to sell her merchandise to Sham.
Khadijah bint Khuwalid finally told Nafisah to meet with Abu Talib because of the news circulating, that Abu Talib did not want the Prophet Muhammad far from him. The aim is to ask his permission.
After that Abu Talib told the Prophet Muhammad, that Khadijah bint Khuwalid wanted him to bring his merchandise to Sham for sale there. Her merchandise is very much. Usually she gives someone as much merchandise as is usually transported with two camels to someone else. But this time she asked him to bring a lot of things that four camels could carry. That is because he has been known as a person who can be trusted and is very skilled in trading.
The Prophet Muhammad gave the decision to Abu Talib. Everything depends on him. Actually, he objected if he had to be far from the Prophet Muhammad, for fear that something bad would happen to the Prophet Muhammad on the trip. But he did not want to prevent the Prophet Muhammad from receiving sustenance from Allah. With a heavy heart, he finally allowed the Prophet Muhammad to trade.
Finally, the Prophet Muhammad went to Sham with the male servant Khadijah bint Khuwalid named Maisarah. When he finished trading, he returned to Mecca with the many benefits he gave to Khadijah.
All readers! That is a brief explanation of story of success of Prophet Muhammad in trading.
I think that is enough for this article. May be useful! Amen!
See you again in the next article!
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Ibnu Ishaq, as-Siirah an-Nabawiyyah, Dar al-Kotob al-Ilmiyah, Lebanon, edition II, 2009, p. 128-129.
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