One day, I went to a local shop in Leicester to buy some naans. After placing my order I was just waiting on the side and noticed that shopkeeper was just staring at the door with no smile on his face .
It seemed like he was just annoyed that no one was coming to buy anything.
I noticed he kept looking at the clock, then the door and was becoming more miserable.
Initially, I was reluctant to start a conversation but I finally decided to talk to him …
Me : Dear Uncle , you look a bit unhappy.
Uncle : No, just stressed. I’ve got these 3 guys working at the back and no matter what happens I have to pay them. I’m not getting any customers and the clock is ticking fast.
Me : Uncle , shall I tell you a secret? If you want your business to get busy try doing the following, insha Allah*…
A) Smile a lot. It’s a Sunnah and will attract customers.
B) Say Alhamdulillah* often. Keep repeating it and think of all the favours Allah* has blessed you with.
(All this while I could see that the 3 workers behind him were listening in and they all started saying Alhamdulillah too) .
Uncle, the secret to getting more from Allah is to thank Him for what He has already given you …
C) Send abundant salutations on the beloved Prophet as this will bring Allah’s blessings. **
D) Make lots of du’aa* that Allah blesses all the other businesses on this street and that Allah makes them very busy.
Uncle : (Looking at me with a puzzled face) What do you mean make du’aa for them to get busy? They are my competitors! Why should I do du’aa for them ?
Me : Uncle, when you make du’aa for them the angels will say “Ameen*” to your du’aa and they will will say “And the same for you.” (Therefore Allah will give you more than the others.)
Uncle : (After a slight pause, Uncle hesitantly said) Ya Allah, give lots of customers to all the shops here.
We then continued talking for a few more minutes.
By the end of our conversation, the shop was buzzing with happy workers, a happy manager and the atmosphere was super-charged. All the workers were smiling and their tongues were busy praising Allah.
I felt so buzzed that I started ordering food for my neighbours.
This story has been edited from a Facebook post by Shaykh Nagib Khan, on January 3, 2017 :
- Why we should send salutations to the Prophet (s.a.w.) : –
- Alhamdulillah – One Word, Countless Blessings : –
- Alhamdulillah Project : –
- “Alhamdulillah” – A Linguistic Miracle of the Quran
Allah = The one Almighty God
Alhamdulillah = All praise and thanks be to God
Insha Allah = God-willing
SubhanAllah = Glory be to God; How perfect God is
Ameen = May God accept our prayers; or “O Allah, respond to, or answer our prayers.”
du’aa = supplication; invocation