A rich man’s ad­vice

Kuwait Times - - FROM THE ARABIC PRESS - By Saad Al-Mo’tesh

Iwould like to give an ad­vice to all the busi­ness­men who strive to make fi­nan­cial gains, al­though I have a feel­ing that many of them will not lis­ten to it be­cause have rel­a­tively no ex­pe­ri­ence in busi­ness, save for be­ing legally au­tho­rized to sign the pa­pers of a com­mer­cial estab­lish­ment. But the main rea­son I think they would not take my ad­vice is the com­mon say­ing among mer­chants, which comes in the form of an ad­vice a mer­chant son had given to his son that goes like: “My son, do not min­gle with or be­friend poor peo­ple, be­cause if there was any good in them, they would have ben­e­fited from them­selves in the first place.”

No busi­ness­man will ever ac­cept my ad­vice even if I am of­fer­ing it for free. But I will give them my ad­vice, nev­er­the­less. I have no­ticed that many busi­ness­men put their com­mer­cial ads on YouTube to pro­mote them­selves. The an­noy­ing part about these ads is that they are usu­ally ac­com­pa­nied with back­ground mu­sic, and they usu­ally pop up when some­one is lis­ten­ing to verses from the Holy Qu­ran on YouTube, caus­ing an in­ter­rup­tion.

Almighty Al­lah or­dered us to lis­ten at­ten­tively to the Qu­ran, say­ing: “So, when the Qu­ran is re­cited, lis­ten to it, and be silent that you may re­ceive mercy” (A’raf 204). Hence, my ad­vice to busi­ness­men who place such ads on YouTube is not to in­ter­rupt the Qu­ran in the run of mak­ing prof­its. I have stated my case and know that I am not poor in terms of money, but I am very poor be­fore Almighty Al­lah, who has be­stowed so many bless­ing upon me, and upon all of us.

No busi­ness­man will ever ac­cept my ad­vice even if I am of­fer­ing it for free

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