A few days ago, I was thrilled to be given early access to Billion Dollar Muslim, a book written by Khuram Malik. Although I was super-busy trying to wrap up my goals for this month. I literally read it within 2 hours, and couldn’t put it down. I highlighted dozens of sections in the book that were inspirational, but in this post I’m only sharing the most important things that I took away from the book, because there’s a lot to say that will still not suffice to describe this great book! It’s just 109 pages, but it’s 109 pages of sheer inspiration and pure motivation.
If you’re not an entrepreneur, this book will make you stop in your tracks and think – okay, how can I become an entrepreneur, an agent of change in the Muslim Ummah? What can I do to help create an entrepreneurial economy and mindset within my community – and the global Muslim Ummah?
If you’re an entrepreneur, like I am, alhamdulillah, you will definitely start thinking about how you can align your business goals with Islam and its moral values more and more, to level up to higher business strategies and practices, that aren’t just spiritually higher but that will also double and triple your revenues.
Billion Dollar Muslim is chock-full of valuable advice and stories that shake your fundamental ideas about business, money, and spirituality/religion from their core. You will emerge with a mindset that will empower you to make more money, and as Khuram Malik says in the book: replace every single bad idea you have about money by substituting the word money for something mundane, like “sandwiches”. I personally am glad that there is no bad idea out there linking money to getting fat, otherwise this might not have worked very well for me, as someone who believes in the benefits of a low-carb diet. But by all means, I think we can substitute it for something equally mundane like “Caesar salad”. Whatever floats your boat, as long as it gets you out of the negative thinking related to money that we’re all raised on.
I think even non-Muslims stand to gain from this book. While it is quite denominational and Muslim-centric, there are lots of important values to be learned from this book that can be stripped from the denominational layers and taken as lessons for humanity at their very core. Billion Dollar Muslim promotes the idea of businesses that are value-centric and human-centric, rather than driven by profit margins and annual revenues. The author, Khuram Malik, mentions a number of businesses that are owned by non-Muslims that do great work for humanity. Businesses that ensure the happiness of their employees and customers, and are aware of the impact they have on society as a whole. Businesses that operate on 50-50 models, where 50% of the work is paid and the other 50% is pro-bono.
At end, I feel there is no review that will suffice to summarize the impact this book will have on your thoughts. I only hope that it can reach all 1.7 billion Muslims someday. I can only imagine the drastic amount of change in the way our Ummah thinks!
What about you? Have you read Billion Dollar Muslim? Are you excited to read it? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!