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The Khadija Summit 2018

Posted on 27th March 18'

Empowering Muslim Women In Entrepreneurship 

Last night, I had the pleasure of speaking at The Khadija Summit 2018 at the Strand Palace Hotel in Covent Garden to help empower Muslim women in entrepreneurship.

For those who don’t know, Khadija bint Khuwaylid is the first woman of Islam. She was an intelligent young woman who enjoyed business. After her father’s death, she took ownership of the family business. The business thrived and grew under her direction.

Khadijah married twice, and despite the deaths of her husbands, she overcame adversity and continued to run a successful caravan business in 555 CE Mekka (UUA).

Today, there is a decline in female Muslim entrepreneurs. Many Muslim women are told that they cannot achieve anything or create their own wealth — because they are not liberated enough, or perhaps its because of their appearance – We live in a world where Islamophobia is regularly practised.

Owning a business is a not political act of resistance; it’s about community – helping clients and customers, creating jobs and practising good citizenship.

Business Tips

Over the last 10 years, I have been very passionate about helping businesses – by educating, inspiring and informing entrepreneurs. I also inform those on how to avoid the pitfalls of business.

The purpose of my visit was to share my ups and downs in business (16 years and counting!) providing plenty of business tips and encouraging a room full of delegates to start their journey on the path of entrepreneurship.

A key statistic I highlighted was that only 5 in 10 businesses make it to year five. There are a widening number of factors for those who don’t make it –  including lack of planning; not having the know-how and running out of cash even though the business seemed very profitable!

It is important that you keep your eye on the ball; watch every area of your business. There are experts available to help you in certain areas, such as  marketing and/or HR if you do not know how.

Another business tip I’m keen to about is conducting regular SWOT analysis – it is important to know your strengths and weaknesses as it is a vital component of succeeding in business.

Think about what your strengths are? What areas you think you need to improve on? What opportunities and threats are out there?

My dream is to continue to make a contribution to society and fulfil my God-given purpose to help others through my business, social and personal life. I want to help one sustain and expand their brands & enterprises beyond their own imaginations!

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