Letter to a Muslim Businessman
Even though it has been some time since I heard from you, I keep thinking about you all the time. As I have stated repeatedly, you are an asset to this Ummah. And, in my view, your time and resources should be used to build this Umman from ground up.
And your energies and experience and expertise should not all be devoted to running the day-to-day affairs of an institution like the Colleges you are managing right now — or something else of that kind.
Because other people can more or less handle those responsibilities. Maybe they will not do as a good a job as you would. But that is the point. You should stay at a distance and then train all kinds of people into these roles and positions.
And then supervise their work — still from a distance as it were.
And that is a bigger and broader role for you and in my view a much more important one.
I also keep thinking I wish I could be there to lend you a helping hand in some small ways in some of the big things you are doing. But life at times tends to get fairly hectic. May Allah make things easy and good for all of us.
Regardless, the ideas I have mooted in the past are sound. You should consider adding communication, media and film faculties and departments to existing institutions.
And also move decisively toward the establishment of a full-fledged and comprehensive College of Communication. Islam is supposed to be all about communication. But Muslims are among the poorest in this field right now. And they have been for a long time.
Producing and training first-rate Management Cadres is also most critical. The British Colonial Masters ran a vast and variegated land like India, which at that time also included the present-day Pakistan and Bangladesh, using first-rate management specialists they called the Indian Civil Service (ICS).
These ICS officers were arguably the best and most comprehensively trained managers and administrators in the world at that time.
And you know all these things better than I do.
May Allah bless you and your family and your businesses.