“I don’t know how I became like this, it is our God who did all of this.” These are the words of late Egyptian businessman Mahmoud Al-Arabi, who started his career at the age of 5 years.. He was selling balloons and toys in front of the house of his poor family, at this age, he joined Al kuttab- a type of elementary school in the Muslim world- to memorize the Qur’an, he learned honesty, trustworthiness and the difference between halal and haram (right and wrong), and this principle was the basis of his reputation for which he was famous in his life over 88 years, until he became an industrial and trade pioneer in Egypt, leaving 40,000 employees working in his companies.
In his book “The Secret of My Life”, he lays down the most important rules for corporate and business success
He says: “I have never said anyone who works for me, but rather works with me, because the worker is like the sustenance from our God.. and any company whose people love each other, God bless them.”
Al-Arabi remained an ambassador for the honest merchant and the perfect manufacturer, so his products entered all homes and were requested by millions of people in more than 60 countries. He did not believe that “trade is savvy,” but rather honesty and integrity.
He was keen to apply this principles since he was a child trading in toys and when he rented a small shop in Al-Mosky. When he became a business owner has factories and companies, even after retirement, he dedicated a large amount of his money for the needy people.
I remember when late President Mubarak asked him “what do you want Hajj Mahmoud? he told him that he wish to employ one thousand young men every year.
Every year he was opening a door for a thousand young people and the more the number increased.. the more the revenues increased, even in his home and with his wife and children he applied the same principle, he says about his wife, she instilled in our children the value of contentment, patience, and thanking God for the halal revenues!
As a result, when he died, thousands of people attended his funeral, biding farewell to him and praying for him, including schoolchildren and students of various universities around the world, widows, orphans and industrialists. Thus.. he lived as a person who helped everyone to reap the good, and deserved to be one of the pioneers of trade, industry and humanity.
This is the secret of Mahmoud Al-Arabi “Shahbandar Al-Tijjar” one of the trade and industrial pioneers in Egypt whose business talks about him, may God have mercy upon his soul.