When I asked Khuram Malik about what kind of genre his book, ´´Billion Dollar Muslim´´ fit into, his answer was, ´´A calling.´´ A vocation or motivation for Muslims to consider entrepreneurship a real and rewarding career both in this life and the hereafter. I read the first few pages and I was immediately hooked. Meet the author of ´´Billion Dollar Muslim.´´
R.As soon as I started reading the first chapters of “Billion Dollar Muslim,” I could not put it down. It is a fast, yet smooth read. You describe your journey from your business experience at just the age of 14 into adulthood. What are your goals with “Billion Dollar Muslim?” What is your message and who is your target audience?
K. My main goal is to get Muslims worldwide to adopt entrepreneurship wholesale as a primary career choice. My main message is that entrepreneurship is the ultimate vehicle for raising the honour and dignity of the ummah at our disposal. My target audience is actually everybody from youth, to people in mid-age to even our senior citizens. We’re all involved in ordinary employment in one form or another so this message is intended for everyone.
R. What made you write ´´Billion Dollar Muslim.´´
K. There were a number of things that pushed me over the edge to write the book. Firstly, I couldn’t find any existing books in this space to help me approach Entrepreneurship from an Islamic perspective, despite searching quite hard. Secondly, I was tired of trying to persuade people over and over in my daily life that entrepreneurship was a good vehicle for social change and thirdly, my wife suggested I should be the one to write this book. So, I addressed all those things in one place with a book.
R. Business strategist, author, blogger and husband. What is your key to multi-tasking?
K. Well, first of all, many of the tasks go hand in hand. Blogging isn’t far different to writing a book and since I blog about business strategy, it’s an extension of the work I do. I guess the key is not to switch gears so often. It also helps to work with people on your team that are efficient.
In terms of family commitments, I took a look at things that take up a lot of time and chose to minimise them.
For example, I limit how many weddings I attend and how far I’m prepared to travel to get to them. I start my days early to take advantage of the barakah in the mornings. We have hired help such as a cleaner to clean our place up once a week and so on. I just try to maintain a level of efficiency.
R. Who or what inspires you and how?
K. All the people that changed the world in some meaningful way. First and foremost, our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and his beloved companions. For the modern era, I have been heavily inspired by movers and shakers like Steve Jobs, Elon Musk and Jack Ma.
R. What sets “Billion Dollar Muslim” apart? What makes it unique?
K. Most books or works that are about this subject, talk about the level of the financial freedom that can be gained from being an entrepreneur or speak about the level of what kind of life we can build for ourselves. “Billion Dollar Muslim” talks about the level of social change as a result of entreprenuership and what kind of lives we can build for others as well as ourselves.
R. Do you have any upcoming events or book signings? Where can readers get their hands on “Billion Dollar Muslim?”
K. I’m speaking at the Virgin Money Lounge at Haymarket in London. for Muslim Aid to encourage people towards the path of entrepreneurship in the middle of December ,where I’ll be happy to sign books if requested. I’m also donating a signed copy of the book for the charity auction. “Billion Dollar Muslim” is available on Amazon in print and Kindle formats. It will also be available on ibooks.
R. What is your academic background?
K. I have a degree in Computing and a Microsoft certification.
R. Here is the ´billion-dollar´ question, are you a billionaire?
K. I get asked that question quite a bit, but remember, the book isn’t about HOW to become a “Billion Dollar Muslim,” it’s about WHY we need more billion dollar Muslims.