5 Young Muslim Entrepreneurs Who Will Inspire You

By Assia Hamdi | 05, Jul, 2019
5 Young Muslim Entrepreneurs Who Will Inspire You

The Muslim population around the world is estimated to be at around 1.8 Billion people. The Halal and Muslim market is a huge game changer. Today, we will be bringing you 5 young entrepreneurs, all unique and powerful in their own ways. All these entrepreneurs have started a business and successfully pushed it to have an inspiring impact on the Halal Market.

Whether you are an aspiring entrepreneur or want to learn something new, this list of people will definitely inspire you!

 

1) Aida Azlin- Founder of AA

Credit: Aida Azlin Website

Vision: “A writer, entrepreneur and a proud believer fiercely committed to serving you to become the best version of yourself."

About the Founder: A Singaporean graduate from Nanyang Technological University’s school of Art, Design and Media. She was known for The Shawl Label which sold ethical shawls to serve women. The brand is currently closed but she is focusing on AA which has a similar purpose of serving the female ummah.

Business: An online community for sisters made by sisters, the ethos of this company to offer the 160,000 global community support and inspiration through letter writing every Tuesdays. The love letters are written to empower and connect women. Most of the services are free and there is a promise to keep the female empowerment ad-free and sponsor free.  AA does sell courses and products in the shop part of the business in order to be able to sustain and keep aspects of the community free.

How to find her: Instagram, Facebook, TwitterYoutube

Website: https://www.aidaazlin.com/

 

2) Mokhtar Alkhanshali- CEO of Port of Mokha

Credit: Mokhtar Alkhanshali Website

Vision: “This is an unlikely tale of survival and revival. Of guardian angels, narrow escapes. This is a story with a happy ending: the moment you get to experience coffee unlike anything you’ve ever had before.”

About the Founder: Mokhtar Alkhanshali is a man of Yemeni descendent raised in San Francisco, who decided to introduce the San Franciso to ethical Yemeni coffee. He began his mission to find the intersection point between Yemeni coffee and San Franciscan Cafe’s. In essence coffee has become his life, he became certified Q grader from the Coffee Quality Institute and spent 3 years in Yemen searching for the best coffee farmers.

Business: This business aims to revive the rich coffee history of Yemen, it doesn’t just aim to give the drinker amazing revitalizing coffee but it’s hopes that the ripple effects will improve lives (both the workers and consumers), help improve economies and bridge cultures despite distance. This coffee company is an open story book about real humans and culture with a long history and a bright future. It’s optimistic vision is to unite people over a cup of amazing coffee.

How to find him: Facebook , Twitter

Website: https://www.portofmokha.com/story

 

3) Sonia Trehan- CEO and Co-Founder of RUH 

Credit: @SoniRuh on Twitter

Vision: “The hype of the industry has always been off-putting for me, and I found myself seeking a brand that was grounded, multi-layered, and that I could engage with intellectually.”

About the Founder: Sonia Trehan studied religion at Columbia University and she believes that this has heavily impacted her approach to fashion and her RUH collective. Sonia places great importance in letting the products attract the type of people who have the same outlook and approach to sentiments and life as her. She states beautifully, “We don't see community building as a cultivated activity, but as a natural consequence of the kind of brand we want to create.”

Business: A women’s ready-to-wear brand that specialises in being unique and stylish. Rather than assimilating into the fast fashion market, RUH attempts to keep nostalgic and stylish aspects of clothing and lifestyle. A huge aspect of RUH is multi-layered privacy, human interactions and experiences. The careful and delicate approach and integrity means it permeates in all aspects of the business, from the design to the marketing.

How to find her: LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, Website

 

4) Omar Salha - Founder of Ramadhan Tent Project (RTP)

Credit: @o_salha on Twitter

Vision:Being volunteer-led by people from all backgrounds, Ramadan Tent Project is perfectly positioned to help your organisation or group make the most of the month of Ramadan. We are pleased to introduce a programme of seminars and talks to aid in your knowledge and understanding of the month of fasting, contemplation, revitalisation and prayer.”

About the Founder: Omar Salha studied at SOAS University of London in Russel Square, a bustling spot in Central London. He is a MA graduate in ;Internationsal Studies and Diplomacy and also has a PhD in the study of ‘Integration of Muslims in British Society. He taught at SOAS university, Foundation of International Education and is Faculty Member for the Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project (IRDP) at the University of California in San Francisco, Berkeley USA.

Business: RTP was founded in 2013 as a way to serve the youth in university fasting Ramadan alone. As well as to allow the wider community to gain awareness on Ramadan and Islam. Every night of Ramadan guests are fed free iftar, pray together and contemplate over interesting talks, lectures. Over the years RTP has increased in size and 2019 saw them host Iftars in iconic places around London like Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey in alliance with the House of Lords and many more places. Open Iftar has spread to over 4 continents and continues to be a growing initiative.

How to find him: Twitter, Soas University, Website

 

5) Barjis Chohan - CEO and Founder of BarjisLondon

Credit: Barjis Chohan on Facebook

Vision: “I want to create beautiful, sustainable work of the highest quality – which customers will treasure for life.” 

About the Founder: A graduate from the College of Fashion and Central St. Martins, Barjis has worked with the big names like Vivienne Westwood and since then has been paving the way and persevering as a public speaker, high-end rug designer, luxury fashion and so much more. Barjis Chohan proves that entrepreneurs do not need to follow the rules set by others. As well as a fashion designer and CEO, she is a Keynote Speaker, and the founder of the Barjis Initiative. This not-profit initiative provides support to the youngsters in London through knowledge, accessible tools and skills. It also creates a community of guidance for creative businesses.

Business: This diverse business of high fashion and homeware merges multiculturalism, ethical practice, quality, modesty, integrity and innovation to ensure customers have full confidence in the brand and product. Undoubtedly bringing them back for more each-time. In an unusual but incredible attempt at defining themselves as unique, Barjis sells modest fashion, luxury silk scarves, hand made rugs (added into clients will’s) and cushions. All these pieces fuse the cultural stories of the East and West . Barjis speaks for itself appearing in London Fashion week, international magazines and winning recognisable awards such as (Mail on Sunday Designer in International Trade; Entrepreneur of the Year in London and 1st runner-up as Female Owned Business of the Year)

How to find her: Facebook, Twitter, Website

http://www.thebarjisinitiative.org.uk

Currently a History and Arabic student with a huge ambition and passion for travelling. Inshallah, my hope is to see the beautiful world God has created and share the beauty with you lovely readers.