From Butter to Business Empire

The Inspiring Story of the Sahabi who built wealth in tough times

Faisal Amjad


The last year has been pretty crazy with regards to inflation.

According to the UK Government, consumer prices, as measured by the Consumer Prices Index (CPI), were 10.4%(!) higher in February 2023 than a year before. That’s huge.

This has affected everything from energy, petrol to even furniture, due to the disruption with international supply chains and the price of shipping containers being 10x what they used to be.

It has gotten people very down, with everyone experiencing their own cost of living crisis stories.

In the past year — things even got to ridiculous levels — even for our most basic household items.

Lurpak, one of the best-loved butter brands in Britain had increased to such an extent that some supermarkets were selling a tub of it for £9!

Think about it — if you were on the minimum wage in the UK, you would have had to work one whole hour just to afford a bit of butter!

Thankfully, it’s gotten back down a little bit since but this whole saga actually reminded me of Abdurrahman ibn Awf (ra), the great sahabi.

After hijrah, the Muslims had to start again in Madinah. They had left all of their possessions behind.

Abdurrahman ibn Awf was eager to take control and build up his wealth again so went straight to the marketplace to begin trading.

And he started selling BUTTER!

After a series of smart business deals and trades, he became one of the leading businessmen and one of the wealthiest and most generous Sahabahs; which then helped the Muslims to reach new heights.

So, while butter is a sign of extreme inflation today, it was also the starting point for Abdurrahman ibn Awf’s amazing journey to riches.

Now that’s a story I’d much rather spread…



Faisal Amjad

Silver fox 🦊 Thinker. 🤔 Serial Entrepreneur. 👔 I write about education, entrepreneurship and everything in-between.