Nutrimin: Setting an Example for Muslim Entrepreneurship
After graduating with a degree in Biomedical Sciences, Harris Khan was working in the pharmaceutical industry when he had an epiphany which inspired him to get into the business world. However, he wanted it to be more then just a business — he wanted to be able to serve the community and follow the Sunnah, the practice of the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him.
In July 2014, right after the holy month of Ramadan, Khan founded Nutrimin, a company that manufactures vegan-friendly vitamins. Nutrimin offers a wide variety of vitamins that cater to the diversity of his clients. Whether they be Muslims looking for halal vitamins, picky eaters who are lacking their nutrients, or vegans wanting to be sure that they are not consuming animal products, Khan has something for them. Even children have a place with Nutrimin, as the company markets delicious, halal vitamin gummies.
Khan also considers accessibility and ease of access. “We provide subscription-based programs, so our clients don’t even have to get out of their house. We actually deliver the products to their door.”
He sees his company as not just filling a gap in the market, but actively supporting his clients in the choices that they make. He also connects with the community at large.
“It’s not just about the lifestyle,” he says. “We want to change the way people live their lives. We partner up with Muslim personal fitness trainers, and we do workshops, we promote healthy living, we encourage people.”
Nutrimin is unique in the corporate world because it originated from deeply spiritual roots. “My religion is the driving force behind everything I do in my life. The most important defining principle in the way I conduct business, is ensuring that I adhere to Islamic principles, and that everything I’m doing is done in an ethical and moral way.
I’m constantly questioning myself: ‘Would the Prophet, (peace and blessings be upon him) and Allah Himself be happy with how I’m conducting myself?”
In a corporate world where competition can quickly become cutthroat, many entrepreneurs can be tempted to cut corners to get a little further. Khan makes sure to stay away from all of that. He began his company without interest-bearing loans and to this day he avoid all dealings in interest as per Islamic laws. He also actively builds relationships with his clients. “I actually respond to every email myself. I believe that if the consumer knows that the president himself has replied, people will appreciate that.”
“I don’t want to be that shady guy at the top of the hierarchy,” he says. “I’m the guy that you’ll actually catch at the mosque, at dinners — what I’m selling, I actually believe in it a hundred percent.”
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