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Monday, August 24, 2009

Uptrend2u. Is it halal or haram? Again? Sheesh....











Bismillahirrahmanirrahim.

Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.

Dear brothers and sisters.

For the umpteenth time, I have again received another email from an Uptrend2u member asking as to whether the business is halal or haram?

Why do these people join first and doubt later?

Beats me. Must be something wrong with the way these people got their exposure to the business in the first place? Well, I am obliged to answer without getting paid to do this PR job...

Hehehehe. Uptrend Networks really needs to pay me for having to answer all these people ever since I have been blogging about this business.

Datok Susie Yeoh!

Please take note of this , okay? :D

To cut to the gist of the matter, let me share with you my dear readers about this latest email. Received it very early this morning. Mon, Aug 24, 2009 at 3:44 AM to be exact. :P

Here goes.

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From yousuf.uptrend2u@gmail.com to mahaguru58@gmail.com

'assalamu alaikum am yousuf rayhan from bangladesh. i joined in uptrend2u. is it halal or haram?

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My reply:

Wa'alaikumsalam Brother Yousuf.'

Uptrend2u is a networking business based upon the Multi Level Marketing system.

Such a business involves using the internet as a communications platform between the networkers using the www.ui2u.com business networking system.

It incorporates using the Information Technology and the conventional marketing of health products plus other goods which are halal and allowed by both our faith and the governments of our countries.

Everything is laid out in front without any forms of deception by the company involved.

Allegations of haram are heaped upon the business by those who consider themselves as experts of the Islamic Financing institutions by citing the high prices of the products being distributed exclusively by Uptrend Networks.

I ask you. If you were to go to a fancy high class restaurant or hotel and order a cup of coffee, how much would the price of that cup of coffee cost you?

Will it not be way much higher than what a roadside stall charges you?

Same way with Uptrend's products.

They are exclusively made using the best ingredients around and marketed within the company's networks where we as its exclusive agents trade between us, who knowingly come up with our capital and investment in the business networking system.

Did anyone force us?

Were we duped?

If you and I came into this business with our eyes open, knowing fully well as to how the business works and rewards its active members, then how does this business merit being categorized as haram?

Uptrenders who register themselves into this business only to make money perse without carrying out business network building activities have only themselves to be blamed when they do not earn the bonuses and returns from their investments.

This is an activity oriented business.

You have to actively present this business to others. Some will refuse, some might consider, some might join you.

Unless you yourself misrepresented the business model and promised your prospects or downlines returns without they doing anything, then is it fair to blame the company for the failure of such negligent or irresponsible Uptrenders?

You tell me!

I for one say that Uptrend is just another activity based business.

We can't pass the blame onto the company for what we fail to do as its business marketers.

Neither can any person who fails to understand how the MLM industry works easily pass a fatwa claiming that this is haram and that is not!

As Muslims, we are enjoined to do business for in business carried out honestly and with fair business practices and ethics lies the 9 out of 10 rezq that Rasul Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam promised us.

Non performing Uptrenders and the irresponsible fatwa spewers out there have only themselves to be blamed for failing to do what they need to?

The Uptrenders who fail to make money the halal way did not carry out their business building activities as what they are obliged to do and have no legal right to attack the company for their own screw ups.

This is a business. Straight and simple.

If one signs up and then just warms his or her butt without doing what they are expected to do which is to market the business to others, then please do us a favor and quit sniveling, grumbling that they have been conned!

No one has conned them but they themselves for believing in fairy tales of becoming filthy rich overnight.

You want to become rich overnight?

Then do your work and only if you have done as what the company has laid down its rules and regulations plus you have not cheated anyone by false promises of easy returns, then we have to consider the Qada and Qadar of our Taqdeer.

Not everyone who joins this or any other business is promised or guaranteed of success.

Life is a series of adjustments, isn't it?

If you have joined this business out of your own free will and not having been duped by your upline, then it is up to you to either do or quit this business if you are not comfortable with it in any way.

No one's forcing anyone here.

If you want to believe that this business or any other MLM business is not halal, then you have your right to call it a day and leave it to others to do as they wish?

It is Almighty Allah who knows as to who is carrying out his or her business the legitimate way and as to who is pulling a fast one on others.

Wabillahi Taufik Wal Hidayah.

Wassalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.

* I'm publishing this exchange in my blog as a reminder to all others who still keep questioning the halal haram aspects of this business which they joined for whatever reasons in the first place. I will not entertain anymore similar emails after this.

A last piece of advice to all those who have yet to join Uptrend.

Don't join this business if you don't feel like it.

Save us and yourselves the trouble of dissatisfaction and having to deal with your insecurities.

We do not have the luxury of time to babysit flip flops.

Spare us the agony of having to deal with half hearted ' want to get rich overnight' businessmen or businesswomen wannabes.

You think all those Uptrend2u millionaires got rich overnight?

Dream on! They had to slog it like hell over the years or months to make it. Depends on their business building methods and approaches. Some had it easy ; most had it hard.

How the hell do we expect to get our business booming when our downlines don't even pick up the phone, answer sms's or just do what they are expected to do?

Build their business network!!!

This is the last email about Uptrend2u halal or haram question, I am answering.

You either do this business on your own free will or please don't waste your time and ours.

Thank you.
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