It is not by coincidence that the famous saying goes, health, wealth and happiness. After all, without health what is the point of wealth? And without health, is happiness even possible?
Today's world is more and more often seeing a clash of principles between the old and the new. Modern medical miracles, health supplements and cutting edge technology sits uneasily alongside ancient remedies and the wisdom of the ages. Both jostle for the public attention and each claims to be the more effective method.
At Natural Wellness, a delicate balance is struck between both world views. Natural products, based on traditional and time-honoured formulae, made from the finest syariah-compliant, organic, ethically crafted and extracted herbal ingredients are supported by science and produced under the most stringent space-age quality standards.
And what behind this exotic blend of the old and the new? A devout and fervent basis in Islam, the encouraging words of loving parents and a can-do, never-say-die attitude.
Managing director Shahnas binti Oli Mohamed says her father taught her from a very young age that there are no boundaries to what a woman can achieve and that she could do anything a man could do as long as she tried her best.
The best effort, coupled with patience, perseverance and prayer will, insyallah, lead to success. My mother, on the other hand, taught her daughters to be independent and to stand on their own two feet no matter what. They are to depend on no one, except the almighty Allah, she says.
Shahnas says that coming from the two people who loves her the most, these virtues cannot be anything but inspiring. And the vision it inspires is to build a company driven by a roadmap anchored on the Islamic faith. A company that is innovative, diversified and able to provide high-quality, affordable health products.
Shahnas's dream is for Natural Wellness to be an example to Muslims across the globe of a company that can go back to basics in business and yet succeed.
It is a dream that comes with significant challenges of its own. Convincing both its own people, as well as its customers, that the Islamic model is one that cannot fail is not easy. Shahnas opines that this challenge is significant because the Islamic faith is one which is in dire contradiction with today's common business practices. However, it is a challenge which Natural Wellness has surmounted.
Part of the reason for the success is the person Shahnas cites as her role model - Khadija Al Kubra R.A, the first wife of Prophet Muhammad S.A.W and a very successful businesswoman in her own right.
The rewards have been notable too. When Sirim introduced the pilot programme for the MS 1900:2005 Quality Management Systems, Natural Wellness beat out many large organisations to become the first company to be awarded the certification.
Another significant milestone came in 2010, when Natural Wellness won the SME Innovation Award for Halal Products and Services.