The world needs more businessmen like Firoz!! I've never met Firoz but would be
honored to do such one day. Keep up the hard work, and remember...never on
What a great example to so many - Mormons and non-Mormons alike. We are all
pushed to the brink being busy with life's demands but he set a standard for
himself and his workers that allows for a day of rest. Now if Costco and other
stores would close on Sunday, those workers would get a rest too.
What a sucess story of immigration and assimilation in a new country. WELL DONE
"One stubborn Indian" huh. We avoid shopping on Sunday like a plague. Costco's
hours are sufficient for us, and in both retail stores where I was emloyed we
NEVER worked on Sunday. Its a day for your children, eachother and the rest of
the human race to slow down to soak in the out doors.
What a wonderful story. Kudos to Lee and the Dnews for a story of success and
self worth. Very uplifting. Thank you for a great story!
King is an example that we could all do well to emulate. In this world where
acquiring the most amount money and profits possible has been deemed the most
the uppermost focus and goal, it is wonderfully refreshing to hear that
self-respect, charity, and pursuit of spiritual values is what truly merits our
time and efforts. Without a doubt, "the love of money is the root of
all evil" (1 Timothy 6: 10), and "though I have ... all faith, ... and have not
charity, I am nothing.Thank you, Firoz "King" Husein, for providing
us the model we should all follow, including business executives and especially
Yay for Firoz, showing us that we CAN adhere to our principles, and be blessed
for it. Thanks for a nice news story!
Why is this a good story? Why doesn't he keep his employees from working on
Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath? Or, why doesn't he give them Wednesday's off or
let his employees choose? This is why people don't like a particular view of
religion forced on them. Honor the diversity of people, don't force your
opinions on them.
What a great story. Loved it.And to "Hobbyist": the boss gets to make
the rules. Never heard of that?
@ HobbyistAs if religion is forced on his employees. He let's them
know how he runs his company. No one is forced to work for him. And I have yet
to see anyone in any part of the world (and I've been all around this world a
number of times) who ever complains about having Sunday off. It's not like he's
requiring they go to church. For those who hold Saturday as their Sabbath, he'd
no doubt let them have that day off along with Sunday. How silly can we become
while claiming we're to "honor diversity?"
I agree with Southern California, Hobbyist doesn't have to work for anybody and
can go on welfare. It's Husein's business, and how he runs it, as long as he
does it ethically and morally, is up to him. He is the boss and makes the
rules. Like Husein, I had my own business and if somebody didn't
like my rules, they could leave. Better yet, if they didn't follow all my
rules, they were asked to leave. And we didn't work on Sunday, no smoking (even
when it was acceptable) no drinking and no profanity.
Hobbyis if you dont agree with his ethics then dont work for him. I dont work on
Saturdays or Sundays or Holidays no one that works for me complains. some
employees have paticular religous programs and I make sure that they all get
their time off for their activities. I have people of many religeons that work
for me and they all get what time they need to be active in their beliefs and I
do beleive in - we dont work on Sundays - this mentality that not working
sundays is shoving ones religeous views down someones throat is idiotic ! and by
the way Im not a member of any religeon so what would be your opinion of me not
working my company on sunday's ?
Great. Someone who understands what the Sabbath is.Hobbyist, not so much.
this "not on Sunday" thing isn't such a big deal. Most employees get a couple
of days off a week, unless overtime is needed to get caught up. Whether those
days include Sunday or not is irrelevant. Making Sunday off as mandatory is
just another way for religion to try to control our lives.and
Dorothy | 8:56 a.m - those people working on Sunday have other days off. If the
store was closed on Sunday, there would be less jobs for people. You understand
that, right?I can understand construction firms being closed on
Sunday, but all retail businesses should be open on Sundays - it is the day when
the other weekday workers can shop! you all do a disservice if you are closed
on Sunday. if you are closed on Sunday, where will those construction workers
I am amazed and grateful for those who are able to stand against corporate
disruptions of any kind but especially standing up for the Sabbath because
breaking it has become necessity for many just to survive.Some
occupations cannot stop for the Sabbath such as caring for sick people, feeding
animals or watering plants but whenever possible, industry should stop and allow
time and space to think, breathe,feel and especially to worship. The world
would be a better place with more inspiration and a little less noise and speed.
Firoz Husein is my Bishop, and I can attest to the fact that this article only
reveals the tip of the iceberg that is his great character and integrity. He is
a wonderful example to all who come in contact with him and he is a truly humble
Thanks Lee Benson for sharing another article about a remarkable human being. I
appreciate the stories that you uncover about people, who are usually behind the
scenes, making a difference. King is truly a fine example of integrity, in a
world that doesn't see a whole lot of that any more.
I enjoyed this article very much and admire people like "King" Firoz
and Eli Herring for their no-work-on-Sunday adherence.Is it too much
to hope that the Deseret News itself would return to this principle after
dropping it not so long ago?
Take a breath CHarlie in Sylmar, no one and I mean no one is forcing their
religion on you. There are plenty of other places that are open on Sundays, go
ahead and shop there, its going to be ok....the only group of people who are
forcing any belief on someone else is the "no religion" crowd. The
beliefs of the athiests and agnostics are much more powerful than those who
believe in religious tenets and want to adhere to them. It is quite scary how
secular this nation is becoming, and once it does, the country as we know it is
I do hope that more businesses and places of employment would recognize the
sabbath, whether it be Saturday or Sunday for those who honor it. Those who
don't can maybe spend those days doing other things to strengthen their
family, rest and regroup for the new week. There just might be happier
employees as a result and maybe, just maybe, the economy could turn around.
Sometimes it's ok to slow down a little so as to be able to enjoy life a
little rather than the constant fast paced life with little time to appreciate
some of the things life has to offer.
The sabbath is saturday.
I love it. And so far, no one has had to fill their posts with lines and lines
of scriptures. It's just a great story of someone who has been successful
while setting an example and living their religion.
Does King have Jewish employees? Or Seventh Day Adventists?Maybe
the policy should be "you shall never have to work on your Sabbath"?
Sorry Charlie 91342 - I live in Las Vegas where the retail business R.C. Willey
Home Furnishings also chooses to close on Sundays so that honoring the Sabbath
Day may occur. FYI, owner Bill Child built a company that went
from $250,000 in sales in 1954 but in serious debt, to $250 million in sales in
1994 and no debt. Bill sold R.C. Willey to Warren Buffett in 1995 for $175
million in stock.Doesn’t appear that the closed-on-Sunday
practice created a disservice to anyone. Rather this is what we
Latter-Day-Saints refer to as blessings from God for keeping His commandments.
When I worked in Saudi Arabia we had Fridays off as our day of rest. It was
nice to get a break from the 115+ heat. No complaints from those who usually
had Sundays off, we just adapted.
Chick-Fil-A has a similar policy. I can see an issue with 'which
Sabbath', but unless the employer is going to only work 4 days a week, only
one of them will be able to be the 'official' day off. I understand
that giving the organization a day of rest has resulted in positives in the work
environment of those that practice it. That's a vague claim, however, as
of this writing I haven't looked more deeply into that claim.
How refreshing to read about an employer who actually has standards, and
doesn't make the all mighty dollar the bottom line! @Hobbyist
-- since only about 2% of his employees are LDS, I don't see how he is
forcing his religion on them!
This isn't too surprising that a builder not willing to work on Sunday
still has success. People and organizations need to rest and re-charge their
I really liked this story. I started a catering business two years ago and do
not work on Sundays. I have had to turn some people down put for the most part
my phone does not ring on Sundays. My business is growning even in a tough
economy. Your are blessed when you keep the Sabath holy.
And he's probably rich and no one should mind that, he does a lot of good
because of his wealth, his drive, his desire to do good. Wealth can be a
blessing to many even though one man may be the one you think is making it all
happen. He gets there with the help of many and many are helped along the way.
They are able to work and make a good living. This is a wonderful story.
As a BYU Civil Engineering graduate, I have always heard the great stories of
King Hussein. I have benefitted from his generosity toward the Civil
Engineering Department. A great men, with great business ethics and
acumen. We need more men like him in the world too.
Truly one of the most outstanding men I have ever met or known.
I love this Story. When I had my business I had a sign that said Proudly Closed
on Sunday. I did it that way because I was not in the least bit sorry that I was
closed on Sunday. That said he builds stuff for people who are Open
on Sunday and force there people to work on Sunday. Sunday in Hawaii is one of
the biggest Retail Days of the week. It has not been thought in the Churches
that it is not Okay to Shop On Sunday. There is no reason to due anything Retail
on Sunday. It is not forcing your Religious Beliefs on someone to
Not Have Work On Sunday. If anything its the other way around. If Saturday is
your Faith Groups Sabbath then you need that off also. now if I was in a Mall
and had to be Open on Sunday then I would hire people for the Sunday Work
who's Sabbath was on Saturday. Or I would close and let them sue me. I
would get in the most trouble for Not Hiring people who where not active in a
Religion. As I consider that a Moral and Trust Issue.
Some Employees do not ask for Sunday Off or Honor the Sabbath because they are
scared of either not being hired or promoted or both or just plain intimidated
by Management even if the main company's policy allows them to have Sunday
or their Faith Groups Sabbath Day Off.For others "having to work
on Sunday" is the built in excuse needed to Not Go To Church even if they
are off. For me it would not be so much saying you need to go to Church and then
Not going as it would be the lying about it, thats where the trust issue comes
in.In the early 70's I worked for several months in a Warehouse
that had Church on Monday Morning to ensure everyone got off to a good start. I
would have stayed there forever is the pay had not been min wage with Ten Hour
Days that prevented me from studying the G.I. Bill as a 2nd job.
Re: Hobbyist Sandy, UT"This is why people don't like a particular
view of religion forced on them."No one is forcing a particular
view of religion here in America on anyone. An employer has every right to set
the hours of his/her business and prospective employees have every right in the
world to chose those terms. That even applies to people with exceptionally thin
skin. Good grief!!
Rifleman. The view that you can force people of faith to work on their Sabbath
because you need to sell something or build something is what is sick and wrong.
Not the other way around. In America you have both Freedom of and Freedom from
Religion and a person should be entitled by Law to obey their Sabbath without
being hassled.It is proven that is the Parents don't go to
Church on Sunday because of Work then most likely the kids won't go either,
and will be lost to the process. Mormons do not Run The Jesus Bus and kids need
parents supervision anyway even if there is a jr. church geared at the youth.
Church programs such as this are very expensive and the Insurance Liability is
huge.Nothing worse then a half drunk parent rushing around looking
for their missing kid. In America we have for the most part decided
that Sunday is a Retail Day and that forces Christians to work on their Sabbath
or not have jobs.. I am not talking essential services here such as Police,
Fire, Hospital, Care Home, and some parts of a Prison. Just Retail and
re:hobbyist. You so miss what makes America great. It allows people to do
things their own way. We can be creative rather than controlled, we can choose
and not be forced, and best of all we can life our lives and pursue happiness
according to the dictates of our own conscience, not yours. Americans call that Freedom.
Call it Sabbath or not. Celebrate it on Sunday, Saturday or
Wednesday...whatever. I truly believe we all need a day to recharge; worship,
or not, as we want to; spend quality time with our families. I
admire this gentleman's ethics. Wish there were more people like him.
Gosh there are a lot of blessings right there.
@Hutterite Although it is widely believed that our Saturday is the former
Sabbath for Ancient Israel, you have to remember that the ancient Israelites had
8 day weeks. This meant that each week the Sabbath fell on a different day.
Saturday is no more the original Sabbath than Tuesday is. True, the Ten
Commandments say to honor the Sabbath, and God rested on the 7th day, and made
it holy. I have yet to see them specifically say "Saturday". Also, the
term "Sabbath" means "Holy day" or "Sanctified day".
Truly, if you worship and partake of sacraments on Sunday, that can be your
"Sabbath".Don't even get me started on "The Day of
Hobbyist, he's the boss and can force his views on anyone he likes that
works for him. My boss does the same to me. If I want a job, I have to
BH Photo is one of the biggest dealers of Photo Equipment in America. They
close every Friday at sunset and do not open until Saturday at sunset. This is
their internet web site. It shuts down and you cannot buy anything on it during
the Jewish Sabbath.It is not a Sunday thing but rather a commitment
thing. These are people that stand by their beliefs. Be it Sunday or Saturday
- they do what they think is right. Good for them. In the end does
anyone on their death bed say "I wish I had not done the right thing?"
I don't think so.
Since I really had little control over working on Sunday, I always told my
employers I was willing in emergencies but it would cost them quadruple
overtime. Those who needed me to work on Sunday had thought about how important
the tasks were and my Sunday work was rare. Other employees also were required
less on Sunday because of the consideration to me; my employers were more
thoughtful in general about work scheduling. When working in an environment of
union contracts I was unable to make this position work. I also try
hard not to purchase on Sunday, or do anything else that requires anyone to be
working. I even try to avoid Sunday travel so I don't have to buy gas,
food, or hotels on Sunday. I think it is remarkable that the Sunday work is a
leading idea for this story, but it is just part of the success of this man and
I give props to this guy to sticking to his guns. Everyone should stick to
their guns. Truth is companies like his will be outshined by those willing to
work 7 days a week in the long run. I wonder how many of his men are willing to
work on Sundays and would gladly take the overtime pay?Regardless to
each his own and I give the guy respect.I believe companies not
willing to serve on Sundays will, in the long run, be out competed by those who
will. But once again you have to respect others beliefs and that they stand
their ground, in spite of what they may miss out on.
Re: LValfre CHICAGO, IL"I believe companies not willing to serve on
Sundays will, in the long run, be out competed by those who will"This story is about a man who chose to be obedient to a higher power. Mr.
Husein would tell you that he was blessed for it, and his workers would tell you
they appreciate their employment in his company.People who place
material wealth ahead of principles are seldom happy. If only the leaders of
our country would follow his example we'd be better for it.
Wow, a newspaper owned by the LDS Church heralding a guy who adheres to their
strict Sunday/Sabbath policy! It makes one wonder why the Deseret News and KSL
television work on Sundays. Interesting.
To those that say stop pushing your religion down my throat I respond very
peacefully, quit shoving your lack of one down mine! :) Great story Lee!
Why do some people think it is ok to control others' personal lives? Random
drug tests? Imposing your values on your employees? Where does Firoz get the
idea that this sort of thing is ok in America? Aren't we supposed to be
about freedom? This is what atheists don't like about religion, especially
the invasive religions; they foster a mind set that leads to abusive control,
even beyond the church doors.
This is an old story. Why is it posted here again like it's a new one?