Dr. Waffie Mohammed
The first Trinidad national to have earned a doctorate in the study of Islam, Dr. Waffie graduated from the University of Karachi with a PhD in Islamic Studies, obtained in parallel with Al-Kamil certification from the Aleemiya Institute established by Dr. Fazlu R. Ansari.
On his return to Trinidad, Dr. Waffie contributed to the development of the Muslim communities located throughout the country and the region, while at the same time serving the wider national communities. This led to his appointment to the Senate in 1981, and his later appointment as Director of the Muslim World League regional office for the Caribbean and Latin America, a position in which he contributed to global Muslim development, until his retirement in 2003.
Dr. Waffie is currently serving as the Principal and Director at the Markaz al Ihsaan Institute of Islamic Theology. He also serves as a spiritual leader of the local chapters of the Qadri and Nakshbandi Orders within Islamic Spirituality Circles.
The author of numerous books, articles and publications dedicated to Islam and contemporary social issues, Dr. Waffie also has a growing number of pioneering works in contemporary Islamic studies. Dr. Waffie blogs often at http://drwaffie.blogspot.com
On the auspicious occasion of Meelad Un Nabi
- By Dr. Waffie Mohammed
- Published 03/28/2011
Why did Allah send Prophet Muhammad [s.a.w.s]? Was it to receive the Holy Qur’an on behalf of mankind? If Allah wanted He could have revealed the Book to each one of His servants. Prophet Jesus (as) received a Book, Moses (as), Abraham (as) and so on. So being the recipient of the Glorious Qur’an was not the only purpose of Prophet.
In order for us to understand Muhammad’s mission we must make reference the beautiful Qur’anic ayat;
This ayat contains a very important message; as it highlights the true function of Prophet Allah is Light (Nur) and He sent Prophet Muhammad in the dimension of space and time to reflect the Light of Allah to the entire universe. This is possibly why he is called Rahmatul Lil Alameen’ – a mercy to the worlds. He is the only creature capable of reflecting the Light of Allah. Allah confirms this in Surah Maidah;
The ‘Light and Book’ mentioned in the above ayat are two separate entities. The Book refers to the Holy Qur’an and the ‘Light’ mentioned refers to the person of Prophet.
He was able to reflect Allah’s Nur so perfect that his Companions noticed that his personality was bright and shinning. For example Jabir (ra) is reported to have said ‘I saw him sitting in a full moon night, he had on a red gown and between the moon and him; his face was the most handsome’.
One needs to understand that, the moon does not have a light of its own, what is seen on a beautiful full moon light is the light of the sun that the moon reflects. Long before scientist discovered this Allah had already mentioned about in the Holy Qur'an. He says:
As a "mercy to the worlds", the Prophet is able to reflect the light with all its divine vibrations cool and beautiful; pleasant to those who are present; in order that they may enjoy the beauty and brightness of the beautiful full moon. Perhaps, this is one reason why the Prophet is called the full moon.
When is a full moon it’s brightest? When the night is at its darkest and there are little or no clouds present. So too our beloved Messenger was so clean and free from any and all barriers, that there was nothing preventing him from reflecting Allah’s light. His personality is like the beautiful full moon, visible from far and wide.
As representative of Allah on earth, it is our mission to reflect the Light of our Lord in our personalities. He made mention of this when He said:
We will be able to do this only when we follow the "Sunnah" of the Prophet He was ordered to tell the companions and mankind at large the following:
It is only those whose lights are bright and shining will have the pleasant experience of meeting Allah on the Day of Judgment, with peace and happiness. That is why Allah taught us to pray as follows:
The Prophet is always ready to allow the light of the Lord which he is reflecting to reach us. This is part of his divine mission. About it Allah says:
Try your best to remove all the ‘clouds’ from your personality and you will be able to reflect something of the Light of Allah from the physical source that is the personality of Prophet . If we follow him we are supposed to be like the full moon, lighting up the dark spots of the world.
However, some "believers" are like the moon without any reflection, i.e. the new moon. They are the ones who are careless regarding worship and all the other acts of Ibadat. On that Day they will have no light and will be distressed.
The Prophet is constantly being replenished with the Light of Allah as Allah says;
Ask yourself this question; at what stage of the moon would you like to be; the new moon barely visible or the full moon, bright, shinning and admired by all. Build and strengthen your relationship with him to benefit from the blessings being constantly and continuously sent to him. He was able to reflect the Light of his Lord and as such he was able to get closer to Him. If you wish to get closer to Allah then follow His Habeeb [Beloved].
Do not allow dark clouds or even an eclipse to prevent your light from being bright and shining. That is your true purpose of life here on earth. Pray as the Prophet (s.a.w.s) taught us to pray:
May Allah make it easy for us and take care of our affairs in both worlds and may He cause our relationship with Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.s) to grow and become stronger ameen.