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
Living for the sake of Allah
- By Dr. Waffie Mohammed
- Published 09/30/2012
Allah says in Surah Mu'minun:
Then those whose balance (of good deeds) is heavy, - they will attain salvation: but those, whose balance is light, will be those who have lost their souls, in Hell will they abide. (23:102-103)
The scale that will be used on the Day of Judgement is a special one. It’s not like our perception of a scale. Yes, there are two sides; one side to weigh a person’s good deeds and the other for his bad deeds; but the difference according to the ayat above is that if a person has done a lot of good, that side of the scale will move downwards due to the weight. On the other hand if a person’s evil deeds outweigh the good; that side of the scale will move upwards. It will not sink.
Think of it like a bank account from which you keep withdrawing. Every time you withdraw it becomes less. This is the way Allah will weigh your deeds. It is not like our knowledge of scales.
That being said, you don’t need anyone to supervise you in your thoughts and actions. Allah has blessed us with knowledge and intuition to decipher right from wrong. You’re the one who will know the true contents of your heart and always bear in mind that one day it will all come to light and placed on a scale. We want our scale to be on the heavy end and not light as the ayat makes mention of.
The key for true success in this life is that whatever you do always do it for the sake of Allah. Understand that if you try to live for His sake He will take care of you and never let you down. One day you will see the reward of this attitude. It is not easy; but if you can sincerely live for Allah’s sake He will take care of your affairs.
Try not to get mixed up and involved with people who openly demonstrate ulterior motives. Living for the sake of Allah is the key for everything in this world.
All of us do wrong at some point in time. None of us are sinless, but remember, that if you live for the sake of Allah, insha Allah He will overlook your shortcomings. I truly feel sorry that some people only choose to constantly highlight Allah’s wrath, and being flung in the Hell fire. Your Lord is so Loving, Kind and Merciful. He knows that we faulter from time to time and insha Allah He would forgive all of us.
Have hopes of your Lord’s Mercy and don’t be despondent. Have faith in His workings and rest assured that if you sincerely live for His pleasure He will take care of all your affairs insha Allah.