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
Translating belief into action
- By Dr. Waffie Mohammed
- Published 11/7/2012
We have indeed created man in the best of moulds, then do We abase Him (to be) the lowest of the low, - except such as believe and do righteous deeds: for they shall have a reward unfailing then what can, after this, contradict thee, as to the Judgment (to come)? Is not Allah the wisest of judges?
Allah has created us from the best of the earth, and the most refined light; and He has put us all at the lowest level, i.e. we begin life with nothing in our record; although there is nothing against us. Allah is Just so we all begin life on a common ground. What makes the difference? Those who believe and do righteous deeds. They are the ones that will ascend to their Lord.
So the extent of your belief and the amount of good in which you will engage will get you closer and closer to Allah . Allah is Dhil-maarij - The Owner of the ascending stairway.
On the Day of Judgement, some humans will be worst than animals. Why? Animals won’t have judgement therefore they are not at risk of being thrown in the hell fire. But man will, and the way of getting out of the abyss is by believing in Allah and doing good.
Believe is one thing. What must be done is translating this belief into action and only then would you be a truly special person. And this is where Prophet Abraham (as) shone out. He dedicated his entire personality to Allah and because of this dedication he ascended so high that Allah made him Khaleelullah – the friend of Allah .
If we are prepared to utilize the gifts that Allah has blessed us with in a righteous and appropriate manner we too will also attain closeness to Him. It all depends on our intentions and deeds.
We beg Allah , in this blessed and holy month that He enables us to translate our beliefs into righteous and beneficial actions that would help us ascend and attain nearness to Him, insha Allah.