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
Increasing your faith in Allah
- By Dr. Waffie Mohammed
- Published 11/7/2012
Reciting Surah Kahf every Friday morning; Allah will protect you for the coming week. The second formula is that of reciting Surah Yusuf every night before your go to bed. Insha Allah, Allah would protect you from any pain at the time of death and would also enable you to overcome any enemy in this life.
Allah says in Surah Baqarah:
Allah is the Wali (Protector) of those who have faith (2:257)
A wali is a person’s closest, most senior elder. Someone who you love, someone who you could go to and he will take care of you and he would never, at anytime let you down. And if Allah says that He is your Wali what a great thing that is.
This statement has so much of meaning. One of which is that Allah takes one out of darkness into light. One ways is through knowledge. Another is through guidance.
The more intense your belief in Allah gets the closer you will feel that you are to Him. You will begin to ascend and your personality will become different and more refined. And this is one of the lessons that we can take from the Mir’aj. Through faith and perseverance Prophet Muhammad ascended so high that he became the beloved of Allah .
This is why it is not easy to translate Ayat an-Nur;
Light upon Light! Allah doth guide whom He will to His Light: Allah doth set forth parables for men: and Allah doth know all things. (24:35)
There is no ending to spiritual experiences and it is something that cannot be explained through contemporary reason and logic.
Remember a person will only achieve what Allah wills for him. But He allows a bit of free will through which we can cultivate remembrance for Him, standing, sitting and lying on our sides. This can be achieved when our qalb makes Zikr even if we are physically engaged in other matters. Perhaps this is one reasons why the Prophet is reported to have said that even when the Messenger is asleep his heart remains alert.