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
The impact of the Quran
- By Dr. Waffie Mohammed
- Published 01/22/2013
This is the Book; in it is guidance sure, without doubt, to those who fear Allah. Who believe in the unseen, are steadfast in prayer, and spend out of what we have provided for them; and who believe in the Revelation sent to thee, and sent before thy time, and (in their hearts) have the assurance of the Hereafter. They are on (true) guidance, from their Lord, and it is these who will prosper. (2:1-5)
The Qur’an will only impact on those people who are Al Mutaqeen; i.e. those who believe in the existence of Almighty God and the Unseen Verities. Amongst us there are so many things that can’t be seen. For example you cannot see someone’s strength but you know it exists. There are so many things that are in existence but their nature is intangible.
If you really want to benefit from the Qur’an you have to believe that it came from a Personality Who we cannot see. If you don’t believe that you will have a problem. And in addition you can beautify it by establishing your salaat, paying the zakaat etc. Only then will the Qur’an have an impact on you; otherwise it’ll be just another book for you.
I’m now realising that whenever people say disrespectful things about the Qur’an it comes back to the ayat as to those who reject faith, it is the same to them whether thou warn them or do not warn them. they will not believe: hence they will have no reverence for the Qur’an. To them it’s just another Book.
If it was just another Book why did Allah say if He were to reveal it on the mountain the mountain would crumble to dust?
So try your best to appreciate this great Book because, at the beginning Allah says it is guidance for those who believe. The more you try to get closer to Allah and appreciate the Qur’an, the softer your heart will become.
We have lots of work to do as compared to the non-believers; because to them it doesn’t matter. We know that Allah is with us when we remember Him. And we are reciting His words; won’t it benefit you?
When you hear disrespectful things being said about Islam; be careful and don’t get dangerously emotional, because Satan will use your emotions to divert you. We have to be guarded when these things come up and react in an appropriate manner that will bring about a positive result of our personality and the general outlook of Islam.
Be careful as Muslims are generally under the microscope. Beg Allah for guidance especially in times of emotional unrest.
Sympathize with those individuals who say unfortunate things because they are blind to the facts. They won’t appreciate and understand. Our resolve should be not to be like them; educate yourself and increase your faith in Allah .
May Allah guide us and protect us and help us to deal with those who are misguided in a manner that would be pleasing with Allah .