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
- By Dr. Waffie Mohammed
- Published 02/22/2013
Allah did confer a great favour on the believers when He sent among them an apostle from among themselves. (3:164)
Allah says that Prophet , especially for the believers, is a great favour. You will understand that before his coming no Messenger taught their followers La Ilaha Illallah Muhammadur Rasulullah. Only with Prophet Muhammad coming was the declaration of faith completed.
When we look at the mission he was designated to perform it was indeed something special. On one hand he is the one whom all the previous Messengers preached of his coming. Besides that it was only with his coming that the direct connection between the creature and The Creator was established, on the night of the Mir’aj. So his total personality is a favour.
Because his status is special and he is highly favoured, anyone who follows him will naturally be in a higher status than those who just believe in the oneness of Allah . Possibly because of this Allah is Surah Hadid
O ye that believe! Fear Allah, and believe in His Messenger, and He will bestow on you a double portion of His mercy: He will provide for you a light by which ye shall walk (straight In your Path), and He will forgive you (your past): for Allah is Oft- forgiving, Most Merciful. (57:28)
Anyone of who tries their best to believe in Allah with full faith and conviction and adheres to the Sunnah of Prophet Allah has given the assurance of a twofold amount of blessings and in addition to that Allah will provide us with a light for guidance.
And we can see this in our own lives at times. In some situations we are saved from accidents etc. How is this possible? Your Lord has not left your affairs up to you alone. Allah will not make your effort go in vain.
Understand and feel confident that we belong to the ummah of Prophet Muhammad . The Companionship is a plus to us and in addition if we take path in good Allah will make it easy for us and bless us.
Always be thankful to your lord for joining us in the ummah of His Beloved , because Allah conferred a great favour on him and if we join in his companionship we too would benefit from that favour.
Continue the struggle to get closer to Allah and His Habeeb and insha Allah we will get more blessings from our Lord and a brighter light to aid in guiding us. May Allah bless us and take care of our affairs.