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
A Sincere Heart
- By Dr. Waffie Mohammed
- Published 03/19/2013
Allah tells us in Surah Hujuraat;
The desert Arabs say, “We believe”. Say, “Ye have no faith; but ye (only) say, 'We have submitted our wills to Allah, for not yet has faith entered your hearts. But if ye obey Allah and His Messenger, He will not belittle aught of your deeds: for Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful. (49:14)
It is easy to say something with the tongue, whether it is meant or not. Islam doesn’t want that from us. Instead our total personality must be in complete submission to Allah and only then will you be a true believer.
Allah says about some people;
In their hearts is a disease; and Allah has increased their disease: (2:10)
Why is this? Because they say they believe but do so for some ulterior motive. Those are not from amongst the true believers. Instead we must concentrate on true submission to Allah from our heart. As Prophet Muhammad (pboh) is reported “there is a piece of flesh in the body if it becomes good (reformed) the whole body becomes good but if it gets spoiled, the whole body gets spoiled – and that is the heart” (Bukhari).
Sometimes we hear people say ‘that person doesn’t have heart’. It means that the person being described doesn’t have love and compassion etc. These qualities don’t come from the tongue. True love comes from the heart. This is why Islam emphasises that we bring the faith into our hearts.
Look at what Allah did when He wanted Prophet Muhammad (pboh) to begin preaching the Deen. He caused Jibrael to impress the Qur’an in the heart of Prophet Muhammad (pboh) on the night of the first revelation. So when he spoke to the people it was not only coming from his mouth but his heart as well.
Culture and cultivate your heart to have true submission and God consciousness and only then you would have really achieved something. If you have Allah in your heart and you are submitting to Him only then will you find peace and tranquillity. This is possibly why He says
“Those who believe, and whose hearts find satisfaction in the remembrance of Allah; for, without doubt; in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find satisfaction.” (13:28)
You can have everything of this world but have no peace of mind. When you culture and nurture your heart to have true submission to Allah you will find peace and contentment. And you will also get closer and closer to your Lord. If you have no peace and contentment then something is wrong.
Understand also that when you think of, or do evil, it will impact upon your heart. Even if no one is aware of it you are putting stains on your heart. We need to all the time keep looking at our hearts and work upon it to ensure that we have sincerity and purity.
And this is where our zikir and meditation can help. By engaging in spiritual mediation you will know if you are engaging in something wrong; if so, you will feel a ‘heavy heart’. And if you are engaged in good or surrounded with good you will feel a difference in your heart. Insha Allah your heart will aid in guiding you.
Our mission is to make our heart bright and shinning and full of sincerity and purity; else we are just like the Bedouins who Allah spoke of.
Keep your heart clean and pure and strong in Allah’s remembrance and let Him take care of our affairs insha Allah.
Transcript of discourse delivered by
Maulana Dr. Waffie Mohammed
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