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
Sabrun Jameelun - Persevering with patience is most fitting
- By Dr. Waffie Mohammed
- Published 02/1/2010
As believers we should strive to reach this stage of Nafsul Mutmainah through trust / faith in Allah and through sincere supplication to Him. Having faith in Allah sounds simple but in reality it is difficult, especially when the trials come our way. However, Allah gives us comfort in Surah Fajr;
(to the righteous soul will be said:) "O soul, In rest and satisfaction! "Come back Thou to Thy Lord,- well pleased, and well-pleasing unto Him! "Enter thou, then, among My devotees! "Yea, enter Thou My Heaven! (Chapter 89, verse 27 – 30)
This is the real jihad of the believers, conditioning the nafs to work in harmony with the ruh. It sounds simple but when you take into account the distraction of this world it makes it a little more difficult.
Allah has given us examples in the Qur’an where sometimes, even pious people allowed issues of this world to create a sense of uneasiness and restlessness in them. For example when Prophet Jacob (may Allah be pleased with him) lost his beloved son Joseph (may Allah be pleased with him) he wept so much that he became partially blind. And in the end when the decree and plan of Allah came to pass and Jacob was reunited with Joseph all the trials and headaches seemed like a bad dream.
It is human nature to worry and sometimes feel dejected but we must remember that Allah is our Wali (best friend) and He would never let us down and He would never give us a burden that is unbearable. If we can show patience, trust in Allah and faith that He, as a Friend is always there for us, then we will be on the Straight Path that will lead us back to Him; and one day we shall have a pleasant meeting with him. Satan will never have that beautiful meeting with Allah and as such he would try to prevent us from also having that meeting by testing our patience and emotions.
Whenever you are confronted with difficulties remember what Prophet Jacob (ra) said when he first learned of the loss of Joseph (ra); “Sabrun Jameelun” – “(for me) patience is most fitting: it is Allah (alone) Whose help can be sought.”
Work towards attaining Nafsul Mutmainah so that you would not only find peace and tranquility in this word but more importantly the next. Use the trials and difficulties to your benefit by demonstrating patience and trust in the Merciful Lord, and Insha Allah He would be most pleased with you and when the time comes for you to return to Him the meeting would be a most special and beautiful one