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
Seeking with sincere intentions will lead to purity of the heart.
- By Dr. Waffie Mohammed
- Published 02/13/2010
When the Prophet
went on the Miraj, Allah
first sent angels to wash his heart. What was the significance
of this? The Prophet(s)
was one who never committed any sin. So that if we were to try to
understand the purpose for so doing through reason and logic it would
be difficult to explain the wisdom behind it.
says in Surah Anfal;
“and know that Allah comes
in between a man and his heart, and that it is He to whom you shall
be gathered.” (Chapter 8, verse 24)
He further says in Surah Qaf:
“We are nearer to
him than his jugular vein.” (Chapter 50, verse 16)
What do these
ayats (verses) mean? Some will argue that it means that everything is in
knowledge. From a spiritual point of view you can only truly
understand this when you begin to hear your heart reverberate ‘Allahu’.
When you begin to feel the vibrations throughout your entire body, only
then can you truly understand what these ayats imply.
We cannot comprehend
the working of Allah. For example reflect on the complexity of the human body. Each
component is built in a different compartment separate from one another
and working in harmony.
In order to
achieve a successful life in this word you have to keep your hearts
loves purity and if you want to feel His presence inside you, you need
to keep inside of you clean. How does one attain this level of
purity? You start with your intentions.
Do things solely
for the sake of Allah
and it will have a chain reaction throughout your entire body.
Begin with a clean (sincere) intention and everything else will take its course.
Satan does not want a believer to feel the Divine Presence of Allah
so he will try to impact upon your emotions in order to divert your
focus. Do you think you can experience Allah
when you become angry?
has mentioned that the hypocrites’ will be thrown to the deepest
part of the hell fire. This is so because of their intentions.
They profess openly that they believe but in reality they have ulterior
Just as the trees and stones used to praise the Prophet(s) so to our organs and limbs can engage in the zikr (remembrance) of Allah. Develop your heart beat to rhythmically say Allahu and insha Allah (God willing) you would have led a successful life.