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
Benefits of Darood o Salaam
- By Dr. Waffie Mohammed
- Published 03/1/2010
We are in the
blessed month of Rabi ul Awwal, the month in which our beloved leader,
Muhammad Mustapha (peace be upon him)
was born. As such, as true believers we are happy when occasions
such as the Milad un Nabi approaches because it allows us to recall
something of the beautiful personality of Prophet
“Allah did confer a great favour
on the believers when He sent among them an apostle from
among themselves, rehearsing unto them the Signs of Allah, sanctifying
them, and instructing them in Scripture and Wisdom, while, before that,
they had been in manifest error.” (Chapter 3, verse
Firstly, Prophet Muhammad came to tell the people about Allah . He also told the believers of the Greatness of Allah . He taught them how to purify themselves, outwardly and inwardly. Which other Messenger taught the people self purification? Some unbelievers began saying ‘what kind of Messenger is this, he is even teaching us how to use the toilet’. The Prophet taught the believers how to read and understand the Book. Where in the Gospel can you find Jesus (as) receiving the message and teaching it to his followers? Which other Messanger took the time to teach their followers how to read, how to understand and how to derive benefit from the message?
taught us how to utilize the message so that we can lead a successful
life. These are just
some of the favours Allah
mentions in the Qur’an concerning the coming of His Habeeb
on earth. Prophet Muhammad
is indeed a great blessing and favour for mankind.
made Prophet Muhammad
the recipient and the distributor of a very special blessing, which
He has allocated for the believers. This unique blessing is that
of the Darood. Which other Mesenger was given a darood?
says in Surah Ahzab;
Verily Allah and His angels send blessings on the
Prophet: O ye that believe! send ye blessings on him, and
salute Him with all respect.” (Chapter 33, verse
Yusalluna - is a verb in present / future tense.
Therefore the blessings being sent are sent constantly and continuously.
Why is Allah
doing this? Does the Prophet
need all these blessings? Also, according to the scholars because
commands the believers to send blessings on the Prophet, one must do it at least once in his/her lifetime in order to fulfill
the command. This command given in the ayat (verse) above is different
from that of salaat (pray) because salaat is associated with time.
can be derived from the ayat mentioned above. Firstly, Allah
and His Angels are sending blessings on the Prophet Muhammad
. Secondly, Allah
wants the believers to benefit from the blessings being sent and the
way of doing so is to send salaat on the Prophet, and this is basically ‘Allahumma Sally Alaa Muhammad’.
‘Salaat’ here does not imply worship. By sending salaat
on him you are benefiting from the blessings coming from Allah
(ra) narrates that Sayyiduna Rasoolullah
said: ‘He who reads a single Durood upon me, Almighty Allah blesses him ten times, ten of his sins are forgiven, and he is increased
ten times in stages’.
Why did Allah
order us to send darood and salaam on Prophet? Some may argue that he is not physically alive so what good
can come from it. Abu Huraira (ra) narrates that Prophet
said: ‘If anyone of you greets me, Allah
returns my soul to my body and I respond to the greeting’.
So if I should
say‘Ya Nabi salaam alaika’ through the Grace of Allah, the Prophet’s
soul is reunited with his body in order for him to reply ‘Wa Alaika’.
And this happens all the time, whenever we send salaat and salaam on
him. So if I should send salaam on him and he responds every single
time, then am I not building a connection and relationship with him?
and salaam on the Prophet
is amongst the Sunnah of Allah, because He and His angels are practicing it all the time. Sunnah
is what you say, do and allow, so therefore salaat and salaam on the Prophet
is one of the Sunnah of Allah. Some say that Allah’s
sunnah is the manifestation of His Divine Attributes, but if He
is doing something constantly then it is part of His Sunnah. So
is doing it and you follow Him you are then aligning yourself with
your Lord in a special way.
Darood is indeed
a great gift and favour from our Lord. Imagine that we are engaging
in something that Allah
is also doing at the same time. He has made His Habeeb
the ‘distribution center’ of this special blessing.
Ubai bin Ka’ab
(ra) narrates; ‘I said, O Messenger of Allah, I supplicate often,
so how much of my supplication should I devote to you? He replied,
as you desire. I said, a quarter of it? He said as you desire,
but if you were to increase upon this, it would be better for you.
I said, half of it? He said, as you desire, but if you were to
increase upon this, it would be better for you. I said, two-thirds
of it? He said again, as you desire, but if you were to increase
upon this, it would be better for you. Finally I said, and if
I dedicate my supplication in its entirety to you? He said, then
your needs will be satisfied, and your sins forgiven’.
We can see
that one can benefit tremendously from sending salaat and salaam on
our beloved leader. We will benefit not only in this world
but also the next because on that Day instead of looking for help, the
will be searching for you as he will be doing for all his followers.
The matter is in your hands.