AlMaghrib

For those of you who have not heard of the AlMaghrib institute, they deliver amazing and life-changing double-weekend seminars on Islam–with topics ranging from tafseer of Surah Baqarah to Usool-ul-Fiqh to the history and downfall of the Muslim empire.

Subhanallah, these classes truly change your life. You learn more in two days then in the past two years of your life–and sometimes, more then you learned your whole life! And the teachers draw sources from many varied sources, from classical Arabic texts to recent pop-psychology books to everything in-between.

So if you get the chance, give your excuses a black eye and take an AlMaghrib class! You won’t regret it inshallah! They hold classes in at least a dozen cities in North America, and constantly look for more places to begin teaching!

Many of our sources are from AlMaghrib classes. With these, you can be sure that the content is not the opinion of one or two uneducated Muslims, but rather, drawn from strong scholars. (Look for the reference in the references at the end of each post.) Inshallah here you can find a list of all the classes with content available on the blog. Each link points to a page that describes the class, and lists all the entries from that class, as well as the blog categories that most entries from that class fall into.

Take advantage of the knowledge! Don’t let another minute pass you by!

Classes
  • Breach of Covenant: Tafseer of the first juz of Surah Baqarah
  • Chain of Command: The science of hadith. What are hadith? Why are they important? How do we separate the good from the not-so-good?
  • Code of Scholars: The science of usool-ul-fiqh, the laws that derive fiqh.
  • Conquest: History of the Khulafa: The lives of the four Khulafa Rashideen: Abu Bakr, ‘Umar, ‘Uthmaan, and ‘Ali.
  • Fiqh of Da’wa: Everything you would ever want to know about da’wa–the best ways to give it, the da’wa of the Prophet, the da’wa of the Qur’an, even popular misconceptions and their refutations,
  • Light of Guidance: Aqeedah 101: shirk, bid’ah, and kufr, from an aqeedah perspective.
  • Light Upon Light: Fundamentals of Faith 102: Who is Allah (سبحانه وتعالى)? What are His great names and attributes?
  • The Purification Act: Everything about tahara and salaah.
  • Rays of Faith: The pillars of eman–the Angels, the Jinns, the Prophets, the Books, the Hereafter, Qada and Qadr.
  • Rizq Management: Details on three pillars of Islam–Zakaah, Sawm, and Hajj.
  • Route 114: Qur’anic Sciences: The science of Qur’an (Uloom-ul-Qur’an)–characteristics of the Qur’an and the revelation, one of the broadest sciences–it touches on many, many other Islamic sciences.
  • Rules of Engagement: Islamic ethics, etiquettes, character attributes, and manners.
  • The Shepherd’s Path: The seerah of the Messenger of Allah (صلي الله عليه وسلم), from pre-prophethood to death.
  • Touched by an Angel: Tafseer of the last juz of the Qur’an, Juz Amma. What are some great lessons from that juz?

22 thoughts on “AlMaghrib

  1. Ilm Seeker

    Wa’alikum as-salaam,

    They have classes anywhere from Texas to Toronto. Best thing to do is look it up on their website and see–even within a city, they don’t always hold classes in the same building, but rather, wherever they can get the space.

  2. alqamardesigns

    Alhamdulilllah, AlMaghrib have come to the UK! Attended my first AlMaghrib course afew weeks ago, The Shepherds Path – SubhanAllah, what a journey we under took. Life changing! We have an exam in 4 weeks, Allahu Musta’an!

  3. sam

    Assalaam alaykum,

    I’ve heard different perspectives of al-Maghrib. I understand that one of their lecturers was making takfeer against Imam al-Ghazali. I’ve also been told they lean strongly towards Wahhabi positions, not just in terms of compulsory gender segregation in their seminars, but also in their methods of extraction, i.e. they do not follow an established madhhab while renouncing ash’ari ‘aqeeda.
    I would just like to get your perspective on the aforementioned events or general defense against these positions. I’m not much for debating, so please accept my apologies if my question sounds harsh to your ears.

    Wassalaam

  4. Ilm Seeker Post author

    @sam wa’alikum as-salaam,

    At the end of the day, the best thing to do is take classes and see for yourself. As they teach, even if someone who you don’t agree with tells you something good (like Bush telling you to fear Allah), it’s good advice and you should follow it.

    I’m not sure what you mean by “wahhabi”; they follow Rasulullah (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) and authenticate everything to make sure it really is from him, since he is the last and final Prophet.

    Regarding madhab, I’m not sure what to say; I’ve never asked them about if they follow any specific madhaaib. Some instructors teach fiqh from a single madhab perspective, others teach a comparative-fiqh style. I’ve found benefit in both approaches.

    Regarding the Ashari aqeedah, they have mentioned that the ashaairah are Sunni Muslims and they are the closest in belief to us out of ALL the groups of Islam that differ in theology; as Yasir Qadhi puts it, “we differ with them on some (very) fine points of ‘aqeedah.”

    If you’re not comfortable taking an ‘aqeedah class, they offer all kinds of classes, including fiqh, tafseer, and others.

    If you need further detail, insha’Allah post a reply and let me know. (I don’t know them particularly well, I’m just a student who takes a lot of their classes.)

  5. kauther

    Al Maghrib is fanatastic, subhanAllah its the best thing ever to hit the UK….i urge anyone who has the opportunity to attend an Al Maghrib course, to not miss it!!!!

  6. Hajra

    As Salaamu Alaikum

    what are you doing with your life?

    How would you feel if you knew that Allah loves you?

    Are you living for the dunya or Jannah?

    want to increase the love of your brothers and sisters

    Increase your knowledge and attend an Al Maghrib course.

  7. Ahmad

    Another fantastic organisation in the UK is SABEEL – They hold weekend retreats 4 or 5 times a year where you actually get to live with the instructors as well as learning essential topics! Absolutely life changing weekends, mashaAllah. They have weekend seminars too (for those that can’t make it away for a weekend.

    check out their website: http://www.iprogress.org.uk

  8. A. Wahab

    Sir why are you closing your eyes on Wahabism? There is nothing to be shy of or ashamed of. We must call ourselves Wahabi why not? AFterall we follow him to the hilt. He is in fact our Imam.

    He went to Hijaz and learnt Islam and then came back to Najd and corrected them all. Najd was the remotest area and so inhospitable climate-wise that even today if somebody is transfered to Riyadh they resign.

    Because of its remoteness they had lost touch with Islam completely. There was nothing. They would raid all the way to HIjaz and loot and plunder the Hajis. Worshipped trees and graves etc.

    What he did was a great job for Najd. HIs followers are now doing his job in the rest of the world. Some say he divided an otherwise united Ummah. They also say just because there was total ignorance in Najad did not mean the rest of the world was as ignorant. Great Jamias (Universities) were there in the rest of the world. These are the ignorant saying.

    They think Hazrath Abdul Wahab did more harm than good. Instead of moving forward he retro-gated. They say he did violence. He didn’t but his followers did under their alliance with the rulers. How much is correct? Let us know.

  9. Ilm Seeker Post author

    Allah knows best. Whatever he did that was good and whatever he did that wasn’t, he will get the appropriate reward for it. Whatever “whahabism” is or isn’t is beyond the scope of the site; we are Muslims, period. We do not ascribe to any sect or label. We follow Allah, and then rasulullah, salallahu alayhi wa sallam; and then whoever follows them.

  10. Aisha (Dawn) Staples

    I just converted to Muslim 24 hours ago and would like information on what you think may be helpful to me.

    Thank you,

    Aisha

  11. Ilm Seeker Post author

    To be honest, I don’t know what’s the best advice. Find a masjid/mosque near you, hook up with some good people, and start learning what Islam is about. Focus on your understanding of the belief system (belief in Allah, angels, prophets, Day of Repayment, etc.) and your prayer; that’s 80% of what you need.

    And congratulations!!!

  12. elijah

    i have to say, i’ve never approved of the interpretation of يوم الدين as Day of Judgment. Day of Reckoning always sounds catastrophic, (and perhaps rightfully so), but the reckoning of a balance or account is pretty right on. However, I just want to say thanks for the interpretation of “Day of Repayment”. It settles well with me for several reasons. first, دين is believed by a number of philologists and linguists, classical and modern – to be a borrowing from the Persian word for debt دَيْن. As a linguist myself, i spend a lot of time looking at phonological variation, evolution, and I’ve done work specifically on borrowings. therefore i’m satisfied with such a theory about the origins of the word. However, even still, the root د-ي-ن constitute that complex of phonemes that generally have something to do with being low i.e دنيا this lowly temporal existence, مدينة the locative participle “place where worldly life takes place”, etc. I reckon that you are fully aware of all this, since it is you who provided me with the interpretation. But I just wanted to say, i hope this translation becomes more widely understood. It’s crucial, imho, to the understanding of why we make salah, fast, and all other acts of worship, i.e. not because we want something in return, but that we’ve already received so much, the least we could do is be grateful. I hate to give a mini-khutba, but the Prophet tells us why we even make salah at all. this is such an important question that one must ask their self. Why do i have to make salah (i.e. not prayer). When he got up to make salah one night, Sayyidatuna A’isha asked him why he was doing it. And that is the answer as to why WE all, as followers of his sunnah, make Salah. it is our debt to be grateful. Alhamdulillah. Jazakum Allah khayr for helping me along this path. And i apologize for all the hot air, but i just wanted to share my excitement!
    wassalaam

  13. Sharik Hussein

    Assalaamualaikum Ilm Fruit

    It had all began for when I googled “Tips on memorising the Quran’. Alhamdullilah, There I saw – Muhammad Al Shareef’s lecture on tips of memorising the Quran. That was the first I have been introduced to his lecture and slowly became more ‘Ilm hungry’.

    I am a student that is studying in The University of Otago in New Zealand (A country in the pacific next to its neighbor, Australia). Yes, we do have a local student mosque, but however the fact of an Al Magrhib style learning has caught my eye – I speak with my heart that Allah is shedding light on me so that I can be amongst the Seeratal Mustaqeem.

    I try do my own research, but information is never absorbed in a systematic way. To whoever will reply to my message, my goal is to share this to my parent and their extended family and friends. At moment I am flatting with my friends some of them non Muslim, they have asked me about the concept of creation in Islam, Alhamdullilah I did the best I could but now I have an incline or personal GPS inside my heart wanting to go on Journey to taste the sweetness of our Faith which lies in the Fruit of knowledge.

    Is there any advice? what could be the first step?

    Shukur Alhamdullilah
    Sharik Hussein

  14. Ilm Seeker Post author

    Wa’alikum as-salaam,
    @Sharik Hussein — for yourself, I would recommend take Islamic classes. Personally, I tend to be a bit academic, so I would go for a full curriculum offered by an institute and take as many of their classes as possible — in Toronto, they have AlMaghrib, AlKauther, Ilm Path, and many others.

    If not, I would recommend you do something every day. Listen to lectures (or watch videos) if you can — YouTube, Light Upon Light, Audio Islam, and others. I like courses, so I would by AlMaghrib courses from Eman Rush, as well as perhaps Anwar Al-Awlaki CD sets (which tend to be rigorous in the style of a proper course).

    If you’re a book person, start chewing up books left and right on whatever topics you can find.

    Islam is a very, very vast field and you will always find more to learn; sometimes it surprises me that after many years of studying, there are some fields that I don’t even know exist!

    And make lots of du’a; after all, Allah is Al-Hadi, the one who will guide you.

  15. Sharik Hussein

    Al Hamdullilah.Thank you so much for sharing some of your wisdom. I have been doing research and I have come across Islamic Online University, they offer a Bachelor of Arts in Islamic Studies (BAIS) without tuition fees to students across the world. Right now, attending a programme overseas (i.e USA, Canada) looks a bit out my reach, Inshallah I intend to one day.

    For time being, I’ll do some of my own academic research about Deen Al Islam till I know I have adapted to an online learning environment, so I know I am fit enough to take on (BAIS) BRING IT!

    I know it might sound like a big endevour, but I keep dreaming about establishing an Al-Magrhib Institute here in New Zealand, Inshallah and Alhamdullah that would be possible one day! Just a note of thought, Muhammad As Shareef is presenting Niche Hero in London, now that looks like an exquisite experience!

    Once again Ilm Seeker, My dua is to Allah and Shukur Alhamdullilah
    P.S: I’ll keep in touch

  16. Online Quran Teacher

    Light of Emaan covers many aspects and the most important is Basics of Islam i.e., 5 Pillars of Islam. Shahadah, Salat, Zakat, Fasting & Hajj. Understanding them completely and implementation of these core elements in our lives. If we just follow and implement on these 5 pillars of Islam relegiously, we would never betray from “Siratal Mustaqeem”, In-Sha Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala).

  17. Aboobakur abdul satt

    Salam.
    Good site.
    Can any one help me to find a place where I can migrate with my family.

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