The Single/Double Weekend Structure
The weekend AlMaghrib Institute structure was our way of thinking outside the box. Could Islam be taught in an eight-week summer program or in a two-hour lecture on Sundays? Our communities conceded that this could be done. Then why couldn't those same hours be put into a two weekend or single weekend intensive format, with high quality instruction and material for maximum benefit? This is what AlMaghrib Institute pioneered all those years ago, and continues to lead today.
In the past, people would come to The Prophet (peace be upon him), spend a short time with him and with the companions, then return to their people, successfully bringing not just a few people, but entire nations to understand Islam properly. It was their sincerity, their strong minds, and their strong will that allowed for this change to take place by the grace of Allah. These are the qualities that AlMaghrib Institute seeks to resurrect in its students – sincerity, strong minds, and strong will.
Experience has shown us that most students seeking to learn about Islam prefer a course taught from a variety of Islamic books and not just one source.
For example in any of our Tafsīr seminars, you should expect a significant amount of exegetical commentary to be included from classical sources such al-Ṭabari, Ibn Kathīr, al-Qurṭubi, al-Ṣam‘āni and so on, and then from more modern sources as well such Ibn ‘Āshūr, or al-Sa‘di, or Molāna Rafi Uthmāni and then modern day applied knowledge from our scholars too.
In any of our Fiqh classes, we ensure not only to give you a strong foundation by offering the positions of the four canonical schools of law/madh-habs, but also their counterparts who were less well know, their teachers and their predecessors from the Companions and the Followers, and then the later Imams too from the Khalaf, and modern day luminaries as well. We also supplement all material with the very latest rulings on contemporary issues requiring ijtihād from the Islamic Fiqh Councils and Bodies which are not usually available to English readers.
An additional feature of AlMaghrib Institute is that it is not confined to a specific building or a particular locality. Although AlMaghrib Institute's main headquarters is in Houston, Texas, AlMaghrib seminars are offered in Universities and Islamic centers across the United States, Canada, UK, Ireland, Mainland Europe, Asia, Middle East and Australia. Presently, AlMaghrib Institute seminars are offered in twenty U.S. locations, eight in Canada, nine in the UK, and nine others across the rest of the world.