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Detox (Fiqh of Worship V - Fasting & Zakāh)

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So you leave eating, drinking and the pleasures of life for the sake of Allah and all you end up with is…hunger and thirst?!


Sadly, the Prophet (sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) warned us exactly that – that people would go through all the motions of worship but actually go “home” with very little. In three separate ahādīth we are told a man might be praying, but only takes a tenth of the reward. In another, one might give huge amounts of charity but be thrown face first into the Fire. And finally, one might fast all day and just end up hungry and thirsty.

In each scenario, we have a different problem: in the first scenario, his heart was not in the action. In the second, his intention was not correct. In the third, he didn’t even understand what he was doing, just following the ways of the people, the fast of the masses where there’s very little spiritual rejuvenation and even less knowledge of the legal rulings of the act itself!

But it doesn’t have to be this way! And never will it be this way again if we take our approach to our worship seriously, and invest quality time into studying and understanding them properly so we can safeguard our little good deeds.

The two mighty pillars of Islam – fasting and Zakāh – have an incredibly purifying and indeed detoxing power for those who think deep about that which Allah has sent down to us to DO so that HE ‘azza wa jall will be happy with us.

Indeed Siyām – fasting – means to withhold and refrain from, which is the basis of all detoxification, before treatment begins. It truly is the ritual purification of the body.

And Zakāh – the obligatory 2.5% alms-tax – means to actually purify, which is the treatment of detoxification. By purifying your wealth, you again end up purifying yourself.

All that’s left now is to get on with the worship!


But you fast and pay Zakāh every year and you never had to take a class about it. So why now?


Aah, there’s little doubt that you practice the pillars of Islam, but are you practising them correctly? Do you even understand the principles and rulings behind these great actions of worship or do you just follow the crowd and whatever Google says?

We guarantee that you will be astonished when you see the depth to what you just thought was not eating, drinking and enjoying yourself during Ramadhan, and what you thought was just paying 2.5% of your wealth to the relative you’ve never met back in the village your parents were born.

Do you know how to deal with the following issues?


  • Can I give my Zakāh to a college student so that he doesn’t have to take a student loan?
  • If I cough up spittle and mucus, what happens to my fast when I swallow it?
  • Is food defined as what must enter the mouth at that time or anything which passes into the oesophagus at any time?
  • If I am young and it is obligatory to get married to protect myself from fitnah, do I need to pay Zakāh on my savings for that wedding, despite it being an obligation? Can an obligatory fund be protected from an obligatory tax?
  • If someone breaks their fast in the beginning of the day for a legitimate reason but then that excuse ceases to exist later in the day, do you need to observe fasting again as well as make up the fast later?
  • I don’t have access to my 401k funds unless I pay a penalty. Do I need to pay Zakāh on that entire fund? If the penalty is removed, will it change the ruling?
  • If I see the moon with my own eyes but all my local Masājid decide not to start Ramadhān the next day, am I obliged to fast?
  • You always hear about having to pay Zakāh on investments, but are there any hadith which differentiate between personal goods and those which are purchased for the sake of profit?
  • What really is the nature of an inhaler and how does it affect the fast? How do the Fuqahā’ determine and distinguish between the various types of medication and what can be analogised to food?
  • If in your culture it is common to say “Wallahi” but it is used to give a personal guarantee to a third party, what are the consequences if you cannot fulfil your side?
  • What are the real differences between oaths and vows?
  • Why are there so many hadith about the special nature of the night before ‘Eed but so few scholars today act upon them?


It’s all fine enjoying the spiritual high of ‘ibādah, but if you’re walking into it blind, you will never be able to appreciate just why Allah chose these for us to worship Him supremely by!

After AlMaghrib Institute’s bumper double weekend Rizq Factory, we have responded to your requests by now giving you Detox, a single-weekend seminar which will specifically focus on the great pillars of Fasting and Zakah.

You will of course learn what makes these foundational pillars just so vital to our identity, and then be fascinatingly exposed to how our founding fathers practised these deeply spiritual acts that would truly have a detoxing affect that we also so desperately need to revive in our lives. If you love fiqh, then this class will make you faint out of joy because there’s more fiqh in this weekend than you can ever imagine!

And the difference between the fiqh in this seminar and what you might get in your normal local circle? It’s one thing learning the ratios of Zakāh that are applied to herds of cows and camels, and a whole different thing applying that to what matters to YOU today. You don’t have camels but you do have overpaid tax, potential rebates coming back, or tricky investment vehicles set up for maximum profit but not so easy Zakāh payment. For this, you need a top scholar who is able to give fatwa and apply the classic principles to your modern context.

Which is why this class will be taught by the one member of our teaching faculty who sits on more Fiqh & Fatwa councils than any of our other instructors: Dr Shaykh Waleed Basyouni.

“May Allah (swt) preserve the Shaykh for us and all the Muslims. In my opinion we need at least 7 Shaykh Waleed Basyounis living in different parts of US, so all of us can benefit from his knowledge and manners at the same time.”

Meraj Shaikh

You are getting the very latest fatāwa and cross-madh-hab understanding in the unique package that makes up our Institute’s most knowledgeable scholar. Do not waste a second in this priceless weekend with this treasure trove of a man, someone who will effortlessly combine the legal and the spiritual, to leave you full of knowledge yet utterly detoxed using these great acts of purifying worship from the sins we accrue far too easily.



  Being in the presence of such an inspirational, humorous, and intelligent shiekh as Waleed Basyouni, is something I truly grateful for.”

-        Sumaya Shanle, Seattle


Brother Basyouni just blows us away. He is very responsible about giving us proofs for his own opinions, as well as any solid rulings. The anecdotes and stories from his personal life add an interesting touch that bring the lecture to life. He draws laughter from the audience often, and keeps us listening. Masha Allah, may Allah preserve Brother Waleed and grant him forgiveness, and Jannat-al-Firdaws. ”

-        Raadia Khan, Washington


Assalamualaikum! Alhamdulillah Almaghrib has made me a student of knowledge. I live in India now, far away from North America but Almaghrib has instilled in me a love for Islamic knowledge that will stay with me for the rest of my life Inshallah. I have learnt to accept from trustworthy sources and reject the false or doubtful ones. May Allah protect all of our Shuyook and their families and accept good from them. Ameen!”

-        Riyazuddin Mohammed, India


I've never understood the importance of Zakah, even though it’s from the 5 pillars, until I took this seminar. I can't emphasis its importance enough, so you don't want to miss out this!”

-        Warda Hamza, Bradford


I have to say the Sheikh Waleed Basyouni did a wonderful job explaining the fiqh of zakat and fasting.”

 -        Abduallah Marte, New York City



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