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Attending Umrah under the tutelage of Shaykh Abu Eesa was an absolute privilege.Without a shadow of a doubt, Shaykh invests himself fully into ensuring that each and every one of his group members maximises on the ajr potential of this trip. I, personally, benefitted from this very aspect of Shaykh’s character with him being available to offer advice and support as needed.Shaykh certainly has refined the art of balancing knowledge with utter banter & that certainly adds something special to the trip.Both Usman and Shaykh make an excellent team who, beyond the constant hilarity, offer the most professional and dedicated service to those under their care.
Sabina Fatima Hussain
I have been to Umrah and Masjid Aqsa with Shaykh AE in Dec 2018. It was a spiritually fulfilling trip in more ways than one. I was travelling on my own. However, Shaykh created a family and team spirit that made me feel very looked after by him and the group as a whole. Due to my illness - I was slowed down and my ability to participate became limited. Yet his patience and checking on my needs amazed me no end. At every point there was great sharing of knowledge of history and Islamic practices related to umrah and the sites we visited. Most importantly- there was a reminder to be mindful of integrating the practices of islam in our everyday life upon return from umrah. The stay was comfortable. The itinerary well planned. The personalised care of details was impressive. For me the best part was his light hearted humour - it made everything such a joyful experience! However, don’t led this mislead - he was a hard taskmaster too. He made us attend lectures, fiqh and Quran lessons in early hours of the morning and between prayer times. There were organised talks and conferences. And, then upon return we were poked into donning a reflective hat on before the flow of working lives completely flooded our senses. He made us each write a reflective account to integrate and consolidate our learning plus experiences during the trip to earn our access to a beautiful collection of video clips and photos of our trip that are so heartening to visit and revisit from time to time 😍A trip with him is definitely recommended.
AsSalamu Alaikum WaRahmatullahi waBarakatu. SubhanAllah, I usually don't leave reviews, however, I feel compelled to take the time out to write this one. Alhamdulillah, Allah swt has blessed me with many opportunities to visit His Sacred House and I have to say this last Umrah with Shaykh Abu Eesa (November 2018) was by far the best experience I've ever had. Masha'Allah I have yet to come across a Shaykh who is as sincere and caring about his group as Shaykh AE. Masha'Allah, may Allah swt bless him, accept from him, reward him immensely, and keep him sincere, ameen. In all honesty I did not think that this Umrah trip would be any different than any of my prior Umrah trips. Moreso, I didn’t even intend to spend time with the group as I was planning on doing my own thing. However, that quickly changed once Sheikh AE showed how invested he was in his group. He emailed tons of important information weeks prior to the trip, asked personal questions, all while preparing us in a way that I’ve never seen any other group leader do. He even wanted to know what each group member desired to achieve, tried his best to help us with our goals, the level of communication within our group via WhatsApp/Telegram was unparalleled; this kept us well informed and updated throughout the journey and the Shaykh went out of his way to answer EVERY SINGLE QUESTION and even random comments. Shaykh also went out of his way to get to know everyone in his group on a personal level throughout our stay. He was extremely knowledgable and was an amazing tour guide. He even helped us with our luggage and was always there to help when we needed him. His lectures were so informative, and sincere; subhanAllah he can make you emotional and teary-eyed one second and laughing the next. Shaykh AE truly invests so much time with every member…prior to the trip to ensure you’re mentally and materially ready, during the trip to ensure you’re making the most of your time, and even afterwards to ensure that you were able to reap the benefits from your trip... all with a level of dedication that is truly unparalleled.In short…Shaykh AE truly dealt with us with Ihsan. Everything was outstanding. The program was very well organized and coordinated. I would highly recommend going with Shaykh AE. Having someone knowledgeable, humble, and invested in each group member is truly invaluable. Alhamdulillah for this opportunity, and I pray that Allah swt grants me, and all those who desire to visit His House, the ability to do so soon, ameen!
An amazing experience on umrah in November 2018. Shaykh personally invests so much in every individual pre, during and post umrah with a level of dedication and service that is unparalleled. It truly is a honour to receive such attention from someone so noble, learned and pious as the Shaykh. May Allah swt preserve him and increase his rank both in this dunya and the hereafter and give him the tawfiq to go on many more Hajj and Umrah journeys and continue to benefit hundreds if not thousands of Muslims.
Alhamdulillah I had the blessed opportunity to go for Umrah with AE this November 2018. As a first time Umrah Go-er I didn't really know what to expect. Going with AE put me at ease. The preparation emails and webinar beforehand really got my mind in the game. Whilst there I realised that this group isn't your average Umrah group. Not only do we learn about the history of Umrah but we really learn about life. It truly is a retreat and where you can get the most out of the umrah experience. My highlight of the trip was the walking tour of the Kabah, which will teleport you to the past so you can feel and appreciate the history right in front of you! AE makes the effort to get to know everyone on an individualistic basis and is not just there as a "guide" but an advisor, a friend and at the end of the trip you will definitely feel like family. The Umrah/Hajj with AE team will make sure you and your family are well looked after and are very easily accessible for any issue/concern/query. I would recommend this group for a newbie to people who have been before, from singletons to families.. this is the ideal group to go with and you will not regret it inshaAllah.I hope to go again soon with AE inshaAllah! Here is a short memoir of my trip. https://youtu.be/JUaBwtLV9hQ
Fatima 'Tamatim' Mobarak
‘Umrah with Shaykh AE isn’t about doing a legal or fiqhi ‘Umrah, that’s easy - you can do that with anyone. As the Dar el Salam promo states, “the ‘Umrah is just a small part of the journey.” AE is invested in YOU as a person, whether that’s with the tarbiyyah prep prior to departure, during our stay in Madinah and post ‘Umrah, it’s more about building yourself as a strong and confident Muslim.One of the best things about Shaykh AE is that he doesn’t mess around, it’s all about the sunnah and following it to the best of our ability. Whether that’s going to Madinah first or our walk to Masjid Quba, we’re able to take lessons, reap benefit, have fun and follow the Qur’an and sunnah. Shaykh AE is approachable and welcoming all the time, you can ask advice and questions prior to the trip, during the trip and post. The means of communication are open and if you’re unsure about anything Shaykh is always there to assist.Shaykh’s a pro masha’Allah so his orientation in Makkah and Madinah are invaluable and very insightful. Don’t miss any group activities!There are moments of joy, sadness, laughter and tears. It was a wonderful experience Alhamdulillah.If I’m blessed with the opportunity to go to Hajj, I hope I’m able to with HajjWithAE as I know that I’ll be able to fulfil a pillar of Islam and more.
I never write reviews for anything. But I knew I had to take some time out and write a review on this page. If you desire a Hajj/Umrah guide who is INVESTED in your Hajj/Umrah experiance, you MUST go with Sheikh AE. As someone whos been to umrah a few times, In all honesty I did not think that this Umrah trip would be any different than my prior experiances. In fact, my intention signing up was not to spend much time with the group LOL. But that quickly changed once Sheikh AE showed how invested he was in MY PERSONAL umrah with tons of important information/emails weeks prior to the trip,constant group messaging during the trip, and him going out of his way to get to know everyone in his group on some personal level throughout our stay in the holy lands. He knows the ins and outs of the holy cities and will provide you information most "tour guides" and group leaders dont offer/know. His lectures can make you teary eyed one second, and burst out laughing the next. Best of all, he is SUPER keen on following the sunnah and clarifying what exactly is the sunnah in certain practices we did. The most beautiful example of that was walking 1.5 hours to Masjid Quba on saturday just RasulAllah (saw) would. Walahi This was my best Umrah experiance and if I could go with him every single time, I would.
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Whether you've been Hajj before or it's your first time. HajjwithAE is truly a memorable and unique experience. We had access to Sheikh via email months beforehand informing us what we need to prepare (duas and walking) and what we don't need to worry about (clothes and money). You just need to trust him and everything works out for itself Alhamdulillah.Other people may give you advice but because he knows the group and has been many times, you don't worry too much about the packing and preps.A telegram group before Hajj was created and introductions were made so the group knew one another to some extent and it helped.Sheikh helped us buy local sims and got the guys to us. BIG RELIEF tbh. HajjwithAE isn't a holiday package where you just sit back and relax. Yes you have a 5* hotel but you have to be willing to learn. It's not just about doing the Hajj but taking part in the Tarbiyah sessions, group walks and more. You get the 5* experience along with the banter and support 24/7. Sheikh guides you through each act of hajj, the best times to do extra tawaf, the amazing camel burger which I never ate....For sisters we had additional q&a sessions which was a bonus as you don't get that opportunity.You develop good friendships Alhamdulillah and it's a chance to meet like minded people - Bengalis included!Sheikh takes you on a journey to make sure you have an awesome hajj. No regrets.Once you hear other groups and their experiences - this one won't compare.
I had booked Hajj with AE very last minute. Was about to go with someone else until someone recommended this group. And SubhanAllah, this has by far been one of the best last minute decisions ive made. Feel blessed to have had the opportunity to go on this journey of a lifetime with this amazing group!
Hajj 2018 -check!!!!what a deep...soul exposing experience. don't get me wrong . it was difficult but what I needed to experience at this poignant moment in my life. alhamdhlillah for everything...and alhamdulillah for the wonderful group I went with!! Would I recommend HajjwithAE? hands down I would!! Abu eesa was pretty awesome in attending to our needs and really making us confident and self sufficient in knowing what we do, at what point...and why. and that why really really helped us to internalize every ritual , every Du'a...every act of dhikr. so important!!!Usman and Eesa were a great asset and really went beyond what they needed to do in order for us to make it the best experience.be prepared to study hard and work hard...but the end result is so worthwhile. miss my Hajj family... #family4life #HajjWithAE(I came out of 15month hiatus to write this review so must mean something)#HajjWithAE2019 get ready to....Go Go Go!😁 #ifYouKnowYouKnow
Alhamdulillah I was lucky enough to go on Hajj in August 2018. It was singularly the best experience of my life. Abu Eesa prepared us and spent a great deal of time making sure we understood every aspect of our Hajj. His expertise is exemplary. He was always on hand to answer all our questions and was a constant presence throughout our trip. If Allah swt blesses me with another opportunity then I will most definitely be going with Abu Eesa again.
WHAT AN EXPERIENCE! Alhamdulillah I have completed both an Umrah and Hajj with AE, looking to make it a hat trick inshaAllah. AE and his team invest their time into each member of the group. He is accessible before Umrah, during our stay and even now after everyone has gone back to their own lives. I can recall many times where AE took the hit when things went wrong so that we were protected and didn't suffer the consequences, only so we get the best possible experience, achieve our goals and gain more than just a completed Umrah/Hajj.In simple terms AE coaches you on maximising your Dua game, you gain the spiritual development and of course the important times where we kick back, chill and munch.This part I noticed is important because I have seen people tire themselves out to the point they fall ill. But, AE perfectly paced us when we were on Hajj. There were times we were told to take it easy with the ibadah and at times to go all out. If you are someone who wants an all round experience this is the perfect package
As salaamu alaikum wr wb brothers and sisters, If you want to fulfill the pillar of Hajj according to the Quran and Sunnah with an English language tour group i would really recommend this tour package having just performed Hajj with Sh AE and his team this year. It's a really big sacrifice of time and money and you need to do it right! They are very attentive to their responsibilities as tour guides, they never leave you to follow the untrained masses in misguidance or innovations. They teach you a lot and really help you attain a massive imaan boost to take back to your normal life. Sheikh always stays with the group, explaining the significance of things from a Shari and historical view point at every step of the way. He never has a separate tent from the brothers or stays away from the group and this is a really big sacrifice. He give time to explain to the brothers and the sisters separately and also together when appropriate things which concern them specifically. He and his crew were always available to provide guidance and encouragement and highlight the importance and reasoning behind various aspects of your pilgrimage and beyond. They pay specific attention to your needs and personal development as muslims and also how to keep improving as muslims going forwards - so it really is a holistic package helping you highlight your shortcomings and feel empowered to improve. They are so very friendly and accommodating to individual situations and extremely entertaining as well. They provide all the resources and knowledge you need so that if you ever find yourself split from the main group you know exactly what to do with real confidence and assurity that what you are doing is the right thing. You get a step by step guide to the rights of hajj according to the Quran and Sunnah, you have seminars to go through this before you leave and after you arrive to really embed this with confidence in your mind This way you really maximise what you do with your time. You have Q&A sessions on this and other topics of importance, Quran circles, extra fun and educational mini tours like to Uhud, Masjid Quba, and other group sessions, individual guidance sessions were also provided. You get an email group well before you leave to really get to know the whole group and make friends, have friendly banter and know what you need to take and answer any questions you may have. Then you have a telegram group to always keep in touch during the trip and beyond. We all stay in touch and are having reunions already. It's really a fantastic place to meet like minded muslims from varying backgrounds and situations. Never feel you are not good enough or dont know enough or that you will embarrass yourself because of x or y or z. Don't let the shaitan stop you from taking this unbelievable opportunity that could really turn you around, or help improv you further. You build a network of support for issues you may be going through with things like issues with practicing at work etc. I really couldn't recommend this group more and i feel like saving up to go again with them if Allah allows. To be honest i feel protective over them and the time and effort they put into this endeavour. Please know if you choose this group they will strive to give you a fantastic return for your investment of time and effort and money with Allah's permission. Sure you are paying them and the travel agency but they really do seem to go above and beyond to not short change you from anything they have promised or that you should do to not just meet but excel in the acts of your pilgrimage. You will have such good times, please do not abuse their trust and the sacrifices they will make for you every day to fulfil this. May Allah bless and sustain Sh AE, his right hand man 'The Chief' Usman and his son Easa in good health and good deeds with the best of intentions to seek Allah's pleasure always. May Allah make them from the successful ones in this life and more importantly in the hereafter. And may Allah bless you all with the ability to got for Hajj and fulfil your responsibilitie as Muslims always. Ameen.
This year, I was blessed with the chance to go on Hajj and we chose to go Hajj with AE. As this was my first Hajj, I was a little bit anxious about the different hajj rites and what I could and couldn’t do whilst in Ihram. I have to say, Shaykh Abu Eesa spent a lot of time and effort going through all the different rites and actions and made it very easy for us to understand. I would very highly recommend this Hajj package if you want to get a thorough understanding of Hajj and if you want it to be a lasting experience as some of the things we learnt e.g. how to improve our Salah and deal with family issues, can be applied to our everyday lives. I massively appreciate all the effort that was put into making this hajj an experience I will never forget.
We were blessed with the opportunity to do hajj this year Alhamdulilah, and I proudly say that I wouldn’t have chosen a better group to go with. Having performed hajj many years ago, I have to say this experience was something else! My father really enjoyed the whole journey Alhamdulilah, shout out to Sheikh who made sure Dad was happy and comfortable.Sheikh was always accessible to everyone, at anytime throughout our trip. My teen kids won’t stop talking about what a great time they had.We all connected spiritually and understood the true meaning of this journey.The dedication and hard work of the team made it a wonderful journey of learning and tarbiyya for us all. The well structured itinerary made everything clear from the start and our frequent study lessons with Sheikh helped us focus and have a clear picture of what to anticipate in the days of hajj , making us confident in moving around our locations and performing all the rituals by the book.We all bonded with our hajj family , everyone‘s love and support made the journey a truly memorable one! JazakumAllah Khairan Sheikh, brother Usman and Esa for everything.
This year mum and I performed Hajj. Alhamdulillah we made the right decision going with Abu Eesa and the team. They will support you every step of the way; before, during, and after. AE has many years experience, and with this we followed the Sunnah and everything was explained thoroughly. The team took care of everything so we could get the most from our worship and AE gave motivational talks when we were exhausted to encourage us to keep going. In the final few days we also had seminars on day-to-day issues we required clarification on and next steps now we had performed Hajj. All of this sounds serious but amongst it all AE made us laugh with his unique personality and I met a bunch of lovely like-minded people to make this journey even more incredible. Thanks so much. May Allah help others to perfom Hajj and reward you all for your never-ending hard work. You won’t fully understand how amazing it is to be part of this group unless you go
Don’t think. Just book. You will not regret it. If anything after you complete your hajj iA you will actually regret not doing it sooner!! All made worthwhile by the main man AE. Hajj is the journey of self discovery. AE will help you with that big time, as he has done with me!
Alhamdulillah I performed Hajj with AE in 2018. It was the best experience by far! This is no ordinary package; from the very start you are looked after at each and every step. Abu Eesa personally vets each and every person to ensure that the mix of people are like minded. This ensures that by the end of hajj you are all one big family, who look out for each and help keep the hajj spirit alive. Abu Eesa , Eesa and Brother Usman will look after you throughout the journey. Their combined experience means that they have everything running like clockwork. An opportunity not to be missed. It truly will be a journey of a lifetime.
If you are looking for a Hajj package where the teacher is fully invested in his group and their development, then this is the group you are looking for. I have been studying LP with Ustadh AE since the beginning and very much enjoy his approach to teaching. I find his style is to empower his students to make decisions. This package is very reflective of that style and I felt empowered further in my deen and subsequently in my Imaan. Another important factor that I noticed very importantly is that the package isn’t put together to necessarily be the cheapest package but it is designed to be the best way to get the most out of your Ibadah. Overall, I find it hard to fault Ustadh AE and his team they work tirelessly to facilitate what they can within their power and really do above and beyond. Highly recommend this package for anyone who is a student of knowledge to some extent and would like to further their relationship with Allah swt.
A special heartfelt thanks and gratitude goes out to Shaykh Abu Eesa, Usman and Junior. Alhamdulillah what a fantastic team to go with. A team that quickly becomes your family subhanallah. i could not have imagined going with any other team than Shaykhs team alhamdulillah. Shaykh has devoted his time to each one of us and the journey from the start to finish has been amazing subhanallah. i was so impressed how dedicated shaykh and his team were and literally the journey started few months before flying out and the wisdom and teaching from shaykh was first class mashaAllah. This was a fantastic experience and to go with a brilliant teacher, guide and expert comes highly recommended. i promise you will not be disappointed in shaykh and his team.
Would I recommend HajjWithAE? Does the Pope sleep on his back? No, I’m not sure either but I am sure that HajjWithAE is an unrivalled experience. Is HajjWithAE right for you? The following FAQ, or rather QI'KAT(Questions I’ll Know Answers To), may assist:DO I NEED TO KNOW SHAYKH AE OR BE A STUDENT OF KNOWLEDGE TO GO WITH THIS GROUP? No. I’d never set eyes on him before Hajj 2018, never been on any of his Al Magrib courses nor had the pleasure of his knowledge of confectionary at the LP classes. I found there to be no judgement from him and no expectations other than those we expect of one another simply as practising Muslims. HOW WILL I PREPARE FOR HAJJ AND HOW MUCH HELP WILL I GET? Sh. AE’s done this before, so there’s an element of trust involved; when he advises you to focus on, for e.g your du’a-game, your stamina, your fitness, your tolerances, then it’s because he knows what’s expected of you and at what stage so as to ensure you gain the best Hajj experience possible. Shaykh will tell you in ample time what to focus on and why, provides the essential resources and an abundance of practical tips that all serve to make your Hajj the best it can be.ISN’T THE SHIFT TO AZZIZIYAH A BIT OF A DAMPENER? Yes. I had struggled with that. Once in Makkah, all you want to do is worship, be that salat or tawaaf and all you do do is worship because you’re-at-the-Ka’aba. The 4/5 days spent in 5* facilities in Makkah are pure self-indulgence - the body/feet/mind get pushed to extreme limits - for that reason, I understand now the wisdom of moving away for the days preceding Hajj, not only to gain that much-needed rest before Hajj, but also to shift the focus from tawaafs/salat to the rites/rituals of the impending Hajj, to ensure full focus and a faultless performance; that can’t be done if the mind/body is exhausted. Plus, don’t forget, it’s hot out there, like really hot - and the marble surfaces on your feet and the throngs of people, and the AC, and the overwhelming nature of where you are and what you’re doing does all takes its toll. That’s not to say that whilst in Azziziyah you can’t visit the Haram - you can, and I did on an almost daily basis; you’re just not there 24/7 and quite frankly the respite is essential for what’s to come.WHAT DOES SH. AE OFFER THAT OTHER GROUP LEADERS DON’T? Shaykh’s knowledge on all matters worldly as well as religious are an absolute bonus. This was my 1st Hajj, so I don’t have a comparator but I find it difficult to imagine another group leader would be as adept at dealing with questions about what kind of hat/water-spray/menstruation tablets/toilet roll to take as they are at telling you how precisely to pelt at the jamaraat, perform your Hajj according to the Sunnah, how to make wudhu with a very small amount of water, how to maintain your stamina over that whole 3 week period; like I said, he’s done this before (20 or so times, subhanAllah) so there are no new tricks for this old Shaykh to learn.DOES HajjWithAE COME WITH ANY EXTENDED WARRANTY?Yes! Not only does Shaykh spend time whilst out there advising you on how to continue with your daily life post-Hajj, but long-after Hajj, Shaykh is available to those who need him, be that for moral guidance, spiritual guidance or for practical advice - so there’s value for money too!Those who are already aware of Shaykh’s work from Al Magrib or LP or CMA etc, then you already know that he’s a giant amongst men in what he does, and not only because he is about 8’ tall. Granted, I have nothing to compare HajjwithAE to, but what I can say is that HajjwithoutAE would mean being deprived of his close guidance and unrelenting support not only during the rites of performing Hajj, but also of Umra (which comes with its’ own unique needs), and also for living life in Blighty post-Hajj. I haven't even mentioned the trips/ ziyarah/ seminars/q&a .. I'll save those for the Umrah review.
I did my #HajjWithAE in the summer of 2018. There's 3 aspects that really stood out to me from this group: The people, following of the sunnah & access to Sheikh Abu Eesa.**The People**I would say AT LEAST 60%-70% (probably more) of the hujjaj that do their #HajjWithAE are interested in and/or are actively seeking Islamic knowledge. Whether that's through Al Maghrib seminars, Logical Progression, classes in local mosques or any other avenue. This makes the group very unique and brings together a lot of like minded people. I found this very refreshing as I was able to exchange thoughts, ideas and learn from the various group members.Also, this group is relatively young, mostly people in their 20s & 30s, but definitely quite a few people in their 40s-60s too! I've heard most hajj groups tend to be on the older side, and at least for me, having people in my age range was an added bonus, e.g., you make friends easily, are in similar health for going the extra mile when doing tawaafs, etc.**Sunnah**I can't emphasize enough how much AE sticks to the sunnah. He definitely goes the extra mile to make sure everybody in his group gets the extra reward. You can see this throughout hajj. Other groups would skip quite a few sunnahs, whereas AE's group will be putting in the extra actions.For example, we stayed an extra night in Mina as is the sunnah of the Prophet pbuh, while most (90%) of the other groups leave a night earlier because they're done with the "obligation". Similarly in Muzdalifah, we make individual dua from fajr up until close to sunrise as the Prophet pbuh did, by the time we were done, Muzdalifah was empty, everyone had left immediately right after fajr.There's dozens of examples like these.**Access to Sheikh Abu Eesa**AE gives 100% of his time and effort to the group. He never leaves the group alone and eats, sleeps, walks, jokes, laughs and does everything else with the group, he's almost like any other group member. I've heard first hand from people who go with other "famous" group leaders get very little time with them, maybe a few lectures & QA and then they're not to be seen. With AE it's different.On top of the physical time you get with him, he also gives out his Saudi telephone number for people to call him at any time. And then there's all the emails from before hajj where you can also ask him anything.**Conclusion**Having said all of this, if you want an "amazing hajj experience", you can probably go with any other group as well, all hajjs are an "amazing experience", but with this group you get the above added bonuses.
What an amazing experience. From the moment we signed up with HajjWithAE the process began to prepare the group 6 months before the actual trip. Ustadh Abu Eesa (AE) personally guides the group via email and live sessions no matter what your location. This guidance is not just about the spiritual part of the trip but also the practical aspect journey and its requirements.Once we actually got to Madinah the live lessons and preparation steps up to another level. In depth lessons about Madinah including vists to some of the most important sites. Ummurah preparation are ongoing all the time so every group member is ready and knows what to do once we arrive in Makkah. The personal guidance whilst in Makkah continues and the learning process continues. 5 star hotel right next to the Haram means you can maximise your time your time in the haram before Hajj. Once in Azziziyah Hajj preparation steps up another gear with multiple live sessions a day to iron out any issues and questions with AE. This give you a great level of confidence in how to complete all aspect of Hajj according to the basic requirements and the Sunnah. During the days of Hajj AE continues the learning and guidance process in Mina. All aspects of the day's of Hajj are tailored personally by AE himself to ensure the best spiritual experience. This is not about luxuries in Mina or other locations, this is about feeling the meaning and the essence of Hajj. From making dua to sunset in Arafat with the millions to walking with the millions of Hujjaj from one location to another and hearing the talbiyah. Subhan'allah an amazing feeling. Even the few days after Hajj is complete before flying home AE continues the learning program. AE is personally invested in every member of the group and this continues even now. HajjwithAE is not just about completing the rituals of Hajj, this can be done with the majority of the groups in general. HajjwithAE is a learning process about all aspects Islam starting 6 months before the trip and continues well after. The personal level of dedication from AE and his team was very surprising and it made for an amazing Hajj journey and one i will never forget.
Alhamdolillah was blessed to go Hajj this year. Couldn’t have chosen a better group to go with. Hajj with with Abu Eesa has been a real journey of self discovery and time for reflection for me. Even before I booked and was making the enquiry of going to hajj, Abu Eesa spent an hour on the phone with my husband and I, going through everything and my worries and concern. Even during hajj if I had a problem or concern I could send a message to Abu Eesa at midnight and within 30 mins I would have an answer. Abu Eesa always managed to motivate my husband and I to do more and reach our full potential which I thought wasn’t always going to be possible with my health, the heat and congestion of hajj. Alhamdolillah we did and tried to do everything by the sunnah which meant a lot to us. The important lesson to learn here is the time and devotion given to each Hajji on this trip by Abu Eesa. You are learning before you go, during hajj and when you come back which I think is very special for a hajj package to be able to offer this kind of service. Even Abu Eesa’s team worked hard and long hours during hajj to achieve the goals for everyone. On this note, a special thanks to Usman and Eesa for taking such good care of us. May Allah SWT reward Abu Eesa and his team for their hard work and allow them the opportunity to continue to take as many Hajji’s as possible in their lifetime. Ameen
Completed my Hajj with AE this year Alhumdulillah, it was easily the best experience of my life. Having the Sheikh present throughout for constant questioning and jokes alone was easily worth choosing this group over others. The additional lessons on subjects such as Salah, Wudhu, family relations and finances was extremely useful. The lessons at Uhud, Arafat, the Haram, Jannatul Baki provided amazing imaan boosts and were really good in helping focus and strengthen our Ibadat.We also went with a lot of like minded people which really helped the group dynamic which was facilitated by Sheikh, 3 weeks is not a long time but you really do leave feeling like you are leaving your family. Cannot recommend this group enough. Great experience and would go again in a heart beat, inshaAllah one day i am able too! If sheikhs knees hold out for that long that is...
I went on Hajj with AE this year 2018. What an incredible journey made extra special by being with AE. We did plan to go with Al-Hidayah for the shorter two week package so as not to leave the kids too long but I’m so glad we chose to go with AE. The lessons prepared us to be fully confident and also understand what we are doing and why, and how to perform hajj as close to the sunnah as possible.The size of the group enabled us to return truly as a hajj family. Special moments and special memories with surely one of the best leaders around. Unlike most groups, the shaykh was with us the whole time in every moment. The fun we had on the side was pure bonus but unforgettable also! We’ve since returning started with shaykh’s Logical Progression classes to continue the lessons we had during our trip.
Hajj with AE 2018After completing Hajj with Abu Eesa and his team this year I can confidently state that - thanks to his expertise and guidance - it was one of the most enjoyable experiences of my life. I truly believe that because of his perfect balance of being an expert in his field, a brother who I could always have a laugh with and the true motivator of our group my family (8 of us nonetheless) not only fulfilled the fifth pillar of our faith but also did so with a smile on our faces for the entire journey. Because of his clear and thorough lectures, walking into the days of Hajj we felt confident that we not only knew what we were doing when everything was going right but also - if there were any issues - we knew who to speak to, where to go and what had to be done. I do not think that - especially considering the amount of us that went - our Hajj could have gone any smoother and I owe this to Abu Eesa. For this this I will be eternally grateful. I would like to advise anyone thinking of going on Hajj that your Hajj guide is one of the most important factors to consider when going on this journey and in my experience he is one of the best. Upon reflection I would not have changed anything about our package.
I finally completed my Hajj in 2018 and alhamdulillah the choice of going with Hajj with AE was one of the best decisions I've ever made. There are many things which make this group different from the rest. Whether it's the constant attentiveness of Sheikh AE, the family-like bond of all the group, the constant tarbiyyah, the guidance to do the Hajj as close to the Sunnah etc etc.The various lectures and Q&A sessions we had were invaluable, and these sessions were not just about Hajj, we covered all sorts of various topics from Salah, family, finance etc. Sheikh AE, Uthman and Eesa make sure that all the logistics are all taken care of as much as possible to ensure that you are left to maximize your Ibadah. Can not recommend highly enough, don't think about it too much though because the places go quick!
Humaira Begum Khan
Hajj with AE 2018 was awe inspiring, spiritually uplifting journey of a lifetime. An experience I will never forget and will cherish forever. Allah answered all my duas and more with this Hajj group. May Allah reward Sheikh Abu Eesa and his team abundantly and continue to bless them in everything they do. From the beginning, during and after the Hajj journey we have received guidance, support, knowledge and friendship to not just get us through the hajj rituals but to actually understand each rite and the purpose behind it, for us to develop and grow as individuals and to reflect through each part of the journey so we are not just completing an act of pillar but through these actions are changing our lives after we come back.Everyone in our hajj group have been absolutely amazing and inspiring.I pray to Allah I can go back. InshaAllah with this group again.
Alhamdu’lillah. I performed Hajj with AE and only got back a few weeks ago. Great price and a even greater guide! If I was to go again or recommend anyone, it will definitely be this group. Thanks you for a great Hajj experience!
Alhamdulillah Hajj with AE 2018 was epic. Sheikh prepared us before we travelled & formed a social group where we had access to him & all the group members. I would like say that sheikh wishes for us to go on a journey where we are constantly learning the history of Madinah, Makkah & the food joints!!! Sheikh held fiqh classes off Janaza, Salah, Money, family etc... not to mention our 1 to 1’s & group Q & A sessions. Sheikh created a group dynamic that we pushed each other when it came to do Ibadah & helping each other. His banters & food journeys are bonus but actually needed. Upon returning from Hajj, the group have become a family that Sheikh is consistently built on & has encouraged us to become active in seeking Islamic knowledge & focusing on our Tarbiyyah, which I believe is fundamental.Hajj with AE has been the biggest changing experience in my life & all credit to Sheikh & colleagues by the guidance of Allah SWT. I would highly recommend to share your journey with Hajj with AE if you looking to bring a spiritual change into your life.I can’t wait to go ahead. JazakAllah Sheikh AE for allowing to experience this journey.
WOW!!! Hajj with AE was an amazing experience. I was a little apprehensive before I booked my hajj as to group dynamics etc but was mildly surprised with the group introductions weeks before hajj.Group introductions were hilarious!All I'm going to say is this dude is a Legend he knew everyone's name in the group (130 people) he prepped us before hajj on all the hajj rituals, made sure we got the most out of our time in Medina and Makah with our Ibadah, we even got brainwashed with (sleep is for the week) it was epic!!Sheikh AE and his team kept us motivated throughout hajj, with lectures and Q&A sessions throughout our entire stay. What can I say Hajj with AE was the most uplifting spiritual experience of my life and I thank Allah for guiding me to this hajj group, for Abu Essa's spiritual guidance, his infinite knowledge and humorous banter throughout my hajj journey.
Having done Hajj with AE in 2018 I cannot recommend this group highly enough. If you want to tick a box to say you’ve done hajj, you can go with any group. If you want an all consuming, living, breathing hajj experience then this is the group for you.
Right, so it's taken me 26 years of my life to find this amazing vessel of knowledge called Sheikh Abu Eesa aka AE! Alhamdulilah I was fortunate enough to preform Hajj this year (2018) and was blessed to have gone with Sheikh AE and Mash'Allah the way he managed the group before we even met and how he navigated us through our Hajj journey and all the knowledge he gave (disclaimer the only advise I would query of his are the food choices may Allah grant him more knowledge in this field as well) has been life changing. Normally when people go on Hajj they are left alone to run around and just meet and be at certain places for the coach etc with a few reminders here and there but with Sheikh AE he will not only teach you on the purpose of your journey (for example mine was hajj) and deen but also motivate you with his speeches (300/Braveheart/Gladiator all mixed into one!) and even after Hajj was completed he was still giving us seminars and 100% attention to the group! Insh'Allah I will be travelling with Sheikh AE on his ventures from now on!
Reading through these reviews you've probably already gathered that there's something beyond the logistical facilitation of an 'Umrah with this group. Of course you still end up getting a stellar experience in terms of scheduling, transport and accommodation (all of which Shaykh Abu Eesa is heavily involved in and takes every opportunity to do shura' with the group to keep everything comfortable and in flow. If you're expecting him to be one of those token 'Imams' on the group that just gives a few reminders here and there during the trip- you'll be in for a big surprise!). But the thing that 'makes the real difference' is the sincere and focused tarbiya offered by Shaykh and Br Usman and the genuine cementing of a group bond with your fellow travellers.Starting weeks before you land in Madinah, you'll have already bonded with the group, had a webinar answering your questions, given resources to encourage further learning of the actual 'Umrah and under the guidance of Shaykh already been prepped on the mindset to bring with you along this incredible journey. I have been fortunate to have performed Hajj and 'Umrah a few times before this particular trip, and yet despite it being the shortest time I have spent between the Haramain of all my trips, it was most certainty the one that I 'did the most in' in terms of 'ibadah and learning. And all of that was meticulously organised and encouraged by Shaykh and Usman and fellow mu'tamireen. From the classes with Shaykh and (Shaykh Kehlan! :)), question and answer sessions, orientations around the haramain, walking tours to Masjid Quba', ziyarahs and Qur'an in tawaf competitions, everything about this trip encourages you to come with not only your heart but your mind too and really take the opportunity to learn, push yourself that extra tawaf or two! and really introspect on your own development and journey beyond your arrival back at home. And you're not left alone after that either! Facilitated by an epic Telegram group, it's been wonderful in cementing that mu'tamireen bond and continuing the banter long after the trip is over 🙂 and having Shaykh on hand still providing that tarbiya through answering the groups' ad hoc questions and queries. Definitely a group my family and I will be considering to join for future 'Umrah and Hajj in sha Allah, it was a wonderful experience all round, Alhamdulilah.
Fauzia Taj Abbasi
I travelled for Umrah with Abu Eesa during Easter 2018 and Alhamdullilah had a wonderful time.I had previously been to Hajj with a well known reputable organisation and also Umrah with my family alone without a group, so I considered myself to be far from a novice.. but I was wrong. My experience on this Umrah trip really opened my eyes to the spiritual aspect of Umrah and in particular dua! The whole ethos behind the trip is not only to encourage us to follow the sunnah of the Prophet (SAW) when performing Umrah, but also to hone in on the essence of our ibadah.. our duas. For me this was the most powerful and refreshing aspect of this trip.The preparation starts weeks beforehand with an informative and interactive live webinar which goes through the Prophetic Umrah step by step and serves as a welcome reminder, even to those who had been before. It is here you are first encouraged to make a comprehensive dua list and also to memorise duas from the Quran and Sunnah in Arabic to maximise your dua potential. This is followed by reminders once in Madina and then Makkah. Sheikh AE delivers these seminars with such passion and vigour it’s hard to believe that he had perhaps repeated these 100’s of times before! His enthusiasm is a testament to his dedication for his cause, which is not only to facilitate Umrah for a group of Muslims in the Prophetic manner but also to create lasting legacies which positively influence our practice of this religion for the future generations. His deliberate, relaxed open and laid back nature allows you to feel at ease and makes him very approachable for any queries or questions you may have.The logistics of this Umrah trip were coordinated to perfection (by Br Usman) and the schedule was devised in such a way to maximise both ibadah, self reflection and enjoyment! Any logistical hiccups were smoothed over with ease and never interfered with our Umrah trip. Both of the hotels in Madina and Makkah were of a high standard and good location.Perhaps for myself, the other notable aspect of this trip was the group themselves. Compared to my previous trip, I found this group to be some of the most humble and down to earth people I have met. Students of knowledge who have a real zeal for learning and increasing in their Ibadah, a true inspiration for myself and others. I would highly recommend travelling with Abu Eesa for Umrah/Hajj and hope InshaAllah Allah(swt) calls me and my family back again.
We have been so fortunate to accompany AE to perform our first Umrah. He is so supportive not only during the journey but puts a lot of effort in preparation beforehand. There is helpful google group and then live webinar followed up by telegram group. He and brother Usman were always available to answer queries and to offer guidance. My journey to the Holy place is the best ever experience of my life so far and I am pleased to say that this was only possible due to being with this great group under guidance of AE. He provides you with good knowledge and prepare you for this great journey. I have whole heartedly recommended it to my friends and family. InshaAllah praying to Allah to allow us to perform Hajj with AE.
Imtiyaaz إمتياز Gaj
Look no further...remove all your shortlist Umrah and Hajj providers if you want a spiritual journey with a difference then without doubt HajjwithAE is simply the best....read onI went on this pilgrimage alone without my better half not knowing what exactly to expect as I was not familiar with Sheikh Abu Eesa and was merely recommended by my uncle and brother-in-law and without doubt it was the single best journey/decision of my life. So your journey with Sheikh AE will start from UK well before you fly out to the blessed land. Sheikh will help you get into the right mind set spiritually, mentally, get your sabr game on and understand the purpose of visiting Al Masjid an Nabawi and Masjid al Haram. Sheikh is open to many forms of communication and personally responds to you promptly. All doubt and uncertainties are eliminated and insha-allah you will be well prepared for your journey.If you are looking for a holiday to catch some sun and spend hours in your fancy hotels and doing other than what was taught by our beloved prophet SAW then this is not the group for you. Why would you spend thousands and waste your time on what is not authentic and continue doing what your forefathers or chacha down the street taught you rather than what it backed up by evidence. The Tarbiyyah is so pertinent and will be relatable to all ages, people of all cultures, men and women. All aspects of my Umrah were planned, organised and executed to absolute perfection.Sheikh Abu Eesa takes personal responsibility to ensure you are prepared prior to your pilgrimage, during and even after. Subhanallah Sheikh has a style like no other, very direct, jovial, a bit street and under his watch no rubbing your arms all over this pillar as it was built by Mohammed down the road lol. Sheikhs project and people management skills are second to none and he never hides away from any challenging situation which no doubt the land of Arabia will throw at you.A total game changer for me is Sheikh Abu Eesa’s emphasis on preparing your dua and how best to make dua. Sheikh is a total selfless individual and dedicates all his time to his group and really gets to know each individual personally. Sheikh AE has close confidants and circle (Usman) who share a similar ethic as Sheikh and will sacrifice their own sleep for your spiritual fulfilment. 2 weeks post Umrah and I have made some amazing friends and Sheikh AE plays a big part in building this circle of friends. Follow-up emails and dialogs about Umrah experience, personal development with likeminded people continues. I am 100% satisfied with my UmrahwithAE and if Allah wills I intend to undertake my Hajj with AE and any future Umrah’s only with SheikhAE. A Sheikh who sacrifices his time on each and every single person in the group…May Allah preserve our Sheikh and bless him in this world and the next what a gem we have in the UK. Word of advice…don’t panic Wallahi Sheikh Abu Easa has it under control. Now time to convince my wife to let me go HajjwithAE. Any question do not hesitate to ask.
Folks listen, there are hundreds of groups out there for you to go with for Umrah /Hajj. And if you are looking for the fancy, uber all inclusive, no holds bar treatment you best be looking elsewhere. Essentially, if you are looking for a vacation this is probably not the group for you. If you are looking for tarbiyah (spiritual growth/fortitude), focus on Ibaadah (acts of worship), upping your spiritual game with Allah and most importantly knowing exactly how the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ performed his own Umrah than look no further. Here’s the deal, Shaykh Abu Eesa will start mentally and spiritually preparing you prior to the trip. Emails, live webinars, and telegram messages it’s all with the singular goal for you to have the best Umrah possible. Essentially, an open line of communication between you and the Shaykh and the group that you are travelling with. Any questions, queries and concerns are all answered in a timely fashion. During the Umrah trip, Shaykh Abu Eesa will focus on what is authentic and what is not, what is cultural and historic and what is religious. This is crucial because do you really want to be doing something that is not authentic or fabricated in Makkah and Madinah? Shaykh Abu Eesa will hone in on how best to maximize your time and ibaadat. What is the best act of worship in Makkah? How important is it to pray in the Rawdah (space between Aisha’s (RA) house and the pulpit)? What should you be reading in tawaaf (circumambulation around the Kaa’ bah)? There are one on one sessions with the Shaykh and plenty of time to learn and capitalize on the time that you are in Makkah and Madinah.Even after you come home and you are reminiscing about your Umrah, Shaykh Abu Eesa will continue to encourage you to focus on your ibaadah and your spirituality. He will encourage you to focus on how you can utilize the spiritual high you just came off to benefit yourself your family and your community. This group leaves from the UK and although I live in Canada I would only go with this group again, Allah willing. If you are thinking of going for Umrah or Hajj and you feel you are spiritually stuck and you want to reconnect with Allah, just you and Allah in his house, this is the group for you.
I had been longing to go on Umrah for 17 years and decided to go with Umrah with AE, the experience has exceeded all expectations. Before we even arrived at the airport, I had a good idea of who was in the group due to all the pre-Umrah preparations and emails. I was amazed at how involved Shaykh Abu Eesa was in every detail, he was responding to each persons questions. Apart from the learning and Tarbiyyah opportunity on this Umrah, I felt really looked after by Shaykh and the group leader. InshaAllah I want to go again next year and have decided that when I do Hajj it has to be with Shaykh Abu Eesa. Alhamdulillah I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.
AoA A few months ago I went to Hajjj with Shaykh and Co. I didn't know what to expect especially as I was going alone. Alhamdulillah the Hajj was the single best experience of my life and going along with this group allowed it to happen. Every organisation has ups and downs and there were some minor admin issues prior to the trip. However, none were actually related to shaykh and his team during our time at Hajj. Shaykh is very down to earth and says it how it is, which is what i love most and made it all that more appealing to me. The lessons we had during our time at aziziyah were invaluable and everybody was given the opportunity to have a one to one with Shaykh too. I'm sure other groups are amazing too but I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this group to family or friends and would love to go again iA.5 stars from me !
Aadam Mahmood Al-Neeli
Me and my family completed our Hajj this year with Shaykh Abu Eesa, Alhumdulillah. I chose Hajj with AE due to a recommendation from my cousin who went the previous year. His recommendation did not disappoint as this was a truly magnificent experience done accordingly to the Quran and Sunnah. The Shaykh invests so much time and effort in all members of the group by answering questions, holding 1-2-1 sessions and classes whilst on the trip.Before the trip we had contact with him via email in which we had ice breakers and a chance to introduce ourselves. The Shaykh provided us with reading material on the rites of Umrah and Hajj which were very beneficial. We also had the opportunity to engage in a live video session with the Shaykh which gave us pointers and tips of the best practice on Hajj.During the trip, the Shaykh was with us every step of the way. We had instant communication with him in a Telegram group in where he'd answer our questions and also share knowledge. The Shaykh took us on various ziyarats and explained the narrative to why we have come here, i.e Mount Uhud where the Shaykh delivered an outstanding talk. His right hand man Usman was also brilliant as he was always there to help. Our hotels in Madinah and Makkah were in prime locations as they were a minutes walk to the Masjid Al Nabawi and Masjid Al Haram. The hotel in Aziziyah was perfect for Shaykh to deliver his classes on Hajj and general questions in regards to Islam.If you want to go for Hajj in accordance with the Quran and Sunnah then look no further than Hajj with AE. The Shaykh and his team invest so much time and effort in making sure it is a once in a lifetime opportunity that you will not forget!
So this was my first time to Saudi with my husband and Alhamdulillah the experience was amazing! The group were mostly young, vibrant and determined which helped make the trip enjoyable. The Sheikh himself and Brother Usmaan were very helpful and available at all times, which was very useful! I have followed the sheikh since uni days and have been to a few Al maghrib courses which influenced my decision in choosing this package. Others recommended going with AE too. The sheikh is very straightforward and humorous which makes learning more enjoyable. This trip required a lot of dedication and intuition from oneself. The main aspect was seeking of knowledge whereby the rituals of Hajj weren't JUST done, everything was explained which as a result made the experience more heartfelt and interesting. The trip wasn't always serious and it was nice to have the maturity, friendliness and banter amongst the group, which is what gave me the opportunity to make many friends for life InshAllah 🙂 The sheikh covered many topics which I really enjoyed learning and was grateful for, as well as having personal time with him to ask for advice etc. The emphasis of this trip is knowledge, which is mostly where Aziziyah comes into play. The package may not be the most luxurious but it is worthwhile gaining that extra knowledge and increasing our understanding of Islam, which for me has been a very important aspect of the Hajj trip as I learnt many things that I can implement into my daily life. The whole point of doing Hajj is to come back as different person, and only then do we know our Hajj is accepted InshAllah. As the sheikh said, seeking knowledge is the greatest act of worship so I felt happy throughout the trip knowing that at least I would return with something positive. This really makes a difference to your experience and I was also at ease knowing that I was with a professional who had a fatwa for every situation so I wouldn't get stuck at any point where I'd stress major. Alhamdulillah. It was nice having the independence whilst being there too, so do not expect to be babysat. I appreciated that as a group we were prepped and introduced to each other beforehand which made the process a lot smoother and easier. Jzk khair Sheikh for all your efforts and support. I hope to travel with you again soon InshAllah. May Allah reward you abundantly, may our Hajj be accepted and may our group all reunite in Jannah. Ameen. Also, do NOT have any expectations, it will make the trip easier and more pleasant for you.
I completed Hajj with AE in 2017 and found him to be an amazing scholar who gave advice and guidance at every opportunity and guided the whole group perfectly to the Sunnah of the Prophet PBUH. The group itself was great and gelled well together. What I found most shocking was that wherever the group were staying and whatever conditions be it Mina or Madina the Sheikh always stayed in the same place and was on hand constantly to answer any questions we had regarding our deen SubhaanAllah. I learnt so much and am great full for being a part of the group and journey.
Hajj with AE is truly an experience of a lifetime.Sheikh Abu Eesa's interaction prior to the hajj,in terms of Email communication, video tutorials, telegram group, was very informative and highly commendable.On the first day in Medina, Sheikh's informal and humorous approach of introducing every individual, created a sense of bonding and togetherness in the group.As I look back into the three weeks, with every passing day, you learn to respect, honour and admire this man as he instills into you knowledge based on the Quran and Sunnah which creates a sense of deep spirituality and strengthens your imaan.Not forgetting his able deputy Usman, whose ability to handle logistics with such calm and ease was admirable.Comparing notes with people from various groups, I can say this with conviction that Hajj with Abu Eesa is an educational and memorable experience and is second to none.
I wholeheartedly recommend hajj with AE. Their whole team helped ensure that I could complete all the requirements of hajj according to the sunnah and provided practical advice on getting the best out of every stage of the trip. It was a more meaningful experience because we had reminders and briefings, which helped me understand the impact that hajj, as a specific act of worship, should have on my worship and day to day living during and after hajj. The Shaykh worked hard to engage with every member of our 100 strong group to help achieve our hajj goals and move beyond these to set higher standards for ourselves after hajj. Also, his personality and leadership helped inspire a camaraderie in the group that was priceless. So, you knew someone had your back no matter what. Every single penny I invested in this package was money well spent and I pray Allah allows me to do it again soon. Ameen.
Hijama London Rashid
Myself and 3 of my grown up kids went for Haj this year with Sh. AE.It was a wonderful roller-coaster of a ride, and we loved every minute of it.It was action packed and lots of fun at times, but mostly it was inspiring, educational & satisfying.The Sh. was with us every step of the way, he was involved, interesting, funny and engaging, with spiritual and practical guidance & assistance and useful advice & information during every part of our Haj journey.He was with us in Arafat, in Muzdulifah, He took us for Tawaf, Sa'ee, he stayed with us in Mina, he organised a mini Ilm-fest in Mina with other renowned scholars from Al-Maghrib fame. He walked with us for the stoning (Jamarat). He took us for Ziyarah, at Uhud, he gave such an emotional speech, that I think it brought tears to everyone's eyes. He even took some time-out to take us shopping to his favourite shops in Aziziye. He was on-hand & made himself available 24/7.Don't get me wrong, this group is not for everyone, esp. not for the blind followers of their forefathers teachings and kitabs, this is more for the open-minded, educated people, the kind of people who value the knowledge and experience of the Shaikh. The kind of people who will research whether a hadeeth is saheeh, before sending it on to their family & friends. The Sh. provided face-to-face time to everyone, in gatherings and in private to answer any unanswered questions, he sent out audio answers and updates to our group broadcasts.The Sh. had an excellent team of people to hand, supporting the group with logistics, transport, medical help, with no great problems experienced during our time with them.The Sh. actively encouraged the group to bond and get to know everyone, which really helped during the journeys, as we were helping each other out, and working as a team.I would recommend this group above any other I have experienced or heard about & can't wait to go again in a few years time, with my younger children, (InshaAllah).
Luqmawati Mustafa Kamal
Alhamdullilah I completed my Hajj this year with AE.This is my first Hajj. One of my main aims for Hajj is to truly understand the ibadah, going beyond just rituals but following the sunnah and one that will spiritually leave a lasting impact. The aim is to have taqwa in my daily life and not just when I'm in the zone ( i.e. Umrah, Ramadan) I also hope that this Hajj journey will be one of true repentance and reformation. And Alhamdullillah! I was able to get these and much more throughout my Hajj journey with AE!You definitely need to be attentive and willing to go the extra mile. AE gives his undivided attention and high standards of service to all under his care and expect the same high standards for from us in terms of our ibadah and the willingness to acquire knowledge.It was truly a once in a lifetime experience that I will forever be grateful for #hajjwithAE
Aisha Lily Begum
I didn't really know much about AE before booking, but knew he was an Al Mghrib instructor so had every confidence to book with him.Alhamdullilah I am so glad I completed my Hajj 2017 with him. Sheikh is a straight talker, he will tell it to you straight but in a way that is tailored for your needs and understanding so you benefit 100%Travelling as a single sister was quite daunting but masha Allah sheikh was there 24/7 ready to answer questions and provide guidance. Brother Usman was always on hand too, may Allah bless him abundantly. If you want to complete your Hajj with understanding and enhance your knowledge of Islam with a fountain of knowledge at your beck call, then Please book with AE without delay. p.s Travel Express will do your head in, but wallahi do they pull through...right at the last minute too. May Allah reward them abundantly in the dunya and akhira, masha Allah they work really hard to get you to have the hajj you deserve.
Was blessed to make the amazing journey of a lifetime this year 2017' Alhamdulilah & I am left totally satisfied & content with the whole package! If it had not been for the Sheikh Abu Esa & the rest of his team I don't think this journey would have been as spiritual & uplifting as it was. Everything was perfectly explained in the Fantastic classes that were taking place almost everyday, I don't think I learnt so much in my life that I did in three weeks hence not having any pages left to write in the notebook provided�� !For everyone's peace of mind nobody is left alone or left to feel alone AE is always available for Q & A anytime and any other assistance which is much required on a trip of this sort Would recommend this package to all youths especially new Muslims that' are willing to get the most out of their experience which I feel I did
If you are looking to go to Hajj just because you need a holiday, then perhaps HajjwithAE is not for you. If you want to complete your obligation to Allah and in the process, find yourself and re-evaluate your purpose on this earthly plain then this HajjwithAE is definitely for you. Having been to Umrah in previous years it’s so much more empowering to know why you are completing these acts of ibadah on the sunnah of our beloved Prophet (SAW) and HajjwithAE offers just that.If you are looking to change within and take an honest look at your life and bring about transformation through ibadah, daily study, Q&A then I would highly recommend Abu Easa as your Hajj guide. He doesn’t mince his words but instead will help you reflect and take an honest look at yourself and help you exposure the areas of your imaan you need to work on and become a better muslim/muslimah to be of service to mankind and the world.
Having been on Umrah recently I can advise you of some of the problems you can come across when booking with people who either don't have enough knowledge or the relevant experience. Hajj this year with AE on the other hand ran like a well oiled machine. You can physically see the value of his experience and meticulous planning.AE won't waste his time trying to fix those logistical nightmares of Hajj that a team of thousands in the Saudi Hajj ministry can't solve, much rather he will focus on instilling the proper mental and spiritual preparation in you that will give you the sabar and fortitude to complete your Hajj at a very high level.All aspects of Hajj were well planned, organised and executed. All of this was done with a real family vibe throughout. AE himself was 100% committed to the group and was part of it throughout, dealing with any issues and questions the group had. We were also treated to seminars along the way at Madina, Makkah and the best one of all in Mina, where we were guests of other Ulama such as Sh Yahya Ibrahim and Sh Kamal al Makhi and I'm sure the rest of the HajjwithAE 2017 family would agree that this was one of many highlights of the journey. If you want a high quality hajj with the security of a dedicated and open Alim at your side then this is THE hajj group for you!
Everything was very well planned and organised. AE puts a lot of effort into making sure that he personally knows everyone in the group and what he can do to make their experience as best as it can be. I felt that we were one of the most organised and prepared groups there. I would recommend Hajj with AE for anyone who is serious about their religion and want to use Hajj to learn and develop themselves personally and not just fulfil a set of rituals. We had a great family vibe in the group and we all learnt a lot from AE, especially during classes he put so much effort into putting together for us. If Allah gives me the tofiq to go Hajj again I wouldn't think twice about booking it with AE again.
Just returned from HajjwithAE 2017 alhamdulillah and it was amazing. Initially I was really nervous to remember all the steps and duas etc but alhamdulillah sheikh guided us bfr every new step. He patiently answered all our questions and was available fr help/ guidance every step of the way mashallah. Everything was well thought out: the hotels, accommodations, sheikh even made sure we traveled at the convenient times. Even when there were luggage delays sheikh and Br Usman didn't rest until it was all sorted. They were the last on every coach mashallah making sure we were all there. Best two things fr me were 1- our group/lovely hajj family that we eventually became thanks to our leader. 2- guidance with our worship that we can hopefully continue to improve on in sha allah.Sheikh is funny and patient and mostly straight forward and honest he prepared us fr difficult scenarios alhamdulillah in advance so we could make the most of our hajj. I've never been so tired, happy, emotional, elated and a million other things at the same time subhanallah. It was an amazing journey and I hope we can hold onto our hajj. Jazakallah khair for being there for us.
One word to describe Hajj with AE- awesome!!When me and my husband booked this package, I didn't have a clue who AE was and only booked it due to the dates and price. Then later we found out that AE was my husband's friend of a friend. We felt a bit of comfort from this, but still decided not to have our expectations too high, as you hear a lot of stories where you don't always get what you pay for with hajj packages. Months before we left, emails started coming to introduce ourselves to the group, with resources to read on hajj, with lists of essentials to take, and lots and lots of guidance. Alhamdullilah at this point we thought, this seems like a very good package so far. On our arrival to Medinah, and 1st meeting with AE, he knew by name exactly who I was- I was gobsmacked and thought how does he know me!! But later realised that this is the way AE works- he really gets to know everyone in his group. Masha'Allah everything went so well from this point onwards. At times we didn't even feel like we were on a Hajj journey, as we had such a laugh that it felt more like a holiday. AE truly invests so much time and energy into EVERY member in his group. He devotes some much time for everyone, from doing study sessions to 1-2-1 meetings. Both AE and brother Usman (aka Chief) went above and beyond to ensure we were comfortable and happy with everything. Before I went I was under the impression Hajj is a very hard and strenuous journey- it really didn't feel like it in this package. We were given so much support that we were completely ready for it. Insha'Allah, if Allah calls me again for hajj I would be so honoured if I can do it with AE again. He is a truly amazing guy Masha'Allah.
I was part of the HajjwithAE 2017 group. I fully endorse HajjwithAE and can honestly say it was the best experience in my life. AE goes above and beyond in every aspect by providing in depth preparation, support during Hajj and post Hajj contact to ensure Hajj was not just a one off ritual but a life changing transformation.Having compared to other Hajj groups, most were given brief sessions in the UK and minimal contact whilst in Saudi. AE's approach is in complete contrast, as we would rely on him when we needed him most.In addition, we had daily study sessions with AE, covering important fiqh matters, contemporary discussions and Q&As. We were surrounded my like minded people motivated to understand their deen to decent level of detail and push ourselves out of our comfort zones. AE helped foster the close knit environment in our group by facilitating opportunities for us to get to know each other through the journey.Overall, if you are are looking to 'get the job done' this is not the Hajj group for you. If you are looking for a family feel, study filled, intense spiritual journey that will prepare you to make a permanent change for the rest of your life, look no further 🙂
We came. He taught. We prayed.AE helped us to capture the beauty and maximise the reward in every step we took. His wealth of knowledge and abilty to translate it to both the younger generation as well as the older guys is something truly inspiring. He separated cultural traditions from religion and guided us to follow the Quran and Sunnah way. For practical issues such as sim cards, money exchangers or even if you just ran out of stones at the Jamaraat, Sheikh would go out of his way to help you without a fuss. May Allah swt reward him for all of his efforts and more!
I definitely recommend Hajj with AE for everyone. Very organized team and they solve any unexpected problems quickly. Furthermore, Shaykh is available literally 24/7 which is amazing. Another important point is the value of money... hotels were perfect, coaches, Mina tent(with AC) and Food.
Just completed Hajj with Sheikh Abu Esa, it was truly magical not just the religious aspect of hajj. Right from the start we was always offered support and guidance from the whole team as well as the Sheikh. This was only due to the bond which was build before hand via group chats, emails and live videos with the Sheikh. This package allows you to complete Hajj and Umrah the sunnah way. It gives you the knowledge to perform acts and rituals the right way and minimise errors due to culture reasons. We had consistent lectures, Q and A and individual time with the Sheikh throughout the trip. This allowed there to never be a moment were you weren't learning to improve yourself and your deen for the sake of Allah. To summarise this is the Sheikh you want to go with if you don't just want a life time experience but to change your life completely. Continue to practise Islam and gain knowledge to better yourself and then have the ability to teach the next generation the difference between wrong and right.
I was not very familiar with Abu Eesa ( AE) prior to my travels and only chose the group because it suited my personal circumstances but I am very grateful that I traveled with AE’s group over the others I might have selected. On this journey I witnessed how AE and his team take personal responsibility to ensure that group members are well looked after and that any issues are resolved quickly and have minimum impact on the Hajj experience. AE has a unique style; very street and direct and will not sugar-coat his delivery to protect your sensitivities and this might not appeal to all. But if you can handle the raw truth than a journey with AE will be full of enlightenment, self reflection and learning that will help you to grow spiritually and return inshallah on a better and improved pathway. AE is extremely selfless with his time and devotes much of his energy into assisting others on their spiritual journey and increasing their learning while developing a familiar environment for the group to bond and build lasting friendships.
My experience with Hajj with AE has been completely transformative. I signed up to the package with my Wife not entirely sure of what to expect aside from the good recommendation from my family who attended last year's hajj with Sheikh.What I was told in comparison to what I actually experienced in the Hajj group with Sheikh is completely worlds apart... the sheer amount of effort and preparation that Sheikh provided to our group (100 people) is something you can only dream of. I honestly look back about the lead up and the time spent in Hajj with AE and I think 'How in the world was he able to deliver such high quality support not just to the group but individuals such as myself'. This is without a team of staff or personal assistant (Although, his good friend Usman is a close bet to that) but seriously though I am in complete awe and would 100% recommend that people sign up for Hajj with Sheikh.Here's a simple advantages that I personally benefited from Sheikh during my Hajj journey:- Full Pre Hajj Preparation (This is so handy especially when you're working up until a day before flying to Hajj).- Bond of Friendship with a group that has been fostered to follow the correct actions and practices of the Prophet (SAW).- Personal 121 sessions with Sheikh regarding issues ranging from work, family, worship etc.- Secrets and hacks about Hajj and all that comes with.- Personal development in knowledge and rulings through dedicated classes.- Live action response from Sheikh through instant messenger (Useful for just about everything)- Follow up emails and chats on the hajj experience and ongoing personal developmentThere's so much more stuff I could list but I think you get the gist... there's only so much I can recommend him to you like my family recommended him to me, but until you actually sign up with AE you'll never really experience the things said above!I pray Allah SWT continues to bless Sheikh and allow him to be able to perform hajj and share his time and wisdom with the Hujaj.If you've made it this far and you're still reading, I pray Allah guide you to the right decision to choose Hajj with AE
Hajj with AE will definetly be something I will remember for as long as I live. As well as completing my hajj to the best of my ability (or even more than I thought I'd be capable of doing!), I have gained knowledge in so many other things like improving my salah, improving my hijab, understanding my role in my hospital work place and being a muslim and how not to conflict the two and so much more. AE puts more than 100% in everything he does in terms of teaching, taking care of us , ensuring our safety, health and well being and just making sure we all have a good old memorable time. If you're looking to just get your hajj done, then this isn't the group for you. If you're looking to increase your knowledge, study, be involved in q&a's, understand the rationale behind so many principles in Islam, push yourself to limits you didn't know you could in terms of imaan, physically and mentally then definitely go with AE because that's what he does- ensures you have a good quality hajj. In comparison to other groups, I can say he manages his group exceptionally with easy access to himself and structure and rationale in everything he does to benefit us. Massive thumbs up to AE, his right hand man Usman and TE to ensuring our hajj is the best experience we could have.
Adlilah completed Hajj 2017 with AE. Awesome Sheikh, awesome group and the best experience ever. AE goes far beyond the rituals of hajj itself, he is looking to transform people and make a difference in their lives so the effects are not just temporary and short lived but for the rest of your life. I went with my mother and she was full of praise for AE despite not knowing who he was before our journey. If you think a weekend seminar class with Shiekh AE is imaan lifting, imagine 3 weeks of daily study, full access and guidance both pre and post hajj with the Sheikh himself. Definitely the one to go with. Out of over 100 people not one person felt short changed or regretted their decision. Everything done on the Hajj and Umrah is according to the Sunnah which makes you feel truly blessed.
Hajj...something that had been on my mind for a while, especially as I had the means to go. Going with one of my long time teachers Shaykh AE was a no brainer, but what really made me hesitate was taking my Mum with me who had a poor understanding of English and had a lot of cultural baggage. Needless to say my Mum absolutely enjoyed herself and loved being in the company of the HajjAE group and I have consequently been reassured that I will be in my Mums good book for life. Alhamdulilah.
Just got back from Haj with AE and team Sep 2017 must say was a little scared at the beginning not knowing what to expect and lots of horror stories by people but alhamdullilah right from the start of our journey was made to feel part of a big family which ofcourse continued throughout the three weeks, their ur definitely pushed to ur limits and learn a lot along the way. The proper sunnah way of doing all the Haj rituals Is definitely what you get with this group and I think the most important part is the Q&A sessions where I have learnt so much alhamdullilah
Salaam... Doing Hajj right now (2017)... Wow the benefit I have gained thus far is mind blowing and immense. Sheikh Abu Eesa is truly a hands on guy, and gets stuck in. A pure fountain of knowledge, and above all has amazing character and patience. May Allah accept if from him and from us inshaa allah. If you are serious about Hajj or Umrah, and serious about doing it in the correct sunnah way, then this is the right package for you. May allah accept your good intentions whoever you go with, but I can't recommend this experience enough.
I have performed Umrah before but this was the first time in a group of people I did not know. The Shaykh connected us all and provided support 24-7 before the trip, during and after which added beautiful quality to this journey whereby we had our questions answered at the press of a button. Travelling with a group also meant having insights into other people's journeys which acted as a motivation and guidance for me as well on the trip, for instance I felt I lacked in preparing my dua list and by hearing the groups ideas bouncing back via email I was able to add more structure to my own planning which naturally developed further once we were in the holy mosques. This was not only umrah but a spiritual retreat whereby we had access to the shaykh to learn of historical events within Makkah and Madinah as well as so much more. Having travelled with other travel agencies I know there is a general concern over quality and ease of the journey - Travel Express delivered beyond what they promised and made this a stress free journey while we were there with no delays or issues on their part. Naturally before the journey one is worried about visas etc but TE took full responsibility and delivered to everyone immaculately. Thank you. My husband and I highly recommend Hajj / Umrah with AE. This is not something you want to miss out on! And in sha Allah will look to go Hajj with the same group (remember us in your Duaa's �)
We have just returned from our 10 day Umrah and I have to say that this was definitely an Umrah trip with a difference. I do not have anything to compare it with but if we had went to Umrah ourselves then we would have totally missed out! You will come back from not only completing your Umrah but also gaining so much more knowledge from the very enthusiastic Shaykh AE. Do not worry about travelling with a group of people you do not know as Shaykh ensures that you get to know each other before you set off through the group email. He is with you every step of the way (literally!) and always happily answered any questions that you have. You will have a laugh, cry and get tired but you will not want to leave Makkah or Madinah. You will experience classes in various locations eg Al Haraam, find out about the reasons and benefits behind every Ibadah act and be motivated to push yourself! I wouldn’t look anywhere else if I was to go on Hajj with my family in the future inshAllah.
I have just returned from the blessed lands, having completed 'Umrah with AE (April 2017). I can honestly say that going with this group was one of the best decisions of my life. Alhamdulillah.From pre-trip to post trip, Shaykh has been able to look after his flock; always a phone call/message/email away. He encouraged us to get to know one another before hand (via emails and group chat) and this definitely helped in assimilating when we arrived in Saudi. I travelled alone, but I left with 49 dear friends. People from all over the UK, different age groups, different walks of life..all there for one purpose only, connecting with Allah SWT.The beauty of this trip was that Shaykh guided us before hand, gave valuable tips and techniques; he was there during the actual rituals and even now, people from my group keep asking 'two questions' on the group chat and it's almost been a week since we returned!The logistics are all taken care of, its a case of follow the instructions, do what you're supposed to when asked and you'll have an amazing time...don't follow the instructions, then the whole group will still stick together and things still get done. Shaykh and the team didn't abandon us as is often the case with other travel groups, he gets the job done, Masha'Allah. And all the while you have a laugh. I learnt that Ibaadah should always be about quality over quantity, connecting with your Lord in such a manner that your dua itself becomes an act of worship. And this, was explained beautifully by AE, and is something I bought back with me, far more valuable than the 2536tonnes of Ajwa and 36372736gallons of ZamZam that my group bought back �I have no hesitation in recommending Hajj with AE. Prepare for fun, friendships, fast food and fruit juices out of this world!Already looking forward to #Hajj2018 inshaAllah �
I have come back from Umrah with AE 2017 and it was the most spiritual and joyful, amazing ten days. It was a VERY smooth and stress free trip and the unity between the group was very tight and impressive and that's down to the Shaykh. He knows how people work! Friends made for life. Shaykh's commitment to the group was outstanding. There are not enough words to describe what I have experienced over the ten days. Magical and beautiful. I pray Allah accepts all our Umrahs ameen.
When you think of Hajj and Umrah, the stress of logistics and the pressure of getting the rites and rituals of the pilgrimage correct just takes over. This stress continues throughout the journey where many then miss out on the whole essence of the journey and spirituality. I've just come back from Umrah with AE 2017 and have to say it it has been the most stress free, organised, well executed, highly spiritual umrah I've performed yet. Where I was able to focus solely on self development because everything else was taken care of Sheikh months before we even travelled. Having access to Sheikh pre, during and post Umrah at the tip of your finger meant all my questions were answered, all my problem solved, all my anxiety dealt with and I was just able to then enjoy the whole experience. I laughed so much, I cried so much, I learnt so much and I will love to do it all over again.Jazakamullahu khairan to you and your team Sheikh, I hope to join you once again for Hajj 2017 🙂
As a Hajj guide you would struggle to find someone better than Sheikh Abu Eesa. He provided us with detailed lessons on the fiqh of Hajj, practical advice on how to make the most of your Hajj and answering questions on any topic at anytime. Sheikh looked after our group very well making himself available at all times (to both brothers and sisters), leading the group through the Umrah and Hajj rituals and spending countless hours answering questions on coach rides, in class and on the WhatsApp group that was set up. Due to the Sheikh’s easy going nature, knowledge and experience of Hajj, my Hajj was stress free and an enjoyable experience. I would recommend this package to anyone regardless of if they are travelling on their own or with family.
We performed Hajj with Shaykh AE in 2016 Alhamdulilah. It was an absolutely amazing experience. We knew from the start that it was the scholar accompanying the group that was important to us, more than the package itself, as we wanted to gain maximum benefit from someone we could relate easily to. Once we saw that AE was taking a group, we jumped at the chance and booked straight away.AE says he's with you every step of the way, and he really is, humour fully intact - I never thought Hajj would include so many laughs!As a scholar, AE is second to none, he's truly one of a kind. He made the brothers and sisters feel like valued group members, remembered our names, arranged plenty of study sessions and answered all of our questions, however trivial. If you want an intimate, educational and supportive Hajj group with fun included and a truly accessible, approachable scholar who will go out of his way for you then this is the group for you!
Salam brothers and sisters, I was a very fortunate one who got to complete my hajj with my husband in 2016. The whole experience of Hajj is incredible however hajj with Sheikh Abu Eesa is the next level! Our Sheikh is mashAllah amazing. Sheikh explains everything to you all at the right time. As cheesy as it sounds if I could do hajj every year I would no doubt choose to do hajj with AE hands down! Brothers and sisters hajj with AE is amazing you will learn so much with sheikh and also have fun.
Alhamdulillah I've been to hajj more than once and I can truly say hajj with AE was the best. Shaykh is very knowledgeable and is very experienced. Mashallah tabarakallah shaykh is an ocean of knowledge and he truly does ihsaan when it comes to his halaqa sessions and Q and A. He really goes out of his way to look after his hajj group (this includes declining lavish parties) The hajj group usually will consist of like minded people who want to improves their Islamic knowledge. In AE 's own words "the people you go to hajj with can either make or break your hajj"Inshallah I will like to do hajj and umrah with AE again.Inshalalh if you got to hajj or umrah with AE you will not be disappointed from a knowledge and personal support point of view, however certain logistic issues will be out of his control.
Hajj with AE has been the most inspiring journey. I loved every moment. I can only say that it was the best experience ever. Shaykh was readily available for any questions and queries. He was there for us throughout the compete journey. Anytime you needed him he was by your side. With the most beautiful smile to assist you. Not once did I feel that he was unhelpful. On a massive once in a lifetime journey it is crucial to have a man such as AE by your side. I questioned a lot and he loved answering them even more. (I hope)The guided tours were awesome as he walked us through the detailed descriptions of the historical facts and spiritual benefits. The bus journeys were very informative which you don't normally get. Well , I have never experienced the likes of this on the umrahs I have been on before. In times of hardship he had a way to uplift our spirits and keep us motivated. AE with his knowledge and experience encouraged us how to best benefit from the actions of worship that are highly rewardable in accordance with the prophetic way. One of the greatest gems AE left me with is the mannerism of Dua which was a bonus.If anyone is looking to perform hajj, has to go with the Shaykh. I never knew him before I went on hajj yet I feel like we are the best of friends now. May Allah reward him for his efforts and selflessness.
HajjwithAE 2016 was well planned, well organised, well executed and a real family atmosphere throughout. I'm sure the rest of the HajjwithAE 2016 family will agree that for anyone looking to perform hajj in a great atmosphere with full knowledge of what, when, why and how to fulfil all rites then hajjwithAE is definitely recommended.
Being able to go on Hajj and have Shaykh Abu Eesa guiding us was a great blessing alhamdulillah. Shaykh encouraged a real sense of unity between us, a friendly approach that meant there were many moments of laughter and a vast wealth of knowledge which proved very beneficial for our group study and Q&A sessions throughout the trip. He held online sessions beforehand and was dedicated in replying to all of our emails in order to make sure we were fully prepared. He helped us to perform our hajj in perfect accordance with the Sunnah. He made himself available to us to give us guided tours around the area and was patient and understanding to all of the needs of the group. May Allah reward him for us efforts and accept it from us all.