Shaykh Abu Eesa Niamatullah is one of the most popular scholars in the UK and is globally known simply as “AE”. He combines experience, knowledge and a modern understanding and application which is unique and utterly relevant. Don’t be fooled by his jocular exterior – he has been teaching and giving guidance for many years, and importantly for our industry, has been successfully leading Hajj groups around the world for over 20 years. His personal attention to students, always “getting involved”, and insistence on turning every trip into a personal tarbiyyah project for each individual, makes him perfect to give that one-to-one time and care to our pilgrims in our “Hajj with AE” Hajj, ‘Umrah and Islamic Tour excursions.
Born in London, England, he tracks his roots to the Naser Kheil tribe of the North West Frontier in Pakistan. He studied both Pharmacy at the University of Manchester and then Anthropology, and then later studied Arabic, Islamic Law and the Qur’an with its memorisation from scholars in a diverse array of locations in the East and West. His time spent with many different teachers has led to a real variety of experiences and depth in the Islamic Sciences which are so famously expressed in Shaykh AE’s multi-dimensional da’wah and teachings.
Shaykh Abu Eesa is a senior instructor at the AlMaghrib Institute where he teaches the Fiqh of Hajj, as well as other subjects. He previously served as the Resident Scholar of Cheadle Masjid in South Manchester, yet still continues to teach Fiqh weekly there as part of an onsite and online initiative known as “Logical Progression.” He was the previous Resident Scholar of the 1st Ethical Charitable Trust in Bolton, an organisation dedicated to civic engagement and Islamic legal and financial education; he was the original founder of ‘Prophetic Guidance’ (PG) and still remains as the main teacher presenting PG’s classes and events such as the “Last Testament” play; his commentary to ‘al-Adab al-Mufrad’ class is still aired today on Islamic TV channels. He is also the Vice-Chair of the Al-Qalam Sharī‘ah Panel, the UK’s premier fatwa body for legal and financial concerns.