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This was my first umrah and I am grateful that I had Sheikh AE as the group leader and it's safe to say the benchmark for future umrahs is pretty high!A lot of umrah groups out there would arrive in Makkah first to perform umrah but Sheikh emphasised spending the first few days in Madinah reliving the sunnah of the Prophet s.a.w., visiting the historical sites, preparing mentally and physically, getting use to the change in environment and soak it all up so it can elevate the spiritual journey to Makkah to perform our umrah. Sheikh goes above and beyond to ensure you perform your umrah to the highest quality not just during the trip but well in advance with online webinar and materials to give you a head start. Post-trip, he leaves you motivated to improve your deen and be the best muslim you can be while keeping his british humor intact!I cannot see myself performing future umrahs and hajj (inshaAllah) with any other teacher and I pray Allah gives him the strength, sustenance and ease to continue bringing groups for umrah and hajj every year. Ameen.
Saidia Bouzarif Ali
I went to Umrah on November 2019It was great and very spiritual I really learned a lot from this experience it was my fourth Umrah but this one was different because we had a cheikh AEI am looking for another Umrah with himThank you cheikh
If you're looking for a leader who's going to fluff everything up for you and focus on cultural aspects of religion than this is not for you. AE will focus on all the things that are vitally important, that we forget and take for granted. His one goal is getting you in sync with Allah (SWT) and seeing beyond the materials of this world. For the most part he still holds your hand and babies the ones that need it, but he's honest and straightforward. I did Umrah for my first time with him and cannot see myself going with anyone else. Or anyone else having the capability to educate us the way we should be and prepare us for what needs to be done the way he did. He's also an absolute comedian which breaks the ice on many things and allows you to get to know him. I mean I could teach him a joke or two but he's pretty good for a Brit. All in all Shaykh AE is an incredibly determined and personable teacher. You'd be lucky if you went with him, I definitely was. Also he is extremely supportive, through the trip and even after.
Salaam Alaikum All ! Happy to share my Umrah November 2019 Experience. My first Umrah Trip was with my family about 10 years ago, and my second Umrah Trip was with the group & Shaykh AE this November 2019. Wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but a few weeks prior to the trip I was happy to have received a webinar info from Shaykh AE as to what to expect on our trip & homework assignments via email for us all. It felt like a crash course. The Shaykh is very upfront, direct, & straightforward which is what I appreciated and told us to be specific in your Dua List. That prepwork prepared & helped me beforehand & made me to be focused on my Dua List for my Friends, Family, & Muslim Umrah who are going thru challenging times. He mentioned to be very clear & focused on what Duas you would do for example on the “Muslim Umrah going thru challenges’ not just I give them Dua and wish them well. But to be clear, concise, & specific. There was complete support for you 24/7. You could Text or WhatsApp anytime of the day or night even while you were at the Haram at 3 AM in the morning and had questions about the rituals you were performing. There is also a schedule that the Shaykh gives you prior to the trip, which lists our day to day activities. If you wish to join those activities that is entirely up to you. You are given the choice to join those activities or just focus on your Ibadah. Pretty straightforward ! It was great to connect & meet people from all over the world, from the U.K. to Canada, to of course the United States, and to hear about the reasons why many wanted to make this spiritual journey. Overall this trip was a Transformative & Spiritual experience for me and would highly recommend that you travel with Shaykh AE for Umrah. Haven’t tried HajjwithAE but definitely hope to do that soon InshAllah.
Salaams went to Umrah with Sheikh AE in November 2019 it was a great experience. It was my 3rd Umrah with my 2 besties 💓from Memphis TN . Sheikh loved the Schedule, it was very informative spiritually and a moving experience. Insha Allah if I get the opportunity again will definitely hope to go with your group..Loved the prep work helped a lot to be focused on the dua list. Jzk.
All i can say is book with this group and thank me later 😊This truly was an amazing group and i was so fortunate to have taken this journey with them.Everything from A to Z is meticulously planned to make it right for you. You literally have nothing to worry about. The group leaders main priority is you and they work tirelessly to make sure that everyone is catered for. Any worries or issues you have the groups leaders and shiekhs are there from the very beginning to listen help and advise. May Allah reward them immensely. With this group you will not just perform Hajj but you will go on a journey which will make you realise the true essence of Hajj. You will not just go through the motions of Hajj but you get to understand each ritual and study why it is performed, giving you greater depth and meaning.This is Hajj not the easy way but the Sunnah way. If you want to make the most of your Hajj book with this group I cannot recommend them enough!
Highly recommended Masha’Allah what a journey!! Its been the most excellent and unforgettable experience of our lives. Never knew a hajj can also be educational too. SubhanAllah sheikh AE is just an amazing personality and has such a vast knowledge. If Allah bless us again in future I would go with HajjwithAE. Everything was so structured and planned you feel like a family. DarElSalam team were thoroughly professional and sorted if any problem with ease. Don’t leave it till end, if you make your niyah book in advance before it’s full.
Motivational, challenging, rewarding and supportive.A few words to relate to HajjwithAE.Brilliant experience from before the trip with supportive online webinars. There is homework but it prepares you for the trip.During, as the while supporting staff are there for you 24/7 nothing is too small.And after. The support continues, with questions being answered, and guidance given.HajjwithAE is like a family experience, the while group bonds and grows together.If you just want to perform Hajj, not a group for you. You get a Far greater experience the sunnah way.I cannot recommend this group enough. I trip that I will remember for the rest of my life!
Hajj with AE 2019 is an experience that was over and above what I thought my experience of Hajj will be. This package was the most organised and thought out Hajj package I have seen out there. You can be a very well organised Hajj package but to have the spiritual connection and opportunity to learn and improve yourself whilst on this journey was the thing that set Hajj with AE aside from the rest.Hajj can be a tick box exercise but everything that we did was done according to the Sunnah and that added depth to the experience and a lasting impression on my practice when I got back.My husband and I wanted something that provided the logistical support in the best way without full on luxury. We wanted to come out of our comfort zone which would result us establishing a better connection with our creator and prepare us for coming back to reality of the Duniyah as Hajjis. We wanted to keep that feeling alive from when doing 24 hour ibadah during our Hajj to coming back to our normal daily routines. Right from the start we had dialogue with Sheikh and his team for any question we had on Fiqh without this I couldn’t have maximised on my Hajj and come away feeling satisfied that I tried my best to perform Hajj in the best way possible. I couldn’t have asked for a better team to lead us with the best of banter to help during those trying times. The knowledge is on point and we had the benefit of having several knowledgeable teachers amongst us throughout our Hajj.A lot of thought and effort has been put into this package and if you are ready to embrace the whole experience and put your trust in Hajj with AE. You will definitely come back a better person than you were before going on this trip of a lifetime. You will meet like-minded people that become lifelong friends as Allah swa has chosen the group you are to go with, it makes it them that bit more special. The experience of the pre Hajj and Hajj itself was enough for us but what sealed the deal for me was the after support you have to keep striving is there for when you come back. I have known many people that have been and done Hajj and they are left to there on devices. Hajj with AE is a long-term relationship that can only bring the best out of you for the rest of your days on this earth.Look forward to booking with you once my children are old enough to perform Hajj inshallah. I would want them to go with anyone else.Dua for this amazing team for helping us strive to get the most of our Hajj experience and giving us the most amazing memories.
Hajj with AE. SubhanAllah. where does one begin? My husband and I went with ae for Hajj 2019. Unfortunately my visa didnt come through till the very end( after all the group had left and hajj days were starting in about 5 days.) What can I say? I expected us to be alone in this wait, but subhanAllah AE was amazing, he checked on us every day literally!even when he himself was travelling and when he was sick. He sent us motivational messages to keep our morale high and helped us immensely in staying put and thankful for Allah swt plans. When we reached mecca, literally speaking the WHOLE GROUP knew us and had been praying for us, I have never felt so much love from complete strangers ever before! We hadnt met sheikh before, but he treats everyone the same, no discrimination, he laughs, jokes, guides, corrects, suggests all brilliantly. You can tell he puts his heart and soul behind the experience, breaks everything down and most imp hes always always accessible- so if you need a fiqhi ruling or want to know about any mistakes or general info,about any aspect of hajj or otherwise, you can ask him like you would a friend. My fav bit has to be how involved sheikh is, he motivates you and pushes you to do your best till you get back-he even points out the best time to fall sick 🤣in short if you want a fun filled, educational hajj completely following the sunnah then AE is the best no doubt👌. He will prepare you for everything esp the base camp classes were amazing. We all are still in awe. and not to forget the chief, and br shehzad and the rest of the team!! May Allah swt accept all the good (never ending mashallah)they do and all the support they provide throughout! Allah huma ameen!
Where do i start, Alhumdulilah by the will of Allah after reading all sorts of horror stories we selected Hajj with AE and Alhumdulilah for that. From the beginning shaikh Abu Esa involvements with everyone on an individual level was exemplary, something you don't expect in this day and age. He and his team are personnally invested into this programme and they leave no stone unturned to make sure everyone has a rewarding experience. This plus the shaikh's insistence on following the sunnah to every minute detail with detailed explanations at every stage makes this trip a full tarbiyah programme not just a ritual. Words can't do justice to the experience, from the classes to the excursions everything is well thought of to get you ready for the main days of hajj which is all that matters on this trip. Fair warning though it is not going to be a walk in the park but every bead of sweat is worth it in the end. May Allah accept it from everyone involved and I will definetely recommend hajjwithae.
I've been on both Umrah & Hajj with AE, in both cases without a mahram and in both cases it didn't feel like it. The amount of care and preparation that is put into the journey is so thorough on all aspects: fiqh, legalities, spirituality, practicalities, logistics, tours, lessons: all of it! These packages don't just focus on you performing the rituals, but also on teaching & learning from one another, and making sure you carry on after. You feel really taken care of, and I couldn't recommend it enough.
Hajj 2019Fantastic experience with an excellent group of like-minded people guided by a fantastic team and group leaders in Shaikh AE and shaikh AG. Excellent programme leading up to hajj and throughout the entire trip. Would definitely recommend to anyone planning hajj.
My hajj experience this year exceeded my expectations and was most definitely a memorable and life changing experience for me. From start to finish we were well informed and well looked after. Shaykh AE and his team made sure we had an amazing hajj. We were fortunate enough to have classes dedicated to the fiqh of hajj. Which in my opinion is a must for anyone considering going on Hajj. There were so many moment that I felt blessed and thankful to Allah swt that we were performing our hajj with an amazing group. I would highly recommend Hajj with AE to all my family and friends.
We chose this group over a two week non-shifting package. So glad that we did it Alhamdulillah. For us the special highlight was their Tarbiyyah program. Daily lectures and reminders by Sheikh AE served as Imaan boosters. He and his team did their best to help us perform hajj in accordance with Sunnah. Highly recommended for all those who want to have an additional advantage of educational and learning experience on this spiritual journey.
Hajj with AE was the last Hajj package I expected to go on. I’d come across Abu Eesa through AlMaghrib and his LP course, but I wasn’t comfortable with his jokey manner. However, after looking at several other packages and asking for recommendations, this was the package that seemed to be coming out as the favourite. I wanted a package that would support me to complete my Hajj according to the Sunnah, one that I could go on without a mahram, and one that fitted my timing. I was assured that this package met those requirements and also that Abu Eesa took things more seriously when it came to the Hajj. I was however wary of the group aspect of his package, of having to do everything with a large group of people all the time, but I was reassured that it would be possible to break away from the group if I felt the need. So I decided to give it a go. Based on his 20 years of experience of taking groups to Hajj, Abu Eesa has tailored this package to make sure he offers the best Hajj experience that he can, and he asked us just to trust him. I decided to go along with this and see what he had to offer, and I wasn’t disappointed. Through talks, group outings and the relationships we built up over the three weeks, we were prepared both in the head and the heart, and in our expectations, to perform the Hajj as close to the Sunnah as possible. I’m not usually a crier, but there were many points during the Hajj that I found myself in floods of tears through the deep emotional connection I felt with Allah subhana wataala! I can’t thank Abu Eesa and his team for all the time and preparation they put into this trip…they were truly there to serve us. Logistically Dar el Salaam offered an amazing service in terms of the hotels, outings, catering, etc. And lastly, I want to thank Allah subhana wataala for making it all possible, for bringing us all together and enabling us to have a wonderful Hajj. May He accept it from us all!
Performing hajj is undoubtedly a phenomenal experience but going with AE and his team truly enabled us to experience this journey to a much higher degree. We were provided with all the support we needed pre-hajj in terms of logistics, what we needed to bring along and tips on preparing ourselves spiritually. We also had the opportunity to begin getting to know our group members whom are all now like a second family! Our experience during those three weeks covered classes by Shaykh AE covering the rites of hajj and other issues so we were all fully prepared for the days of hajj. The itinerary of this journey is definitely one that has had extreme thought and care put into - every choice by AE and his team meant that we gained the most beneficial experience. Also, the constant support and contact by AE and his team meant that all worries were put to the side. This hajj package is ideal for those who are looking to perform hajj according to the sunnah, wanting to gain beneficial knowledge and be part of an amazing hajj family! JazakAllah khayrun to AE and his amazing team for such an unforgettable experience. From Ruba and family
Syed Zahid Ali
I must say, throughout this blessed journey I had an amazing time and Hajj with AE made every moment feel special both spiritualy and educationally. Having the luxury of a very accessible scholar has made the whole experience even better. I hope all the future hujjaj have a very blessed and enlightening journey. Ameen.
Purposeful, Profound and Powerful is how I would describe my Hajj with AE:The entire Hajj experience brought about a sense of purpose I'd never experienced before. It reinforced tawheed unlike any other act of worship and a large part of that experience was owing to Sheikh AE's mission to bring out the best versions of ourselves, to step our game to a new level, enhance the love for our deen and our connection with our maker. His approach brought about a sense of purpose I'd only felt when I first started practicing.So, if you want your Hajj to be a truly transformative one, a Hajj with structured learning and tarbiya and a Hajj which pushes you to be the best version of yourself while out there and when you return then this definitely for you! Sheikh and his team really go out of their way to make your Hajj an outstanding experience and you feel the benefits of their commitment to serve their hujjaaj. Not only does Sheikh make himself available 24/7, he puts on a robust itinerary with guided tours to all the significant places in Mecca and Madinah. Not least, we had talks from Sheikh Yasir Qadhi who shared the same building as us in Aziziyeh. I could honestly go on and on, but I’ll stop here and conclude.Sheikh has been taking people to Hajj for well over a decade, his knowledge of our deen and ability to navigate Hajj is incredible and his formula really works. Trust in his plan and I promise you it'll be an unforgettable, life-changing experience! I can’t recommend HajjwithAE enough and I can’t wait to go back with AE for Umrah soon inshaAllah!
Going hajj was amazing, going with #hajjAE was even more amazing. from the moment we landed to the moment we got back home. The service we received from dar el salam and sheikh was beyond 5* , without the 5* price. Sheikh was there 24/7 with the help of chief and lala 🤣 . The team was outstanding, the way they worked together and the way they treated each individual. Everything was personal to u and only you. The amount of knowledge they have between them and the knowledge AE has and how he shared it with us. Th amazing stories of mount uhud, kaba and medina. Its bringing it all back to me, wish I was there now 😔. #hajjAE2019 was the best and meeting different people from all walks of life are now our hajj family. Definitely a must to go with a knowledgeable person, the fun and laughter is top behaviour too.
Myself and my husband were in the HajjAE19 group, it was an amazing experience, from the preparation months before to post Hajj. The hotels were really good, close and convenient and lots of yummy food provided. Throughout our 3 week trip AE was always available, the team he has around him are very organised and helpful. We had the best experience of our lives and made some amazing friendships. If you’re thinking of going Hajj, it’s a no brainer Hajj with AE you won’t be disappointed.
If you want more out of your hajj experience, then hajjwithae is the package you *have* to choose. Sheikh AE invests a lot of time in his group and makes sure that we make the most of every single bit of our journey. He doesn’t just take you there with his team making sure all is well with accommodation and food, etc, but AE invests time in each and every single person. As someone who went without a mahram, the team made sure I had absolutely nothing to worry about and the journey was unbelievably smooth. Performing hajj and umrah can feel a little daunting on your own, but AE prepares you in a way where he doesn’t miss anything out, and you begin to relax, feeling excited to get there and experience the journey of a lifetime. We would wake up for tahajjud and have group Quran sessions, q&a with the sheikh, and other study groups - this all brought about a sense of family being there with the sisters and working together. And if we had any issues, AE and the team were always to hand no matter what. I knew that this was the best package for me, but I genuinely didn’t think that they would go above and beyond to make sure that everyone was comfortable, knew what they were doing, not missing out a single thing, and truly truly making your hajj the best it could be. The way AE kept the group together at every part of the hajj allows you form some amazing friendships. I would only recommend this group if you want to get a little more out of your hajj experience
Alhamdulillah, such an amazing blessed journey! I can honestly say that this trip has been the most rememberable, educational, spiritual and fulfilling journey that I have ever been on. This trip wouldn’t have gone so smoothly without Sh Abu Esa and the team (Sh Abdul Ghafoor, Shazad, Usman, Danish, Dr Abid) for using their expert knowledge and experiences to efficiently plan and organise the whole trip with every detail into consideration including hotels basic and 5*, food, trips, radios so we can all hear everything clearly, schedule time table, lectures, classes, Quran classes, advice on anything and everything relevant and then you get the funny banter which is a bonus. The whole team are truly a lovely bunch of individuals, full of character and enthusiasm, who genuinely want to help and make things easier where possible (24/7). The trip was so much more and better than any expectation that I had, and my words definitely don’t do any justice for how good the team were. Should anyone choose to do any trip with this amazing team, I would definitely recommend it.
Allah swt places certain individuals in your life for a purpose. I could have easily have gone with a group that was close to home and I’m sure I would have ticked all the obligatory boxes to complete Hajj.However my Rabb knew that I wanted so much more and I’ll will be eternally grateful to have completed Hajj with a group that took our Hajj experience to a new level.This is a group of likeminded individuals that desire to go way beyond achieving their Fardh, who have a passion to learn about their beautiful deen and will strive as a family to achieve the sweetness of Iman. And in my opinion their is no other group or Sheikh like Sh AE and his group leaders that can facilitate this. Blessed individuals that will go above and beyond to support you and ensure you reach your full potential as a Hujjaj! I feel like the most blessed person to have been chosen by Allah swt to have gone with Hajj AE.The best experience of my life Alhumdulilah.
Hajj with AE truly captures the spiritual essence of Hajj. I'd recommend this trip to anyone who wants to elevate their hajj to the next level instead of a check-box routine. This isn't the kind of trip where you meet people once and forget who they are. Sh Abu Eesa and his team work hard in ensuring that each Hajj group becomes a family, one that continue their journey together post hajj. Hajj isn't a vacation nor do they let you treat it like one. You will be pushed to maximise yourself on this trip, attend lectures and bring your dua game. I believe Hajj with AE is a truly transformative journey. You will not regret picking this group IF this is what you are looking for!
Incredible experience throughout and best decision ever going with Sheikh AE Alhamdulillah. From the logistics of the dates and itinerary to the hotels, the lessons, the ziyarahs and Hajj days themselves all well thought out and done in a way which maximised our experience and kept us fresh and able to make the most of it. Don't look further if you would like to complete the Hajj to the Sunnah whilst learning at the same time and being part of an amazing group dynamic which takes the experience to the next level. You're in touch with each other for several months beforehand and continue to do so after you return! The train from Madinah to Makkah was an added bonus which made Umrah much easier and a normally tiring journey very stress free. JazakAllahu Khairan to the team: Sheikh Abu Eesa, Sheikh Abdigaffar, Usman, Shazad and Danish for an amazing Hajj experience Alhamdulillah. #bringgaryback2020
What can I say. I have been to Hajj once before, but our experience this year was absolutely amazing. It was so obvious that Abu Eesa and his team had put an immense amount of thought into planning every detail of the package - and we experienced this on every day of our journey. I’ve spoken to a lot of people who have also been on Hajj, and I’ve got to say what we got out of this blessed programme was way beyond others. Would 100% recommend this package to everybody who wants to complete their Hajj, but also wants an experience that will help them complete a Hajj that is of a high spiritual quality I.e not just doing the basics but really benefiting from the Hajj. Alhamdulillah this really is a beautiful group with a great Hajj package.
everything!! The tour operator and the management and knowledge and the company witj sheikh AE was incomparable
I have been an Online student of AE for a number of years. I had some opportunities to learn from him in person with Fiqh of Salah, Fiqh of death and various other topics.My husband went on hajj with AE in 2016 and his experience was awesome. My husband is “home guy” he is happiest at home, but after his hajj trip he looked dazed for months. I would ask what was wrong and he always said “I would rather be back there. Can’t imagine what’s it’s like to have no worries of this world but total engagement is ibadah.” His experience ignited my own quest for hajj as soon dates will allow, with 4 children, it a calendar battle. But Alhamdulillah it was all about hajjwithAE2019. I booked umrah dec2018 to prepare. It was fab experience. Very relaxing educational and we were well looked after.AE and his team are supper diligent planners and the programme allowed for education, shopping and personal ibadah time. I couldn’t believe that you can meet total strangers and in matter of weeks form such deep friendships.The hotel used on both trips were within steps from harams, couldn’t stay in bed for the jamaat time. Because they are great hotels, the food choice is great too. On Hajj I shared with 3 ladies and we got along very well.AE doesn’t just lead a group, he is available to you MashaAllah. Very approachable, arranges group Q&A and makes it his business that you get the historical benefit of these places too. You are guided every step of the way.If you are looking for a hajj or umrah which is spiritually uplifting, educational, morally grounding, engaging and life transforming then look no further than HajjwithAE. Best part of the pack is that you can continue to learn with him after your journey because you do become part of the family (for knowledge, banter and all).
Salaam all! We have just come off this amazing journey with Abu Eesa and Subhan'Allah, what an amazing journey it was. If you're thinking about going on Hajj to really connect with Allah and do more than just the fardh rites, this Hajj group is for you. JazakumAllah Khayr for all your support Shayk. Sunyia and Mutasim Billah
What a blessing it was going for hajj with AE! From the preparation till the end and beyond AE put his 150% into everything what he does. If you want to seek knowledge accompanied with a superb group and not just 'get your hajj done' then I would highly recommend going with him! A 5* organisation and delivery! May Allah shower him with His blessing and give him alFirdaous!
Salam all! Literally feeling very emotional since I’ve been back from hajj with AE! Every moment every second was so amazing and memorable. SubhanAllah an experience to remember for a lifetime. Reason for that is AE makes that experience simply the best. Meets every need one can want at hajj. Full of surprises and very detailed studying of hajj also. At first when I began saving for hajj I had seen many other cheaper packages. But trust me guys every penny was worth spending! Definitely recommend 😊
This is not an ordinary Hajj package it is an experience which includes Hajj and Umrah with a great set of like-minded Brothers and Sisters led by a fully involved Sheikh and group leaders. It’s not a walk in the park but fully interactive with learning but when you emerge from this physical and spiritual upgrading you will feel a full sense of achievement and feel part of a family.
Having made the intention to go for Hajj we knew it had to be with Hajj with AE and it was the best decision we ever made Alhamdulillah! We had spiritual and practical support before we even got there.Medina hotel was excellent location. We were emersed in knowledge and history through the lectures, visits and talks we had there Makkah hotel was again a brilliant choice, great location and service. The hotels aside the level of attention given to us as a group was amazing, we had the Sheikhs advice and help 24/7 and had the opportunity to learn so much Alhamdulillah.Sheikh and his team work on making the group feel like a family and he makes you all come together and it's a truly wonderful experience of finding family away from family. Before the Hajj days we had daily fiqh lectures, Qur'an classes and guidance and Alhamdulillah were really well prepared for the days ahead.We also had the added wealth of knowledge that Sheikh Yasir Qadhi brought as we shared our shisha residence with his group and had many shared lectures. We had a surprise and awesome lecture by Sheikh Omar Suleman.In summary Hajj with AE was an amazing experience and I feel like if you want to learn and be taught how to do your best to follow the sunnah of Hajj then Hajj with AE is the group to opt for.May Allah SWT keep the paths to knowlege open for us all and keep the Hajj with AE team continuing with its excellent work, Ameen.
The experience is far beyond just achieving your fardh. If you want to acquire knowledge and strive for achieving a Hajj similar to our beloved Rasul then Hajj with AE is the package you want to go with. Loved the experience, the care and education that I received. Jazakum Allahu Khairan to whole team.
Alhamdulillah was able to go hajj this year with my husband..couldn't have chosen much better group than Hajj with AE..Masha'Allah from start to finish the whole team guided us all the way..was so glad i booked with them..😊😊 i would highly recommend Hajj with AE if you are thinking of going for hajj or even umrah..some truly wonderful relationships have been made on this journey of a lifetime Alhamdulillah was so blessed..❤
Thank You Abu Eesa and Usman for a very knowledgeable trip. I’ve learned a lot and would recommend them highly. 5*
Aamna Zeenat Hussain
An amazing experience! I recently performed my first Umrah with my family with the April 2019 group and I couldn't recommend umrah with sheikh AE enough. The organisation and abundance of knowledge and guidance provided exceeded my expectations in every way. Brother Usman and Sheikh go out of their way to really look after you. When speaking to friends who have performed umrah themselves or with other groups and comparing the experience we had- I am SO grateful that we chose to go with Sheikh AE. Everyone in the group really does become a family and Sheikh has continued to provide guidance to all the group members long after the trip.There was no worrying about exactly what to do and if there was any confusion it was cleared up by sheikh right away and also no stress of organising things yourself which allowed us to fully focus on the reason why we are there and on our relationship with Allah Swt. Alhamdulillah. Insha'Allah we will also perform Hajj with Ae in the near future!
This was my first Umrah trip and it's safe to say that I couldn't have hoped for a better experience. From looking after my whole family which included a 10 month year old baby (which tbf had the whole 50 people looking after her through the trip) to providing a thorough education and answering long burning questions I can not praise AE enough on how accessible he was and how much Usman also looked after us. We're three weeks since and AE is still in touch answering our questions and guiding us constantly. Highly recommend!
I have never had the opportunity to perform Umrah so after much consultation with my close friends and family, I was advised to book with AE. My friends really put the pressure on me to book with AE and now I can see why. Allhumdulilah performing Umrah with AE has been the best experience of my life! From the get go everything was so seamlessly simple in regards to booking, Visa’s, everything was taken care for us. Prior to leaving we used social media to get to know one another on a more personal note which really enhanced the relationships within our Umrah group, we even had a live class hosted by AE and Usman (The Chief) which helped us understand what was required from us on a physical and spiritual level.This package has the best of both worlds, you stay in luxurious 5* hotels however this is not a holiday, rather a spiritual retreat. This package is what you make of it. If you take on all the classes and sessions hosted by AE & Usman then this is an intense focus on Tarbiyah (Development) and Ibaadah (Worship) in accordance to the Sunnah of the Prophet SAW. As most of the sessions are marked optional this also makes it family friendly, or more easier for those who are elderly or disabled. This is because it allows the flexibility to also have “me time” or “family time” which is appreciated. The optional sessions include group reading of the Quran, tour of the Rawdah and the Prophet’s house, walking tour to masjid Quba, Mount Uhud, Quran Museum, Fiqh Classes, Group Tawaaf and the list goes on….. Although these are “optional” I would highly recommend everyone to get involved and take part in these small activities as it really adds to the experience! It is important to note that AE and Usman use small radios and a Telegram chat on the phone to ensure everyone is absorbing the important information and ensuring that the group is kept well communicated and updated. The radios are so beneficial in the sense that if there were no radios, I’ve no idea how I would hear AE amongst the commotion in Makkah and Madinah! AE and Usman are both amazing at keeping tabs with all members of the group and ensuring each and every individual understands what they are doing. I think one thing to make mention of is the fact that AE emphasises that there are no silly questions, so this encourages confidence to ask away! - not forgetting countless Q&A sessions that AE holds formally and informally in his own time which is deeply appreciated.As a group leader, AE’s sense of humour really does make the day better! His banter and love for his “lala” is really admirable and not only are you getting an amazing teacher, you are also getting a friend! He is still in touch with us all after Umrah which shows you how genuine he is.I would definitely recommend anyone who hasn’t been or even has been to give AE’s package a shot! It will definitely be worth it!
Umrah with Abu Esa (and Usman) was an amazing experience. Having just spent ten days in April, completing Umrah for the first time ever, I have already recommended going with AE on Hajj/Umrah to my family and friends and extend that recommendation to anyone reading this! From the moment we decided to go, everything was made easy for us, we simply had to book our places, buy our sandals and arrive at the airport where everything including Visas had been arranged for us. Logistically the whole experience was made easy. We were given orientations as soon as we landed, knew exactly where to find food, where to find sims, and with the help of the telegram group - where to find each other. We had access to the schedule weeks before we left, so we knew what was expected of us and the stamina this trip would require of us (or not, most of the activities were labelled optional, and therefore very family friendly). Having attended the majority of the activities and lessons, I'd recommend going to them all and really getting the most of the experience. The best bit by far though is the guidance you are continually given. Its a spiritual and emotional experience, but a big educational one as well. No time was left un-used, any time the group was together, we had headsets which would allow us to hear the sheikh imparting his knowledge. This enabled us to listen and learn whilst having a historical tour of al Masjid an Nabawi, completing a group tawaf on the roof of Masjid al Haram, but also on coach rides and any small moments in between. Completing umrah for the first time could have easily been a very overwhelming and confusing experience, but we were given the tools to be able to complete it with confidence and more importantly according to the Sunnah. InshaAllah one day soon, I can complete Hajj with AE too. I would 10/10 recommend 🙂
Fizi B Adreesy
Asalaamu'alaikum,I was blessed enough to be part of the April 19 umrah family and am happy to report everything exceeded expectations! The team, sheikh and chief pay so much attention to detail that you don't have to worry about a thing. Everything was super organised from weeks in advance where we were provided with itineraries and pre-reading. The whole trip was packed with meaningful activities: walk to masjid Qu'ba, mount Uhud (my favourite), group tawafs etc. What made this unique was that Sheikh personally kept us well informed about the history behind everything, answered questions and made sure we got the most of the experience! Not only did we learn lots, but Sheikh's banter made the whole experience so much more enjoyable! If you're looking for a 5 star package, where you are pushed to make the best out of your ibadah and du'a whilst learning 100 new facts a day in a warm and comfortable atmosphere then I would definitely recommend booking with AE! May Allah swt reward the team immensely. 😊
Had an amazing and eye opening time away on Umrah over the 2019 Easter break with Sheikh AE. We were after an Umrah with a difference - we wanted guidance, we wanted to learn, and we wanted to understand the way to do things, not just properly, but to try and make it the best Umrah it could be inshAllah. Allhamdulillah, we learnt a great deal about our religion in general, and were among great company. We are hoping to go on Hajj in the near future inshAllah, and would love to be among Sheikh AE’s group for this. I would highly recommend this Umrah group for anyone looking to not just perform Umrah, but learn more about their religion and someone who wants to try and lift themselves even higher in their Deen.
Alhamdulilah I’ve been fortune enough to make Ummrah a few times but in comparison to past visits the best parallel I can make is to say this... the visits with AE would be like discovering you’ve been watching your favourite film in standard definition while it’s available in HD. AE really made the entire process a wonderful experience and not a visit. The schedule was relevant, educational, enriching and inclusive. AE made the effort to get to know everyone on the group and deployed an open door policy that my teenager took full advantage of - no question too silly or off limits. As a family we loved every moment and are hoping to go again soon in sha Allah. Although next time I may fast forward AE’s attempt at his Yemeni dancing! 😂
We’ve just come back from Umrah with Abu Eesa’s April 2019 group and what an amazing experience it was Alhamdullillah. My husband and I went with both our kids (5 and 8 years old), our mums and our sister. We had both done Umrah before (10 years plus) but this time we wanted to increase our knowledge and really give it our all. We also wanted it to be a great first experience for our kids. We definitely picked the right person to go with. Shaykh AE and brother Usman were amazing, everything ran like clockwork- because they’ve done this so many times. They packed in as much as they could into this trip, but at a pace that was easily manageable for our mums and kids. The hotels were amazing in location, they literally couldn’t be closer. And the rooms were great Alhamdullillah. Jazakallah khair Shaykh and brother Usman for dedicating all your time into making this trip an amazing one. You covered so much in such a small amount of time. Made us improve our dua techniques and improve the quality of our Umrah and Tawaaf. You taught us so much about the Sunnah of our beloved Prophet s.a.w. We walked to Masjid Quba with you to pray 2 nafal just as our beloved Prophet s.a.w used to- this isn’t something that we would have done had we gone alone. The numerous Q&A sessions were priceless where we could ask Shaykh anything without the worry of criticism or judgment. The tours of Masjid Nabwi and the Kaaba were amazing, the headsets that we all used made sure we didn’t miss anything that was being said by Shaykh.I’ve highly recommended it to all our family and friends and inshAllah we’d like to do Hajj within the next couple of years with AE too if Allah swt wills it, we wouldn’t even consider going with anyone else.
Apologies in advance as I’m not very good with words but faults are the easiest things to find, and yet I’m trying to find one with my hajj trip (Hajj with Ae 2018-best group ever! Though Sheikh will probably deny it- trust me and ask him lol). Everything that Sheikh promised he delivered above and beyond اللَّهُمَّ بَارِكْ لَه . Additional kudos as kept my kids in line and that was no easy fete. Would me and my family go with hajj with Ae again? In a heartbeat. Testimony enough?.
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 FAQs, 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, ma'shaAllah) 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 Umrah (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!
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.
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.
April 2019:I went to Umrah with Shaykh Abu Eesa in 2018 and decided to go again with Umrah with AE in April 2019. In the year between the two Umrah’s Shaykh Abu Eesa has continued to provide guidance and mentoring to all who have attended his Umrah groups! This is something that I was not expecting! The tarbiyyah is not restricted to the Umrah but Shaykh wants us to use the Umrah experience as a transformative experience! Shaykh and Usman ensure that the group bonds before the Umrah, during Umrah and beyond. There are daily activities during the Umrah trip, walking to Masjid Quba as the Prophet (saw) used to, visit to Uhud with accompanied with lectures and reminders. Pre-Umrah seminar and ample opportunity to ask questions! During the trip you have the option to skip activities, but really you will not want to. Having been twice, I was pleased I went both times. I can’t see myself doing Hajj with another group!!April 2018: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 !
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.