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I did Hajj 2023 with Sheikh Abu Eesa and I can't say enough about it. You'll be taken care of in every possible way. Sheikh and his entire team are phenomenal. They were there to help us with any questions we had and if we had any personal issues during Hajj they tried everything to make sure that they could answer us or accommodate us to our needs to the best of their abilities.Hajj is not easy, so many of us were tired, drained and sleep deprived but Sheikh and his team seemed to just always work around the clock to do Hajj duties and help a group of 400 people. I don't know how they do it but they do it all! Not to mention everything was just organized so beautifully that even if I tried to find any complaint, I can't.I've had families who went through different groups because of Nusuk and I was with Sheikh's group and I can say that I had such a good experience with the team compared to others who complained of so many different issues and the fact that they were not helped and their groups were not organized at all.So if you want to go with Sheikh and his team, you won't be disappointed at all and do sign up early because it's a highly popular program!Some highlights:-He does seminars leading to Hajj in advance on how to prepare for Hajj- Communication channel with Sheikh, his team and everyone in the group.- Organized schedule on what Hajj days will look like- Very detailed group led tour of Quba, Uhud, Tawaf- Morning Adhkar sessions - Well directed advice in Mina, Arafat, Madinah (shopping) and Makkah that most people are unaware of.
Highly recommend having recently came back from my Umrah trip with AE. I’ve been a number of times before but I have to say the logistical organisation, the tarbiyyah aspect, the focus and preparation on dua take the Umrah experience you will have to a whole different level. Choice of hotels is great, the group dynamic was excellent and AE makes himself available to answer concerns or questions.
I joined the 3 cities tour without a second thought after a family member recommended the programme. This was the most amazing trip I have ever been on!!! My objective was to renew my perspective of the Deen and Shaykh AE helped me achieve this and more. I consider it a huge privilege to have been in his company in 3 of the holiest places on this planet. His excellent knowledge of Quran and Hadith lifted my heart. We were able re-live the history of Islam and benefit from tarbiya through Shaykh AE throughout the trip. The people we met were all so friendly, the tours were enlightening, the hotels were lovely and the 3 cities were beautiful. Physically the trip was exhausting but I would love to do this all over again.
If you want Al Aqsa and Jerusalem to be a permanent fixture in your heart then take AE's Aqsa Tarbiyah Experience. The trip was a complete 4D experience that enveloped me in history, tadabbur, dhikr, the Sunnah, reflections and camaraderie. All this coupled with easy access to shaykh for questions and clarifications made it the most perfect trip. Shaykh doesn't just want you to visit Al Aqsa; he's a dedicated teacher who is committed to sending you home with a renewed sense of purpose and perspective. Every session is dynamic and pulls on the events around you to further contextualise and embed your learning. Our DST folks were friendly, helpful and always available to enhance the experience. Bi'ithnillah, I'm ready for "Hajj with AE"! P.S. I travelled with my mum (63 years old!) who loved the group feel and sessions with Shaykh so it really is valuable for everyone.
My first trip with AE and my first to masjid al-Aqsa. I couldn't have asked for a better trip, alhamdulilah an unforgettable 6 days.The amount of tadabbur and tafsir classes were on point, alhamdulilah. It really is an essential tarbiyyah programme.Sheikh was always ready for more questions, whether it was during the sessions or on our walks back to the hotel and this just added to the positive experience.This trip was a dream come true, and I'd recommend this taybiyyah programme to all!
masjid Al aqsa trip was a blast with sheikh AE. i am so glad we made this choice. He was with us throughout from the check at airport till we got on the bus back. every session of tafseer, dua and reflection was beyond amazing. I love how we did tadabbur on verses read in salah. the tours were amazing. I really felt I was living our history.I really recommend going with him.
I recently came back from my Umrah trip with AE. It was my first time visiting Saudi Arabia, and I had two main concerns - the Umrah preparation and navigating through the crowds in Makkah and Madinah. However, AE prepped us well in advance about the fiqh of Umrah, emphasizing the importance of Dua' preparation, and provided us with detailed orientation videos of Masjid Nabawi. As a first-time visitor, these resources were incredibly helpful. But what really sets AE's program apart from any other guided tour is the level of care put into designing the itinerary to invest in our Tarbiyaah. From focusing on the sunnah in our ritual acts of worship to providing motivational reminders that connect the seerah with our identity today as Muslims, everything was well-planned. I am grateful for AE's knowledge and pray that Allah SWT continues to bless him, allowing more people to benefit from his Knowledge.I also want to give a shout-out to DST Travels (and Br. Danish) for their logistical support on the ground, which made this pilgrimage comfortable.
I have just returned from my first Umrah 🕋 with Shaykh AE and I can honestly say it was the most amazing experience ever. AE was recommended by my niece, who had been with him previously and also went on this trip. From the pre-preparation to the sessions whilst there and the dedicated time given by AE and the DST including admin staff to Danish & all. Honestly they were on call 24/7 for absolutely anything. I have learnt so much more about our Deen, Umrah and our Prophet (SAW). AE treated everyone with utmost respect and he made it clear that that this programme was for learning, for both the beginners and the advanced. AE ensured that the group experience was positive and I met lots of lovely individuals. His moto, ‘go hard or go home,’ is true though! You really have to be dedicated in order to get the best out of your Umrah experience. AE is very knowledgeable and makes you feel at ease, he is also hilarious so there is a very good balance of seriousness and belly laughs! 😂 I would highly recommend going with AE and I hope I will be able to go on more trips with AE in the future Insha’Allah.
ridwanah asila kabir
I’ve just returned from my second umrah with AE (yes, the first trip was so good that I wanted to go with him again). If anyone is thinking of going to umrah, I would 100% recommend AE’s group, whether it’s your first time or you’ve been before. Both trips have been amazing experiences and I’ve learnt soo much. AE and his team are personally with you every single day and available literally 24/7 if you have any questions or need anything, we didn’t have to worry about a thing. I liked the format of the trip, with guided tours to key sites in both Madinah and Makkah, the prep that AE provided before we left for Saudi and also once we reached there. I could really feel that AE takes personal responsibility for ensuring everyone’s umrah went as smoothly as possible. On both my trips everyone in the group has been lovely and there has been an interesting mix of people of all ages from all over the world (and I’m not a fan of holidaying with strangers) but I guess this is not a holiday and the group vibes were actually what made the experience so enjoyable! My mum and I are actually still in touch with some of our group members from five years ago! I hope in the future I get to go on more trips with AE, insha’Allah to Al Aqsa and Hajj one day!
Visiting Al-Aqsa with Hajj with AE has been the most unforgettable experience of my lifetime. It truly was a Tarbiyyah journey beccause my son and I went in with very limited knowledge of the area but ended up learning a tremendous amount and were spiritually uplifted. Pre planning with all the zoom meetings and telegram group, led by AE himself were very helpful in planning for the trip. Even though it was a larger group (about 100 people), we never felt out of the loop. All organizers were very helpful and accessible all the time. The lectures and walking tours were broadcast by a closed circuit radio system so that everyone can stay within the loop. Overall, highly recommend and wish to join Hajj with AE soon to not only Al Aqsa but to other two holy cities as well.
My hajj with AE was everything I wanted from a Hajj experience. Somethings that stood out:1. Sheikh tells you all the details and rulings, exceptions, etc. 2. Morning adhkar sessions. I was so attached to these sessions and impressed they were part of the schedule.3. Insider's hacks like : left behind arafat snacks and also knowing to leave arafat later as opposed to right away for best results.4. Secret Dua spot on Arafat. Best.5.His contagious "excited for everything at hajj" personality. also he is funny and funny helps!6. His team was carefully curated. everyone he picked to lead us were truly concerned for us and went above and beyond to protect us.7. Shopping was best in Medinah and at the clock tower , and clock tower basement shops.8. Aziziya strategic hotel as basecamp.Things to know. Shiekh loves ..loves to walk in a fast pace and also loves to talk while walking. He likes to use technology and Bluetooth. Walking 20 miles in one day was a true occurrence! it was very difficult for me but I was able to complete it with some encouragement.
My Unforgettable Aqsa with AE experienceThe AE/Group Suhba Dynamic: This was a phenomenal part of our Aqsa experience. The tazkiyya and knowledge circles organized by the group were incredibly enriching. Their value has reverberated within me, and as of writing this review, I can still feel the lasting benefits. If you're searching for a group and teacher to guide you through this experience, look no further.The Al-Aqsa and Jerusalem Experience:Touring the Old City was awe-inspiring, offering a deep understanding of its rich history. But what truly stood out was the overwhelming sense of Baraka that enveloped me as I stepped into Masjid Al-Aqsa. It was a spiritually rich moment that I feel is unmatched—even having been to the Haramain.Logistics of Travel to Israel/Palestine:Your journey will likely begin with a flight into Tel Aviv, and it's possible you may face some inconvenience during airport entry or exit procedures. In our case, most of the group didn't face any significant issues, but it's something to be mindful of. These are minor nuisances, especially when weighed against the transformative experience you'll have. Be prepared to either use group transport or coordinate private transport for both entry and exit. Also your baggage may get stalled and delays may happen to flights, but again read above.The Urban and Political Landscape:Before you arrive, it's important to understand that Jerusalem is not just a spiritual hub, it's a city with its own urban challenges and a complex political and social environment. I would highly recommend reading up and educating yourself about these aspects to be fully informed during your trip.In Conclusion:This was the best trip I've ever been on. The small logistical hurdles pale in comparison to the spiritual, educational, and emotional wealth I gained. Highly recommended for anyone looking to deepen their understanding of this historic and holy land.
Can recommend without a second thought. Absolutely loved the journey. Have been on both the Hajj and Aqsa programme with AE and both were amazing.Aqsa was something else, probably the most chilled out group I have travelled with. Sheikh was on point and the lessons to take away were amazing.The only thing you need when travelling with AE is to trust the process.
Amazing trip, amazing people. It was such a privilege to travel to the three sacred cities with a person of knowledge like AE. The programme was well tailored to someone like me coming from the west (or a former British colony anyway 🇭🇰). It was very helpful to be guided by shaykh to practice a purer, no nonsense type of Islam both in Aqsa and on Umrah.The logistics was well executed. I felt safe in the hands of AE’s team and DST (even as the last person to make it through security and immigration in Ben Gurion Airport).The best part was the people I met along the way - a high concentration of compassionate people with strong faith. A Turkish sister I met in Al Aqsa said to me that the fact that we all chose to come here meant we probably had more in common with each other than with people back home.Shoutout to my roommate Zahra for bearing with all my antics
I had an incredible experience visiting Masjid al-Aqsa. The entire journey was nothing short of amazing. From the moment I joined the tour, I was thoroughly impressed. The Sheikh demonstrated exceptional knowledge of the historical and spiritual significance of Masjid al-Aqsa, providing us with valuable insights at every step.The execution of the program was flawless. The itinerary was well-planned, ensuring that we got the most out of our visit. The group's organization was top-notch, and I never felt rushed or overwhelmed. The accommodations and logistics were impeccable, making the journey stress-free and enjoyable.What truly set this tour apart was the passion and dedication of our teacher. His deep understanding of the site's history, coupled with his ability to convey it with such enthusiasm, enriched the entire experience. I left with a profound sense of spiritual connection and a deeper understanding of the significance of Masjid al-Aqsa.I had the privilege of travelling with an amazing group, and my experience was made even more special by the company of some truly lovely brothers. The bond we formed during our journey and the shared moments of reflection and prayer at this sacred place created lasting memories and deep connections that I will always cherish.I highly recommend going with AE to anyone seeking a remarkable journey of faith and knowledge.
Dubbed the ‘boyband’ of the trip we were a group of 5 within a larger group of around 80. Amazing group with people from all backgrounds and ages. Made some friends for life!Logistically everything went great and was faultless The pre planning and seminars before we travelled were informative and great way to prepareThe programme had a great balance with plenty of sessions spread out through the week Was a bit apprehensive going on a sheikh led trip due to previous bad experience (NOT AE) However this was totally different. The level of access to sheikh and the time he gave to everyone was awesomeIn summary highly recommend to all regardless of age or background
a great hajj experience. We booked onto the AE package not knowing what to expect. alhamdulillah it was a very organised group with the tour guides putting great effort into ensuring stuff can run as efficiently as possible.one moment I remember is arriving at muzdalifa way after midnight. whilst everyone was tired, AE was still trying to organise things. my dad had asked for water and AE was sorting something out sending a group of lads to collect water for the group. this was after midnight, when everyone had little or no sleep and knowing we would have to wake up in a few hours again, AE was ensuring that people in the group were comfortable.the second moment I remember is AE uhud talk. my dad still talks about AE speech during uhud to our guests today, talking about how inspirational it was. it made us all realise the sacrifices the sahaba took to uphold the religion, and me personally made me realise how little we do compared to the sahaba but still think much of what we do, when in reality it is nothing compared to what our prophet and the sahaba did for our religion.
I recently had the privilege of performing my Hajj with AE.From day one I knew this was the right package for me. The attention to detail is what made it the best experience for me. Every small detail was planned and contingencies put in place for if things went wrong. I was fully aware and informed every step of the way, and supported throughout.The key to success with this group is to listen carefully and follow instructions. The group dynamic and all the volunteers/leaders played a crucial part throughout and were approachable 24/7. on hand doctor available for all and any issues that may come up. Even to this day, there is so much support and education available to help with real change in my life, this programme is for someone who wants to complete their Hajj and completely change their life for the better, so much practical help throughout the programme is available.
I recently had the privilege of embarking on the holy pilgrimage HajjwithAE, and I must say that their exceptional service and dedication made this spiritual journey truly unforgettable. From the moment I booked through Nusuk until the conclusion of our Hajj rituals, every aspect of their support surpassed my expectations.HajjwithAE demonstrated exemplary organizational skills, ensuring that every logistical detail was meticulously planned and flawlessly executed. From travel arrangements to accommodation, transportation, and even meal provisions, their attention to detail was outstanding. The smooth and efficient handling of such a massive undertaking as Hajj is truly commendable.The team at HajjwithAE was comprised of highly professional and knowledgeable individuals who guided us throughout the journey. Their expertise and experience were evident in every interaction. They patiently addressed our questions, provided insightful advice, and offered comprehensive guidance, ensuring that we fully understood the significance and rituals of Hajj.AE designed a well-structured and thoughtfully planned itinerary that allowed us to experience the spiritual essence of Hajj without feeling overwhelmed. The schedule provided ample time for prayers, reflection, and engaging in the various rituals of Hajj. The seamless execution of the itinerary ensured that we maximized our spiritual experience while minimizing any inconveniences.In conclusion, my experience with HajjwithAE can only be described as phenomenal. Their unwavering dedication, meticulous attention to detail, and exceptional customer service truly set them apart. I highly recommend HajjwithAE to anyone seeking a transformative and spiritually enriching Hajj journey. Trusting them with this once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage will undoubtedly lead to an unforgettable and deeply meaningful experience. May Allah bless the team at HajjwithAE for their remarkable efforts and make their future endeavors even more successful.
Let's start off by saying who this program is NOT for.It is not for you if:1- You want to just complete your hajj and check mark it off your list. This is perfectly acceptable islamically (yes it is), but it is not the aim of this program.2- You are not in the best health and mobility. Realize you will be traveling to a 3rd world country where not all needs are necessarily catered for. You will walk a LOT, on straight paths, inclines, stairs, you name it. You will complete a minimum of 140 miles or 225 km in 3 weeks. This will be over roads, gravel, stairs, etc. Accidents happen but this is in reference to overall health and mobility.3- You expect an Islamic holiday or some retreat where you sit back and relax and are catered to because you came from the West (#realtalk). Hajj is not a holiday, it is hard work and you get out what you put into it.4- The program is in the English language. Although many of the team and participants can and do speak other languages, it will be your responsibility to translate for those who cannot speak English. This also includes some technological literacy and the ability to use a smart phone, some apps for communication and maps that will be used by the program.It is a tarbiyya program, which means it is designed to at first break you but also provide you with the tools you need to build a better version of yourself. The four reasons I put at the beginning are there because if you do not have that, it impacts the group dynamic. It has been designed over 2 decades, there are pre-departure info sessions, and plenty of guidance during hajj itself. Everything is done for a reason and the team know what they are doing, so it is best to listen carefully. The team is top notch, very helpful in every respect. So if you are looking to improve yourself, this team will not disappoint at all. I highly recommend them if you are looking to improve yourself, revive the Sunnah, and your relationship with Allah SWT. Much love and respect to the AE team. Jazakallahukhairan for all you did and continue to do.
Hajj with AE is not for the faint of heart and not for those who are not willing to stir changes to their current lives. Before embarking, Sheikh Abu Eesa walks you through the seerah of our Prophet Muhammad (S) and how he did Hajj. The history talks put you among the Sahabah. You feel the emotions and thoughts of our forebearers who sacrificed so much for the deen. This is the trip to remove yourself from your usual world and detox, and also to break your bones a little bit. The whole crew of HajjwithAE will not disappoint. Jazakullahukhairun for the amazing and humbling experience.
There is total support. No judging. You are helped not only spirtually but mentally also. I am the type that barrels on through life. If it doesn't work, not worth it. That is how I started this Hajj. I was the one that was going to fulfill one of the pillars of Islam. It is so, that as I get older, things bother me more. I do not like hurry. It is the one thing I had to tell myself as we swiftly walked through throngs of other Muslims. I can do this. The other mental part was the difficulty I found on going up a flight of stairs. I was encouraged and helped so much. When I recovered from reaching the top, there I was going along so much easier. Walking I like. Everyone was worn out. I guess my weariness took over. When it came time to return to the hotel after stoning, I broke down. Brother Imtiaz and his wife were right there to make sure I was ok and safely back at base camp. I cannot name All of those that were an important part of our Journey for Hajj but a huge thanks/JazakaAllahkhair to all. Hajj has made me want to learn more and more about Islam. The Arabic alphabet, being able to read Quran in Arabic, understanding what I do read in Arabic.. I have been in the shadows for so long. Thanks to this Hajj I will grow as I should. Yes I recommend AE! The total experience! JazakAllahKhair to all those that helped me and all the other Muslims during that time.
I went Hajj with AE this year and can't describe how amazing and organised the team was from the start to finish. Jumping into the plane from Heathrow and coming back from Jeddah from start to finish absolutely amazing from the coaches to the hotels getting the room keys food everything was great. Cannot fault one sinlge thing from start to finish from organisation and the knowledge of years of experience behind it. Would definitely recommend AE 1 million percent.
Alhamdullillah I was truly blessed and invited by Ya Rab to attend Hajj 2023. The experience was something else and going with AE made it more of an exceptional spiritual journey. The Tarbiya programme surpassed my expectations, the Azkhar and Quran sessions enabled me to have a deep meaningful Hajj which allowed me to shut out the noise and connect with Allah swt. The 121 sessions were a brilliant initiative, just felt they needed to be longer. however I understand due to the large numbers that was what was viable.AE was able to differentiate the learning from basic to advanced however I felt that more was needed if you were are at advance level in your deen.The planning that the team put it reflected on the trip; using Telegram to broadcast sessions, group activities, reflection and the pre-planning homework set and having group Telegram chats all played are part. AE and the team are exceptional, they work tirelessly behind the scenes and we're always available if you needed them. I was really impressed as they provided me with support from Start to finish of my journey, i didn't receive my visa however the ongoing support i received from AE and Usman was outstanding and still AE continues to support us...hence being a Tarbiya programme. If you are on a self growth journey towards Allah swt then going with AE would be amazing for you. You will gain so much and more.May Allah swt allow AE and the Team to continue their fantastic work and reward them all immensely for their sacrifices and efforts 🙏
As someone who was performing Hajj for the first time, all we had with us were the stories and experiences of family and friends that preceded me. However, embarking on this sacred journey with Hajj AE and their remarkable team surpassed all the expectations that had been shaped by others' accounts. We could not have been blessed with a better team to perform Hajj with, Alhamdillah. Despite being a group of 400, Sheikh AE will always recognize you and address you by name. The team cares for and ensures each individual’s personal well being. Hajj with AE is for the individual searching for an intense transformational experience and not to simply fulfill a pillar of Islam.It is for the individual eager to fully immerse themselves in a comprehensive Tarbiyyah program delivered in English- including daily Adkhar, Qur’an sessions, enlightening lectures and more. This program starts well before the actual Hajj and features mandatory webinars and classes to prepare you physically (with literal workouts), spiritually and mentally. It is also for the individual that is ready to walk- A LOT. Be ready to rely on your own two feet!Ultimately, it is for the individual aspiring to complete Umrah and Hajj in the most authentic and prophetic manner, following the Sunnah of the Prophet (saw) with guidance from Sheikh Abu Eesa and a very competent team.We felt empowered by the knowledge and advice imparted to us by the team to successfully complete Umrah and Hajj on our own- and yet they were always there if you needed additional assistance or guidance. If one sincerely invests the recommended effort and dedication before and during Hajj, there is no doubt that the journey will culminate in a profound transformational experience and you will emerge from it enlightened, insha’Allah. There were so many utterly beautiful/spiritual/transformative/cathartic moments on this trip that our words would do an injustice to, and so you will have to go to experience it yourself. We have recommended Hajj with AE to all of our family and friends both from the US and the UK and would definitely join again at the first opportunity!Reem & Ahmed
I could begin this review and hype out AE with his immeasurable team of sacrifice and service . However, it’s done over. They are beyond great and if you don’t get it that’s on you mate.I will instead focus on the Journey of Hajj with AE. Satiated in the material and spiritual they filled us with everything and more. In the material need of buffets , desserts, hotels , gift bags, blister plasters, only short of personalised t-shirts!. Synchronous to that the tears , the comradery the Jamaah prayer, the Dua, the reminders , reflections , the pit stop at Dzul Hulayfah , the Quba walk , Uhud oh Uhud, the Tawaf and remembrance of Baitul Ma’mur , The Sa’i and it’s time , the gradual transition from Mina , to Arafah to Muzdalifah down to the lollipop sticks for Jamarat.Every step with a mission of reflection to the final moment of abasement in Arafah pleading for Allah’s acceptance. If any of you have the chance to choose , choose Hajj with AE. We would repeatedly InshaAllah.The only thing needed now is perhaps implementing a Hajj with AE app where time management and technology can serve as a dominating factor to facilitate human needs and logistical issues. Mas & Najib
if this is your first time for Hajj, this is for you. if you've been before, this is for you. Hajj is what you want from it. you can do a "bare bones", ritualistic Hajj. Or you can go all out, put in 110% and then some. Hajj with AE will guarantee you motivation every step of the way, an itinerary littered with learning and reminders, a very heavy emphasis of connecting spiritually with dua, ensuring that your tawaf isn't just a ritual, your saee isn't just mindless walking. every step of the way from the wearing of the ihram through to walking to the jamarat and back to mina will be constant ibadah, constantly reminding of why you're there, your purpose and what you want to achieve when you arrive back home. add to this guides that are very attentive to your needs, excellent logistics, a good medical team... all your duniya needs taken care of with no fear on your part so you can focus entirely on the spiritual and religious aspects. I personally loved the walk to quba from medina and back which was backed by a telegram broadcast the whole duration to detail and map out exactly where we are, the history of the location, prominent events there and their significance. also the visit to Mount Uhud, the speech delivered there was enriching, nourishing and a reminder of all those who sacrificed everything so we could live as Muslims. I spent a good 5 minutes at the graveyard in Uhud contemplating "is this the greatest graveyard in the world?", given its inhabitants. if you want a deep, meaningful Hajj then this is for you. it's more than just ensuring you complete the rituals. it's about connecting your soul to your Deen and attaining taqwa and being close to your Lord. you will be helped every step of the way to achieve this.
Where do I start?I have had the privilege of attending both Umrah and Aqsa with Shaykh AE and there was only ever going to be one program that I was going to choose for Hajj! Hajj is more than just the rituals and if you’re interested in “just” getting Hajj done then this program is not for you. In addition, you need to be conversant in English, familiar with Telegram and able to walk long distances as this is a walking program. Shaykh is meticulous in his preparation and planning which kicks in many months before you leave and the central focus is dua- this is what will make your Hajj. Sounds simple - watch how this impacts your Sa’ee!This is a tarbiyah program where you’ll come away with much more than just learning how to do your Hajj. Adhkaar, Quran sessions, how to take the learnings and apply them after Hajj. You need to be willing to learn and build your relationship with Allah swt, to grow in your Imaan. Despite such a large group, Shaykh is very accessible and you have an excellent team of guides on his team that go out of their way to assist. You are in very capable hands and need not worry if you’re on your own as a singleton. Group dynamics is an important consideration and Shaykh will ensure you get to know one another through various activities and in person events well before you depart. So you’re at ease, amongst friends. The program is very well put together and well executed - I would wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who really sees Hajj as a once in a lifetime opportunity- an opportunity to recalibrate with the best of leaders directing you to spiritually reconnect & return a much better version of yourself in’sha’allah.
Masood Zafar Asari
The program has been refined over years and this was demonstrated in Hajj 2023. For me the highlight was the Uhud tour, where Seerah and Quranic verses all came together, with the lecture the Shiekh gave on mount Uhud (there were a couple of people from the public that started listening in as well). The program is punctual, be it the tours, study sessions or group activities. If you are looking for a transformative Hajj experience then I would recommend Hajj with AE. There is a lot of prep work required beforehand and the group communication is through Telegram. So being on top of information being communicated through these channels is crucial to the whole experience and ultimately completing the key parts of the Hajj.
HajjwithAe23 What can I say, I’m utterly lost for words since coming back, my experience with AE has been one that has positively impacted my life after Hajj. The whole process from start to beginning was well thought out and planned to ensure the hajjis felt a sense of comfort throughout! This programme pushed me out of my comfort zone whether that was through the Quran reading session with the sisters in the group or the morning adhkar that I previously wouldn’t even consider doing! These sessions are imprinted within me where I feel the urge to continue and live up to the values sheikh and his guides taught us. The highlight for me on this trip was the visit to Uhud where Sheikh stood in the blazing sun to give us an insight on the battle of Uhud, Subhanallah the tremble in his voice and emphasis when explaining this sent shivers down my spine! I will never forget that moment! This programme is different to any programme I have heard of or come across before, pushing you to another level of intense ibaadah. With this comes dedication, time and the willingness to develop, if that is something you are looking for, sign up now!The support and guidance was met to a T, no stones were left unturned from the guides and Sheikh himself. I feel truly blessed to be part of the HajjwithAE23 group and hope Insha’allah to join future programmes!
Alhumdulillah I've just returned from Hajj led by the fantastic team at Haj with AE. I felt immensely supported during my first Hajj.One of the unique features of this programme is that it pushes Muslims to engage with Hajj beyond the ritual, exploring the sunnah practices and thinking about Hajj as a springboard to developing oneself as a Muslim.We spent the first four days in Madinah immersing ourselves in the Prophet's mosque. We took the walking route to masjid e Quba and visited Uhud. Shaykh Abu Eesa spoke about the trials at Uhud juxtaposed against our commitment to live as Muslims when we return from Hajj.Once we moved to Makkah, performed the Umrah, our proximity to the haram allowed us to spend a huge amount of time performing nawaafil tawaaf. By the time we relocated to Aziziyah, we were ready to explore Hajj in detail and focus on Hajj as a transformative tool.The one thing I benefitted from, besides the support of his experienced and helpful team, the guidance and personal support of Shaykh Abu Eesa, was the emphasis on dua. I thought I understood dua but I could never have imagined making dua to Allah for 5 hours, either during the sa'I or on the day of Arafah. My highlight was pouring my heart out to Allah in asking for my needs from my Lord who responds to His servant when he asks. The Shaykh mentioned that the strength of our Hajj is dependent upon our dua. I didn't understand that until the umrah we performed in the early hours of the morning in Makkah.Who is an ideal fit for this programme? Because not everyone is.Anyone who is driven by a want to reflect and introspect on what is means to develop a stronger relationship with Allah and to embrace what you need, not what you want. Someone who wants a Hajj experience beyond the bare minimum.If that is you, you must sign up. Insha Allah you won't regret it. I haven't Alhumdulillah.
Aadil S. Malik
HajjwithAE 2023: What an incredible journey that not only shattered every expectation, it lived up to its promise of showing us what we and our Ummah are made of. There is so much we’ll never know, so much we didn’t see, that Shaykh AE and his team all did to make this program as beautiful, inspiring, seamless, raw, and personal as it was. Especially with Nusuk, where the entire Hajj game has changed from beginning to end, Shaykh AE and his team were among the only voices of calm, intellect, reason and preparedness before, during and after the entire process. Hajj in itself is hard work — but this program takes it to the next level, challenging you to discover who you are and forcing you to ask yourself: who will you be when you return home? There’s something to be said that if you think this program isn’t for you or is “too much for you,” then it’s probably EXACTLY for you. Of course, know your limits — especially physical — as this program can be strenuous. But if you’re waiting for the right moment, the right day, the right time to maximize and understand your faith, do not hesitate to book Hajj with AE and let go.
Sana Masood Ali
We simply got extremely fortunate to get this package to experience the hajj with AE. Alhamdulilah it was the best experience ever. He made sure every aspect was covered in great detail. MashaAllah may Allah(s) bless him with best in dunya and akhira. The entire team was on point with logistics. Each one of us were greatly looked after.
Hajj23 with AE was an unforgettable experience. A unique experience. I'm glad I was able to experience it. I would recommend Hajj with AE without any doubt.
Alhamdulillah from start to finish excellent communication and organisation. The focus on the spiritual aspect of the entire journey was what made the journey like no other. Sheikh AE is very approachable and he has an incredible team behind him mashallah. Already recommended to my family and friends and hope to visit Palestine with AE inshallah. Meticulously planned from A-Z. Jzk Khair
This hajj group has exceeded all my expectations in the most beautiful ways. I made a sincere dua for Allah to allow me to go to Hajj with "the best of groups" and HajjwithAE was definitely the BEST group to experience hajj with. If you are looking for the best hajj experience no need to look any further!From the beginning dealing with unpredictable Nusuk, Sheikh AE was there to assist and provide information each step of the way. The communication before, during, and after hajj is top tier. You never feel lost, in fact you feel empowered with knowledge shared by the Sheikh to ensure you can complete umrah and Hajj following the sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (S).Sheikh and his team are an all-star team! The service they provide through communication, care, empathy, knowledge, kindness, and humor always makes you feel taken care of. This is a tarbiyah hajj so that means you will work on being a better version of yourself as Muslim. Sheikh does that in many ways through educational visits, the group dynamic, implementing morning and evening adkhar, group Quran sessions, and having you reflect on your current state and realizing your potential. This is not your typical hajj that you get over and done with but one where you work on realizing and unlocking your potential and striving for it. It is uncomfortable at times but definitely worth it!One of my favorite aspects is that the Sheikh focuses on doing things through the sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (S). I have been to umrah a few times but performing umrah the way the Prophet (S) did, specifically the Sa’i, was the most powerful umrah I have ever experienced. During the days of hajj following the sunnah in Mina, Day of Arafat, during the Jamarat making dua after stoning the way the Prophet (S) did, learning to make dua with your finger, and so much more allowed me to taste the sweetness of Hajj. I went with my parents and aunt and I felt at ease because Sheikh AE and his all-star team made our family feel completely taken care of. Now, alhamduillah my family can’t stop raving about their great experience on HajjwithAE. Finally, Sheikh AE and his team truly embody servant leadership in the best of ways by constantly being at service to the Hujjaj. They get to know you as a person and that makes a huge difference in having a positive experience. When you are with 400 plus people and the Sheikh and leads take the time to get to know you, that shows they are genuinely invested in you having the best hajj experience. InshaAllah, I’ll definitely be back for more trips and future Hajj.JazakaAllah khair to the Sheikh AE and his all-star Hajj team on providing a hajj experience of a lifetime!
I had the privilege of performing Hajj in 2023 with Sh AE. The Sh. is extremely thorough in explaining the rites of Hajj. You must be able to walk and endure the intense heat in performing the manasik of Hajj. If you can’t endure either, this is not the package for you. Also, you must be able to converse in English. I am grateful that I had access to such a scholar. There was in depth reading of Quran and adhkar. I learned far more from the Sh then I did in prior Umrahs. This Hajj will be a catapult to deepening my knowledge of the deen In Sha Allah.
I completed Hajj with AE 2023 alhamdulillah, this was my first Hajj and an incredible experience. There are hundreds of Hajj packages out there but this one is for a specific type of person and if that type is you then I honestly believe this is the best Hajj you are going to get InshAllah. This package is not just a tick box get the Hajj done as easily as possible. It is a programme meticulously designed to take you on a journey of self development and transformation, sticking as close to the sunnah as possible and extracting as much benefit from the time. It involves study circles, lectures, homework, and a willingness to put total trust in the team decisions and recommendations. Detailed commitment and preparation is required before going to really benefit. It is a physically demanding programme with some days requiring a huge huge amount of walking as we did not rely a great deal on coaches so if you have any physical conditions that make walking significant amounts difficult there may be other more suitable programmes. Sheikh Abu Eesa and their team give their absolute everything to make this Hajj as beneficial and special as possible. They care deeply about each individual person and the attention to detail with regards to planning and logistics is second to none. Alhamdulillah I could not have asked for a better Hajj, may Allah accept from us and especially reward the team for facilitating for us with excellence.
My experience of Hajj with AE was incredible, through this journey I was able to really connect with my Hajj to the best extent because of the training and amazing guidance through AE’s lessons both during and prior to my journey. These valuable lessons really taught me the essence of Hajj and the sunnah way to do it, it also allowed me to not only perform but also understand what I was doing and why. Another truly valuable aspect of Hajj with AE was the bonds that were formed with the sisters that I performed it with as the circles of knowledge that were made formed bonds that will last forever, for example circles were made where sisters taught each other Quran where the more experienced sisters aided and shared their valuable experiences and knowledge with the rest of the group. Another amazing aspect of Hajj with AE was that we not only completed the obligatory stages of Hajj but we were also taken and taught about many other amazing sites such as Masjid al Quba and another amazing visit was our trip to Mount Uhud where we were taught about the battle that took place there. Finally, I would like to mention and truly thank the amazing team of guides that enhanced our Hajj by aiding us with any and all problems we had, Jazakumullah khair.
Obaid Ali Khan
I had the privilege to be on this programme and to have first hand access to one of the most engaging and down to earth teachers in Sheikh AE. He explains things in simple ways and has the patience of a monk! This is an action packed and intense hajj programme so any elderly must be accompanied by supporting family members to be responsible for arranging wheelchairs etc. although plenty of advice is given around the activity levels and for whom it is suitable.This programme is suited for fluent English speakers however, there are guides amongst the team that can summarise things in various languages but it's not something that should be relied upon therefore if you have non English speakers in your group you must be responsible to help them out. This is the most comprehensive programme in terms of preparation, fulfilment and the assurance that you will go and perform your hajj to its fullest if you follow Sheikh AEs instructions 100% Sheikh AEs mission is to ensure people perform hajj in the authentic sunnah way to the finest detail so there are no shortcuts! Joining the AE group was the best decision I made and I'm grateful to the AE team 🙂
HAJJ - 2 major Requirements: 1. you must speak english, if you can sit in an hour long class and feel comfortable that you'd pick up majority of what's said, then you're good. any less, and you really start to lose out on the whole point of this program. if you are a non English speaker, please do not sign up for this, you are being unfair to yourself and to those who will have to try and translate a basic understanding of the program.2. you must be able to do alot of walking, this is a walking based program with miles of walking, and at a brisk pace at times. transportation is not available at most points during Hajj. if you would require handicap access or things like a wheelchair at times, you must travel with the person providing that for you, and understand that it would complicate things at various points. with that out of the way, this is hands down got to be one of the best (if not the best) Hajj experiences out there. the absolute #1 reason being, that it is all centered around the authentic Sunnah and how we can closest achieve that within the frame of our current times. there is no better feeling than performing a pillar of our deen, and knowing that not only did you avoid any bid'ahs or mistakes out of ignorance, but you are able to go the extra mile and include sunnah acts that aren't often practiced by the masses. to top it off, it's all delivered to you in a way that gives you the independence to do all of it on your own, outside of the groups help if needed/wanted/whatever. so when your in the zone of dhikr, or Dua, or just the physical act, you aren't constantly worried about where the group is, what to do next, how to do this or that, etc. you got it, and your livin it, right there, right then, and it's just you and Allah, and your able to transcend the crowds, the uncertainty, the steps, and all the distractions and stresses that everyone experiences. but guess what, if at any point you struggle or do happen to need help, the team is right there with you, ready to help however they can, and answer any questions you have.you'll still struggle, you'll still find it hard, but that's Hajj man. Hajj is a jihad, not a vacation. but you fully get what you put into it. if you want change your life and become a better person, give yourself the edge to start good habits that bring you close to Allah, to believe in yourself, and get rid of that habit or laziness that's been holding you back, you absolutely will find that ability in this program. if you put in the effort, and have the will, nothing will stop you InshaAllah and Sheikh Abu Eesa along with his team will do everything in their power to ensure that you have the tools and ability to not only have the best Hajj experience, but be able to follow up that experience with tangible action to bring you closer to Allah. its a unique program and you will have to fully trust sheikh Abu Eesa, and fully commit to the program. do this, and there will be 0 regrets on participating in Hajj with AE, and you and I will at least have in common the love for this experience in life. may Allah swt continue to give Sh Abu Eesa and his team the ability to provide this experience for many years to come, and give them the sincerity to go along with it all!
I was blessed to visit the holy lands in March 23' joining HajjwithAE's tarbiyyah programs for Umrah and Masjid Al-Aqsa Alhamdulillah.Umrah Tarbiyyah ProgramMy family and I recently returned from Umrah with Shaykh AE and its was a truly amazing experience Alhamdulillah. It surpassed any previous trips we had made to the holy land several years ago and my elderly parents, previously unfamiliar with Shaykh, thoroughly enjoyed the program too.Choosing this program was easy. With Shaykh you have complete trust that you're performing the Umrah rites according to the authentic hadith, you're prioritising acts of worship that offer the most reward and maximising every minute of your time in the holy land. All whilst enjoying some light humour, comaraderie and gems along the way 😊.Shaykh Abu Eesa is extremely dedicated to each group before, during and after the trip. He is just as committed as you, if not more, to ensuring you have the most rewarding Umrah experience, whether you're a first-timer or seasoned pilgrim, young or elderly, a student of his or live under a rock and have never heard of him - this program caters for all.My family and I hugely benefited from the preparation stage in the run-up to the trip. Watching the videos and reading the material on Umrah rites, Masjid an-Nabawi and dua preparation really helped us get into the Umrah mindset early on. Shaykh's webinar a week before, covering logistics, practical tips and the itinerary was really useful and had us excited for our upcoming trip! Shaykh really does think of everything.The itinerary has been curated to maximise personal ibaadah time, particularly in Makkah with group activities and tours. These include a walking tour to Masjid Quba, visiting the Madinah museum and Mount Uhud, attending circles of knowledge and a group tawaaf learning about the history of the Kaa'ba, with breaks included for shopping and rest. Even with wheelchairs, we didn't miss out on any activities.The highlight of the above is most definitely Uhud. Standing on the Mount of the Archers, just metres away from Uhud, looking out across the city of Madinah whilst listening to Shaykh's powerful and moving retelling of one of the most poignant events in our history is a truly unforgettable experience! The walking tour to Masjid Quba, reliving the sunnah, comes in second. (This is flat terrain so wheel-chair friendly but there is a coach option available too).When it came to performing the Umrah itself, Shaykh had prepared us so well by this point that despite it being incredibly busy and us performing tawaaf and sa'i separate from the group (we were on the first floor for tawaaf due to wheelchairs), we felt completely at ease with what we needed to do and navigating our way around the Haram. Shaykh's next-level dua strategy for sa'i really elevated my Umrah experience Alhamdulillah.Shaykh AE and his team (Shazad) went above and beyond to ensure we were well-taken care of throughout the trip, if any logistics issues came up they were resolved quickly, recommendations for where to purchase the best dates and gifts etc. were shared and Shaykh made himself fully accessible for any questions and advice before and during the trip. Umrah with AE was a transformative experience for my whole family, our Ramadhan feels extra special as a result. I benefited from this trip so much, it led to me booking the Aqsa program just a few days after returning home and flying out just a week later!NB. A consideration for wheelchair users is that some of the surrounding areas of the Haram in Makkah can be quite steep but it is manageable.Aqsa Ramadhan Tarbiyyah ProgramThe best spontaneous decision I've ever made is signing up for this program just two days before 😄.Spending the first 6 days of Ramadhan in the blessed land of Al-Quds, praying in Masjid Al-Aqsa amongst blessed company and reflecting on Qur'anic verses with Shaykh AE was incredible Alhamdulillah.The mornings and afternoons were filled with tadabbur classes, historical tours and personal time for ibaadah, shopping and rest. The evenings were for more tadabbur classes 😊, iftar, taraweeh in the Dome of the Rock (sisters) and knafeh. Our tour guide Ehab, a very knowledgeable and passionate Palestinian brother took us on a detailed tour of the whole Al-Aqsa complex with stops at a few Christian sites including the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. We also visited the Mount of Olives and Bab-ul-Rahma (cemetery) with Shaykh. Learning about the religious and historical significance of Al-Quds throughout the week was really valuable.This trip was elevated even further by our daily post-fajr and post-asr classes. Sitting in Masjid Qibli listening to Shaykh's reflections on verses recited in taraweeh the night before and Surah Al-Isra was one of the highlights. There are so many lessons to take from Shaykh's teachings throughout the trip. Being in a place of so much importance to our past, present and future makes the message hit harder. Al-Aqsa is special. You feel it almost instantly on arrival but it's Shaykh's tarbiyyah program that makes this a truly enriching experience.Shaykh AE's tarbiyyah programs are truly transformative. They push you to hold yourself to a higher standard whilst deepening your connection with the holy lands, making you want to keep returning (with Shaykh). Hajj and the 3 sacred cities tour with AE must be next level.
You would not regret a bit travelling with Sheikh AE. Most fun and very knowledgeable. There is nothing else to say, just book your next trip to holy land with AE, Relax and Enjoy.
Allah SWT bestowed upon me the favour of visiting Al-Aqsa with Sheikh Abu-Eesa, this Ramadhaan, Alhamdulillah. Words can never express enough gratitude for all the guidance and genuine care the Sheikh has offered us before, during and after the trip. This is the second time I join his groups (the first time being October Umrah 2021) and I would definitely love to go on Hajj with him in the future in-shaa’-Allah.What I loved the most about this Aqsa trip is that it was focused on Ibaadah (worship) in the Masjid; rather than the touristic approach of some other providers. The post-Fajr and Asr reflection sessions are so engaging because they’re based on the day-to-day happenings/events; providing a chance for Sheikh to draw our attention to things we might’ve missed and, generally, giving us an opportunity for deeper contemplation and self-evaluation.As someone who often prefers to do things alone, I did not find the structured daily Tarbiyah programme a hindrance to individual worship. In fact, the love for Allah SWT’s sake is so evident within the group, it is truly a blessing to be in the company of so many humble, honest and positive believers Alhamdulillah.I highly recommend HajjwithAE for all trips to the sacred lands Alhamdulillah.
Alhamdulillah I had the blessed opportunity to visit Palestine in the first week of Ramadan with sheikh Abu Esa. An experience I will never forget, we made the most of our time with a jam packed full itinerary but also given time to rest which was needed. AEs talks are not only so informative but also inspiring and engaging. I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect and we were able to visit many landmarks and explore as a group but also in our own time. I would definitely recommend this package for anyone that is wanting to visit Palestine an opportunity of a lifetime and I would do it again InshaAllah.
My family and I have just returned from Jerusalem with AE. (March 2023). The programme was well planned and extremely informative. We returned from the Blessed Land with a wealth of knowledge and memories to last a lifetime. We travelled with AE for Hajj 2019 and feel that the teaching and support offered on his trips are superb.
Zara Sarosh Shahid
We went with AE to al Aqsa this Ramadan. What an amazing experience. Jerusalem should be the next place anyone visits, and I can only recommend going with someone who can make you appreciate it like A
I recently joined AE on Aqsa trip... allhumdolillah it was my perfect start to Ramadan 2023. It was a jam packed week with very little rest & I would not have changed it. The people the place the significance of the lands / history .. was something to be experienced and to have done it within Ramadan just added to it all.. It is a visit which has just made me want to read and learn more since I gave been back...I highly recommend this..
**Updated review - 2 April 2023**FB only allows you to add one review so I'll have to combine both the Aqsa 2023 and Hajj 2019 review in one! Aqsa 2023Shaykh AE's Tarbiyyah Programme is exactly what you need to kick-start your Ramadan on a high, alhamdulillah. Morning and evening taddabur sessions, quran circles, dhikr, random reflections - you get it all from AE on top of learning about the historical and political significance of Al Quds. If you're looking for a "disney-esque" full tour of Palestine or even Jerusalem, this is not the trip for you. This programme is very much centered around the Aqsa complex with a few extra stops in Jerusalem (Psalm Sunday Walk, Mt of Olives and a bunch of churches I couldn't tell you about lol). Our tour guide Ehab is a professor at a university and is incredibly passionate about sharing Palestine's rich and diverse history. Although, I must caveat we were averaging around 18,000 steps a day, so it's pretty intense on your feet! With a pretty full on itinerary, there was also not much time for a complete rest - something we didn't mind, given we wanted to maximise our time there. Sh AE's style is impactful, direct, yet humorous. And I've said it before in my Hajj review but he really does make the effort to remember everyone - mashaAllah. You always end up feeling part of a wider family. I highly recommend this trip for those wanting to learn about Al Quds from the Quran and Sunnah. Hajj 2019Hajj 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!
Alhumdulillah we were blessed to spend the first 5 days of Ramadan 2023 in Aqsa. It truly was a life changing experience which I thoroughly recommend. This was our first trip with Shaykh AE and I can see why those that have been on trips with him before highly recommend others to join. MashAllah his method is unlike any I've experienced before and I found myself tearing up in many a class (post Fajr and Post Asr). The trip focuses on the Quran and Sunnah and is not a cultural trip of wider Palestine. In fact, we barely left the Masjid Aqsa compound. Alhumdulillah I learnt a lot which I pray I carry through to my "normal" life and my only regret is that the trip wasn't longer!
**second review - 2 April 2023**I guess my du'a was answered and more! I didn't think I was able to go to Aqsa for logistical reasons and was only focused on umrah and hajj but Allah swt is the best of Planners! Alhamdulillah I was blessed with the opportunity to spend the first week of Ramadan as part of AE's Aqsa trip in March 2023.I don't need to repeat how AE is fully invested in the programme, in the people pre and post-trip. Most of the people on this trip have travelled with him before on umrah or hajj or Aqsa or all three together and that is a testament on how much value AE adds on groups he takes on this trip.The itinerary is quite balanced, well packed in the middle with walking tours in the morning and post fajr and post asr halaqa and a bit more relaxed at the start for some rest and at the end for some shopping. On full-on days with lots of walking whilst fasting and broken sleep as well, your body will fatigue so please physically and mentally prep yourself. May not be child-friendly due to the terrains and cobbled stones in and around the mosque and old city.We had Ehab who is a Palestinian lecturer overflowing with knowledge, history and love of Aqsa and Palestine. AE also took us to the Mount of Olives and the Palm Sunday walk whilst sharing his knowledge on the relevance to Islam.Ramadan in Aqsa would also mean the women will not be able to pray in Masjid Qibly but AE went above and beyond to make sure we do the halaqa in Qibly as much as we can."Yalla folks, to the back of the masjid. Radios on."**first review - 16 December 2019**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.
The thing that enticed me to come on this Ramadan trip was for the spiritual aspect that it offered which no other package tour company to Aqsa was doing. And I'm glad I came.Abu Eesa is..well, AE - he has mA a good mix of ilm and banter, which helps to make the whole thing less formal. Plus we had an amazing tour guide, Ehab who was passionate and knowledgeable of his city and a proud, proud Palestinian, who loves his people and country. He needs to be a permanent fixture of the Aqsa package forever! We didn't travel super far and stuck to mainly the Aqsa complex and the old city, but the amount of things we learnt and heard about was huge. Plus we got to learn about the Palestinian people themselves and the struggles they go through, which is invaluable as they are things that aren't widespread on the media.We had approx 1hr sessions post Fajr and Asr everyday covering various topics in Masjid Qibli - some random, some based off of something that had happened that day or day before, some Quran - they'd get cut short sometimes so we'd finish off on our walk back or outside the masjid. However, I did fully appreciate the effort made by AE to ensure we women got as much time in Masjid Qibli as possible with it being Ramadan 😊With the sessions, prayers, and tours, you will have broken sleep and sore feet so expect to be tired, plus you're fasting and doing lots of walking too and from the masjid. You'll only be using the hotel to sleep quite literally. With the walking and fatigue in mind, you need to be healthy enough to keep up - so not so elderly/young children friendly.The only things I would change is that the size is reduced to make it a smaller group. It would be far more intimate, and the group can get to know each other better and maybe might help with allowing more impromptu questions and engage more since the radios offered didn't have a mic. Also consider making the trip longer because 6 days just wasn't enough and you'd definitely stand out as an Aqsa Ramadan package if you extended it.
I left my heart in the holy land, what an experience!! To begin Ramadan here was the ultimate dream for me. This trip wasn’t on my radar at all, and despite this I came to know of this via my sister who was planning to go on a hajj tour last year. After doing some light research I was in!!!! For me the things I loved about this trip is the focus on reviving the heart and connecting deeply with the region, tied in with ongoing daily study of the Quran. Added to this l personally enjoyed the intense level of walking involved in exploring the sites and history around the old city and the surrounding area. Focusing on Islamic history as well as some aspects of the other Abrahamic faiths, this entire group tour was the spiritual boost I needed. Our guide Abu Eesa is a warm and friendly host who lightened the mood throughout the week. As a teacher leading the group his approach remained friendly and helpful, and I particularly enjoyed the twice daily sessions understanding the meaning behind particular verses of the Quran. Absolute pleasure to have been part of this group tour. The gold standard has been set!!!!
Wonderful experience spending the first few days of Ramadan at Aqsa with the Sheikh and the group. It was an immersive , intense experience with a full itinerary and just enough time to rest in between , but it was worth every penny. Loved our twice daily sessions with the Sheikh - it’s a different experience sitting face to face with the Sheikh and trying to absorb as much knowledge as possible . We returned 2 days ago and I’m already yearning to go back again , missing the iftar with the group and taraweeh in Aqsa. Again the itinerary is busy with walking tours of the city of Jerusalem so expect a lot of walking - we easily clocked in 20,000 steps everyday while fasting! And the way back to the hotel is mostly uphill so recommend it for folks who can physically do it . Once you visit Jerusalem you fall in love with it and it’s people and most of all Aqsa ! You return home a different person , more aware and sensitive to the oppression of the Palestinians, witnessing it directly and you realize why we can never never stop resisting and standing up for our Palestinian brothers and sisters and why we can never let Aqsa go.
I attended the march 2023 umrah trip, it was a last minute decision and alhamdulillah it was the best decision i made. I have been to umrah a few times before but my experience has just been elevated to a different level. I am left in awe the way sheikh goes above and beyond to add context and deep meaning to your umrah and although it was a big group it felt so personal at the same time. I am forever grateful to sheikh for changing my relationship for such an important act of worship. I honestly can’t recommend this trip enough.
I have now travelled with Sheikh Abu Eesa and his team to all three holy sites, and honestly I am so glad that we did. The Aqsa tarbiyyah program takes things to a whole other level, the time spent on working on yourself as well as the time spent on learning about the history of the holy land made it an experience that I won’t forget. Although the tarbiyyah program for Umrah is less intensive and more focused on personal ibadah, the pre- trip preparation, the reminders, and sessions during the trip and the seminar to prepare for the umrah itself meant that you did not feel like you were missing out on anything. Sheikh Abu Eesa and his team go above and beyond to be there for each member of the group. There is added benefit that in travelling with Sheikh Abu Eesa, who is a reputable and trustworthy scholar, that all the advice and preparation will be fully in line with the sunnah. Furthermore in a way that exemplifies the prophets leadership SAW, he shows genuine care, compassion, and concern for the wellbeing for each member of his group, he is personally invested in not just making sure we get the most out of the trip as a whole but also the tarbiyyah and spiritual development of each member of the group on an individual level. I would definitely recommend travelling with this group in the future and hope that I will be able to do it again InshaAllah. After watching and reading many reflections of people who have performed their first umrah/ hearing the experiences of friends and family who have been with other groups, I feel extremely grateful, Alhamdulillah, that we did book into his umrah program and not try to do it alone/ go with another group for the first time. Not only will you get an excellent foundation that you can build on if you were to travel alone, but also the group you travel with feels like family, you are in a safe space with people you can trust, who are like minded and are focused on achieving their goals. If you are in two minds, or uncertain in any way, don’t be! Going with this group will be a decision that you won’t regret bi’ithnillah.
If you are thinking of booking Umrah with Ustad AE, you will not regret it.This was my first trip and I was a bit nervous going with a group of people I didn't know, but alxamdulliah it was the best decision as I felt very much cared for and supported from before we even set off.The tarbiyah content is great because it not only prepares you for the umrah but AE way of teaching will have you engaged at all times and covers many different topics.By the end of the trip you will have a hunger to learn more Islamic knowledge and keep your Imaan levels high in shaa Allah
I attended Aqsa leg of 3 sacred cities program in September 2022 just recently have returned part of Umrah March 2023 group. Best decision I made going with AE you won't regret it as you will be prepared with resources; all the correct information you need prior to trip to perform Umrah according to the sunnah, all your questions answered with webinars & seminars. You will be in the know how through out & given a well planned itinerary beforehand of what to expect each day. My advise would be don't come expecting to go with the flow but come with rearing energy to learn & maximise every minute in the end it will feel like it's flown by and it's no walk in the park.The days are jam packed; there will be lessons, ziyara/site-seeing tours, time for personal ibadah /rest all as desired and everything has been thoroughly thought out. In the end it will feel like you've been on the best ride of your life and inshaAllah an ignition to make beneficial changes to your life long term.The benefit of spending valuable time with a learned teacher who you will benefit from in the long term & invests in you long term too. Speaks the language of the people, yet sugar coats nothing and goes out the way to make sure everything is run smoothly. Whether you come as a family, friends a sister alone or brother, young, old, rest assured everyone will be well looked after, I have seen attention to detail with communication, care with all and making sure everything is ran smoothly/comfortably from all fronts. The people who come on this trip are like minded and easy to gel with so for those who apprehensive nothing to worry about iA. Don't hesitate and experience it for yourself.
This was my first experience travelling with Shaykh AE and Subhanallah I cannot recommend it enough. Every part of the trip is planned strategically to maximise benefit and there’s a real emphasis on what is from the Sunnah of our beloved Nabi Muhammad (saw). I can’t imagine doing the Umrah in a different way as the Shaykh takes the time to really prepare you prior to the trip as well as provides detailed instructions/recommendations and naseeha throughout. You have to have complete trust that he knows what he is doing. It is definitely an intense trip and rightly so. You will come back completely exhausted having given everything during your days in Makkah and proving to yourself that you have it in you to submit to Allah swt in the way he deserves. I want to encourage any women like myself who are travelling without a mahram, to travel with AE as May Allah reward him and the team, they ensure that you are well looked after. Also, you will be provided with extensive information on how to deal with your time of the month if you are due during the trip.
Alhamdulillah I've been with a few Umrah groups previously, but Abu Eesa blew them OUT OF THE WATER!!! mashaAllah the way he's designed the Tarbiyyah program is just 10/10, from the pre-trip prep work, down to the simple things like having a group chat where you can ask him and your colleagues any questions.insha'allah this will be my first choice for any future Umrah or Hajj trips!
Just completed my first umrah with AE and the experience was beyond my expectations. AE was always available to answer your questions even before the trip and his answers were given with evidence and majority opinion of scholars. During the trip itself, we got to learn about the cities, the seerah and the importance of certain things and places. For example, during the trip to Uhud AE explained in detail why it was such a crucial day for Muslims. Ultimately, the best thing for me is that the trip doesn’t just prepare you for the 10 days that you’re there but also changes your perspective on the life you want to live after coming back.
If you're looking for a knowledgeable guide who will assist you throughout your personal journey of Umrah and an agency that is very well organised and genuine about ensuring we get the best experience possible, then choose Dome Tours. You won't be disappointed. Insha'Allah.
The most remarkable umrah experience and tarbiyah programme. With an itinerary that had a good balance of sightseeing, lectures, walks, Q&As, story sessions, different types of worship, ‘me time’, and a heap of banter, this trip was informative, fun, and uplifting for the soul. In every moment, sheikh AE looked after us and made the trip memorable. I had previously been for hajj and struggled to connect with the historical and spiritual significance of Makkah and Madinah, so I was sceptical. Within hours, this trip made me do a 180! Through their in-depth knowledge and storytelling expertise, sheikh AE and sheikh AR brought the history of the places to life. Not only did Sheikh AE guide us well through the steps of umrah and Madinah before and during the trip, more importantly, he empowered us to elevate our worship and dua through reflecting, absorbing, and opening our hearts. Together, this enriched the experience and left us with a sense that this IS our heritage and our future, which we must personally strive for in our lives.Some personal highlights were the walking tour to Quba, storytelling on Mount Uhud, the morning remembrance in the gardens, and the Quran circle recitation of surah Kahf. The only things I would change are: more time at the Madinah museum and adding a hike to cave Hira.Sheikh AE was always available for the group during the trip, talking to everyone, entertaining our long list of questions etc. In his own words he “loves his people” and you can see this in the effort and enthusiasm he gave to anyone that required his attention. It’s not hard to see why he loves his people either, every member of the group was kind and friendly; there truly was a spirit of brotherhood and sisterhood.I cannot recommend this trip enough. I hope to take the lessons I learnt into everyday life and hope to do this programme again with my extended family inshaAllah. Consider my views converted!
Marzita Abdul Rahman
We have just returned from our second tarbiyyah trip with Shaykh Abu Eesa; this time with the whole family. We have been expertly guided from provision of reading materials, du'a preparations to detailed seminars, live lectures on historical sites and visits around Makkah & Madinah including the excellent Museum of Madinah tour. We also feel that the dynamics of the group plays an important part and Sh AE takes care of that element too - no one is left behind whether young, old, able, disabled. We are so grateful for the opportunity to take part in this wonderful program to perform umrah in accordance to the sunnah in the most blessed of both Harams.We thoroughly recommend any Aqsa or Umrah trip with Sh AE because it has been an unforgettable experience for us. May Allah swt reward Sh AE & Dome Tours for their guidance & knowledge.
It was a great comprehensive experience. If you are worried about going Hajj/ Umrah for the first time then his is brilliant as you have the guidance of sheikh 24/7 in regards to any and all matters. I think it may be a lot more tiring than doing the experience on your own as there are group planned activities on top of your personal ibadah time. However personally if you are someone who likes to squeeze the most out of every experience then this is perfect, it will be an exhausting / rewarding / educational / spiritual experience and the added benefit of being in a group where you have interaction with others along the way is great too.
I have done Umrah and Hajj previously and have just returned from my third trip for Umrah with HajjWithAE.This third trip was my best ever experience in Makkah/Madinah by a distance!! I would highly recommend this to anyone. The 5 star reviews are absolutely spot on and here is why:Everything is evidence based and you will learn and feel the sunnah of our Prophet SAW. There are so many cultural practices when I previously visited that I thought were Sunnah but these were debunked and I felt so relaxed. Shayk AE really makes sure to drive these points home on multiple occasions and thoe gives you confidence to do what you need to even if others around you aren't doing the same. Walking tours to Quba, around Madinah and Makkah are amazing. These bring the seerah to life. You really have to experience seeking knowledge whilst enjoying a casual stroll. There is also a walking tour into the Baqee' cemetery that was an absolute highlight of mine. Story telling: so many stories, so much fun, so fascinating to listen to. Sheikh AE has an amazing ability to connect to people and I don't know how he does it but he manages to give everyone in the group the time to relax and time to ask questions. There is a dedicated focus on improving your relationship with Allah. What's the point of spending money on a religious holiday to only come back with photos? Sheikh AE will force you to rethink your priorities in life and you will come back with a spiritual high, and a motivation to be better. The more you put in, the more you get out of it. So everyone works at their pace and to their own ability. Group dynamic: yes there are organised activities, group time and a whole lot of private time or family time and Ibaadah. There is lots of banter, good opportunities to connect with other group members and it all feels relaxed and natural. I travelled with my wife and at no point did I feel like we were on separate trips, hardly seeing each other etc. We were together all the way. If I had to choose a negative to be as balanced as possible, it's that I wish we had more time in the museum in Madinah as I could have spent hours there learning.
This was my first Umrah trip December 2022 from start to finish this trip was absolutely amazing. Sheikh AE was with the whole group from start to finish always on hand to answer any question even months before the Umrah trip the preparation, zoom webinar the emails so much communication it made me feel at ease and prepared as to what to expect. a few days before leaving for the trip a detailed itinerary was provided for our trip, everything that was mentioned on the itinerary took place on those day therefore preparing you for the day ahead.I would definitely recommend AE to everyone the vast amount of knowledge he has regarding Islamic history is unbelievable and he is able to explain everything in such detail. The highlight for me in Medina was definitely going to Uhud AE has a very special way of telling the story.AE is always there to support the whole group and no matter what the issue is he will always find a way out for you. Most importantly everything what is taught, discussed is done with regards to the Quran and Sunnah and also AE provides the logic behind it. if your looking for a life changing Umrah trip AE is definitely the right person to go with.
There are moments in one’s life that Allah (swt) sends the right people to advise and guide according to the Quran and sunnah and Sheikh AbuEsa is certainly that person who gives 200%, his sincerity, focus are lovely to see but his awareness of the group and our needs is truly inspiring giving everyone answers to our 100’s of questions with a great sense of humour but pulling no punches when we talk ‘bakwas’. The whole trip reset my priorities and if you have any doubts whether to go with Sheikh AE then I can tell you to have no doubts and just do it, you will have no regrets.
Nayara Naaz Latif
I would recommend @hajjwithAE. This was my first Umrah and I thought the lectures were so insightful and the trip so spiritual. I especially want to thank AE for making a place for me when everything was booked up.
Wow wow wow. What an amazing experience. I have done Umrah before but to be able share the amazing experience with my wife and kids and close friends is amazing but then to do it the AE way takes it’s to the next level. When I was 1st sent the itinerary by AE I thought wow I’m not gonna manage but Alhamdulillah we did it and loved every part of it. The group was a good mix. And everyone seemed to love it. Just make sure you bed the footwear in a few weeks before you go so your feet can handle the 20k plus steps per day (or wear trainers where you can). My kids aged 15 12 and 6 also loved it and loved being around AE as did we. The way the programme is set out from the months before to the execution is like something I’ve never experienced before. The way it is all explained really grabs your attention. Insha’Allah we are now starting to save for Hajj and Insha’Allah it will defo be with AE.
I went for Umrah with AE in Oct’22 and it was amazing,My best Umrah trip ever, just got back and already thinking of when I can go back again إِنْ شَاءَ ٱللَّٰهُ, with AE again!
Assalamu alaykum, I know Sheikh AE for long time and always wanted to go a umrah with him but not had chance before as timing was not matching before, by Qadr of Allah we have planned Oct 22 Umrah trip in last Ramadanit was very emotional experience specially Uhud speech was just awsome, we were tip of onr of the mountain and you just can feel it what happened in the Uhud SubhanAllahjourney from start to finish was smooth and never had any issues what so evereverything pre arranged by Dome tour and Sheikh AE and Sheikh AR were there for us all the time (only time we lost sheikh AE on his own time with her fav Al Baik, same meal he had it for 4 days left on the table, dont worry he is MashAllah fine)looking forward to go again and again iAJazakh Allahu khairan Dome TOUR, Sheikh AE, Sheikh AR and Dr Abir for looking after usit was a unforgettable journey Alhamdulillahfor me 10/10all the bestmay Allah swt reward you and accept it from all of us
This was not my first time performing Umrah BUT it was my “first” time completing the Umrah. Read on to understand what I mean…This Umrah was tailored by Sheikh Abu Eesa to complete this spiritual journey in the way our beloved Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) performed Umrah and not just your box standard 1-2 hours, Tawaf, Saee, Haircut and Khalaas, done.A “proper” Umrah can take anything between 4-6 hours depending on what you want to achieve.This is what you’ll get with Sheikh Abu Eesa.Don’t be fooled to thinking this is going to be a chilled romanticised spiritual holiday.. Remember the more effort you put the sweeter the reward so this is what you can expect from Umrah with AE.You may feel exhausted at the end of it, with early rises and several thousand steps per day but as mentioned previously, it is 10000% worth it. The best thing about this group is you become apart of a family, this was not my first time travelling with Dome Tours and Sheikh Abu Eesa, I was blessed enough to go to Al Aqsa in Ramadan 2022 and that is when I decided that I would go to an Umrah with Sheikh AE.This Umrah trip, I received absolute love and immense support from Dome Tours, Sheikh AE and other group members who helped me and my family look after our elderly Mother who was also apart of this journey.Words cannot justify what you’ll get so you need to go and try it for yourself.
Alhumdullilah, we had an amazing Umrah experience with HajjwithAe .Throughout the journey, they were constantly in touch, and provided us all the details and the documents required. The best part of the trip was Shaykh Abu Essa's company. Alhumdullilah, we were blessed to have him as our group leader and Shaykh. We have learnt so much from him during the 5 days in Medina and 5 in Makkah. MashaAllah he is very knowledgeable and always available to answer questions. One of our many activities was walking from Masjid-e-Nabawi to Masjid Quba something the prophet saws would do on a weekly basis. We were shown around the Masjid-e-Nabawi and Jannatul Baqi and the Shaykh using telegram broadcast explained the significance of these places. We shown shown in great detail the process of umrah. They also looked after the group throughout the journey and provided help and assistance to resolve issues any issues I would highly recommend HajwithAE and Dome tours. Thank You Shaykh and the entire team.It was an unforgettable journey and inshaAllah we plan to go again.
salaams. I have recently returned from a trip to Al Aqsa with Hajj with AE. I have previously also been on the Umrah programme. Without a shadow of doubt I cannot recommend Shaykh Abu Eesa and his programmes enough.They are full of authentic sunnah, history and practical daily advice on how to lift your worship to the next level.They are intensive, funny, energetic, both physically and spiritually. You soon become part of a family. You can't help but want more.Shaykh Abu Eesa is genuine, helpful and full of knowledge mashaAllah. He will be by your side before, during and after to answer your questions and help you get the most out of the trip.The logistics of the trip was great. It was well organised with great hotels and plenty of organised trips and events.I'm already planning my next trip InshaAllah and so should you.
I took my first umrah trip with this group in Sept 2022.Since it was my first umrah experience I was a little sceptical about sharing it with a group of near strangers, which could possibly compromise on the intimate ibadah experience that I wanted as well as lack of control over the schedule of the trip, especially since I was traveling with my toddler child. Alhamdolillah I'm so glad we ended up choosing to go with Hajj with AE, the knowledge and trainings by Sheikh AE before and during the trip as well as the group environment that was fostered made this experience so much more beneficial than it could have been alone. From the pre-trip content on fiqh of umrah to ensure a comfortable understanding of the process, to the onsite guided tour of Masjid An Nabvi and the Rawdah of Rasulullah salallahu alaihi wasallam to internalise the reality and value of the ground we stood on; all that it had contained, where exactly the Prophet (S.A.W) had stood and delivered his sermons, where he took his last breaths...To tracing his footsteps to Quba, standing at Uhud and reliving the seerah, being educated before entering the haramain about the value of every single Salah there and every gaze towards the Kaaba. I don't think any amount of "alone time" without all this guidance could have matched up to the experience this provided.The emotional experience I must add, too, was amplified by the group dynamics Alhamdolillah. Befriending and witnessing group mates from children to elderly showing up with the passion and determination they did each day was incredibly motivating. Some of my best memories of the trip are the group experiences, the saying aloud of Talbiyah together as we walked in unison towards the Kaaba for the first time, spotting someone from the group putting in extra tawafs in the little rest slots we had, seeing the group jesters wiping away silent tears at Uhud, noticing an elderly member limping their way from Safa to Marwa after standing in dua for hours. I could go on and on and on here!Another very important advantage of taking this trip with Sheikh Abu Eesa has been the comfort of relying on his fiqh expertise. To quote an example, as a woman you get informed months in advance about the rulings pertaining to mensuration during an umrah journey and additionally with advice of medical specialists how to go about managing ones cycle with medication. At the trip inevitably some women or the other find irregular bleeding issues and don't need to text random friends back home to figure out what to do, they know they can walk right up to Sheikh AE and get a sound opinion and go ahead with it without concerns of whether they are doing it right or not. This held true for every matter during the trip, little questions like "I forgot to raise my hand to Hajr e Aswad, is my tawaf valid?" could pop in the group and be answered instantly by the Sheikh. Or bigger concerns like "How do I manage my umrah with a child?" could be discussed personally with him, which personally benefited me a lot and help me not having to compromise my umrah experience to first time rookie mistakes Alhamdolillah.From logistics, to spirituality, to medical issues to any random mundane need or food suggestion, we always knew we had a one stop solution with the Hajj With AE Telegram group Alhamdolillah.All you need to do is sign up, book your trip and then follow their lead 🙂
I went to Umrah with Sheikh AE in September 2022. If I could use one word to describe the experience, it would be *transformative*. I highly recommend this to folks who are doing their first ever Umrah, or doing it the second time, or have done multiple Umrahs. The program is very well structured. You get in touch with the Sheikh and rest of the group weeks in advance, there are proper intros done by each member to break the ice and get to know each other, study and preparation material is provided ahead of time and we get to have webinars beforehand to make sure we are on track. I'd like to highlight that this program gives you back whatever you put into it. In other words, the amount of preparation you do beforehand determines how well you will do during the trip, which will of course impacts how you will do afterwards once you are back in the usual routine. My personal favorite part of the trip was Uhud tour and walk to Quba on Saturday as per the Sunnah of Prophet SAW. Uhud was extremely emotional as we were given the description of the battle details and how everything unfolded there. You can't help but feel the debt we owe to our beloved Prophet SAW and the companions who sacrificed so much so that the message can reach us. You leave Uhud with a renewed sense of belonging and fully aware of the responsibility you carry for this message. Lastly, can't help but praise the overall organization of the entire trip. The team involved is made up of extremely professional people who have a great attention to detail. Everything is sorted logistically and Sheikh will go out of his way to make sure every last bit is done, whether that has to do with your luggage being sorted, you having access to your key cards, providing you with medicine when sick, etc. There is so much more that can be said but I'll leave the rest for you to experience first hand in Sha Allah.
Alhamdulillah, we just returned from the 3 Cities Trip with Shaykh AE (Jerusalem + Madinah + Makkah) and I cannot stress enough: THIS is the trip you NEED to go on. It is nothing short of a life-changing journey and THE best way to truly experience Al-Aqsa & have a transformative Umrah!Starting with Jerusalem: Shaykh AE has such extensive in-depth knowledge + connections + experience to give you the very BEST of Al-Aqsa mashAllah. The itinerary is packed from Fajr until after Isha. Every day, we started off after Fajr with a beautiful & peaceful Halaqa in Masjid Qibli. I especially appreciated the focus of these classes was on developing practical habits to continue after returning home! We also learned so much about the many Prophets whose legacies were in this blessed land! Some of the many topics covered included learning about Israa-wal-Miraj and Surah Israa, lessons from the lives of Musa (as), Ibrahim (as), and Jesus (as)! There’s also plenty of opportunities to ask Shaykh personal questions and advice on the many walks and throughout the trip, which allows you to take away so much from the experience. Every day also had planned tours & excursions which were very memorable and informative, including day-long walking trips to Mount Olives (beautiful views along the way!), the Christian & Jewish areas of Jerusalem, Baab-Rahmah Cemetery, various historical churches, mosques, etc. The nice thing about Shaykh AE’s tours is that you don’t just SEE these sites like a regular tourist—you actually learn lessons about the importance, context & relevance for our contemporary Muslim life today at every step along the journey. For example, to tour us through Al-Aqsa, we were led by Sheikh Samer, one of the Palestinian guards and scholars of Al-Aqsa mosque. Of course, no one has better understanding of the real history, compared to him! He shared with us many uncensored aspects of Palestinian history that you won’t find on Google, which gives you a real understanding of the situation. By the end of the week in Jerusalem, we were quite literally able to guide other tourists who were lost around the city, which is a testament to the in-depth education we received mashAllah! It was great to rack up 20,000+ steps daily while learning and seeing so much, too! Every day is very FULL but if you want to maximize your time and see and learn everything, this is the way to go! I’ve spoken with others who went with different groups to Jerusalem, and they told me they didn’t see or learn as much… So if you want go to Jerusalem and feel the true special nature of this city instead of quickly seeing it like a tourist, then IMHO you MUST go with Shaykh AE!! It’s like you go “behind-the-scenes” compared to any other regular tour mashAllah.Next, going on to Madinah: In Madinah, the focus shifts to getting inspired by the life of The Prophet (saws)! We loved being able to trace the footsteps of The Prophet (saws) walking to Masjid Quba from Masjid Nabawi, which is an amazing 6km round-trip walk, while hearing stories of the companions and Prophet (saws) all along the way! We also learned so much at the Dar al-Madinah Museum packed with amazing models to visualize the Seerah. Of course Shaykh AE also shared beautiful stories of the Seerah at Mount Uhud, again, with the focus of helping us reconnect deeper with the Prophet (saws) in every day life. Shaykh AE really supports the group in every single way, even down to mapping out the Rawdah and helping everyone plan how to survive the crowds. There’s also a BIG focus on prepping for Umrah, which is much more comprehensive than other groups I’ve been on. Shaykh AE wants every member of his group to feel confident in completing their best Umrah, and by the end of numerous prep sessions and so many opportunities for questions, you really feel ready alhamdulillah! Finally, finishing with Makkah: All the prep really pays off and Shaykh AE literally coaches the group through every step of the way. You feel the long journey has all led to this! Everyone in the group was saying by the end of it, that it was their best Umrah ever, which is really incredible and shows all the preparation was effective! After Umrah, Shaykh AE continues to do many interesting group activities, such as guided walking “tawaf tours” in which you are learning all along the way. Again, having direct access to ask all your questions to makes this a very valuable opportunity. It’s very emotional finishing off such an incredible journey like this, but you know you’ve learned and benefitted so much along the way!!Other notable points I would like to mention: - Shaykh AE is literally invested in every single group member’s experience, which I have never seen in any other group mashAllah. You just learn so much throughout the entire journey. Shaykh AE also has extreme attention to detail, even in terms of advising on the best types of dates to buy, ATM machines to use to avoid fees, and just helping you make the entire journey smooth based on his vast experience in all 3 cities.- There is an active communication group that allows you to connect with the entire travelling party throughout the trip. By the end of the 3 Cities Journey, we all felt like a big family. You make many new likeminded friends along the way! - There’s a LOT of walking and the itinerary is so packed! You really do make the most of your time, you end every day feeling tired but happy. 🙂 Seriously, if anyone is considering going—JUST GO! It will absolutely be worth it inshAllah and it was a trip we will always remember, inshAllah. I hope we can return for future travels, inshAllah!
An amazing Umrah trip with Sheikh AE, a true tarbiyah programme which starts months ahead of the actual trip with the Sheikh providing great communication, resources and a webinar to prepare for the trip and make the most of the opportunity. The sheikh prepared us extremely well both logistically / what to do when, but more importantly spiritually with a real focus on Dua as being the central pillar of Umrah and helping us get ready for a ‘Dua marathon’ by focussing on what we really, truly want to ask for and how to ask for it. When in Medina and Makkah the Sheikh led us on some amazing additional trips / session enriching our experience through incorporating the rich historical and Islamic significance and context. For example, as Mt. Uhad, Baaqi cemetery and the fiqh of janazah, and many others. Moreover, the trip has had an amazing community feel which just made it extra special and even harder to acclimatise to real life after we got back!
This has truly been the best Umrah I've done to date. While in Medina, sheikh Abu Eesa walks us through the important sites, where and how the Sunnah was applied. Very educational and informative. Prior to heading to Makkah for the actual Umrah, we went through a detailed step by step fiqh of Umrah where sheikh Abu Eesa focuses on what matters the most from a fardh and sunna perpective. This helps conserve your energy to be put on what matters most. While in Makkah, the informative sessions continue and you get to really feel the tarbiya aspect of the program. An atmosphere of very close brothers starts to naturally form and you develop a very strong bond. From the logistics side, I was amazed at how smooth things were. May Allah reward all those working in the background to make it run so well. I would definitely recommend this.
I went on AE's Sacred 3 Cities tour in Sep 2022, and I have to say it was the best experience of my life! Only Hajj can beat this. In fact, it was because of not being able to do Hajj with AE for three years now that I actually considered this in the first place. In turned out to be far better than I could have hoped for.What makes this trip amazing is three things. Firstly, it's the locations that you visit. Aqsa is special - there is nowhere on Earth that is like it. It is the center of the center of the Holy Land, and even more important that we visit in the current climate and show our support. The people are amazing there and so is the history. You're literally walking in the footsteps of Prophets, and praying in the same area where the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) lead ALL the other Prophets in Salaah.From there, you then visit the tranquillity of Madinah and the Prophet's Mosque, and then after that you finish it off with an epic Umrah - an Umrah will no other as the Shaikh will teach and encourage you to up your dua game. You won't have performed a better Umrah than this one!The second thing that makes this trip amazing is the people that you'll be travelling with and spending over 2 weeks with. It's amazing to spend time with like-minded folks, committed to the deen. It's a wonderful feeling and you miss them when it's all over! 😢And the third, but not least, element of what makes 3 Cities amazing is Shaikh AE himself. He puts his heart and soul into his tarbiyyah programme and motivates us all to aim for higher and to be better. On top of that, it's a blast to be around him and to enjoy the bants! 😆Note, that you get what you put into this. The Shiekh stresses the importance of making a dua list and investing in your dua for the Umrah. This came naturally for me as I've been doing this the past 3 years waiting for Hajj! Also, make you have some time off after coming back and not go straight into work. You'll need it!
Alhamdulilah, I had the opportunity to join Sheikh AE in Oct for Umrah and a short 11 months later, I did the 3 Sacred Cities tarbiyah program in Fall 2022, which covered Al Aqsa, Madinah and Makkah. One of the biggest highlights for this specific trip is that the program is set up such that we get to pray 3 consecutive Jummah prayers in the 3 Holy Mosques! While that alone is enough, what makes this program truly unique is that the preparation doesn't start one week, or even one month before the trip. Sheikh dedicates so much time preparing all of us months in advance via Zoom meetings, reading materials etc. so no one has an excuse for not smashing their Umrah. For the 3 Sacred cities, the Aqsa portion was eye opening, informative and leaves you with raw emotions and the longing to go back. There are walking tours around Jerusalem (bring your sneakers) which cover the deep history and significance of that Holy land. One of my favorite activities was the group sessions in Masjid Qibli following Fajr, where we did dhikir or reflections on verses that were recited during prayer. These sessions were particularly special because the whole group did it together and we drew practical life lessons from them.In Madinah, one of the highlights was the trip to Mount Uhud. Sh AE does an incredible job covering that history of the battle, and you will witness firsthand the love for our Prophet (PBUH) when your fellow travelers silently shed some tears because they are touched by the story. Here you also get to participate in a sunnah that our Prophet did weekly by walking from Al Masjid an Nabawi to Masjid al Quba, with Sheikh on the speaker explaining everything and answering our questions.The moment you step into Makkah, you realize why that's the most sacred city. But the confidence you have walking into Masjid al-Haram to do you Umrah is at its peak, because Sh AE has done countless seminars and answered even more questions. He even walks you to the barber shop and lets you know how much to pay so you don't get overcharged. He constantly insists we call him while doing Umrah, should we have any questions or problems and although Umrah is a personal journey, you never feel alone knowing Sheikh and his team as well as the whole group is there.Additionally, any shopping or dining needs you have will be answered to the fullest extent, whether you desire Arabian Oud to thobes, to the best chicken in town, Sh AE will make the time to personally take you. Just as important, the group dynamic is remarkable. I've been to 2 trips and both times, we simply had the best like-minded people from all over, with the same desire to learn from a deeply knowledgeable and passionate teacher, while keeping it entertaining and FUN!In conclusion, Sheikh AE must have a twin! Because. Every. Single. Detail. Is taken care of and he is available to everyone at any time...even being ill didn't stop him from doing group tawaafs, unless it was his twin. All you have to do is show up ready to soak up a rigorous tarbiyah program, which will challenge you both physically and mentally and test your endurance because Sheikh AE covers a lot of content. You will leave motivated, inspired to practice Islam at the next level and making new friends along the way.
AsSalaamuAlaikum,This was my 1st Umrah and 1st time to Palestine and I honestly cannot recommend this tour with Sheikh Abu Eesa enough.. I could not have gone with anyone better.. I've just come back from the 3 sacred cities tour which included 6 nights in Jerusalem, 5 nights in Madinah and 5 nights in Mecca.. The guidance we got pre tour as in email comms and video briefings and also the level of communication throughout was absolutely amazing.. MaShaAllah Sheikh has phenomenal leadership qualities which cater for everyone, he is extremely knowledgeable and extremely patient.. Sheikh Abu Eesa was also very approachable for the entirety of the trip and also never hesitated to go the extra mile for any of us, even when he was a little under the weather himself..I will definitely be going on future trips with Sheikh Abu Eesa InShaAllah and 100% recommend to others whether it's your 1st time, travelling alone, travelling with family or with friends.. You won't regret it 😊
I went for 'Umrah with AE in Dec 2021 and really appreciated the level of instruction and guidance provided. We were given a lot of really helpful resources, had conference calls before the trip to help us prepare, and even after the trip to reflect on our experiences and think about how it would change us moving forward. I fell ill during the trip and AE himself was kind enough to help me get the medication I needed to feel well enough to carry on. I've been for Hajj and 'Umrah with other reputable groups but was never taught how to perform the sa'y the proper Sunnah way until I went with AE. It was also really nice to have the telegram group chat and broadcasts, which allowed me to listen in when the men visited Al-Baqi' or in any other scenarios when I couldn't join in person for whatever reason.I also visited Palestine with AE this year. We were able to be there at the start of Ramadan at Masjid al-Aqsa which was a priceless experience. The tours around al-Aqsa compound and Jerusalem were enlightening; my only regret is that I did not write more! It is difficult to put into words how impactful it is to go there and I'm very grateful to have had the chance to do it with AE. Highly recommend 👍
Umrah Dec 2021. Where to start…one of the most memorable and most transformative journey. If your are looking for a tailored experience that goes beyond the mechanics of a regular Umrah, with a group of like minded individuals, then this is the program for you. This Umrah journey will start long before you set found in a plane. With regular meetings and readings, Sheikh AE will support you throughout by being available to answer any questions and really prepare you for this journey. If your heart is open to it, like a spiritual coach, the Sheikh will guide you and push you to look deep, to do more than what you think you could do…all of this with an incredible sense of humor. Before this trip, I had never heard of Sheikh AE or had never met his community. They welcomed me and my mom with open arms…we never once felt like we didn’t belong.
December 2021 Umrah It was an amazing experience. From the start to finish of the trip, the care from Dome Tours team and both Shaykhs was excellent.This is what I was looking for, a trip with a full tarbiyah program. The information/guidance given with zoom meetings prior to the trip, during with guided tours around Mecca and Madina,to even after the trip where the feeling was that of one big family.No one was left behind (no matter how slow!). A unique way of story telling is both passionate and sincere.For anyone who is looking for a trip with a full tarbiya program, I would highly recommend this.
We went for Umrah with AE in October 2021. It was the most beautiful and inspiring trip of our lives. Alhamdulillah. This was our first Umrah and we were complete beginners but subhanAllah, the way Sheikh AE guided us all, not only enabled us to complete our Umrah but he gave us the skills and confidence to be able to do it on our own. This truly shows what a great teacher he is mashaAllah, tabarakAllah. The tarbiyyah programme AE provides is not only limited to the Umrah but addresses beyond that and is well planned, organised, addressed individual needs and was adaptable. The programme brought the Seerah to life through reminders and trips. The love and closeness we felt towards the Prophet (saw) and the companions, was nothing like what we felt before. Alhamdulillah. Also, the laughter and joy brought by Sheikhs jokes and stories really gives a wholesome experience and rids the notion of you cannot have fun in practising Islam. Jazak Allah Khayr Sheikh AE for a beautiful and inspiring experience. We make dua for Hajj and many for Umrahs with you inshaa'Allah. Ameen.
Umrah in October 2021 would stay in my memory for long for many reasons. One of the top reasons would be to be able to do it in the company of Sheikh AE. One of the best journeys if my life Alhamdulillah!
I went for umrah with sheikh AE and found it beneficial I learned so much, his enthusiasm manner and emotional intelligence of the prophet saw, the battles, and how to approach ibbadah was deeply impactful and lasting. I did a lots of soul searching before this trip Alhumdulilah during and most certainly now I’m back, I find myself reflecting the moral and essence of what I learned. The prep and contact before the trip was on point, zoom meeting and lessons really prepared me for this experience. The on hand support during the trip-transfers all ran very smoothly. Alhumdulilah would highly recommend great experience and very entertaining a very unique sheikh. May Allah allow us to visit for hajj and continue to invite us to be his guest throughout our lifetime. Ameen
I've been to umrah with AE and I've loved the experience because it is a full tarbiyah program where we have a lot of access to Sheikh via chat, email, and in person. This is more of an educational program rather than a tourism program i.e. we get to learn and appreciate the essence of what we're doing. The program is transformative and focuses on bringing about the inner change in us that is meant to last longer than the sacred journey.
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 Sept 2022 3cities tour withSheikh AbuEesa one of the best experiences I have been fortunate to have been apart of. Previously have been with Sheikh AbuEesa Umrah 2019and 2021this year was priceless. Anyone who can go should not miss this beautiful trabiyaah program,I have learnt so much and I hope that Allah blesses me to implement it in my everyday life. Jzk Sheikh insha Allah hope to do Hajj with you.
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!
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!
** this is my second trip with AE but we can only leave one review **Al Aqsa review:After returning from Hajj with AE in 2019, my aim was to then visit Jerusalem in the same year with him again. It never happened but Allah answered my duaa allowing me to not only visit Jerusalem but to be able to go during the most blessed month of Ramadhan. Our 6-day visit to Jerusalem consisted of Quran classes, reminders, a deep dive into the history (of the Al Aqsa complex mostly), tours, tarawih in the Dome of the Rock, breaking our fast amongst the friendly Palestinian people and making life-long friends within the group. The trip is best suited to those who are able to walk and stand for long periods with ease as the walking tours can often run for a few hours or more and the pathways are mostly made up of steps and slopes. Also, don’t be put off by the media scares. You’ll feel as safe as you do when visiting any other country insha Allah!This wasn’t my first trip with AE and it definitely won’t be my last insha Allah. I recommend his programmes to anyone that says they wish to perform Hajj or Umrah or visit Al Aqsa. His groups always have the best balance of tarbiyya and humour so theres never a dull moment :)Hajj 19' review: 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.
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.
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.
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*
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 🙂
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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. 😊
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! 😂
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.