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Sheikh Mohammed Al-Hilli is a UK-based executive director of Noor Islamic Education and a well-known Muslim scholar and researcher.
He was born close to Kadhimiyya (Baghdad, Iraq) in 1978. His great grandfather, Sheikh Mohammad Rida, was a known scholar in Hilla, Iraq. This city, which is home to great Islamic scholars such as Allamah Al-Hilli as well as Al-Muhaqiq, is situated approximately 100km south of Baghdad.
In 1989, his family relocated to Britain. He subsequently completed his secondary and higher education studies in London, graduating with a Masters Degree in Pharmacy from the University of London in 2001. He became a registered pharmacist, practising in community Pharmacy for over 10 years.
Sheikh Al-Hilli has completed his Hawza (Islamic Seminary) degree from the International College for Islamic Sciences in London, under the supervision of Ayatollah Fadhil Milani. He has formally studied Islamic disciplines such as Theology, Quranic exegesis, logic, Principles of Islamic jurisprudence, Fiqh (jurisprudence), history, Arabic Morphology as well as Sciences of Hadith (transmitted traditions). He then went to Najaf (Iraq) in 2013 to pursue further studies. In 2015, Al-Hilli completed an MA in Islamic Studies from Middlesex University (via Islamic College). He then went to teach at the BA Hawza studies programme at Islamic College, London. Currently he is continuing with higher level seminary studies.
Whilst at university, he was elected as the President of the Islamic Society for two years, organising many events and promoting inter-faith activities. Sheikh Al-Hilli also led the Islamic Unity Society (IUS); a youth-led organisation across the UK catering for University students and young professionals, for 5 years (2000-05). As the Chairman of this registered Charity, he was involved in organising regular programmes and events at Universities and other institutions. At the same time, the IUS organised popular summer and winter camps across the UK, which attracted hundreds of people. Furthermore, international Ziyarah (religious pilgrimage) trips such as Umrah were provided. Sheikh Al-Hilli was also in charge of the Publications department, producing bi-monthly magazines as well as an annual wall-planner amongst several other publications.
Sheikh Al-Hilli is passionate in presenting the peaceful message of Islam to the world. He has published several articles and has appeared in many mainstream TV channels, such as BBC, Sky News, CNN as well as Channel 4.
Sheikh Al-Hilli has presented lectures and seminars throughout the United States, Canada, Middle East, Africa, Australia and New Zealand. He has been involved in numerous interfaith events, including his participation in March 2017 alongside the Archbishop of Canterbury as well as Chief Rabbi outside Westminster Cathedral in condemning the terror attacks in Westminster bridge, as well as at the Washington National Cathedral in 2015, where many faith leaders pledged to support freedom of expression and religious tolerance.
Sheikh Al-Hilli’s main areas of interest are Quranic studies, history, theology as well as human relationships. At the Noor Islamic Education in London, he has held several Quranic commentary programmes, seminars on Islamic law and theology as well as a series of courses on marriage and parenting. The Successful Marriage course was first held in 2015 and is now growing stronger each year.
He is the author of 4 published books: 'Arbaeen The Walk', 'Muharram Sermons’,
‘Baqi: Past, Present & Future.' and 'Secrets to Happiness'.
Since 2007, Sheikh Al-Hilli has been active in taking pilgrims from across the world to religious sites in Iraq, Iran, Saudi and Syria.
Sheikh Al-Hilli is also an active member of the Family Affairs Committee, which is an organisation seeking to restore and help marital relationships. He has over 10 years’ experience of dealing with marital conflict and family therapy. He is currently on his way to become a certified Gottman Therapist.
In his spare time, he enjoys playing and watching football (an ardent supporter of Liverpool Football Club), reading as well as travelling. He is happily married with 3 children.