Sheikh Mohammed Al-Hilli is an internationally renowned Islamic speaker and researcher who has delivered hundreds of lectures on various themes, such as Morality, Spirituality and Quranic Sciences.
He has recited, lectured and conducted seminars throughout the United States, Canada, Middle East and Africa in academic and non-academic settings.
Sheikh Al-Hilli is particularly passionate in presenting the peaceful message of Islam to the World, encouraging dialogue and co-existence amongst different communities. He regularly lectures at Islamic Centres as well as universities across the UK, and is active in providing activities for the youth.
He is most noted for his scholarly approach to Islam from the moral point of view. He writes extensively on universal themes of humanity, morality, spirituality and Quran. Sheikh Mohammed Hilli has appeared on numerous TV and Radio program in UK and published widely in newspapers and magazines. Sheikh Al-Hilli most recent work focuses on organizing Ziyrat trips, promoting inter-intra faith activities and activities for the youth.
He was born in Kadhimiyya (Baghdad, Iraq) in 1978. His great grandfather, Sheikh Mohammad Rida, was a known Scholar and reciter 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.
At a young age, he moved with his family to the Islamic Republic of Iran, where he spent most of his childhood. Later on his family relocated to the UK towards the end of the eighties.
Sheikh Al-Hilli completed his secondary and higher education studies in London, graduating with a Masters Degree in Pharmacy from the University of London. During this time, he was elected as the President of the Islamic Society for two years, organising many events and promoting inter-faith activities. He was the first Shi’ite to lead a Sunni dominated Islamic Society at a UK university, highlighting his unifying and encompassing approach that welcomed all to the institution.
Furthermore, Sheikh Al-Hilli led the Islamic Unity Society (IUS), which is a youth-led organisation catering for University students and young professionals, for 5 years. 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, usually held in Wales and Manchester, which attracted hundreds of youth. Furthermore, international Ziyarah trips such as Umrah were provided. Sheikh Al-Hilli was also in charge of the Publications department, whereby a bi-monthly magazine as well as an annual wall-planner continues to be published.
At the same time, he undertook private studies with several respected Scholars in Islamic Studies, and completed his Hawza degree from the International College for Islamic Sciences. During these years, he formally studied Islamic disciplines such as Theology, Quranic exegesis, logic, Principles of Islamic jurisprudence, Fiqh, history, Arabic Morphology as well as Sciences of Hadith. He is currently a teacher at the Hawza Programme at Islamic College, London. At the same time, he is completing his MA in Islamic Studies.
Sheikh Al-Hilli is a trustee of Noor Trust as well as a member of the Family Affairs Committee UK, whereby Scholars and experts deal with marital issues and disputes in the Community. He is married and has two young boys.