All of our artists have years of experience teaching students of all ages. With nuance and care, they provide engaging workshops that instill creativity and invite participation from even the most timid of practitioners.
Hand and Frame Drumming
Principles of Devotional Music
Nader Khan is a Canadian Muslim singer/songwriter, arts educator and social activist. Over the last 20 years, he has toured and performed across the world in solo performances and on tours with other internationally renowned artists and scholars. Nader has spearheaded various social justice initiatives that promote local and international relief efforts through Islamic devotional music, arts, youth engagement, and inspiration.
In 2013, Nader established #ShareTheProphet, bringing together service and devotion by channeling 100% of sales revenue from future albums into humanitarian causes. His second album, Water, was released in May 2015 to widespread critical acclaim. 100% of the album sales of Water will be going to WaterAid Canada. Nader is an Ontario Arts Council Arts Educator, delivering workshops on drumming, Islam and music as well as social justice in schools throughout the Greater Toronto Area.
Painting and Drawing
Traditional design and composition
Unaiza Karim is a qualified teacher and an award-winning British artist specializing in the Traditional Visual Arts. Unaiza offers consultancy on Arts education, curriculum development and community outreach projects. She has experience in devising and delivering innovative programmes, workshops and courses to suit audiences of all skills and abilities, in a broad range of settings from corporate to grass roots community based initiatives and tailoring a programme to meet the artistic appreciation needs of individuals requiring training or mentorship.
Her work has been exhibited in the UK and abroad and she has contributed to online teaching and learning resources for the Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Her passion for art and education are brought together in an ongoing programme of workshops being delivered both locally, nationally and internationally.
Canadian born poet and songwriter Dawud (David) Wharnsby began sharing his songs with audiences as a street performer in his late teens. Over two decades later, his career as a troubadour has yielded a string of fifteen solo albums, five poetry anthologies, numerous sound-track credits, performances in some of the world’s most prestigious theatres and collaborations with several of the world’s most celebrated artists.
As a voice for the socially-conscious and spiritually-driven, Dawud’s poetry, songs, articles and intimate live performances have inspired a generation of educators, musicians, poets and artists. Though he continues to write, record and occasionally tour internationally ~ in recent years Dawud has become a strong advocate of Simple Living and more actively involved with educational initiatives promoting artistic expression as a means to fostering positive social change.
Dr Bano Murtuja
Sirah of the Prophet (pbuh)
Youth mentor and advisor
Dr. Bano has studied the Islamic sciences with numerous teachers including Habib Umar bin Hafiz, Habib Khadhim as-Saqqaf and Shaykh Hamza Yusuf. She has formally completed the Micro Madrasa program of Greensville Trust under the tutelage of Ustadha Nagheeba Hayal, Shaykh Ibrahim Osi-Efa and Shaykh Haroon Hanif.
Dr. Bano is passionate about working with young people, engendering in them a love for the beloved (peace be upon him) and assisting them with the many social, personal and inter personal challenges they face. Before coming to Canada, she led a sisters study circle for almost 6 years and taught and mentored young people at the Institute of Learning and Mentoring. More recently she taught the sirah of the beloved peace be upon him to students through UofT MSA.
Youth mentor and advisor
Amjad Tarsin was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He obtained his Bachelors of Arts at the University of Michigan in English Literature and Islamic Studies. It was during his university years that Amjad developed a deeper connection to his faith, becoming involved with the MSA, studying the Islamic sciences with teachers locally and internationally, and becoming actively involved in community service and interfaith work.
After spending a transformative year abroad, he returned to America to start his studies at University of Michigan Law School. Yearning to fulfill his calling to religious education and service, Amjad changed career paths and enrolled in Hartford Seminary’s Islamic Chaplaincy program. In 2012 he was selected as University of Toronto’s first full-time Muslim Chaplain.