Violinist Amirah Muhammad performs during the music performance presented by the Ministry of Arts and Culture, on November 11 in the gymnasium at Muhammad University of Islam in Chicago. Photos: Haroon Rajaee

CHICAGO—The Ministry of Arts and Culture of the Nation of Islam proudly hosted another music performance featuring performers of all ages, including youth cellists, violinists, pianists, vocalists, and many more at Muhammad University (M.U.I.) on the grounds of The National Center, headquarters of the Nation of Islam on November 11.

Violinist Sister Amirah Muhammad believes the annual music performance is an excellent opportunity for youth performers to showcase their gifts while being exposed to great talent at the same time. “In addition to them being able to be on stage and perform their piece that they worked on with their private teacher, it’s also good to play with others. That’s a big part of music,” she told The Final Call.

Sister Amirah Muhammad played a beautiful and sentimental piece, “Concerto No. 5 in D Major, Movement 1 F. Seitz (Arr S. Suzuki),” which she said is very dear to her.

Vocalist Sister Ada Lisa was also pleased to be a part of the music performance. “It’s just more edifying to spend more time especially creatively with other believers of different age groups and from different areas that I would not necessarily be involved with.”


Concert host Brother Farrad Muhammad helps put together the performances every year and performed on the trombone this year. “Every year it gets better. From the beginning to the middle, to the end, it really highlights this standard of excellence that our students are showing,” he told The Final Call.

“What is wonderful for me to see as a musician is that this is being done in our nation. To see the conversions of the strings and the brass as well as voice and piano, we are developing all of the instrumentation.”

Brother Farrad also gave special thanks to the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, the Shura Executive Council of the Nation of Islam, Muhammad University of Islam staff, the Ministry of Information and Brother Nadir Muhammad.