Our journey

The Pearls of Islam drumming school formerly known as the Tumaadir drumming school was set up by Sakinah Lenoir in 2012. Sakinah lenoir has been performing with her nasheed duo Pearls of Islam for over a decade. The duo have an extensive range of experience in drumming and singing and have been invited all over the UK and the world to perform and share their art. The duo have become renowned for their unique drumming style and fusion of different traditions. They incorporate the djembe, darbouka and daff in their performances.

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The intention of the school was to use their experience and love for the drum and the voice as a means of healing, gathering, expression and remembrance of the divine. The school is a space to revive the beautiful tradition of drumming and singing as means of praise and remembrance particularly among women and children from the Muslim community.

Drumming and Singing is a vehicle of healing and can be used to bring people from all walks of life together as well as introduce beneficial skills such as enhancing ones concentration, listening, "better flow of oxygen through deep breathing, reduces stress and anxiety, builds stamina, helps you ‘be in the now’ and makes you happy". Drumming paired with singing nasheeds and praises of our beloved Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) then takes the art to a completely different dimension.

The drumming school has been running for over 5 years and alhamdulilah in 2020 launched its online programme which saw the beginning of their 'Foundations of Daff Course' and Online Group classes


our teachers

Rabiah Mali

Rabiah is one half of Pearls of Islam and is a practicing Medical Herbalist. She has been performing with her group Pearls of Islam for over a decade.One of the first all female Muslim performers to establish themselves in the UK, She enjoys playing the darbouka, djembe and cajon. Her experience within the Muslim Creative Scene has led her to faciltiate many poetry and song writing workshops as well as drumming and singing gatherings,


Sakinah Lenoir

Sakinah is the founder and director of the Pearls of Islam Drumming school ( formerly known as Tumaadir Drumming School). Her drumming school has enabled her to really reach out and connect specifically to women and children who are yearning for a platform for creative expression. She has worked in many different schools, after-school clubs and in community spaces and continues to raise the flag in reviving the art of spirituality and creativity as a means of healing.


Aisha Sanusi

Aisha is  currently an advanced drumming student who has been being taught by Sakinah for over 2 years. She has performed with the group Rhythms of Remembrance. She is a Quran teacher alongside being a professional balloon stylist! 

Our Guest Teacher:
Anjum Kasmani

Anjum Kasmani is a traditional drummer, Daff teacher and founder of Desert Echo Daff School. After studying the Daff in Jordan in 2007, Anjum produced a specialised Daff curriculum and began teaching with the simple aim of reviving traditional sounds in Muslim homes in the UK and facilitating a place for women and children to express themselves via the drum beat. 

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"Wonderful introduction to drumming and singing (for someone shy like myself), I was made to feel very comfortable . Really respect the intention behind what you guys are doing and ask Allah to accept it. Look forward to learning more."