Who we are...
Deep Roots is coordinated and supervised by certified coaches, teachers and counsellors, and Andalucian Routes, a company with over 15 years of experience coordinating Islamic educational youth tours of Spain.
Here's a look at some of the main team members.
TARIQ MAHMOOD, director
Tariq is the Founder and Director of Andalucian Routes. He was raised in the U.K. in the 70's and 80's at a time when minorities were facing racism and young Muslims became self-conscious about their ethnic and religious identities. When Tariq visited Spain for the first time over 25 years ago, he discovered the Islamic legacy there, and realized that Islam had a long and rich history in the West that was under-recognized. Then a businessman in England, Tariq founded Andalucian Routes in Spain with the hopes of enlightening the world about the legacy of Islam in the West. Since then, thousands of people have gone on his tours and been blown away by their experiences, leaving Spain with stronger faith, more confident about their religious identity and inspired to do good.Watch some of their testimonials here.
Muzammal Nawaz, program design
Muzammal Nawaz is the founder of CASK (Council of Amateur Sport Kickboxing) and the BAAC (Bay Area Athletic Club).
He is an internationally recognized speaker and facilitator and has conducted programs on community development and leadership for youth across North America, Europe, Asia and Africa.
His sport background began in traditional martial arts, and includes careers in both amateur and professional kickboxing, winning international and world titles in both. He also coaches professional and amateur athletes in boxing, kickboxing and MMA and has taken athletes to international competitions in over 30 countries.
CASK is the first National government recognized association for amateur kickboxing in Canada. In addition, Muzammal has been instrumental in the creation and development of various provincial and national combative sports organizations.
He has a Master’s degree of Education (M.Ed.) from the University of Toronto specializing in adult education and the development of training programs. He also holds a Bachelors degree of Physical Education (B.P.E.) from McMaster University with a concentration on exercise physiology and biomechanics.
AISHA KHAJA, AMBASSADOR
Aisha Khaja is the founder of the Charity Week Canada, a campaign of Islamic Relief that initially started in UK, and spread to Canada, USA, Germany, Australia and Qatar. Charity Week is an international initiative that aims to raise funds for orphans and needy children around the world, by uniting across the globe, during Charity Week.
Since the launch of Charity Week Canada in 2013, Aisha has been able to lead the team to build relationships with highschool and university groups across Canada, to unite as a community, to not only raise money, but also use it as a means to strengthen their own community, and help the average person learn more about Islam and Muslims, in a fun and exciting way! She currently serves on the international training team, providing guidance and support to Charity Week, at an international level.
Aisha is also the host of the TV show, Let the Quran Speak, a weekly talk-show that promotes understanding and appreciation for Islam and Muslims in Canada. She works with the TV show team, to ensure it is used as a platform to raise awareness about important issues faced by the Canadian Muslim community, including youth, such as mental health issues, Islamophobia and anti-black racism. She leverages this knowledge to further engage in research, analysis, and opportunities to address Islamophobia, in her capacity as a member of the National Council of Canadian Muslims Education Committee.
Aisha has had over 7 years of extensive experience working with youth, through her roles as a former Professor of Seneca College Toronto, Research Fellow with the Tessellate Institute developing curriculum modules to help empower the Canadian Muslim identity in youth, and serving as a member for the Toronto Youth Equity Strategy.
In her current day job, Aisha is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, in the Strategic Policy and Aboriginal Relationships Branch. Aisha has also delivered a TEDx Talk on the Canadian Muslim identity, amongst other talks. She regularly moderates and emcees other events such as BeingME and Muslim Fest.
Aisha holds a B.A. in French and English and M.A. in Education from the University of Toronto.
For more information on Charity Week, please visit: http://charityweek.com/
For more information on Let the Quran Speak, please visit: http://www.quranspeaks.com/
TAYYAB YUNUS, ADVISOR
Tayyab Yunus is the founder and CEO of Intuitive IT Solutions Inc., a Global People Profit Company, a partner with AltaPoint Data Systems, LLC and Xynapx Inc.
He is on the board of several non-profit organizations such as the Center on Muslim Philanthropy, American Muslim Health Professionals, MUHSEN, and an advisor and coach to leaders in both the for profit and non-profit sector.
Tayyab was a founding member of Young Muslims, USA. And since then, has been mentoring and guiding Muslim Youth on navigating through life successfully.
Since he was 17 years old Tayyab’s aim has always been focused and aligned with his perspective on Personal Development and Life Improvement of all those around him. At that age he became one of the founders of a community youth group. Now, with over 20 years of experience, he continues to believe in not just acquiring knowledge and skills, but to contribute towards the bigger picture of giving back to the Community.
Tayyab holds an Executive Masters in Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As an entrepreneur and self-funded businessman, the Executive Masters was not only obtained for personal development, but more importantly for people development, which he enforces in any occasion as a coach and managing his own personal brand IlluminateOn, where he uses social media platforms to give bites and pieces of wisdom any youth and adult can learn from to empower their drive to greatness and good.