MM’s Ramadan Special: Short Story Contest ’08 (Cash Prizes & More!!)

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Co-Sponsors: AlMaghrib Institute & Texas da'wah Convention (TDC)

Nights of Power: Short Tales of Inspiration.

Ramadhaan is the best and most blessed of months, one in which we challenge ourselves to strive and improve in 'ebaadah, emaan, and akhlaaq: an emotional month of soft hearts and tears of taqwa. Every Ramadhaan is a month of personal challenges, spiritual growth, learning experiences, and beautiful memories etched into our very hearts.

Now, MuslimMatters wants YOU to share a particularly poignant Ramadan moment with us. Make us laugh, make us cry, make us bow our heads in awe at the Mercy and Might of Allah 'azza wa jal – in 1000 words or less!

  • Type of stories: Inspiring Ramadhaan experiences/ moments (non-fiction). Ramadan in other countries… anything interesting and unique. ETA: Any inspiring anecdote, as long as you can link it to Ramadhaan!
  • Length: Maximum 1000 words.
  • Deadlines: No later than mid-Ramadan or September 23.
  • Exclusivity: Must be original, not previously published. Full copyrights will belong to MM  
  • Restrictions: Nothing that is of course haraam, or encourages haraam. Must have some quality of inspiring.
  • Judges: Staff will choose best 3. Our Shayookh will vote for 1 through 3. The winning articles will be posted on MM, as well as potentially other non-winning articles (at MM's discretion).
  • Send Questions/Stories to:


  • 1st Prize ($350+ Value):
    • $150 Cash + Book: “Towards Understanding Our Religion – collected articles from al-Basheer, the magazine” edited by Sheikh Jamal Zarabozo + 1 Free AlMaghrib Registration
  • 2nd Prize ($275+ Value):
    • $75 Cash + Book: “When the Moon Split: the Biography of the Prophet” + 1 Free AlMaghrib Registration
  • 3rd Prize  ($200 Value):
    • Book: “Ar-Risaalat at-Tabukiyyah” by Ibn al-Qayyim, edited by Muhammad al-Jibaly + 1 Free AlMaghrib Registration
  • Three Consolation Prizes ($50+ ea):
    • Texas da'wah Adult Single Registration

See Also: MM's Ramadan Coverage

48 Responses

  1. AnonyMouse

    I am so totally hyped for this… I can’t wait for the stories to come pouring through, insha’Allah! :D
    Masha’Allah, I know that the MM crowd is made up of amazing brothers and sisters with much to share with us… so come on, people! Dig up those memories and type them up and send them in! I’m waaaaaiiiiitttttiiiiinnngggg!!!!!!

  2. sarah

    assalamualaikum… i really want to participate inshallah.. but almost feel blank…………….awwwwwwwwww plz make dua for me

  3. Ameera


    Are the prizes exclusively for American/Canadian Muslim bloggers? What about possible Asian winners? (not that I’m ALL concerned about prizes… or, um, well… maybe I am… :$)

  4. amad

    Salam… Sr. Ameera, anyone can participate. Of course, if you don’t live in these areas, you may not be able to use the maghrib/tdc prizes, but cash and CDs are good everywhere :)

  5. SH

    What a sweet reward ma sha’ Allah! Who wouldn’t give in for a free class with the coolest shuyookh on the block ? :) Alhamdulilah.

  6. Ainol


    sorry i cannot take any prizes and games.. if you have share and give the donation. Good rewards from Allah , angels…

    happy Ramadan to all muslims , everyone and group… Allah Blessings…


  7. Hamdi

    Is it allowed to send in more than one story? If not, can someone who already sent in a story send in a new one that replaces the old?

  8. patiently waiting

    So when are the winners going to be announced…………Eid? awwwwww, what perfect timing :D

  9. Amad

    Tomorrow is the last day for stories to be turned in… may take another week for winners to be announced.


  10. NativeDeen3

    lol I handed mine in at 12:02 am on the last day…I wonder if it’ll count as the 23rd or the 24th…

  11. Amad

    Native, 12:02 EST? We’ll assume you turned it in at 9:02 PDT then :)

    Good luck to all of you… may Allah grant you all ajr for taking the time to enter the competition… win or lose, you have already earned the reward inshallah :)

    I would like to add that because everyone is so busy with the Ramadan Sale, it may be a couple of weeks before we get everything sorted out. We don’t want to short-change the effort of those who participated by doing a lousy job. So, please bear with us… inshallah, we’ll try our best to sort it out quickly.


  12. eu

    Yeah, all busy with Ramadan & Eid,i will go back to home town on eid, and many others, i am sure of it, will be fine if is announced on this weekend, or after Eid.Even can`t sleep at night :)

  13. ilmsummitee

    What does a couple of weeks mean? like 2wks?

    SubhanAllah, I was hoping it would be unveiled as the Eid present. But for the meantime, we all have work to do & lives to run and Ramadan, so patience should do :)

    JazakumuAllahu khairan for organizing this. Cant wait to read the stories.

  14. Reem

    aww., it’s been a week…. Gimme the winner names! please? pretty please? pretty pinky please????? im saying it sweetly!

  15. AnonyMouse

    Fasbir sabran jameela :)

    Insha’Allah we’ll have it by this week! We got some amazing entries, masha’Allah, so it’s a tough job for us to sort through them all :)

  16. Amad

    Inshallah, our goal is to have the stories and winners announced the week of October 13.

    I have to agree with Anonymouse… the stories were amazing… almost every one of them touched me personally… so they will be a treat inshallah for everyone!

  17. ilmsummitee

    Will we be able to read all the stories submitted? or at least the top 5 or 10?

    Again, JazakumuAllahu khairan sis Anonymouse and bro Amad and all the volunteers who are putting all this together! BarakAllahu feekum.

  18. Amad

    inshallah, we will eventually share pretty much all the stories… i think at least the top 10… they were really that good…

    starting tomorrow inshallah… stay tuned :)

  19. ilmsummitee

    Alhamdulilah and then…………………………….Yesssssssssssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Looking forward to tomorrow.

  20. Amad

    Sara/eu: I believe you didn’t look hard enough :)

    The first winning entry was posted yesterday (now moved to feature post)… We’ll keep posting winners all week.


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