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Ramadan 2010: MM Poetry Contest [Cash prizes!]


** Announcement, 29/08/2010 **

The first batch of semifinalists has been published! Check it out, and get voting!


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It has been two years since our last Ramadan competition. In 2008, we were blessed to receive many wonderful short stories written by our talented readers. This time, we’d like the inspiration to flow in the form of poetry.

  • Theme: The beautiful month of Ramadan – and all the precious things associated with it, i.e., Qur’an, fasting, self-sacrifice, charity, the Nights of Power, and much, much more.
  • Style: Traditional, abstract, rhyming, non-rhyming, spoken word, haiku, iambic pentameter… anything goes. As long as it’s poetic and inspirational.
  • Format: Poems may be submitted as either standard text, imagery (i.e., a poem on an image background), or as a video (max. duration: 3 minutes).
  • Submission details: Entries should be submitted to art[@] with the subject: “Ramadan Poetry Contest”, between the 1st and 10th day of Ramadan, inclusive (according to the MM calendar). Videos entries should be first uploaded to YouTube, and the link emailed to the above address. The video description should include the line: “Submission to’s Ramadan 2010 Poetry Contest:”, and “MuslimMatters Ramadan Poetry Contest” as a tag.
  • Voting: Submissions that conform with MM rules will be published on MuslimMatters between 11th-20th Ramadan, where readers will be allowed to vote for their favourite entries. The winners will then be picked from the ‘favourited’ pool by a panel of MM judges.
  • Prizes:  A cash prize (USD) will be given to the winner, and the same amount donated in their name to charity; a reward for dunya, and a reward for akhira:
    • 1st place: $250 to winner, and $250 to charity.
    • 2nd place: $100 to winner, and $100 to charity.
    • 3rd place: $50 to winner, and $50 to charity.
  • Winners will be announced on Eid-ul-Fitr, insha’Allah.

Please make sure to read and comply with the following terms and conditions:

  • One submission allowed per entrant.
  • The poem must be original, and not previously published.
  • Entrants must have permission to use the text, images and/or sounds (as relevant) included in their submission. For example, no ripping off nasheed artists, or stealing pictures from Google images! Please respect the work of others.
  • By entering the contest, the entrant gives permission to reproduce their submission.
  • All material should be suitable for “family-viewing”; offensive or obscene content will obviously not be permitted.
  • In the case of imagery, any featured male and/or female subjects should be covered according to proper Islamic guidelines.
  • The video soundtrack must not include musical instrumentation. Voice-only please.
  • MuslimMatters reserves the right to not publish any submitted material, and to change any aspect of the contest at any time, at our own discretion.

Now you’ve read the rules, get working on your poem! We look forward to your submissions. Make sure to spread the word.

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  1. Sayf

    August 5, 2010 at 2:31 PM

    It’s a little difficult to find the winning submissions from 2008, can a link be posted please? They should be fun to read =D}

  2. Muadh

    August 6, 2010 at 2:05 PM

    Assalamu ‘alaykum,
    Is there a minimum/maximum limit on number of words?

    • Amad

      August 6, 2010 at 5:20 PM

      w/s… Sr Mehzabeen, feel free to correct me,
      the answer is no… no min or max

      • iMuslim

        August 8, 2010 at 1:53 PM

        No word limit, but you may want to avoid submitting epics! Remember your audience. :)

  3. Muneeb Shere

    August 8, 2010 at 1:26 PM

    Is there a language specification for this contest? Can I submit a poem in Arabic?

    • iMuslim

      August 8, 2010 at 1:56 PM

      The majority of our readers won’t be able to appreciate an Arabic poem (as much as we want to!). Considering that your poem will be subject to public vote, it may not reach the final round. Therefore I suggest that you submit it in Arabic with an English translation.

      The same applies for other languages, I guess. :)

  4. Sayf

    August 8, 2010 at 5:20 PM

    1st and 10th day of Ramadan, inclusive

    Which moon-sighting fiqhi opinion is this under? =P}

    • Amad

      August 8, 2010 at 7:43 PM

      whichever is easy on people? the earliest 1st and the latest 10th :)

      we are nice people :)

  5. Sis Z

    August 9, 2010 at 10:30 PM

    I sent in my entry at the email address but got an email saying

    Message will be retried for 2 more day(s)

    Technical details of temporary failure:
    Google tried to deliver your message, but it was rejected by the recipient domain. We recommend contacting the other email provider for further information about the cause of this error. The error that the other server returned was: 451 451 Temporary local problem – please try later (state 14).

    What should i do?

    • iMuslim

      August 11, 2010 at 7:46 AM

      Salam sis

      Please resend it, as the email should be working now. I think it was affected by all the server problems we had over the weekend. But I just tested it myself, and the email got through. I look forward to see your poem, insha’Allah. :)

  6. Sis T

    August 10, 2010 at 8:13 AM

    Ramadan is a pretty general and wide subject for a poem. Is there anything we should focus on specifically?

    • iMuslim

      August 11, 2010 at 7:47 AM

      It’s wide for a reason… as long as the theme is connected in some way, please feel free to explore the topic. :)

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  8. Sadiyah

    August 11, 2010 at 3:24 PM

    Is there an age requirement? Do you have to be a certain age to enter?

    • Amad

      August 12, 2010 at 5:53 AM

      between 2 and 120 :)

  9. Dreamlife

    August 12, 2010 at 3:01 AM

    Is this competition limited to those in the U.S. only? Or is it worldwide?

    • iMuslim

      August 12, 2010 at 5:53 AM

      Competition is open to all readers of MM, wherever they are based.

  10. Sis T

    August 13, 2010 at 2:47 PM

    How many submissions so far? (Just checking out the competition…………….)

    • Sayf

      August 13, 2010 at 11:11 PM

      I used the poll archives to scope the competition:

      Joining the poetry contest and winning (ajr + $)! (9%, 31 Votes)

    • iMuslim

      August 14, 2010 at 5:33 AM

      Not that many so far… I’m hoping there will be a last minute rush, insha’Allah!

  11. iman

    August 13, 2010 at 9:47 PM

    how will people vote?
    if they have a membership on mm?

    • iMuslim

      August 14, 2010 at 5:34 AM

      We will publish the submitted poems, and readers will vote via an embedded poll. No membership required. :)

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  13. Asma

    August 14, 2010 at 1:25 PM

    I was wondering where I could read some of the winning poems from the last couple of years? Just to get the feel of it :) thanks!

  14. Sis T

    August 14, 2010 at 7:11 PM

    What rhymes with sacrifice?

  15. aniqa

    August 15, 2010 at 4:14 PM


    I was just wondering, when we send our poem do we need to put any personal information attached to it like our address, telephone, etc.?

    • iMuslim

      August 17, 2010 at 6:34 AM


      Your name, and if you wish, your age and general location will suffice, insha’Allah. We don’t require other contact details at this stage. :)

      • Sis T

        August 17, 2010 at 9:50 AM

        What if you already sent it in with only your name?

        • iMuslim

          August 18, 2010 at 8:06 AM

          Wa ‘alaykum salam

          Name & email address (which we have when you send in your poem…) is bare minimum info required. If people want to share anything else, they’re welcome to (within the limits of modesty, decency, and common sense). ;)

  16. Anon

    August 15, 2010 at 5:13 PM

    Either I’ve got writer’s block, or Ramadan is too incredible to put words to. This is harder than I thought it would be. :/

    • Sis T

      August 15, 2010 at 9:40 PM

      took me a really really really long time to write. good luck!! :-)

      • Anon

        August 15, 2010 at 9:43 PM

        JazakAllah! I’ve actually finally gotten something going, so Insha Allah it turns out well. :)

  17. Anon

    August 15, 2010 at 10:42 PM

    Assalamu Alaikum,

    Quick question: When emailing the poem, should it be as a Word file, or just as text in the body of the email?

    • Adam Ibrahim Adam

      August 16, 2010 at 3:08 AM

      Wacalaykum Salaam
      i try to reply insha allah
      not only a word file, it become more like a word file , pdf file , pictures and etc; it depends on your selection

    • iMuslim

      August 17, 2010 at 6:37 AM

      Wa ‘alaykum salam

      Either route will suffice if you are submitting plain text. A .txt file is also good.

      For anyone submitting images, please ensure it is in jpeg form so we can embed it properly in the post.

      If you’ve already submitted something in another format, then I’ll contact you if we have problems opening it.

      • Sarina

        August 20, 2010 at 1:43 AM

        Was a pdf okay to send or should I have sent the word file??

        • iMuslim

          August 21, 2010 at 8:37 AM

          We’ve received several pdfs, so don’t worry… though word doc is easier to copy/paste when it comes to text.

  18. Taqwa

    August 18, 2010 at 11:30 AM

    When can people start voting?

    • iMuslim

      August 21, 2010 at 8:36 AM

      Soon, insha’Allah! We first have to sort through all the entries… eep!

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  20. Sarina

    August 20, 2010 at 1:43 AM

    Asalaamualaikum. Okay well I just threw something together last minute and submitted it. I hope it’s okay for the contest and wish everybody the best with their entries. Alhamduilillah!

  21. Maroof

    August 20, 2010 at 11:11 AM

    Assalam Alaikum,

    I just wanted to ask as to what do we do if we wish to send an edited version of a poem we’ve already sent?

  22. Maroof

    August 20, 2010 at 11:45 AM

    Anyway, I’ve just emailed the edited version of my poem with the subject: “Ramadan Poetry Contest (Final, edited version of my poem).” I hope this version’s considered instead of the one I sent before. Thanks. :)

    • iMuslim

      August 21, 2010 at 8:38 AM

      Wa ‘alaykum salam.
      Edited version was received before deadline, so it is acceptable (but only once – we don’t want 100s of drafts!). ;) Will keep an eye out for it, insha’Allah.

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  24. iMuslim

    August 21, 2010 at 8:38 AM

    ** Announcement **

    The Ramadan Poetry Contest closes at 1800 GMT, 21st August, 2010 (10th of Ramadan in many places!). Due to the overwhelming number of entries we’ve received, masha’Allah, we will be quite strict about the deadline. So please make sure your entry is in by the stated time! JazakumAllah khair.


  25. Taqwa

    August 21, 2010 at 1:12 PM

    so if it’s one minute late you won’t accept it? :) :-)

    • Gulreefa

      August 21, 2010 at 8:09 PM

      Mine was a little late … eek. D:

  26. K.S

    August 22, 2010 at 2:15 AM

    Assalam o alikum……
    i sent my poem but forgot to write my details….but my name is on my e mail address…there should be no problem right?

    • iMuslim

      August 22, 2010 at 7:13 AM

      Wa ‘alaykum salam

      If you want to send in your name, you still can… otherwise name on email header will be used. :)

  27. bismillah

    August 23, 2010 at 5:00 PM

    hey i was wondering how it’d be fair, if readers were using online polling, because somebody could simply tell his 100 bajillion friends and extended family to vote for him, and that wouldn’t be fair/accurate no?

    • iMuslim

      August 25, 2010 at 9:17 AM

      We hope that no-one cheats, and that people vote for the poems they like the best, and not just cuz they know the author… but the ‘wrong man’ winning is the risk of every democratic election. :)

  28. SHAIBA

    August 24, 2010 at 12:24 PM

    Where can we vote?
    I don’t see any links on this page … :(

  29. iMuslim

    August 25, 2010 at 9:13 AM

    Salam everyone

    Sorry for keeping you in suspense over the past few days. The MM team are working on a new strategy for dealing with the 70+ poems we’ve received, masha’Allah! It is likely that we will narrow down the entries to our favourite 20, and then publish them for public voting. The poems will start to go up this week, insha’Allah, so keep checking the site for announcements.


    • Taqwa

      August 25, 2010 at 11:46 AM

      70 + poems! no way! I feel sorry for those who have to sort through the poems and for all the poets. That’s a lot of competition!

      • Anon

        August 25, 2010 at 4:32 PM

        Agreed! 70+ was definitely not what I was expecting, but Masha Allah. This should be fun. :)

  30. Muneeb Shere

    August 26, 2010 at 12:57 AM

    Can you please correct a typing mistake in my poem? It is not “fast stop when”. It is “fast stop you when”. (line 15)

  31. iMuslim

    August 29, 2010 at 7:14 AM

    ** Annnouncement **

    The first batch of semifinalists has been published! Check it out here, and get voting! :)

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