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Islamic Arts Feature: Pick of the Month, 08/2010 [[Poetry Contest Closes at 1800GMT!]]

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** Announcement **

The Ramadan Poetry Contest closes at 1800 GMT TODAY (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.

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Welcome to the another edition of MuslimMatters.org’s regular Islamic Art feature. If you want to see your work on MM, then either email us your images to art[@]muslimmatters[.]org or submit them to our Flickr group.

Click on the images below to view the original.

The best, by Fouad EA. Calligraphy Tuluth style.

The best, by Fouad EA. Calligraphy Tuluth style.

Freedom, by SameePanda. Aerosol Paints on MDF. The mural was designed to represent Spiritual Freedom/Freedom of the Heart and Soul, hence the quote of Ibn Taymiyyah to add emphasis on what Freedom means from an Islamic perspective.

Freedom, by SameePanda. Aerosol Paints on MDF. The mural was designed to represent Spiritual Freedom/Freedom of the Heart and Soul, hence the quote of Ibn Taymiyyah to add emphasis on what Freedom means from an Islamic perspective.

Khayrul Waaritheen, Best of Inheritors, by Zayd Depaor.

Khayrul Waaritheen, Best of Inheritors, by Zayd Depaor.

Istanbul, by Nushmia Khan. Studying abroad in Istanbul for me was one of the most spiritual experiences I've had. I was able to understand the true essence of my religion, as put by the Prophet Muhammad (s) - Nothing will help you on the day of judgment except a sound heart.

Istanbul, by Nushmia Khan. Studying abroad in Istanbul for me was one of the most spiritual experiences I've had. I was able to understand the true essence of my religion, as put by the Prophet Muhammad (s) - Nothing will help you on the day of judgment except a sound heart.

Islamic Center of North Virginia, by Saad Malik. Beautiful Masjid in Virginia.

Islamic Center of North Virginia, by Saad Malik. Beautiful Masjid in Virginia.

Humaira, by Aznin Taridi.

Humaira, by Aznin Taridi.

Ramadan 2010, by Swamibu.

Ramadan 2010, by Swamibu.

Visit the MuslimMatters Flickr group to view the other entries…


Note: all the images presented in our Islamic Art feature are copyrighted to the original producers. Do not reproduce them without seeking their prior consent.

Dr Mehzabeen b. Ibrahim joined MuslimMatters as a blogger in late 2007 under the handle 'iMuslim', whilst still a struggling grad student. Since then, she has attained a PhD in Molecular Biology and a subsequent Masters in Bioinformatics, and now works as a specialist in this field for a well-known British, medical charity, masha'Allah. Somewhere in between she found the time to get married, alhamdulillah. She likes to dabble in photo and videography, a sample of which can be found on her personal blog: iMuslim.tv.

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    Amatullah

    August 21, 2010 at 11:57 AM

    mashaAllah such beautiful pieces! I’m a sucker for calligraphy so I really love the first one.

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    Hafsa

    August 21, 2010 at 12:28 PM

    Ooo MashaAllah so many pretty entries this time! :)

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    Truth Muslim

    August 21, 2010 at 1:35 PM

    MashAllah =)

    My brother is an artist & sometimes I wish he would take the initiative to do some Islamic art once in a while !

    The Humaira photograph is my favourite =)

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    abez

    August 21, 2010 at 3:23 PM

    I liked the ‘Freedom’ graffitii- I think seeing that on the side of a building would be quite cool- if it weren’t an act of criminal vandalism, that is. :D

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      SameePanda

      August 29, 2010 at 7:54 AM

      Salaam! I agree with you, the world woulda been more colourful if Graffiti art wasnt an act of “crime”…

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    Aznin Taridi

    August 24, 2010 at 1:13 AM

    Salaam.

    Although I don’t see how or why my picture deserve to be on this page, I am very honored. Thank you very much! =)

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    Fouad EA

    August 30, 2010 at 3:28 AM

    Thank you for having chosen again one of my calligraphy.

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MuslimKidsMatter | Muslim Youth Helping Neighbors and Having Fun: Please Vote!

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Loud, friendly chatter fills up a large, brightly-lit room as people scatter about.  As they pass through the room into the next to make way for a large group of newcomers, a collective gasp of amazement suddenly issues forth.  The chatter and laughter miraculously die down as everyone stares ahead wide-eyed.

An eight-foot sculpture appears, clearly in the shape of a water well with a bright orange bucket hanging from the top.  A low fence surrounds the well with the words “Water is Life” in front.  As the observers lean closer for a better look, they are startled when they realize that the bricks of the well and fence are actually food cans!  And the letters were clearly shaped out of juice boxes!  What is this amazing genius of engineering before their eyes, they wonder.  Can it really be that they are looking at a well made out of cans?

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This sculpture has actually been in display at the Zakat Foundation Delaware Community Center for the past few days.  The youth can project team members have anxiously watched as amazed fans of our well continuously edge closer to the sculpture, a truly frustrating action that worries us to no end.  Alhamdulillah, however, our well is still standing and has survived this past week to enter the judging phase of the DelawareCAN competition.

Having created a prizewinning masjid out of pasta boxes and tomato cans last year for the contest, we entered the competition a few months ago feeling a certain pressure this time around.  After our can sculpture from last year demonstrated the spirit of giving in Islam through the words “Feed the Poor” on our masjid, we felt compelled to again display a strong message in a magnificent sculpture for this year’s competition.  Realizing that participating in the contest would not only give us a chance to gain the special honor of being a winning group, but also the opportunity to spread a positive message about Muslims, we had a big responsibility and a whole lot of work cut out for us.

Through weekly meetings, many back-and-forth emails, dozens of sketches and plans, we eventually reached our goal, creating a magnificent well, complete with a roof, bucket, and fence.  Oh, and grass, too.  After hours and hours of working on our sculpture, we finally had our finished product standing in front of us.  After all those arguments and complaints (what do you expect from kids of ages 5-16 all working together) and tiresome hours (re-stacking cans after they topple over gets annoying after about the third time around), we finally had our well.

We had a break for a few days to admire our sculpture, and now the next stage of our contest is on…

Time to collect votes!  Now we are asking you to help us out.  No matter where in the world you live, what kinds of cans you eat out of, or what your favorite color is, you can help us win the People’s Choice Award.  All you have to do is click on the picture above or follow this link and like our well.  (Note: You will need a Facebook account.)  Please don’t blunder and like the entire album or make another such error.  We need you to help us now, to be there for us and to show us you care.  Thank you for taking the time (which should be a total of about two seconds) to give Muslim youth your support.

Friday at 12 noon (USA Eastern time) is the deadline.delawa

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*Special Announcement* Photo Contest with $6,000 in Prizes!

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Everyone has vivid memories of enjoying their time at the masjid in Ramadan. It might be when we were kids, helping put a date and samosas on each iftar plate and handing it to people as they walked in. It might be hanging out with our friends and breaking fast together as a student at the masjid close to campus. We can reminisce back to the powerful and emotional dua that the Imam made on khatm night and how it moved us. The masjid, particularly in America, serves as the ultimate community center. For many of us, a random night at the masjid could have been a major turning point in our lives – anything from taking shahadah, to meeting someone that would later become a close friend, to feeling an unmatched level of faith (eman) as we stood to pray.

This month we wanted to do something special and highlight our masajid. With that in mind, we’ve got a special photo contest with 4 prizes. Here’s how it breaks down:

Simply take a photo (or a few) at your masjid and submit in the appropriate category-

  1. Inside your mosque
  2. Outside your mosque
  3. With the Imam
  4. At Taraweeh prayers.

Write a short caption about what makes your masjid yours and let us know what’s in the photo.

*Contest is for masjids in the United States.

Once you’ve submitted a photo, make sure to let your friends know so they can vote. A winner with the top 3  votes in each category will be randomly selected for the prize. Each category has a prize of $1,500 – that’s $1,000 to your masjid, and $500 to you. And yes, you can enter multiple photos in multiple categories.

To get started with the contest, like the Guidance Residential page and submit your photo!

We’ll be highlighting random photos throughout the contest, and in the end we hope to have a great photoblog of masjids across the US.

Contest ends August 15th. Click here and get ready to win!

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The Spirit of Eid | MM Eid Photo Contest: The Winners!

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Announcing the Winners of the MM Photo/Instagram Eid contest!
It’s about time, right?! :)
We know you have been anxiously waiting, so let’s get straight to it!

*duff roll*


First Place – $500 Prize

Holding it down with Gramps masha'Allah. Eid Mubarak everyone! #Eid #Swag #mmeid #family

Holding it down with Gramps masha’Allah. Eid Mubarak everyone! #Eid #Swag #mmeid #family

Second Place – $300 Prize

The cuzzie wuzzie buzzie muzzie fuzzies!

The cuzzie wuzzie buzzie muzzie fuzzies!

Third Place – $200 Prize

Women of Bandung, Indonesia, after Eid prayers in Institut Teknologi Bandung. By Jimprz

Women of Bandung, Indonesia, after Eid prayers in Institut Teknologi Bandung. By Jimprz

Runners Up – $25 Amazon Gift Card

This year they are doing the picture-taking

This year they are doing the picture-taking

Hugs after Eid prayer

Hugs after Eid prayer

My father and my son

My father and my son

Always admired ppl volunteering some of their Eid day to make prayer service safer for everyone else by putting themselves in front of 3000 lb vehicles.

Always admired ppl volunteering some of their Eid day to make prayer service safer for everyone else by putting themselves in front of 3000 lb vehicles.

Eid Mubarak from Houston, Reliant Center

Eid Mubarak from Houston, Reliant Center

After prayer, a Muslim family poses for the camera in Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

After prayer, a Muslim family poses for the camera in Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

Alhamdulillah, my new home allows me to spend every day reflecting upon some aspect of the beauty of Allah's creation. Honolulu, Hawaii.

Alhamdulillah, my new home allows me to spend every day reflecting upon some aspect of the beauty of Allah’s creation. Honolulu, Hawaii.

This is my family photo on the first day of Eid 2012 in our traditional Malay outfit.

This is my family photo on the first day of Eid 2012 in our traditional Malay outfit.

The day before Eid, I made sheep cake pops for an Eid party I was going to. They were a hit!

The day before Eid, I made sheep cake pops for an Eid party I was going to. They were a hit!


Congratulations to those who won, and many thanks to everyone who took part. It was a close competition, with many great entries masha’Allah. We hope you enjoyed capturing your special Eid moments. JazakumAllah khair for sharing them with us!

Please join us in congratulating all the entrants. Which was your favourite photo and why?

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