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MuslimKidsMatter | Exciting Announcement – Ramadan Competition

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Summer vacation is here for many of you around the world.  I hope you’re enjoying these long, summer days!  With the tension of final exams and the excitement of the school year’s end, you may have forgotten about the quickly approaching, wonderful month of Ramadan.  Guess what.  Ramadan is less than a month away!  Have you begun to prepare for it?  Have you created Ramadan goals and mentally prepared yourself for the blessed month?  Ramadan is the best month of the year and deserves to be prepared for!

And now, here is an exciting announcement that will take away the boredom of your carefree, lazy days.  MKM is having a Ramadan competition for YOU!  You’ll have the opportunity to get creative, have fun, and even earn prizes.  Continue reading to find out more information about the contest.

What is the Competition All About? 

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MKM’s Ramadan 1434 competition is about following the example of our Prophet Muhammad (S).  By participating in the contest, you will get to learn more about our prophet and find out how to relate sunnah in your own lives.  Depending on your age division and category, you will complete a project that shows how you can follow a certain hadith in your own life.

What Do I Have to Do?

There is one category to enter from each of three age groups.

Ages 4-7

Make a Poster: Create a poster that shows how you follow your favorite hadith in your daily life.  The picture should be on an 8 ½ “ by 11” paper using any drawing/coloring materials of your choice (coloring pencils, markers, crayons, watercolors, paints, pastels, etc.)  You must scan your picture and send it to muslimkidsmatter@muslimmatters.org.  In the body of your email, write the title of your poster, a one-sentence caption for your poster, your full name, your age, your date of birth, your complete mailing address, and your parents’ names.  Also write the English translation of the hadith you are drawing about, taking care to include the source of the hadith.  The subject of the email must say “Ramadan 1434 Competition Category 1 Submission.”

Ages 8-11

Write an Essay or Short Story: Write an essay or short story following the theme “How I Use the Prophet’s Sunnah in My Daily Life.”  Your writing should be related to one specific hadith.   The format of your essay or short story is your choice, but you can use the following ideas to help you get started:

  • Write an essay about specific ways you use your favorite hadith in your life, mentioning how it has helped you.
  • Write a short story about a character who comes to learn how to use a specific hadith in his/her life.
  • Take the role of a fictional character and write a series of journal entries about your experiences with following a hadith in your life.
  • Pretend you are a journalist, reporting news about a community of Muslims who find peace and harmony by following a specific hadith in their daily lives.

Your writing should be in a Microsoft Word document in 12-point Times New Roman font and double-spaced.  Your title should be bolded at the top center of the first page.  Do not include your name or other personal information in the document.  The length of your writing should be above 200 words and should not be more than 600 words.

To submit your entry, attach your document in an email to muslimkidsmatter@muslimmatters.org.  In the body of your email, write the title of your essay, your full name, your age, your date of birth, your complete mailing address, and your parents’ names.  Also write the English translation of the hadith you are writing about, taking care to include the source of the hadith.  The subject of the email must say “Ramadan 1434 Competition Category 2 Submission.”

Ages 12-15

Write an Essay or Short Story: Write an essay or short story following the theme “How I Use the Prophet’s Sunnah in My Daily Life.”  Your writing should be related to one specific hadith.   The format of your essay or short story is your choice, but you can use the following ideas to help you get started:

  • Write an essay about specific ways you use your favorite hadith in your life, mentioning how it has helped you.
  • Write a short story about a character who comes to learn how to use a specific hadith in his/her life.
  • Take the role of a fictional character and write a series of journal entries about your experiences with following a hadith in your life.
  • Pretend you are a journalist, reporting news about a community of Muslims who find peace and harmony by following a specific hadith in their daily lives.

Your writing should be in a Microsoft Word document in 12-point Times New Roman font and double-spaced.  Your title should be bolded at the top center of the first page.  Do not include your name or other personal information in the document.  The length of your writing should be above 300 words and should not be more than 750 words.

To submit your entry, attach your document in an email to muslimkidsmatter@muslimmatters.org.  In the body of your email, write the title of your essay, your full name, your age, your date of birth, your complete mailing address, and your parents’ names.  Also write the English translation of the hadith you are writing about, taking care to include the source of the hadith.   The subject of the email must say “Ramadan 1434 Competition Category 3 Submission.”

What are the Prizes?

Here is the part you’ve been waiting for!  Find out what you can win below:

Ages 4-7

1st Place: You will earn recognition on MuslimKidsMatter, with your name and poster displayed in an MKM post.  You will also get the awesome Islamic Match Game by Share the Deen (See below for a description of this game) and a set of delightful character stickers by Flowers of Islam.

2nd Place: You will earn recognition on MuslimKidsMatter, with your name and poster displayed in an MKM post.  You will also get a set of delightful character stickers by Flowers of Islam.

Ages 8-11

1st Place: You will earn recognition on MuslimKidsMatter, with your name and writing displayed in an MKM post.  You will also get the awesome Islamic Match Game by Share the Deen (See below for a description of this game) and a set of delightful character stickers by Flowers of Islam.

2nd Place: You will earn recognition on MuslimKidsMatter, with your name and writing displayed in an MKM post.  You will also get the awesome Islamic Match Game by Share the Deen (See below for a description of this game).

Ages 12-15

1st Place: You will earn recognition on MuslimKidsMatter, with your name and writing displayed in an MKM post.  You will also get the awesome Islamic Match Game by Share the Deen (See below for a description of this game) and a set of delightful character stickers by Flowers of Islam.

2nd Place: You will earn recognition on MuslimKidsMatter, with your name and writing displayed in an MKM post.  You will also get the awesome Islamic Match Game by Share the Deen (See below for a description of this game).

What Else is Important to Know?

How will entries be judged?

Entries will be judged based on creativity and individuality.  Grammar, punctuation, and spelling will also be important factors in judging your essays.  Posters should be neat.

How many entries can a participant submit?

Each participant in the competition may submit only one entry.  Additional entries by a participant will be disqualified.

When can I submit my entry?

You can begin submitting entries on July 1st.  The deadline to submit entries is August 1, 2013.  Entries must be emailed by 11:59pm USA Eastern time on August 1st.

When will I find out if I won?

The winners will be announced on MKM on August 11th.

What are the prizes like?

Islamic Match Game

The game is played like a traditional memory game, but instead of matching pictures, players match questions and answers related to Islam. This edition has Q&A about Allāh’s Prophets. It is designed for ages 8 and over. It has the added advantage of a ‘cheat sheet’ so that those who don’t know the answers can take a peek. Then they only have to remember where they saw the answer that matches the upturned question card. So it’s good for your Deen and sharpens your memory too!

The game artwork was done by Make Me Believe, a really creative group of designers based in London. The quality of the game itself is also excellent. People who have played the game enjoy the fact that it is easy to play, doesn’t take long and that players learn about the Deen while having lots of fun.

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SPECIAL: The first two kids who submit their entries in the competition will get a free copy of a book from the STAIRS series, signed by the author.

I hope this has gotten you all excited to enter MKM’s Ramadan competition.  If you have any questions, please comment below or email muslimkidsmatter@muslimmatters.org.  Have fun!

 (Attention, writers!  Muslim Kids Matter is a regular feature at Muslim Matters.  New articles for kids are posted every other Sunday.  You’re welcome to send in your entries to muslimkidsmatter@muslimmatters.org.)

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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.
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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!
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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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