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The Tournament

So you're competing at MIST! Here's all the information you need to get started:



The theme for 2019, The Honor of Humility: Discovering Dignity in Challenging Pride, affects competitions during the weekend. Click below for more!

List of Competitions

Are you wondering what competitions you have to choose from? Check out our list of competitions from the link below!



Want to know how the competitions work? Check out the Official 2019 Rulebook, containing detailed rules, sample ballots, and more!

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Early Submissions

Early submissions are now open! All submissions are due on Friday, March 15 by 11:59PM.

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Competition Topics

MIST Bowl, Debate, and Prepared Essay/Oratory Topics are now available! Click the button below or continue scrolling to find more resources!

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What's New at MIST 2019?

Want to know what's changed for this year in competitions, the awards ceremony, etc? Check out the link below! 





The Honor of Humility: Discovering Dignity in Challenging Pride

Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, once said, "…no one humbles themselves for the sake of God except that God raises their status” (Muslim).

In the age of social media, flaunting our lives online can be a source of success. Even when we intend to spread positivity through gaining popularity, we may see humility as an obstacle to that goal. How do we inculcate the virtue of humility when it seemingly brings us down? If we've learned that humility is a weakness, then this shortsighted understanding veils us from its possible hidden strength.

It’s easy to fall prey to our pride. To gain more esteem in the eyes of others, we may follow celebrities who tell us what to buy or how to act. We may look at what others possess and compete with one another to project a lifestyle of success. Is our dignity found in the validation of others, or do we find it on our own terms?

Does humility require shunning the world in order to be humble and find our dignity? Not necessarily, according to prophetic teachings. For example, after Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, told his companions that “no one who has even a seed of arrogance in their heart will enter paradise,” a man objected saying, “I love to have beautiful clothes and shoes.” The Prophet, peace be upon him, alleviated the man’s concerns by replying, “God is beautiful, and He loves beauty. Arrogance means rejecting the truth and looking down on people” (Muslim).

The struggle for humility can be challenging, confusing, and even paradoxical, but it can yield amazing results. We encourage you to creatively explore these concepts, and more, in Regional and National competitions and workshops during MIST 2019. Remember that unique projects displaying creativity and insight will be judged most favorably.





National Rulebook 

The 2019 Competition Rulebook can be viewed and downloaded here. It has all the information on the guidelines of the each competition, the rules, the rubric, etc.

All competitors will be receiving an email with their MIST ID once their team has finished online registration.  Remember, all competition material should be identified ONLY with a competitor’s MIST ID, NOT with their name or school.

Detroit Specific Competitions

Region-specific competitions are competitions that are offered at Detroit’s Regional Tournament, but NOT at Nationals. This addendum includes rules for all of Detroit’s Pilot Competitions, including Culinary Arts, Scrapbook, American Sign Language, Mobile Apps, and Soccer. Download the rulebook addendum here.


Competition Topics

Competition Topics

Knowledge Test Books 2019

You can buy these books online, or borrow a copy from your local library. If your library doesn't have a copy, you can request it using the Michigan eLibrary Catalog. Yaqeen Institute publications can be accessed for free online through the posted hyperlinks.


Book 3:

The Reason I Jump


Book 4:

The Blood of Emmett Till

timothy b. tyson

MIST Bowl Topics

Topic I

Muslims in Science

Topic II

Global Health Crisis

Topic III

How Islam Spread Through the World

Topic IV

People of Perseverance (Yaqeen Institute)

Topic V

Poets of the Past and Present

Topic VI

Current Events (Starting January 1st, 2019)

Debate & Oratory/Prepared Essay Prompts

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List of Competitions

List of Competitions

Here are all the competitions offered at MIST Detroit! For information about how these competitions are conducted, take a look at our rulebook page

Category I: Knowledge and Quran

  • Knowledge Tests (Books 1-4)
  • Quran Memorization (Brothers and Sisters)
    • Level 1
    • Level 2
    • Level 3
    • Level 4

Category II: Arts

  • 2D Art
  • 3D Art
  • Fashion Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Photography
  • Scrapbook (Not available at the National level)
  • Culinary Arts (Not available at the National level)

Category III: Writing and Oratory

  • Extemporaneous Essay
  • Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Original Oratory
  • Poetry
  • Prepared Essay
  • Short Fiction
  • Spoken Word
  • American Sign Language (Not available at the National level)

Category IV: Bracket Competitions

  • Parliamentary Debate
  • Math Olympics
  • MIST Quiz Bowl
  • Improv (Brothers and Sisters)

Category V: Group Projects

  • Business Venture
  • Nasheed/Rap (Brothers and Sisters)
  • Community Service
  • Science Fair
  • Short Film
  • Social Media

Category VI: Sports

  • Basketball (Brothers and Sisters)
  • Soccer (Not available at the National level)