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The Tournament

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

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The theme for 2018, The Valor of Mercy: Summoning the Strength of Compassion, affects competitions during the weekend. Click below for more info!

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 2018 Rulebook, containing detailed rules, sample ballots, and more!

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Early Submissions

Early submissions are due on March 17th, 2018, except for Business Venture and Community Service, due March 3rd.  

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Competition Topics

MIST Bowl, Debate, and Prepared Essay/Oratory Topics are now available. You'll also find Knowledge Test books here!

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What's New at MIST 2018?

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





The Valor of Mercy: Summoning the Strength of Compassion

"And we have not sent you except as a mercy unto the worlds" - Surah Al-Anbiya, ayah 107

In English, the word mercy is typically used in a context of suffering. A beggar might ask the people for mercy; the people might ask the criminal for mercy; and the criminal might ask the judge and jury for mercy. Whereas the Arabic term rahma is often translated as mercy, its root letters r-h-m form the meaning “womb” in their noun form, so rahma contains not just mercy but also the depths of motherly love. Al-Rahman (the Compassionate) and Al-Raheem (the Merciful) are the most prevalent references to God in the Quran, derived from the same root letters. When God addresses Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, in the following verse: “And We have not sent you except as a rahma to the worlds,” (Quran 21:107) the entire theme of the prophetic message can be understood as rahma.

Despite being a morally positive concept, mercy is sometimes seen in a negative light, juxtaposed against justice. Showing mercy to an enemy can be seen as demonstrating weakness. To a criminal, offering leniency might mean failing to defend the rights of the aggrieved. Forgiving someone might be tantamount to appeasing bad behavior. So how can we show mercy without compromising the demands of justice?

The answer lies in our ability to prevent further harm. Forgiveness is a deeply spiritual practice, which cleans the mind and heart from negativity. However, forgiveness is impossible in a context where the cycle of abuse continues. We dare not ask the abused to forgive their oppressors without saving them from harm’s way, and we cannot champion the cause of the oppressed without first establishing a deep sense of compassion for all involved.

Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, said, “Help your brother whether he is oppressed or an oppressor." A man said, "O Messenger of God, I will help him if he is oppressed, but if he is an oppressor, how shall I help him?" The Prophet responded, "By preventing him from oppressing, for that is how to help him.” (Bukhari, Muslim, Tirmidhi)

Once we are compassionate enough to recognize the dignity of both the oppressed and oppressors as our brothers in humanity, we must treat them as such. Compassion compels us to gather our strength to oppose injustice, which may be difficult and scary, but we must stand strong because the weak are in no position to help anyone except through thoughts and prayers. After mustering our strength, we may realize the open secret of compassion: that it comes with a strength of its own.

Do you dare to be merciful, forgiving, and compassionate in your own home and community? How? We challenge you to take a deeper look and analyze the various concepts surrounding this theme. You have a chance to explore these concepts and more in the competitions and workshops of MIST this year, at both the Regional and National levels. Remember, competitive submissions with the most creativity and insight earn the greatest points.





National Rulebook 

The 2018 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 new Pilot Competitions, including Culinary Arts, Scrapbook, American Sign Language, Mobile Apps, and Soccer. Download the rulebook addendum here.

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Competition Topics

Competition Topics

Knowledge Test Books

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. Get reading!

Book 1: 

How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization

Franklin foer

Book 2:

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

rebecca skloot


Book 3:

Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life

karen armstrong

Book 4:

Centering Black Narrative: Black Muslim Nobles Among the Early Pious Muslims

dawud walid, ahmad mubarak

MIST Bowl Topics

Topic I

Cities of Light

Topic II

The State of Surveillance

Topic III

Social Influence

Topic IV

Ottoman Empire Part I (1299-1700)

Topic V

Contemporary Conflicts Part II

Topic VI

Current Events (Starting January 1st, 2018)

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)


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Early Submissions

Early Submissions

Use the embedded form below to submit or navigate here