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The Tournament

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



The theme for 2017, Striving for Perfection in an Imperfect World, affects competitions & workshops 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 2017 Rulebook, containing detailed rules, sample ballots, and more!

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Early Submissions

Early submissions are due on February 23rd, 2017. To begin submitting these competitions, click on the link below!

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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 2017?

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

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The Challenge of Beauty: Striving for Perfection in an Imperfect World

"God is beautiful and loves beauty." - Prophet Muhammad, Peace be upon him

One of the great mysteries of life is its inextricable beauty. Mankind is surrounded by a wondrous universe. From the depths of the night sky upon the vastness of the seas to hearing a bird’s song while tasting a pear plucked from the tree, beauty surrounds us at every turn of our lives. And yet, beauty is not so superficial that it’s limited to our sensory perceptions. We find beauty in the smile of a grandmother, wrinkled as she may be. We find beauty in the pages of a book, nerve-racking as the plot may be. We find beauty in the footwork of the athlete, grueling as the sport may be. We find beauty in the pitter patter of raindrops, scary as the storm may be. What is it about these disparate things that cause us such admiration?

Some may argue that the world is not so beautiful after all. Pain. Arrogance. Anger. Jealousy. Hatred. Greed. However, isn’t it true that each comes with its own antidote? Joy. Humility. Compassion. Generosity. Love. Sacrifice. For those who are adamant, beauty can be found or created in every situation, amidst every challenge, through every difficulty, and even within every ugliness, where the only place we find beauty may be in the hope that things get better.

Arabic has a word for beauty generally: jamal, as in the quote, “God is beautiful and loves beauty.” Arabic also has a word for beauty that people can attain through action: ihsan, beauty that emanates from the perfection of good deeds. Written in the Quran is a command: “...and do ihsan. God loves the doers of ihsan” (Quran 2:195). Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, defined the term thus: “Ihsan is to be aware of God as if you see Him, knowing that if you do not see Him, He sees you” (Bukhari, Muslim). Taken together, when someone strives to constantly be aware of their purpose and live up to their highest ideals as much as possible, even if they falter at times, that’s beautiful. As Rumi famously said, “Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.”

Beauty has many other dimensions to explore. There is beauty in social harmony. As Dr. Cornel West recently said, “Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public.” There is the portrayal of beauty in popular culture, which leads to issues dealing with body image and self-esteem against impossible expectations. There is beauty in diversity amidst the disease of racism. There is beauty in “a word of truth spoken to an unjust ruler.” The list goes on...

How do you define beauty? How do you think we can we make our world more beautiful? How can we make our nation “a more perfect union?” How can we make our homes and communities more loving spaces? How can we sculpt ourselves and our characters to emanate more beauty? Finally, how do we reconcile our struggle for perfection with our human limitations and frailties? 

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 2017 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

Download the 2017 Competition Rulebook Addendum right here!

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.

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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: 

Reclaim Your Heart

Yasmin Mogahed


Book 3:

We Too Sing America

Deepa Iyer

Book 4:

Between the World and Me

Ta-Nehisi Coates

MIST Bowl Topics

Topic I

Crime, Justice, and the Politics of Mass Incarcerations (the documentary "13th" available on Netflix) 

Topic II

Contemporary Conflicts                                                                                                                                    

Topic III

The Middle East: History, Economy, and      Culture                                                                            

Topic IV

The Muslim Influence Part II

Topic V

The Ayyubid Empire

Topic VI

Current Events (Starting January 1st, 2017)

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)