, AlMaghrib and TDC’s Ramadan Short Story Contest Presents:
Co-Sponsors: AlMaghrib Institute & Texas Dawah Convention (TDC)

Nights of Power: Short Tales of Inspiration.

Ramadhaan is the best and most blessed of months, one in which we challenge ourselves to strive and improve in ‘ebaadah, emaan, and akhlaaq: an emotional month of soft hearts and tears of taqwa. Every Ramadhaan is a month of personal challenges, spiritual growth, learning experiences, and beautiful memories etched into our very hearts.

Now, MuslimMatters wants YOU to share a particularly poignant Ramadan moment with us. Make us laugh, make us cry, make us bow our heads in awe at the Mercy and Might of Allah ‘azza wa jal – in 1000 words or less!

  • Type of stories: Inspiring Ramadan experiences/ moments (non-fiction). Ramadan in other countries… anything interesting and unique.
  • Length: Maximum 1000 words.
  • Deadlines: No later than mid-Ramadan or September 15.
  • Exclusivity: Must be original, not previously published. Full copyrights will belong to MM  
  • Restrictions: Nothing that is of course haraam, or encourages haraam. Must have some quality of inspiring.
  • Judges: Staff will choose best 3. Our Shayookh will vote for 1 through 3. The winning articles will be posted on MM, as well as potentially other non-winning articles (at MM’s discretion).
  • Send Questions/Stories to:


  • 1st Prize ($350+ Value):
    • $150 Cash + Anwar Awlaki’s “Hereafter” CD set + Book (title to be confirmed) + 1 Free AlMaghrib Registration
  • 2nd Prize ($275+ Value):
    • $75 Cash + Anwar Awlaki’s “Hereafter” CD set+ Book (title to be confirmed) + 1 Free AlMaghrib Registration
  • 3rd Prize  ($200 Value):
    • Anwar Awlaki’s “Hereafter” CD set+ Book (title to be confirmed) + 1 Free AlMaghrib Registration
  • Three Consolation Prizes ($50+ ea):
    • Texas Dawah Adult Single Registration

More info here.

After 5 years MR returns to ISNA

It’s been a long time since I have been to the ISNA convention.  InshaAllah I will be at this years convention in Columbus, Ohio.  I’ll try to do some video blogging each day.

MR’s Online Qur’an Reading Contest Ramadan 2008/1429

3rd Annual MR Online Qur’an Reading Competition

Ramadan will start in a week, inshaAllah. Like the previous two Ramadans I held a contest  to see who can read the Qur’an first. So I’m officially starting this contest which will begin on the 1st day of Ramadan 2008/1429 and end on the last day of Ramadan 2008/1429. Check out the standings for Ramadan 2007/1428 here and for Ramadan 2006/1427 here.

How do I join?

Simply comment with an anonymous name, nickname, your name, or whatever name you would like to go by. This name will be publicly desplayed a long with everyone else. If you have a website, blog or an organization you would like to represent or promote along with your name, just include that also.

Confused? Here is an example:

MR –

(Note: Please enter a valid email address when you comment. Also make sure it is one that you check frequently.)

How does it work?

Very simple. You read the Qur’an. Keep track of the number of ayat (verses) you recite daily. Contact me and let me know how much you have done by emailing me, IMing me (if you have my screename) or calling me (if you have my number).

Who wins? And what’s the prize?

Everoyne wins, because everyone is rewarded with blessings from Allah! That is the prize. For Ramadan 2007 we had Phatwa Factory sponsor the contest and award the top winners with free t-shirts.  For Ramadan 2006 there was a surprise donated gift to the winner.  Only Allah knows what the prize will be this year.


  • Anyone can join.
  • You can use anonymous names or your real names.
  • I will not reveal anyones real identity.
  • Contest officially begins on the first day of Ramadan, whatever day that you start.
  • No lying. If you lie, you got some serious issues with yourself.
  • Recitation in prayer doesn’t count. You must actually read from the Qur’an during your free time when your not praying salah.
  • You must read the Qur’an in Arabic only. (English doesn’t count towards the contest, but you should still read the English).
  • You must calculate the number of ayat including Surah al-Fatiha which is 7 ayat.
  • Only include the number of ayat you read from the front to the back. (Example: Do not include the number of ayat if you read Surah Yaseen every day or Surah Kahf every Friday. They do not count.)
  • Holding the Qur’an in Taraweeh salah and following the Hafidh does not count.
  • You must recite out loud or enough so that your lips are moving and your ears can hear. No silent reading or reading from you mind.
  • I have the right to change the rules anytime I feel like to.

So join already! Here is a list of people who have joined already.

The Imams that will be reciting at Masjid al-Haraam during Ramadan 1429/2008 Taraweeh

My good friend from a long time live in Saudi and he was recently in Mecca. During his visit he discovered a secret which was yet to be revealed while he was talking to a cassette store manager:

He ends up telling me that he got an e-mail from his boss telling him whose going to lead, and what to print on the new cassettes. He told me that ALL SIX IMAMS WILL LEAD;


When I asked him how that’s going to happen, he told me that maybe the first day it will be Sudays/Shuraym, the second day Mahr/Juhani, the third day Ghamdi/Ghazzawi, the fourth day Sudays/Shuraym….

You heard it on MR first!

Source: Snow In The Desert

Russia to build missile defense system in Syria?!

Look at this:

Syria says it’s ready to put a Russian missile system on its soil as a counterweight to U.S. plans to deploy a missile shield in Poland and the Czech Republic. The offer was made during a meeting between Syrian leader Bashar Al-Assad and President Dmitry Medvedev in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.

Cold War 2? It’s about time that the America realizes its no longer the only super power.