, 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.

10 Replies to “, AlMaghrib and TDC’s Ramadan Short Story Contest”

  1. Kind of off topic, but jazakAllah khayr akhi.

    The tone of your blog has really changed and grown in the past year or so, there’s a lot more unity and shoutouts to various groups in the Muslim community. Masha’Allah, it’s nice to see, especially since you have so many readers.

    Goodness begets more goodness, so insha’Allah these small acts of unity will have a ripple effect in the community and come back to you as a pile of good deeds on the Day of Judgement. Ameen 🙂

  2. Redwan Ahmed: No really I read your blog and it’s really lame. Seriously, you need to find something else to do with your time because I’m stupider after reading your blog. You’re doing a disservice to anybody who attempts to read your idiotic blog. Please, for the sake of us all, just stop. Stop blogging.

  3. MR: Thanks for trying ot build more unity among the Muslims. May Allah reward you for doing so.

    And Ameen to Zaynab’s dua’a!

  4. As-Salam Alaikum

    Astughfirullah, what is this? We are Muslims here, show respect and keep quiet if you have just these dirty comments to say.

  5. I apologize for the comments. I am at the ISNA Convention with very limited Internet access. In fact I have to run go pray dhuhr right now!

    Please calm down with comments. I’ll delete the bad ones.

  6. RAMADAN TO BEGIN TUESDAY (Monday Evening)

    Crescentwatch did not receive any reliably confirmed reports of the new crescent moon being sighted in North America on Sunday evening.

    We will complete the 30 days of Sha’ban and begin Ramadan Monday evening with the first day of fast to begin Tuesday, September 2, 2008 in sha Allah.

    In spite of the presently established decision, we encourage everyone to go out to sight the crescent moon for Ramadan tomorrow night, Monday, Sept. 1, and submit your reports online here at It is a beautiful experience to sight its emergence, and it is a sunnah of our noble Prophet, sal Allahu alayhi wa salam, that we hope the ummah revives.

    Generally, we are unable to accept astronomically implausible sightings in the Northeastern U.S. unless they are followed by abundant sightings in the Western and Southern U.S., where sightings would be easier and far more likely. Numerous qualified moon sighters around the country reported clear skies but no naked eye sightings of the new crescent moon Sunday evening. Knowing that isolated and implausible sightings provide nowhere near the certainty required to start the month of Ramadan, we welcome another day of Shaban for us to prepare ourselves for the coming of this blessed month.

  7. on the MR site it says the deadline’s Sep. 15, but on the muslimmatters website it says that the deadline is Sep. 23

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