Calling all graduates and professionals! MIST Toronto is recruiting judges for this year's tournament. If you have professional experience and would like to judge one of our 30+ phenomenal competitions, be sure to fill out the Judge's application ASAP!
If you’ve participated in MIST previously, you will notice the following important changes:
- Group competitions minimum team requirement has been reduced to 1 competitor
- MIST Competitor Guidelines have been included
- Minor changes to other rules and ballots
This year's Knowledge Test books are:
Reclaim Your Heart by Yasmin Mogahed
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
We Too Sing America by Deepa Iyer
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
This year’s MIST Bowl topics are*:
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 2
Topic V – The Ayyubid Empire
Topic VI – Current Events (Starting January 1st, 2017)
*MIST Bowl, Original Oratory, Prepared Essay, and Debate Topics will be posted soon.
As everyone scurries to build their teams and prepare for the tournament, we'd like to help facilitate that through information sessions conducted by MIST Exec in the month of January.
If you are interested, please sign up ASAP so we can coordinate this with you in the next two weeks: https://goo.gl/forms/71PiZCy66OXo4nlX2
“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.
MIST would not take place without the leadership and dedication of all the school ambassadors. If you're a student leader and are willing to take on the responsibility of helping organise MIST for your school, this is your time to shine. Complete the Ambassador sign up form here: https://goo.gl/forms/3sRBLakW0dN0lVJw1
Preparation for our next tournament has already begun! One of our first steps of course is taking the time to hire the DREAM TEAM 2017 that will make another successful MIST Toronto tournament possible. Even better we are celebrating a decade of MIST in Canada so be a part of that special team that will putting together this year's milestone tournament.
We welcome EVERYBODY, regardless of race or religion. If you're a student that really feeling the MIST Blues because you can't compete anymore, or you're a professional looking to give back to the Muslim community or if you're just MISTified and want to spread that MISTification, apply TODAY!
New Members: http://bit.ly/2dohKTp
Returning Members: http://bit.ly/2dWeK2j
This year's MIST Soccer Tournament will take place at LCI Sports Centre (290 Birmingham Street) on Thursday March 17th
Girls: Registration @ 10:30 AM. Tournament from 11-2PM
Boys: Registration @ 2PM. Tournament from 2:30 PM - 7PM
We are still looking for volunteers to help us make this tournament a success. If you are interested in volunteering please message our Sports Day Managers Yasser Lachemi (http://on.fb.me/1nLZyVH) or Areeba Khan (http://on.fb.me/1PapXmg)
This year's program guide is finally here! We apologize for the delay in getting this out to you. You can downloaded the 2016 Program Guide here or you can access it online on our Facebook or on Issu http://bit.ly/1WeVhpI.
Disappointed you could not attend the awards ceremony? No worries, we got you covered! Complete this form: http://goo.gl/forms/HEBMA7uUOF to reserve tickets for yourself and your guests and pick up and pay for the tickets at the door.
In order for registration to run smoothly, each school has been given a specific arrival time. Teams arriving on time will be given MIST Spirit points in reward.