Mafiq Foundation Presents:
Annual Essay Panel Competition
May this announcement find you good in health and strong in Imaan.
The time for this year’s Essay Panel Competition has arrived! We have selected the theme, settled the event date and venue, and we’re looking forward to your participation in our Annual EPC January 27th, 2018 at DCA in Lanham, MD; In shaa’ Allah.
EPC-2018-Schedule-of-event-draft_01202018 (Tentative) for the day of the competition.
This year’s theme is “Alhamdulillah, I am a Muslim”.
Elementary School Topic:
What makes me a Muslim and why am I proud to be a Muslim?
- Level 1 (^Grades 1 & 2): Write a letter to your friend, explaining what does it mean to be a Muslim. Tell him/her some of the things you do home and at school as a Muslim. Don’t forget to say also what makes you proud to be a Muslim.
- Level 2 (Grades 3 & 4): Identify something you say and do at your home and outside as a Muslim. How do you think these actions are benefiting you? Are you proud and thankful of your Muslim identity? Why?
Middle School Topic:
How do I demonstrate that being a Muslim, makes me a better individual in my school, family, and the community I live in?
Level 3 ( Grades 5 & 6); Level 4 (Grades 7 & 8)
It’s not always easy to maintain Muslim identity with all the negative incidents, news and attitude around us. Think about how you can encounter these negativities with your own words and actions as a Muslim. In particular, how do you think, by becoming a better Muslim you can be a better individual in your school, family, and the community you live in. How do you think it will boost up your morale and confidence as a Muslim?
High School Topic:
How to Keep the flame of faith alive?
- Level 5 ( Grades 9 & 10); Level 6 (Grades 11 & +)
We’re taught in the Qur’an and Sunnah that holding on to faith is a difficult task indeed. Allah tells the believers in the Qur’an: “Do not die, except that you are in a state of Islam.” The Prophet told us further that there will come a time that “an individual wakes up as a believer, but begins the night as a disbeliever…”
Our identity, pride, and confidence are being constantly hammered and attacked by negative campaign tactics with a clear target on our morale, spirit, and belief. Today, we are defined by others – we are stereotyped, our belief is portrayed as being obsolete and/or extreme – the goal is simple: to shake our belief and confidence, question our identity, and to tear our unity apart.
As a Muslim youth, what do you think is needed to enact a paradigm shift in our way of thinking, such that we can overcome, pushback, and encounter the negativity and face the challenges today with faith, strength, and pride? How do we keep the flames of faith raging strong in our hearts and in the hearts of our peers and community?”
^Grades refer to students full-time school grades. Please do not submit essays in levels based on Students Sunday School grades.
As we do every year, we are in the process of scheduling workshops regarding various subjects, to assist our esteemed competitors in producing the best possible entries. We will keep you updated on our progress.
The deadline for Essay, Poster, and Multimedia submissions is January 10, 2018!
Saturday, January 27, 2018 (UPDATE)
EPC 2018 has been scheduled on January 27th at the Diyanet Center of America, 9610 Good Luck Rd, Lanham, MD 20706