MIST hosts over 35 different competitions during each tournament. Competitions are divided into 5 categories, and each competitor can participate in at most one competition per category. 

 * These marked competitions will not be offered in 2018.


Category 1

Quran Memorization

Test your memorization and recitation of the Quran in Arabic, according to tajweed (rules of recitation), and its general meaning in English. Level 1 is for beginners and Level 2 is for more advanced competitors. The Brothers and Sisters competitions are separate at each level.

Level 1

Surahs 1, 87-114

Level 2

Surahs 78-86 (in addition to all the above)

Level 3

Surah 67-78 (in addition to all the above)

Level 4

Surah 36, 55, 56 AND choice of Surah 12, 18, 19, 20 (in addition to all the above)

Knowledge Test (I-IV) *

Read one of four books and take an open-book test on it. The test comprises of a set of questions and an essay portion to judge reading and comprehension.


Category 2

2D Art

Are you an aspiring painter? Do you doodle more than writing notes in class? Put your inspiration on canvas with the 2D art competition!

3D Art *

Think you have what it takes to be the next great sculptor? Is clay your ultimate inspiration? Show us your skills in the 3D art competition.


Not only do you carry around your camera with you all the time, but you see everything as an opportunity for the perfect photo. Those other artists, yeah, they’re cool – but you prefer a lens and the dark room for your creative pursuits.

Fashion Design

You don’t just love fashion, you design it! Get inspired by the MIST theme to become the next fashion phenomenon.

Graphic Design

If you’re the Photoshop or Illustrator whiz that everyone goes to for event flyers, the graphic design competition is for you. Pixelate away!


Category 3

Extemporaneous Essay

Competitors are allotted 60 minutes to compose a handwritten essay on a randomly selected topic related to the theme.

Extemporaneous Speaking

The art of extemporaneous speaking is not for the faint-hearted. Delivering a coherent, engaging, and moving speech, is easy enough, right? Now try doing that on the spot with only 15 minutes of preparation!

Spoken Word

If you’re more of the performer type of a poet, then spoken word is for you! Here’s your chance to convey your passion and originality, all while inspiring those around you.

Short Fiction

Competitors are to submit an original work of fiction no longer than 10 pages that relates to the theme and can also be applied to a competitor-defined target audience. Illustrations are permitted for younger intended audiences.


Competitors must submit an original piece of poetry never before published within a 40 line limit. The piece must clearly relate back to the theme, but also be applicable to a general audience.

Prepared Essay 

Have you been inspired by this year’s MIST theme? The prepared essay competition is perfect if you’re looking for an outlet. This is your chance to be creative and persuade us on the significance of your chosen topic. Share the passion!

Here are 2018's prompts [pdf].

Original Oratory 

Competitors present a memorized original oration within a seven (7) minute period. The oration must relate back to the theme, but also be applicable to a general audience.

Here are 2018's prompts [pdf].


Category 4


This competition is a fun way to display your creativity under spontaneous and timed circumstances. Each team must impress the judges in various hypothetical scenarios while under pressure to think on their feet and make the audience laugh!

Math Olympics

Think you have what it takes for the olympics? Earn the title of true Math Olympian in this intense battle of numbers.


Are you great at winning arguments? Do you have the poise of a public speaker and the convincing tone of a scholar? Join debate to compete with others who are just like you.

Here's 2018's motions [pdf].

MIST Quiz Bowl *

Does the sound of a quiz bowl buzzer and recalling knowledge in seconds give you an adrenaline rush? Are you the kid that knows a little bit of everything, from the geography of China, to the poetry of Rumi? Then MIST Quiz Bowl is the competition for you!

2018's MIST Quiz Bowl topics are:


Category 5

Business Venture

This competition encourages you to think about the business world, become a philanthropist, and market your own products. Familiarize yourself with modern trends and market values, while developing your own fantastic product or service!

Short Film

Showcase your editing, directing, and acting skills! Make a documentary, drama, comedy, thriller or animation to convey a particular message to the audience while relating your film to the MIST theme.


Calling all aspiring singers! The nasheed/ rap category is ideal for anyone who desires to write unique lyrics and use their singing skills to capture people’s attention about topics they are passionate about. There will be a separate competition for brothers and sisters. Hence each team must be all males or all females.

Community Service 

A new competition that is a combination of Research Methods and Community Service; Show us your next great research idea by focusing on your community. How can you improve your community? Conduct a research project that demonstrates your intellectual and critical thinking capabilities. Come up with a creative and effective plan of action to serve a need.

Science Fair 

Are you an aspiring scientist? Do you love research? Then this competition is for you! Design, conduct and share the results of your own study to a panel of esteemed judges. Don’t forget to use the scientific method!

Social Media 

Have media platforms such as Facebook or Twitter taken over your life? Have you started either reading or seeing more blogs? Take your online social habits to the next level by creating a social media presence for your MIST team!


Category 6


Think you're fit? Play against opposing schools and take your team to the finals!