Building on the success of the Hussaini Expressions Talent Competition the last few years, the Mainstay Foundation is proud to take this effort to the next level and host a live compitiion that will bring out the amazing talent and creativity in our community, all in the service of Imam Hussain (as). In its enhanced format, the Hussaini Expressions Competition aims to provide an effective platform to encourage and inspire the youth to utilize their creative talents to serve Ahlulbayt (as). Be it a poem, portrait, latmiya, video presentation, or any other form of expression, it is through our expressions that we propagate the undying message of Ahlulbayt (as) and empower the community to proudly follow and practice their message.

Competition Rules:

  • Age Groups:
    • 6 – 11
    • 12 – 17
    • 18 – 22
  • Contestants: Individual or group
  • Registration: All interested contestants must register, fill out and submit a form by no later than Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 11:55 pm.
  • Number of Contestants: Each category is open for up to 6 contestants (or groups) in each age group. Registration will be based on first come first serve.

Competition Guidelines:

  • All expressions must be original work by the contestant. The expression must be related to Imam Hussain (a) or the events of Ashura, with the exception of the Holy Quran recitation.
  • There are four categories as listed below;
    • Presentations – Includes speeches and video presentations.
    • Quran Recitation – Includes recitations of the Holy Quran.
      • Category open to girls this year – no males to be present for this portion of the program.
    • General Recitation – Includes recitation of poetry, majalis, latmiya and ziyarat.
      • Category open to girls this year – no males to be present for this portion of the program.
    • Art – Includes paintings, drawings, sculptures, crafts, paper-mache, photography, etc…
  • In order to qualify for the contest, all contestants must attend the live event on Sunday, September 8th.
  • Every contestant will have 2 minutes to showcase his or her expression.
  • A panel of community judges will evaluate and judge all expressions.
  • Based on point allocation, the judges will select 1stand 2ndplace winners in each age group.
  • All winners will be awarded a gift card and may have the opportunity to present their work at the Never Forget or Majalis of Zainab program.

Event Information:

  • Date: Sunday, September 8th, 2019
  • Time: 10:00 am (registration opens at 9:30 am)
  • Venue: Bint Jebail Cultural Center
  • Attendance: Open to the public.
    • All contestants must be pre-registered. No exceptions.
  • Light refreshments will be served

For More Information:

For more information or if you have any questions regarding the rules, guidelines, or the event, please contact us at or call (313) 264-4655.

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