The Mainstay Foundation is proud to host the 7th Annual Hussaini Expressions Competition through a live contest 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.

Contest Rules

  • Gender: Boys and girls
  • Age Groups: 6-11 and 12-17.
  • Contestants: Individual or Group
  • Registration: All interested contestants must register online at www or fill out and submit a form by no later than 11:59 pm Thursday, September 13.
  • Number of Contestants: Each category is open for up to 5 contestants (or groups) in each age group. Registration will be based on first come first serve.

Contest 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.
    • Recitations (not open for the sisters) – Includes recitations of the Holy Quran, Majalis, Latmiya, or Ziyara.
    • Art – Includes photography.
    • Poetry – Includes all form of poetry.
  • In order to qualify for the contest, all contestants must attend the live event.
  • Every contestant will have 90 seconds to showcase their expression.
  • There will be a panel of community judges who will evaluate and judge all expressions.
  • Based on point allocation, the judges will select a winner in each category for every age group.
  • All winners will be awarded a with gift card and may have the opportunity to present their work at the Never Forget program.

Event Information

  • Date: Sunday, September 16, 2018
  • Time: 2:00 pm (registration opens at 1:30 pm)
  • Venue: The 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) 451-2148.