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Prize Essay Competition 2003

The Al-Mahdi Institute has organised an essay competition for students attending Secondary Schools and Sixth Form Colleges in the Birmingham Region on the topic of "The Example to Humanity of Imam al-Husayn." This competition, which coincides with the commemoration of his martyrdom, is intended to increase the understanding of one of the major events in Islamic history, and the effect that the murder of the grandson of the Prophet of Islam has on Muslims, for young people of all faiths.

Although the major prizes will be given to the Religious Education Departments of the School or College of the winning writers the organisers also wish to encourage students still at school to develop good basic research techniques and the literary skills to present their findings in a clear and interesting style and thus it is open to all students attending qualifying schools and colleges.

Students living outside the UK may also submit essays and be considered for a prize to help them with their studies and the possibility of publication.  The rules for entry are set out below.

Rules for Entry to the AI-Mahdi Institute Essay Competition 2003.

  1. The competition is open to all students of any faith in full-time secondary education and who are between 14 years and 18 years of age at the time of entry.
  2. All entries will be of not less than 1500 words and not more than 2500 words in length excluding footnotes and references.  Entries should be typed and double spaced on A4 format.
  3. All entries must be in English, original and signed by the author together with the author's age, their full postal address, proof of age and the name and address of their place of education.
  4. The topic for the essay is, "Al-Husayn, Martyrdom and Humanity" and should demonstrate an understanding of the universal lessons that may be derived from the events leading up to the martyrdom of Al-Husayn.
  5. The organisers reserve the right to publish winning entries.
  6. Individual prizes will be given to the writers of noteworthy essays at the judges discretion and all authors of short-listed entries will receive certificates of merit in recognition of their achievement.
  7. The first prize will comprise 100.00 in cash, publication of the essay in the Al-Mahdi Journal, and a certificate
  8. Two runner up prizes of 50, publication and certificates will also be awarded.
  9. All entries must be received at the AI-Mahdi Institute, 532, Moseley Road, Balsall Heath, Birmingham B12 9AE or by e-mail to, no later than the first post on Monday the 4 h of August 2003.
  1. Winning entrants will be informed by post of their success not later than Monday the 13th of October 2003.
  2. In all matters of dispute the judges decision will be final.
  1. No correspondence will be entered into concerning the contents of material received.
  2. In the event that all the entries received are deemed by the judges to be deficient in the use of the English language or their content the competition will be declared void.