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MIST Boston 2017 The Challege of Beauty:

Striving for Perfection in an Imperfect World

Massachusetts Institute of Technlogy March 24-26, 2017

The Challege of Beauty:

Striving for Perfection in an Imperfect World

One of the great mysteries of life is its inextricable beauty. Mankind is surrounded by a wondrous universe. From the depths of the night sky upon the vastness of the seas to hearing a bird’s song while tasting a pear plucked from the tree, beauty surrounds us at every turn of our lives. And yet, beauty is not so superficial that it’s limited to our sensory perceptions. We find beauty in the smile of a grandmother, wrinkled as she may be. We find beauty in the pages of a book, nerve-racking as the plot may be. We find beauty in the footwork of the athlete, grueling as the sport may be. We find beauty in the pitter patter of raindrops, scary as the storm may be. What is it about these disparate things that cause us such admiration? Some may argue that the world is not so beautiful after all. Pain. Arrogance. Anger. Jealousy. Hatred. Greed. However, isn’t it true that each comes with its own antidote? Joy. Humility. Compassion. Generosity. Love. Sacrifice. For those who are adamant, beauty can be found or created in every situation, amidst every challenge, through every difficulty, and even within every ugliness, where the only place we find beauty may be in the hope that things get better. Arabic has a word for beauty generally: jamal, as in the quote, “God is beautiful and loves beauty.” Arabic also has a word for beauty that people can attain through action: ihsan, beauty that emanates from the perfection of good deeds. Written in the Quran is a command: “...and do ihsan. God loves the doers of ihsan” (Quran 2:195). Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, defined the term thus: “Ihsan is to be aware of God as if you see Him, knowing that if you do not see Him, He sees you” (Bukhari, Muslim). Taken together, when someone strives to constantly be aware of their purpose and live up to their highest ideals as much as possible, even if they falter at times, that’s beautiful. As Rumi famously said, “Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.” Beauty has many other dimensions to explore. There is beauty in social harmony. As Dr. Cornel West recently said, “Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public.” There is the portrayal of beauty in popular culture, which leads to issues dealing with body image and self-esteem against impossible expectations. There is beauty in diversity amidst the disease of racism. There is beauty in “a word of truth spoken to an unjust ruler.” The list goes on... How do you define beauty? How do you think we can we make our world more beautiful? How can we make our nation “a more perfect union?” How can we make our homes and communities more loving spaces? How can we sculpt ourselves and our characters to emanate more beauty? Finally, how do we reconcile our struggle for perfection with our human limitations and frailties?


“But he who dares not grasp the thorn should never crave the rose...”-Anne Brontë

Attendance at any MIST competition, workshop or activity is a privilege. The policies apply to all students, adults, and authorized persons attending the conference. Delegates shall abide by the rules and practices at all times. They shall respect and abide by the rules and practices at all times. They shall respect and abide by the authority vested in MIST Organizers. Delegates violating any of the conduct rule may jeopardize their delegation’s participation and may be disqualified. Students may be sent home immediately at their own expense. Participants and other authorized individuals attending the MIST Boston Regional Competitions automatically accept terms and conditions outlined in the MIST 2017 Code of Conduct. PERSONAL CONDUCT: Conducting acts and/or possessing weapons capable of causing bodily harm or fear of life, defacing/stealing any public or private property, throwing objects out the window or into the hallway, and other serious violations of personal conduct regulations, are strictly prohibited. Any and all financial responsibility resulting from these actions will rest solely with the offending individuals or their chapter. Failing to keep advisors informed of activities and your whereabouts, participating in unapproved social activities, or engaging with a member of the opposite sex in a room when no adult chaperone is present are not permitted. ABUSIVE BEHAVIOUR AND LEWD CONDUCT: A student engaging in any lewd, indecent, sexual or obscene act, or participating in any verbal, physical, emotional/mental, or sexual harassments, hazing or name-calling is completely unacceptable. Engaging in the use of slurs against any person on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, sexual orientation, or disability is strictly prohibited. LOST OR STOLEN ITEMS: Any items that are lost or stolen at a MIST conference are the sole responsibility of the student. CONFERENCE CONDUCT: Delegates must wear the supplied conference ID badge at all times from arrival at the conference until departure at the end of the conference. Delegates should be prompt and prepared for all activities. Delegates are required to attend all general sessions and activities assigned including workshops, competitive events, committee meetings etc, for which they are registered unless engaged in some specific assignment taking place at the same time as ordered by any member of the MIST Boston Executive Committee. DRESS CODE: Failing to abide by the dress regulations established for the conference, as outlined in the guidelines set out by MIST Boston. Dress code will be in effect at all times. Tasteful casual wear will be accepted during specific social functions as stated during orientation sessions. MEDIA RELEASE: By participating in MIST Boston activities and conferences you are consenting the release of any photographs, video footage, and names for promotional and media purposes.


Friday March 24, 2017 TIME



Start End SPORTS

Women’s Basketball

In front of Johnson Athletic Center Rockwell North Court

Men’s Basketball

Rockwell Main Court

Women’s Soccer

Zesiger Mac Court

Men’s Soccer

Briggs / Barry Field



8:30 AM 11:00 AM

General Registration

Lobby 10

11:00 AM 12:30 PM

Opening Ceremony


12:30 PM 2:15 PM

Dhuhr / Open Lunch

Lobby 13

5:00 PM 6:00 PM

6:00 PM 10:00 PM

Sports Registration

Saturday March 25, 2017 TIME Start End


2:15 PM 3:30 PM


2D Art 3D Art Photography Graphic Design Scrapbook Fashion Design

26-328 56-114 26-310 26-168 26-302 26-314

Culinary Arts


MISTalks 1



3:45 PM 4:45 PM

5:00 PM 5:15 PM

5:30 PM 6:30 PM

Math Olympics 2-190 26-302, 26-310, 26-314 MIST Bowl Debate 26-142, 26-168 Girls’ Improv 3-370 Boys’ Improv 4-370 MISTalks 2 10-250 Asr Prayer Lobby 13 KNOWLEDGE & QURAN Knoweldge Tests 2-190 Brother’s Memorization 1-4


Sisters’ Memorization 1-4

4-145 3-370 4-370

MISTalks 3 MISTalks 4 BRACKETS ROUND 2 Math Olympics

6:30 PM 7:30 PM

7:30 PM 7:45 PM 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 8:30 PM 9:45 PM



26-302, 26-310,, 26-314

Debate Girls’ Improv Boys’ Improv MISTalks 5 EVENING SESSIONS Maghrib Prayer Dinner (Pizza!!) MIST Got Talent

26-142, 26-168 3-370 4-370 10-250 Lobby 13 10-250 10-250


Sunday March 26, 2017 TIME




9:00 AM 10:45 AM

Community Service Science Fair Business Venture Short Film Sisters’ Nasheed/Rap*

4-149 4-153 2-190 4-159 4-370 3-370

Social Media


Brothers’ Nasheed/Rap*

Mobile Apps 4-146 11:00 AM 12:30 PM MISTalks 6** 10-250 12:30 PM 1:15 PM Dhuhr / Open Lunch BRACKETS SEMI-FINAL / FINAL Math Olympics 2-190 MIST Bowl 4-153, 4-159 1:30 PM 2:30 PM Debate 4-146, 4-149 Girls’ Improv* 3-370 Boys’ Improv* 4-370 *Specators Welcome **All Attendees will attend MISTalks 6


Start End WRITING & ORATORY Original Oratory Extemporaneous Essay

2:45 PM 4:15 PM

4:15 PM 4:30 PM 4:30 PM 6:00 PM

Extemporaneous Speech

Spoken Word* MISTalks 7 Asr Prayer BRACKETS FINAL

4-149 4-153 4-159 10-250 56-114 Lobby 13

MIST Bowl*




EVENING SESSIONS 6:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:15 PM 9:00 PM

Maghrib Prayer

Lobby 13

Dinner (Wraps!!)


Award’s Ceremony

Walker Memorial

*Specators Welcome Pick up submissions and team ballot boxes in lobby outside of Walker after the Award’s Ceremony.



March 25, 2017 MISTalks 1 | 2:15 PM - 3:30 PM | 10-250 | “This Muslim American Life” Salwa Tareen, Jennifer Martinez, Ahmed Beshir, & Abdul Rahman Latif “This Muslim American Life” is a brand new workshop dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. Inspired by “The Moth” podcast, this workshop will present 4 unique Muslim American stories that will encapsulate how beautifully diverse Islam truly is. Join Salwa Tareen, Jennifer Martinez, Ahmed Beshir, and Abdul Rahman Latif as they share their genuine, intimate retellings of their personal moments that have shaped their lives and their identities as Muslim Americans in today’s world. MISTalks 2 | 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM | 10-250 | “A Beautiful Mind” Ahmed Abojaradeh & Zainab Hosseini Mental health is often the elephant in the room in Eastern communities and cultures. Many Muslims who suffer from mental health problems do so alone and in silence. For those who open up, people of faith often try to be helpful by encouraging them to remember God more, pray more, fast more, or give more charity. While this spiritual advice might be helpful to some, others need professional help to diagnose and treat their mental health issues without stima or censure. How do our communities serve as resources for individuals suffering with mental health problems? How do we recognize when we ourselves may be in need of help? MIST Boston is creating a safe space fo an interactive discussion with experienced panelists to shed light on the importance of mental health in the Muslim world and to help break down the stigmas around mental health concerns within our communities. Join workshop leaders Ahmad Abojaradeh and Zainab Hosseini, bring your questions, and help us break the taboo.


MISTalks 3 | 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM | 4-370 | “The Bro Code” Ebrahim Ismail & Muaaz Masood This interactive workshop is for bros, by bros, and all bros! Come share your thoughts on what it truly means to be a man in today’s society, discuss the “codes” Muslim men should live by, share the daily struggles and challenges that we as Muslim men face every day, and ask the hard-hitting questions on how we can go about creating the best possible brotherhood with workshop leaders (and real life bros) Ebraheim Ismail and Muaaz Masood. MISTalks 4 | 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM | 3-370 | “Girl Talk” Katrin Jomaa, Hana Tallan, & Amirah Salim This interactive workshop is for girls, by girls, and all girls! Come share your thoughts on the struggle and challenges of being a Muslim woman in today’s society. Join workshop leaders Katrin Jomaa, Amirah Salim, and Hana Tallan as they ask the hard hitting questions of the “roles” we play in our families, with our friends, and out in our communitie, and reflect on how we can go about creating the best possible sisterhood. MISTalks 5 | 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM | 10-250 | “All Things College & Careers” Ahmed Beshir, Mafaz Al-Suwaidan, Mohammad Hassan, & Nourin Alsharif

Polish up those resumes, write those cover letters, and bring your questions on this “All things College and Careers” workshop. Our panelists Mafaz Al-Suwaidan, Nourin Alsharif, Mohammad Hassan, and Ahmed Beshir are all Muslim professionals with backgrounds in their respective fields including- a masters student of Theological studies at the Harvard Divinity School, a clinical dental assistant travelling internationally with International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to the Caribbean, and a 2nd year PhD student focusing on enzymatically synthesized biopolymers! Come learn from our experienced leaders and get tricks and tips on how you can pursue your professional passions!



March 26, 2017

MISTalks 6 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM | 10-250 | “Liberty & Justice For All?” Pious Ali & Rana Abdelhamid #NoBanNoWall #BlackLivesMatter #RefugeesAreWelcomeHere are nationwide, grassroots effots intended to uphold justice for people who are underpriveledged in society. Though many activists may differ on what they believe is “positive change,” activism in simple terms is taking action to spark positive social change. Join Pious Ali, City Counselor at Large in Portland Maine, and Rana Abelhamid, creator of Women’s Initiative for Self-Empowerment (WISE) in this MISTalk as we seek to answer these questions: “What is our role as engaged Muslim youth in modern day America?” and “How do we actively create a community that supports ‘liberty and justice’ for all?” MISTalks 7 | 2:45 PM - 4:15 PM | 56-114 | “Meet Your MIST & The MIST Game Zone” Your MIST Boston Dream Team Henna tattoo artist. Fencer. Photographer. Self-proclaimed Netflix binge watcher. Adventurer. Therapist. Accountant. Biologist. Avid reader. Dancer. Friend. College student. Mist Boston Dream Team. Come meet us, play games, and ask us any questions that are on your mind! You think you’ve got what it takes to be the ultimate gamer at Mist? Think again! We’ve got video games, card games, board games, mind games and more! Stop by the game zone and have some fun!


Congratulations to all of the

competitors and coaches for an

amazing MIST Boston 2017!

Ăœber Noobers I-Slam Portland Champions Al-Rahmah Plethora Muslims in Action Pleasant St. Muzlims The Malcom X-ers The Pride 10


10-250 & PRAYER



MIT Stratton Student Center Building W20

Anna’s Taqueria Serves tacos, burritos, quesadillas, chips & salsa, guacamole, and more Mexican cuisine Saturday: 7:30 AM - 11:30 PM Sunday: 7:30 AM - 11:30 PM Café Spice Indian Cuisine Saturday: 10:30 AM - 8:00 PM Sunday: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM Dunkin Donuts Saturday: 8:00AM - 6:00 PM Sunday: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM La Verde’s Market 24-hour convenience store that also sells fully prepared meals Shawarma Shack Saturday 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM Shinkansen Japanese Cuisine Saturday 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM


Subway Saturday 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM Sunday: 8:00AM - 10:00 PM

Near MIT on Mass Ave Saloniki Greek Chic, fast, Greek plates and pitas Saturday: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Sunday: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Flour Bakery Bakery, Deli, Coffee Saturday: 8:00 AM - 6:00PM Sunday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Beantown Taqueria Saturday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 AM Sunday: 8:00 AM - 11:00 PM Chicago Pizza Saturday: 11:00 AM - 3:00 AM Sunday: 11:00 AM - 3:00 AM Near Kendall MIT Station Chipotle Saturday: 10:45 AM - 10:00 PM Sunday: 10:45 AM - 10:00 PM Au Bon Pain Saturday: 7:00 AM - 9:00PM Sunday: 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM


Regional Director: Sarah Fahmy Judges Chair: Wadea Sakhta Workshops Chair: Sarah Dolaty Volunteer Co-Chairs: Amina Fahmy & Abdurrahman Abdurrob Marketing Chair: Dana Lobad Competitons Co-Chairs: Aya Kenawy & Salwa Elkatta Sports: Iman Yahya, Gaashan Yusuf, & Afnan Tabidi Finance: Ayonna Zakee & Youssef Fahmy Award’s Ceremony & MIST Got Talent: Amal Ezzat Hospitality & HR: Lina Ali Head of Security: Mohamad Alnaal Hagar Assi: Competitions Committee Wafaa Satti: Marketing Committee Mano Ali: Workshops Committee Anas Beshir: Workshops Committee Deqa Dahir- Registration Committee Rafay Jafri Jido Osman Shadi Hossam


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