Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Allah Be Praised By Islamic Poetry Contest

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Some might not think there’s any rhyme or reason to the Islamic faith, but a new poetry contest can prove that is wrong – on the rhymes at least.

A website called IslamicPoetry.org is currently holding a contest for poems praising the religious prophet Mohammad.

Organizer Shaykh Abdur-Rhaman ibn Yusef – an Islamic leader in Santa Barbara, California – admits he created the contest to counteract the controversial Danish cartoon released a few months ago.

Islam forbids the representation of graven images and Yusef admits that means most of the religious art is abstract. However, he wants the contest to show how Islam’s emphasis on words instead of pictures has inspired a rich poetry scene in Muslim countries.

Limericks and haikus are welcome – as long as they are clean and sing Mohammad’s praises.

Poems are being accepted until August 31 and the contest is open to both Muslims and non-Muslims.

However, the prizes vary depending on religious affiliation. If the winning poet is Muslim, they win a trip to Mecca, but non- Muslims will just be given $800 in prizes.

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