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The Muslim Inter-Scholastic Tournament (MIST)™ is a fun, educational, interactive program of competitions and workshops geared towards bringing high school students together from around the nation to develop leadership, communication, and other creative skills, all while gaining a deeper understanding of Islam and Muslims.

The Muslim Inter-Scholastic Tournament (MIST)™ consists of annual Regional Tournaments that take place in Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, DC, Philadelphia, New York City, Houston, Southern California, and Toronto. The winners from each Regional Tournament qualify to compete at the annual National Tournament. The tournaments last two-three days, ending with the Awards Ceremony on the final night.

The Muslim Inter-Scholastic Tournament (MIST)™ currently features 35 different competitions.


2002: “Understanding Islam: From the Past to the Present”
MIST founded at the University of Houston in Houston, Texas

2003: “Understanding the Universe Through Islam”
New region founded in Washington, DC

2004: “The American-Muslim Identity”
Nationalized theme established

2005: “Passion of the Proactive”
New region founded in Boston, Massachusetts
New region founded in Atlanta, Georgia

2006: “Character: Our Diamond in the Rough”
New region founded in Rochester, New York
First annual national championship in Houston, Texas

2007: “Scattered Images: Reflecting Faith, Reclaiming our Future”
Nationals held in Washington, DC

2008: “The Puzzle of Diversity: Piecing Together a Vibrant Community”
New region founded in Detroit, Michigan
New region founded in Toronto, Canada
Nationals held in Atlanta, Georgia

2009: “Hometown Heroes: Thinking Globally, Acting Locally”
Rochester shifted to New York City, New York
Nationals held in Houston, Texas

2010: “Lantern of Modesty: Reflecting the Light from Within”
New region founded in Irvine, California

2011: “Loyalty: The Key to Faith and Citizenship”

2012: “Family: Reconnecting our Hearts to Home”

2013: “The Patience of Champions: Rising to a Better Self”

2014: “The Art of Generosity: Finding the Greatness to Give”

2015: “The Clarity of Sincerity: From Outer Perceptions to Inner Reflections”

2016: “The Race Against Time”

2017: “The Challenge of Beauty: Striving for Perfection in an Imperfect World”

2018: “The Valor of Mercy: Summoning the Strength of Compassion”