Book 1: Reclaim Your Heart by Yasmin Mogahed
Book 2: How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Book 3: We Too Sing America by Deepa Iyer
Book 4: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Level 1: Surahs 1, 87-114
Level 2: Surahs 78-86 (including those covered in lower levels)
Level 3: Surahs 67-78 (including those covered in lower levels)
Level 4: Surah 36 or 55 or 56 (including those covered in lower levels)
Prepared Essay/Original Oratory
Use the following prompts to help compose an insightful and compelling prepared essay or oratory on the topic of this year’s theme. You may base your work on original thoughts regarding any of the topics below, or choose your own topic related to this year’s theme. Be sure to define your topic clearly within your work. Your submission may take the form of a personal narrative, academic dissertation, or persuasive argument. Please note that fictional narratives are appropriate for the Short Fiction competition.
“When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” – Proverb
In Surah Ar-Rahman, Allah repeats the ayah, “Which of the favors of your Lord can you deny?” (Quran 55:13) What are the implications of this ayah in our appreciation of beauty around us?
In light of the Hadith, “Verily, kindness is not found in anything except that it beautifies it, and it is not removed from anything except that it disgraces it,” (Sahih Muslim 2594) how can kindness beautify the world?
“Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror. But you are eternity, and you are the mirror.” – Khalil Gibran
“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
French author Ninon de L’Enclos says “That which is striking and beautiful is not always good, but that which is good is always beautiful.” How does goodness always bring about beauty, and in what sense? And how can beauty serve as a façade, under which goodness may be, in reality, absent?
“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty” – Maya Angelou
“What makes the desert beautiful’, said the little prince, ‘is that somewhere it hides a well..” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
1. THW permit the use of performance enhancing drugs in professional sports.
2. THBT we should emphasize racial equality over racial justice.
3. THW prohibit private ownership of art deemed to be culturally or historically significant.
4. THBT in areas of socio-economic deprivation, schools should train students in vocational skills to the exclusion of the liberal arts.
5. THBT environmental movements should support climate engineering that fundamentally alters the environment in an effort to combat global warming.
6. THW restrict advertising aimed at children.
THW - The House Would
THBT - The House Believes That
Topic VI – Current Events (Starting January 1st, 2017)
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