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Presenting the winners of the
Tenth Annual Brass Crescent Awards

We'd like to thank the over 1,000 people who voted in the Tenth Annual Brass Crescent Awards! Voting was very close in most categories, and we would like to be the first to congratulate our winners and Honorable Mentions, as well as extend our thanks to all the nominees and voters for helping make this celebration of the Islamsphere a success. We also would like to thank everyone (including the nominees) who linked and tweeted to help publicize the Brass Crescent Awards.

We'll keep a permanent list of winners of the Brass Crescent Awards available at brasscrescent.org, as they represent a dynamic, creative, and powerful cross-section of Muslim thought on the web. Inshallah, we'll run the Awards again next year, so start bookmarking posts, series, comments, feeds, and blogs now!

Winners and Honorable Mentions may contact us to receive a badge announcing their achievement if they desire.

Let's not keep you waiting any longer - listed below are this year's Winners and Honorable Mentions:
This category honors the most indispensable, Muslim-authored blog there is. Period.

ProductiveMuslim (Abu Productive)
For several years, ProductiveMuslim has offered tips on being a more fulfilled practioner of Islam. The articles are very intuitive, current, educational, well-edited and captivating to young and old alike.

Muslim Matters
Muslim Matters has beomce one of the most popular blogs in the Muslim world. Within a matter of few years it has managed to bag a special place in the blogosphere. It even became the subject of a CNN news report, due to their efforts to combat extremism with their blend of traditional Islam and modernity.


Islam and Science Fiction (Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad)
Muhammad's blog provides coverage of a little-known aspect of Muslim writing and the arts: that of speculative fiction. He has a very high-quality site that is consistently updated with new information.
Love, InshAllah (Ayesha Mattu & Nura Maznavi)
With posts from men and women from all ethnic, racial, sectarian, and religious (cultural, secular, orthodox Muslims) - talking about romantic, divine and other relationships - this is one of the most provocative, groundbreaking, and relevant blogs out there.

Muslim Life Hacks (Mifrah Mahroof)
Muslim Life Hacks is a new blog that has provides ways on how to get more out of you Islamic life through fun and entertaining ways, including a Ramadan Maximizing guide and a Facebook sunsighting project.

The woman's voice in Islam is equal to the man's, and in the Islamsphere we seek to make sure the female perspective is highlighted and given its rightful due. Which Muslim woman's blog has done the most to explore the role that women play within Islam and society?

Side Entrance (Hind Makki)
This project was started by Hind Makki as a way to describe her frustrations with being cast off to the side entrance of a mosque. It has since become something much more nuanced and beautiful.

One Chinese Muslimah (Khadijah)
Khadijah talks about topics that are prevalant among Muslim women, and writes based on hadiths and Quran. Her articles tackle tough issues with passion and eloquence.


Muslimahs Working at Home (Kimberly Ben)
Kimberly's blog focuses on teaching Muslim women how to start halal home businesses and how to find legitimate companies that hire for work-at-home positions.
Dear Little Auntie
A little bit of advice, a little bit of humor - this blog says it is 'meant to help my young Muslim sisters on their journey to Paradise.'

Muslimah in Reverie (Vajiha)
A popular blog with a variety of topics ranging from daily looks for hijabis, to health & wellness, and deen/spirituality.

Which multiple group blog in the Islamsphere has the best diversity of writers and the most interesting debate on Muslim issues?

Muslim Matters
MuslimMatters has consistently taken a turn for the better, the diversity of opinions and topics is at an all-time high - there's no where to go but up.

Productive Muslim
Videos and articles that keep the reader connected to deen, along with practical tips on how make the best of dunya.


Muslimah Media Watch
A perennial Brass Crescent favorite, MMW provides varied interesting perspectives relating to Muslim women portrayals in the media.
Love InshAllah
A space for Muslims to discuss sex, sexuality, caste/ethnicity/race/sect, gender, divorce and other issues that are impacting romantic and familial relationships.

Which blog gets their point across by using humor in the most effective way?

Muslim Medicine (Dr. O)
Dr. O combines his experience in the medical field with Islamic teachings, and of course with a generous dose of humor. Cleverly addresses and discusses American-Muslim issues that many Muslims have personally encountered.

Superhanallah is a blogger is able to simply depict common trends and ideas in American Muslim society while bringing humor to them.


Cartoon Muslim (Ahsan Khan)
The blog addresses the issues a Muslim (both male and female) face in the west and puts a comical twist to each lesson. The comics are pretty funny too and nicely constructed.

Which blog is a true diamond in the rough, one that everyone should be reading but who most just haven't heard of (yet)?

Muslim History Detective (Precious Rasheeda Muhammad)
Precious Rasheeda Muhammad is one of the most knowledgable historians of the Muslim-American experience, and she's now blogging to tell you about some of what she's discovered.

Muslim Life Hacks (Mifrah Mahroof)
Muslim Life Hacks is a new blog that has provides ways on how to get more out of you Islamic life through fun and entertaining ways, including a Ramadan Maximizing guide and a Facebook sunsighting project.


A Muslim's Book Shelf (Maaz Alam)
This blog is dedicated almost exclusively to completing book reviews on Islamic books.
Raising Little Mumins (Um Taqwa)
A great new resource for Muslim parents, Raising Little Mumins is a useful and informative blog with lots of interesting information presented with humor.

Which blog writen by a non-Muslim is most respectful of Islam and seeks genuine dialogue with Muslims?

My Islamic Life (Kristina ElSayed)
Kristina is a non-Muslim married to a Muslim who is raising Muslim children. This blog chronicles the adventures she has had in trying to teach her children to be good Muslims without having grown up in the faith and culture.

His Peace Upon Us (Dustin Shramek)
Dustin Shramek's blog does a great job of connecting Muslims and Christians without painting one side or the other as heros or enemies and really works to understand Muslims.


Crossroads Arabia (John Burgess)
Crossroads Arabia comments knowledgeably, about Saudi Arabia, from an American perspective. It's not about Saudi-bashing, nor is it an apologia for the country.
Abu Aardvark (Marc Lynch)
Marc Lynch, aka Abu Aardvark, publishes frequently on the politics of the Middle East, with a particular focus on the Arab media and information technology, Iraq, Jordan, Egypt, and Islamist movements.

Which single post or group of posts in the Islamsphere was the most original and important, above all the others?

The Parallel Universe Where My Brother Lives (Brain Knows Better)
This heartfelt piece discussed mental illness, suicide, mental health, and family conflict in an extremely honest and healing way that destroys stigma and encourages Muslims to get help.

Changing the Discourse on Muslim Personal Finance (MuslimMatters)
This post by ibnabeeomar finally articulated what many had discussed but did not openly put out in public - the sad state of personal financial literacy and the Islamic finance industry in the US.


Unmosqued Roundtable (Wood Turtle)
Wood Turtle shares with her audience multiple voices of those in the the Muslim community who are alienated from their mosques, and gives them a platform for their voices to be heard.
Love InshAllah's Sex & The Ummah (Shy Desi Boy and Miss Sunshine)
Love InshAllah's advice columnists, Shy Desi Boy and Miss Sunshine, are refreshingly candid, honest, and compassionate. They've answered questions with incredible grace and wisdom.

Top 10 Ways on How Not to Build a Mosque in America (Irfan Rydhan)
An architect by training, Irfan identifies the reality involved in constructing a mosque, and how proper design can meet the changing needs of Muslim communities.


Islam in China (Wang Daiyu)
China is the fastest growing economy in the world with a fast growing Muslim population, and nobody gives a more nuanced understanding of Islam and China than Wang Daiyu.

Another Chinese Muallaf (Ikhwan Ng)
Ikhwan Ng is a Chinese Muslim living in Malaysia who converted to Islam in 2008. Writes about Malaysia's conflict among religions and cultural practices.


An Indian Muslim's Blog (Indscribe)
An portrayal of India as an honest balance of modernism with tradition and religion, and one of the few that covers the niche category of Indian Muslims.

What blog is a pioneer or leader in audio podcasting, photography, or video about Muslim issues?

Yasir Qadhi YouTube Channel
Informative and detailed, Yasir Qadhi also tackles sensitive issues for contemporary Muslims. The channel is also updated regularly with khatirahs on all sorts of timely subjects.

Qahera the Superhero
Qahera is a webcomic about a female Muslim superhero who combats Islamophobia and misogyny. The strip is primarily in English but also translated into colloquial Egyptian Arabic. It is created by a female Egyptian artist.


Salam Studios (Abdullah Jangda)
They describe themselves best: 'Salam Studios is poised on the brink of media destruction, ready to hail in a pictographic era of revolutionary new, unbiased, cricically acclaimed videographic services that will blow your socks off, and then right back on!'
Wudu Room
Wudu Room keeps young Muslims on track by providing examples from their own lives to teach and show how to be an American Muslim and effectively assimilate while staying pious and practicing Muslims.

Who is the most stimulating, insightful, and philosophically wise among us? This category is intended to highlight a blogger who may not post daily, but when they do post, they really make an impact.

Ramadan Reflection (Khalid Latif)
Imam Latif, a New York imam that engages often with young Muslims, is a unique voice in the US Muslim community who addresses issues that should be at the forefront but sadly often aren't.

Fajr (Farhia Yahya)
Not only has Sister Fajr translated some works from Arabic, but she also writes original inspiring pieces.


The Civil Muslim (Tricia Veknach)
Tricia Veknach is a Muslim chaplain whose writing features well-chosen topics, interfaith dialogue, and thought-provoking and socially challenging content.
Muslimah Next Door (Dilshad Ali)
Dilshad Ali writes extremely well written and diverse articles from day to day life, including ordeals of dealing with a autistic child and balancing Islam and work.

The American Muslim Magazine (Sheila Musaji)
Sheila has chronicled American Muslim life for over 30 years, and her writing earned her a spot on the Top 500 Muslims list for 2012.

Who in the Islamsphere is a "must-follow" on Twitter, who provides the best retweets, links, and/or witticisms in 140 characters?

@JihadiJew (Lee Weismann)
Lee tweets often about spirituality and religious tolerance, espcially between Muslims and Jews.

@RaquelEvita (Raquel Saraswati)
Raquel takes on the Muslim haters on social media, wears their attacks as badges of pride, and does it all with style.


'Life is an Islamic conference, and I am THE SPEAKER.' A satirical account about 'that guy' who can't turn off his preachy mode.
@amuslimatluther (Muslim Seminarian)
The Muslim Seminarian tweets about being a Muslim studying Christian theology at a seminary.

@monaeltahawy (Mona Eltahawy)
Columnist and public speaker on Arab and Muslim issues; the unapologetic Mona is a fighter for Muslim female rights.
The Brass Crescent Awards were created in 2004
by Aziz Poonawalla and Shahed Amanullah