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Presenting the winners of the
Twelvth Annual Brass Crescent Awards

We'd like to thank the hundreds of people who voted in the Twelvth Annual Brass Crescent Awards! (If you are worried if your vote was validated, we validated every vote after cross-checking IP addresses.) 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. We will be opening up the nominations for next year's Brass Crescent Awards soon, so you'll have all year to submit your favorite online expressions as you see them throughout the year.

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:
Even in the age of social media, blogs are still alive and relevant. Which one does everyone still need to read? This category honors the most indispensable, Muslim-authored blog there is. Period.

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.

This online magazine aimed at empowering the voices and cultivating the leadership of Muslim women in the United States and abroad has experienced dramatic growth in the past year, cultivating a passionate audience that is reaching out to mainstream audiences.


Love, InshAllah
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.
Using multiples forms of media, Ummah Wide tells stories that transcend the borders of global communities, and aims to be a global storytelling platform using video and other means to capture the identity of a new generation.

Some of the best platforms to express Muslim identity are traditional websites that convey information in both traditional and innovative ways. Which websites did the best job this year in contributing to Muslim online spaces?

Productive Muslim
Productive Muslim, an online community dedicated to cultivating productivity among Muslim communities, combines lessons from Islamic teachings and history with modern tips and tools to help users live productive lifestyles.

LaunchGood, a crowdfunding platform which has raised more than $4 million to date, was started as a community and ecosystem to revive that spirit of creativity and entrepreneurism that elevated Muslims globally for centuries.


Mvslim is founded by Taha Riani and Hanan Challouki, supported by a group of writers and artists, who share their experiences, daily lives and tips on a wide range of topics. Their goal is to inspire and motivate you and each other.
Mozzified was founded in January of 2015 to provide a fun online space for young American Muslims. To mozzify is to take from American Culture and re-interpret through an American Muslim lens.

We now have multiple tools to help organize people, raise funds, and bring awareness to situations that need our attention. Which campaign best exemplified Islamic values and made the most difference?

In the wake of the tragic shooting of three Muslim students in Chapel Hill, NC, this hashtag was used to tell the world stories of the life and achievements of Dean Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha, and Razan Abu-Salha.

The Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative's hashtag campaign #BeingBlackAndMuslim was engaged 11,000 times within a week, and sparked discussion and education about this unique intersection of identities.


Two filmmakers, Ahmad Hussam & Nick Armero, used this hashtag to get Netflix to consider their original series Salahadin - a show that chronicles the life of the 12th century Muslim leader of the same name - and it worked!
This crowdfunding campaign was put together by Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative, the Arab-American Association of New York, and Ummah Wide and raised over $100,000 for black churches that burned down during Ramadan 2015.

This hashtag campaign, started by Texas college student Amneh Jafari in the wake of the arrest of 14 year-old Ahmed Mohamed for bringing a homemade clock to school, resulted in support from tech companies and a shout-out by President Obama.

Twitter has become a powerful tool to project ideas, organize for change, and influence the influencers. Which Twitter feed has done this in creative, consistent ways over the past year?

Linda Sarsour is a working woman, community activist, and mother of three. Ambitious, outspoken and independent, Linda shatters stereotypes of Muslim women while also treasuring her religious and ethnic heritage.

Libyan-American Hend Amry is a self-described 'international crouton' in the global tossed salad. She creates hashtag campaigns, influences mainstream media, and provides insightful commentary from her home in Doha, Qatar.


Wajahat Ali is a journalist at Al Jazeera America. He helped launch the network as co-host of Al Jazeera America's The Stream, a daily news show that extended the conversation to social media and beyond.
Murtaza Hussain is a journalist and political commentator who works with the investigative online newsmagazine Intercept. He tweets regularly on human rights, foreign policy, and cultural affairs.

Dean is a stand-up comic who uses his Twitter feed, regular appearances on CNN, and his weekly Sirius XM radio show to confront stereotypes about Islam and Muslims, while using humor and satire to get the message across.

It's one thing to put out great online content - it's another thing to do it on a regular basis and keep people continually entertained and/or informed. Which podcasts, video blogs, and YouTube channels make the cut?

Muslim Life Hackers
Muslim Life Hackers continually step up the bar by giving a fresh and unique spin to Islamic personal growth. They run a weekly podcast, publish blog posts & also hold many exciting projects through out the year.

Rad Talks
Following in the footsteps of TED, Rad Talks is an online space where innovative thinkers and influential doers come together to share bright ideas in 10-minute lightnight talks about Islam & Muslims.


Diffused Congruence
This monthly podcast features in-depth discussions with unique and interesting personalities from within and without the Muslim community, going in depth to examine issues and explore American Muslim history.
Following in the footsteps of the immensely popular Serial podcast, which examined in depth the incarceration of Adnan Syed, this successor podcast created by Rabia Chaudry is one of the top 5 listened-to podcasts of 2015.

Good Muslim/Bad Muslim
A monthly podcast featuring Tanzila 'Taz' Ahmed and Zahra Noorkbakhsh that speaks about the good and the bad about the American Muslim female experience,

These days, anyone can take a GoPro, a laptop, and a copy of FinalCut/Premiere and make something amazing. What short video took creativity to a new level, spread like wildfire, and made people laugh or think?

Muslims Read Hate Comments (Peace House)
After a daycare at a Florida mosque was burned to the ground, people posted hateful comments on the news coverage. Peace House showed ordinary Muslims from that community reading them and commenting with dignity.

I'm Muslim, But I'm Not... (BuzzFeed)
The internet news and humor site BuzzFeed created this video featuring self-identified Muslims telling us what they're not, and got nearly a million views in the process.


Stacey Eden defends Muslim woman (Stacey Eden)
Australian Stacey Eden, 23, uploaded footage to Facebook showing a middle-aged woman on a commuter train verbally abusing Hafeez Ahmed Bhatti and his wife, as well as her impassioned defense of the couple and their faith.
Muslim Queen (Deen Squad)
I make dua for that lady/That one day I'mma pray salat with that lady/Cause wallah I'm going crazy - so goes the chorus on 'Muslim Queen,' a rework of Fetty Wap's 'Trap Queen' that extols the virtues of courting a Muslim girl.
The Brass Crescent Awards were created in 2004
by Aziz Poonawalla and Shahed Amanullah