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Presenting the winners of the
Eleventh Annual Brass Crescent Awards

We'd like to thank the many people who voted in the Eleventh 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. Inshallah, we'll run a new and improved Awards again next year, so start bookmarking your favorite online creative work 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:
BEST BLOG:
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.

WINNER
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.

HONORABLE MENTION

Jillian Pikora (Jillian Pikora)
In her inspirational and engaging writing style, Jillian addresses modern issues that face Muslim communities, and embeds video blog posts and interviews to create an all-encompassing media stream that opens a window into Muslim American life.
Interfaith Ramadan (Sarita Agerman)
Sarita does a brilliant job of explaining Islam and what it means to be Muslim. Her outreach to other faiths is amazing, and is an excellent effort to break down the walls between Islam and other faiths and the walls between Muslims and non-Muslims.

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.

BEST MEDIA STREAM:
What multimedia stream is expressing opinion and creativity in unique ways using photography, streaming video, podcasts, or other multimedia?

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.

WINNER
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.

HONORABLE MENTION

The Muslim Show
This comic strip, available in French, English, and Arabic, is a well written and professionally illustrated comic series inspired by the ancient stories of Nassredin Hodja.
The Muslimah Mommy (Sumaira Zaheer)
Great Instagram-based media stream that gained over 4,000 followers within a few months of launch, and covers issues related to motherhood.

BEST FEMALE BLOGGER:
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?

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.

WINNER
Hijabtrendz (Mariam Sobh)
Hijabtrendz, founded by Chicago journalist and radio host Mariam Sobh, is the original hijab fashion, beauty and entertainment blog for Muslim women.

HONORABLE MENTION

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.
Punk & Pious Muslimah
This blog goal is to 'show Muslims and Non-Muslims alike that it is possible to follow the teachings of Islam while maintaining our non-traditional selves and to use our past experiences to strengthen others to overcome their obstacles.'

Decoding Eden (Fatima Ariadne)
The blog has 'inspiring tips with down-to-earth approach on how to improve ourselves spiritually' cited by readers as being 'refreshing and inspiring' and 'compassionate'.

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

Coming of Faith
Coming of Faith is a compilation of coming of age and faith stories by Muslim women in college and young professionals facing struggles related to life, faith identity, and gender.

WINNER
The Muslimah Mommy (Sumaira Zaheer)
This Canadian mother of 3 shares life lessons and my personal experiences, tips, and advice on parenthood and family life in both blog and Instagram form.

HONORABLE MENTION

Sketchy Ummah (Umm Sultan)
A fresh take on notetaking. This blog features sketch notes and videos of Islamic lectures, in addition to some sketch noting tips and resources.
Muslim Eater (Saqib Shafi)
Muslim Eater is a place that appreciates food for the Muslim lifestyle. Areas of focus will be on cooking, dining, and eating, all while maintaining the appreciation of food through a spiritual lens.

BEST TWITTER FEED: HASHTAG EDITION
What feed on Twitter is a "must-follow" and that creates a compelling narrative through the use of 140 characters? This year, we've gone all hashtag.

#IllRideWithYou
Australians used the #IllRideWithYou hashtag to offer to escort commuting Muslims fearing harassment in the wake of the Sydney hostage crisis.

WINNER
#MuslimApologies
The #MuslimApologies hashtag is part of a growing trend of Muslims getting fed up of being discriminated against because of their religion.

HONORABLE MENTION

#DropTheAWord
Created by the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative, the #DropTheAWord hashtag is 'dedicated to ending the use of an Arabic racial slur directed towards blacks.
#MuslimBuzzFeed
In June 2014, Pakistani journalist and BuzzFeed contributor Imaan Sheikh tweeted out using the hashtag #MuslimBuzzFeed, and started a hilarious trend.

#NotInMyName
A group of young British Muslims have been using the hashtag #NotInMyName to remind the world that the Islamic State does not represent Islam.
The Brass Crescent Awards were created in 2004
by Aziz Poonawalla and Shahed Amanullah