The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) Chicago Chapter held a “Young Muslims Islamic Quiz Competition” event at the Muslim Education center in Morton Grove on Saturday October 22nd to the delight of over 400 people present. Out of these approximately 200 were children ranging from elementary to high school age. The objective of this program was to bring Muslim kids together at one venue and stimulate their knowledge base about religion and one, to import a basic understanding and knowledge of Islamic fundamentals amongst them, two, provide them a platform for healthy competition and an incentive for gaining knowledge of Islamic history, three, to train them to be future leaders by developing skills in public speaking and four, to build bonds within the community schools and parents.

The halls were buzzing with activity. Many of the youth were busy finishing up their written quiz competition in a separate room, the outcome of which 4 winners from each category with increasing seniority. From there, the four went on to a “Buzzer Round” from which a winner was chosen. In a way, all these kids were winners because they all appeared to be enthusiastic about answering questions on Islam and its history and in more than one category some tied for first/second/third place and had to answer more tie- breaking questions to determine a clear winner.

Prizes and gifts awarded included the laptops, iPods, and Kindle readers and even bikes. The event, in a nutshell, was quite a success since both parents and children appeared to enjoy the afternoon and kept the organizers and judges quite busy too. The afternoon ended with the prizes and gifts being distributed for top winners. The hallmark of the event is everyone who participates gets a surprise gift!