In the United States [...] Muslim leaders seem to be waking up to the importance of destroying the perverted ideas on which terrorists thrive. Just this week, leading Muslims scholars issued fatwa that condemns terrorism unequivocally. I wonder what sort of repsonse this will provoke among Muslims ins [sic] Europe and the Middle East.
Wouldn't it be curious if American Muslims became the driving force behind the anti-terrorist movement in the Islamic world? These days, Americans talk more and more about exporting democracy to the Middle East. But who ever thought that Americans would also be exporting a new and more enlightened brand of Islam to the Muslim world?
1. Most Lopsided Blog This category honors the blog that has the least reason to exist, by providing us the kind of imbalanced information that renders the blog perfectly perpendicular to reality. (You cannot walk on it, but you can bang your head into it.)
2. Least Interesting Post This category honors the most poorly-written post ever, which no one can get through, at least not without the aid of caffeine, nicotine or adrenaline. (Must we have proof you finished the post, to confirm it really wasn't worth concluding?)
3. Post Most Likely To Have Been Posted By an Uncle This category honors the most redundant post; alternatively, it highlights the excessive use of bad analogies, similes and/or metaphors. (In other words, the type of post you could take to your masjid on Friday and make into a sermon. Shudder.)
4. Most Annoying Commenter Basically Flanstein.
5. Most Incendiary Blogger The blogger who most relies on imperialistic rhetoric, whether that be right-wing, Islamist, Maoist or Capitalist, who is so flammable that he ends up pissing you off, and in fact only gains attention by inverse proportion to his education.
6. Worst Group Blog The blog that brings together a number of luckless personalities, who need to come together to do what anyone else, on her own, could easily do. In other words, an argument for monarchy, tyranny, or perhaps autocracy.
Aziz Poonawalla and alt.muslim have come together to form the Annual Brass Crescent Awards. The basic gist is that people who read Muslim blogs (or those orientated towards Islamiyyat) vote for their favourite blogs. Simple isn't it? As with any awards ceremony there are several categories to choose from:
Best Blog - The single most essential muslim-authored blog in the Islamsphere, with the best overall writing and content.
Best Writing - Which blog is the most articulate, the most persuasive and well-reasoned?
Best Post - Which single post in the Islamsphere was the single most original, insightful, and important, above all the others?
- What regular, recurring feature deserves recognition for its
comprehensiveness, its relevance to the concerns of the Islamsphere?
Best Iraqi Blogger
- Whatever our opinions about the war, we can agree that Mesopotamia is
once again fertile ground for self-expression and speech. Which blog
from Iraq best captures the voice of the Iraqi people?
Best non-English Blog
- Whether it is in Urdu or Persian or some other language, which
non-english blog deserves the most recognition, especially for
promoting multilingual blogging? (not 100% of the posts need be
Best Group Blog - which multiple group blog
in the Islamsphere has the best diversity of writers and the most
interesting debate on Muslim issues?
Most Deserving of Wider Recognition
- Which muslim-authored blog is a true diamond in the rough, one that
everyone should know about but for the vagaries of Google, few are
Best Non-Muslim Blog - Which blog writen by a non-muslim is most respectful of Islam and seeks genuine dialog with muslims?
Best New Blog - Who's the most interesting new muslim kid on the block?
- The greatest aspect of blogging is the community that springs up
around the blogs and their comment sections. Which commentator in the
Islamsphere deserves respect for the most consistently insighful and
wise contributions to the debate?
Best Thinker - 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.
Best Female Blog
- 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?