Super Ilm (Knowledge) Bowl: Family Edition

Overview: The Ilm (Knowledge) Bowl is a team(family)-building, iman-boosting, ilm-pumping, button-smashing competition that aims to strengthen the bonds of families, help build understanding of Islamic knowledge, and bring participants closer to the Quran, the Sunnah, and Allah (swt).

The Ilm Bowl consists of two parallel preliminary rounds held, one at IAR at one at ICM, followed by a championship round. The top three teams from each location (IAR and ICM) will be awarded with prizes, and 1st place winning teams from each location (IAR and ICM) will also advance to the championship round, otherwise known as the Super Ilm Bowl, where they will compete with professional game show buzzer systems and a chance at the Grand Prize package that includes a family vacation to Orlando, Florida and other great prizes!

Registration Form


Each family can choose to have either 3 or 4 members of the same family (see definitions and restrictions below) Criteria for Team (If a team has only 3 members, they can choose to omit ONE of the below criteria)

  • At least one person 17 and under (ages 6-17)
  • At least one person 24 and under (ages 6-24)
  • At least one member 25 and over (ages 25-120)
  • At least one of each gender on the team (at least one male, and at least one female)

Restrictions and Definitions on Family Members

Members on a team must be from the same family. This means: brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, first cousins (no second, third, or distant cousins), grandparents, grandchildren, (blood-related) uncle, or (blood related) Aunt. The husband of a blood-related aunt, cannot participate unless the blood-related aunt is also participating. And the wife of a blood-related uncle, cannot participate unless the blood-related uncle is also participating. No distant relatives or close family friends will be considered. Exceptions will be made ONLY for reverts and new-Muslims who do not have other family with whom they can participate. In such a case, approval must be sought prior to signing up for the competition.

Cost to Enter

$15 per team (helps reduce the cost of running the competition)
Payment can be made in person to members of the Education Committee and/or Youth Committee, including Br.Aatif Abdul-Qadeer, Br. Miftah Lawal, Br. Khalid Ansari, Br. Hassan Masood, or Br. Farris Barakat. Alternatively you can choose to mail a check (include Ilm Bowl Reg in the memo section) or money order (do NOT mail cash) to:
Islamic Association of Raleigh
Attn: Youth Committee
3020 Ligon St
Raleigh, NC 27606

Prizes for Ilm Bowl (Preliminary Round) Winners (at both IAR and ICM)

1st Place Teams get 3 day, 2-night stay in Myrtle Beach or Blue Ridge Mountains, Plus a $50 Gift Card for Family Dinner at Bonefish Grill OR Red Lobster, AND signed copies of the book Reclaim Your Heart by Yasmin Mogahed.

2nd Place Teams gets a $50 Gift card for Family Dinner at Bonefish Grill OR Red Lobster, AND signed copies of the book Reclaim Your Heart by Yasmin Mogahed.

3rd Place Teams gets a $25 Gift Card for Family Dinner at Baba Ghanouj and signed copies of the book Reclaim Your Heart by Yasmin Mogahed.

Super Ilm Bowl (Championship) Prizes

Grand Prize: Florida Family Vacation Trip for Four (Rental Car, Gas, Hotel/Resort Lodging, Theme Park Tickets, Food Gift Card) plus family name engraved on Ilm Bowl Trophy as 2013 winners

Runner Up: Concession Prize (will not be announced until day of event)

Study Material and Guides

Each family will be responsible for going over the below material together. You can access the texts using our links or feel free to purchase a copy at the IAR bookstore.

List of Texts to Study

The Sealed Nectar (Ar Raheeq al Makthum) - Selected Texts (Chapters 4-18)
Ch. 4 Aspects of Pre-Islamic Arabian Society to/through
Ch. 18 The First Phase: The Status Quo in Madinah at the Time of Emigration

Men Around the Messenger by Khaalid Muhammad Khaalid Selected Texts. Read about the following companions lives:
• Mus'ab ibn Umair (ra)
• Salmaan al-Faarisiy (ra)
• Abu Dhar al-Ghifaariy (ra)
• Bilaal ibn Rabaah (ra)
• Abd Allah ibn `Umar (ra)
• Mu'aadh ibn Jabal (ra)
• Abd Allah ibn Mas'uud (ra)
• Abd ar-Rahman ibn `Awf (ra)

Women Around the Messenger by Muhammad Qutb Selected Texts. Read about the following companions lives:
• Fatima az-Zahra (ra)
• Umm Salamah (ra)
• Khadeejah bint Khuwaylid (ra)
• Aishah (ra)

99 Names of Allah w/meaning

Study Tips

The best way to memorize the 99 names is to make flash cards and have someone else test the contestants on the words in both English and Arabic. Though there are many different translations for the names of Allah, your answer provided at the competition must be ONE of the translation choices listed on our study guide to count.

For the texts, there will be less emphasis on memorizing dates and names and more emphasis on understanding events and lessons.

The questions will be asked in three different formats: multiple choice, fill in the blank, and short answer. For over 75% of the competition, teams will be able to consult their team members in answering the questions, however, during one round, the team members will rotate in answering questions and be on their own.

Eligibility, Rules, Prizes

Please see complete rules and regulations for details on prizes. All participants must sign a waiver form and agree to rules and regulations prior to entering the competing.