Monday, October 1, 2007
Muslim students organize Fast-a-Thon to help needy
The Muslim Student Association (MSA) and the Islamic Studies program are organizing a Fast-a-Thon at Oakland University with the theme "Going Hungry for Change." The Fast-a-Thon aims to help feed the needy while giving non-Muslims the opportunity to experience fasting. Oakland University is one of 260 college campuses nationwide participating in the Fast-a-Thon.
The MSA will find businesses to donate money toward the Fast-a-Thon; all money raised will be given to a food bank in Oakland County. A higher number of participants means a greater donation to the food bank.
All OU students, staff and faculty are invited to participate in the Fast-a-Thon. Participants are asked to fast from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3. On Tuesday, Oct. 2, MSA students will be in the Fireside Lounge from noon to 1 p.m. and outside South Foundation Hall from noon to 2 p.m. to sign up those who pledge to fast.
Participants are also invited to a special event at 7 p.m. in the Oakland Center Gold Rooms to break the fast. The MSA and the Islamic Studies program will provide free Middle Eastern food, and attendees will learn more about the Islamic Studies program, the fast and feeding the hungry.
Those who fast are not required to attend the event on Wednesday evening; those who do a partial fast are welcome to attend the event.
For more information, contact Imam Achmat Salie, coordinator of the Islamic Studies program, at (248) 370-2436.