After 13 hours of fasting, Victoria Dominguez learned to appreciate some of the little things — such as food and drink — that are taken for granted on a daily basis.

“It’s a lot of self-discipline,” Dominguez, a Texas State University nutrition sophomore, said. “Going all day without food, you appreciate it so much more.”

Dominguez, along with approximately 30 other students clad in sleepwear, gathered in San Jacinto Hall at 5:45 a.m. to eat breakfast and commence a daylong fast as part of the Muslim Student Association’s second-annual Fast-a-thon.

The event is held to spread awareness about the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. MSA members invited students, faculty and residents to fast for one day to gain first hand appreciation for what Muslims endure during Ramadan, which includes abstaining from food, water, drink, smoking and sexual intercourse from sunup to sundown. . .

Eric Meek, Council on American-Islamic Relations vice president, spoke at the dinner to help the crowd understand some of the basic tenets of Islam.

“I’m speaking on behalf of Muslims defining themselves based on their religious teachings,” Meek said.

Meek defined Islam as being Arabic for peace and lectured on the five pillars of the religion: Declaration of faith, prayer, charity, fasting and pilgrimage. He said Islam is a universal religion and message.

“Islam is the complete way for all people, all ethnicities throughout the world,” he said. “It is a mega-rainbow of ethnicities.”


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