The Muslim Student Association concluded their fourth annual Fast-A-Thon last night by presenting a check for $1,580 to the Lawrence Community Shelter.

The association raised the money by asking local businesses to sponsor over 500 non-Muslim students who pledged to fast for one day. Loring Henderson, director of the Lawrence Community Shelter, accepted the check.

Fast-A-Thon participants gathered in the Kansas Union Ballroom last night to break their fast together and to experience Muslim culture. Bazigha Tufail, Lee’s Summit, Mo., senior and co-chair of Fast-A-Thon, said it was the most successful Fast-A-Thon so far.

Heather Goodin, Lawrence freshman, said she woke up at 5:30 a.m. to eat a bagel and drink some water to sustain her. She said spending the day hungry distracted her during class.

“It made me really thankful that I have food to eat. I think about things differently now,” Goodin said.

Atala Alenezi, Rafah, Saudi Arabia freshman, recited Adhan, the call to prayer, “Allah hu akbar, Allah hu akbar,” he sang. On a screen behind him the words were translated, “God is the greatest, God is the greatest.”

Students were then allowed to break their fast with appetizers and water before they shared a traditional Middle Eastern meal with the Muslims.


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