Non-Muslim students encouraged to try fasting

The Muslim Student Association is challenging all non-Muslim students to put their money where their mouths are.

MSA will host a Fastathon table Oct. 13 to celebrate Ramadan and benefit the Portage County Food Bank. Students can sign up to fast, give a donation and chew on knowledge provided by MSA members.

“Fasting makes you tired – by sunset you’re like ‘eh,'” said Chereen Gamal, graduate counseling student. “But it’s humbling and it makes you reflective. (Allah) doesn’t ask you for the impossible.”

MSA president Jamal Husseini said students are welcome to bring any questions they have about Islam to the table.

MSA also expressed interest in taking part in an interfaith dinner with Hillel at last night’s meeting. Ramadan is celebrated around the same time as the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashana, and the holidays have coincided in the past.

Details of Fastathon will be discussed Monday at 5 p.m. in the prayer room (Room 308) in the Student Center.

– Dave Yochum