Addison Trail and Willowbrook Muslim Student Associations host Fast-A-Thon to recognize Ramadan

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On March 19, the Muslim Student Associations (MSA) at Addison Trail and Willowbrook came together to host a joint Fast-A-Thon to educate staff members about Ramadan.

According to, “Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It is during this month that Muslims believe the first verses of the Quran – Islam’s holy book – were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. During this period, Muslims are required to fast and to give to charity, to show kindness and patience and to strengthen their relationship with God.” Ramadan falls on a different date every year, due to the cycles of the moon. This year, it began on March 11 and is expected to conclude on April 9, meaning Eid al-Fitr (a time when Muslims come together in prayer and celebrate completing Ramadan) is likely to fall on April 10.

About 40 people attended the event at Willowbrook, where they enjoyed an iftar meal (a fast-breaking meal eaten by Muslims during the month of Ramadan). The dinner included items such as rice, salads, lamb, chicken, pita and desserts. Following Muslim tradition, participants broke the fast by eating a date and having a drink of water. Staff members and students shared their experiences with the group and reflected on the significance of Ramadan.

For more information about Addison Trail’s MSA, contact adviser Shane Cole at For more information about Willowbrook’s MSA, contact advisers Juveriya Mir at or Ayesha Rizvi at