Muslim Student Association holds event for Pakistan flood relief

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    The Muslim Student Association’s Fast-a-thon, scheduled for Thursday night, is designed to raise money to be donated toward a flood relief fund for Pakistan, the organization’s vice president said.

    Zair Shah, a junior biology major, said MSA wanted students to come to the charity event to fast with them during Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting.

    Students who participate will not eat or drink during the hours between sunrise and sunset, he said.

    Shah said that local businesses and mosques would donate more money for the Pakistan relief effort the more number of students attended.

    Flooding in Pakistan began in late July and displaced more than 20 million people without food, water or shelter, Shah said. The disaster has caused greater damage than Hurricane Katrina, the 2004 Indonesian tsunami and the earthquake in Haiti combined, and has left one-fifth of the country submerged, he said.

    The event will be in Smith Hall, Room 104 A and B. The doors will open at 7:00 p.m. and students will break fast at 8 p.m.

    MSA Fast-a-thon

    Doors open at 7:30 p.m., fast breaks at 8 p.m. Thursday in Smith Hall Room 104 A and B.

    Local businesses and mosques will make donations for Pakistan flood relief based on how many students attend

    Students can also text “SWAT” to 50555 to donate $10 to the United Nations Refugee Agency relief efforts or “RELIEF” to 20222 to donate $10 to the Islamic Relief USA efforts.