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Subject: Islam in Canada, Sawm, Muslim Students' Association, Islamic Supreme Council of Canada, Islamic Forum of Canada
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Fast-A-Thon is an event held in the month of Muslim Students' Association get students of all faith to sign up to fast for a day according to Islamic traditions, and for each person that fasts, arrangements are made for a certain amount to be donated to charity on behalf of the person fasting. They usually are also invited to break their fasts with other Muslims at the end of the fasting period.

The University of Tennessee Muslim Student Association held the first Fast-a-Thon in 2001 after the September 11, 2001 attacks and founded a national event that included students at over 230 colleges and universities in 2006. The event also is held to help dispel misconceptions about Islam and Muslims.

Fast-a-Thon is now an annual event held during Ramadan.

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