Celebrating the End of Ramadan at GMC
As a practicing Muslim, it would have been easy to feel isolated on a campus where most students have a Judeo-Christian background. But when Asad Sohail decided to talk about the meaning behind his Ramadan fast, he found at least 50 other friends in the GMC community interested in sharing his experience--at least for one day.

Sohail, a native of Afghanistan, broke the month-long fast (no eating between sunrise and sunset) on September 9 in the lobby of Withey Hall. Friends, faculty members and staff celebrated the occasion by bringing food and drinks. At about 7:40 p.m. the group settled down for a pot luck meal.

"To be honest," Asad wrote in an email prior to the event, "I miss my family and want to spend and celebrate this last day of Ramadan with them . . . . I have been sort of isolated during this month because I can not join you for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Now I am happy and do not feel lonely because over 50 of my friends at my second lovely home Green Mountain College are fasting and celebrating the last day of Ramadan with me."

Sohail led a short discussion about Ramadan and aspects of the Islamic religion and Prof. Mary Jane Maxwell (history and religious studies) presented a short talk on the tradition of fasting across different religions. The event was sponsored by the InterCultural Center (ICC).

Read a Rutland Herald story about the event.

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9/13, 3:30 p.m.
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9/15, 4 p.m.
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9/14, 7 p.m.
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