Muslim students share culture at Fast-A-Thon

first_imgPhi Kappa Sigma executive director, chapter president respond to dismissal Twitter Students debut performances of drag personas as part of unique new course Students from all faiths gathered to discuss Muslim culture and the ritual of fasting at the Muslim Student Association’s Fast-A-Thon on Nov. 19, 2015, in the Tucker Technology Center at TCU. TCU students receive evacuation text by mistake Grant McGalliard Grant McGalliard printThe TCU Muslim Student Association highlighted the importance of fasting to the Islamic faith, as well as the discrimination that many Muslims face, in their annual Fast-A-Thon Wednesday night.The Fast-A-Thon is meant to bring awareness to the meaningfulness of fasting during the Muslim holiday of Ramadan in July.MSA co-president Ali Haider said the practice is key to his faith.“Fasting to me means purification,” Haider said. “The month of Ramadan for me is more a place of finding myself and knowing what my morals are. It helps me be more compassionate to others.”The MSA encouraged attendees of all faiths to engage in a daytime fast prior to attending a catered dinner at Tucker Technology Center, which featured a local imam as a guest speaker.Sajid Ali, an imam at the Westcreek Mosque in Fort Worth, spoke upon the benefits of fasting. Ali received a long round of applause after his 40-minute talk, which covered how Islamic practices such as fasting fit into a modern-day life.“There are many benefits and wisdoms of the act of fasting,” Ali said. “It is a way to become very close to God. When a person is in a state of fasting, he or she prays to God… he asks for something from Allah. It’s easier for him [Allah] to answer.”Ali also touched on how current events can cause tension between Muslims and non-Muslims. Ali said Muslims are often portrayed in a negative light by the media, and he encouraged people to learn more about others’ faiths as a solution.“Unfortunately, there have been a lot of misconceptions,” Ali said. “Islam has been given a lot of bad names. Muslims feel that pain. Before you pass a judgment on something, you have to become familiar with it.”This year, nearly 70 students came to learn about the Islamic faith and share in the Fast-A-Thon.Haider said the organization was pleased with the turnout, as there is only a small contingent of Muslim students on campus.“We had actually expected 20 to 40 people, and we got a lot more than that,” Haider said. “So we were very pleased that a lot of people are actually interested.”Ali said he was encouraged by the diverse crowd, which was a roughly equal mix of Muslim and non-Muslim students.“When I came, I did not expect what I saw,” Ali said, referring to the crowd. “It’s very pleasing. It’s very heartwarming to see that people who are not Muslims have showed. It’s a very multicultural room.”Jacob Greenstein, president of the campus group Better Together, which is dedicated to bringing together students of different faiths, said he learned more than he expected about the teachings of Islam.“I loved the speaker,” Greenstein said. “He talked a lot more about the Quran and different stories of the Prophet, which I’m not familiar with because I’m not a Muslim, so it was very insightful in that regard.”Nathaniel Peoples, a student who works in the International Services office, said he attended the event after a friend who practices Islam invited him.“I thought this was an outstanding event,” Peoples said. “My friend invited me to come out and learn what his culture was about, and I had a blast.” TCU removes Phi Kappa Sigma for hazing and other misconduct Facebook Previous articleFrogs defeat Houston Baptist, 90-63Next articleAthletic renovations add to Texas Construction University Grant McGalliard RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR + posts ReddIt ReddIt Linkedin Facebook Grant McGalliard Twitter Grant McGalliard Linkedin Grant McGalliard Grant McGalliard is a senior journalism and political science major from Bay City, Texas. He’s worked in everything from sports to student organizations at TCU, and recently began blogging with the Dallas Morning News. In his spare time, Grant enjoys tweeting far too much, pretending he knows more than he does about Premier League soccer, and listening to the music of Kanye West. Baseball season recap: Rebuilding turns to reloading after surprise CWS trip TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Frog Aides helps supports local businesses with on-campus ‘state fair’ eventlast_img read more

Report: Mortgage Loan Delinquencies, Write-Offs Way Down

first_img About Author: Brian Honea Tagged with: Equifax Home Equity Lines of Credit Mortgage Loan Delinquencies Mortgage Loan Write-Offs Report: Mortgage Loan Delinquencies, Write-Offs Way Down Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago December 16, 2014 1,060 Views Last week, TransUnion predicted that the steadily declining number of mortgage loan delinquencies in the U.S. would fall to below pre-recession levels by the end of 2015. This week, Equifax released data that seems to go right along with that forecast.According to the latest National Consumer Credit Trends Report released on Monday by Equifax, the cumulative balance of seriously delinquent mortgages (those 90 days or more overdue or in foreclosure) totaled $198.8 billion for November, the lowest level in five years. That amount represented more than a 29.8 percent decrease from November 2013.Lenders are also writing off the fewest number of loans since before the housing bubble burst. The balance of home-finance write-offs year-to-date through the first 11 months of 2014 was $91.2 billion, its second-lowest level in eight years, according to Equifax.The number of delinquent first mortgages, which are those 30 days or more past due, comprised 4.54 percent of outstanding mortgage balances in the U.S. in November, according to Equifax. This percentage represented a decline of 5.87 percent from November 2013.The collective outstanding balance for home equity lines of credit (HELOCs) is also on the decline The November 2014 HELOC balance was $515.4 billion, also the lowest level in five years, and a decrease of 3.6 percent year-over-year, according to Equifax. The total number of outstanding HELOCs in the U.S. dropped down to 11.1 million, the lowest level in 10 years. Delinquent balances on HELOCs accounted for 2.37 percent of outstanding balances in the U.S. in November, dropping from 2.70 in November 2013, according to Equifax.The percentage of delinquent balances on home equity installment loans declined year-over-year, down from 3.22 percent in November 2013 to 2.45 percent in November 2014, according to Equifax. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Share Save Previous: Community Lending Group Asks Government To Amend GSE Bailout Terms Next: Bank Claims $2.2 Billion in Consumer Relief Toward Settlement Requirement Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles Equifax Home Equity Lines of Credit Mortgage Loan Delinquencies Mortgage Loan Write-Offs 2014-12-16 Brian Honea  Print This Postcenter_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Report: Mortgage Loan Delinquencies, Write-Offs Way Down Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribelast_img read more