Hundreds walk to stamp out hunger, promote peace-Muslim youth group effort raises $21K at College Park campus event


Greg Dohler/The Gazette
University of Maryland, College Park, student Adeel Malik (front, left), president of the student chapter of Humanity First, and Humanity First member Waleed Mahmood (front, right) of Germantown, lead a walkathon Sunday at the campus in College Park to raise awareness and money to fight hunger.

More than 200 people of varying faiths answered the call of a Muslim youth group to combat hunger, taking part in a walkathon through the University of Maryland, College Park, campus Sunday afternoon.

The walk, hosted by the Silver Spring-based Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Organization (Majlis Khuddam-ul Ahmadiyya, or MKA), drew in students and community members as part of the organization’s efforts to fight hunger and promote the image of Islam as a religion of peace. The walk raised more than $21,000 locally and $90,000 as part of a national campaign to raise funds for hunger-related nonprofits, according to Saima Sheikh, media associate with Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, the youth group’s parent organization.

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