30 Mosques in 30 States is Aman Ali and Bassam Tariq’s Ramadan road trip across the United States.
The following was written in 2011.
Beginning Aug. 1 in Alaska, the two will spend each night of Ramadan at a different mosque in 30 states around the country. The two’s 13,000 mile route will essentially take them across the entire country before they end up at their homes in New York City. While the trip centers around Aman Ali and Bassam Tariq’s travels, the true stars of this project are the readers that have supported the initiative. In less than a month, readers gave more than $12,000 in online donations to this project to make this half-baked idea to go across the country a reality.
Muslims for the month of Ramadan are required to fast, going without food or drink from sunrise to sunset. There are an estimated 3-4 million Muslims living in the United States – a number that is expected to double by the year 2030. Muslims in the U.S. come from a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds including African Americans, South and East Asians, Europeans, Arabs and East Africans.
Each day during Ramadan, Aman Ali and Bassam Tariq will visit a different state and blog about the experience each night, highlighting stories about the people they’ve met, the mosque they prayed in and of course the tasty cuisines each place has to offer.
30 Mosques receives promotional support from Diverse Muslim Voices, a multiyear media initiative to build awareness and improve understanding in the U.S. of diverse Muslim societies. Funding is provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art through ITVS’s Global Perspectives Project. ITVS (Independent Television Service) is supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.