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30 Mosques in 30 States is Aman Ali and Bassam Tariq’s Ramadan road trip across the United States.

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.

Aman Ali
aman@amanali.net
follow: @amanali

Bassam Tariq
bassam.tariq@gmail.com
follow: @curry_crayola

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.

  • overthemoonstories

    Ramadan Kareem guys!  We love your concept and hope that you have a great trip.  Please send our salaams from Canada to everyone you meet.  Please post more pictures and videos so we can get to know each community and the interesting folks that you meet along the way.

    Wasalaam
    Suzanne, and family Zayd 13, Haytham 10 and Ruqaya 6

  • Overthemoonstories

    P.S.  I forgot to tell you I am a children’s author and have two new iphone apps available this Ramadan for Muslim families.  ”Allah Made The World” and “Ramadan Mubarak Happy Ramadan!”  They are animated storybook apps.

  • Kmortega79

    Where will you be in San Francisco?  

  • Gatsbyjohn1

    which masjid in san francisco will you be visiting?

  • Amira Quraishi

    You really should have a woman with you; she’ll have a completely different experience!  I also recommend you visit the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC) in Boston, MA or the Wayland, MA Mosque.

    • Bela

      I agree. I feel like the aunties are the most judgmental and narrow minded. Plus women tend to have more restrictions

  • Siddiqui

    In my opinion, such exercise in the month of Ramadan is waste of time and money.
    These two guys should spend as much time as possible in praying, rather than
    travelling to 30 different states. What these guys are trying to accomplish
    by this??? 

    • Rayan

      Exactly, your opinion. 

      Each person has and is entitled to their own path to Allah.  Some find the strongest faith in looking at the beauty of this world which is Allah’s creation.  These guys are doing a wonderful thing and just because they have fun does not make it wrong.  Fun is not haram in Ramadan or at any time of year.  

    • Adnan_31589

      What do you think they are trying to accomplish here?? They are going to different mosques and figuring out what Muslims in different parts of the country are like. If everything is just like it is at their mosque or not. Im sure its fun but I can guarantee they are learning a ton about Islam and the Islamic culture in the process. 

  • Fatima

    You are entitled to your opinion Siddiqui, as is everyone else, Ibadah is not only about sitting on your prayer mat, it’s also about how you live. I think what Aman and Bassam are doing is nothing short of amazing. Here we get to learn about muslims from different cultural backgrounds, states, ethnicities.. that otherwise we wouldnt dream of knowing about sitting in our comfort bubbles at home. If this trip doesnt bring the ummah together, and give us all a sense of belonging and togetherness, especially during Ramadaan, then I don’t know what will. Looking forward to following you guys again this year! Keep up the great work!   

    • Khaled Mohammed

      May Allah guide us all. None of us are the real judge. Allah (swt) alone ll judge us. Even if the majority thinks we are right, and Allah(swt) does not accept our deed, we are doomed. Islam is not about your and my opinion. Islam is the law of Allah. 

  • Shumon.

    Aman and Bassam,
    This is a wonderful thing you are doing. 
    May Allah bless you both and allow you to build bridges across communities and cultures as you travel.

    Was-salam,
    Shumon
    Canada.

  • Rsha1220

    Fatima couldn’t have said it better. Bassam and Aman May Allah reward you for everything you are doing. Haters gonna hate.

  • Rsha1220

    Fatima couldn’t have said it better. Bassam and Aman May Allah reward you for everything you are doing. Haters gonna hate.

  • Tahira P

    Assalamu alaykum.. I just discovered this 30 mosques in 30 days!! Nice Idea mashaaAllah!! Someone should do this in Canada!!!! If I was capable I would!! lol But then again to be realistic, it would be 100% more easier to be a male!! 

    • http://twitter.com/30masjids HiMY SYeD

      Someone DID!!!

      30 Masjids in 30 Days in The GTA ( Greater Toronto Area )

      http://30Masjids.ca

    • ansar

      it’s sad whe tahira says this as i know the deep anti female sentiment she might have had to grow up with as a muslim girl.that’s why the west laughs at us. we are in the dinosaur age. imagine the person with the most info on sunni islam was a woman-ayesha, the wife of muhammad. and yet these bigot men in islaam think that women must be left out of islamic discourse. so we end up with half of the muslim population ignorant by force among the women, and the other half ignorant because of ignorance, the men

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  • Sufi666

    Once is great. Twice is huh? Fundraising and speaking series??? meh… I’d better send $12000 to Somalia

  • Siddiqui

    I’m not opposed to what Aman and Bassam is doing, but I think they can do
    this activity in any month…why in this blessed Month of Ramadan. Instead of
    12K spending on traveling expenses, I agree with Sufi666 to give this money to Somalia or
    other poor people. I don’t think this activity will
    achieve anything. 
    I know whoever agrees with continue to agree with Aman and Bassam; and whoever (like me) dislike their activity will continue to dislike no matter what we all post here. May Allah bless to all and show us the right path, AMEN!

  • Dilara L.

    I just found out about 30 mosques in 30 days and I think it’s wonderful what you guys have set out to do. I wish you a very successful journey and very much look forward to reading your posts. Ramadan Kareem!

  • Qaiseranwar

    I did not know about this until a friend informed me. MASHALLAH a good way to enjoy your religion and do dawaa
    http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/qaiser.anwar/posts/10150252100720723

  • Qaiseranwar

    I had started my own challenge – 30 days 30 taraweeh in 30 different masjid across Doha
    http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/qaiser.anwar/posts/10150252100720723

  • Aussie

    Following your journey from Melbourne, Australia!

    Keep us all in your duas boys.

  • Arslan

    Agree or disagree with what Aman and Bassam are doing. It’s their blog and no one forced you to read it, let alone comment on it. I’m 100% for what their intent is; To broaden “their own” perspective on Islam in America and to share those experiences with the world using social media. Too often the traditional media outlets cover sensational events and label these as news. On-line, the corresponding blogs are left unmoderated and filled with extremest anti-Muslim diatribe from people who probably never met a Muslim ever.

    The 30 Mosques blog portrays day-to-day lives of actual Muslims demonstrating the type of people who never make the news (and for good reason). IMO, there appears to be no agenda beyond this which is great. It’s a window into the lives of real Muslims. Not the headline making extremists of which ALL religions have their own representation.

  • NAnwar451

    I like reading this blog because these two guys provide a glimpse into how diverse- and yet how similar- the Muslim community is throughout the US.  We all strive towards the same ultimate goal- pleasing and worshiping God and follow the same tennants, but our different experiences/stories/backgrounds make the faith unique and personal. It’s that diversity and the way Islam can be both such a communal and personal experience at the same time that makes it beautiful.

    These guys are capturing that feeling….so I thank them.  As for the question: why can’t they do this during some other month?  Easy- Ramadan is the time when the community comes together and you see it at it’s best (not just in behavior…but you see the generosity in full force). Any other time of the year and it would be impossible to find the entire community at one place at one (and the same time- sunset) every day. 

    Keep up the good work.

  • Joshua

    As an interfaith project – could you guys do a tour of the churches in Saudia Arabia?

    • Lordrothschild06

      Ok…when you guys build a mosque inside the vatican and give back jerusalem to palestine.

      :*)

  • Amina M

    I just found out about your blog. What a wonderful idea! I’m a Muslim from France on vacation in Boston and talking to people here, I realized many WASP people have never even heard of Ramadan. I’ll post this blog link on my FB wall hoping my non-Muslim friends will have a look at it and learn more about our wonderful religion and traditions.

  • learning…

    thank you for sharing your journey. we are living vicariously through this blog and learning so much!!!

  • Drfaust2

    I am following you from Turkey from Turkey. U r doing a wonderful work.But if you comment about the places you you visitted more detailed  , it will be be more beatiful ı think…Ramazan Kerim

  • Tipu420

    May Allah bless you and give you strength to get people involved in the
    spirit of Islam and help the masses in North America connect with and
    raise awareness of Islam and its principles. I wish I could’ve joined
    you guys myself as this would be a spiritual experience Good Luck and
    drive safe :)

  • NS

    Could not have said it any better than Fatima. Are you still planning on visiting St.Louis and if so which mosque?

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  • Wan Mahathir

    May you two find Lailat-ul-Qadr, Insha Allah. Wassalamu alaikum, brothers.

  • http://twitter.com/Elephant4th Reed

    Great Idea – Drive Safe!

  • http://www.shitwecomeupwit.com shitwecomeupwit

    Mashallah thats amazing…I hope u guys don’t get too tired! Enjoy, this is def. a once in a lifetime opportunity, do it right!

  • SJ, Toronto, Canada

    WOW such a challenging initiative during the fasting month. I am just coping with working full-time and fasting.  If this is an activity close to Allah then may Allah give you lots of reward for it. This is a strenuous journey in a normal non-fasting 30 day period. Please rest and eat well in suhoor and iftaar so that you are healthy and well hydrated.Best wishes, You can even write a book later on this journey.  

  • Haqrab

    this is awesome! a great, unique way to have some once in a lifetime experiences and enhance your iman while making a difference in other people’s lives too. I hope you’ve been learning and will continue to learn tons of life lessons.

  • Afzal

    May Allah keep u safe and wish u a wonderful trip.

  • Anonymous

    I just have to say, I am not Muslim. In fact, I don’t claim any religion. I was raised to be religious, but that is a whole different story. I love reading about our world’s faiths and the followers of which they’re comprised. I just found this blog and find it magnificent. Thank you very much for sharing your experiences, and providing such a beautiful view into your world.

  • Sara El-Sherbini

    We are so excited you are coming to Gainesville, Florida! Which mosque are you attending? We have 2…ICG and HODA center!

  • Yasminmehta

    why cant I see days 1-5 posts??

    • Rayan

      lol seriously? Click ‘Older Entries’

  • Asfdsegsdfqaw

    I hope very deeply, that yous twoes, and all others muslims, die in most brutal way. I dearly hope. and as soon, as better. and after that, your so called mosques will burn. ha ha

  • Luthfieludino

    This is not a usual journey – this is a spiritual one.Your initiative has inspired the world ! Allah always be with you ,Amin ! 

  • Saad A.

    You guys are doing a brilliant job, in all honesty. To travel the US during Ramadan and show all the different types of Muslims that inhabit our beloved country is truly mind-blowing. Only Allah truly knows how much da’wah is being done by this amazing project. As for the haters, embrace them, you only truly understood what amazing of a job you are doing when your faced with many obstacles. May Allah reward both of for your efforts, and may this project continue to happen every year. Aameen.

  • Salmankkv

    Wish you a wonderful trip 
    with Prayer
    Md Salman
    Kerala- India 

  • berra

    ı saw here randomly.your idea very nice..

    ramadan and diffrent cultures,people..
    see these, is nice for me..

    salamunalekums from turkey.

  • http://twitter.com/AJStream The Stream

     Co-creator Aman Ali joins Al Jazeera English’s The Stream today to discuss this project, 30 Mosques.  Catch the live programme at 1930GMT http://stream.aljazeera.com Tweet in with your questions and comments using #ajstream, and we’ll address them during our show.

  • http://twitter.com/freetheworld freetheworld

    Wonderful project. God Bless you two

  • http://www.muslimvitalrecords.com Abumaalik

    We would love to support your project and would also be interested in featuring your project, inviting you to make literary contributions and in posting some from your blog. Please contact abumaalik@muslimvitalrecords.com if interested and make it easy for your contact by posting an easy to find email address. We’ve looked all over and must be missing it. If you have a website, blog or other online presence, you can help Muslim Vital Records by posting link code into your website. Once the banner and link is on your website, use the online contact us form to let us know and we will add your website to the list below. http://www.muslimvitalrecords.com/linkcode.html

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  • Khaled Mohammed

    I just had a trip to USA before the Ramadan. Manchester in New Hampshire has a muslim population of 5000+. Only 2 were present in fazr salat. Had been to Colhester in Vermont, only few brothers in regular salat.I would advice you to also spend sometime in different localities of USA other than the month of Ramadan, and encourage muslim to participate in masjid amal. 

  • http://www.umalik.com Usman

    Glad to see how you guys have matured the idea in just an year’s time.

    Btw you must know that Mcafee side advisor lists your website as dangerous and I suspect you must be losing quite a traffic because of it. Try to get in touch with them and sort it out.

  • http://twitter.com/prawnstitute Da Prawnstitute

    Do it in Afghanistan and Pakistan, not in “oh so comfortable – we show white people our culture!!!!1111.” Funny that you did the same thing last year, and repeated the “fun” trip again. Pointless.

  • Mouss

    It’s people like you that will show the world about how Islam is about peace and love and harmony. Great work guys, very well done. I read about your in an article on BBC. God bless you. And keep up the good work. 

  • Chris

    Thank you for this wonderful project! I’ve just discovered it through BBC  and thought it is amazing. It is so good to see Muslims as real people not just poster projects for good or evil. Much of your blog made me smile because we are all God’s people. We all cry and laugh and sing and get blue. I shared your project with some of my Muslim friends and they got pretty excited. Maybe someday other faiths will follow in your footsteps and we will realize we have more in common with each other than differences. God bless you and all those involved.

  • Ammori

    Has anybody told you that you cannot keep fasting whilst on travel. Brothers you should re-do your fasting again.

    • http://twitter.com/WPhotography Aadhil Shiraz

      It’s only recommended. Not mandatory.They do NOT have to re-do their fasting.

  • Ali

    Your website is BROKEN. Fix it.

  • Eeman

    As salaam aleikum brothers and sisters, I would like like to remind you of the excellent manners of the Prophet (SAW) in all areas of life, including how he spoke to people. I am so often shocked and disappointed in fellow Muslims who post in a manner that is anything but polite and often downright rude. Please, we should all try to be better than that for the sake of Allah, for the sake of the brothers and sisters we are speakign to and for the image that we are responsible for portraying to non-Muslims. Jazzak Allah khayir. On a seperate note, it is not forbidden to fast while traveling – it is not, however and obligation and, to the best of my knowledge, does not invalidate your fast.  

  • Mohamed Niyaz

    Amazing! Found this website through an article on BBC, and I wish I had seen this during Ramadan. I am an Indian who lived in various cities of US from 1998 to 2003. I myself went on a solo east to west coast road trip which took me three days straight. I can truly appreciate your effort and I sure am going to read every word on your site to relive your experience. Miss being in the US :(

  • ik

    A very good initiative by Aman & Bassam – Its time to move on to building peace & community in this Holy month of Ramadan

  • Mark

    Brilliant idea; the world would be a better place if more people talked to each other and shared there knowledge and beliefs.

  • Amiheiner

    i am also not a religious type person but i think this is a great idea! showing americans or people in the world that the muslims in america are about. their diversity is as large as the diversity as a whole of american society. a perky way to show people what is going on in the mosque without stepping into the mosque. a fabulous way to tear down this wall of fear from muslims and what they are doing. keep on visiting.

  • Bambang_im3

    Happy fasting brothers.
    You have beautiful story to me, How The Ramadan breath in a big country where Muslims is a minority.
    Wassalam mualaikum

    Bambang Isnaeni M
    Jakarta – INDONESIA 

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    really enjoyed your talk at the smile fundraiser. thanks

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