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By Aman and Bassam | 74 Comments »

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.

For more information contact:

Aman Ali
aman@amanali.net
follow: @amanali

Bassam Tariq

bassam.tariq@gmail.com
follow: @curry_crayola
If you are with the media, download our press release here.

Beginning August 11 in New York City, the two will spend each night of Ramadan at a different mosque in 30 states around the country. The two’s route, available on http://30mosques.com, will essentially take them on an outline of the entire country and conclude in Dearborn, Michigan – home to one of the largest concentrations of Muslims in the country.

Comments

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  1. August 13th, 2010 | Habeeb says:

    Salam guys,

    I just found about your website thru HuffPost. It’s a great road trip you guys have come up with and May Allah help you in every direction.

    I live in Michigan, and would be delighted to meet up with you guys when you are here in Dearborn. May be able to hear some stories on your iftars from 30 states.

    Let me know.

    Ramadan Mubarak and a safe journey ahead.

    Habeeb Ahmed
    University of Michigan

  2. August 14th, 2010 | Addin says:

    Sallam bro,
    Syarul Romadhan mubarak…
    Just curious what bike will u be riding on.?

  3. August 14th, 2010 | helen says:

    hi there – I was one of the followers from far away (Tasmania, the island off the bottom of mainland Australia) last year. I really enjoyed what you did, but only found you towards the end – it’s great that you are doing somthing special again this year. thanks.

  4. August 14th, 2010 | Sue G says:

    Hello,
    I heard your story on CBC radio and was fascinated. Thank you for sharing this wonderful adventure – and for offering a wonderful glimpse into the cultures, communities and people of Islam. You have done more to teach this non-Muslim about meaning and significance of Ramadan than any other book or website I’ve encountered.

    Best wishes in your journey.

    A fan in Ottawa, Ontario.
    Sue

  5. August 16th, 2010 | ProductiveMuslim says:

    Assalamualaykum WRB!
    Masha’Allah great initiative. We would like to interview you via twitter; http://www.tweeterview.com/ & feature it in http://productiveramadan.com – A ProductiveMuslim.com Project.

    Looking forward to your reply iA

    Fi Amanillah,
    Athif
    ProductiveRamadan.com
    ProductiveMuslim.com

  6. August 16th, 2010 | rabia says:

    Salaam aleykum, fellows,
    noted in your first entry that you were trying to figure out what music to listen to in the car. There is beautiful Qur’an recitation out there. Also Salawat. Maybe you could do a comparative study of the different Qur’anic recitations and let us know….

  7. August 16th, 2010 | hafiz yusof says:

    Salam brothers, I think I’ve came upon your stories visiting masjids before (was it last year?)

    Now we meet again, hope all goes well and safe for the trip!

    Hafiz Yusof
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    ps:

    If one day you come close to Albany NY, do pay a visit to Al-Hidayah in Troy. (15 St). I used to go there during Uni days (RPI) and masyaAllah I went trough amazing days and years there :) Alhamdulillah!

  8. August 18th, 2010 | Jesse Muhammad says:

    As Salaam Alaikum!

    Awesome idea! May Allah bless you all.

  9. August 18th, 2010 | Minaretmuse says:

    Great idea for a Ramadan adventure! Good luck with the trip, and consider coming to the UK next year IA :)

  10. August 19th, 2010 | UMMAHSTREAM says:

    As Salaam Alaikum and Ramadan Mubarak,

    What a great project.. thanks for have the insight to do this…we will be following you and posting your site on our website. Ummahstream…May God be with you and safe travels..

    UMMAHSTREAM
    …..Share Truth!

  11. August 19th, 2010 | Faruq Hunter says:

    Brothers, I pray the best for your travels. We did this in 2004 through the Ramadan Road Show. I know how taxing it can be. We are in Atlanta and if you brothers need to shower up or anything then give me a call or shoot me an e-mail. I have an extra house we use for the school that will be your s for the night. My number is also on Masjids.org.

    May Allah bless your travels

  12. August 19th, 2010 | Dawud Hasan says:

    As Salaam Alaikum!
    Outstanding! May Allah Bless all of your effort

  13. August 20th, 2010 | S.Islam says:

    this is wonderful project! May your efforts be blessed by allah.

  14. August 22nd, 2010 | Priscilla says:

    What a terrific idea! Safe travels and thanks for sharing your experience!

  15. August 29th, 2010 | Camille Mahdi says:

    As Salaam Alaikum,

    I just read your blog for the first time today, and I am thoroughly enjoying it. My daughter mentioned to me that photos had been taken in her classes here at school in Atlanta, but she was not sure of why. The link to the blog was forwarded to me this morning and once I started I could not stop reading and looking at the pictures until I had seen every single page. The stories are captivating and the pictures are beautiful. I am sad to know that I missed your blog last Ramadan. I look forward to reading about the rest of your adventures.

  16. August 30th, 2010 | bsims says:

    Glad to see you are going to Dearborn, Michigan. Michigan is where I live. Be sure to make a stop in Ann Arbor as well. You’ll be welcome there too!

  17. August 30th, 2010 | P Smith says:

    What a wonderful idea. I am a Christian in Alabama and I can assure you that not everyone in the south or even in America is racist or anti Muslim. Most people fear what they don’t understand, but let’s hope we can all live together in peace one day. I hope that your journey goes well.

  18. August 30th, 2010 | Christine B. says:

    Hello from Raleigh,NC! I think your journey sounds great and I wish you great success. Do you find any differences from mosque to mosque as to style or worship or what prayers are used? You can go to a variety of protestant churches, even of the same denomination and although there are certain things that are common throughout, there are always a few changes like the singing (tune)of the Glory be to the Father there are at least 3 slightly different tunes. I don’t know about the Baptists…I’m an Army protestant which means that we got a fairly ecumenical “protestant” service from the Army Chaplain who served a congegration made up of a variety of protestants, Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian. They did a good job and only slightly maybe leaned a little towards whatever there personal denomination was. Anyway, I look forward to reading about your trip. You are doing a noble and worthy thing.

  19. August 30th, 2010 | R. Garcia says:

    Amazing guys, this is more of what we need in this country. Congratulations on your endeavor,
    Safe journeys!
    Rick

  20. August 30th, 2010 | Renae says:

    I know quite a few Muslims and I have deep respect for them and their religion. Thank you for expanding America’s views of your faith and opening discussions about religious tolerance. I am a Mormon, and my faith is also often the target of persecution or ridicule. I have a lot of respect for people who live according to their beliefs, despite the criticisms from observers. I just wanted to let you know that I support your project, and every time I see women wearing a headscarf in public I admire them. They have courage.

  21. August 30th, 2010 | RocketRay says:

    Since you’re travelling so much, shouldn’t you guys be exempt from fasting?

  22. August 30th, 2010 | Melanie says:

    I am not a Muslim, nor am I much of a Christian… I like to say I just am!

    I read your story on CNN. I think you two are on a wonderful journey. I sure hope that you will experience more positive adventures then negative!

    Melanie

  23. August 30th, 2010 | AKFALAR says:

    Gentlemen,

    I read and watched the account of your travels on cnn.com. First off, I hold strong views towards Muslims regarding the apology of terrorism and cultural takeover. I found your account of the encounter with the dixie flag shop, really refreshing. The self reflection on your internal prejudices caused a moment of the same in myself. The things you are doing reflect a wonderful attitude of exploration and dialog that we could all learn from.

    Good Luck!

  24. August 30th, 2010 | joellyn says:

    You are both brave and compassionate toward those non-Muslims who haven’t a clue about Islam other than what they are fed by propagandists (of whichever side you care to look at). I am not Muslim, and am not drawn to the religion — yet I am glad that there are those to whom it means much, because we can and must all learn from each other.

    Blessings to you on your trip and this Ramadan, from one who understand that holding out a hand to another is the only bridge worth building.

  25. August 30th, 2010 | Owais says:

    Salaam Aman & Bassam,

    What you guys are doing is great to see and inspiring for someone like me, who is so entrenched in the day to day, 9-5, corporate American life. Best of luck on your endeavors and may Allah bless you. It’s wonderful that CNN has covered this positive, humane representation of Islam.

  26. August 30th, 2010 | J. Hernandez says:

    What you are doing is the epitome of the American Spirit driven by strength in conquering walls , courage in attacking fears, and faithfully bowing your head throughout. I hope to see more great things of you in the news now and in the future benefiting your faith and our country.
    As an active duty member in this great country of our with over 20 years. I wish you and your family peace always.

  27. August 30th, 2010 | Jeannie says:

    You are my heroes. My husband came home from work today and we spent our dinner talking about your journey, so naturally I had to check out your site and blog myself. I think it’s wonderful and safe travels to you both!

  28. August 31st, 2010 | Carla says:

    I stumbled across your story on CNN and I must say I was hanging onto every word that was written. I’m not a muslim, but I think what you guys are doing is great, and I hope you all have a safe trip to all of your destinations. ~Happy Travels~

  29. August 31st, 2010 | Nicole says:

    Is there any chance you guys would be willing to come to DC and talk about your experience with this project? Maybe we could organize a public forum at Busboys & Poets or something. If you are at all interested, I’d love to do my part to help organize it.

    Thank you for sharing your experiences with us!!!

    Best of luck and safe travels!
    Nicole

  30. August 31st, 2010 | Safwan says:

    ASA!

    Hey! I vaguely remember going to Islamic Sunday school with Aman in Columbus about 8 years ago. Hope your journey is going well, fellas! Best wishes and warm regards.

    Safwan

  31. September 1st, 2010 | Melissa says:

    I read about your trip on CNN. I think it’s great, and the stories that you tell are amusing and heart-touching.

  32. September 2nd, 2010 | Rolando Montenegro says:

    I read about you on CNNs website and I think it’s amazing what you’re doing. Good luck on your journeys. Salam

  33. September 5th, 2010 | Shazzad Hossain says:

    May Allah Bless you. I am feeling so much low for me that I didn’t do anything for Islam. You are really specially gifted from Allah to endeavor such activities in such critical place like USA. May Allah give us Tawfiq to better understand the religion Islam. I pray for you and all Muslim Ummah and hope the non-Muslims will comprehend our real side. A real Muslim can’t spread terror but peace to the humanity as our Prophet Mohammad did.

  34. September 6th, 2010 | lusi says:

    May Allah SWT bless both of u. Good luck!feel like im journey with u… :)
    Happy eid fitri!

  35. September 7th, 2010 | Seema says:

    Just wanted to congratulate you on your hard and beautiful work. Enjoyed your pictures the most. You have very nicely exposed me to pieces of American history and background that I would never have had a chance to know.
    Being a mom of first generation boys it is so important for me to show them your work and your pride so they can have pride in themselves. I hope your moms are proud of you!

  36. September 9th, 2010 | ayub says:

    assalamualikum brothers..

    what a great adventure!!!! will you make a movie about your journey??? it will be great!!

    may ALLAH guide us
    happy ied fitri

    from indonesia

  37. September 9th, 2010 | Ahsan Siddiqui says:

    Bassam and Asam
    Asalam Alaikum

    I am so proud of what you do have done in the last thirty days and what you both have achieved is fantastic, enough of the bad press of Muslim in America, what you two have done sheds a positive light on Islam in America and especially its young Muslims. Keep up the good work. Have a save journey which I am sure is coming to end and hopefully we will see you soon at Synott Masjid in Houston, TX.

    BTW I am the father of your two high friends Adnan and Irfan Siddiqui.

  38. September 10th, 2010 | Sk says:

    Kudos to you both! This is indeed a remarkable journey. I have done cross country drives for thousands of miles but not with a purpose like this. This is truly amazing. And the pictures and the whole blog has been done so well. Great job guys. The mosque in North Dakota looks so timeless!

  39. September 10th, 2010 | Randy says:

    just saw your interview on cnn (http://www.cnn.com/2010/LIVING/09/10/ramadan.roadtrip.folo/index.html). Thanks for sharing and please consider making a documentary.

  40. September 10th, 2010 | Sylene says:

    Aman and Bussam,

    I discovered your blog on CNN and have been hooked ever since. I honestly know nothing about the Islam faith and your blog has really opened my eyes to a faith that is misunderstood. I wanted to say Thank you for bringing the “real” Islam faith to the world. I am saddened that the journey has ended but happy that you have made it through it safely.

    Thank you again!
    ESylene

  41. September 11th, 2010 | mark says:

    We all know America overall more open and embracing of different cultures and religions than probably every other country on earth. I never doubted this, even in today’s climate of weakening tolerance (at least that is what media likes to portray).

    Also, the war in Iraq and Afghanistan is not a war on Islam, yet nobody can seem to convince the radical Muslims of this.

    Sometimes I just think these radicals need to hate and fight against somebody, because it is ingrained in their “jihad” minds and the western world (U.S. in particular) seems to be the target of this generation.

    I certainly don’t have the answers. What I do know is I could care less what religion somebody practices and would certainly not harm anyone (i.e. radical Muslims) for practicing something other than my religion.

  42. September 11th, 2010 | Vicky says:

    Hi,
    I came across a short article on http://english.aljazeera.net and really liked it! I wasn’t aware of the muslim diversity in the US.
    Thanks,
    Vicky, Germany

  43. September 22nd, 2010 | Ali Sina says:

    Check out this video on YouTube:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZHnfFLZ9XU&feature=youtube_gdata_player

    This is a well done and thoughtful piece put together by a devout Muslim who is also an American. It has four parts and you really owe to yourself to watch all of it. Beautiful.

  44. October 24th, 2010 | Suraya Mohamad says:

    Assalamualaikum..
    I think what you guys are doing is pretty cool! I appreciate your effort in getting the message across and becoming a strong voice among others. Good luck and hope you find what you are looking from this journey!

    Love,
    Suraya in support of Muslims worldwide!

  45. November 21st, 2010 | Courtney McKinney says:

    Hey guys,
    I just wanted to let you know that I REALLY enjoyed the presentation you made at Murray State University. I actually went in the auditorium not knowing anything about the project, and I came out a better person. Living in Kentucky, there’s not a whole lot of exposure to the Muslim culture. It has always just been something that I didn’t really even consider to be honest. But, your presentation served it’s goal in presenting Muslims as real people, not just some “other” group in society. I usually don’t take the time to comment on things like this, but it was just so great that I felt OBLIGATED. Keep up the good work guys, I look forward to seeing more from you in the future.
    Thanks,
    Courtney

  46. February 18th, 2011 | Melissa says:

    You guys were quite incredible!
    Thank you so much for coming over to Texas Christian University.
    It was nice hearing your experiences and gaining a new perspective.
    This might sound cheesy, but I felt a sense of peace listening to you guys.
    It gave me hope.
    All right, enough with this comment!

    Good Luck Guys!
    Hopefully I get to hear from y’all soon!

  47. March 31st, 2011 | Jianna Bee says:

    i was stuck at work when you guys were scheduled to speak at my school today :/

    so mad!!!
    LOVED THE CONCEPT though!

    -Jianna

  48. April 12th, 2011 | Mohsine says:

    Hi Aman,

    I’m an instructor at Ashland University. Thank you so much for your presentation at AU. You were amazing. Honestly,you gave one of the most inspiring, light-hearted talks I’ve ever attended. Keep up the awesome work.

    I wished Bassam had come with you too. Aman, you mentioned that you do stand-up comedy as well. I was wondering if we could organize a comedy show at AU. What would that talk?

    wish you guys the best of luck with your future endeavors and keep up their great work!

  49. May 7th, 2011 | Harun says:

    Salaam! I’m a student from the UK. Just wanted to wish you guys all the best; I love what you’re doing; and I’m sure you’ve inspired many (including me). Hope Allah gives you guys happiness and success in your future endeavours ;)

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