The Route

By Aman and Bassam | 68 Comments »

Here’s the scheduled route of all the places we’re visiting on our journey. We’d love to meet you if we swing through your neck of the woods! But make sure you email us at first because this route is subject to change. If we’re not scheduled to come to your area, email us too. Let us know what cool stuff we’re missing out on

8/1/2011 Anchorage, AK
8/2/2011 Seattle, WA
8/3/2011 Portland, OR
8/4/2011 San Francisco, CA
8/5/2011 Honolulu, HI
8/6/2011 Las Vegas, NV
8/7/2011 Laramie, WY
8/8/2011 Bozeman, MT
8/9/2011 Ross, ND
8/10/2011 Brookings, SD
8/11/2011 Omaha, NE
8/12/2011 St. Louis, MO
8/13/2011 Little Rock, AR
8/14/2011 Houston, TX
8/15/2011 New Medinah, Mississippi
8/16/2011 Mobile, AL
8/17/2011 Gainesville, FL
8/18/2011 Orangeburg, SC
8/19/2011 Murfreesboro, TN
8/20/2011 Plainfield, IN
8/21/2011 Wheeling, WV
8/22/2011 Richmond, VA
8/23/2011 Baltimore, MD
8/24/2011 Dover, DE
8/25/2011 Paterson, NJ
8/26/2011 Hartford, CT
8/27/2011 Providence, RI
8/28/2011 Concord, NH
8/29/2011 Colchester, VT
8/30/2011 New York, NY


8/12 New York, NY
8/13 Augusta, ME
8/14 Boston, MA
8/15 Philadelphia, PA
8/16 Washington DC
8/17 Charlotte, NC
8/18 Atlanta, GA
8/19 Jacksonville, FL
8/20 Birmingham, AL
8/21 New Orleans, LA
8/22 Houston, TX
8/23 Oklahoma City, OK
8/24 Wichita, KS
8/25 Denver, CO
8/26 Santa Fe, NM
8/27 Phoenix, AZ
8/28 Los Angeles, CA
8/29 Las Vegas, NV
8/30 Salt Lake City, UT
8/31 Boise, ID
9/1 Bozeman, MT
9/2 Fargo, ND
9/3 Minneapolis, MN
9/4 Milwaukee, WI
9/5 Cedar Rapids, IA
9/6 Chicago, IL
9/7 Memphis, TN
9/8 Lexington, KY
9/9 Columbus, OH
9/10 Dearborn, MI


  1. August 15th, 2010 | mahfuz says:

    in michigan there is a another big mosque in detroit/hamtramck

    12500 McDougall Street
    Detroit, MI 48212-2263

    You should visit it.

  2. August 16th, 2010 | Amina says:

    as-salaamu ‘alaikum,

    I hope you’re going to Masjid Muhammad in DC — it’s one of the friendliest mosques I’ve visited, and they cook a good meal! Wherever you go, I hope you get a warm welcome in our city tonight.

  3. August 16th, 2010 | Amina says:

    Oops, now I discovered the mouseover feature and I can see that’s where you’re going — good call!

    If you get a chance while you’re in the area, you might want to check out the Muslim Community Center of Silver Spring (Maryland, but not far from DC). They built an impressive free clinic next to their mosque where various doctors from that community volunteer to serve people of any faith who don’t have insurance.

  4. August 16th, 2010 | lanwm says:

    wish i can join u guys!

  5. August 17th, 2010 | Aman Ali says:

    You can man! There’s room in our car if you’ve got a month that you can block out in your schedule lol

  6. August 17th, 2010 | Aman Ali says:

    Hey Amina, saw your comment just now and yep we definitely did go there and get a warm welcome as you said! Definitely a place to check out in the future next time I roll thru DC

  7. August 17th, 2010 | sedika says:

    Asalam Alaikum!

    I was just curious as to why you choose the Al-Huda Masjid in Minneapolis?

  8. August 17th, 2010 | sedika says:

    You two should check out Abu Khadra Mosque

  9. August 18th, 2010 | mushtaq says:

    Which mosque in Columbus, Oh?
    Because you two should definiitly consider Noor Islamic Cultural Center! It’s a spectacular mosque.

  10. August 18th, 2010 | Sakura says:

    If it’s on the way you guys should visit the mosque in Ames, Iowa ( It mostly serves Persian-American students who attend Iowa State, or people who are decedents of Persians who came to Iowa around the time of the Islamic Revolution.

  11. August 18th, 2010 | Abdul Rahman says:

    Oh darn…. I am too late. It is 8.18.2010 and you are already in ATL. I was going to say that I could make some calls and see if you could get a tour of Coca Cola with an emphasis on bottles from predominantly Muslim countries. Oh well… maybe next year

  12. August 18th, 2010 | Ali from florda says:

    AsSalamAlaikum Aman, Just drive another 350 miles south from Jacksonville and see your uncles and cousins. MashAllah this is a great effort and getting a positive coverage from Media. May Allah SWT reward you and your friend for taking out a month to do this.

    Ali Uncle from Florida.

  13. August 18th, 2010 | Tayyaba says:

    This is awesome! Great idea and love the posts.

  14. August 18th, 2010 | Aman and Bassam says:

    Mushtaq, I grew up in Columbus! Yep, we’re going to Masjid Noor

  15. August 18th, 2010 | Basima says:

    Salaams Guys,

    Just caught up on your blog after hearing about it from my cousin earlier today, very cool! I was curious about how you choose the specific mosques in each city?

    Thanks & Ramadan Kareem

  16. August 18th, 2010 | ZeNoBiA says:


    Excellent interview on CNN, Mashallah!
    It’s so nice to see Islam in a positive light. Your road trip is such an excellent way to celebrate the unity and diversity in Islam during the holy month of Ramadan. Safe Journey :)

  17. August 20th, 2010 | Emily says:

    Aw, I was hoping you guys would go to the Mosque/Islamic Center in Perrysburg, Ohio. My family looks forward to their cultural festival and the free food (they had it about two weeks ago). It’s right up there with going to a Catholic church for their fish fry during Lent. Perrysburg is my hometown.

  18. August 20th, 2010 | Za says:

    Awww…so sad that you won’t be coming to WA.

  19. August 20th, 2010 | Matthew says:


    I know it would be more than 30 in 30 days, but you guys should come visit the Islamic center of Murfreesboro in Murfreesboro, Tn. (30 miles south of nashville) This is a really small detour after your Memphis visit. There is a lot of controversy surrounding this Masjied due to the recent proposal and future construction (Insha Allah) of a 52,000 sft Islamic center. All you have to do is google it and you will find many articles about this. I think this is an awesome thing you guys are doing. I wish I could have come along for the ride. May Allah bless you on your trip, and with your fasting.

    Salaam Alaykum,

  20. August 20th, 2010 | A. Ali says:


    IFS in Chicago is a great mosque to visit! My grandfather lived inside that mosque and took care of it for over 25 years alhumdulillah! If you want to know anything about that place, he is your man! He still lives nearby and being cared for by my uncle.

    Inshallah all goes well!


  21. August 21st, 2010 | Idris says:


    We look forward to hosting you at Masjid Mumineen in Houston, Texas. Actually a couple of brothers from that masjid are currently doing 20 masjids in 20 days across Houston too, but we will reroute our trip to coincide mwith yours on Sunday at Mumineen inshaAllah

  22. August 21st, 2010 | Karim Khan says:

    I think you should also visit the ISNA center in Plainsfield, Indiana

  23. August 21st, 2010 | Deen Mohammad says:

    Salaam guys… very good efforts, may Allah (SWT) keep you safe.

    You just gave me the inspiration and we might just do this in Philippines next year…

    I will be in your blog/facebook everyday and will definitely share the links.

    Getting to know our brothers and sisters in America by way of their masajid is amazing..

    Barakallahu Feek…

  24. August 21st, 2010 | Rawyah says:

    What a fun, great idea! Best of luck guys.
    From Toledo, Ohio :)

  25. August 22nd, 2010 | Nadiyh says:

    The largest Masjid built from the ground up for the
    Muslims is located in Perrysburg. Oh on Snyder Road, The food is supurb and there is a large mixture of cultures who come together during this very special time of year. May Allah give you strength!

  26. August 22nd, 2010 | kiki says:

    what mosque in houston?

  27. August 22nd, 2010 | Deqa says:

    Masha Allah.. Which masjid in Minnesota are you going to? You should drop by Masjid Dawah if you have time!!

  28. August 23rd, 2010 | Idris says:

    Great meeting with you guys tonight at Masjid Mumineen, and wish you the very best

  29. August 23rd, 2010 | Rashed says:

    I will add my voice to the couple of people who’re suggesting you visit the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo in Perrysburg, Ohio. Perhaps you can stop by there on your way from Columbus to Dearborn on the last leg of your journey?

    My wife and I got married at that mosque and we pray there whenever we’re visiting her parents in Perrysburg. It’s a beautiful mosque with a multicultural congregation.

  30. August 24th, 2010 | Leena says:

    You should come to the Islamic Community Center (ICC) in Tempe, AZ. It’s next Arizona State University and is the oldest Masjid in our community.

  31. August 24th, 2010 | Zarinah says:

    I concur with Leena! Come to the Islamic Community Center (ICC) in Tempe, AZ. It’s actually the second mosque built in the state, but part of a package deal that came with the first mosque. We did a whole AZ Muslim History Art exhibit a couple of years ago about it. The mosque looks like Dome of the Rock in the heart of the southwest. You’ll love it! InshaAllah.

  32. August 24th, 2010 | Nausheen says:

    Next year come visit the Islamic Center of Olympia in Washington State. Folks would love to have iftar with you!

  33. August 25th, 2010 | amina wadud says:


    Dude! How could you skip California??!!

    I can think of two sufi mosques but for the full iftar affect it would have to be on a Saturday.

    One sits on a hill in Watsonville and looks like a huge modern Indian tee pee. If you get a chance to change that much, let me know, I’ll get you the details.

    Otherwise, enjoy and safe travels,

    auntie amina

  34. August 25th, 2010 | Aisha says:

    I feel like you guys are missing out on all the Cali mosques. One of the first mosques build from grouds up in United States is in Riverside, California with a huge Muslim congregation else where in Cali. Btw, loved your interview on CNN and how you guys carry yourselves as cool,funny muslims :D
    P.S. can’t wait to get my hands on some chicken tikka masala for Iftar!

  35. August 25th, 2010 | jamila says:

    Check out the burton mosque in Michigan if you get a chance. It’s unbelievable!

  36. August 30th, 2010 | Tarik says:

    I noticed you guys missed West Virginia. There is a wonderful mosque in Charleston West Virginia.

  37. August 30th, 2010 | Anonymous says:

    why wouldn’t you visit the Northwest? Oregon and Washington have the nicest people in the US.

    It’s almost like you wanted people to hate you by going to all those Southern states, I mean honestly, what do you expect there.

    I realize it’s boring and wouldn’t really make it to CNN if people were actually nice to you…


  38. August 30th, 2010 | jay says:
  39. August 30th, 2010 | Reverend Carleton Borden says:

    Dear Aman and Bassam,

    What a wonderful trip you both are undertaking. Thank you for doing this. I noticed that as part of your Mosque sojourn you are going to be in Fargo, North Dakota. Please make sure to stop by Stanley, North Dakota. The first Mosque in North America was built there. Though the Mosque is no longer standing, the cemetery is still there. You should check it out, on your way past North Dakota.

    Take care,

    Reverend Carleton Borden
    Valley City, North Dakota

  40. August 30th, 2010 | Anonymous says:

    It’s too bad you guys aren’t heading to the PNW-Seattle has a really interesting/diverse Muslim population that would have welcomed you with open arms, I think.

    Neat road trip idea, and good luck with it!

  41. August 30th, 2010 | Mike Maharg says:

    I was wondering, if you practiced the Quoran allowed tradition of Taqiyya, and if so, what part of your comments can we be assured are true? Thank you

  42. August 30th, 2010 | Anonymous says:

    Just saw the story on cnn and can’t wait to catch up on the blog! Love it! (Although road tripping and fasting sounds BRUTAL!) Anyway, there is a mosque in Columbia, MO, which would be right between Cedar Rapids and Memphis. You would have to route through the center of MO, and would throw your count off, but I just wanted to mention it. :) Safe travels.

  43. August 31st, 2010 | Noor says:

    Aww, you guys are going to Milwaukee? 1, definitely stop and pick up cheese curds before you leave the city! I would suggest Bella’s Fat Cat, but it’s pretty much all good. It’s not a trip to Wisconsin otherwise. 2, If you do this next year, inshaAllah you can come to Madison. We’re a smaller community, but we have big hearts.

  44. September 1st, 2010 | Cait says:

    You guys are incredible. As a proud American who just returned home from living in a Muslim country, I was shocked to find controversy about the mosque construction in NYC. How could people try to go against our constitution? I’m a Christian, yet find Islam to be exceedingly tolerant, warm and full of love- perhaps more so than I’ve seen by members sharing my own beliefs. America needs to see this: Islam isn’t about blowing up buildings and taking lives. Americans need to see honest snapshots and hear real stories from Muslim communities near them. Thanks for taking an initiative in the preservation of America’s ideals. It’s a big deal. Best of luck!

  45. September 10th, 2010 | Bruce Birchell says:

    Gentlemen, congratulations on your amazing trip.
    I admire what you’ve done.
    I have started a thread on a climbing website that is visited by many top climbers. It’s a place where we discuss (argue) about many topics.
    Hopefully the thread will get a few more people to read about your trip! Here’s a link:

  46. September 10th, 2010 | Waseem says:

    Salaams guys,

    Eid Mubaarak to you all!!!

    I have just spent the last 45minutes going through your site the interviews on CNN and I have to say’ truly truly inspiring. I just came across you guys today and i wished I found you at the beginning of Ramadhan it would have great to follow you along on your journey.

    I am especially glad that you found the real America not the one that is polarized on the news everyday, what you experienced on your journey is very similar to how we have it here in Canada.

    You guys did an amazing and inspiring thing and if you ever find yourself in Canada feel free to drop a line our community would be honoured to have you over.

    Eid Mubaarak to you and your families.

    Waseem Syed

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    salaam waleikuum,

    There is a sufi community in Carbondale, southern part of Illinois that you will be driving right by. This would be a welcoming stop in your journey.

    please contact me for contact information.

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