Day 9: Masjid Aqsa

Today, I decided to stay in my neighborhood and visit Masjid Aqsa. The mosque is a couple of blocks south of my apartment on 116th and Frederick Douglas. The community is predominantly West African. It is said that this area also houses the majority of the Senegalese in New York. Similar to other masajid in Manhattan, vendors surrounded the entrance selling everything from Madani Dates to Nike socks. One of

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Day 8: Masjid Noor-ul-Huda

The Bronx! My family was in town today, so I decided to bring them along to visit Masjid Noor-Ul-Huda off Gun Hill Road. This is a large house they renovated into a breathtakingly beautiful mosque (that’s my Mommy on the bottom right). I’m floored by the fact they only spent $500,000 to build this place. Check out how beautiful the interior is. This place was 3 levels. Wudhu and bathrooms

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Day 7: Al-Iman Mosque

Little Egypt, Queens. Where it smells like argilah and tantalizing arabic cuisines named “Magic Carpet” live. We won’t tell Disney if you don’t. The Al-Iman Mosque is tucked along these streets. A really nice set of double doors welcome the congregants, well, the male congregants. Unfortunately, the sisters entrance isn’t as lofty. Left of this entrance is a small door that leads you to the sister’s prayer and wudu area.

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Day 6: Madina Masjid

Today, Aman and I trekked out to Madina Masjid. It’s located in the heart of the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The masjid sign outside reads, “Islam Is The Way. Read The Quran The Final Revelation.” An interesting sign for a predominantly upper middle class white neighborhood. Similar to the 29th st. masjid, we were filed into the basement to break fast. Everyone sat shoulder to shoulder waiting for the

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Day 5: Islamic Center of Mid-Manhattan

This place provides refuge from all the posh fashion shops up and down Lexington Avenue in midtown Manhattan. I broke my fast with some milk, dates and a plum.The people who go there consisted mainly of young professionals, who mostly work in the area. The person I sat next to was named Waleed and works for the investment group Barclays Capital. He’s a cool guy and is coming to my

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Day 4: Islamic Cultural Center of NY

Wow. This mosque hiding behind the trees is believed to be the largest mosque in the NYC area. Its primarily funded by the Kuwaiti government. Lined around the masjid gates were vendors and congregants waiting for iftaar. This is also the first masjid in New York that resembles a traditional masjid. There was a brief drought of dates which led everyone to attack the bananas. Thankfully, a new batch of

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Day 3: Malcolm X’s mosque

Today we went to the Malcom Shabazz Cultural Center on W. 116th Street in Harlem (the photo I took was crappy, so I borrowed one from our friends at Salatomatic.com). At one point in time this was a casino that soon became a full-fledged mosque dedicated to Muslim pioneer Malcom X. The masjid volunteers kindly served us water with dates wrapped in foil. It was a very intimate gathering. They

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Day 2: Harlem Neighborhood Mosque

I was in a hurry to get home today, so I ended up just going to the mosque on E. 110th Street, about two blocks from my house. Afterwards, I went to the Halal Chinese restaurant nearby. I just moved to this neighborhood about a week or so ago, so it was my first time going to the restaurant. Pretty nice guys, I ordered the Singapore Mei Fun (its what

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Day 1: The Journey Begins

Tonight my friend Bassam Tariq and I came up with an insanely random idea: What if we prayed at a different mosque every single day for the month of Ramadan? Hence, this Web site was born. Tonight we prayed at Masjid Rehman, located on West 29th Street and Broadway. The place was insanely jam packed, you should have seen how many taxi cabs were parked outside the place. This is

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