30 States in 30 Days: A Ramadan Road Trip
Last year, Aman Ali and Bassam Tariq’s Twitter experiment of spending the holy Muslim month of Ramadan at a different New York City mosque each night blossomed into a multimedia blogging project that garnered attention from tens of thousands worldwide, http://30mosques.com
After generating great interest amongst the masses from all over the world, the two decided this year to venture out of New York City and hit the road to see what life was like for Muslims across the United States. 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.
“This 30 states trip is hands down going to be one of the most rewarding – and insane – ideas that we’ve ever tackled in our entire lives,” Ali said. “But what keeps us motivated is all the support we’ve gotten from our readers, who are a good mix of Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Oh, and having plenty of underwear and an iPod with hours of tunes on it is going to help us get through this trip too.”
Muslims for the month of Ramadan are required to fast, going without food or drink from sunrise to sunset. There are an estimated 7 million Muslims living in the United States that come from a wide mix of ethnic backgrounds including African Americans, South and East Asians, 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.
So why don’t all the my.netters join in on the journey by following their travels and experience Ramadan in the United States of America!
Check out the site for yourself at http://30mosques.com
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