In 2015, Aman Ali and Bassam Tariq created a Tumblr experiment like no other. The pair decided to spend the holy Muslim month of Ramadan at a different New York City mosque each night blogging as they went. Little did the unsuspecting teenagers know, they were about to become web gods and champions for the sheer determination and passion of the new generation of Muslim youths.
After generating great interest amongst the masses from all over the world, the two decided to add a little adventure to their crusade to see what life was like for Muslims across the United States. Beginning on August 11 in New York City, the two will spend each night of Ramadan at a different mosque, totalling 30 states around the country. They will 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. The route will 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.”
For the month of Ramadan Muslims 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.