Aman Ali and Bassam Tariq have announced round two of their mixed media project “30 Mosques in 30 Days,” an exercise in belief, ritual, community, and personal narrative:
During Ramadan 2010, Islam’s holy month of fasting and reflection, we hopped in a car and drove across America and broke our fast at a different mosque in a different state each night. We prayed in the infamous “Ground Zero Mosque,” got pulled over by a cop in Mississipi and stumbled upon one of the first mosques ever built in the United States when our car broke down.
We’ve only scratched the surface with all the compelling narratives about Muslims living in this country. Nobody could anticipate all the discoveries we made last year. Now that we’re blessed to have you all as friends, just imagine what we can find this year.
One of the most beautiful parts of last years project was how you all played a critical role to this project’s success. You suggested places and people for us to meet that we would have never have thought of and you financed the entire thing. We didn’t take a single dime from corporate sponsors or similar entities.
We’re doing over 13,000 miles of driving on this trip, all while juggling blogging, interviewing people and most importantly fasting.