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September 10, 2010 , , , , , , , ,

Oh how I love road trip documentaries. Ok, I am assuming that this might result in a documentary, hopefully that was the plan. Bassam Tariq is a filmmaker and filmmakers just don’t do road trips to write blogs. Aman Ali, a stand up comedian and Tariq embarked on a journey to see what life was like for Muslims across the United States. So, the two of them spend each night of Ramadan at a different mosque in 30 states around the country. 30 Mosques in 30 states in 30 days, sounds like a Morgan Spurlock deal.  Finally, on Eid they are in Dearborn, Michigan – home to one of the largest concentrations of Muslims in the country.

I am sure they had a fabulous journey. The only thing that could have made this more fun, was if a lady had made the trip and spend each night of Ramadan at a different mosque. 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. As all of them fast during the holy month of Ramadan, Tariq and Ali chronicled their visits, stays and the communities that hosted them. I am indeed jealous of all their truly global iftar meals.

I have posted two photos from their blog. Visit their website/blog for more info.

I spoke to Aman briefly as he was rushing to an Eid celebration. He told me that there is definitely no documentary attached to this road trip :(. But, they have connected with a lot of people and feel deeply enriched by the experience. He also told that they would be doing a follow up road trip and conduct several interactive workshops. There might be documentary films in future as an offshoot.

Happy Eid and what a wonderful way to spend the 30 days of Ramadan! Any day better than the mosque controversy at ground zero or the Quran burning media blitz.


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