Q and A with Aman Ali of "30 Mosques in 30 Days"
Muslims traditionally break their Ramadan fasts on dates.
To mark Ramadan this year, Aman Ali, 24, and Bassam Tariq, 22, decided to break their daily fasts at a different mosque each day. The two are blogging about it at 30mosques.tumblr.com. We spoke with Ali, a stand-up comic by day, to find out more.
Why did you want to start “30 Mosques in 30 Days”?
Everyone goes to the mosque on the first night. I thought about going to a different one each night, and posted it on Twitter and Facebook and people started to say I should blog about it. I don’t know, I get these crackhead ideas every once and a while. People have been so warm and welcoming, both Sunni and Shia mosques.
Do mosques always offer food for the break-fast?
In New York just about every single one has offered fast breaking. Every single night we’ve been welcomed in to the communities.
What are traditional break-fast foods?
Traditionally, you’ll get a date and water, or maybe milk to break the fast. The prophet Mohammed would always break his fasts with a date.
For dinner, we’re usually served traditional South Asian Dish like rice and chicken, or something Arabic.
But we went to an Indonesian place and it was entirely different.
Who’s making the food?
It’s a little bit of everything, sometimes one or two families take care of everything, sometimes it’s potluck. The meal is meant to build a sense of community. We’re doing that quite literally.