30 mosques in 30 days: a Ramadan project

Source: Toronto Star

Himy Syed has set himself some lofty goals this Ramadan: to break fast at 30 mosques in the GTA over 30 days and not gain any weight in the process.

It helps that he gets to most of his destinations by bike.

Already, over the course of the month in which Muslims abstain from drinking and eating from sunrise to sunset, he has made his way to 10 of the city’s mosques, or masjids in Arabic, and has been blogging about his experience so far at 30masjids.ca.

And even though he arrives to his destination hungry, his posts (other than a few pictures) are rarely about the food.

“I didn’t want to just say, hey, this is what I ate,” said Syed, who ran for mayor in 2010. “I am meeting the individuals who built the masjids. This is living history and oral traditions that nobody has been documenting,” he said.

Syed became inspired after following the travels of Americans Aman Ali and Bassam Tariq, as they decided to spend each night of Ramadan at a different mosque in 30 states around the country. Their blog eventually took on a life of its own, with the duo finding diverse and often controversial stories about Islam and Muslims in the United States. The idea, now in its third year, caught on and now has spin-offs within other U.S. cities, Indonesia and the Netherlands.

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Categories: Americas, Canada, Ramadan

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