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1- With Islamic centers shut down and social distancing is becoming a barrier for
most of Ramadan traditional rituals, how different this Ramadan will be for
Muslims in America?

There have been challenges, but we have never experienced anything like this. On
March 13th for the safety of the community, we had to close our center. This
meant that the 4,000 people who gather for Friday prayers could not gather for the
first time in our history. Of course the shutdowns and isolation resulting
from the health emergency these past weeks have been challenging for everyone,
but they have been particularly difficult for our community, who stands shoulder
to shoulder in Salah/Prayer five times a day.

2- Islamic centers used to prepare Iftar meals for Muslims from all social levels.
With a large numbers of unemployed people because of the Coronavirus is Dar Al
Hijra planning to feed Muslims who lost their jobs in Ramadan?

We quickly mobilized to provide what was needed in this new normal.
Started with moving our weekly food bank distribution outside and will continue
our Thursday drive-up/walk-up food distribution through Ramadan. Photo ID is
not required right now. We distribute fresh produce, halal chicken and bread from
9am to 11am, and all are welcome.

Rather than respond to phone requests as they come in, we have begun to register
families for food deliveries, and consolidate the deliveries to specific geographic
areas according to a schedule each day. Also, delivering critical medications! In
fact, we secured medication that cost $5,800, for free, for a mother of 6, recovering
from a stroke. We have delivered diapers and baby formula to new moms who
cannot leave their apartment safely.

Dar Al-Hijrah planning for a Ramadan where we couldn’t be together, by securing
Iftar hot meals for drive-thru pick up 5:00pm-7:30pm daily, to try to maintain
community, even while distancing. Our skeleton staff has worked around the
clock to serve those whose need doesn’t cease with a Stay-at-Home order.
Organizing check-in calls on the most vulnerable – single mothers, widows, the
elderly and the sick.

3- Muslim Americans used to learn more about their faith through special sessions
during their Ramadan nightly prayers at Islamic centers. How would they get their
spiritual dose with Islamic centers shut down?

Virtually! You can register here:

4- Part of Ramadan rituals is helping the poor. Did the pandemic increase your list
of needy families? And did you detect an increase of members charity
contributions this Ramadan?

Alhamdulillah, our Social Services department has served our community for
many years. In just the first month, we provided over 13,000 bags of food and hot
meals, and the number of requests grows each week.

We simply can’t turn away from those who were most at risk before this disruption,
and now rely on us more than ever. Keep in mind that many do not qualify
for benefits or they are afraid to access them because of their legal status,
making us their only source for food. Our neighbors are the most vulnerable –
mothers, widows, children, the elderly and the sick – and they are hurting.
In spite of this, our food bank remained a priority. We committed to continuing
our weekly distribution of fresh vegetables, halal chicken and bread, and we have
added non-perishables as well. Safety precautions forced us to move the operation
outdoors for drive-up and walk-up pick up only. The need grows each week, each
day. After one month, our pick-ups have doubled, and deliveries are up 5X more
than normal.

To keep up, we have added drive-up donation drop-off days to stock our pantry,
every Saturday from 10AM-1PM, and Alhamdulillah, the community has responded

We are also providing Ramadan food boxes. These include needed pantry staples
to last a month, such as rice, oil, flour, sugar, and other non-perishables. The
family will be called to pick up the boxes as they are available.
We will make warm meals available for pick-up by car each day.

During Ramadan, we will share a link where families can register for Zakat al-
Fitr. Zakat al-Fitr is charity given to the poor before the end of Ramadan. Checks will range from $75 up to a maximum of $500 per family.
Because of the great need, we are also coordinating with our community partners
to be sure that food is getting to those who need it the most, and might not find
their way to us. We are putting our sewing graduates to work, making masks for
elderly and sick clients who are homebound and vulnerable, hourly and gig
workers who are still on the front line, and our own staff who continues to serve
throughout the crisis.

Additional Community Outreach: 
We continue to coordinate with community partners to get food to those most at
risk in the area. We are working closely with Second Story at the Culmore
Resource Center, Culmore Clinic, First Christian Church/Safe Haven, Vietnamese
Resettlement Association, ALIVE, Patrick Henry Shelter, St. Vincent DePaul
Society and school social workers.

In lieu of the hot meals we have been providing weekly to Safe Haven and
Culmore Clinic, we have arranged with Seva Truck to provide healthy, hot meals
during the month of Ramadan at no cost to us or the partner.

Over 13,000 bags of food distributed,
500 hot meals delivered
Over 600 grocery deliveries
350 hygiene kits given
27 support resources provided to the community
Over 100 carloads of donations received
Over 20 calls with government agencies and relief organizations
32 volunteers signed up
Coordination with 10 community partners to serve our neighbors
Streamlined Food Bank registration and sign-in.

Mobilized outdoor distribution, Sewing masks, Making wellness calls, Registering for Iftar pick-
up, Delivering meds and personal protective equipment, Preparing Ramadan food

Link to a video of the first outdoor distribution:

Food Bank Registration Link:

Thrift Shop Donation Drop-off Link:

Social Services Appointment Scheduling:


Link to donate:

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Assalamu Alaikum Brothers and Sisters,

So many of you have reached out to me to ask how you can help, or how we, Dar Al- Hijrah, can help our community during these challenging times. Let me update you.

With all of the closings and shutdowns, part-time and hourly workers who were already struggling are unable to work, unable to pay rent or put food on the table.  The elderly in our community who live alone are even more isolated. Those who experience domestic violence are now home-bound and even more at risk. Our kids don’t understand what’s happening, and are more restless by the day.

If you are elderly, or living alone, or are feeling isolated, please call us at 703-531-2905. We will gladly assign you to a care team member who will call to discuss a plan that works best for you…regular check-in calls, food deliveries, help connecting to resources, whatever you need. If you, or someone you know would benefit from this additional support, we’re here to help, and we’re just a phone call away. These are anxious times for all of us, and we have to care for each other. As always, we are here to help our community, and right now, our community needs help more than ever.  We are receiving and answering every message left on the social services voicemail.

I ask for your patience.  This is a very fast moving situation, and we are all walking though it for the first time. 

We don’t know yet what needs will arise as this crisis takes its course, and the effects reveal themselves, and we don’t know what we’ll have the capacity to do, but we do know that In’sha’Allah, with patience and care for one other, we will help each other through these challenges and our community will be stronger for it. May Allah grant us all patience.  May He grant shiffa to those who are sick and bless those who are caring for them, and may He help us to love and care for one another in whatever ways we are able.

Below are some alternative resources for financial and food assistance:

Evictions and disconnection of utilities have been temporarily suspended in Virginia through Monday, April 6.

“It would be an absolute outrage for Virginians to be evicted from their homes during this emergency, especially as we are asking them to practice social distancing and stay home to prevent further spread of COVID-19,” said Attorney General Mark Herring.

Read the full story here:

County Assistance:
If you are facing difficulties – including food, shelter, employment, financial assistance, healthcare and more other needs, please call Coordinated Services Planning (CSP) 703-222-0880 (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays).

Unemployment benefits if you have been laid off or lost your job:
If you are a worker who has been totally or partially separated from your job due to COVID-19, go to to see if you are eligible for unemployment insurance or call 866-832-2363 Monday-Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm.

Jobs- Companies hiring during COVID-10 outbreak and links to apply:

Financial hardship grants from Penny Appeal USA for those economically affected by COVID-19:

Northern Virginia Family Services – COVID-19 Emergency Assistance

Food Assistance – FCPS

Food Assistance – Meals on Wheels
Fairfax County’s Meals on Wheels program is now operating on a once-a-week basis and is delivering flash frozen meals to clients. Meals on Wheels is accepting new clients who are aged 60 and over. Call the county’s Coordinated Services Program at 703-222-0880 for more eligibility information and to apply to the program.

Virginia Department of Family Services- Medicaid, SNAP, TANF, Child Care and Emergency Assistance:
You can apply for Medicaid, SNAP, TANF, Child Care and Emergency Assistance benefits using internet access anywhere, anytime. Applications can be submitted 24-hours a day/7 days a week.  Go to or call 1-855-635-4370

Additional resources by area:

Dar Al-Hijrah Care Team Support for those who live alone:
We have formed a special Crisis Care Team of experienced Social Services Staff members who are here to help. If you are elderly, or living alone, or are feeling isolated or unsafe, please call us at 703-531-2905. We will gladly assign you to a care team member who will call to discuss a plan that works best for you…regular check-in calls, food deliveries, help connecting to resources, whatever you need.

Jazakum Allah Khair,
Tahani Jabarin

“O believers! Seek comfort in patience and prayer.  Allah is truly with those who are patient.” Al-Baqarah [2:153]

Al-Baqarah [2:153] O believers! Seek comfort in patience and prayer. Allah is truly with those who are patient.

After numerous discussions and consultation, and in light of the Declaration issued by the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center will remain closed to all congregational prayers and activities until further notice.  The Executive Committee is evaluating plans to serve the most needy of our community by arranging food bank distribution in the parking lot and will announce details shortly.

Allah swt commands us to be in a continuous state of remembrance, and to that effort Imam Shaker and other Dar Al-Hijrah Directors will start daily and weekly programming online.  We are also calling on community members to send us information about the elderly so we can connect with them and ensure they are taken care of.  We will announce an email and web form shortly for volunteers and elderly contacts.  We will also be announcing a community connect program so our community can stay connected with one another at least by phone and digitally.

The Board will continue to evaluate the situation and hope to continually update our community in sha’ Allah. May Allah swt protect our community and larger society and allow us to be blessed with patience and prayer.
For More Information Contact [email protected]
Last updated: March 15th, 9:40 pm.

An-Nisa’ [4:83]: And when there comes to them information about [public] security or fear, they spread it around. But if they had referred it back to the Messenger or to those of authority among them, then the ones who [can] draw correct conclusions from it would have known about it. And if not for the favor of Allah upon you and His mercy, you would have followed Satan, except for a few. 

Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center Board has decided to close the masjid for Friday prayers. The Board decided previously that we would monitor the actions of local officials and make decisions based on local government response. Late last night, Fairfax County Public Schools made the decision to close schools today, Friday. Therefore, out of abundance of caution and because of the lack of clear information, the Board has decided to close the masjid for Friday and all congregational prayers and activities until further notice. 

The masjid will be closed over the weekend to ensure that it is completely disinfected. The Board will establish a task force of health officials and religious leaders that will stay in constant communication and monitor local officials and information to make a decision about when congregational prayers will be resumed and will release a statement accordingly.

Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center will be sending out educational and spiritual messaging to ensure community members stay connected to Allah swt and pray the Allah swt protect our community and society.


Surah At-Tawbah [9:51]: Say, O dear Prophet “Nothing shall befall us except what Allah has destined for us; He is our Master; and the Muslims must rely only on Allah.”

MARCH 12TH, 2020- Dar Al-Hijrah’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee has decided to keep the masjid open for Friday Prayers. Out of an abundance of caution and in an effort to reduce harm and protect our congregants and in following the lead of our local health department officials, we will be limiting our prayers to 400 people per prayer. Only the first 400 people will be allowed in and each prayer will be shortened to 15 minutes. The prayers are as follows:

1st Khutba (11:00 AM): Br. Saif Rahman
2nd Khutba (12:15 PM): Sh. Shaker Elsayed
3rd Khutba (1:30 PM): Imam Naeem Baig
4th Khutba (2:30 PM): Br. Saif Rahman
5th Khutba (3:30 PM): Imam Naeem Baig

We ask that our community observe the following for the greater good of the community:

You are prohibited (islamically) from coming to the masjid for Friday and any congregational prayers if you have:

  1. Fever 
  2. Cough 
  3. Sneezing
  4. Joint Pains 
  5. Any other flu-like symptoms 

You will be asked to leave if you have these symptoms. 

You are exempted (islamically) from attending Friday Prayers or any congregational prayer if you are:
Over 60 years old OR have: 

  1. Diabetes 
  2. Heart condition 
  3. Respiratory conditions such as Asthma
  4. Autoimmune disease 
  5. Blood disorders
  6. Chronic kidney disease
  7. Compromised immune system
  8. Pregnancy (current or recent)
  9. Endocrine disorders (such as diabetes)
  10. Metabolic disorders
  11. Heart disease
  12. Lung disease
  13. Neurological conditions

In the case that the Fairfax County Health Department announces a community spread of the virus, the masjid will close for all congregational prayers. 

For those attending prayers, please bring your own prayer rugs and follow all hygienic instructions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to avoid getting sick or spreading droplets.

Dar Al-Hijrah will continue to cater to the spiritual needs of our community and will take all necessary precautions following the lead of local officials while relying on the protection of Allah SWT, asking Him for the continued health and well being of our community and larger society.

Text COVID to 484-848 for community updates and visit

style=”font-weight: 400; text-align: center;”>Anyone seen to be excessively coughing or exhibiting symptoms will be asked to leave the masjid to protect other congregants.


An-Nisa’ [4:83]: And when there comes to them information about [public] security or fear, they spread it around. But if they had referred it back to the Messenger or to those of authority among them, then the ones who [can] draw correct conclusions from it would have known about it. And if not for the favor of Allah upon you and His mercy, you would have followed Satan, except for a few.

MARCH 9TH, 2020- As you may have heard there are now two confirmed cases of the Coronavirus in Fairfax, County. Out of abundance of caution and following the advice of the Prophet Muhammad sAaws in the Hadith narrated by Anas ibn Malik a man asked the Messenger of Allah should I tie my camel and trust in Allah, or should I leave her untied and trust in Allah?  The Prophet sAaws said “Tie her and trust in Allah.”

Therefore, we ask that our community observe the following for the greater good of the community:

1. If you are feeling symptoms of influenza which include: fever, excessive coughing, joint aches and pains, please do not come to the masjid for congregational prayers till your symptoms have abated.

2. We have embarked on our new program of Wash before Wudhu, wash your hands with soap and water before starting your wudhu several times a day

3. If you cough or sneeze do so into your elbow or a tissue and not into your hands

4. If you are feeling the slightest symptoms of illness do not shake hands with others.

5. If you suspect you have the symptoms of something serious call your doctor or hospital before going there.

As Muslims it is our duty to minimize harm and seek the greater good. As part of that process the harm of a sick person coming to the masjid and harming others particularly, the elderly, far exceeds any benefit of attending congregational prayers.


Due to public health concern and out of an abundance of caution, the following events have faced changes:

Annual Banquet: Postponed until further notice
Taste of Islam: Postponed until further notice
Annual Job Fair: Cancelled

Free Resumé Checks: Cancelled
Friends Over 50: Cancelled
Night of Dialogue II: Cancelled

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Read the Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America’s Declaration (Fatwa) Regarding COVID-19 in English & Arabic

Fairfax County Public Schools Alerts and Canellations

Coronavirus information: What should I do?

Symptoms and How to Protect Yourself from Coronavirus in Arabic

World Health Organization’s Director-General’s Remarks on COVID-19 Classification as a Pandemic

Read Inova Hospital’s COVID-19 Advisory

Frequently Asked Question: “I’m worried I have COVID-19. Should I go to an Inova Emergency Department to be tested?”

As always, if you develop symptoms of a respiratory infection, you should:

Seek advice from your regular healthcare provider to determine if a medical evaluation is needed or consult your local health department:

Alexandria: 703-746-4996
Fairfax: 703-246-2411
Loudoun: 703-777-0234
Prince William: 703-792-6300

If you feel it is an emergency and you cannot wait, please contact your provider’s office, emergency room, or urgent care center before your arrival for instructions regarding accessing the facility. If calling 911, inform the operator of your COVID-19 concern.

Self-isolate and limit contact with others.

Practice “social distancing” by avoiding mass gatherings and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet) from others when possible.

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