Statements by the Board

Official Statement on the New York Terror Attack

Our prayers go out to the victims and those injured in the horrendous act of terrorism that took place in New York. We have not yet recovered from the Las Vegas attack only to be met with another act of barbaric violence that took the lives of 8 fellow citizens, and left dozens injured. We join the Nation in prayers for the families of the victims as they go through this difficult time and wish those injured a speedy and healthy recovery.

Read our Terrorism Statement of Position (October 18, 2017) below.
May the Almighty Guide Us All

 Official Statement on the Departure of Imam Johari Abdul-Malik , October 25, 2017

It is with regret that we announce that as of October 1st , 20t17, our beloved Imam Johari Abdul-Malik will no longer hold the position of Outreach Director. We extend our utmost gratitude and remain indebted to Imam Johari for his years of service to the community as he moves on to the next stage of his accomplished career.

Imam Johari has been a transformative force within our community since he founded our Outreach Department in 2002. Under his leadership, our community has forged unbreakable bonds of cooperation and understanding with our neighbors, Muslim organizations, interfaith communities, civic coalitions, government agencies, and the media. On numerous occasions, Imam Johari has stood firm, grounded, and courageously defended the community and its values in the most challenging times, reflecting the true meaning of American Muslim leadership. Imam Johari was and remains steadfast in his efforts in removing the stigma of hatred and Islamophobia that our community, and many others fall victim to. Day after day, he worked tirelessly to spread love in the face of hate, understanding in the face of ignorance, calm in the face of chaos.  He gracefully worked alongside our fellow citizens who sought to learn more about Islam and created an environment of productive and bipartisan dialogue and partnership with Interfaith communities locally and nationally.

Imam Johari has agreed to continue serving the Dar Al-Hijrah community in a consulting capacity for community leadership and mentorship for our Outreach and Youth teams, supporting them in working on issues of civic engagement and interfaith in Northern Virginia. Imam Johari has also informed us that he will be moving on to fulfill his vision to serve American Muslim converts in DC, Maryland, and beyond. He recognizes their need for better organizing and focused care, to further their role in American Muslim communities and society at large. “I love my community at Dar Al-Hijrah but now is the time to give the next 15 years of my life to building capacity among American Muslim converts, their descendants, and their families in Washington, DC and throughout the nation. I sincerely thank all those who have helped to make this journey a success.” Imam Johari stated.

Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center has a deep interest in supporting the development of the American Muslim converts community and would be honored to extend support and cooperation to Imam Johari in this important endeavor. Dar Al-Hijrah is not losing Imam Johari, we will continue to work closely to further develop our institution internally and to enhance our efforts externally. Imam Johari is and will forever be one of us, we wish him the best in his future endeavors, and look forward to continued cooperation and partnership. May Allah bless him, all the work he has done, and all the work he will do.

Lastly, Dar Al-Hijrah will continue to move forward in its unwavering commitment to the vision of the Outreach Program that Imam Johari has founded and built. The Board of Directors will be meeting next month to re-engage our strategic planning process, striving to enhance our work that is founded in faith, and growing in service.

DAH Statement: On Terrorism, October 18, 2017

 “In recent years there have been thousands of statements denouncing terrorism from local, national, and international Muslim community leaders and top Islamic scholars. No other religious community in the United States faces a similarly unjust degree of scrutiny and is asked to continually denounce acts against humanity. The following statement is yet another example of clear-cut opposition to terrorism and all other forms of violence against innocent people.

Like all other religious traditions, Islam, in the strongest terms, prohibits humans from hurting or destroying the life of any innocent person.

Our Creator reminds us in the Holy Qur’an that “Whoever kills a person [unjustly] it is as though he has killed all mankind. And whoever saves a life, it is as though he had saved all mankind.” (Quran, 5:32). Violence against civilians goes against the prophetic wisdom passed down from Moses until the final messenger, the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him.

Although Islamic law* and historical precedent clearly invalidate terrorism and other types of violence, it is political unrest, economic challenges, and ignorance that lead some Muslims to carry out individual acts of hate or create violent movements. Religiously deviant violent extremist groups such as Al Qaeda, Daesh, and others have capitalized on social, political, and economic instability over the last few decades. They have justified their power-hungry violent acts through perverse interpretations of religious texts and the overwhelming majority of innocent civilians directly impacted have been Muslims.

Islamophobia, and other anti-immigrant sentiments have spiked dramatically in western countries over the last fifteen years, and these additional pressures have made social conditions difficult for many Muslims, especially children and young adults. Terrorist organizations have had some success in amplifying these oppositional narratives of “otherness”, prying on our children and other vulnerable people, however, we know that the views of the Muslim community towards violence are similar to that of every other religious community in the U.S.

Like every other American community, we strive to provide youth, young adults, and the wider community with opportunities to thrive economically, socially, civically, intellectually, and spiritually. Our beloved Prophet Muhammad–may peace and blessings be upon him and his family–was the greatest of human examples and provided the best example of human character.

According to the Qur’an, “There is no compulsion in religion,” and each individual is responsible for her/his own actions. The religiously deviant violent extremists who identify as Muslim will continue to be condemned by Muslim scholars and communities around the world and they should be punished appropriately for the harm they cause. The hate-fuelled acts of these individuals and groups should not engender collective punishment or demonization of 1.8 billion people around the world.


* The purpose of Islamic legal code, or shariah (literally meaning “the well-trodden path to the watering hole”) is to protect faith, life, lineage, intellect, and property. Terrorism, and other types of unjust violence are unequivocally illegal under Islamic Law.

DAH Statement: The Terror Attack in Las Vegas Monday, October 2, 2017

 “Whoever kills a person [unjustly]…it is as though he has killed all mankind. And whoever saves a life, it is as though he had saved all mankind.” (Qur’an, 5:32)

The Dar Al-Hijrah Community extends its deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their lives today in Las Vegas. This barbaric act of terrorism left more than 50 fatally killed and nearly 400 Injured. Our prayers go out to the families and friends of the victims and those recovering as they go through this difficult time.

We remain committed to our work alongside our interfaith and community partners, towards common sense gun control laws that keep the public and our law enforcement, safer. It is times like these that warrant a more unified front in the face of terrorism, hate, and all acts of violence to further ensure safety in our country and communities.

Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center joins with Fairfax County Clergy Standing Against KKK Inspired Violence and Bigotry

 “Whoever kills a person [unjustly]…it is as though he has killed all mankind. And whoever saves a life, it is as though he had saved all mankind.” (Qur’an, 5:32)

The Community of Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center extends its deepest condolences to the families of Heather Heyer, Lieutenant Cullen, and Trooper-Pilot Bates following a senseless terror attack by White Supremacist in Charlottesville, Virginia. Our prayers go out to the families and friends of the victims and those recovering as they go through this difficult time.

Dr. Martin Luther King reminds us that, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny, whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.

We stand against terrorism in all its forms and shapes as we call on all people of goodwill to work together to end racist violence and active bigotry in order to uphold the values of this great nation. We remain committed to the struggle for social justice and freedom alongside our interfaith brothers and sisters.


As a member of the Fairfax County Clergy and Leadership Council, Dar Al-Hijrah joins its voice to their statement that can be read below:

“The Fairfax County Clergy and Leadership Council is horrified by the three deaths and the numerous people injured as a result of the acts of violence committed in the streets of Charlottesville Virginia on August 12, 2017.  On that day, the actions displayed by the white supremacists, neo-Nazis and anti-Semites were an abomination and do not represent the respect the vast majority of Virginians have for all people.  We grieve with the family and friends of the counter-protester and two State Police troopers who died and the many who were injured during the protest. It is more important than ever that we actively support community efforts to strengthen community acceptance and respect for all regardless of their race, religion, creed or nationality.  The Council stands firm in its commitment to work for a community of inclusion, dignity and peace.”

07/21/2017
Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center

Statement RE: Developments In Al-Aqsa Mosque

The Board, Administration, Imams, and Community continue to monitor the troubling developments at one of Islam’s most revered shrines, the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, with outrage and indignation. Closing the mosque to worshipers and erecting metal detectors with checkpoints contravene international law, restrict freedom of religion of a whole population, and violate the internationally agreed upon status of the Al-Aqsa compound.

As citizens of a nation founded on religious liberty and one that upholds civil and basic human rights with upmost respect and sanctity, we call on all Americans to condemn and stand against these aggressions and violations of International law and basic human freedoms. We call upon the interfaith community and all people of faith to denounce these egregious actions in the Holy land and work with all people of conscience to protect and honor the rights of any people to worship in peace and harmony.

As a religious institution blessed with the protections of the US constitution and as advocates of justice, we call upon our community and all communities of faith to do everything in their capacity to afford the same God-given rights to the Palestinian people and all oppressed people anywhere in the world. Peace is attainable in the Holy land when all people are treated equally, afforded their religious liberties and guaranteed their endowed rights and human dignity.

TAKE ACTION

1. Call your members of Congress or Senate. Find their phone numbers at www.govtrack.us. Ask them to call Todd Holmstron, the director of the State Department’s Office of Israel and Palestinian Affairs to ask him to pressure Israel to remove the metal detectors and checkpoints and to allow Palestinians access to Al Aqsa Mosque.

Holmstrom’s contact number: 202.647.3671.

2. Forward this message to your contact lists.

3. Organize an educational event at your mosque, church, synagogue, school or community group

4. Organize a local demonstration denouncing these actions and demand freedom of religious practices to the people of Jerusalem.

Our Statements are accessible at Hijrah.org/Statements
May the Almighty Guide Us All

07/17/2017
Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center
A Position Statement on Upholding Constitutional Rights and Protecting Religious Traditions

Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center upholds Constitutional rights and the respect of all religious traditions for all Americans and people everywhere and firmly stands against all forms of stereotyping, racism and bigotry, including antisemitism, anti-black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia and other forms of bigotry directed particularly at religious communities, minority groups, and indigenous peoples.

The tenets of justice and equality are interwoven in Islam; and, indeed, the Holy Quran celebrates the vast and rich diversity that exists among the global human family. “Surely in the creation of the Heavens and the Earth and in the variety of your tongues and your complexions are signs of wonderment” (Holy Quran 30:22).
While we at Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center remain staunch supporters of the inherent freedoms of religion, thought, expression and speech, we do not condone nor tolerate bigoted or demeaning remarks or actions toward others, irrespective of religion, race, color, ethnicity,  gender, or orientation.

The Board of Directors of Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center ,as its highest authority,  assures the greater Muslim community, the interfaith community and all people of conscience that our institution stands firmly against any form of hatred or bigotry directed at any religion or tradition. Our devotion and commitment to interfaith collaboration and dialogue remain unwavering as this commitment runs deep within our community and our institution.

Follow Up Statement from the Board of Directors

1. The Board would like to assure the community and all concerned parties that it is in a state of continued session consulting with scholars, healthcare professionals, community leaders, and lawyers. Furthermore, we are working hard, listening to your concerns, understanding your fears, and safeguarding our sense of community.

2. Imam Shaker is a beloved Imam and community leader who has served the community tirelessly with utmost selflessness for several decades. During the administrative leave, he will further review and study the issues at hand; we will continue our search for an Assistant Imam to serve the community’s needs.

3. Imam Johari Abdul-Malik has been the public face of Dar Al-Hijrah for many years, outstandingly representing our community, and building everlasting bridges with faith-based and civic partners. The Board is examining the resignation of Imam Johari Abdul-Malik as we work side by side to find a Deputy Outreach Director for Governmental Affairs.

4) The Board will hold a series of town hall meetings with our community.

May the Almighty Guide Us All

The Boards Statement on Imam Johari Abdul-Malik

Dear Community Members,

The Board of Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center received a letter of resignation from Imam Johari Abdul-Malik, our Outreach Director, earlier this morning. We will meet today with Imam Johari to discuss the concerns raised in his letter and work towards an effective resolution to those concerns.
We ask our community to exercise patience and allow our leadership to figure out the best course of action in light of the present situation.

May Allah, the Almighty, guide us all towards what is best.

Follow up Statement Regarding Imam Shaker Elsayed

As a follow up to our statement on June 5th , 2017, the Board of Directors agreed with Imam Shaker El-Sayed that he will be placed on administrative leave until further notice.

The Dar Al-Hijrah Board is committed to implement a focused review and diligent campaign to study the critical issues raised by this crisis and its impact on our communities.

We look forward to a course of joint activities over the coming weeks to engage our community and other communities in a sense of unity, strength and compassion.

May God The Almighty Bless all.

Statement from the Board of Directors of Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center Regarding the Lecture by Imam Shaker Elsayed on May 19, 2017

June 4, 2017: The Board of Directors affirms the following points:

1- The harmful practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) is prohibited in Islam as well as the laws of the land.

2- We at Dar Al-Hijrah, DO NOT condone, promote, or support any practice of FGM.

3- The reference to “Hyper-sexuality” is offensive and it is unequivocally rejected. The Board of Directors is particularly disturbed by such comments.

4- We call upon the Muslim Scholars (clergy) to be on the forefront of the campaign against FGM and to condemn silence in the face of these harmful practices.

5- We at Dar Al-Hijrah, are committed to continue sensitivity training of our staff regarding these critical issues.

The Imam of Dar Al-Hijrah, Sh. Shaker Elsayed, in response to his recent statements reaffirms that, “FGM is very harmful to women’s health, and anything in Islam that is harmful is in fact prohibited”.  He also advises the community to seek their doctors counsel to inform them why it is illegal and harmful. He follows that his reference to “hyper-sexuality” is an observation that he admits he should have avoided. He declares, “I take it back, and I do apologize to all those who are offended by it”.

You may refer to Imam Shaker’s statement below.

Statement of clarification
By Imam Shaker Elsayed

On May 19th, 2017, I gave a lecture about the rights of children in Islam at Dar Al-Hijrah. The lecture was aired live online and was later posted on our YouTube channel. The part in which I talked about children’s circumcision created a lot of misunderstanding, specifically regarding girls. I would like to clarify the following:

  1. I specifically said in the lecture that Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is considered by Islam to be a very harmful to women’s sexual health. And in Islam anything harmful is prohibited. Therefore, Islam agrees completely with the legal prohibition of FGM, and hence the laws of USA. That is why I referred the audience to their OBGYN to inform them why it is illegal and harmful.
  2. Islam would never support anything that harms anybody’s well-being, such as FGM. As such, this is my position and the position of Dar Al-Hijrah. The Prophet (PBUH) said: “Let there be no harm upon yourself or others.”
  3. Regarding the statement I made on “Hyper-sexuality”, I admit that I should have avoided it. I hereby take it back. And I do apologize to all those who are offended by it.