Statements by the Board
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.”
Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center
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.
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
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:
- 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.
- 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.”
- 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.