Join Us for the Culmore Clean-Up – Sat April 26th 2014

April 15, 2014

Dar Al-Hijrah Outreach Department Invites You:

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Saturday, April 26th, 2014

9 am – 12 pm

This year the cleanup will start from Bailey’s Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences, (Not from Woodrow Wilson library) Every year a cleanup of the Culmore area in Falls Church is organized to rid the streets of litter and bring awareness to keeping the community clean. The volunteers are provided with gloves, water, bags, “nifty-nabbers” and bright tee shirts. Also, a modest breakfast and lunch served.

Bring your family, your class, classmates and friends – T.E.A.M. Together Everyone Achieves More.

“On the authority of Abu Huraira who said that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him said), “Every small bone of everyone has upon it a charitable act for everyday upon which the sun rises. Bringing about justice between two is an act of charity. Helping a man get on his mount, lifting him onto it or helping him put his belongings onto it, is a charitable act. A good word is a charitable act. Every step you take toward the prayer is a charitable act. And removing a harmful thing from the path is a charitable act.” (Recorded in al-Bukhari and Muslim)

Go to the Dar Al-Hijrah office & sign up today or Call:  703-536-1030

Visit us at www.facebook.com/culmorecleanupday

 

 


Black History Month @ Dar Al-Hijrah

February 20, 2014

Black History Month 2014

Saturday, February 22
Film Festival and discussion
12:45pm introduction – Imam Johari

1:00pm A Prince Among Slaves & Discussion

2:30pm African-Americans and Islam & Discussion

3:45pm Asr Prayer

4:00pm American Islamic Heritage Museum Exhibit & lecture
Curator: Amir Muhammad

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Join Imam Johari Abdul-Malik & Dar Al-Hijrah as we Honor the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King

January 10, 2014

Join Imam Johari Abdul-Malik, Outreach Director, Dar Al-Hijrah as we honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King by attending the host of events inwhich we are taking part in.

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Sat., Jan11, 2014 from 9am-12pm

27th Annual Prayer Breakfast, sponsored by the United Black Christians of Region III.

Location: 470413th Street, N.W. @ Peoples Congregational UCC -  Theme: “Visioning with Purpose”

IFC Interfaith: IFC MLK Service “Building The Dream”

Sunday, January 12, 2014

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Location: 1226 Vermont Ave NW, Washington, DC

Luther Place Memorial Church

1226 Vermont Ave NW, Washington, DC

Link: www.ifcmw.org http://www.lutherplace.org/events/building-the-dream-interfaith-service

IMAC – Climate Change

Wednesday, January 15th 2014

What:  Multi-faith Action Honoring  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on his 85th Birthday

When: Wednesday, January 15, 2014     10:30 am – 1:00 pm

Where: 10:30 am – 11:30 am  - American Petroleum Institute – Silent Vigil

1220 L St., NW, Washington, DC

11:30 am – Procession to The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – The White House – Multi-faith Service

1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC; Nearest Metro Stop: McPherson Sq.

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Why:  Because Inaction on the Climate Crisis is Immoral.

We will implore our political and religious leaders to address

the suffering and injustice already being caused by climate

change, and to act now to prevent its worst impacts.

MLK Dinner and Shabbat Service featuring NAACP’s Sherrilyn Ifill

Friday, January 17, 2014, beginning at 600 pm

Ms. Ifill is the seventh President and Director-Counsel
of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

http://whctemple.org/assets/special_events/20140117-20_MLK_flyer.pdf

MLK Interfaith Youth for Climate Justice Service Day

Monday, January 20, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Location: All Souls Unitarian Chuch

1500 Harvard St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Program: The volunteers will distribute environmentally efficient light bulbs at institutions and go door-to-door swapping old bulds for new compact florescent light bulbs.

Interfaith: MLK Work-Day (A Day On! Not A Day Off!)

Monday, January 20, 2014, 1000 am – 100 pm

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

Join members of Washington Hebrew Congregation in this 12th annual Day of Service. Together we will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and WHC’s commitment to the homeless and at-risk in our commu- nity as we prepare meals, sort donated clothing, make craft projects, and more.

http://www.whctemple.org/assets/special_events/20140117-20_MLK_flyer.pdf

MLK Interfaith Service

Monday, January 20, 2014 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Location: UUCA Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, 4444 Arlington Boulevard Arlington, VA 22204 | Map & Directions
703-892-2565 | Fax 703-892-5918 | Church Email: uuca@uucava.org


Prayer Vigil Called for Mariam Carey

December 15, 2013

PRAYER VIGIL CALLED FOR MARIAM CAREY ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 14TH, 2013, 12NOON, 3RD AND GARFIELD TERRACE, NW, AT THE BASE OF THE UNITED STATES CAPITOL.

LOCAL PASTORS FROM THE DMV WILL BE OFFERING UP PRAYERS FOR MS. CAREY, HER DAUGHTER, THE CAREY FAMILY, THE POLICE, MENTAL HEALTH, JUSTICE, THE NATION AND A CALL TO ACCOUNTABILITY.

ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND. PLEASE EXTEND THIS INVITATION TO OTHERS. GATHERING AT 11AM….PRAYERS BEGIN PROMPTLY AT HIGH NOON.

IN HIS SERVICE,
Reverend Anthony J. Motley
(202) 327-4837


My Thoughts on The Debate At Richmond Forum

November 18, 2013

There was a debate at the Richmond Forum on Saturday night featuring Feisal Abdul Rauf, Maajid Nawaz of the Quilliam Foundation and Ayan Hirshi Ali. The question was “Is Islam a violent religion?”

I personally found Maajid Nawaz’s arguments to be the most honest and coherent. The truth is that Islam is a very eclectic religion and has a broad range of interpretations. It and has been interpreted and reinterpreted many times over the centuries by various scholars in various places and continues to be reinterpreted today. It is many different things to many different people. For example, a few hundred years ago slavery was considered to be permissible by Muslims – and every other religion. Sex slavery was also common in some lands – to include Muslims. But what Muslim, in her/her right mind would argue that sex slavery is permissible today? In modern times, just over a decade ago here in the United States, many Muslims believed and preached that it was an act of “disbelief” to vote in democratic elections. Today, it is generally considered to be part of one’s duty as a good Muslim in the United States. So the interpretation of Islam has changed and will continue to do so.

In short, Islam is exactly what Muslims make it in a particular time, place and particular context. The unfortunate intra-Muslim killing happening in some countries is partially because some Muslim imams and preachers teach that their interpretation is the one and only “correct” one and all others are “kufaar” (non-believers). Therefore (they reason) it is permissible to kill others who may have a differing interpretation of Islam. Hence we have bombings of mosques and shrines by Muslims who dislike or disagree with what they are doing. This is a huge problem. So, we must admit that some Muslims are indeed violent and defeat them in the arena of ideas.

I also agree with Imam Faisal in that Islam for me is a personal relationship between a person and their Lord. No one else can interfere in that relationship. In our increasingly diverse societies, we must not only “live and let live”, but find ways to work together for the improvement of our local communities. If not, then we will be at perpetual war because all of us will never be a hiveminded mass in perfect agreement on every issue.

I invite you all to watch the debate at this link and give me your thoughts.


Volunteer Opportunities

October 28, 2013

Dar Al-Hijrah food bank packages food for needy families on Wednesdays. Our thrift store is in need of volunteers to sort clothing and other donated items. Please contact: (703) 459-4196
daralhijrahss@yahoo.com

In Washington DC with support the homeless women’s dinner program at http://www.ThriveDC,org volunteer shifts off from 4 to 6pm daily.

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Unity’s World Day of Prayer

September 12, 2013

Join with us and with others from around the globe as we celebrate
Unity’s World Day of Prayer
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Unity of Washington, DC ~ 1225 R Street NW Washington, DC 20009 202-543-1414 ~ unitywdc.org
Affirmation:
My positive thoughts, words and actions create a healthy life – mind, body, and spirit
Unity of Washington, DC will host an abundance of activities dedicated to the uplifting of Spirit and the generation of Peace energy for the world.
PRAYER TREE ( 6AM – 12 NOON ) PRAYERFUL EXPRESSIONS ( 8AM – 5PM ) LABYRINTH WALKS (10AM – 6PM ) ONENESS BLESSINGS (10AM – 6PM )
REIKI BLESSINGS (10AM – 6PM ) PEACE VIGIL* (12:30PM – 2PM ) CHANTS MEDITATION ( 5PM – 6PM ) INTERFAITH CANDLE LIGHTING SERVICE (7PM )
Activity Details on the Rear
All activities will be held at Unity of Washington, DC 1225 R Street, NW unless otherwise noted*


Interfaith Syrian Emergency Taskforce Meeting

August 4, 2013

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Sanctifying Marriage – Not The Role of Government – Muslims Can Differ In Opinion

April 21, 2013

Imam Johari Abdul-MalikThe Washington Post recently quoted only a “sound bite” of my comments on marriage in America, the role of religious interpretation, government and law.  My comments were distilled into a discourage about same-sex marriage, which is a narrow slice of my comments.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/imam-daayiee-abdullah-welcomes-gay-muslims-to-worship-marry/2013/04/17/3ebcab3a-a5db-11e2-b029-8fb7e977ef71_story.html

From my understanding of the Qur’an, marriage in Islam is between members of the opposite sex.  Yet, I believe that people can engage in many types of sexual behaviors and still be Muslim.  The goal is to try to understand God’s message and then to apply it.  The way one has sex is not be their public definition.  As a person of faith, the primary identifier is one’s relationship with the transcendent God/Allah and not one’s appetite for food, drink, sex, race or gender.

In America, religion is a very personal thing.  As such, very few individuals like to be told how to define their relationship with God and wish to define their relationship with God on their own terms without government involvement.  It is for this reason that I believe that faith in America is still very vibrant, while it is falling by the wayside in Europe.

Likewise on the issue of marriage, I do not believe that our government should ever have gotten into the business of “sanctifying” marriage. In other words, the gov’t should not define what “is” and “is not” marriage any more than they should define who “is” and “is not” a Muslim, Christian or Jew. In marriage, the gov’t should only be in the business of enforcing binding contracts between adult aka “civil unions”!

The issue of (religious) marriage as should have been put into the authority of religious communities. If we do that then, everyone would be free to practice whatever they like in their own religion as long as they do not infringe upon the constitutional right of others.

This is perfectly in line with my own faith tradition. The Qur’an says:

“To you be your way and to us be our way….”

Within Muslim history there have been many groups, sects, offshoots and various interpretations of the faith, each group interrupting the scriptures on their own terms in context, content and time and today is no different.

I have a particular reading and understand of Islam that puts sexual behavior in the light of specific verses and prophetic traditions, but he priority in religion is to find out what God wants and then to do that, not to find out what you want and then find the text that you think allows you to do it.


On Same Sex Marriage – American Muslims Differ

April 19, 2013

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The Washington Post recently quoted only a “sound bite” of my comments on marriage in America, the role of religious interpretation, government and law.  My comments were distilled into a discourage about same-sex marriage, which is a narrow slice of my comments.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/imam-daayiee-abdullah-welcomes-gay-muslims-to-worship-marry/2013/04/17/3ebcab3a-a5db-11e2-b029-8fb7e977ef71_story.html


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