February 19, 2015

For those who believe in God it is often a challenge when we see tragedies, loss of life even murder.

The sister of the student who was killed said that she wanted the lives of her brother, Deah Barakat, 23, his wife Yusor Abu-Salha, 21 and her sister Razan Abu-Salha, 19 to matter. May God’s peace and blessing be upon them.

imageAs a Black American and a Muslim the fact this tragedy has occurred in Black History Month, a week before the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X and in The South where the struggle for civil rights for continues to be waged is sobering reminder.

I am reminded that upon the death of the Prophet Muhammad, pbuh, one of his closest companions, Umar, in a fit of grief said, ‘That whoever says that Muhammad  is dead, I will kill them’.  Abu Bakr, The best friend of the Prophet Mohammed, said, “Whoever worships Muhammad know that Muhammad is dead and whoever worships God know that God is alive and will never die”.

Although this violent act is intended frighten or terrorize people of faith, Allah/God is bringing good into the world through the responses of people of good will.  Thousands are supporting the humanitarian relief efforts for Syrian refugees. In their passing they are giving life to others. The community in North Carolina beyond Chapel Hill and communities beyond the university community is being transformed.

Allah decrees life and death saying, “No one knows in which land it will be born or in which land it will die”.

I believe God choose Rosa Parks when she refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus.  She wasn’t just any black woman, she was an exemplar of the best conduct and character, dedicated to civil rights as a member of the and NAACP, active in her church, a wife and an upstanding member of the community.  She was chosen by history, by destiny, by God Almighty to be the symbol that would end segregation in public accommodations in the south.

The three students were extrodinary young people. Perhaps as painful as it is, God has chosen these three young people to be the beacons of light and hope for America, Muslim exemplars of faith and service. This deranged murderer could have taken the lives of any religious individuals that were different from him, that he feared, that he felt threatened by the presence of their faith.

Mahdi Bray, former director of the Freedom Foundation, reminded me that the faces of these young American Muslims were projected across the television screens throughout our country and  show young Muslims as America’s brightest prospects and not America’s greatest suspects.

They have been chosen by destiny just as those four girls who were killed at the 16th St., Baptist  Church in Birmingham, AL to became a symbol of the civil rights struggle for equality and freedom.

These three young American Muslims lives will not be forgotten, nor the lessons that they have taught us be set aside.

The perpetrator who took their precious lives will not derail the movement toward understanding, freedom, justice and equality for all people regardless of their race, religion or other personal beliefs or practices of faith or  conviction.

I think about Medgar Evers, Dr. King and Malcolm X who were struck down while advocating for the poor and the oppressed.  Like so many martyrs of our past they will live on, in all of us a part of their light continues to shine and in the beliefs which they unwittingly gave their lives for will continue to flower, in this life and in the hereafter.

It is believed by Muslims and other people of faith that no one dies before God’s decree nor can their life be extended by any other then The Creator.

One night in a dark parking lot after a community organizing meeting one activist said to another, “Aren’t you afraid that some narrow-minded person might try to shorten our lives?”. The other replied, “By God, I cannot die before God’s decree therefore until that time………… I AM INVINCIBLE”.

Let us go forward with the spirit of invincibility knowing that God is with those who do justice at all times.

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February 10, 2015


Press Release

January 9, 2015

Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center joins the voices of the Muslim community along people of other faiths in the Washington DC metropolitan area to express our deepest condolences and strongest condemnation of today’s deadly attack on the Charlie Hebdo newspaper in Paris,

The attackers’ invocation of the name of Allah as they were killing journalists is particularly repugnant and abhorrently insane. This action runs against the core teaching of Islam.

It has been reported that the paper had published satirical depictions and cartoons of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, a few years ago. While the cartoons were widely condemned by Muslims around the world Islam always calls upon Muslims to exercise restraint as did the Prophet Muhammad

The Quran says:
The good deed and the evil deed cannot be equal. Repel evil with good
(that is, Allah ordered the faithful believers to be patient when angry,
and to excuse those who treat them badly), then in truth! Eventually,
between the other person and yourself, will grow friendship, where once
there was enmity.

But none are granted such good character except those who are patient, and none are granted it except the owner of a good moral character. Quran: 41:34-35

The Quran registers numerous quotations of attacks on the character, integrity and credibility of the Prophet. In no place does it tell Muslims to attack, threaten or kill, such a people.

The Quran says:

You shall certainly be tried and tested in your wealth and properties and
in your personal selves, and you shall certainly hear much that will hurt
your feelings, from those who received the Scripture before you (Jews and
Christians) and from those who ascribe partners to Allah, but if you
persevere patiently, and act righteously, then verily, that will be a
great show of the power of resolve on your part. Surah Al Imran (3:186)

We urge all Muslims to listen to the guidance of the Quran, as we invite Muslims and all people of faith to engage in deep and respectful dialogue. The best response to insults and attacks against Islam or any faith is patience, righteousness, dialogue and engagement toward the greater good of the society.

The Prophet Ibrahim’s Satire

January 8, 2015



We have a lesson in satire from the Prophet Ibrahim, pbuh. When they asked Ibrahim, pbuh, how did all of the idols get destroyed he said to them why don’t you ask the big one with the axe.

Their response was to throw him into the fire and God almighty saved him.

Now so-called Muslims in France are doing the same thing. We all need to get some thicker skin and some mental health services.

The Quran reminds Muslims not to attack much lest they attack Allah.

With great freedoms comes great responsibilitIes. Freedom of speech is not something enshrined in the French constitution, but I believe that free-speech should be exercised with a significant dose of mutual respect and responsibility lest we fuel the fires we wish to extinguish. Let us shine a light not set a fire.


Ibrahim confronts his people and rejects their idols

He left his father after he lost hope to convert him to the right path, and directed his efforts towards the people of the town, but they rejected his call and threatened him. By Allah, he said, I shall plot a plan to destroy their idols. He knew that a big celebration was coming soon, where everybody would leave town for a big feast on the riverbank. After making sure that nobody was left in town, Ibrahim went towards the temple armed with an ax. Statues of all shapes and sizes were sitting there adorned with decorations. Plates of food were offered to them, but the food was untouched. “Well, why don’t you eat? The food is getting cold.” He said to the statues, joking; then with his ax he destroyed all the statues except one, the biggest of them. He hung the ax around its neck and left.

How big was the shock when the people entered the temple! They gathered inside watching in awe their gods broken in pieces. They wondered who might have done this? Then they all remembered that the young Ibrahim was talking evil of their idols. They brought him to the temple and asked him: “Are you the one who has done this to our gods?” Ibrahim said: “No, this statue, the biggest of them has done it. Ask them if they can speak.” “You know well that these idols don’t speak!” They said impatiently. “Then how come you worship things that can neither speak nor see, nor even fend for themselves? Have you lost your minds?”

They kept silent for a while, for he got a point there. Their minds and their senses were telling them that the Truth is with Ibrahim, but their pride prevented them to accept it, and reject the idols they were worshipping for generations. This they thought would be total defeat. They started yelling at him and shouting: “Burn him! Burn him! Take revenge for your gods !”

Not a Protest but a PROMISE

December 12, 2014

Not a protest but a promise


Salaam سلام :  This is a candle light vigil of the faith community standing together in love and light for justice.

*We welcome and are looking for more faith communities and organizations to join us!!!

The following congregations have made the following commitments (from North to South):

Circle at DC/SS line to Kalmia – Silver Spring UMCs
Kalmia to Hemlock – Washington Ethical Society
Tuckerman to Rittenhouse – Emory Fellowship UMC
Rittenhouse to Military – Plymouth Cong UCC
Decatur to Buchanan – 19th St Baptist
Buchanan to Webster – People’s Congregational UCC
Oak to Park – St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
Park to Lamont – Converge
Harvard to W – All Souls Church, Unitarian Universalist
S to R – Unity of DC
R to Q – Lincoln Temple UCC
Q to O – Foundry UMC
O to M – First Cong UCC & Little River UCC
L to K – Jubilee UCC

*Add your faith community, organization or group of friends to this list. We want people and lights on every block.



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October 27, 2014


Consumer Protection Board Mets To Address Consumer Protections for American Muslims

October 23, 2014

On Tuesday, Oct 21st, 2014 Imam Johari co-chaired a meeting with Consumer Financial Protection Board, Richard Cordray, along with leaders from American Muslim financial institutions, community advocates and faith leaders.


Special thanks to director Cordray and his staff for their outreach and we look foimagerward to ringing our skills and insights to improve the safety and security of our financial system.

Learn more about the CFPB:

A video overview of the CFPB:

A written overview of the CFPB’s creation:


CFPB Resources:
You can view all these resources at http://www.consumerfinance.gov.

To file a complaint about consumer financial products or services (mortgages, credit cards, student loans, bank accounts, credit reporting, auto loans, debt collection, payday loans, money transfers, and more), visit the CFPB Consumer Response Center at http://www.consumerfinance.gov/complaint or call 855-411-CFPB. The CFPB call center offers assistance in 189 languages.

To share a story – positive or negative – about a consumer financial product or service, visit “Tell Your Story” at https://help.consumerfinance.gov/app/tellyourstory

To find answers to questions about consumer finance, visit “Ask CFPB” at http://www.consumerfinance.gov/askcfpb

To make informed decisions about paying for college, from comparing costs to repaying student debt, visit “Paying for College” at http://www.consumerfinance.gov/payingforcollege

To learn how to prevent elder financial exploitation and to view easy-to-understand booklets to help financial caregivers for older Americans, visit http://www.consumerfinance.gov/older-americans/

To learn about financial resources and financial protection for servicemembers, visit http://www.consumerfinance.gov/servicemembers/

To order free CFPB publications in bulk for distribution to consumers, visit http://promotions.usa.gov/cfpbpubs.html

To find the CFPB’s Federal Register notices, as well as to read and submit public comments related to CFPB rulemakings, visit http://www.consumerfinance.gov/notice-and-comment/

To view the CFPB website in Spanish: http://www.consumerfinance.gov/es/

To connect with the CFPB on social media:
Blog: http://www.consumerfinance.gov/blog/
Twitter: @CFPB
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CFPB
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/cfpbvideo
Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cfpbphotos

Special thanks to director Cordray and his staff for their outreach and we look forward to ringing our skills and insights to improve the safety and security of our financial system






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