Dar Al-Hijrah Government Affairs Mets with Pres. Obama at Bmore Mosque

April 20, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

..:The Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center:..

Date: February 3, 2015

On Wednesday February 3, Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center’s Deputy Director of Government Affairs, Colin Christopher, met with President Barak Obama at the Islamic Society of Baltimore. Joining nine other young leaders from the American-Muslim community, Mr. Christopher spoke about the social and environmental justice work championed through The Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center’s outreach, social services, and youth departments. Mr. Christopher’s leadership on environmental issues within the Muslim community and the intersection of economic, racial, and environmental justice were the primary topics of discussion.

The Dar Al-Hijrah presented to President Obama a commissioned piece of Quranic calligraphy produced by Muhammad Zakaria, the author of the US Postal Service’s Eid stamp.

Home to Northern Virginia for over 32 years, Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center welcomes President Obama’s first visit to an American mosque since becoming president in 2008. Dar al-Hijrah has been at the forefront of building close relationships with an array of government officials at the county, state, and federal levels and believes that these partnerships are integral to building safe, successful and resilient communities.

An elated Colin Christopher called his family saying,

“I have just started as Deputy Director of Government Affairs at The Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center and in my second month I get to tell the President of the United States about my work, that’s a tremendous blessing!”

We are thankful for the President’s leadership and speaking out against racist anti-Muslim speech and violence against American-Muslims. We look forward to building even stronger partnerships with his administration over his remaining eleven months in office. The Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center will be hosting a voter education event the weekend before Super Tuesday in Virginia lto increase our civic engagement, strengthen our neighborhood, celebrate our diversity and ensure our community is informed regarding the American political landscape.

For additional information on Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center, please visit us (EPK): http://www.daralhijrah.net/ns/?page_id=11128

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Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center remains committed to faithfully serving the Muslim community and greater American society through the guidance of our faith, Islam.
Contact: Colin Christopher govaffairs@daralhijrah.net
To learn more:www.daralhijrah.net


Imam Johari: CNN – Trump Proposed Ban on Muslims

January 9, 2016


Seize The Day: Random Act Of Kindness-Empower Someone

May 22, 2015

One day I got a random voice mail on my cell phone from a couple in Miami, Florida who had seen the PBS “Sacred Journey’s” documentary and shared their appreciation of my work. They said “The Muslim comRabbi-Warren-Stone-and-Imam-Johari-Abdul-Malikmunity could have no better spokesman……and we’re not even Muslim”.

This kind of message encourages me to continue to do this work no matter how much the promoters of fear and bigotry may criticize me.

I believe that people like this are in the majority. We don’t hear more from them because they and we do not have access to the reigns of the media so we use what we have.

This couple used the power they had. They just pick-up the phone and called me.


Until Then: I AM INVINCIBLE

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.


Congrats to Malala and her colleagues on the Noble Peace Prize.

October 12, 2014

Salaam سلام :  Congrats to Malala and her colleagues on the Noble Peace Prize.

One Person Can Make A Difference

https://www.evernote.com/shard/s118/sh/adec79ca-6137-416c-87af-096a1d328381/7806cbbe8e96c9aa54c65e6739451644


Rule of Engagement With Extremists

August 29, 2014


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Rule #1

Don’t help them magnify their message.
“Never pass the megaphone to the Heckler”

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Rule #2
Deny them dignity
“The “so-called leader” of these fanatics”.

Rule #3

Did not allow the leadership to be identified with the title.
“their “self-appointed president” said…..”

 

 

Rule #4
Never recognize the opposition as an equal.
“if any of you (Extremists) would like to meet/negotiate with us (Establish) we can make an appointment with any individuals”

Rule #5
Degrade their opportunity for recognition
If there are all proposals for change, new policies that need to be employed, or shortcomings that have been identified, they cannot be considered the “province” or “agenda” of the extremist. =/= The extremist makes a good point!!!
Nothing about the Lord Resistance Army is Christian. Call them LRA
Nothing about The Islamic State is Muslim. Refer to them as ISIS
They are not Fundamentalist they are fanatics

Rule #6
Don’t Let Salt mix with Sugar-Look Similar-Taste Different
We both can’t be in the same group.
If this is what you believe, then stop they you are the leader of our group. We don’t believe in what you believe and we are in the majority.

Rule #7
Never use their extremism to justify yours


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.


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