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

April 20, 2016


..: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

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

Dr. Sulayman Nyang Update

April 2, 2016

Brother Akmal wrote (April 24th 2016):


Dear Believers,

As salaamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu wa maghfiratuh! Today I visited Dr. Sulayman Nyang and Quasim Williams. Dr. Nyang is still at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. However, he is not on life support or in ICU. Seventeen year old Qausim is still across the street at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital.
Alhamdulillah, Dr. Nyang is in a private room on a regular patient wing (4C room 3). He still has a trach tube in so he is unable to speak. He is quiet aware; while I spoke to him he blinked his eyes. As I was leaving I greeted him with ‘As salaamu alaikum’ and he returned the greeting – his lips moved – mouthing ‘wa alaikum as salaam’! Alhamdulillah! He has a long recover to go but he is well on his way! May Allah (SWT) bless him with a complete recovery! Ameen!

☮ Peace Salaam سلام : Dr Nyang update: Alhamdulilah his wife reports that he is able to comprehend instructions and showing improvement but still in critical condition. Still not accepting visitors. Please continue to pray for him.

Dr.Sulayman Nyang Hospitalized: Update 3/29/16

March 30, 2016


As-salamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wabarakatuh

I went to visit our beloved Dr. Sulayman Nyang in the hospital. It turns out that he suffered a massive stroke on Wednesday, March 16th and was admitted to MedStar Washington Hospital. He was in the intensive care unit and under observation until Sunday. His condition is still critical and doctors are attempting to stabilize him.

When I went to visit him, he had been sedated and therefore was not aware of anyone in the room. On behalf of those of our leadership, I made du’a to Allah for healing and recovery for our teacher and scholar.

At Howard University alone, he must have worked on the thesis committees of at least 100 if not more doctoral and masters students. I am one such beneficiary of his wisdom as he and indeed Dr. Zahid Bukhari, served on my dissertation committee exploring Somali adolescents. Such a prolific and humble individual masha’Allah.

I am in touch with his family and have requested that they share any updates so that I may pass them along to our leadership. I have also assured his family that they should not feel they are alone in dealing with this on both the emotional and financial support levels.

If you are able to visit him, he is admitted to the main building of the Medstar Washington Hospital complex. Hospital garage parking is across the street. In the main building, you can check to be sure at the reception desk but as of yesterday (Monday), you simply had to take elevators marked “C/D” to the 2nd floor. Then look for the “H” wing, he is in 2H, room 4. Again, better to check with the reception in case they have moved him.

Wassalamu alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh
Dr Altaf Husain

Dar al-Hijrah Sustainability Committee Wednesday, February 10

February 9, 2016


Asalaamu Alaikum,

Tomorrow, Wednesday February 10 from 4-5:30 PM (Dar al-Hijrah Library) you are invited to join me and others environmental leaders in our community to discuss how to can collectively turn Dar al-Hijrah into one of the greenest mosques in North America insh’Allah.

Over the past few years, a number of individuals have put in considerable effort to work on green projects within the Dar al-Hijrah community. From Ramadan (and beyond) recycling programs to community gardens, Alhumudullilah community members have dedicated a lot of time and effort to growing closer to Allah through their service to our masjid. May their efforts and intentions be accepted. Ameen.

I am excited to announce a new initiative that seeks to combine our efforts into one committee. It is through our systematic collaboration insh’Allah that the sustainable practices of our beloved Prophet Muhammad SAW can grow within our own hearts and spread to the brothers and sisters we prostrate besides in our prayers.

The idea here is the play the long game; to directly change the culture of Dar al-Hijrah to be one of moderate consumption and care for all of creation.

The committee format relies upon all segments of our community to participate–raising their voices, and acting upon their intentions.

Please be on time for the meeting. JAK


Small Group Discussion
Next Steps

Questions? Please contact me at 608.509.3346

Pastor Preaches Against Islamophobia

January 29, 2016

Here’s the link: http://unitarianuniversalistchurchofarlingtonva.yourstreamlive.com/ Just click on archive. It is the sermon for 1/22/16.

Anti/Islsmophobia sermon by pastor of UUCA church.


January 5, 2016


The memorial will take place on Dr Martin Luther King weekend

Saturday January 16 at 3:00 p.m. at
Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ
5301 North Capitol Street, NE
Washington, D.C. 20011
We will be celebrating his life in his words, writings, music, song. A small reception will follow.

Ibrahim Clayton Ramey, Muslim Human Rights Activist Passed Away (12/11/15) Last Night

December 12, 2015

imageIbrahim Ramey
Director of the Civil Rights Division of the Muslim American Society
Pro to the question “Is It Appropriate to Build a Muslim Community Center (aka the ”Ground Zero Mosque”) near the World Trade Center site?”
“Muslims, like other people in America, have first amendment rights in terms of freedom of religion, but the more important thing is that we reject the notion of collective guilt. We are not collectively guilty for actions that are taken by some people in the name of Islam…
…Muslims have a legitimate role to play in the social fabric of this country and are a part of the interfaith mosaic of the United States. But more than that, I think that this particular group in the Cordoba Institute can do a huge amount of good, not only for Muslims in New York, but also for interfaith relations around the country.”
CNN debate with Pamela Geller of Stop the Islamization of America, July 15, 2010
Theoretical Expertise Ranking:

Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Involvement and Affiliations:
Director, Civil Rights Division, Muslim American Society, 2006-present
Board member, Muslim Women’s Institute
Board member, Temple of Understanding
Board member, the Climate Crisis Coalition
Vice President, Steering Committees, Religious NGO Community at the United Nations
Associate, Fellowship of Reconciliation, 2006
BA, University of Pennsylvania, 1972
Contact Info:
Phone: 202-552-7414
Fax: None found
Email: info@masfreedom.org
Select Publications:
“A Response to the ADL’s ‘Anti-Israel’ Tag,” http://www.iamramey.blogspot.com, Oct. 18, 2010
“Is the Anti-Shar’ia Hysteria Just a Smokescreen for Islamophobia?,” http://www.iamramey.blogspot.com, Oct. 12, 2010
“It’s September 12th, and Islamophobia Is Still Alive and Un-well in America,” http://www.iamramey.blogspot.com, Sep. 15, 2010
“On August 6th, We Should Take One Small Step to Abolish Nuclear Weapons,” http://www.iamramey.blogspot.com, Aug. 6, 2010
“A New Victory in a Long Struggle: Lower Manhattan Mosque Gets Green Light for Construction!,” http://www.iamramey.blogspot.com, Aug. 5, 2010
“Propaganda May Rage, But It Still Isn’t Truth,” http://www.iamramey.blogspot.com, July 19, 2010
“Is True Religious Freedom in America in Danger?,” http://www.iamramey.blogspot.com, July 15, 2010
“Has President Obama Sold Out the People of Palestine,” http://www.iamramey.blogspot.com, July 7, 2010
“Is the War in Afghanistan About Protecting Democracy or Protecting Capital?,” http://www.iamramey.blogspot.com, July 1, 2010
Recipient, Distinguished International Service Award, National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, 2004
Recipient, Better World Activist Award, Muslim American Society, 2000
Quoted in:
• 1. Is It Appropriate to Build a Muslim Community Center (aka the ”Ground Zero Mosque”) near the World Trade Center site?