Northern Virginia Mosque Dar Al-Hijrah and Faith Leaders Host Prayer Vigil for Alexandria Man Slain in Huntington Park

September 16, 2015

Northern Virginia Mosque Dar Al-Hijrah Extends Condolences To The Family of Khalil Aboumalik.

“To Allah belongs what He takes and to Him belongs what He gives and there is a set time by Him for everything. Do exercise patience and expect reward.” Northern Virginia Mosque joins community to mourn the murder of Khalil Aboumalik to street violence in Alexandria, VA

A coalition of faith and community groups lead by Rev Carolyn Boyd (Plymouth Congregational Church) and Imam Johari Abdul-Malik (Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center) will hold a candle light vigil at the site of the murder of 42 year old Moroccan Muslim, Khalid Aboumalik.  Mr. Aboumalik was apparently killed while being robbed by neighborhood youth.

According to WUSA9-TVAboumalik’s body was found in Huntington Park on August 5. Police say residents spotted his body lying not far from a baseball field while walking through the area”.

Rev Boyd said, “We come together to heal and affirm the dignity of our community, to advance the values of peace, safety and a shared community”.

Sources report his remains were sent to his family with the help of the Moroccan government.

According to Imam Johari Abdul-Malik, “While the nation is grappling with a spike in police brutality directed toward black people and the resultant black rage, let us not forget that the overwhelming majority of black lives lost is due to black-on-black crime”.

The community is invited to join us for this prayer vigil honoring the life of Khalil Aboumalik at the site of the incident in Huntington Park, Alexandria, Virginia. (Huntington Park

Alexandria, VA 22303  Arlington Terrace. )

Wednesday, September 16th 2015

7:00pm – 8:00pm

Walk for peace in southeast DC

July 22, 2015

image imageAfter a weekend in which we witnessed six shootings in a 24-hour period in Washington DC will call together by the city Council woman to have a walk for peace

Click this link to watch our first walk :

Northern VA Walks for Peace in Washington

July 21, 2015


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


Northern Virginian Mosque Joins Walk for Peace in SE, Washington, DC

Tuesday, July 20, 2015 (Washington, DC)

On behalf of the board of directors and the community of Muslims worshipping at The Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center, we extend our condolences to the families who lost their loved ones this weekend in the shootings in the District of Columbia, Washington DC. During a 24 hour period this past weekend there were six shootings in the District of Columbia.

“These are our children who killing other children. It’s time for us to get out of our comfort zone. We must meet these young men where they are and open a dialogue”, said Imam Johari Abdul-Malik, Director of outreach for the Dar Al-Hijrah islamic center and member of Mayor Bowser’s Interfaith Council.

We are calling upon the Muslim communities, people of faith and people of moral conviction to join us as we answer the call from Ward 8 City Councilwoman, LaRuby May, to walk the streets of Washington tonight in a peace march.

Walk4Peace in SE
Congress Park Community Center
1345 Savannah St SE,
Wash, DC via @abc7newsw

For more information goto: or

CONTACT: Imam Johari Abdul-Malik (202) 345-5233


*Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center is one the largest and diverse Islamic Centers in the nation. We are committed to service the community as a place of worship, education and social service. Learn more at

Imam Johari Discusses Ramadan on PBS

July 20, 2015

Video: Imam Johari Abdul-Malik Discusses Ramadan, Eid ul-Fitr on PBSimage

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.


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.

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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