Driving while Black, Brown, Red or Green

July 16, 2016

I condemn in the strongest terms use of excessive force by many police department in the United States.  Therefore my comments should in no way be taken that I condoning the actions of the Police Department or the grand jurys in the deaths of some many Black lives.  There is a book recently written by a young man in my community but I think every young black man and apply to their lives if they want to thrive in America.

my father used to tell us when you know who you’re dealing with act accordingly.


Here are some sample questions. I included [my thoughts] in brackets to show where I am going with the question:

– What is your advice to limit the chances of getting pulled over?
[Head/brake lights in working order, etc, NEVER speeding, ALWAYS stop at signal lights/stop signs]

– What are the must haves of driving?
[Tags, registration, driver’s license, insurance, should NEVER be allowed to expire, etc. If you don’t have it DO NOT DRIVE]

– If pulled over how should one behave if one is pulled over?
[pull over immediately, roll down all four windows to show what is in the car, hands on stirring wheel, be polite]

– What is your advice for AFTER getting a ticket?
[SHOW UP FOR COURT!!! PAY THE TICKET!!! This is how many enter the system]

– What is your advice to limit (note: not stop, but LIMIT) any proking on the street?
[i.e., dress and appearance, keeping ID]

– Any advice you have for dealing with law enforcement in one’s home (i.e., you call them/potential domestic dispute)?
[keep ID on you, remain calm]

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله – peace be upon you
Imam Johari Abdul-Malik Ibn WR Seale

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

No Choice, No Voice!

November 2, 2013

An older (but good) film featuring my good friend Mahdi Bray encouraging all of us to vote. “No Choice, No Voice”:

Virginia governor takes a step in the right direction

October 28, 2013

The Virginia governor is taking a step in the right direction. I believe one of the elements of restorative justice is to return full voting rights to those who have paid their debts to society.

Unfortunately it is too often the poor and the uneducated who are incarcerated and the paying of court fees presents an obstacle to the poor ex-offender giving advantage of the wealthy.



Voting is a matter of faith

October 28, 2013

Nov 5th – Election Day is coming!
Voting is a matter of faith. The faith that we can make a difference. In many districts the minority vote will turn the election. Whatever your faith or conviction vote for the common good.

O you who believe! Stand out firmly for God as just witnesses and let not hatred of others make you avoid justice. Be just: that is nearer to piety & God consciousness (Q 5:8)

Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center Welcomes Candidates

October 27, 2013

After Jumah Prayer Candidate Stump

All candidates are invited to speak to the community after congregational prayers this Friday, Nov 1st 2013

Candidates Jumah. Each candidate will have 3mins to address each of the three session of ~1,400 worshippers from Northern Virginia.

After First Prayer: 11:45

After Second Prayer: 12:45

After Third Prayer: 2:00

Please contact: Tom (Abu-Nabil) Garbia tgarbia@gmail.com or call (703) 906-0707.

I look forward to seeing you on Friday.

Dar Al-Hijrah is a 501(c)(3) organization and does not endorse any candidates for public office.


Re: US Muslim Delegation to Moroccan March 2013 – Human Rights Commission

March 24, 2013

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ

Re: US Muslim Delegation to Moroccan March 2013
السلام عليكم ورحمة الله – peace be upon you,

Dear Mr. Driss El-Yazami,

Oh Allah Bless Muhammad (pbuh) and the followers of Muhammad, pbuh. as Allah blessed Ibrahim (pbuh) and the followers of Ibrahim.

It was my pleasure to meet with during our brief stay in The Kingdom of Maroc. Congratulations to the King and the people of Morocco for this critical effort. May Allah strengthen you in achieving you these noble objectives.

I serve on the board of the Council of Muslim Organizations of Washington, DC (The Council) representing over 100 mosques and Muslim organizations. As an American, I wish to extend thanks to The Kingdom for being the first nation to recognize the sovereignty of The United States of America. We applaud the efforts of the current governments efforts to remove corruption, increase transparency and accountability.

As a descendent of Africans brought to America as enslaved people, many of whom were Muslims, who were denied our most fundamental human rights but who never lost the faith to live free. Dr.King reminded us,

“the moral arc of the universe is long, but it bends toward justice”.

Please do not under estimate the power of words and your efforts. Everything that exists came into existence with the word!

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ

بَدِيعُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ وَإِذَا قَضَىٰ أَمْرًا فَإِنَّمَا يَقُولُ لَهُ كُن فَيَكُونُ

To Him is due the primal origin of the heavens and the earth: When He decreeth a matter, He saith to it: “Be,” and it is.

The prophethood of Muhammad, pbuh, began with the word,

اقْرَأْ بِاسْمِ رَبِّكَ الَّذِي خَلَقَ

Proclaim! (or read!) in the name of thy Lord and Cherisher, Who created-

You have many challenges ahead of you, as you know the constitution of the US was amended to emancipate its former slaves and the power an independent judiciary including the US Supreme (Constitutional) Court has been critical for the implementation of these laws. We wish you the best in establishing a “High Council of the Judiciary” to defend and interpret the new constitution of Morocco.

We pray that in time the powers of your commission will expand allowing you to directly bring cases to the court with a team of constitutional lawyers.

I must take a moment to applaud your efforts to produce public education programs on human rights and the engagement with ‘Citizens Clubs’ in colleges and hopefully in High Schools that teach about the concepts of human rights. Your work with police reform, especially in rural areas, serves as a ray of hope to the common man that a new social order is being achieved.

The first amendment to the US constitution, enshrining the freedoms of conscience (religion), freedom of speech, freedom of the press and freedom of assembly are critical to ensure the continuous struggle for human rights. I would love to receive copies of the six films that you have produced documenting human rights violations in Moroccan prisons.

Lastly, the public “Truth and Reconciliation” progress that the government and civil society conducted was a giant step for the peaceful transition in the “Moroccan Spring” which began many years before the current “Arab Spring”. May Allah continue to strengthen these efforts.

Chairman middle

Chairman middle

As a member of executive board of The Council , I express my commitment to support your efforts in establishing a modern Moroccan constitutional society. We are blessed to have a growing Moroccan community in the US and particularly in Washington, DC and we look forward to working with you in areas of common interest in the future. If you are coming to the United States please know that we will do our best support your efforts.

May Allah continue to bless you, your family and your noble work in the bringing of benefit to the people of Morocco and the region.

Sincerely Yours in Islam,

Imam Johari