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

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?

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 http://goo.gl/maps/9muCe)  Arlington Terrace. )

Wednesday, September 16th 2015

7:00pm – 8:00pm

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


Join Imam Johari Abdul-Malik & Dar Al-Hijrah as we Honor the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King

January 10, 2014

Join Imam Johari Abdul-Malik, Outreach Director, Dar Al-Hijrah as we honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King by attending the host of events inwhich we are taking part in.

Martin Luther King Memorial Breakfast20120108IFC_MLK-00030_Web

Sat., Jan11, 2014 from 9am-12pm

27th Annual Prayer Breakfast, sponsored by the United Black Christians of Region III.

Location: 470413th Street, N.W. @ Peoples Congregational UCC –  Theme: “Visioning with Purpose”

IFC Interfaith: IFC MLK Service “Building The Dream”

Sunday, January 12, 2014

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Location: 1226 Vermont Ave NW, Washington, DC

Luther Place Memorial Church

1226 Vermont Ave NW, Washington, DC

Link: www.ifcmw.org http://www.lutherplace.org/events/building-the-dream-interfaith-service

IMAC – Climate Change

Wednesday, January 15th 2014

What:  Multi-faith Action Honoring  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on his 85th Birthday

When: Wednesday, January 15, 2014     10:30 am – 1:00 pm

Where: 10:30 am – 11:30 am  – American Petroleum Institute – Silent Vigil

1220 L St., NW, Washington, DC

11:30 am – Procession to The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – The White House – Multi-faith Service

1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC; Nearest Metro Stop: McPherson Sq.


Why:  Because Inaction on the Climate Crisis is Immoral.

We will implore our political and religious leaders to address

the suffering and injustice already being caused by climate

change, and to act now to prevent its worst impacts.

MLK Dinner and Shabbat Service featuring NAACP’s Sherrilyn Ifill

Friday, January 17, 2014, beginning at 600 pm

Ms. Ifill is the seventh President and Director-Counsel
of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.


MLK Interfaith Youth for Climate Justice Service Day

Monday, January 20, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Location: All Souls Unitarian Chuch

1500 Harvard St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Program: The volunteers will distribute environmentally efficient light bulbs at institutions and go door-to-door swapping old bulds for new compact florescent light bulbs.

Interfaith: MLK Work-Day (A Day On! Not A Day Off!)

Monday, January 20, 2014, 1000 am – 100 pm

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

Join members of Washington Hebrew Congregation in this 12th annual Day of Service. Together we will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and WHC’s commitment to the homeless and at-risk in our commu- nity as we prepare meals, sort donated clothing, make craft projects, and more.


MLK Interfaith Service

Monday, January 20, 2014 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Location: UUCA Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, 4444 Arlington Boulevard Arlington, VA 22204 | Map & Directions
703-892-2565 | Fax 703-892-5918 | Church Email: uuca@uucava.org

Volunteer Opportunities

October 28, 2013

Dar Al-Hijrah food bank packages food for needy families on Wednesdays. Our thrift store is in need of volunteers to sort clothing and other donated items. Please contact: (703) 459-4196

In Washington DC with support the homeless women’s dinner program at http://www.ThriveDC,org volunteer shifts off from 4 to 6pm daily.


Stand up for Medicaid!

October 10, 2013

Q:107 – Do not deny the needs of your neighbors…..

More than 400,000 Virginians need access to affordable health insurance, but a handful of legislators are standing in their way. Our opposition is well-funded and doing all they can to ensure that Virginia doesn’t expand Medicaid.

We have reason to worry. Just this week The Washington Post reported that Delegate Steve Landes told the Republican House Caucus that Medicaid “is unlikely to be broadened anytime soon.”

Now it’s your turn to tell legislators what the expansion would mean for you, your family or friends.

The Medicaid Innovation and Reform Commission (MIRC) will hear public comments about Medicaid expansion on Tuesday, October 15th at 1:00 p.m. in Richmond. Please email us to RSVP for this important event! We’ll send you all the details and sign you up to speak!

The Affordable Care Act has undoubtedly made insurance affordable for many Virginians, but there are some who are simply too poor to obtain coverage on their own. There’s a provision in the law that allows states to expand Medicaid to cover more working class families. It won’t cost Virginia anything for the first three years. After that Virginia will pay just a fraction of the cost to provide critical healthcare to seniors, kids and families across the state.

What’s more, an independent study shows expanding Medicaid would grow Virginia’s economy by $4 billion over the next six years and create 31,000 new jobs, while cutting state spending on healthcare by 7 percent.

You have a say in whether or not Virginia decides to expand Medicaid! If you can’t join us on Tuesday, please click here to leave a comment online.

Enough is enough. Let’s expand Medicaid today!

–Rishi Awatramani, Organizing Director

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