The Dar Al- Hijrah mosque in Northern Virginia has been the home of Anwar al-Awalaki, Maj. Nidal Hasan, two of the 9/11 terrorists, financial terrorist Abdurahman Alamoudi, Hamas terrorist Mousa Abu Marzook, and numerous other terrorism suspects.
While American Muslim leaders gathered at Washington’s National Press club to condemn ISIS in a scathing 17-page letter to ISIS, the imam of Dar Al- Hijrah, Johari Abdul-Malik (pictured below) refused to join in and told the Huffington Post, “It sounded like they were apologizing for something they haven’t done, like they were running for cover.”
In November 2004, the Investigative Project reported that Johari, who was then Chair of the Coordinating Council of Muslim Organizations, gave a sermon at the mosque he now serves as imam.
He said that “People even under the pressures that you and I know about, the deen of Islam is growing because people see even within all of this struggle it is better to be a Muslim under these conditions…before Allah closes our eyes for the last time your will see Islam move from being the second largest religion in America.”
Without force, this is nowhere near possible with in a country with roughly 79% Christians and 7% Jews.
President Barack Obama called on the world’s Muslims to “explicitly, forcefully and consistently reject” ISIS, while Secretary of State John Kerry said that Muslims need to “reclaim Islam.”
Some Muslim organizations with the signatures of 126 prominent Islamic scholars, including the grand muftis of Egypt, Jerusalem, Bulgaria, and Kosovo, responded in a letter.
While ISIS – in the name of Islam – is viciously torturing and slaughtering innocent people; while there are so many decapitated heads that they can’t be counted; while women are raped, brutalized, and sold into slavery in the real war on women; while babies and children are decapitated and their heads staked; while people including children are buried alive; these Muslims don’t want to see a “knee-jerk” reaction.
Abdul-Malik said, “Dr. King said we are all caught up in a network of mutuality — whatever affects one directly will indirectly affect the other. If I speak up against ISIS, it’s because I’m a human being, not because I’m a Muslim.”
He has allegedly sermonized about ISIS being a “false theology.”
Absurdly, there is this view: “When you ask Muslims to condemn or denounce heinous actions, ideologies or groups what you’re saying is that you don’t trust any Muslim.”
Sana Saeed, a San Francisco-based producer at the digital Al Jazeera channel AJ+, wrote in a recent blog post, “Why I Won’t Condemn ISIS: “[Y]ou’re saying that I can’t be trusted until and unless I vocalize dissent against an individual, an action, an ideology or a group that claims to do something in the name of a shared identity.”
Saeed said she was “tired of people in my communities constantly partaking in and creating public campaigns to put up a good face of our religion.” However, she added that she “can’t blame them for trying to show how they practice, envision and know Islam.”
They shouldn’t have to condemn the actions of vile Islamists though there are hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of them insisting they represent Islam.
What should we take away from this?
A Pew Research Center survey released in September found that half of Americans believe Islam is more likely than other religions to encourage violence.
If Catholics were blowing up abortion clinics en masse, wouldn’t we expect Catholics to come out and condemn it forcefully and definitively?
Don’t fear, there is another ridiculous hashtag campaign on twitter – #NotInMyName – that Obama in all his superciliousness recognized in his address to the U.N.
The hashtag campaign did a lot of good for the little girls kidnapped by Boko Haram who ridiculed the campaign on Twitter.
Look at how one group responded to the ISIS slaughter according to HuffPo: “Saeed and thousands of other Muslims expressed their views under a different banner, #MuslimApologies, in which Muslims sarcastically tweeted apologies for things that aren’t offensive. Many of the tweets highlighted Muslim inventions, like algebra and kebabs.”
Ignore the slaughter and demand respect. It’s a bit of a contradiction.
In May, the Daily Caller quoted this same imam, Johari Abdul-Malik: “There is a great reluctance to excommunicate someone by extension. … It would be like convicting someone in absentia,” If crimes have been committed, the Nigerian government should punish the individuals, he added.
In the face of the obvious, Johari refused to see.
On May 7, according to Daily Caller, Joharil Abdul-Malik held a press conference with other Muslim advocates and denied that Islamic strictures shaped Boko Haram’s campaign.
“Islam is not the problem,” said Ahmed Bedier, a Florida-based Islamic advocate. “We’re tired of people coming on television and asking where does this ideology come from,” Bedier said. “Well, this ideology comes from nowhere,” he insisted.
In March 2010, the Washington Times hundreds of people urged legislators to boycott the House of Delegates during a floor session when Johari was selected to deliver the opening prayer.
They said he condones violence and defends terrorism.
Johari said in response, “To try to cast me as someone who’s a terrorist and closed-minded — they picked the wrong guy.”
Soon after Sept. 11, Abdul-Malik was featured in paid ads produced by a group of national Muslim organizations, which denounced terrorism and the attacks. He has condemned terrorism and Osama bin Laden on “The O’Reilly Factor” and other television programs.
James Lafferty, chairman of the Virginia Anti-Shariah Task Force said, “He’s an apologist for people who commit criminal acts.”. The group, along with the Traditional Values Coalition and Act for America, held the rally.
“All they’re doing is showing that racism still lives in the Old Dominion,” Abdul-Malik said. “But at the same time, there’s a new Dominion. That’s what we’re going to show people.”
As Malik said in 2004, “before Allah closes our eyes for the last time your will see Islam move from being the second largest religion in America.”
Is it a grandiose vision or an ominous prediction?