The Huffington Post interviewed the chief Imam of a notorious northern Virginia mosque who argued that Muslims should not be obligated to criticize the Islamic State.
Current Dar Al-Hijrah Imam Johari Abdul-Malik said in an interview with the Huffington Post that “it sounded like they were apologizing for something they haven’t done, like they were running for cover.”
The Imam’s frustrations and grievances would be perfectly understandable were his mosque not associated with a plethora of Islamic terrorists. Nowhere in the Huffington Post piece does it mention that Dar Al-Hijrah is the mosque with arguably the most convicted terrorists associated with the establishment.
Current Imam Abdul-Malik is the progeny of former chief al-Qaeda recruiter Anwar al-Awlaki, who once served as Imam at the Dar Al-Hijrah mosque.
Major Nidal Malik Hassan, who was responsible for the jihadi attack on Fort Hood in 2009, was also a frequent attendee of the radical mosque.
Additionally, two of the September 11th hijackers were members of the Dar Al-Hijrah congregation.
Imam Johari Abdul-Malik, whom the Huffington Post portrays as a victimized Muslim, has spoken in the past in defense of convicted terrorist Abdul Rahman Al-Amoudi. The Holy Land Foundation trial found Al-Amoudi’s American Muslim Council not only to be a front group for the Muslim Brotherhood, but also guilty of raising funds for terror group Hamas.
Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, a man who in 2005 was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for plotting to assassinate former President George W. Bush, had been employed at Dar Al-Hijrah as an Islamic studies teacher, instructing classes of young children. Malik responded to Ali’s charges by claiming that this was a “frontal attack” on the Muslim community. “Our whole community is under siege,” he said regarding the charges.
In 2005, when a local Virginia Muslim was found guilty of inciting jihad against the United States, Imam Malik said, “There is a view many Muslims have when they come to America that you could not be arrested for something you say. But now they have discovered they are not free to speak their minds.