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Date: Saturday, June 4, 2016For Immediate Release

Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center Remembers Muhammad Ali, Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon-from Allah we come To Allah we Return On behalf on The Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center we extend our condolences to the family of Muhammad Ali for their loss and to all of humanity for the loss of a great humanitarian. 

We thank Allah for Muhammad Ali’s leadership in breaking barriers of faith by his public affirmation of the faith of Islam. His public witness continues to be a source of moral strength for millions around the world.  

Muhammad Ali was blessed with an indefatigable spirit and a defiant will to fight not only in the boxing ring but Ali also won “by decision” in the US Supreme Court his freedom to return to the ring after being discriminated against due to his conscientious objection to the Vietnam War. He would go on to reclaim the world heavyweight crown and remains the only man in history to be a three-time lineal Champion. 
His face is among the most recognized faces on earth while bearing the world’s most common name, Muhammad. Muhammad Ali’s work as a humanitarian and a champion for equality has been carrying the torch of hope around the globe is a thing of legend.   

His courage in the face of his illness is a witness to those struggling with any physical challenges to continue to fight.
Born at a time of racial segregation in America, he was mentored by a caring man in his community and through his hard work, disciple and work ethic he became and will remains among men, “The Greatest”. He was a man who loved people, all people. He had a quick wit even as the young, brash, boxer from Louisville, KY, Cassius Marcellus Clay.
I will share just one of the many quotes he has left behind to guide us, 
“The service you do for others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.”

May Allah bless him with the best of his deeds in this life and grant him the “greatest” place in paradise among the righteous. Ameen امين 

Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center, Imam Johari Abdul-Malik
imamjohari@gmail.com 703-536-1030 (O), 202-345-5233 (cell)


– Building Bridges Through Faith –


Please join me!

Imam Johari Abdul Malik

In the past month the Jewish and Muslim communities have been shattered by the terrorist killings of four boys: Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaer, Eyal Yifrah, and Muhammed Abu Khdeir.

In response, Jewish and Muslim clergy of the DC area are joining together as part of an international effort by religious leaders to pray for an end to the violence.


On Tuesday, July 17th the Jewish and Muslim calendars are united in a day of fast: the fast of 17 Tamuz, and the fast of Ramadan. For both traditions this is a day designated for soul-searching, an opportunity for people to take responsibility, and for self repair, communal purification, and repentance.

As we join together we hope to direct the consciousness of both peoples to this day as a “peak day” – a day in which each man and woman will be invited to take part, to fast in solidarity with…

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April 16, is Emancipation day in the District. It celebrates the day in 1862 when 3,100 enslaved individuals in the District of Columbia were emancipated, including slaves who lived and worked in our community. This occurred nine months before Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. The District emancipation involved compensating the slave owners – at a total cost of $1 million. It stands as the only emancipation with compensation in the United States. Four years later, after the Civil War ended and after the 1865 ratification of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution officially abolishing slavery nationwide – slaves were freed without compensation to their owners.

The Emancipation Day celebration was held yearly in the District from 1866 to 1901 with a parade. Organized by the black elite of the city, the parades began in 1866 as a demonstration of African American pride and political strength. School children often took a day off in order to watch all the black civic organizations and clubs march in the parade. Militia groups and Civil War veterans marched in full regalia with slogans on banners that called for liberty and equality for all citizens.1 Rain or shine the emancipation parades went on, all throughout the city in stark contrast to the black codes of the antebellum era, which restricted African American movements. Where slave coffles had once passed, free African Americans now marched openly rejoicing their new status as citizens.

In close proximity to the White House, where many of the domestic staff had been enslaved, witnessing scores of free African Americans in elaborate civilian or military dress was an evocative image. Presidential approval helped make the parades a success and acknowledged African-Americans had the right to assemble in Lafayette Square as free people. Presidents Ulysses S. Grant and Andrew Johnson particularly enjoyed the tributes to Lincoln and the Republican Party as emancipators. Presidents usually reviewed at least one of the parades during their administration.

The city revived the parades in 2002 as a result of the research, lobbying and leadership of Ms. Loretta Carter-Hanes. She started her quest to bring back the parades in the early 1980s. She scoured the archives for any and all information about emancipation day and the parades. Starting in 1991, Hanes organized events that would commit the day to public memory. Eventually, Emancipation Day was made an official public holiday in the District of Columbia in 2005. Each year, District residents again celebrate the end of slavery in Washington, D.C.

Among those compensated for their slaves were John Adlum’s heirs. He was the founder of the Springland Farm. In order to secure compensation, they had to pledge loyalty to the Union and would then received up to $300 per freed slaves. (The DC emancipation act also appropriated $100,000 “to aid in the colonization and settlement of such free persons of African descent now residing in said District … as may desire to emigrate to the Republics of Haiti or Liberia, or such other country beyond the limits of the United States as the President may determine.”) This compensation process, plus Adlum family wills where their “property” is listed, gives us precise records of the slaves that lived and labored on the Springland Farm for the Adlum family.

Today is a day to honor these men and women and their children who toiled on the land where we live.


Chuck Ludlam

Chuck Ludlam and Paula Hirschoff live in the UDC area. Thanks, Chuck!

Frank P. Esposito

Administrative Support Specialist




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Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center Community Outreach

On behalf of the Muslim community in the greater Washington area we extend our sincere condolences to the families of those who have lost loved ones or who were injured in this most recent gun rampage in the Nation’s capital.

Below you will find an invitation to attend our annual program of peace in conjunction with the United Nation’s International Day of Peace, a day that is recognized throughout the world. Thank you for joining us in this program on Saturday morning. We will begin at 10:00 a.m. with light refreshments and fellowship after the program, a time in which we will ask that you share your thoughts on this question – How can we better educate our communities to live in peace? For those of you who need an ending time, definitely we should be finished everything by noon.

Thank you for sharing the invitation below and attached with…

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An article about our efforts in helping the environment

“There is something more fundamental about good environmentalism that if one fails to do it one has failed the test of serving their God,” said Imam Johari Abdul-Malik of the Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Va. “This is not new. That message in the scriptures as they were written thousands of years ago.”

For Immediate Release July 24, 2008

Media Contacts: Imam Johari Abdul-Malik, Director of Outreach, Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center, Phone: 202-345-5233 or Email: Imam.Johari@gmail.com or Susan Lydick, Fairfax Partnership for Youth, Inc. Phone: 703-328-4421 Email: Susan.Lydick@fairfaxcounty.gov

Falls Church, VAThe Culmore Community Youth Collaborative (CCYC) will hold a fundraising and community outreach event Thursday July 31 from 6:30-8:30 pm in Suite 100, First Floor, Region 2 Human Services Building at 6245 Leesburg Pike Falls Church 22041.

The CCYC is a collaborative of community stakeholders working together to share ideas, expertise, and resources to meet the needs of youth and resolve issues this population faces in the Culmore Community of Falls Church.

The purpose of the CCYC event on July 31st is to raise funds and recruit volunteers needed to continue providing supervised academic and social support for middle and high school students in the Culmore community while they are out of school due to suspension. Such a program has operated in Culmore for the past two years with federal funding through the Fairfax Partnership for Youth, Inc. Funding ended June 30, 2008.

The CCYC has made saving Culmore support on suspension (SOS) a top priority. The CCYC identified saving SOS as a critical need after hearing police testimony that youth enrollment in Culmore SOS has prevented youth crime, school principal report that Culmore SOS has kept students up on their academic work and reduced the risk of school drop out, and parent and youth feedback that the supervised support they received while on suspension was critical to helping the student return to school.

Carmen Fernandez, Executive Director, for Hispanics Against Child Abuse and Neglect (HACAN) is a member of the leadership committee and has this to say about the effort, “Young people in Culmore who are having the kinds of problems that get them suspended from school are already having a very difficult time and their families are under great stress. If we lose the Culmore SOS program the situation will get much worse.”

Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center is spearheading the effort with support and technical assistance form the Fairfax Partnership for Youth.

For more information about FPY visit www.fairfaxyouth.org. For more information about Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center visit www.daralhijarh.net.