Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center Community Outreach

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This winter, beginning December 2nd 2008, The Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center is partnering with Volunteers for America and the Fairfax County Government to provide a warm, safe and caring place for the homeless in Northern Virginia. After searching for a house of worship to cover the missing nights in the schedule, Sandra (Sandy) S. Chisholm, Community Interfaith Liaison, Fairfax County Department of Systems Management for Human Services, came to Dar Al-Hijrah’s Mohamed Abdelillah, Social Service chairman, and asked him to join the participating area churches in providing temporary overnight shelter for the homeless in Falls Church. Dar Al-Hijrah was quick to take up the call.


“The overnight shelter will be open every night during the winter months and members of our congregation will be providing breakfast for our homeless neighbors each morning, Islam teaches us that it is our duty to care for our neighbors” said Imam Johari Abdul-Malik, who serves as Director of Outreach for the center.

Thornell Hancock, Volunteers for America’s Development Specialist/Hypothermia Program Co-coordinator for the Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter and his team will staff the area shelters with the help of community volunteers. Some of the homeless are “the working poor, they may be under-employed or just can’t afford the rent in this area and wind-up homeless”. says Mr. Hancock, “Some of just made the unfortunate ‘life choices’ “.

Those in need of shelter must register at Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter, there they have dinner and then are taken the short van ride to the mosque or other sites. An array of social services, comprehensive health and employment services are provided throughout the night’s program. “This program is designed to help people transition from homelessness into permanent housing” says Imam Johari. The program will run until the spring.


Culmore CleanupDar Al Hijrah has been a primary sponsor of the Culmore Cleanup since its inception and we proudly participated once again this year as part of the calling of our faith to participate in our community

Pictures of our teams are on facebook group

Cross posted at PIR’s blog

First Fundraising Event at Dar Al-Hijrah … More than $350 Donated

Our first fundraising event took place yesterday alhamdullah. We decided to make food and sell toys at the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center Festival in Falls Church, Virginia.
Alhamdullah we were able to raise more than $350 . While that may not seem much, if you realize that millions of people around the world live on less than a dollar a day, those $350 can beithnAllah feed more than 350 people! You as well -whatever you donate after reading this post- it will beithnAllah help many many people.

There were many amazing and touching moments yesterday. Many people paid more than the value of the food or the toys when they knew that we are working to help Muslim orphans. We made a sign that said “Buy a Toy Save a Muslim Orphan” and all of a sudden people started giving $10 for a slice of pizza 🙂

The most amazing incident was a little girl who would come every 10 minutes or so and look into all the toys. After doing that a few times, she came back and said “This is my donation.” It was a $10 bill. One of the volunteers thanked her very much and asked her to take whatever toys she wants. “Even though I like many of toys very much, I won’t take any because this money is a donation,” the girl said.
I ask Allah (swt) to bless her and bless all of you for your continued support. You can now donate using Paypal using your debit or credit card. You don’t need to have a Paypal account to donate. The link is at the top of this page.
Jazakum Allahu Khairan.

The Dar Al Hijrah Outreach Committee will be having a program presenting the history of Muslims in America.

Saturday, February, 23rd 2008 from 12:00PM – 9:00PM as the Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center.

The afternoon will feature a walking tour of the American Islamic Heritage Museum [AIHM] exhibit in the courtyard of Dar Al-Hijrah. Br Amir Muhammad, who is Director of the Museum will lead discussion about the exhibit

Also, from 7:30PM – 9:00PM, Imam Khalid Abdul-Fattah Griggs, author the new book “Islamic Party of North America” will lecture on the History of the Islamic Movement in America in the Post Malcolm X period.  Special emphasis will be placed on the role of Americans and their achievements in Washington, DC

Film Festival:  Throughout afternoon there will be are series of showings of the films:

Prince Among Slaves,  Malcolm X followed by discussions lead by Imam Johari Abdul-Malik

Please mark the date and join us


In His description of the Abrar (the pious and righteous) and their rewards in Paradise, Allah swt states in the Holy Quran that one of the reasons the Abrar deserved Paradise was because they feed, for the love of Allah, the indigent, the orphan, and the captive. Saying, “We feed you for the Sake of Allah alone: no reward do we desire from you, nor thanks” (76:8-9). In hopes of achieving the high status of the Abrar, MAS Youth of DC volunteers arrived at DC Central Kitchen on December 30, 2007 to help prepare some of the four thousand meals the Kitchen cooks on a daily basis.

The event began with a short khatira (reminder) that emphasized the importance of giving back to the community in a continual and consistent manner and the responsibility Muslims should assume in ridding society of the hunger and poverty that exists within it. Abdel-Rahman Hamed, the MAS Youth of DC Director commented on this stating: “Islam is a realistic way of life that is relevant to our social problems today and I call on our youth throughout the DC metropolitan area to seek these opportunities and commit themselves to the mission and vision of MAS Youth of DC in order to double our efforts and create an Islamic momentum for change in our home, with our neighbors and the society at large.” 

Before heading out to their workstations in the kitchen, MYDC volunteer s renewed their intentions and then were given a short briefing about DC Central Kitchen by one of its volunteer chefs. The 37 participants wore gloves and aprons and put their cooking skills to work as they chopped onions, potatoes, celery, broccoli, chicken, and various other ingredients that were to be used for the chicken-pot-pies and broccoli cheddar soup the kitchen was cooking up.  

It was a tiring but rewarding three hour event that ended when MYDC volunteers packed for distribution the chicken-pot-pies and other meals they cooked. As Hamed notes, “the satisfaction felt after serving our Creator by serving His creation cannot be described in words and one gets a sincere understanding and appreciation of the justice in Islam’s social context, one which cannot be attained by just attending study circles and seminars.”  

The DC Central Kitchen staff was thankful for the time MYDC volunteers put into volunteering at the Kitchen as well as the positive energy that was clearly displayed by all of them. Indeed, “He who eats his fill while his neighbor goes without food is not a [complete] believer.” May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon the source of our guidance and upon all those who follow the path of righteousness. 

To read what MYDC participants have said about this and other events, visit our blog at mydc.wordpress.com !  

MAS Youth of DC carries out various projects and activities that aim to give youth an opportunity to show their appreciation and dedication to their faith through comprehensive approaches by developing their spirituality, understanding, and overall character to become a beacon of light in our American society.

Dar Al-Hijrah was proud to be amongst the sponsors of yesterday’s beautiful Eid event at the DC Convention Center

Video of the Eid Celebration at the DC Convention Center.

Plus a Photo Gallery

More photos are below and on the DAH Facebook Group

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Eid Al-Adha is Wednesday, December 19th, 2007
For more information about the Eid Prayer visit