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Suicide Bomber Wannabe Prayed At Anwar Al Awlaki's Former Mosque As Did 9/11 Hijackers and Nidal Hassan

February 19, 2012

MIM:Amine El Khalifi, the would be suicide bomber who planned to blow himself up in The Capitol prayed for the sucess of his attack at the Dar Al Hijrah mosque in Falls Church ,Virginia, The mosque has been known as a terrorist haven where two of the 9/11 hijackers prayed as did Nidal Hassan, the army pyschiatrist at who murdered 13 people and injured scores at Fort Hood.

See: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/6521758/Fort-Hood-shooting-Texas-army-killer-linked-to-September-11-terrorists.html

Imam and director of outreach for the Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center is Johari Abdul Malik, a radical cleric (see below) who has helped to raise money for Muslims convicted of terrorism like Ali Al Tamimi.He has also spoken in support of Ahmed Omar Abu Ali who was convicted of planning to assassinate president Bush and providing material support to Al-Qaeda. Ali worshipped at DAH and was also a camp counselor and teacher of Islamic studies there.Two of the 9/11 hijackers worshipped at DAH and it is speculated that the then Imam, Anwar Al Awlaki, helped facilitate the 9/11 attacks. (See below).

According to NBC Washington News DAH has issued a statement regarding Khalifi's arrest and it is worth noting that true to Islamist template they made sure to mention that they could have been victims of "retaliatory crimes" citing an imaginary backlash and were "relieved" that the community was not at risk any time from the planned attack".

"Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center issued a statement Sunday expressing their relief at the sting operation that led to the arrest of Amine El Khalifi, and thanked local law enforcement officials for ensuring that the mosque was not targeted for retaliatory crimes.

"We are all relieved that the community was not at risk at any time from the planned attack," the statement read.

Khalifi was arrested Friday while en route to the U.S. Capitol, the target of his planned suicide attack. Earlier in the day, authorities said that Khalifi had prayed at the mosque for the success of the attack" http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Falls-Church-Mosque-Praises-Would-Be-Bombers-Arrest-139634603.html

MIM:It should come as no surprise that Khalifi choose DAH to pray for the success of his suicide mission. The mosque is still a hotbed for Islamist radicalism and promotes extremism. The Islamic Circle of North America's (ICNA who are linked to Al Qaeda has an advertisement of the DAH website for their "charity" ICNA Relief. There is also a link to the Muslim American Society (MAS) which is connected to ICNA and is an arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States whose mission is to turn this country into a Muslim American society. http://www.hijrah.org/ns/.

MIM: Discover The Networks had this to say about DAH Imam Johari Abdul-Malik:

"Johari Abdul-Malik is the imam of Dar Al-Hijrah, a Falls Church, Virginia mosque that was once a place of worship for notable terrorists and extremists including Abdurahman Alamoudi and Mousa Abu Marzook. In November 2004 Abdul-Malik delivered a sermon there saying:

"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 than to be a kaffir under any conditions... before Allah closes our eyes for the last time you will see Islam move from being the second largest religion in America-that's where we are now- to being the first religion in America."

In September of 2004, discussing the impact of 9/11 on the Muslim community, Abdul-Malik took the opportunity to laud one of his congregants, Ismael Selim Elbarasse, who had just been arrested for videotaping structural parts of Maryland's Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Elbarasse, who has been described as a "high-ranking Hamas operative," held a joint bank account with Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzook for the purpose of financing the terror group. Another congregant, Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, in March of 2006, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for providing material support to Al-Qaeda, whilst plotting to assassinate President Bush. About the charges against Abu Ali, Abdul-Malik stated, "Our whole community is under siege."


MIM:The 9/11 Commission Report pieced together this account of two of the 9/11's hijackers connections to DAH and Imam Anwar Al Awlaki.

"By the time Atta and Shehhi returned to Virginia Beach from their travels in Georgia, Hazmi and Hanjour had also arrived in Virginia, in Falls Church. They made their way to a large mosque there, the Dar al Hijra mosque, sometime in early April.73

As we mentioned earlier, one of the imams at this mosque was the same Anwar Aulaqi with whom Hazmi had spent time at the Rabat mosque in San Diego. Aulaqi had moved to Virginia in January 2001. He remembers Hazmi from San Diego but has denied having any contact with Hazmi or Hanjour in Virginia.74

At the Dar al Hijra mosque, Hazmi and Hanjour met a Jordanian named Eyad al Rababah. Rababah says he had gone to the mosque to speak to the imam, Aulaqi, about finding work. At the conclusion of services, which normally had 400 to 500 attendees, Rababah says he happened to meet Hazmi and Hanjour. They were looking for an apartment; Rababah referred them to a friend who had one to rent. Hazmi and Hanjour moved into the apartment, which was in Alexandria.75

Some FBI investigators doubt Rababah's story. Some agents suspect that Aulaqi may have tasked Rababah to help Hazmi and Hanjour. We share that suspicion, given the remarkable coincidence of Aulaqi's prior relationship with Hazmi. As noted above, the Commission was unable to locate and interview Aulaqi. Rababah has been deported to Jordan, having been convicted after 9/11 in a fraudulent driver's license scheme.76"


MIM: Counter terrorism expert Paul Sperry notes DAH's jihad by da'wa operations.

DAR AL-HIJRAH: The notorious 9/11 mosque is also located off Route 7 at 3159 Row St., hidden behind rows of tall evergreens. Its founders chiseled a rather boorish invitation to non-Muslims into the front wall of its building. Borrowed from the Quran, it reads: "IN THE NAME OF GOD: Say: O people of the Book! come to common terms as between us and you: that we worship none but Allah; that we associate no partners with Him; that we erect not from among ourselves Lords and patrons other than Allah. If then they turn back say: Bear witness that we at least are Muslims bowing to Allah's will." The "people of the Book" are Jews and Christians. In other words, come to your senses, kaffirs, and convert to Islam. After 9/11, Dar al-Hijrah tried to strike up an interfaith dialogue with area churches. The neighboring Church of Christ, for one, was willing to participate -- that is, until the mosque wanted its pastor and flock to accept Islam. The church, along with a neighboring church, nonetheless have agreed to allow the growing mosque to use their parking lots during Friday prayer services, which draws some 3,000 Muslims from around the Washington area. But for their generosity, the 9/11 mosque would be out of business.


MIM: Note that at the end of the statement DAH condemns the Al Awlaki killing and states that "it sends a wrong message to law abiding people around the world". DAH also claim that Al Awlaki took up terrorism only after he was "allegedly tortured" in Yemen. This is totally disingenuous and fails to explain why and how he had contact with three of the 9/11 hijackers and was implicated in planning the 9/11 attacks as Awlaki went to live in Yemen and was arrested by Yemeni authorities years after they took place


Al-Awlaki booked for soliciting prostitution, 1997 (photo: San Diego PD, via KPBS)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/guest-voices/post/dar-al-hijrah-islamic-center-statement-on-death-of-anwar-al-aulaqi/2011/09/30/gIQARW659K_blog.html Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 09/30/2011

Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center statement on death of Anwar al-Aulaqi

By Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center
Men enter the front of the mosque before iftar (evening Ramadan prayers) at the Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center on Aug 19, 2011, in Falls Church, VA. (Jahi Chikwendiu - WASHINGTON POST) In name of God, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful. Upon the death of a person, Prophet Muhammad, pbuh, was reported to say, "Innallilahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon" from God we come and to God is our return. Today the Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center acknowledges the death of a former Imam, Imam Anwar Al-Awlaki. While employed at Dar Al-Hijrah, Imam Al-Awlaki was known for his interfaith outreach, civic engagement and tolerance in the Northern Virginia community. However, after Mr. Al-Awlaki's departure from the mosque in 2002 he was arrested by Yemeni authorities and allegedly tortured. It was then that Al-Awlaki began preaching violence and has now died violently in an apparent drone strike. In recent years, while in his self imposed exile, Mr. Al-Awlaki encouraged impressionable American Muslims to attack their own country. With his death, Al-Awlaki will no longer be able to spread his hate speech over the Internet to our youth. We reiterate that as an American faith community we do not accept violence nor extremism and re-commit ourselves to our message living our faith in peace, tolerance and the promotion of the public good. The Qur'an teaches us: "We ordained for the Children of Israel that if any one slew a person - unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land - it would be as if he slew the whole people: and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people. Then although there came to them Our apostles with clear signs, yet, even after that, many of them continued to commit excesses in the land." 5:32 We must also add that in previous statements we have rejected the use of extra-judicial assassination of any human being and especially an American citizen which includes Al-Awlaki. We reiterate our commitment to "due process under law" and justice and are concerned that the alleged drone attack sends the wrong message to law abiding people around the world.

MIM: On DAH Imam Johari Abdul Malik's website he condemns the killing of Al Awlaki's son. At the top of his website is a quote from El Hajj Malik Al Shabaz aka Malcolm X which states "The future belongs to those who take it". Malcolm X was a proponent of violent revolution which negates Johari's deceptive call :"to struggle non-violently to create a mass movement against the oligarchy that has seized control of our country."



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