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Malicious Slander of Dar-al-Hijrah Promoted by Washington Times


UPDATE: (More updates can be found at Tariq’s blog, where he is up to Update#4). A followup article has been posted on MuslimMatters here.

These inSANE peeople are White Supremacists. This quote from their mission statement on their website:

America is a unique people bound together through a commitment to America’s Judeo-Christian moral foundation and to an enduring faith and trust in G-d and in His Providence. America’s founding, and its greatness was neither accident nor staging ground for some better existence or world state. America was the handiwork of faithful Christians, mostly men, and almost entirely white, who ventured from Europe to create a nation in their image of a country existing as free men under G-d.

I was forwarded one of the most outrageous hit pieces that I have seen in a long time from the so called “Mapping Sharia in America Project”

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First, I will say to all those who may read this and try to paint me as an extremist, that my opposition to terrorism is unequivocal and known and that I have written many times condemning terror and terrorism and those who endorse it. If terrorism were being taught at Dar Al Hijrah, I would be the first to condemn it LOUDLY and clearly.

But I can not and will not endorse smearing and flat out lies against people that are not terrorists nor endorse terrorism. If the aim is to get those who are trying to kill us all, then I am with you. But if the aim is to lie, slander and defame – even those that are working with law enforcement in many cases – then we can not join such an effort.

That said, I contend that this “report” is a COMPLETE fabrication and malicious LIE designed to dehumanize and slander Muslims. To say that this “report” is full of “mistakes” is giving too much credit. It is full of deliberate and malicious lies.

They also know that most who read their “report” will not read any refutation of their outrageous and slanderous piece.

I have taken it piece by piece. The “report” said:

Sporting a beard and Muslim dress, Gaubatz said he went on May 18 to the center, pretending to be an American interested in becoming a convert to Islam. He discovered the center espoused terrorism and jihad against America.

How many people interested in Islam come in “Muslim dress”? I was there on that day and any such person would have been directed to me since Imam Johari was not there that day. THAT DID NOT HAPPEN. I met no such person on that day. This sentence shows that this is clearly written for an audience that has preconceived notions of converts as being so romantic with the idea of becoming Muslim that they come into the door wearing “Muslim dress”. (Ultram HCL) I have been Muslim for 12 years and not once have I seen a person interested in becoming Muslim enter the door wearing “Muslim dress”. Any Muslim reading that statement can see how ridiculous it sounds. Unfortunately a person with no experience in the mosque will not know that, and these people know it.

“They are teaching what they call Jihad Qital, which means physical jihad,” Gaubatz said. “They’re teaching violence and hatred of the United States.”

So a complete stranger walks into a mosque and he is immediately indoctrinated into “jihad” and not the fundamentals of Islam? I have not heard any teaching of violence and hatred against the United States. To the contrary, the problem some who actually DO sympathize with the nutters complain about Dar Al Hijrah’s message of civic involvement, registering to vote and reaching out to neighbors.

Further, Dar Al Hijrah is active in Fairfax County and has many other interfaith partners in the DC metropolitan area.

Gaubatz said that he met the two primary clerics at Dar Al-Hijrah, Imam Shaker Elsayed and Imam Johari Abdulmalik. Both men have been trained in Saudi Arabia. He says another key individual is Yusef Estes, an informal senior leader at the center and an internationally influential Muslim scholar who was trained in Saudi Arabia.

As I mentioned before, Imam Johari was not even present on the Friday they claimed to visit and he nor Shaker Elsayed were “trained” in Saudi Arabia. Neither was Yusef Estes for that matter.

On May 18th 2007, Imam Johari left Washington on Air-Tran heading to Houston that morning and did not return to Virginia until Sunday May 20 th 2007, so he could not have met with Mr. Gaubatz as claimed in this hit piece.

Although, Yusuf Estes lives in the neighborhood, he is not a leader of the Dar Al-Hijrah community – informally or otherwise. He is a former southern Christian pastor and is well known and respected as a lecturer nationally. Why did they even throw his name out there?

“They put me through the process of learning their faith and ideology,” Gaubatz said. “They felt close to me and they gave me literature and CDs. They told me to study. The literature is very Jihad Qital.”

He speaks as if it is like becoming a Mason when he speaks of being “put through the process” and being given a secret mission of some type. Secondly, after just meeting him, they felt “very close” to him? This sounds like something written for a person who has seen Syrianna.

He said that the Islamic center has deep ties to Saudi Arabia and espouses Wahhabism, a virulent and puritanical version of Islam.

“Many members of the mosque provided me literature to study. Most of the literature they gave me was from Saudi Arabia,” he said. “Their literature preaches that America and the West are decadent and evil, and that Muslims have a moral duty to engage in violence against the infidels.”

Just had to throw that out there didn’t they. There are no “deep ties” to Saudi Arabia. As for the literature, I don’t believe this for a second. There is no such literature being given out at Dar Al Hijrah preaching violence against non-Muslims.

“Many members of the mosque” provided him with literature?? There are more than 3,000 people that come to Jumuah on Friday. Even if this fairy tale were true, most of the people would have had no idea that he was even there – especially since he was allegedly in “Muslim dress” – much less spoke to him – as 99.9% have to hurriedly return to work – and do not just have literature on them at all times to give to people.

Why did they not go into the mosque with a hidden camera to prove these outrageous lies? Because if they went to the masjid, the most likely scenario of a person that randomly shows up on Jumuah – especially in a mosque the size of Dar Al Hijrah – is that he will be (sadly) ignored by most of the people especially if he “looks Muslim”

Finally, there is NO literature distributed at Dar Al Hijrah that is anti-American or that advocates violence. This is a malicious and outright lie.

Gaubatz says that Dar Al-Hijrah and other radical Islamic centers in the U.S. are funded by Saudi Arabia, which is the primary sponsor of the Wahhabist brand of Islam.

“The ultimate goal for those at Dar Al-Hijrah is to instill Sharia law in the U.S. and have America adhere to the Islamic faith,” he said. “They want America to be an Islamic state.”

The goal of Dar Al-Hijrah is stated in the Mission and Vision of the masjid as listed on the website. Dar Al Hijrah is NOT funded by Saudi Arabia or any other foreign country. The accounting of the mosque’s income and expenditures are posted on the wall each month for anyone to see.

Gaubatz said that the imams at the center encouraged him to read the works of their “friends”—some of whom have been convicted for terrorism-related activities. According to Gaubatz, one of those “friends” he was encouraged to read is Ali Al-Tamimi, a radical Islamist author, who was convicted of inciting terrorism in connection with the Virginia Jihad Network.

Firstly, anyone want to tell me what books that Ali Al-Timimi has written that someone would have suggested to get his books? To my knowledge Ali Al-Timimi has no books and was NOT an author. Anyone want to point to these books by Ali Al-Timimi? This alone shows how absurd this is. Regardless, Dar Al Hijrah does not distribute any materials by Al Al-Timimi

Secondly, Ali Al-Timimi and others established a seperate center near Dar Al Hijrah because of disagreements he and others had with the Dar Al-Hijrah.

Anyone GENUINELY interested in fighting terrorism will distance themselves from this SLANDEROUS hit piece filled with lies and complete fabrications designed to fool the people. It is really sad that the Washington Times would print something so blatantly false and malicious.

I also hope that Muslims will not read malicious “reports” like this and decide to become suspicious of those who visit our mosques.

These people say that they plan to “visit” all the mosques in the United States. That only means that we can expect more slanderous hit pieces. Their hoped conclusion of their “study” is that the Muslims are all irrational medievalists that can only be dealt with at the bottom of a nuke.

UPDATE: Seems that he did come, but not in a beard and “Muslim Dress” as indicated in the article. These people were treated with nothing but the utmost kindness and no one said anything about terrorism or jihad or anything of that sort. I suppose I should be glad that they spared me from their slander. The Father in the combo “took shahaadah” at Yusef Estes’ hands on that Friday and left after that. I can personally bear witness that there was nothing anti-American said to him by Yusef Estes or anyone around at that time. It was hard to imagine at the time that people with smiles on their faces were those that hate us and wishes that all of us were dead

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  1. Ruth Nasrullah

    June 15, 2007 at 10:30 AM

    Asalaamu alaikum, brother. Do you have a direct link to the site where this “report” was posted?

  2. Hassan

    June 15, 2007 at 11:03 AM

    Brother, have you written to Washington Times in refuting this jerk

  3. Musa Maguire

    June 15, 2007 at 11:18 AM

    This David Gaubatz works for the Society of Americans for National Existence. The name itself tells you that this is a wildly bigoted organization. Racist extremists like alwasy imagine that their very existence is under threat. If you want more proof, consider these comments from their mission statement:

    “America was the handiwork of faithful Christians, mostly men, and almost entirely white, who ventured from Europe to create a nation in their image of a country existing as free men under G-d. ”

    They stand for:
    “A limited but strong national government to protect our Homeland against the foreign aggressor, including those foreigners who have penetrated our borders.”

    On his site, Umar Lee has rightly identified these people as remnants of the violent, racist movements that have stained American history. They are Klan members with image consultants.

    Have no doubt that they are cursed by God. With their false shahadas, they are modern-day munafiqeen. These wicked people are a disgrace to America, and fortunately we live in a time when many Americans can recognize that.

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  5. Amad

    June 15, 2007 at 12:06 PM

    Please see PR below where CAIR talks about it. Apparently it is in the Insight Magazine of Washington Times. Br. Tariq probably chose not to link to these groups to avoid giving them too much exposure… because that is what will inflate their hits and for some hits = credibility.

    CAIR: Washington Times Promotes Hate Group That Would Outlaw Islam

    So, what do we do? Here are my suggestions:
    (1) Definitely write to the WT Editor. I am unsure of its value, but cannot hurt.
    (2) I hope and recommend that Dar-al-Hijrah sue WT and inSANE for libel and slander. Even CAIR should consider that though I know the bar for proving slander is very high. Furthermore with the Muslim stereotyping, it would be tough to get justice on any Muslim issue these days.

  6. AnonyMouse

    June 15, 2007 at 1:43 PM

    Laa hawla wa laa quwwata illaa billaah.

    Now that we know what the WT is planning on doing (going around to different masaajid and making up disgusting lies about them), d’you think that it’d be a good thing to alert the other masaajid about this so that they can be ‘on their guard’, as it were?
    I mean, it’s a good thing that you were there, brother Tariq, so that you were able to easily refute this pile of manure that passed off as a piece of journalism… otherwise, none/few of us would have been any wiser about it!

  7. Umm Layth

    June 15, 2007 at 1:54 PM

    If there is nothing to hide, there is nothing to fear. Our fear should only be for Allaah. These masaajid can’t do much. When someone wants to be deceitful, they do deceive. And we just can’t be suspicious of every person we come across who may seem ‘iffy’. So I’d just be cautious as a Muslim period, with who I spoke with, but continue on with life. But definitely be smart.

  8. veiled_muslimah

    June 15, 2007 at 4:00 PM

    assalam alaykum

    Subhanallah, this is so sad. It just shows the anti-muslims sentiments some people have over there.

    may allah swt protect the muslims everywhere. ameen.

  9. Tariq Nelson

    June 15, 2007 at 7:23 PM

    I didn’t link to these people because I feared that they would overrun my site with racist trolls

    Good point, Br. Tariq, and one I hadn’t thought of. I deleted my comment with the links. –Ruth

  10. Sequoia

    June 16, 2007 at 10:33 AM

    It is a disgusting and truely reprehesible story. Really not much more to say.

  11. Abu Bakr

    June 16, 2007 at 12:27 PM

    This morning, Dar al-Hijrah was vandalized:

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  13. mohamed

    July 4, 2007 at 10:51 AM

    Many of those guys probably are racist but I still believe that those who believe Islam is a religion and a state need to leave America. America is a secular nation and those who have an Islamic understanding of the ahl al hadith( Shafi, Maliki, Ja’fari etc) need to leave the West.

    The Quran says there is no compulsion in religion but none of those schools of ahl al hadith believe that. These divisions came from the hadith literature during the Abbasid era, they were never a part of early Islam. They were political movements that the Abbasid encouraged and spread. Muslims who continue to follow the doctrines of the madhabs of ahl al hadith need to leave the West.

    Yes, many of those guys are probably KKK that want Muslims out. But if you are a follower of those madhabs you shoudn’t be here anyways. The USA is not for you. Muslims who see Islam as a religion and not a state and do not consider the ahl al hadith as authority should be the ones living in the USA.

    The Quran instructs the prophet to simply convey the message and he is not to force anyone. It reminds the prophet that he is but a messenger. The ahl al hadith believe he was an enforcer and want to use the state to enforce religion. They get their evidence from their books of doctrine in the hadith collections. They all believe it can abrogate the Quran. All of them have used hadiths from the prophet to back up their claims. They usually contradict each other yet they all claim to get their sources from the prophet. They all believe an apostate should be killed. They all believe in gender discrimination. They all believe in restrictions for religious minorities. None of the ahl al hadith believe in freedom of religion or thought and none of them believe in equality under the law. And none of them believe in freedom of speech. Even though the Quran does, they don’t and they claim the prophet said so.

    They do not belong in a democracy, its that simple.

  14. Amad

    July 5, 2007 at 12:00 PM

    Mohamed, a suggestion for you: get a job with inSANE; I am sure they’d love to hire you. About 99% of the Muslims follow the “madhabs” you detailed, so you’ll have plenty of work on your hands. Also based on what you said above, it is obvious that you have very little knowledge of Islam.

    If inSANE doesn’t hire you due to lack of “islamic qualifications!”, then perhaps you should consider learning about the sciences of hadith… then you can come here and intelligently question their authenticity. Until then, don’t make a fool of yourself with nonsensical comments such as the preceding one.

    wasalamu ala manitabul huda

  15. Hassan

    July 5, 2007 at 12:06 PM

    Haha, thats the funniest thing I ever read (Mohamed post that is)

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  17. Mohammad Mufti

    September 10, 2008 at 7:46 AM

    Jafaris are not muqallid of any madhab, the madhab of Hazrat Jafar (rah) is no longer existent. The rest of your post is simply amusing and could be answered by anyone familiar with their madhahib…

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