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In Light of 9/11, Why does the Dar al Hijrah Mosque Still Exist?

numerous terrorists were members of Dar al Hijrah over the years

Dar al Hijrah Mosque

In Light of 9/11, Why does the Dar al Hijrah Mosque Still Exist?

by John D. Guandolo

The Dar al Hijrah Islamic Center, just outside Washington, D.C., is a beehive of activity for terrorism, and its key leaders over the decades have been Hamas and Al Qaeda leaders and supporters.

Why does this place still exists?

Jamal Barzinji was one of the first and most prolific Muslim Brotherhood leaders in North America and is considered the “Godfather of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood.”

When Barzinji died in 2015, jihadis across the globe mourned his death and his funeral was held at another Muslim Brotherhood jihadi stronghold in the Washington, D.C. area – the ADAMS Center.

From an investigative point of view, if Barzinji touched it, it was tainted with jihad.

Dar al Hijrah was founded by Jamal Barzinji. The original deed to Dar al Hijrah was signed by Barzinji.

Dar al Hijrah’s property is owned by the Muslim Brotherhood’s bank NAIT (North American Islamic Trust).

A few of the terrorists who have been in leadership positions at Dar al Hijrah include:

  1. Jamal Barzinji – Godfather of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood. Founder of Muslim Brotherhood organizations NAIT, MSA, IIT, SAAR Foundation, and others. Original Board Member of ISNA: Founder of Dar al Hijrah mosque.
  2. Anwar al-Awlaki – Leader of Al Qaeda in Yemen, Al Qaeda recruiter, Specially Designated Global Terrorist: Imam of Dar al Hijrah, 2001-2002.
  3. Omar Abdel Rahman – “The Blind Sheikh” convicted in the 1993 World Trade Center (WTC) Bombing and the senior legal jurist for Al Qaeda: Fundraiser for Dar al Hijrah.
  4. Mousa Abu Marzook – Deputy Chief for Hamas: Donor to Dar al Hijrah and partnered with mosque board members.
  5. Samir Salah – al Qaeda financier with Osama bin Laden’s nephew: First mosque president.
  6. Abdullah bin Laden – nephew of Osama bin Laden, Al Qaeda funder, senior leader of international Muslim Brotherhood organizations: worked with Dar al Hijrah Board Member Samir Salah.
  7. Mohammed Adam el Sheikh – Provided direct financial support to Osama bin Laden: Imam of Dar al Hijrah, 2003-2005.
  8. Abdelhaleem Ashqar – senior Hamas operative convicted of criminal contempt: Board Member of Dar al Hijrah.
  9. Abdurahman Alamoudi – convicted Al Qaeda financier: senior mosque member.
  10. Esam Omeish – Supporter of Palestinian Jihad, President of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Muslim American Society (MAS): Board Member of Dar al Hijrah.
  11. Mohammed al Hanooti – unindicted co-conspirator in 1993 WTC bombing and US v HLF trial, senior Muslim Brotherhood leader and fundraiser: Imam of Dar al Hijrah, 1995-1999.
  12. Ismail Elbarasse – Hamas leader, fugitive from the United States: Co-Founder of Dar al Hijrah.
  13. Ahmed Omar Abu Ali – convicted in Al Qaeda plot to assassinate the U.S. President and hijack to destroy airliners: Youth Instructor at Dar al Hijrah.
  14. Siraj Wahhaj – Unindicted co-conspirator in the 1992 WTC bombing, senior U.S. Muslim Brotherhood leader, advocate of jihad, father of New Mexico jihadis: Fundraiser and frequent guest speaker for Dar al Hijrah.

It is relevant to note that numerous terrorists were members of Dar al Hijrah over the years such as 2 of the 9/11 hijackers, Time Square bomber Faisal Shahzad, Underwear bomber Umar Farouk, Fort Hood jihadi Nidal Hasan, and others.

Yet, with all of this and mountains of evidence collected over 3 decades revealing the Dar al Hijrah Islamic Center is a terrorist center, the FBI calls the Dar al Hijrah a “friend.”

If U.S. national security is ever to be put back on the right path again, the network which produces and supports terrorists – including the Dar al Hijrah – should be destroyed shouldn’t it?

At this point, it appears it will take local citizens and local sheriffs to make it happen.



About JG

John Guandolo is a US Naval Academy graduate, served as an Infantry/Reconnaissance officer in the United States Marines and is a combat veteran, served as a Special Agent in the FBI from 1996-2008, and was recruited out of the FBI by the Department of Defense to conduct strategic analysis of the Islamic threat. He is the President and Founder of Understanding the Threat (UTT).


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