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

Jahi Chikwendiu WASHINGTON POST Men enter the front of the mosque before iftar (evening Ramadan prayers) at the Dar al-Hijrah … Continued

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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.

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.

  • californiawalrus

    Let’s see. Is this, “hooray”, or “terrible tragedy”, or “he was OK some of the time”, or “damn the infidels for killing a terrorist who was American”? I’m confused. Oh, but this is the typical message from the U.S. Muslim community. Everything, including admonitions against terrorism, has a caveat of some kind. They will not take an unequivocal stand against evil.

  • bloggersvilleusa

    “unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land”

    Predator drone reaper Obamassacres of civilian women, children and the elderly certainly constitute murder and mischief in the land. So did the US murder of hundreds of thousands of Iraq children by denying them access to antibiotics. So does the ongoing US support for establishing a “State of Israel” in Palestine. The list of US atrocities and state terror goes on and on.

    Not one word from Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center about any of that. The sad reality is that neither they nor most of the responsible leadership in the US have spoken out against US terror. They have remained silent cowards, sheep waiting to be slaughtered by the bigots.

    That leaves little scope for any Muslim who is appalled by US atrocities and who wants to oppose them. Without responsible Muslim leadership taking a strong leading role in publicly opposing US hate and violence, the usual choice for an American Muslim is either to remain silent or to go off separately and engage in violence, because the normal choice of being able to express opposition in politically acceptable ways in concert with other Muslims is not available

    “He who amongst you sees something abominable should modify it with the help of his hand; and if he has not strength enough to do it, then he should do it with his tongue, and if he has not strength enough to do it, (even) then he should (abhor it) from his heart, and that is the least of faith.”
    – Hadith

    The current leadership not only of Dar Al-Hijrah, but of the entire Muslim leadership in the US has the capacity to lead in speaking out about oppression and hasn’t and is therefore responsible for all aspects of the tragedy, from Awlaki’s own victimization to his acts of terror.

    All of us who have failed to speak out must make tawbah for this lack.