D.C.-Area Mosque To Hold Open House

Local group to help build relationships with Muslim Americans

View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print

    NEWSLETTERS

    Getty Images
    The Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center is shown November 9, 2009 in Falls Church, Va.

    “We must also reaffirm that the United States is not, and never will be, at war with Islam. I've made clear, just as President Bush did shortly after 9/11, that our war is not against Islam.”

    Those words were said by President Barack Obama after news that U.S. special forces killed Osama bin Laden.

    Bin Laden's Death Leads to Increased Security

    [DC] Bin Laden's Death Leads to Increased Security
    There's no specific threat, but authorities are stepping up security across Washington following Osama bin Laden's death. (Published Monday, May 2, 2011)

    Now, one of the D.C. area's largest mosques is holding an open house this weekend with hopes it will promote trust between Muslim Americans and the community at large.

    The open house Saturday at Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Va., had been scheduled before Osama bin Laden's death. But the mosque's outreach director, Imam Johari Abdul-Malik, said bin Laden's death presents a unique opportunity to build relationships.

    Parents of Pentagon Attack Victim Remember

    [DC] Parents of Pentagon Attack Victim Remember
    The parents of Kris Romeo Bishundat, who was killed in the attack on the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, paid respect to their son on May 2 after learning of the death of Osama bin Laden. (Published Monday, Aug 1, 2011)

    Abdul-Malik said Monday that American Muslims want to see how the public will respond to them in the wake of bin Laden's death.

    Dar al-Hijrah has at times received unwelcome attention: Its former imam, Anwar al-Awlaki, left the U.S. after the Sept. 11 attacks and is now considered one of the world's most prominent terrorist recruiters.