D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton and Northern Virginia congressman Don Beyer, along with other elected officials, expressed solidarity with Muslims in the D.C. area following an appearance on Friday at a Northern Virginia mosque.
Holmes Norton and Beyer, both Democrats, were joined by U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., and state officials for Friday services at the Dar al-Hijrah mosque off Leesburg Pike in Falls Church, Virginia.
Beyer said he organized the gathering to help counter a wave of anti-Muslim rhetoric that has taken hold in the aftermath of recent terrorist attacks. He also urged House members across the country to attend mosque services to support U.S. Muslims.
"We don't all have the Donald Trump version of Muslims in America," Beyer told mosquegoers.
Last month, Fairfax County authorities charged a 27-year-old man with leaving a fake bomb at the mosque. According to the mosque's outreach director, Imam Johari Abdul-Malik, an intruder tried to enter the iron fence around the mosque about 2 a.m. Thursday and threw two smoke bombs and a Molotov cocktail toward the building. Members of the mosque who live in the neighborhood saw him, confronted him and he left, Abdul-Malik said.
Norton, who is African-American, said she understands how the Muslim community can be rattled by Islamophobic comments and actions.
"I know what it means to be a few among the many," she said. "I come not in sympathy. I come today in solidarity."
Dar al-Hijrah, one of the region's largest mosques, has been in the spotlight since the Sept. 11 attacks. Its imam at the time, Anwar al-Awlaki, later left the country and became a leader in al-Qaeda before being killed in a drone strike.
Inside the mosque on Friday, Imam Shaker Elsayed delivered a message to the group.
To his members, he urged them to carefully monitor their children's use of the Internet to ensure they are not swayed by radical online propaganda.
"Leave not your children to be misled," he said.
He urged the politicians to counsel their colleagues to curb the "high, heated rhetoric" and said politicians who urge the bombing of Mecca "should be disciplined."
"The rhetoric has led some people to go blind," he said, and view all Muslims as the enemy.
And he urged reporters to be careful in their reporting and avoid sensationalism or reporting that divides people into enemy camps.
"World wars happen because of words. We need not be instigators of World War III," he said.
Another imam at Dar al-Hijrah, Johari Abdul-Malik, told reporters that people's fear of the Muslim community can be overcome if the two communities engage each other, as occurred Friday.
So it's more of the "same-old, same-old" that I, and many others, have seen too much of after 9/11. An act of jihad and some of these Muslim leaders run to the microphone to act like they're the real victims. They play this "Islamophobia" card as a act of psychological terrorism against Americans, knowing that guilty white liberals and race-baiters like Eleanor Holmes-Norton will show up to remind everyone how bigoted Americans supposedly are.
The words coming from this mosque sound good at face value, but when you take the time to research what has actually gone on at Dar al-Hijrah, you wonder if they are playing the game of taqiyya which according to the ReligionOfPeace website says are circumstances are typically those that advance the cause of Islam - in some cases by gaining the trust of non-believers in order to draw out their vulnerability and defeat them.
The mosque, according to the Counter Jihad Report, has had ties with the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas. Anwar al-Awlaki was an imam at the mosque in 2001, and his sermons were attended by two of the 9/11 hijackers and the Ft. Hood jihadist Nidal Hassan. al-Awlaki was killed in a drone strike overseas in 2011. The mosque later claimed al-Awlaki had been "assassinated." A Muslim who was arrested before an attempted suicide bombing at the US Capitol building attended the mosque to pray before heading to the Capitol.
The current imam quoted in the NBC story above, Shaker Elsayed was, according to Discover the Networks, served as an unofficial spokesman for Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, who was arrested for an an-Queda plot to assassinate then-President George W. Bush. Elsayed "accused the U.S. Justice Department of unfairly targeting Ali and other young Muslims." Elsayed has also spoken in defense of Hamas and in favor of suicide bombings.
In February 2013, Elsayed was captured on video calling for armed jihad to a group of Ethiopian Muslim group at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, VA (IPT).
"Muslim men when it is a price to pay, they are first in line," Elsayed said in comments seen on a YouTube video found by the Creeping Sharia blog. "They are the first in the prayer line. They are the first in the zakat (charity) line. They are the first in the hajj line. They are the first in the clean-up line. They are the first in the community-service line. They are the first in jihad line. They are the first in the da'wa line."
"But they are last if anything is being distributed, unless it is arms for jihad," Elsayed said. "We are the first to rush and run to defend our community and defend ourselves. The enemies of Allah are lining up; the question for us is, 'Are we lining, or are we afraid because, because they may call us terrorists.'"
Democrats have had a soft spot for this radical mosque. Bill Clinton, when he was President, sent a handwritten note to the mosque. In 2010, several Democrats, including then DNC Chair (now US Senator) Tim Kaine, Don Beyer's predecessor, Cong. Jim Moran, as well as Cong. "Jihad" Gerry Connolly, were listed as invited guests a fundraiser for the mosque. Moran and Kaine later rescinded the invitations, but there was no word whether or not Connolly did, or if the did not attend.
As for anti-Muslim bias crimes, there have been several instances of supposed "hate crimes" against Muslims that were later found to be faked (here, here and here). That fact is no way meant to excuse or condone what the 27 year old idiot did in recently vandalizing the Falls Church mosque. But the problem is when faked crimes or mistaken actions (see flying Imams and "Clock Boy") are used to create a false fear of "Islamophobia," and that causes citizens not to speak out for fear of being branded a racist due to these Muslim grievance mongers bullying Americans with their allegations.
It doesn't help matters either, when another racist named Loretta Lynch, in the spirit of her predecessor Eric "My People" Holder says she will not only make the Department of Racial Justice investigate the "Clock Boy" arrest, but also stands with Muslims (see Obama's quote from his book), and threatens prosecution against anti-Muslim rhetoric. But a nut can target Christians for killing in Oregon and the Obama Department of Racial Justice does nothing.
If the Muslim community was really interested in engaging or reassuring Americans, it would realize talk is cheap and actions are louder than words. Start rooting out radicalism in your community and quit playing the Islamophobia intimidation card. As Michelle Malkin wrote recently (h/t Marathon Pundit).
After seeing CAIR's bizarre press conference with the San Bernardino jihadists' family members, here's what I'd like to say to them:
You are not to be trusted. You put damage control above border control and jihad control. You are enemies of our national security and sovereignty.