Sheik Shaker Elsayed, the imam of the Dar al-Hijrah Mosque in Falls Church, Va., since 2005, advocated armed jihad before an Ethiopian Muslim group gathered at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va. last week. Law enforcement officials have described the mosque as “associated with Islamic extremists” and “operating as a front for Hamas.
“Muslim men when it is a price to pay, they are first in line,” Elsayed said “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.’ Being called ‘terrorists’ should not matter to Muslims because Muslims are being called terrorists anyway. You are a terrorist because you are a Muslim,” Elsayed said. “We’ll give them a run for their money. Make it worth it. Make this title worth it, and be good a Muslim.”
Elsayed formerly served as a Secretary-General of the Muslim American Society (MAS). In 2004, he said that the teachings of Hassan al-Banna, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, are the “closest reflection of how Islam should be in this life.” In 2001, he would not condemn Hamas’ attacks on Israeli civilians, arguing that they are legitimate military targets and occupiers. In 2002, he said that suicide bombers are “unfairly named”. Elsayed’s name also appeared in a 1991 Muslim Brotherhood document detailing the group’s plan to wage a non-violent civilization jihad to destroy “Western civilization from within.”
Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center (DAH) has been “affiliated” with the Muslim American Society (MAS) since 1999, described as an “Islamic reform movement.” The mosque’s constitution requires it to be affiliated with MAS, the North American Islamic Trust and the Islamic Society of North America, all associated with the Muslim Brotherhood.
A 2002 Customs and Border Protection document states that DAH is “operating as a front for Hamas operatives in U.S.” A December 2007 document says it “has been linked to numerous individuals linked to terrorism financing” and “has also been associated with encouraging fraudulent marriages.”
In 2010, Dave Gaubatz, a former Special Agent with the U.S. Air Force’s Office of Special Investigations, referred to DAH as ” Wahhabi quarter” and said he found “very, very violent materials” in its library that promoted physical jihad and sedition.
One of the founders of DAH was Ismail Elbarasse. He was an assistant to a senior Hamas official named Mousa Abu Marzook who was found to be a part of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s secret Palestine Committee that was set up to advance the agenda of Hamas. The FBI discovered U.S. Muslim Brotherhood archives when it searched his house in 2004.
DAH imam from 2003 to 2005 was Mohammed Adam El-Sheikh who said in 2004 that Palestinian suicide bombings are justified because “they cannot defend themselves, except through these kind of means, and their local religious leaders issued fatwas to permit that, then it becomes acceptable as an exceptional rule, but should not be taken as a principle.” El-Sheikh was a founder of MAS and was a member of the Sudanese Muslim Brotherhood from 1973 to 1977.
DAH imam from 2001 to 2002 was Anwar al-Awlaki, who later became a senior Al-Qaeda operative. His sermons were attended by two of the 9/11 hijackers and Nidal Hassan, who carried out a shooting at Fort Hood in 2009.
DAH imam from 1995 to 1999 was Mohammed al-Hanooti. In a 1998 sermon at DAH, al-Hanooti preached that Allah would “curse” the U.S., U.K., “the tyrannies” and “the Jews” for airstrikes on Iraq. “We all have to be ready for the jihad with our properties and our souls.” He explicitly said that DAH will be “the greatest example, in loyalty, in liberation and the jihad.” al-Hanooti was president of the pro Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood front group Islamic Association for Palestine from 1984 to 1986.