Anwar al Awlaki had led them in the past but Friday it was one of the FBI’s favorite terror-linked imams, Johari Abdul Malik, leading Muslim prayers at the Capitol mosque. Meanwhile at Malik’s notoriously terror-linked home mosque, the suicide bomb plotter was praying what he thought would be his last Islamic prayer.
Surely the FBI was aware of both men’s locales as previous reports state the FBI called Malik after the arrest and told him, “that Khalifi was not someone he needed to worry about.” The FBI not only got their jihad plotter but made it look like he would have killed Muslims too. Well played, but it doesn’t erase Abdul Malik or his mosques terror connections. via Dearborn Underground, On the Bright Side, We Can Call it an Anti-Muslim Hate Crime.
In the latest of at least 20 arrests on terrorism-related charges in the in the last year, Amine El Khalifi, was arrested by the FBI yesterday “a few blocks from the Capitol . . . carrying what he believed to be a loaded automatic weapon and a suicide vest ready for detonation.” (“Federal agents arrest Amine El Khalifi; he allegedly planned to bomb Capitol”).
Earlier on Friday, in preparation for his martyrdom, Khalifi “prayed at Dar Al-Hijrah, a Northern Virginia mosque.” The mosque’s imam, Johari Abdul-Malik happened to be leading prayers at the Capitol for Muslim personnel, including Keith Ellison, around the time Khalifi was planning his departure for Paradise. The Washington Post reported the imam’s reaction in an early version of its story on Friday, which has since been revised to remove the statement:
“Clearly the alleged perpetrator… has no regard for Muslim leaders either from our mosque or from the leadership of Muslims in America,” said Johari Abdul-Malik, prayer leader of the Dar al-Hijrah Mosque in Northern Virginia, after leading the prayers in one of the meeting rooms of the Capitol.
“Whoever this guy was, if he was aiming for the Capitol, he would have gotten all of us,” Abdul-Malik said.
Imagine the nerve of this suicide bomber. So was hoping to blow up the Capitol Building and a lot of infidels. But he would have gotten us too!
Some background on Abdul-Malik’s jihad joint and the long list of Muslim terrorists who made it home, via CAIR and the 9/11 Mosque:
Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Va., is a known breeding ground for terrorists, including:
* Fugitive Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzook, a former mosque leader to whom CAIR funneled at least $40,000.
* Top al-Qaida fundraiser Abdurahman Alamoudi, a one-time CAIR director now serving 23 years in federal prison for terrorism.
* Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, the would-be al-Qaida presidential assassin who trained with a cell led by a former CAIR official.
* Mohammed al-Hanooti, a current mosque leader and unindicted co-conspirator in both the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and recent Holy Land Foundation terror finance case.
* Ismail Elbarasse, a founding mosque member and leader who was arrested for allegedly casing the Chesapeake Bay bridge for attack.
* Abdelhaleem Ashqar, mosque leader and suspected Hamas operative recently convicted for obstruction of justice.
* Abdullah bin Laden, nephew of the al-Qaida kingpin whose name appears on the federal terrorist watchlist.
* Hani Hanjour, 9/11 hijacker and Saudi national who flew the jumbo jet into the Pentagon.
* Nawaf al-Hazmi, 9/11 hijacker and Saudi national who joined Hanjour on the Pentagon flight and acted as second in command of the entire al-Qaida operation behind hijacking ringleader Mohamed Atta.
After 9/11, investigators found the phone number for Dar al-Hijrah in the Hamburg, Germany, apartment of one of the planners of the 9/11 attacks — Ramzi Binalshibh, a Gitmo detainee who will soon stand trial in Manhattan, if the Obama administration has its way.
Constructed with $5 million from the Saudi Embassy and run by Muslim Brotherhood leaders, Dar al-Hijrah is a terror mill and a direct threat to national security. Yet the only thing standing in the way of the mosque and justice is CAIR, which also happens to be a threat to national security.
CAIR maintains a booth at the mosque, and coordinates fundraising with it. Last year the group listed Dar al-Hijrah among its main supporters — along with the Saudi Embassy. The mosque’s leaders are listed as VIP contacts in CAIR’s executive Rolodex.
And more, via Dar Al-Hijrah: D.C.’s Own Terror Factory:
But al-Qaeda isn’t the only terrorist group that has benefited from Dar al-Hijrah’s institutional support for terrorism. Two U.S-based Hamas operatives, Abdelhaleem Ashqar and Ismail Elbarasse, are long-standing figures at the mosque. Ashqar served on Dar al-Hijrah’s executive board and Elbarasse was a founding member.
When Elbarasse was arrested in August 2004 as a material witness in a Hamas terror support case, Dar al-Hijrah financial documents were found during a search of his home. That search by federal agents also yielded a number of other items, including the archives of Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood in North America found in a sub-basement in Elbarasse’s home. Ashqar was sentenced to 11 years in prison for his refusal to testify before a grand jury about his knowledge of the Hamas networks in the U.S., though prosecutors had sought a life sentence.
When five young Muslim-American men were captured in Pakistan in December 2009 attempting to join up with a terrorist group, it was no surprise that they were quickly linked to the Dar al-Hijrah mosque in Falls Church, Virginia.
Newsweek reported that at least one of the men attended Dar al-Hijrah, while another recent report indicated that the others attended an associated spin-off mosque in Alexandria. They were also all leaders of Muslim Student Association chapters in the Washington, D.C., area (I have reported on the MSA’s extensive terror ties here at PJM).
The Pakistan Five case was not Johari Abdul-Malik’s first go-around with this sort of thing. After Dar al-Hijrah attendee Ahmed Omar Abu Ali was arrested in Saudi Arabia and confessed to being part of an al-Qaeda cell that was planning to assassinate President George W. Bush, in an interview with the New York Times Abdul-Malik compared Abu Ali to civil rights icon Rosa Parks.
During his trial, current Dar al-Hijrah senior Imam Shaker el-Sayed served as the Abu Ali family spokesman and chauffeur. Abu Ali was convicted on a range of terrorism charges and sentenced to a 30-year prison term. A federal appeals court overturned the sentencing, and ordered the district judge to impose a life sentence in accordance with federal sentencing guidelines.
Even more notorious than Ahmed Omar Abu Ali is former Dar al-Hijrah Imam Anwar al-Awlaki… Awlaki was the imam for Dar al-Hijrah in 2001 and 2002, during which time he was spiritual leader to at least three of the 9/11 hijackers. Two of them, Nawaf Alhazmi and Hani Hanjour, followed the imam from San Diego to Virginia and attended the mosque.
During Awlaki’s tenure at Dar al-Hijrah, he was known for fiery anti-American sermons, but after the 9/11 attacks he told the New York Times that such sentiments “we won’t tolerate anymore.” That didn’t prevent him from — a couple weeks later — defending the Taliban in an online chat for the Washington Post and telling National Geographic magazine that Israel was responsible for the 9/11 attacks.
One of Awlaki’s Dar al-Hijrah terror protégés was Fort Hood killer Major Nidal Hasan, who attended the mosque while Awlaki was the imam. The pair were in email communication before Hasan’s attack, which killed 13 armed service members. After the Fort Hood massacre, Johari Abdul-Malik was once again cited in a PBS Newshour report claiming that Awlaki had been radicalized after he had left the mosque’s employment and claiming that FBI harassment had driven him to al-Qaeda. After the Fort Hood killings, Awlaki called Major Hasan “a hero” on his website.
On April Fool’s Day, the notorious terror-linked mosque will be raising money from far and wide. Maybe the FBI will be there to lend a hand or provide security.