Every Thursday evening the youth lounge at Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center (DAH) is filled with college students eagerly waiting for Fast and Learn. Fast and Learn is a potluck and lecture program started by the youth director and the speaker for the day, Mohammed Kibriya. As always, it was a room filled with energetic youth just coming from their first week of school. They sat as they always did. This evening was different—the first 50 people would receive a gift. They sat conceptualizing what kind of gift it was. A Quran? Subha? A million dollars? Instead they received a wake up call, small enough to fit in their hands, big enough to affect their lives.
]On October 29, 2016, the courtyard of Dar al Hijrah in Falls Church, Va. transformed into a conference room with decoration and a stage; the theme was fall for the DAH Youth Conference 2016. With lights hanging above, a mic and stand proped the speaker’s words and inspired the youth’s minds. The schedule was jam packed with five hours of speakers, food, and spoken word. The room’s energy was filled with a hall of fresh minds and new, inspiring concepts.
When Yasir Afifi, a 20-year-old Muslim student from Santa Clara, California found a warrantless tracking device on his car who did he call? CAIR-San Francisco Bay Area. When 19-year-old Gulet Mohamed from Virginia was detained in Kuwait, who did his family call?
On the blustery winter 29th night of December, 2016, Khalil Abdul Wiggins (Muhammad) was murdered in his home of five years in Capitol Heights, MD. His last words were the shahadah. Within a span of a year his family, well known in the DC Metro, suffered the loss of a father, Abdul Mujeed Muhammad, one of the founders of Islamic Research and Humanitarian Service Center of America (IRHSCA) and two brothers. He was Jamal Muhammad’s brother.
A 7-year-old Syrian refugee was bullied in public school in Maryland. Taunted for her broken English, her head was smashed into a desk by a student, she suffered bruises on her face and neck. Her family did not speak English, so they didn’t know who to turn to for help.
Seven years ago, the Muslim community in Western Prince Williams County (PWC) realized that they needed a place to gather and pray. Holding Taraweeh, Jumuah and Sunday school classes in various leased spaces including the Battlefield High School, in western PWC, they now seek to build their own center under the banner of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS).