Government-Funded Jihad

Rep. Darrel Issa (R-C.A.) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-M.E.) are demanding answers following the Investigative Project on Terrorism’s discovery that taxpayer money is going to the radical Dar al-Hijrah mosque of Falls Church, Virginia. The revelation is an unsettling reminder of how jihadists are using America’s freedoms and ineptitude of the government to their advantage.

The Investigative Project on Terrorism has found that the Census Bureau has been paying Dar al-Hijrah about $23,000 per month since November 2008 to rent space in one of its buildings. The State Department has used the mosque in its videos about America’s Muslim community and sent students from its Foreign Service Institute to Dar al-Hijrah this month.

Dave Gaubatz, a former Special Agent with the U.S. Air Force’s Office of Special Investigations, and author of Muslim Mafia, described Dar al-Hijrah to FrontPage as “Wahhabi quarter,” in reference to the oppressive form of Islam practiced and promoted by Saudi Arabia. He said that when he investigated the mosque, he found that its library included “very, very violent materials” that advocated physical jihad and sedition, and that extremism was promoted during the week but not during Friday prayers when they are most likely to be caught.

Gaubatz also says that the mosque immediately reaches out to people that have arrived in their area from Iraq and other places. Like in Iraq, he says, “the mosques are being used as safehouses with which to spread violent ideology.” This is dangerous because mosque attendees and leaders are “fond” of extremists like Ali al-Tamimi, a preacher who has been convicted of preparing young Muslims to wage jihad through the use of paintball guns.

Another section of that same building being rented by the government is also used by the Muslim American Society, a front for the extremist Muslim Brotherhood organization. The Brotherhood and its affiliates have proven to be skillful in portraying themselves as “moderates” so as to wage jihad using more effective means than the reckless violence of Al-Qaeda.

The renting of some of its property to the Muslim American Society is just one small part of Dar al-Hijrah’s connections to the Muslim Brotherhood and extremism in general. Its imam from 1995 to 1999, Mohammed al-Hanooti, defended a senior Hamas official named Mousa Mohammed Abu Marzook. Another Dar al-Hijrah founder, Ismail Elbarasse, was an assistant to Marzook and later found to be part of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee in the U.S.

Al-Hanooti was labeled as a possible unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and supported a Muslim who refused to testify about the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. Al-Hanooti argued that Islam “gives him the right to abstain from giving testimony in case it hurts him or it hurts any other Muslim.” He was an open supporter of Hamas.

Another former imam is Anwar al-Awlaki, the Al-Qaeda leader who currently lives in Yemen and has been involved in terrorist plots including the Fort Hood shooting and the Christmas Day underwear bomb plot. Two of the 9/11 hijackers and the Fort Hood shooter attended al-Awlaki’s sermons there. Al-Awlaki’s preaching also inspired Faisal Shahzad, the Pakistani-American who recently tried to set off a car bomb in Times Square.

The mosque was also attended by Abdulrahman Alamoudi, who was later convicted for his illegal dealings with Libya related to a plot to kill Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah. Alamoudi was a Muslim Brotherhood member who publicly supported Hamas and Hezbollah, and was integral to the Brotherhood’s efforts to influence the political process.

One of Dar al-Hijrah’s founders, Sheikh Mohammed Adam El-Sheikh, became the imam in 2003 and left in 2005. He also helped found the Muslim American Society and was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood’s branch in Sudan. In 2004, he spoke in support of Palestinian suicide bombers since “they cannot defend themselves, except through these kinds of means.”

One of the mosque’s board of directors is Esam Omeish, who ran for the Virginia House of Delegates and is the former President of the Muslim American Society. He has called the Muslim Brotherhood “moderate” and admits that he and the MAS have been influenced by them. In 2004, he described the founder of Hamas as “our beloved Sheikh Ahmed Yassin” and has praised Palestinians who knew “that the jihad way is the way to liberate your land.”

A trustee of Dar al-Hijrah, Abdulhaleem Al-Ashqar, took part in a secret Hamas meeting in Philadelphia in 1993 where they discussed the need to use front organizations that appear more moderate. Al-Ashqar was later convicted for refusing to testify about the terrorist group’s efforts to raise money in the U.S. Ahmed Omar Abu Ali,a camp counselor and teacher at the mosque, has been convicted of supporting Al-Qaeda and planning to kill President Bush.

In February, a fundraiser was held at Dar al-Hijrah for the legal costs of Sabri Benkahla, who was convicted for lying to the FBI and in court about his terrorist links. Benkahla traveled to a training camp run by Lashkar-e-Taiba and when he returned, helped train Muslims from the mosque using paintball guns.

The mosque’s current imam is Shaker Elsayed, a former secretary-general of the Muslim American Society. He praised Hassan al-Banna, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, in 2004, saying that his teachings as “the closest reflection of how Islam should be in this life.” In 2002, he spoke in support of suicide bombers and said that when Muslims are attacked, they must fight jihad with whatever “they can get in their hand and if they don’t have anything in their hand then they can fight with their hand without weapons.” Sheikh Elsayed gave the opening prayer for the Virginia House of Delegates in March.

Dar al-Hijrah’s Director of Outreach, Johari Abdul-Malik, has gone to great lengths to denounce Anwar al-Awlaki, but he is a radical himself. He has supported attacks on Israelis, and pushes 9/11 conspiracy theories. He also incorrectly denies that al-Awlaki preached extremism while he was the mosque’s imam.

Dave Gaubatz also ties Dar al-Hijrah to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, another Muslim Brotherhood affiliate that was labeled by the federal government as an “unindicted co-conspirator” in the Holy Land Foundation trial. The HLF was found in court to have acted as a front to raise money for Hamas and was part of the Brotherhood apparatus in the U.S.

“CAIR and Dar al-Hijrah are one-in-one,” Gaubatz told FrontPage. “Very little happens with CAIR where they don’t consult with Dar al-Hijrah’s board members and leaders.”

Government documents also support the conclusion that the mosque is a jihadist front. The IPT has one report from 2002 from a Customs and Border Protection database that said that Dar al-Hijrah is “operating as a front for Hamas operatives in the U.S.” Two other reports from December 2007 confirmed that the mosque was under investigation for potential criminal and terrorist activity. One said that people connected to the mosque were involved in financing terrorism and has been “encouraging fraudulent marriages.” reports that an investigation into credit card fraud has led to the mosque, “following reports of mysterious Dar al-Hijrah line-item charges appearing on the statements of local individuals not even connected to the mosque.”

The mosque’s ties to radical Islam and terrorism are so numerous they hard to keep track of. A basic Internet search would have yielded this information for the government officials that decided to do business with Dar al-Hijrah. The mosque should not be operating, and it is a disgrace that the American people are paying them tens of thousands of dollars without even knowing it.

  • JosephWiess

    Why is the government endorsing a religion? The last time I checked, you can't even have christian prayers during half-time at a football game, or during a school assembly. So, once again, why is the government renting space to a terrorist organization?

    Could it be because our Muslim loving President wants this country to turn into a third world, 5th century Muslim country?

    The government should immediately close down this church and evict them from the building, and should stop endorsing religion by renting them space.

  • Kim Bruce

    "Like in Iraq, he says, “the mosques are being used as safehouses with which to spread violent ideology.”

    The Swiss were absolutely correct in banning the further building of mosques.
    We should follow suit. They, as the President of Turkey has stated, "the headquarters for jihad, their domes their helmets, their minarets their bayonets".

    • watchful


      We should go further: Ban all religious head and body coverings, remove every single polygamist Muslim from America, prosecute all treasonous teachings, prosecute those conspire to murder Americans or her allies.

      Why do we sit here twiddling our thumbs while this goes on. Get those progressive Muslim loving anti-American traitors out of the White House and all the communist leaning monkeys along with them.

      America, it's going to be a bumpy ride but we've got to get back on paved road. They think it's time for a revolution. So do I but it won't be the one those monkeys were planning on.

  • Kim Bruce

    I believe that mosques in N. America should be taxed as a corporation.
    I mean, after all, in the charter for the Dar al-Hijrah mosque, they refer to themselves as "The Corporation" when referring do the monthly payments that come from the membership.
    Islam is a corporation, like the Mafia, and it should be investigated for tax evasion.
    They hide under the cloak of religion and get away with "tax-free status as a religion.
    'That is why one fellow, a muslim, I was conversing with on YouTube, referred to Islam as the perfect ideology. They've thought of everything for the conquest of countries.

    If the Mafia had only thought of that?

  • Smith
    • watchful

      This could not have been an accident knowing our treasonous government.

  • USMCSniper

    There is a supremacist Islamic academy, Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy (TIZA), a K-8 charter school in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota. Charter schools are funded public schools and by law must not endorse or promote religion. TIZA is an Islamic school, funded by Minnesota taxpayers. TIZA is a religious school period. It shares the headquarters building of the Muslim American Society of Minnesota, whose mission is "establishing Islam in Minnesota The Muslim American Society of Minnesota, (the Muslim Brotherhood front group that financed devout Muslim Congressman Keith Ellison's trip to the haj) received nearly $900,000 in taxpayer money in 2006 and 2007 from a rental arrangement for Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy (TiZA), an Inver Grove Heights charter school.

    • watchful

      Nauseating. Absolutely sickening. And heartbreaking. I guess our elected social engineers have decided that we're all going to be Muslim communists. One world, one order.

  • Andres de Alamaya

    A future scenario becomes very clear when we examine our past. When Hitler threatened all of Europe, Europeans opted to wear blinders and hope for the best while Americans ignored him altogether. When Hiter started the war Americans still looked the other way. But when the Japs attacked Pearl Harbor, America came to life. It declared war on both Japan and Germany and it kicked them in the ass. We might have gone overboard by rounding up all the Japanese Americans to lock them up in camps to make sure their stealthy nature as exemplified by how they attacked Pearl Harbor would not harm us in our own communities. We've now had several examples of Muslim terrorists who were American citizens who have attacked us from within, American citizens aided and abetted and inspired by Mullahs preaching in the hate machine of mosques in America. The Muslims are programmed to hate from infancy on. They can't help themselves. It becomes their nature. And because of this they will eventually pull of a stunt that will be a parallel to Pearl Harbor. That will be the day that all these mosques (200 in New York City alone) that will go up in flames – either by government directed action or by the people if the government at the time, as the present one, will not represent the will of the people.

    • Old Texas Geezer

      Re; Japanese internment
      With a sneak attack like Pearl Harbor, what is so unreasonable about suspecting Japan planted spies/saboteurs in the USA ahead of time? And by the way, I never heard about anything here getting blown up. Maybe they were really here and sat the war out in an internment camp unable to act. Do the same thing over again? HELL, YES!

    • watchful

      Where are those crazies when you really need them?

  • Carolina Don

    -Known sedition
    -Known terrorist 'safehouse'
    -Known terrorist training
    -Known ties to 9/11
    -Known…..and the list goes on WITH government bankrolling!!!
    Why persecute the KKK, the Black Panthers, the anti-American 'militias', the American Communist Party, the SDS, etc,etc.
    Better keep your powder dry….and hid!

    • watchful

      No kidding!

  • Lary9

    Good stuff. I've rread the Gaubatz book and it's a courageously researched work. What I can't fathom is how did our DOS throw out so many Soviet communists on classic covert missions of ideology—if now we can't even start to slam the doors hard on these barbaric interlopers as they clamor for justice by exploiting our own Constitution— a document maligned by them as weak, ill conceived and which won't survive intact if their numbers grow. Clearly they are entering in under the guise of religion… a veritable wave of wolves in sheeps' clothing…. the numbers of homegrown jihadis growing everyday.
    We're so pathologically paralyzed by our special exemption of religion that we seem unwilling to use common sense in evaluating the threat of the stealth radicalism of Islam. Where is Paul Revere when you need him?

    • Disabled Veteran

      You are correct about the number of homegrown jihadis growing everyday. In fact the number one Jihadist in the United States lives in the White House. The muslim threat is in every aspect of life in our country. Time to clean house real soon, and cart the folks back off to camel land. What is most humorous is that these groups like CAIR etc., always use the word America or American in their name. As if they were part of America. Kind of makes one really sick, when you think of how offensive these jihadis really are.

      • watchful

        That's because we're so easily fooled. How about the terms social justice, fairness doctrine, multiculturalism, etc. If they sound nice, they must be nice. You could wrap up a pile of dog turds in birthday wrapping paper and sell it to Americans these days. No one uses their brain to do anything except hold their ears apart. Oh, and fill our government social program forms. That's about it.

    • watchful

      The key word is religion. If Hitler ran around saying his god demanded these actions today we'd probably just say, "well, alrighty, then." There's really no difference between Hitler and Islam except Islam has a wider version of victim..

  • Lary9

    "In fact the number one Jihadist in the United States lives in the White House."

    I can't let you pass on that one! I cannot read any statement that crazy without asking what are you smoking? Keep your eyes on the real mission, man! The Obama is a mainstream Harvard lawyer with no particular love for anything religious—muchless Islam! You guys are always mixing up your 'enemies' into one huge amorphous bale of muddled targets.

    • watchful

      Perhaps, kind sir, if you could pull your head out of that dark tunnel for just a moment and actually do some research you'd know that the reason we're bundling our enemies into one target is because they are conspiring with each other against us.

      If the tyrants could just get rid of the thing standing between them and what they want how much easier it would be for them. Hitler was stupid. He should have gotten rid of us first.

  • Nomoredespots

    It's time all Mosques in Western countries are tightly scrutinized for radical ties and terrorist activities, and mullahs thrown out of the country if any evidence is found.

    Bin Laden has always said that he has all the time in the world, be it 10 years or a 100 years, his ideology will infiltrate the West to the the point where radical Muslim religion can take over the world. And that is all that these radical extremists want.

    All Western governments must stop supporting these radical elements or we will all end up in the biggest mess the world has known to date.

  • Kanwi

    We should be responding to Islam on the basis of reciprocity. If we can not do something in their countries they should not be allowed to do it in America or the other western democracies. Once that issue is satisfied then all the freedoms and benefits of democracies can be offered subject to the laws of the land. Furthermore, as mosques are a type of public property they should be monitored by the security services. When laws are breached their licence to operate should be suspended or withdrawn.

    • watchful

      They need to start seeing examples of American intolerance. Some of us mean business the rest of them are voyeurs.

  • BravoBilly

    The difficulty becomes when the people depend on a government which becomes corrupted. It is time then for the people to begin to stop talking and take action, non-violent, peaceful, action, democratic, organized action that will speak loudly to the government, replacing the those who represent them; changing laws that need to be changed. No longer can money be thrown at something in order to solve the problem; for, there may come a time when the money has no value. At that point, the people need to ask themselves what is there of value

    • Helen Spilatro

      Ha!!! where are you coming from??? non- violent peaceful action??? that is all USA have been doing for years…look where it brought us…USA should definitely stop playing a good guy and just show the real power by dropping a bomb on muslims…then they would really know what the real usa is and muslims would think twice before planning an 9/11 muslims can come and just 9/11 us any time they want and we should just lay back and try to take peaceful action????ha!!! If you kid or wife dies at 9/11 i bet you would have been thinking much clearer then you do now.

  • sjmc

    Close all mosques in America, deport all muslims. None of them are peaceful.

    • watchful

      Islamism and America don't mix. They are completely at odds with each other. They are the bully psychopaths on the playground. Until WE put a stop to them they will just be like a giant locomotive mowing over anything that gets in their way. That anything, by the way, is you and I.

      I will never accept Islam. Send it back to hell where it came from.

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  • Sarge

    Angelica Sol, take it from someone who has faced Jihad up close, if they're not dangerous, they're not muslim.