History

Since the inception of Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in 1983 CE / 1403 AH. The needs of the Muslim Community and that of its interfaith neighbors have been paralleled by, and reflected in, Dar Al-Hijrah’s growth.  For approximately eight years a house, which remains to this day on the premises, served as the original masjid. Located along Route 7 in Falls Church, VA, the site of the masjid was chosen due to its accessibility and close proximity to the major suburban regions that constitute the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area. Dar Al-Hijrah has a strong community from which to establish itself with approximately 40,000 Muslims residing in the area that the center serves. Construction of the current facility began in 1986. Despite seemingly insurmountable obstacles, the facility was opened on March 2, 1991 / Sha`ban 15, 1411. Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center is a non-profit organization registered in the State of Virginia with a federal tax I.D. number 31-1256417.Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center has been affiliated with the Muslim American Society (MAS) since 1999. The Muslim American Society is a religious, educational, cultural, charitable, and social grass roots organization. It is a pioneer in its embodiment of principles and thinking of an Islamic reform movement that uplifts the individual, family, and society.

Mission:

Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center is an institution dedicated to the betterment of Muslims and the society at large. Dar Al-Hijrah draws its strength and guidance from the Holy Qur`an and the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad, may the peace and blessings of Allah be bestowed upon him.

Goals:

  • To serve the Muslim community and help Muslims strengthen their faith and moral conduct.
  • To help the Muslim community continue to be an effective contributor to the advancement of the Society.
  • To establish strong relations with other faiths based on cooperation, tolerance, and mutual understanding in order to serve our respective communities.
  • To help all individuals in our community to lead a healthy and productive family life that is free from drugs, crime, substance abuse and discrimination.

Methods:

  • Via conducting seminars, lectures, religious sermons, social activities, sports, and educational functions based on the divine teachings of Islam.
  • Via organizing interfaith dialogues.
  • Exchanging visits with members of other faiths.
  • Via exchanging visits with members of other faiths.
  • Via offering Islamic education classes for hundreds of Muslim children in weekend schools.
  • Via establishing clear operational hours for the observance of the five daily prayers.
  • Via hosting multiple Friday prayers with notable Imams and speakers.
  • Via celebrating the two Eids and conducting the prayers for over 12,000 worshippers.
  • Via hosting hundreds of dignitaries to visit the masjid annually.
  • Via participating in outreach groups and interfaith coalitions.
  • Via providing daily free Iftar, Taraweeh and Tahajjud prayers, and I`tikaaf as part of the annual Ramadan program.
  • Via distributing Zakat Al-Fitr to over four hundred needy families.
  • Via collecting and distributing Zakat and Sadaqa.