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:

The mission of Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center is to serve the Creator by engaging, developing, and empowering our diverse Muslim community for the betterment of our society.

Goals:

  • Improve our leadership performance, financial health, organizational structure, and strategic planning.
  • Create an Islamic environment that fosters the development and engagement of our community.
  • Engage with and contribute to our larger society.
  • Invest in our youth and plan for our next generation.
  • Ensure and expand our diversity.

Methods:

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