Replace the word Islamists with Muslims. Source: Islamists Declare – Islamist Watch | Middle East Forum by Sam Westrop
The Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Virginia, has never been known as a moderate institution.
During the 1990s, its imams included Mohammed al-Hanooti, who called on his congregation “to be ready for the jihad” and stated that “the curse of Allah will become true on the Jews”. In 2001, the imam was Anwar al-Awlaki, who later become one of Al Qaeda’s most senior leaders, before his death in a drone strike. Subsequent imams and officials included Mohammed Adam El-Sheikh, who also served as an official at an Al Qaeda front charity; and Johari Abdulmalik, who once encouraged attacks against Israel. More recently, its current imam, Shaker Elsayed, was the subject of widespread condemnation and media attention after he was caught advocating Female Genital Mutilation. He also once expressed support for suicide bombings.
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