- Community outreach director at Dar Al-Hijrah, a Virginia mosque with many terrorist ties
Johari Abdul-Malik was born as Winslow Seale Jr. on August 19, 1956 in Brooklyn, New York. He earned a BS in chemistry and an MS in genetics at Howard University, and completed a clinical postgraduate training program in bioethics at Georgetown University‘s Kennedy Center for Ethics.
Raised in the Episcopal faith, Abdul-Malik converted to Islam when he was a graduate student in the early 1980s. After completing his formal education, he worked as a biomedical researcher at Howard University Hospital. He also served as president of the Howard University Muslim Students Association, and in 1998 he began a six-year stint as the school’s Muslim chaplain.
Since 2002, Abdul-Malik has been the community outreach director at Dar Al-Hijrah, a Virginia mosque that, according to the U.S. Treasury Department, operates “as a front for Hamas operatives in U.S.”; “is associated with Islamic extremists”; “has been under numerous investigations for financing and providing aid and comfort to bad [organizations] and members”; and has been “linked to numerous individuals linked to terrorism financing.” Among those who have worshipped at Dar Al-Hijrah were the infamous “Fort Hood shooter” Nidal Hasan, terrorist fundraiser Abdurahman Alamoudi, Hamas political leader Mousa Abu Marzook, Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Yusuf al-Qaradawi, and three of the 9/11 hijackers.
In a September 2004 discussion about the impact of 9/11 on the Muslim community, Abdul-Malik lauded another of his Dar Al-Hijrah congregants, Ismael Selim Elbarasse, a high-ranking Hamas operative who had recently been arrested for suspected terrorist activity, and who held a joint bank account with Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzook.
Similarly, in 2005 Abdul-Malik defended Dar Al-Hijrah congregant Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, who was subsequently sentenced to 30 years in prison for plotting with members of al-Qaeda to assassinate President George W. Bush. Abdul-Malik denounced the charges against Ali as “a frontal attack” on “our whole Muslim community,” which he said was “under siege.”
Abdul-Malik and Dar Al-Hijrah have also lent their support to suspected terrorists with no direct ties to the mosque. For example, they were active in raising money for the legal defense of Ali Al-Timimi, who in 2004 was indicted by a federal grand jury for having urged Muslim Americans to travel to Afghanistan and wage jihad against the U.S. troops stationed there. Abdul-Malik later lamented that Al-Timimi’s conviction was “like being convicted of murder, even though you haven’t killed anyone.” American Muslims, he added, “have discovered they are not free to speak their minds” if their “opinions are out of vogue in the current climate.”
Some additional noteworthy facts about Abdul-Malik’s mosque:
In February 2010, Dar Al-Hijrah hosted a fundraiser for Sabri Benkahla, who was serving a 10-year prison sentence for perjury and obstruction-of-justice related to a terrorism investigation by a Virginia grand jury.
- Dar al-Hijrah‘s imams over the years have included such notables as the late Mohammed al-Hanooti (a Hamas fundraiser and an unindicted co-conspirator in the first World Trade Center attack); Shaker Elsayed (a defender of Hamas and violent jihad); Mohammed Adam El-Sheikh, who was once the Baltimore regional director of the Islamic American Relief Agency, a U.S.-designated terrorist organization; and the late Anwar al-Awlaki (who subsequently became a spokesman for al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula). In defense of the latter, Abdul-Malik once said that al-Awlaki was “articulating the same message that I articulate today.”
At a 2001 conference for the now-defunct Islamic Association of Palestine, Abdul-Malik called for Muslims to wage jihad attacks against Israeli infrastructure targets: “I am gonna teach you now. You can blow up bridges, but you cannot kill people who are innocent on their way to work. You can blow up power supplies … the water supply, you can do all forms of sabotage and let the world know that we are doing it like this because they [we] have a respect for the lives of innocent people.”
In a November 2004 sermon at Dar Al-Hijrah, Abdul-Malik predicted that Islam would one day become dominant in the United States: “[T]he deen [religion] of Islam is growing because people see even within all of this struggle it is better to be a Muslim under these conditions than to be a kaffir [infidel] under any conditions…. [B]efore Allah closes our eyes for the last time you will see Islam move from being the second largest religion in America—that’s where we are now—to being the first religion in America.”
At the Muslim Public Affairs Council’s annual convention in 2010, Abdul-Malik praised Islamic Society of North America president Mohamed Magid, who would later be appointed to President Barack Obama‘s Department of Homeland Security.
In 2014, Abdul-Malik encouraged Muslims not to take any special pains to publicly condemn the Islamic State terrorist organization for its brutal activities, because in doing so, they “sounded like they were apologizing for something they haven’t done.”
In addition to his position with Dar Al-Hijrah, Abdul-Malik also serves as the chair of government relations for the Muslim Alliance in North America, and as president of the Muslim Society of Washington. He formerly directed the National Association of Muslim Chaplains, whose founder, Warith Deen Umar, once said that “even Muslims who say they are against terrorism secretly admire and applaud” the 9/11 hijackers.