From my incoming Google searches, I see that someone has been diligently looking for a picture of Dar al Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Virginia and I replicated their searches and it seems they might not have had success so I’ve uploaded a picture from the masjid’s website, which has had this slow script issue for as long as I can remember. Click here or on the image to enlarge it.
On Fridays, I used to frequently attend the 11:15 jumu’ah with Shaykh Hanooti, because he’s not long-winded, his lectures are focused and to the point, we’re usually finished by 11:50 but always before 12pm, and the 11:15 service is the only one where if I come early I can park in the parking lot unlike the 12:15 or 1:30 services, which are HOV-3. The police that are assigned to the masjid on Fridays to help with traffic flow and congestion are usually very nice, they stand outside in all kinds of weather and hold the traffic for us as we cross the street from a funeral home’s parking lot to get to the masjid.
I haven’t been there in a while but on many Fridays, you could catch the family of Yusuf Estes selling some wonderful homemade pies, cookies, soaps, and CD’s. Dr. Anwar Hajjaj has excellent free and open classes on Sundays on the second floor at Dar al Hijrah. The current Imams at the masjid are Shaykh Hanooti, Imam Johari AbdulMalik, and Shaker Elsayyed. Previously, Anwar al-Awlaki was also an imam at this masjid. Don’t forget him in your duas as he is as far as we know still in detention in Yemen. Also, the masjid pictured in the Ramadan film is Dar al Hijrah.
My main complaint about Hijrah is that the sister’s entrance is in the back of the masjid where you are greeted by a dumpster, a flight of steps just to get into the building, and then another flight if you want to pray upstairs in the balcony area, which is actually quite nice, has some of the softest carpet around, looks down upon the courtyard area, and has several closed-circuit monitors so you can sit back and watch the khutbah, and I guess there is an overflow area for mothers and children downstairs but I’ve never been down there.
A little background about Dar al-Hijrah from it’s website:
Dar Al Hijrah’s inception dates back to 1983 CE/1403 AH. The site of the masjid’s (mosque) location, off of Route 7 in Falls Church, VA, was chosen due to its accessibility and close proximity to the major suburban regions that constitute the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area.
With approximately 40,000 Muslims residing in the areas that the center serves, Dar Al Hijrah had a strong community from which to establish itself.
The original masjid, a house that still exists on the premises, was used for approximately eight years. Construction of the current structure began during 1986, despite seemingly insurmountable obstacles, the new structure was opened on March 2, 1991/Sha’ban 15, 1411.