Following the terror attack last week on in San Bernardino, a group of Democrats attended a prayer service at a mosque with connections to terror. The mosque is a "Washington-area mosque that has been accused of acting as a front for Hamas and that served as the home of terrorist spiritual leader Anwar al-Awlaki, who reportedly mentored two of the 9/11 hijackers."
On Friday, a group of Democrat lawmakers attended a prayer service the Dar al-Hijrah mosque in Virginia. The New York Times reports the lawmakers include "Reps. Don Beyer (D., Va.), Joseph Crowley (D., N.Y.), Betty McCollum (D., Minn.), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D., D.C.), and several Virginia state lawmakers."
Al-Awlaki, who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in 2011, began service as Dar al-Hijrah’s imam in January 2001. He is accused of acting as a key recruiter for al Qaeda and as serving as a spiritual adviser for those aligned with the terror group.
Treasury Department records have indicated that, in the past, Dar al-Hijrah acted “as a front for Hamas operatives in U.S.,” and was at one point “associated with Islamic extremists,” according to the Investigative Project on Terrorism.
The mosque has come “under numerous investigations for financing and providing aid and comfort” according to the Investigative Project.
The FBI indicted a former board member at the mosque, Abdulhaleem al-Ashqar, in 2004 for his alleged participation in a financing scheme meant to provide money to Hamas.
While al-Ashqar was acquitted on these charges, he was sentenced to 11 years in prison for contempt and obstruction of the investigation.
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A founding member of Dar al-Hijrah, Ismail Elbarasse, also has been accused of working for Hamas’s top leadership. The FBI accused Elbarasse of wiring $735,000 to a Hamas operative in 2004, according to the Investigative Project.
Some of the preachers at the mosque have made controversial speeches. Imam Shakir El-Sayed in 2009 condoned Palestinian violence, saying:
“Islam does not accept peace when its communities are humiliated, when it is exploited, when it is manipulated, when our rights are taken away, when our communities are being killed or attached, the blood is being shed, then this is not time to talk about peace. It will only be time to fight back,” the imam said, according to the Investigative Project.
Said Patrick Poole, a terrorism analyst: “That Democrats in the name of tolerance and diversity are mainstreaming extremists like this is inherently damaging to the Muslim community,” Poole said. “These same folks just yesterday wanted to take away the Second Amendment rights of those on the terror watch list, and now they want to embrace a mosque that we know from FOIAs was on the terror watch list. Unbelievable.”