Congressman, other officials to attend mosque service

Published 12:53 pm Saturday, December 5, 2015

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Northern Virginia congressman Don Beyer and other elected officials are scheduled to attend prayer services at a northern Virginia mosque as a show of solidarity with the region’s Muslim population.

Beyer, a Democrat, will be joined by District of Columbia Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., and state officials at Friday services at the Dar al-Hijrah mosque in Falls Church.

Last month, Fairfax County authorities charged a man with leaving a fake bomb at the mosque. Dar al-Hijrah, one of the region’s largest mosques, has been in the spotlight since the Sept. 11 attacks. Its imam at the time, Anwar al-Awlaki, later left the country and became a leader in al-Qaeda.

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Beyer has urged House members across the country to attend mosque services to support U.S. Muslims.