Many Muslims in Northern Virginia have reported hate crimes, discrimination and harassment, especially since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Federal agents have raided companies in Herndon and elsewhere in Northern Virginia in connection with an investigation into whether Islamic charities, companies and think tanks have financed terrorist organizations. The charities deny any such links.
Seyed Rizwan Mowlana, the chapter's executive director, said Herndon's central location made it an ideal choice. The All Dulles Area Muslim Society's mosque in Sterling, the area's largest Muslim center, is nearby.
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