Response to “Mapping Shariah” and Insight Magazine

UPDATE: Tariq Nelson reports that these people have vandalized Dar Al Hijrah. The object of this game is to incite hatred and paranoia against all of us. They have apparently gotten what they wanted to achieve.

The Fake Father and Son Combo of Paul and Chris Gausbaz and the Real David Gaubatz and Chris (Gaubatz?)

Some weeks back when I attended Hispanic Open House at the Dar al Hijrah Masjid in Falls Church, VA a young white man who called himself Chris Gausbaz took his shahadah and the photo of that event is above. We have now found out that Chris was an undecover operative from the Mapping Shariah Project along with a man who may be his father named Paul ( David Gaubatz) who later took shahdah with the help of Sheikh Yusuf Estes and this has come out in Insight Magazine which is a Goebbelesque publictaion affiliate of the Washington Times.

The mosques of America are open for the public to come into and this event was designed for non-Muslims as a community relations event. Those who came that day got a warm welcome and it was a blessed event.

The young man named Chris said he attended the Hipsanic event because he thought it was as good of a chance as any to publicly declare his shahadah after studying Islam per the request of his Egyptian girlfriend. Islam is no a private club, it is for all of humanity, and he we welcomed with open arms; but he took advantage and was deceitful and dishonest with the warm nature of the Muslim community.

The article claims that Imam Johari Abdul-Malik and Imam Shaker Elsayyed called for a Muslim takeover of America and the spread of sharia to America and that simple never ocurred,; but when you are speaking of Muslims you can lie and get away with it.

Chirs did not have the mannerism of any new Muslims I had ever met and this crossed my mind when I first saw him; but I gave him the benefit of the doubt as it is un-Islamic to be suspicous. However, when he began asking bizarre questions of Muslims about plans to establish a khilifa in America I became suspicous and backed off. Here are the conversations we had through email;

I want to thank you for being a witness today for my conversion to Islam. It was a remarkable experience for me. I went to your website ( as you requested. You are an amazing writer and I have spent the last few hours reading most of your articles.

Although I have studied Islam for the last few months, I understand there is much I need to learn. You are a convert as well and I respect your advise.

Can you help me with a couple of questions?

1. Can you recommend any locations where I can learn more about our beliefs at Dar al Hijrah. My future wife (from Egypt) & I will be moving to Falls Church. Her family are very devout Muslims.

2. From reading the various articles you wrote on Salafism and my being a new convert, do we at Dar Al Hijrah strive for a Caliphate State in America? From my readings I understand Saudi Arabia practices the purest form of Islam in regards to Sharia Law.

Again I want to thank you,

Chris Notice the bizzare nature of the questions as if they came from some troll reading Robert Spencer who decided to become Muslim. Here is my response still giving him the benefit of the doubt.

assalamu alaikum Chris,

I am just getting back in New York so I apologize for the delay in my response. To begin with I wish to thank you for your compliments and hopefully you can have some benefit from what I have written.

Being a Muslim is a learning process, whether you are a new convert of you were born into Islam, the believer never stops learning. There are some sources of knowledge which are more beneficial than others and it is best to stick with the traditional sources of Islamic knowledge. There are a lot of webistes out there and some are better than others; I will recommend these

These are two good ones. There is a class on the weekends at Dar al Hijrah, which I believe is taught by Anawar Hajajj, that is an introduction to Islam course, I highly recommend it. At this stage of your Islam it is important to focus on the basics; Islamic monotheism ( the belief n One God and what that means in the life of the Muslim and his world view), the life of the Prophet Muhammad ( peace be upon him) for which I recommend reading a book called The Sealed Nectar or Ar-Rageeq am0Makhtum as it is called in Arabic and it, along with other Muslim books, can be bought at the Halalco book store in Falls Churchon Route 7 near Broad Street I think it is. Also while there you can buy a book about how to perform the Muslim prayers and some things that will help you with the Arabic.

regarding your second question the simple answer is no. To add to this there is no set theological or political program at Dar al Hijrah, different people believe different things, but that is something I have never seen expressed. Dar al Hijrah is also not a Salafi mosque though you will find some people who attend who are Salafis but this is largely free of any political meaning and more focused on issues of Muslim theology. Having said that a lot of people at the mosque are upset about a lot of things in the Muslim World and regarding Muslims in America and are organizing to politically address these issues on an ongoing basis via lawful means.

Who has the purest form of Islam is up to debate. Thee are some things that are very strong in Saudi Arabia such as there observance to some aspects of Sharia and their Islamic belief.What I will recommend is that you seek the mentorship of someone who has been Muslim a long time and I am going to recommend Tariq Nelson since you both live in the area.


Notice I am telling him to shy away from poltics and to stick with learning the aqeedah of Islam. How many more brothers told him and the others the same thing and is there anyr ecord of that in the Insight article or on the website of Mapping Shariah.

Now Chris responds.

assalamu alaikum Umar

That you. I went to Halaco today. I could not believe how many books they had! I bought several. I was urged by the clerk when I had mention being a new convert, the book “Duties of the learned to Ignorant Muslims”. Written by Abdul Qadir Oudah. Thank you again, Chris

My reponse

wa alaikum salaam,well, I have never heard of that book or the writer, but hopefully you can get some benefit from it.


Now from a man named saying his name was Paul, who is in fact David Gaubatz a veteran federal agent, military intelligence veteran, and the latest person trying to make a living from hyping up the threat of Muslims to right-wing extremists and hyping the threat of “sleeper cells” throughout America.

From Chris‘ Father:Chris and I are studying and discussing. Pass my thanks to Brother Estes.

Couple questions:

The muslim people throughout the world relate through the media they/Islam is being oppressed. Why?

This will help me understand more.


My response,

well, I think some Muslims have the view they are oppressed and others do not. Many religious Muslims will argue that Muslims are in a weak state due to the abandonment of religion and the secularization of Muslim societies. Some attribute this partially to the influence of western secular humanism and the falling out of colonialism and some do not. Other Muslims feel that the aspirations of the political desires of the Muslim World are being stifled by US and other Western support for corrupt regimes and nations with perceived hostility towards Muslims.

That was the end of our talks and you can see that I did not say anythign crazy and therfore they did not want to tlak to me as they are only interested in paining opne pociture of Islam and that is a negative one…

The lesson Muslims should learn from this is not to be suspicous and close our doors to outsiders of any race; but to know that we have people in this country who do not hate us because we are a Salafi or Sufi or whatever, they hate us because we breath, because we exist, and our very existence in this country frightens them and they will do anything to incite fear and hatred against us. The history of the right-wing in America is a bloody one and has racism and genocide as a key part of it, we should be mindful of the likes of Chris and David.