Before 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed outed Adnan el-Shukrijumah as the "next Mohamed Atta;" before Shukrijumah found recruits to carry out bomb plots in London and New York; before he was placed on the FBI's "most wanted" list with a $5 million reward for his capture; and before he was killed during a December 2014 pre-dawn raid in Pakistan; he was prayer leader at the Darul Uloom mosque, in Pembroke Pines, Florida. This month, the former spiritual home for one of al-Qaeda's top terrorists held its 2016 annual awards ceremony.
Adnan el-Shukrijumah was not the only al-Qaeda terrorist to pass through Darul Uloom. "Dirty Bomber" Jose Padilla was a student at Darul Uloom. And Darul Uloom Arabic teacher Imran Mandhai, along with mosque goers Hakki Aksoy and Shueyb Mossa Jokhan, hatched an operation at Darul Uloom to blow up different structures, including area power stations, Jewish businesses, and a National Guard armory. Indeed, according to the mosque's imam, Maulana Shafayat Mohamed, at least one of the 9/11 hijackers may have spent time at his mosque.