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Islamist Organization Profile

Muslims of the Americas (MOA)

Tue, February 12, 2013

by: 
Ryan Mauro

Year Formed: 1980

Website: www.IQOU-MOA.org

Revenue: No data available

Address: 2732 Roods Creeks Rd., Hancock, NY 13783

Muslims of the Americas (MOA) is headquartered at a 70-acre private community called Islamberg. The International Quranic Open University and United Muslim Christian Forum are MOA entities and share the same address. It is led by a radical cleric in Pakistan named Sheikh Mubarak Ali Gilani.

The Department of Homeland Security says MOA is linked to Jamaat ul-Fuqra, a Pakistani militant group led by Gilani.[1] In 1998, the State Department said ul-Fuqra is an “Islamic sect that seeks to purify Islam through violence.”[2] In March 2014, close to a dozen anti-Islamist Muslim Organizations in the U.S. and Canada released a statement in conjunction with the Clarion Project calling on the State Department to designate Jamaat ul-Fuqra as a Foreign Terrorist Organization.[2a]

 The State Department said in 2002 it has not been included in any terrorism reports since 2000 because of its inactivity.[3]

Gilani and the MOA leadership deny having any knowledge of ul-Fuqra. Glen Ford, an ul-Fuqra terrorist involved in a 1991 bomb plot in Canada, said during his trial that Gilani persuaded the U.S. branch of the group to change its name to MOA.[4]

A secret Canadian intelligence report described al-Fuqra as a “militant Sufi sect” that believes “there is a Satanic Zionist conspiracy to destroy Islam and that the Fuqra is God’s chosen instrument to defeat the enemies of Islam.” Among those they say are complicit in the conspiracy are Jews, Hindus, other Muslims and the governments of the U.S. and Canada.[5] Gilani has said, “We are fighting to destroy the enemy. We are dealing with evil at its roots and its roots are America.”[6] He says that the “U.S. has become a pawn of hidden hands that use America’s wealth and the innocent blood of their sons and daughters to wage their wars against Muslims.”[7]

MOA says it has 22 settlements across the United States.[8] A 2006 report for law enforcement put the number at above 35 and estimated that the organization has 3,000 members. It said that the organization is set up like “classically structured terrorist cells” and that Gilani is “now known as an international terrorist.” It said that at least seven of the communes are used for paramilitary training and that members are also sent to Pakistan for further instruction. [9] There are unconfirmed reports of members being trained in Sudan.[10]

A former high-level MOA operative that was a NYPD informant says that MOA also has set up operations in Trinidad, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Venezuela. He said that the paramilitary training is now only given to a select group. He describes MOA as being cult-like and said that most of the children are taught privately on its premises and are illiterate. He says he witnessed vicious punishments, including the beating of a 50-year old woman, for violating the strict moral code set by Gilani.[11] Two former female MOA members were interviewed by a filmmaker in 2011 and told stories of abuse, polygamy, forced marriages, brainwashing and terrorist activity.[12]

MOA believes that Gilani is a miracle-making representative of Allah. He claimed he exited his body to meet Jesus and the forthcoming Mahdi in 2009. Khalid Khawaja, a former pilot for Osama Bin Laden and a close friend of Gilani’s, says that “One white American [follower of Gilani’s] told me that there are thousands of people in America, who, if they are asked to cut off one limb so that they can stay with him, they are ready to do that.”

“If you push him to that stage, that he has no option but to declare jihad on America… it will blow like a volcano,” he said.[13]

He also said, “I am sure of one thing, Osama does not have even one of his followers as committed as Sheik Mubarak Gilani. Osama does not have even one as committed as the least of his people.”[14]

Gilani says that Jews are “an example of human Satans”[15] and that “I have never seen, in the whole of my life or even in the past thousand years, a Jew who will tell the truth.”[16] In making that case for Muslim-Christian relations, Gilani says, “the Jews tried to murder Jesus, son of Mary.”[17]

MOA believes that the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks were part of a Satanic-Zionist conspiracy to wage war on Islam and stop Muslim-Christian unity. Gilani has referred to Osama Bin Laden as a “Saudi activist.”[18] MOA’s newspaper, the Islamic Post, praised Iranian President Ahmadinejad when he called for an independent investigation into 9/11 at the United Nations.[19]

The MOA also believes that evil “jinn beings” possess human beings. It says that the movies Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, Avatar, The Exorcist and Harry Potter were part of “jinn” plots to corrupt minds and spread Satanic influence.[20]

Jamaat ul-Fuqra has a history of terrorist and criminal activity. At least a dozen members have been convicted and its members have been accused of involvement in at least 10 assassinations and 17 firebombings since 1980.[21]

A 2004 report funded by the Justice Department said that “members of the Fuqra group have raised money by taking advantage of a variety of social service programs, including worker’s compensation, public health care, welfare, and food stamps programs. Other crimes committed by Fuqra members include the creation and use of false identification cards, birth certificates, and other forged documents.”[22] The group recruits heavily from those with criminal backgrounds.[23] The group is also known to use security companies as fronts.

A secret tape made by Gilani’s followers in Pakistan in the 1980s proves that the purpose of the camps in the U.S. is to facilitate paramilitary training. In the video, Gilani boasts of having “one of the most advanced training courses in Islamic military warfare” and invites interested Muslims to contact MOA offices in Pakistan or in several states in the U.S.

The film shows Gilani followers receiving the training and practicing the hijacking of vehicles, use of firearms, hand-to-hand combat, setting off explosives and other violent acts. In one scene, an instructor says, “Act like you are a friend, then kill him.”[24]

In 1989, the FBI raided a storage locker in Colorado Springs used by a Fuqra member and discovered weapons, explosives and plans for terrorist attacks, including the murder of Imam Rasad Khalifa in Arizona. He was a Muslim that was branded an apostate for his interpretations of the religion.[25] He was killed in 1990 exactly as the plans described.

The FBI discovered that the Fuqra members had to pledge, “I shall always hear and obey, and whenever given the command, I shall readily fight for Allah’s sake.”

The biggest Fuqra terror plot was attempted in 1991 and it aimed to kill 4,500 people. Five operatives tried to bomb a Hindu temple and an Indian cinema in the Toronto area during the Hindu Festival of Lights. The terrorists possessed a book authored by Gilani that says, “The mission of this Jamaat ul-Fuqra is to lead Muslims to their final victory over Communists, Zionists, Hindus and deviators.”[26]

In October 1992, law enforcement authorities shut down Fuqra’s 101-acre commune at Buena Vista and discovered that it was essentially a terrorist training camp financed through crime. A poem was found that reads, “Come join my troops and army/Says our Sheikh Gilani/Prepare to sacrifice your head/A true believer is never dead/Say ‘Victory is in the Air’/The kafir’s blood will not be spared.”[27]

One terrorist involved in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, Clement Rodney Hampton, was a Fuqra member and had been trained by the group near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He was convicted for his role in another campaign to bomb several New York City targets.

In December 1993, Sheikh Gilani reportedly attended a terrorist conference in Khartoum, Sudan. Among the groups represented were Hamas, Hezbollah, Egyptian Islamic Jihad and others. [28] Some reports say that Osama Bin Laden was present, a believable claim as he lived in the country at the time.[29]

In 2001, Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and executed in Pakistan when he was on his way to interview Gilani. He has never been charged and denies involvement but says that Pearl was sent to assassinate him.

In 2009, Clarion Project National Security Analyst Ryan Mauro obtained two MOA tapes. One showed women training at its Islamberg headquarters in military fatigue. Only the first two digits in the on-screen date could be seen, indicating it was made in 2000 or afterwards. The trainees were seen marching in formation, practicing hand-to-hand combat, learning to use knives and swords and firing guns into a lake.

A second video showed MOA leaders declaring that the U.S. is a Muslim-majority country and vowing to defend it from foreign and domestic enemies. The speakers said they would never declare jihad on their country but “will not sit idly by and let our country be destroyed by this hidden hand.”[30]

In February 2010, Pakistan refused entry to two high-level MOA members.[31] It was reported in early 2010 by multiple sources that a large number of MOA members had suddenly moved out of their communes.

 

 


[1] Lipton, Eric. “Homeland Report Says Threat From Terror-Listed Nations is Declining,” New York Times, March 31, 2005. http://www.nytimes.com/2005/03/31/politics/31threat.html?_r=0

[2] “Patterns of Global Terrorism Report,” U.S. State Department, 1998, http://web.archive.org/web/20081015073850/http://www.terrorisminfo.mipt.org/pdf/1998pogt.pdf.

[2a] “Muslims Join Clarion: Call for Ul-Fuqra to be Foreign Terrorist Org.,” Clarion Project, March 5, 2014.http://www.clarionproject.org/news/muslims-join-clarion-call-ul-fuqra-be-foreign-terrorist-org

[3] State Department Daily Press Briefing: Taken Questions, January 31, 2002. http://web.archive.org/web/20040211081938/http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/...

[4] Mawyer, Martin. “Twilight in America: The Untold Story of Islamic Terrorist Training Camps Inside America.” (Christian Action Network: 2012).

[5] Bell, Stewart. “The Black Muslim Connection,” National Post, October 25, 2002.

[6] Crowley, Zachary. “Jamaat al-Fuqra Dossier,” Center for Policing Terrorism, March 16, 2005.

[7] Gilani, El-Sheikh Syed Mubarik Ali Shah. “Exposing Roots of Terrorism in USA,” IQOU-MOA website, http://web.archive.org/web/20080829163801/http://www.iqou-moa.org/news/articles/roots_of_terrorism.php.

[8] Smith, Glenn. “Muslim Village Continues to Evoke Fears, Rumors,” The Post and the Courier, April 25, 2010. http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20100425/PC1602/304259951

[9] “Jamaat ul-Fuqra: Gilani Followers Conducting Paramilitary Training in U.S.,” Regional Organized Crime Information Center (dissemination limited to law enforcement), 2006. http://info.publicintelligence.net/ROCICjamaatulfuqra.pdf

[10] Bell, Stewart. “Extremists Train at Communes,” National Post, June 22, 2006.

[11] Mawyer, Martin. “Twilight in America: The Untold Story of Islamic Terrorist Training Camps Inside America.” (Christian Action Network: 2012).

[12] Merritt, Layla. “Black From Islam: African American Muslim Defectors,” Atlas Shrugs,  August 21, 2011. http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2011/08/black-from-islam...

[13] Stockman, Farah. “Bomb Probe Eyes Pakistan Links Extremist May Have Influenced Reid,” Boston Globe, January 6, 2002. http://s3.amazonaws.com/911timeline/2002/bostonglobe010602.html

[14] Kohn, David. “Sheik Gilani,” CBS News, August 8, 2009.  http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2002/03/13/60ii/main503644.shtml

[15] “Muslims of the Americas: In Their Own Words,” Anti-Defamation League, http://www.adl.org/extremism/moa/default.asp.

[16] Gilani, His Eminence El Sheikh Mubarik Ali Shah. “I.Q.O.U. Vice Chancellor Presents Historic Evidence of Situations Created to Cast Islam as the Enemy,” IQOU-MOA website, November 27, 2009. http://web.archive.org/web/20120302125138/http://www.iqou-moa.org/the-is...

[17] “Greeting to Our Christian Brethren,” Islamberg.org, http://web.archive.org/web/20101123074346/http://islamberg.org/imam_gilani.html.

[18] Gilani, 2009.

[19] Hasan, Hon. Umm H. and Aisha Umm Shafa’i. “The Spiteful Truth,” The Islamic Post, October 10, 2010.  http://web.archive.org/web/20101025170232/http://www.islamicpostonline.c...

[20] “International Qur’anic Open University ‘Allow Education of Unsuspecting Public About Avatar,’” IQOU-MOA website, February 6, 2010. http://web.archive.org/web/20100209052734/http://www.iqou-moa.org/editor...

[21] “Jamaat ul-Fuqra,” Regional Organized Crime Information Center.

[22] Kane, John and April Wall. “Identifying the Links Between White-Collar Crime and Terrorism,” National White Collar Crime Center, September 2004. https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/209520.pdf

[23] “2nd Training Camp Feared in Ontario: Muslim Extremist Group,” National Post, June 22, 2006.

[24] The video was originally obtained by PRB Films and clips were shown in the Clarion Project’s documentary, The Third Jihad.

[25] Kane and Wall, 2004.

[26] Goddard, John. “Forgotten Islamist Terror Plot Targeted in Toronto,” Toronto Star, August 31, 2010.  http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/855027--forgotten-islamist-te...

[27] Boland, Mira L. “Sheikh Gilani’s American Disciples,” The Weekly Standard, March 18, 2002.

[28] Brennan, Charlie. “Al-Fuqra Tied to Colorado Crimes,” Rocky Mountain News, February 12, 2002. http://www.fromthewilderness.com/timeline/2002/rockymountainnews021202.html

[29] Boland, 2002.

[30] Mauro provided the tapes to the Christian Action Network. Clips can be seen at “New MOA Terror Training Tape Exposed,” ClockWorxOrange YouTube channel, December 11, 2009. http://youtu.be/ebg6AFylios

[31] Abu Bakr, M. Hussein Omar. “Pakistan Interior Minister Receives Needed History Lesson,” IQOU-MOA website, February 24, 2010.  http://web.archive.org/web/20120302190527/http://www.iqou-moa.org/iqou/p...