Interfaith Ally or Islamist Front Group?

Ryan Mauro is a fellow with the Clarionproject.org, the founder of WorldThreats.com and a frequent national security analyst for Fox News Channel. He can be contacted at ryanmauro1986@gmail.com.


On March 14, a group called the Muslims  of the Americas (MOA) held a parade in Binghamton, New York, under the banner of its “United Muslim-Christian Forum.” The event sought to bring together Muslims and Christians with mutual respect for Jesus Christ to celebrate the birthday of Mohammed. New Yorkers shouldn’t be fooled by the group’s public relations effort, as the Christian Action Network, where I serve as the national security advisor, has thoroughly documented its extremism.

Last year, the Christian Action Network released “Homegrown Jihad,” a documentary about how this group has dozens of isolated communities, including its well-known “Islamberg” headquarters near Hancock, New York that is over 70 acres large. Secret videotape showed the group’s radical Pakistan-based leader, Sheikh Mubarak Ali Gilani, training some of his followers in a range of violent jihadist tactics and making a pitch for followers to receive his guerilla warfare training by going to his Muslims of the Americas sites.

I was later provided with two more tapes, one showing the group’s female recruits receiving such training at “Islamberg” and the other espousing their propaganda, including a declaration that the U.S. is now a Muslim country. These clips were put together into a YouTube video that has since received over 140,000 hits. The evidence we have presented has failed to stop government officials from embracing this group.

The website of MOA’s United Muslim-Christian Forum proudly displays a photo of Binghamton’s Mayor Matt T. Ryan holding their sign. This sort of outreach effort by the MOA is not new. The “Islamberg” website has photos of a picnic they had with Christian neighbors, and in August 2008, the FBI and New York State Police gave awards to the group’s Muslim Scouts of America. In 2005, an FBI Special Agent gave them a note of appreciation.

In 2004, FBI Special Agent in Charge Leslie Wieser spoke at the graduation of the Muslim Scouts of America at “Holy Islamville” in York County, South Carolina. The website also lists three other FBI Special Agents, the York County Sheriff, and Mayor Eddie Lee as being present at the graduation. Over the past year, I’ve received recordings from a nearby resident of the sound of gunfire coming from the site.

A local news report says that over 700 Muslims and Christians attended the parade from “as far as Canada and the Caribbean,” showing the extent of the MOA infrastructure and the devotion of its members.

The Creeping Sharia blog found an advertisement for the event on Scribd.com, asking for donations and people to help bring Christians to the event. It named various other MOA entities including the International Quranic Open University, Islamic Post newspaper, the Muslim Boy Scouts, the Hands to Hands charity, Muslim Vets, and the American Muslim Medical and Relief Team. The MOA has boasted of this last entity’s involvement in relief efforts in Pakistan, particularly after an earthquake in 2005. The Pakistani government apparently views the group with suspicion and is refusing to grant visas to two of its doctors previously involved in those efforts.

The document also mentioned two other MOA sites: “Aliville” in Odum, Georgia and “Mahmoudburg” in Texas. It is unclear where “Mahmoudburg” is located, but it is probably in Houston. A Muslim message board refers to a lecturer from there speaking at an event in Houston in 2005. One of MOA’s Da’wah Centers is listed as being in Houston, and other sources have identified a site as being in the city.

Aware of the attention on them, the advertisement for the parade told attendees not to wear clothing that “resembles nonbelievers,” not to speak to members of the press, and not to wear “military-style clothing.”

The Muslims of the Americas are trying to forge links with Christians based on Islam’s belief in Jesus Christ as a prophet that will one day return to earth. Sheikh Gilani explains his stance on Christianity on the website of “Islamberg.” He states that the Koran is the only evidence that Christ ever existed, and says that “the Jews tried to murder Jesus, son of Mary.” His desire to ally with Christians is at least partially based on his anti-Semitism.

Members of the Muslims of the Americas follow Sheikh Gilani as a liaison with Allah. His history of giving his followers paramilitary training, conspiracy theory preaching, and anti-Semitism makes his group unsuitable as a partner for the government and the Christian community. While not all members necessarily believe in violence or receive such training, the beliefs of their leader who they so passionately follow are not to be embraced.

  • mackie mccleod

    to view a partial list of crimes committed by FBI agents over 1500 pages long see
    forums.signonsandiego. com/showthread.php?t=59139

    ctka.net/pr500-king.html
    Prober: FBI held back mob info on Kennedy assassination

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/GaryRumain Gary Rumain

    The article's photo looks like a beekeepers' protest march.

  • Urja

    If you trust Muslims, you will be deceived in the end!!! That's their mode of operation. Be aware!!

  • Zach

    These are good people. You are paranoid and scared. So you are making up stories to justify your whimpy hearts to yourselfs. Go ahead delete my comment. But you can't run away from your diseased heart.

  • steven L

    It is stupid naivete to ever believe that Muslims of America are not glue to their Sharia like every Muslim.

  • Arhata

    Wherever men with beards are and no women in bikinis, be skeptical!

  • Lee K.

    The quickest way to put on a cloak of legitimacy and rightousness, while at the same time disguising your inner desire and comfort with a life of crime, violence, and sexual abuse of women, is to become a Muslim. Within that religious facade, all is allowed, all is permitted.

    Instead of having to proclaim the obviously racist term "Black Power," become a Muslim and attack the non-Muslim white race with impunity. Does a lack of and distaste for learning or education holding you back, then attack those – Jews especially – who value the intellect, and do so with impunity under the cloak of Islam.

    Do you hate Western society with its individualism and sexual equality, then Islam is for you! Within its sheltering non-profit religious status, and its overseas support from oil wealthy nations, you'll feel protected. And every act of barbarity against Western civilization, violent or not, can be justified under the cover of Islamic faith. Need more information? Just ask your cell-buddy.

  • Guest

    Gilani also claims to have met Jesus

  • jes

    'Moderate' Muslims are a far greater danger to western societies than muslim terrorists. It's jihad by stealth – their aim is the same as the terrorists: muslim domination of the country they are in. When they get the numbers – which they have nearly achieved through immigration and very high birth rates in many European countries – they will have the power.

    • Paul

      True. And the West has other lifestye issues that slow our own population growth while theirs is accelerated. In the West, homosexuality and women in the workforce is a brake to the natural growth of families for obvious reasons. But the opposite activities – keeping women at home, uneducated, or covered in public, leads to larger and extended families. The men have no competition or divorces as their women are essentially invisible after marriage. The West shrinks, the Muslims multiply. No big deal so long as they stayed in their own back yard. Instead, they are infiltrating our education system! Big trouble right here in River City, and it ain't pool halls.

      • http://intensedebate.com/people/ZionSion Beth

        Sooooooooooooo true Paul! (everything you said)

        The only solution?…. (word of mouth….because the media voices have already shown themselves and where they stand)…..

        Prophecy:
        Zec 8:16 These are the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour

        Prophecy Fulfilled:
        Eph 4:25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour

        Who needs the media? (let them dwell in the dark…. – their choice…..made perfectly clear to those of us who have been paying attention)

        You do have a voice…..speak every man truth with his neighbour

        Word of mouth…..has great power (never under-estimate that power)

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/ZionSion Beth

    In this article….."(MOA) held a parade in Binghamton, New York, under the banner of its “United Muslim-Christian Forum"

    In the Koran:

    005.051 O ye who believe! take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends and protectors: They are but friends and protectors to each other. And he amongst you that turns to them for friendship is of them. Verily Allah guideth not a people unjust.

    Any so-called (self-professing) ….'Christian' who sits at that table?…..is (simply put)…..an idiot

  • Pounds

    "The event sought to bring together Muslims and Christians with mutual respect for Jesus Christ to celebrate the birthday of Mohammed."

    What madness !!! Only Muslims believe that Jesus and Mohammad represented the same God. As far as Christians are concerned Mohammad is either a nobody or was from the devil.

    Tell them clearly, Islam is to Christianity what Bahai religion is to Islam. Let them have a respectful interfaith dialog with the Bahai people first. Then we'll tell them most respectfully that we don't have clue about Mohammad, except that he has nothing to do with "our" God. Linking Mohammad to Jesus, is insulting Jesus, not respecting Jesus.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/ZionSion Beth

      The Koran calls the Son of God an abomination:

      009.030 The Jews call 'Uzair a son of Allah, and the Christians call Christ the son of Allah. That is a saying from their mouth; in this they but imitate what the unbelievers of old used to say. Allah's curse be on them: how they are deluded away from the Truth!

      037.151 Is it not that they say, from their own invention,

      037.152 Allah has begotten children? but they are liars!

      019.088 They say: (Allah) Most Gracious has begotten a son!

      019.089 Indeed ye have put forth a thing most monstrous!

      How is it pounds…..those who sit at the table that calls the Son of God an abomination….are able to call themselves Christians?

      How great can a lie get? Is there any lie that is greater?

      Those who continually TRASH the name "Christian" are going to get e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g they deserve…and more!…a nightmare of all nightmares!

      Koran:…..

      • Pounds

        "How is it pounds…..those who sit at the table that calls the Son of God an abomination….are able to call themselves Christians?"

        Beth,

        I am a Christian. Are there any Christians who call the Son of God and abomination? Or, I am just getting confused with your comment?

        • http://intensedebate.com/people/ZionSion Beth

          Are you confused pounds? why?

          No True Christian would ever call the Son of God an abomination. And neither would they sit with those who do.

          you should take my post as support (and nothing else)

          • Pounds

            Gotcha…

          • Pounds

            Ever wonder why there are only 3 great religions? Why stop at 3, why not 4 or 5. We know that there is at least one more man who claimed to be the a prophet of Yahweh, Bahá'u'lláh, who founded Bahai religion in nineteenth-century Persia.

            Let the Muslims celebrate Bahá'u'lláh's birthday with the Bahai people, then we can possibly invite Muslims to celebrate the birthday of St. Paul with us.
            We'll still not be able to celebrate the birthday of Mohammad, because, judging by Christian standards, Mohammad was one of the most evil and repulsive persons that ever lived on this earth. So the most diplomatic we can do is to pose that we dont know Mohammad, which in turn makes Islam an unrelated religion.

  • SemperFi 2MEF

    It looks like the writers, and some of the comments, of this article are too insecure with their own selves and apparently their own religion. The Muslims, however, seem open enough to dialogue, wherein, some of the people of have have commented here would rather act like hate-mongerers. Hmmm… Seems like the Muslims that want to dialogue with the Christians are more advanced than the Darwin-like comments seen here. As a lover & follower of our Lord Jesus Christ, I rebuke those who speak ill of another faith and the people who follow another faith.

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