The Muslims of the Americas (MOA), a Pakistan-linked Islamist group that runs 22 “villages” across the U.S., is waging a litigation jihad against Martin Mawyer, President of the Christian Action Network. His offense, for which MOA demands $30 million, is exposing the group’s extremism in a new book with the help of inside information from a former MOA leader.
Readers of Twilight in America get an inside look at MOA, a cultish Sufi Islamist group that follows Pakistani cleric Sheikh Mubarak Ali Gilani as a representative of Allah. Gilani also leads Jamaat ul-Fuqra, a Pakistani “Islamic sect that seeks to purify Islam through violence,” in the words of the State Department.
Mawyer’s book includes the fascinating story of Ali, a former high-level member of MOA that worked as a secret informant for the NYPD for eight years.
The group’s headquarters is on an approximately 70-acre piece of land notoriously named “Islamberg” near Hancock, New York. MOA has been trying to give its image a makeover, now often operating under the name of the United Muslim-Christian Forum while calling for blasphemy laws. Residents near “Islamville” in South Carolina recently recorded gunfire coming from the “village.”
The need for a re-introduction to America arises from Mawyer’s release of a secret MOA tape filmed in Pakistan. Excerpts were first shown in his Homegrown Jihad documentary. The video clearly shows Gilani stating that the MOA camps around the U.S. are to be used as guerilla training facilities. It then showed MOA members receiving such deadly instruction.
After the film’s release, I provided Mawyer with a second secret MOA tape that was given to me by a confidential source. The video shows women at “Islamberg” receiving the instruction offered in the earlier tape, performed while in military fatigue. It has since been viewed nearly 200,000 times. However, this tape was also aged and of poor quality, allowing the overly-optimistic to suggest that the training has ceased for some reason.
The first-hand testimony of Ali, recounted in a chapter titled “Modern Warrior Slaves,” documents the ongoing paramilitary training taking place at the MOA sites, though the group has become more selective in choosing its recipients.
“He [Ali] said the purpose of the training was to be ready for Jihad when their leader, Sheikh Mubarak Gilani, gave the orders,” Mawyer said in an interview.
“Ali told me, ‘Their ultimate purpose is to be ready when the time is right.’ He said, ‘You have to understand this. These kids, all they’ve been living for their whole lives is they want to fight a holy war.’”
The MOA is considered a domestic organization, even though it is led by a foreigner. Gilani’s other group, Jamaat ul-Fuqra, is not listed by the State Department as a Foreign Terrorist Organization. The result is that MOA can operate at will in America. It is careful to not (usually) cross the edge into illegal activity that could jeopardize its existence.
Ali told Mawyer that MOA still engages in criminal activity, but he could not provide details because of his “immunity” agreement with the NYPD to prevent his own prosecution.
“I honestly believe that the primary focus of most members is to engage in criminal activity that brings money into the group—whether through unemployment fraud, selling illegal drugs, running brothels or even committing such small crimes as pick pocketing. Those funds go back to Sheikh Gilani in Pakistan,” Mawyer explained.
The most loyal members are privy to incriminating information, while others are kept in the dark. Promising members are given guerilla training, different stages of which occur in America and Pakistan. Ali was sent overseas to set up camps in foreign countries like Venezuela.
MOA and Gilani have responded to Mawyer’s book with legal jihad and deceptive answers that are so wild that they’re laughable.
Mawyer says that on January 6, the MOA told the New York Supreme Court that the organization was “fraudulently” created in 1985. In a January 29 statement, Gilani claimed he “was never president of MOA,” even though he’s on videotape talking about his MOA training camps.
Gilani claims that he was victimized by a “hit team” of the Muslim Brotherhood, including one that is a shape-shifter. Yes, a shape-shifter. And this Muslim Brotherhood shape-shifter took on his appearance in order to hijack MOA.
The story goes like this: A Brotherhood agent named Jamil Abdul Haqq became Gilani’s “Khalifa” and lived at Islamberg. One of his fellow Brothers, Hasib Abdul Haqq, forged Gilani’s signature to incorporate MOA. All crime committed by MOA members occurred at their direction. Gilani claims that Ali, the former NYPD informant, was “patrionized” by Jamil Haqq:
Jamil Haqq took advantage of my absence to start the biggest fraud in history by closing his eyes, taking long breaths, and going through physical changes before speaking to people as if he were Sheikh Gilani. Some believed him and so Ikhwan [Muslim Brotherhood] once again tried to take root.
After learning of their “horrendous deeds” including murder, Gilani says they were kicked out. He claims that he “was able to disband the world’s most dangerous setup of” the Muslim Brotherhood because of help from Allah—who apparently was missing in action for years as the Brotherhood “hit team” hijacked MOA.
It is true that a church named “Ikhwanul Muslimun,” or Muslim Brotherhood, was registered as a church in 1974 on the property that would become Islamberg. In April 2012, I called the listed contact for the “church” and he was still living at Islamberg. He explained that it was now defunct, replaced by the United Muslim Christian Forum.
“The court filing should be understood as nothing more than a brazen attempt to have MOA leaders disassociate themselves from the organization’s criminal past by claiming that all crimes were committed at the direction of this ‘fraud,’ and not Gilani,” Mawyer said.
Gilani’s January 29 statement contains another bit of frightening preaching. He says that the bombing of Pearl Harbor and Nazi Germany’s subsequent defeat were Zionist plots:
We know our enemies are trying to bring about clash of civilizations the way they brought about clash between Americans and Germans by allowing the Japanese to bomb Pearl Harbor. At the time, Germans were not against Americans, but they were against Zionist. So Zionist sacrificed the lives of millions of Americans to save themselves.
The strangeness of Gilani’s preaching and excuses does not mean that MOA is just a group of gullible and harmless Muslims cut off from society. Mawyer quotes Ali as telling him in 2011:
“MOA is asleep. They are a bomb. Here is the scariest part of MOA. Anything can happen with MOA at any time.”
This article was sponsored by the Institute on Religion and Democracy.
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