The Clarion Project has obtained newly-declassified FBI documents from 2003 revealing that the jihadist cult Jamaat ul-Fuqra, also known as Muslims of America (MOA), had ties with al-Qaeda in Pakistan. The group is best known for its network of about 22 Islamist compounds on American soil.
The disclosures come on the heels of the release of the Fuqra Files website, an authoritative database of information about the group.
The FBI reports show there was a counter-terrorism investigation into Jamaat ul-Fuqra / Muslims of America (MOA) in New York in 2003. One file has the heading, â€œAmerican Islamic Radicals.â€ The reports point out, â€œPrior to assuming the name MOA, JUF has had a profound history of carrying out violent actions to include, arsons, bombings, shootings and assassinations.â€
The reports warn that MOA serves as a conduit to foreign terrorist organizations, including al-Qaeda and its affiliates in Pakistan. It states:
â€œThe MOA is a loosely structured U.S. based organization. Several current members in New York have been convicted of criminal acts to include murder and fraud. Recruitment most often occurs in prisons or neighborhood mosques. Once recruited, some members are selected to receive training in firearms and explosives in Pakistan.
While overseas, some of these recruits are then handpicked by high-ranking terrorist operatives, like that of Al-Qaeda, and are sent to receive more specialized training. Upon completing of their training, many of these recruits are ultimately asked to pledge â€˜beyatâ€™ [allegiance]. If they do not receive beyat, they become what source information reveals as a â€˜friend of Al-Qaedaâ€™ who are called upon no matter where he is living around the world to assist Al-Qaeda.â€
The FBI reports are substantiated by accounts from MOA-affiliated sources, such as a former member who was on a trip to Pakistan in 1999 to meet the groupâ€™s founder and spiritual leader, Sheikh Gilani. He described how he and others met with Lashkar-e-Taiba, an al-Qaeda-linked terrorist group and militants linked to terrorist Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.
The Fuqra Files website shows Gilani and MOA have a history of links to al-Qaeda and the groupâ€™s allies, including the “Blind Sheikh” responsible for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Sheikh Gilani and MOA publicly condemn the 9/11 terrorist attacks, but claim they were an â€œinside jobâ€ by a Zionist, New World Order conspiracy. Gilani has claimed that al-Qaeda is a puppet of this conspiracy.
The FBI New York office specifically focused on a network of front groups in Brooklyn, including several security companies like 786 Security. New York is home to “Islamberg,” the group’s national headquarters. The formation of security companies as a means of acquiring weapons, training and laundering money is a long-standing MOA strategy.
The FBI states several businesses in the New York City area are â€œbelieved to be shell companies run by MOA members that are used to structure and launder money obtained from illegal activities. It is also believed that establishing these security firms maybe for the purpose of obtaining â€˜legitimateâ€™ weapons licenses.â€
The FBI reports state:
â€œThe MOA in New York is involved in continuous criminal activity to include money laundering and wire fraud. It is suspected that the MOA in New York have laundered and transferred money through 786 Security and transported these funds on their person through Canada to Pakistan.
It is believed that [redacted] and MOA members located at 786 Security have had direct contact with [redacted] and/or terrorist organizations in Pakistan who provide both moral and material assistance. JUF [Jamaat ul-Fuqra] members also appear to be somewhat of a U.S. based host network used as a point of contact for overseas terrorist cells. The links and/or associations are mostly seen through weapons training.â€
The files include various files showing how 786 Security was intertwined with other suspected fronts, including several security companies and schools. The files document the financial irregularities of some of these fronts. They state that 786 Security alone had projected sales of $4 million.
A brawl erupted between NYPD officers and members of 786 Security in 2003, as recounted in the Fuqra Files’ section on New York.
In a 2006 TV news report, the leader of 786 Security, Hussain Abdallah, describes himself as the â€œmayorâ€ of Islamberg. He admits to the report that his security company has been raided by the IRS. He and a colleague respond to a question about allegations of terrorist ties by saying, â€œYou know itâ€™s a Jewish conspiracy against Islam.â€ Abdallah says, â€œit [the allegations] came from the Kosher kids, you know what Iâ€™m talking about.â€
One of the FBI files from 2003 concludes:
â€œBased upon the criminal and terrorist acts committed by elements of the MOA in the past and the possibility that the MOA may provide terrorist organizations with American recruits who will help perform and/or finance terrorist acts within the U.S., [redacted] will attempt to further identify any possible domestic terrorism activities of [redacted] and his businesses.â€
The Clarion Projectâ€™s national security analyst, Prof. Ryan Mauro and Martin Mawyer, president of the Christian Action Network, recently authored a blockbuster report based on confidential sources inside MOA that Sheikh Gilani told the senior leadership to have members arm up in anticipation of raids on their compounds by law enforcement.
The election of Donald Trump was seen as the fulfillment of apocalyptic prophecies centered around a final jihad against a Satanic-Zionist conspiracy. These sources expressed deep concern for Mawyer and Mauro and warned them to be on alert. The Clarion Project and Christian Action Network again challenge Sheikh Gilani to publicly, unequivocally and permanently forbid any act of violence against Mauro and Mawyer.
Mauro, appeared on FOX Business Networkâ€™s â€œVarney & Co.â€ to discuss the report and the launch of the Fuqra Files website last week. You can watch the segment below: