Masjid al-Haqq

Clarion Project
Article Source: Clarion Project

Article Source: Clarion Project

Masjid Al-Haqq, founded in 1983, is a mosque located in downtown Detroit. The mosque was initially located in a building on Joy Road in Detroit until it was evicted for delinquent taxes, causing its move to its current location.

In October 2009, Luqman Ameen Abdullah, imam of the masjid, was killed when federal agents tried to arrest him and 10 others on charges of conspiracy, receipt of stolen goods, firearms offenses and more [1].

Abdullah was the local leader of a group called Al-Ummah (“The Brotherhood or Community”), a group of mostly African-American converts to Islam, which seeks to establish a separate sharia-law governed state within the United States. Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin formerly known as H. Rapp Brown, a well-known 1960s civil rights activist who is currently serving a life sentence in federal prison for the murder of two police officers in Georgia, is the spiritual head of Al-Ummah [2].

The FBI built its case over two years with the help of confidential sources close to Abdullah who recorded conversations and participated in undercover operations. Statements attributed to Abdullah from sworn affidavits filed in the U.S. District Court include numerous examples of extremism, including:

  • “Do not carry a pistol if you’re going to give it up to police. You give them a bullet rather than surrendering your weapons;”
  • “The FBI knows that I will kill them;”
  • “We are going to have to fight. We are going to have to fight against the Kafir.” [3]



[1] “Son of Radical Islam Leader Killed in FBI Shootout Caught in Canada,” Fox News, October 29, 2009, https://www.foxnews.com/story/2009/10/29/son-radical-islam-leader-killed-in-fbi-shootout-caught-in-canada.html

[2] U.S. Attorney’s Office, “Eleven Members/Associates of Ummah Charged with Federal Violations: One Subject Fatally Shot During Arrest,” Federal Bureau of Investigations, October 28, 2009, https://archives.fbi.gov/archives/detroit/press-releases/2009/de102809.htm

[3] Attorney General Mike Cox. (2010) “Report on FBI Fatal Shooting of Luqman Ameen Abudullah,” https://www.michigan.gov/documents/ag/AG_Report_-_FBI_Fatal_Shooting_of_L._A._Abdullah_333873_7.pdf