Ahmadabad West

Location: Gilani Lane Red House, V.A.

Website: www.IQOU-MOA.org

Ahmadabad West is a 45-acre[1] commune run by Muslims of the Americas, headquartered at Islamberg in New York. The organization is led by a radical cleric in Pakistan named Sheikh Mubarak Ali Gilani.

A MOA newspaper identified its Red House, V.A. commune as “Ahmadabad”[2] and “Ahmadabad West.”[3] Another MOA entity, the American Muslim Ladies Club, says it has a chapter at “Ahmadabad.”[4]

A 2004 report funded by the Justice Department identifies Red House, V.A. as a “training compound” for MOA.[5] A 2006 report for law enforcement also said that Red House is home to one of at least seven “covert paramilitary training compounds.”[6]

A 2009 Virginia State Police report confirms that the MOA’s chapter in Virginia has been involved in drug trafficking, fraud, surveillance and counter-surveillance, sale of counterfeited items and attempted government infiltration. It also said that they have held “paramilitary drills” that included firearms use and MOA-owned businesses and charities are used to fundraise for Gilani.

However, the report rated the MOA “attack capability” in VA as “low.” It states, “Current intelligence suggests the MOA attack capabilities have declined and members lack the training resources to mount a serious attack.” Another section of the report concedes that “intelligence gaps make it impossible to assess the level of criminal activity” of MOA in the state.[7]

In 2000, a MOA member named James D. Williams that was convicted of participating in the murder of a rival Muslim cleric in Arizona in 1993 was discovered at the Red House commune.[8] He was also linked to a 1984 bombing of a Hare Krishna temple in Colorado.[9]

In 2001, two Red House commune residents were convicted on firearms charges. Vincente Pierre was banned from owning guns because of a conviction in the early 1990s for fraud after the authorities raided an MOA storage locker in Colorado. He used his wife to obtain .45-caliber handguns.[10] The illegal purchase was videotaped by government agents in 1998.[11]

In 2002, another commune resident named Bilal Abdullah ben Benu was convicted for lying about his criminal background to buy a gun. He was previously convicted in 1992 in Maryland for possession of crack cocaine.[12] He purchased the firearms in 1999.[13]

Also in 2002, FBI agents visited Ahmadabad because of suspicion that two Muslim terrorists known as the “Beltway Snipers” may have links to the commune or have even hid there.[14]

In 2007, eight people were arrested in Virginia including multiple MOA members for a massive counterfeit clothing and movies scheme that resulted in $19 million in proceeds from December 2004 to September 2006.[15]

In 2011, Clarion Project national security analyst Ryan Mauro briefly met the “mayor” of Ahmadabad at a United Muslim Christian Forum event in New York. The “mayor” had spoken at the event and preached that the U.S. could be destroyed by Allah if Koran burnings are permitted.[16]

When asked about the group’s radical beliefs and anti-Semitism, he answered:

“We are trying not to get into the bashing business anymore. I mean some of this is trial and error when you go into it and the longer we do it, the more we’re finding that certain things are a little bit too offensive … categorically we do not deny anything we said.”

When asked about the gunfire heard at MOA communes, he said, “What is wrong with shooting your gun in the United States of America?”

[1] “Militant Muslims Seek Virginia Base,” Washington Times, July 1, 2002. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2002/jul/1/20020701-032848-7688r/

[2] Junaid, Nafisah Unn. “United Muslim Christian Forum Celebrates Milad-un Nabi 2011,” Islamic Post, May 25, 2011. http://www.islamicpostonline.com/article/united_muslim_christian_forum_celebrates_milad_un_nabi_2011

[3] Smith, Dr. Jemille. “Medical Breakthrough: Extraordinary Discovery of Swine Flu Cure Via El Gilani Methodology,” Islamic Post, December 1, 2009. http://www.islamicpostonline.com/article/medical_breakthrough_extraordinary_discovery_swine_flu_cure_el_gilani_methodology

[4] Home page, American Muslim Ladies Club—Ahmadabad West, Virginia Chapter website, http://amlcva.blogspot.com/

[5] 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

[6] “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

[7] “2009 Virginia Terrorism Threat Assessment,” Commonwealth of Virginia Department of State Police, Virginia Fusion Center, March 2009. Law enforcement sensitive. Hosted at InfoWars, http://www.infowars.com/media/vafusioncenterterrorassessment.pdf.

[8] Boland, L. Mira. “Sheikh Gilani’s American Disciples,” Weekly Standard, March 18, 2002. http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/000/996lxfmd.asp

[9] “Jamaat ul-Fuqra Commune,” Investigative Project on Terrorism, http://www.investigativeproject.org/case/484

[10] “Weapons Get Pair Convicted,” Associated Press, December 2, 2001.

[11] Montero, David. “Guns ‘R’ U.S.,” The Nation, November 14, 2002. http://www.thenation.com/article/guns-r-us#

[12] “A Nation Challenged: Briefly Noted; A Muslim’s Court Case,” New York Times, April 24, 2002. http://www.nytimes.com/2002/04/24/world/a-nation-challenged-briefly-noted-muslim-s-court-case.html

[13] Montero, David. “Guns ‘R’ U.S.,” The Nation, November 14, 2002. http://www.thenation.com/article/guns-r-us#

[14] “Accused Snipers May be Followers,” Washington Times, November 13, 2002. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2002/nov/13/20021113-100853-5919r/

[15] “Counterfeit Ring Broken Up,” The Politics of CP, March 12, 2007. http://politicsofcp.blogspot.com/2007/03/counterfeit-ring-broken-up.html

[16] Junaid, Nafisah Unn. “United Muslim Christian Forum Celebrates Milad-un Nabi 2011,” Islamic Post, May 25, 2011. http://www.islamicpostonline.com/article/united_muslim_christian_forum_celebrates_milad_un_nabi_2011