Madinah Village

Location: Commerce, GA

Website: www.IQOU-MOA.org

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Madinah Village (also known as Medina Wadi) is a 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 the commune near Commerce, Georgia as “Madinah Village.”[1] An online directory of MOA “Dawah Centers” that has proven accurate in the past identifies one such center in Commerce named the Islamic Arts and Education Center.[2]

A 2004 report funded by the Justice Department identifies Commerce as having a “training compound” for MOA.[3] A 2006 report for law enforcement also said that Commerce is home to one of at least seven “covert paramilitary training compounds.”[4]

In 2002, a law enforcement official said he was told by the FBI that two Muslim terrorists known as the “Beltway Snipers” were linked to a MOA commune in Georgia.[5]

A 2015 video released by MOA on its Tumblr account and uploaded onto the YouTube channel of “Ilm University” lists this location as “Medina Wadi.”

[1] Hunafa, Salimah. “Madinah Village Children Were Eager Summer Readers,” Islamic Post, September 27, 2008. http://islamicpost.wordpress.com/2008/09/27/madinah-village-children-were-eager-summer-readers/

[2] “MOA Da’wah Center Directory,” Al-Adaab.org, http://www.al-adaab.org/dawah/directory.html

[3] 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

[4] “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

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