Muslims of the Americas—Hassanberg, Michigan

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Location: Coldwater, MI

Website: www.IQOU-MOA.org

Coldwater, MI is a reported location of a commune run by Muslims of the Americas (MOA). The organization is headquartered at Islamberg in New York and is led by a radical cleric in Pakistan named Sheikh Mubarak Ali Gilani.

A 2004 report funded by the Justice Department identifies Coldwater as having a “training compound” for MOA.[1]

The allegation is supported by an undated videotape of Gilani advertising his group’s guerilla warfare training. He tells viewers that those interested can contact his International Quranic Open University office in Michigan. It is unclear when the tape was recorded, but it likely dates back to the 1980s or early 1990s.

A video released by MOA in 2015 on its Tumblr account and uploaded to the “Ilm University” YouTube page identifies this Michigan location as “Hassanberg.”

[1] 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


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