Muslims of the Americas—Deposit, New York

Location: Deposit, NY

Website: www.IQOU-MOA.org

Deposit, NY is a reported location of a run by Muslims of the Americas. 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 Deposit as having a “training compound” for MOA.[1]

Internal FBI records confirm that MOA members have been involved in at least 10 murders, one disappearance, three firebombings, one attempted firebombing, two explosive bombings and one attempted bombing. A 2007 FBI file states:

“The documented propensity for violence by this organization supports the belief the leadership of the MOA extols membership to pursue a policy of jihad or holy war against individuals or groups it considers enemies of Islam, which includes the U.S. Government. Members of the MOA are encouraged to travel to Pakistan to receive religious and military/terrorist training from Sheikh Gilani.”

The document also says that, “The MOA is now an autonomous organization which possesses an infrastructure capable of planning and mounting terrorist campaigns overseas and within the U.S.”

Other FBI reports describe the MOA in similar ways, with a 2003 FBI file stating, “Investigation of the Muslims of the Americas is based on specific and articulate facts giving justification to believe they are engaged in international terrorism…”[2]


[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

[2] Mauro, Ryan. “Exclusive: Islamist Terror Enclave Discovered in Texas,” Clarion Project, February 18, 2014. http://qb5cc3pam3y2ad0tm1zxuhho-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/analysis/exclusive-clarion-project-discovers-texas-terror-enclave