By Martin Mawyer
In a private announcement to its members, an Islamic terrorist group in the United States has revealed plans to replace its leader, Sheikh Mubarak Ali Gilani, with his son, Sultan Gilani.
Sheikh Gilani, who is reportedly ill and close to death in Lahore, Pakistan is the leader of the American-based Jamaat ul-Fuqra, which also goes by the name “Muslims of America,” (MOA).
The organization is headquartered in Hancock, NY and has Islamic compounds and camps in at least 22 American locations. Some of the locations have been associated with guerilla-warfare training tactics.
A 2007 FBI document obtained by Ryan Mauro of the Clarion Project 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 US Government.”
The announcement -- taking place behind closed doors -- is both informative and revealing.
Sheikh Gilani has reportedly been ill for many years (rumored to be diabetes) and members have long been concerned about his health. Although Gilani’s illness was not mentioned during the private meeting, members understood the announcement to mean his death was near.
Of particular interest is that his replacement, Sultan Gilani, is living inside the United States, rather than in Lahore, Pakistan where its international headquarters is located.
MOA-affiliated sources told Mawyer and Ryan Mauro of the Clarion Project that Sheikh Gilani is hoping that having his son in America will unify MOA’s ranks for a smooth transition.
Sheikh Gilani has at least one other son in North America with an official position in MOA named Mudassir, who is a younger brother of Sultan.
Jamaat ul-Fuqra has been operating inside the United States since the early 80s. During the last 35 years, it has peppered rural America with Islamic camps and compounds in such states as New York, Pennsylvania, Georgia, California, Texas, Virginia, South Carolina and more. Some are highly guarded and defended.
The terrorist group has been responsible for multiple bombings and assassinations in America, along with engaging in such crimes as running guns and drugs.
The previously mentioned FBI report says MOA members have been involved in at least 10 murders, one disappearance, three firebombings, one attempted firebombing, two explosive bombs and one attempted bombing.
At least one Fuqra member was involved in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and reportedly five members were arrested as part of the follow-up “New York Day of Terror” plot to bomb various targets including the United Nations headquarters and the Lincoln and Holland Tunnels.
Though the group has greatly expanded its locations during the past three decades, it has also suffered from a lack of cohesiveness, direction and membership growth. Much of this downward growth has been the result of public media scrutiny, arrests, member disillusionment and law enforcement actions.
Members hope that by having Sheikh Gilani’s replacement located in the United States, rather than in Pakistan, the move will bring greater focus, commitment and responsiveness to the organization.
There have been a growing number of complaints among its members that the current leadership is too distant, selfish and indecisive regarding the objectives of the group and its treatment of members.
Prior to the announcement, Sheikh Mubarak Gilani oversaw the entire operation having two American-based lieutenants as his “enforcers,” known internally as K1 and K2. The “K” stands for Khalifa; a title typically given to a religious leader of an Islamic group.
Husain Abdullah is known as K1, who is a founding member of the U.S.-based group and the person who brought Sheikh Mubarak Gilani into America to establish the operation. He is considered to be very radical and the most influential Khalifa in America.
K2 is Hussein Adams, who is the son of Barry Adams, a Jamaat ul-Fuqra member who served a dozen years in a Canadian prison for plotting to blow up a Hindu temple and an Indian theater in 1991. If successful, the bombings would likely have killed or maimed over 4,000 people. Hussein Adams is considered to be the “enforcer” of K1’s orders.
Hussein Adams serves as the public face of the group and presents himself as a moderate Muslim.
It was made clear in the private meeting that Gilani’s son, Sultan, will have the title of “Honorable” and will outrank both K1 Abdullah and K2 Adams. His position of leadership was to take place immediately.
Little is known about Sultan Gilani. Internally, members have expressed skepticism over his ability to reconsolidate the group. His father held great sway over its members and he enjoyed a devotedness that has rarely been matched in human history.
Sultan’s presence in the United States is almost certainly an effort to introduce him to his American followers in hopes of gaining the same adulation, respect and unyielding loyalty.
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Martin Mawyer is the Founder and President of Christian Action Network, a non-profit public advocacy and education group based in Lynchburg, Virginia. He began his career as a freelance journalist and has authored several books, including “Silent Shame,” “The Pro-Family Contract With America,” “Pathways to Success,” and his most recent, “Twilight in America: The Untold Story of Islamic Terrorist Training Camps Inside America.” He has produced a number of documentary films, including Homegrown Jihad, Islam Rising, Sacrificed Survivors and America’s Islamic Threat. Mawyer has appeared on The O’Reilly Factor, Hannity, Larry King Live, Pat Robertson’s 700 Club, NBC’s Today Show, Entertainment Tonight and Fox and Friends. His latest book, “Twilight in America,” co-authored by Patti A. Pierucci, details the activities of Islamic camps scattered throughout the United States operated by The Muslims of America. It can be purchased at Amazon.com in book or Kindle version.