MARCH 5, 2014
A group of 13 Muslim organizations and leaders operating in both the United States and Canada want the U.S. State Department to declare another Islamic group that operates in the United States as a “Foreign Terrorist Organization.”
The designation would allow law enforcement to shut down the group and its enclaves around the country. The group, known as Jamaat ul-Fuqra, also known as Muslims of the Americas (MOA), claims to have at least 22 Islamic compounds in the United States.
According to a report released today by The Clarion Project’s Ryan Mauro, former National Security Director for Christian Action Network, the Muslim groups are jointly asking the U.S. government to label MOA as a Foreign Terrorist Group because it meets all the criteria for the designation.
They have also expressed concern about a recently declassified FBI document that names MOA as a terrorist group with the goal of Islamic “jihad” against America and its citizens.
According to the petition statement to the State Department, MOA/ul-Fuqra meets government criteria to be labeled as a Foreign Terrorist Organization, including:
1. The MOA is led by a radical cleric in Pakistan named Sheikh Mubarak Ali Gilani, and its members have a history of terrorist activity. It therefore meets the first criteria of being a foreign organization.
2. It must engage in terrorist activity. According to the FBI document, “MOA extols membership to pursue a policy of jihad or holy war against individuals or groups it considers enemies of Islam, which include the U.S. government.”
3. The group’s terrorist activity must threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the United States. The FBI document states that MOA “possesses an infrastructure capable of planning and mounting terrorist campaigns overseas and within the U.S.”
“As Muslims concerned about Islamist terrorism, we urge the U.S. State Department to label the Pakistani militant group, Jamaat ul-Fuqra, as a Foreign Terrorist Organization,” the petition to the State Department says. “We are alarmed that this group, operating under various names like Muslims of the Americas (MOA), says it has 22 ‘Islamic villages’ in the U.S. and Canada.
“If ul-Fuqra were to be labeled a Foreign Terrorist Organization, it would bar U.S. citizens from knowingly providing material support to the organization, freeze its funds and prevent members from coming to the U.S.,” the statement continues.
“We consider ul-Fuqra/MOA to be a threat to Muslims and non-Muslims alike that do not share its extremist ideology. We ask public officials and fellow citizens of the West to demand that the U.S. State Department enforce its own policy and label Jamaat ul-Fuqra as a Foreign Terrorist Organization.”
Martin Mawyer, President of Christian Action Network, published a book in 2012 which exposed the history and terrorist activities of the MOA group. The book, “Twilight in America: The Untold Story of Islamic Terrorist Training Camps Inside America,” was co-authored by Patti A. Pierucci, and became a #1 Amazon Best Seller when it was released.
Since publication of the book, the leaders of the MOA group have sued both authors for $55.5 million, claiming libel and defamation.
“The recently declassified FBI document released by The Clarion Project makes clear that MOA is nothing less than an American-based Islamic terror group,” said Mawyer, “and that the allegations in my book are well founded.”
The following Muslim Americans have signed the petition to the State Department:
Zainab Al-Suwaij; Executive Director, American-Islamic Congress
Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser; President, American-Islamic Forum for Democracy
C. Holland Taylor; Chairman & CEO, LibForAll Foundation
Sheikh Ahmed Subhy Mansour; President, International Quranic Center
Mumtaz Khan; President, Muslim Canadian Congress
Salma Siddiqui; President, Coalition of Progressive Canadian Muslim Organizations*
*Members of the Coalition
Raheel Raza; President, Council for Muslims Facing Tomorrow
Tahir Gora;Director, Canadian Thinkers’ Forum
Saadia Bokhari; Director, Islamic Council for Interfaith Harmony
Haleema Saadia; Director, Muslim Committee Against Anti-Semitism
Asma Mahmood; Director, Progressive Muslims Institute Canada
Sohail Raza; Director, Forum for Learning
Mohsin Abbas; Director, Western Canadian Muslims for Democracy