by Martin Mawyer An American-based terror organization called “Muslims of the Americas” (MOA) has petitioned the United Nations to have me arrested. The organization claims I’m a “deceiver” who is trying to “malign the peaceful religion of Al-Islam.” But this is nothing but a smokescreen, on their part, to hide their true motive: The group is really upset over my book, “Twilight In America: The Untold Story of Islamic Terrorist Training Camps Inside America.”
They want me imprisoned -- or worse.
My book details the nearly 30-year history of MOA in America with its crimes, its acts of terrorism and its bold claim to establish Islamic guerilla warfare training camps across the country. The U.S. State Department has sounded the alarm about this group for years, calling MOA an Islamic group that wants to “purify Islam through violence.”
My book has angered MOA because it shatters the false image they want to portray to the media of being a group of “peaceful” Muslims who want nothing more than to be left alone in their “villages,” grow their own food, live a life of seclusion, and help “wayward” youth become free of drugs, alcohol and crime.
Instead, my book exposes the real purpose of these “villages.” And it can be easily summed up in the words of its own leader, Sheikh Gilani, who tells fellow Muslims:
“You are welcome to join one of the most advanced training courses in Islamic military warfare.”
Sheikh Gilani gives this bold and frightening invitation to Muslims in a paramilitary training video called “Soldiers of Allah,” which I obtained through a former law enforcement official.
In its petition to the United Nations, MOA not only names me but two other individuals who should be brought to “justice” by the United Nations. Those names include the anti-Islamist Terry Jones, and film-producer Nakoula Basseley Nakoula.
Terry Jones, you might recall, rose to international fame after he threatened to burn the Quran on the 10-year anniversary of 9-11. Though he rescinded that particular threat, he eventually burned the Quran just more than six months later on April 29, 2012.
Nakoula Basseley Nakoula is an amateur film producer who became internationally famous after the Obama Administration falsely accused his sole film, “Innocence of Muslims,” of being the spark that ignited the terrorist attack in Libya that resulted in the deaths of four Americans.
Just after Thanksgiving, MOA posted an on-line article through its publication called “The Islamic Post,” saying that all three of us should be brought to justice by the United Nations.
The author of the article, Haseeb Haqq, is not only a regular contributor to “The Islamic Post,” but also serves as a spokesman for MOA.
The article states that my book is trying to start a “war against Islam” and that I’m using my free speech rights to “malign the peaceful religion of Al-Islam and the Holy Last Messenger, Muhammad.”
He also accuses me of trying to “provoke violent actions against the Muslims of the Americas by falsely accusing the villages of housing bunkers and tanks while holding secret military training against their own countrymen.”
In my defense, nowhere have I ever said this group has “tanks.” That’s ridiculous. And anyone doubting whether they have “secret military training” can watch a short video of this training for themselves here: http://www.christianaction.org/shop/twilight-in-america/
Additionally, MOA wrongly states in its petition to the United Nations that I am a supporter of film-producer Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, who has several death fatwas against him. For that matter, Terry Jones has several death fatwas against him.
At first glance, this article seems laughable at best or, at worse, a minor annoyance. I do not think, for instance, the United Nations is going to arrest me and bring me to “justice.”
So what’s the big deal?
The big deal is the LOUD message that’s poorly hidden inside their petition. They would like to see me dead.
The article shouts a clear death threat to me. It’s an attempt to get radicalized Muslims so angry that they want to kill me. It’s a way of issuing a death fatwa without really having to layout its insidious intentions on paper.
Consider the accusations MOA makes against me:
- I have maligned the religion of Islam and its holy prophet, Mohammad.
- That my goal is to start a “war against Islam.”
- That I want to bring “violent actions against the Muslims of the Americas.”
Any one of these three accusations is enough to warrant a death fatwa against me.
But, as surprising as it may seem, none of these false accusations are as serious as the one claiming that I’m a supporter of film producer Nakoula Basseley Nakoula.
I am NOT a friend OR supporter of Nakoula. I’ve never met him or spoken to him. I ‘ve never met any of his associates, actors or film producers. In fact, I had never even heard of Nakoula until after the Obama Administration falsely accused his film of causing the Libyan terrorist attack.
By associating me with the controversial filmmaker, MOA is intentionally trying to place me under the death threat issued by a prominent Egyptian cleric, Ahmad Fouad Ashoush, who placed the filmmaker and anyone connected to his film under this threat:
"I issue a fatwa and call on the Muslim youth in America and Europe to do this duty, which is to kill the director, the producer and the actors and everyone who helped and promoted the film," the cleric said.
The MOA petition to the United Nations seems to cover all their bases for putting my life in danger. In one fell swoop in this article, they claim I’ve insulted Islam and Mohammad, that I want to inflict violence against peaceful Muslims, that I am at war against Islam, and that I’m a supporter of a film producer who has numerous death fatwas against him.
And oh, by the way, if all else fails – they want me arrested by the U.N.
Posting their petition on the world wide web was designed to reach as many radical Muslims as possible; no different that the Egyptian cleric who posted his death fatwa against Nakoula on the Internet. Maybe someone is out their reading, listening and will obey his death fatwa.
By posting their irresponsible petition to the United Nations online, and all its rambling and deceptive accusations, MOA has put my family, my office, and me at risk.
Perhaps in America it’s hard to take such death fatwas seriously. Unlike Europe, it’s rare that an angry Islamist here is going to pick up a weapon and kill someone just because they read a fatwa on the Internet calling on someone’s death.
Such assassinations have happened, however, right here in America.
One of those assassinations has been laid directly at the feet of MOA.
In 1990, MOA operatives carried out a death fatwa against an Imam in Tucson, AZ, because they believed he was teaching an incorrect version of the Quran. The imam, Rashad Khalifa, was stabbed 21 times by his MOA assassins as he entered his mosque in the early morning hours.
Several years before this murder, MOA was responsible for the shooting death of the leader of a Muslim sect which they believe to be heretical. Dr. Mozaffar Ahmad was shot dead after an MOA member dined with him, seeking to learn more about the Ahmadiyya sect in Canton, MI.
MOA is no safer today. An undercover police informant for the NYPD told me, “You have to understand, these people are not the nicest people. They have to do what they have to do. I know this for sure. They will do whatever. They have tried to kill their own people.”
Whether or not MOA wants to have me murdered by their own hands or by another is unquestionably the sole decision of their leader, Sheikh Mubarak Gilani, who lives in Pakistan.
It was Sheikh Gilani who Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was attempting to interview when he was kidnapped on his way to have lunch with him in Karachi. Pearl was beheaded and then dismembered. Though Gilani was never arrested in the assassination, he was immediately questioned by police as the prime suspect in the murder. (By the way, Gilani claims Daniel Pearl is still alive today and the whole notion of him being murdered and beheaded is nothing but a lie promoted by such “media terrorists” as myself.)
Ali Aziz, who spent eight years inside MOA as an undercover informant, makes it clear that nothing happens without Gilani’s approval, particularly such a violent act as murder. But they will do whatever he says.
“If Gilani told everyone, ‘Set yourselves on fire,’ everybody would burn themselves,” he said. “This has been going on for 30 years. And people praise him. They give him money. They kiss his feet. It’s crazy. These people are slaves. I call them Modern Warrior Slaves. That’s what I call them.”
Hopefully, prayerfully, Gilani will give not give MOA the thumbs-up to do me harm. If he did, I would think MOA would realize they and their members would be first on the list of suspects. I would hope that the last thing Gilani wants is for a bunch of law enforcement investigators prying into his villages, camps and compounds hunting down an assassin.
Then again, the article is written so that other radical Islamists would also want to see me dead – not just the MOA.
To this end, the MOA posted their article to serve at least one critical purpose in their mind: To silence me, either through intimidation, arrest or bodily harm.
My response to them is best summed up in Matthew 10:23:
"Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”
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 terrorist training camps scattered throughout the United States. It can be purchased at TwilightInAmerica.com or Amazon.com in book or Kindle version