MOA is sending some members to Al-Azhar University in Cairo for education in Islamic Sharia Law and Arabic. A 1993 State Department report said that Sheikh Gilani was involved in a “mujahideen hub” that included Egyptian cleric Omar Abdel-Rahman, better known as the “Blind Sheikh” behind the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. He led the Egyptian terrorist group, Al-Gam’a Al-Islamiyya, also known as the “Islamic Group.”[i]
Gilani and MOA were highly supportive of the Egyptian cleric. Gilani expressed an interest in making a greater impact in Egypt in 1993, according to notes taken by law enforcement based on the account of an attendee.
Ali Abdel-Aziz, a former Fuqra/Muslims of the Americas (MOA) member who served as an informant for the NYPD for eight years including two years living at Islamberg, is from Egypt. He says that MOA sent him to Egypt to establish a “jamaat,” or community, of MOA members. The trip is believed to have occurred between 2006 and 2009.
Abdel-Aziz says he facilitated the travel of about 10 MOA members to Egypt and there were around 15 members there with him.[ii]
[i] “The Wandering Mujahidin: Armed and Dangerous.” (1993). State Department Intelligence and Research Bureau.
[ii] Mawyer, Martin. Twilight in America. (2011). http://www.christianaction.org/shop/twilight-in-america