Iran and Syria

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Fuqra/MOA condemns Shiites as non-Muslims and believes that Shiite Islam was created by Jewish adversaries as part of a Zionist conspiracy. However, the group has occasionally spoken positively about former Iranian President Ahmadinejad and the Syrian dictatorship backed by Iran.

Sheikh Gilani has had ties to Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and his Hezb-i-Islami party. He is known to be backed by the Iranian regime.[1]

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After Iranian President Ahmadinejad accused the U.S. government of orchestrating the 9/11 attacks, MOA praised his comments and said his agenda is similar to that of the Mahdi, the messianic figure that is supposed to appear at the End Times:

“President Ahmadinejad called on the U.N. to upgrade its organization by restructuring as it is the “key structure for coordinating the common global management.” Imam Al-Mahdi’s, peace be upon him, mission will be a global management for peace, security and the realization of human rights. Could this profound knowledge be what led to the premature exit of ‘missing delegates’ – a puerile means to distract from a poignant message?”[2]

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MOA’s newspaper is giving positive coverage to Iranian-backed Syrian dictator Bashar Assad, who is part of the Allawite ethnicity that is an offshoot of the Shiites. Its articles consistently paint the Syrian rebels as terrorists acting on behalf of a conspiracy against Islam. One biased article legitimized the Syrian parliamentary elections and used them to make Assad appear popularly supported.[3]

Both the Iranian and Syrian regimes are designated as State Sponsors of Terrorism by the U.S. State Department for supporting Hezbollah, Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Al-Qaeda, the Taliban and others.

Sheikh Gilani and his organization have historically had a hostile attitude towards Iran, but it also condemns U.S. accusations and pressure on Iran.

The Islamic Chronicle, MOA’s newspaper, said in 1983, “The Jamaat ul Fuqra…love martyrdom more than Khomeini…[he] lives to hold on to his tyrannical, oppressive regime. The Fuqra love martyrdom more than the kuffar love wine and women. Each and every moment they anxiously await the invitation for martyrdom.”

The publication also accused Ayatollah Khomeini, the founder of the current regime who then led Iran as Supreme Leader, as a “Dajjal;” the Islamic version of the Antichrist. Sheikh Gilani claimed that Khomeini dispatched agents to kill him and two top MOA officials, Muhammad Hasib Abdul-Haqq and Ali Rashid.

However, in the early 1990s, the MOA newspaper condemned the U.S. government’s designation of Iran and Syria as state sponsors of terrorism. It characterized the move as part of the United States’ “unofficial war that has been waged against the Muslim world.”

In 1994, MOA published a book that said the Zionist conspiracy had fabricated evidence linking Sheikh Gilani to Iran. The statement suggested disagreement with the U.S. labeling of Iran as a supporter of terrorism. It said that ever since the Islamic Revolution of 1979 the American “media has established Ayatollah Khomeini as a ‘terrorist’ who vehemently voiced his hatred of the United States.”

[1] For more information, see the section of this website about Fuqra’s links to other Islamist groups.

[2] “The Spiteful Truth.” (2010). Islamic Post.

[3] “Syria Elects New Parliament, Dismissed by the West.” (2016). Islamic Post.