In 2013, Fuqra/MOA launched a bizarre $30 million lawsuit against Martin Mawyer, President of the Christian Action Network, in response to his documentary and book about the organization. The case was dismissed.
MOA’s strategy involved suing Mawyer under a new organization, while asking for restitution on behalf of the earlier organization. On January 24, 2013, MOA incorporated a new organization named The Muslims of the Americas (TMOA). The original group, Muslims of the Americas (MOA), was then dissolved on February 6.
MOA Deputy Director Hussein Adams, the son of convicted Fuqra terrorist Barry Adams, was deposed as part of the proceedings. During his deposition, he was asked whether he has “any information that they lacked a reasonable basis to believe that the information they printed in the book was true.” His answer was, “no.”
Adams and the other deposed MOA officials would not provide basic details about the group and were extremely evasive. Adams was especially secretive, claiming that the group had virtually no records, that he didn’t even know the names of the persons on Islamberg’s town council or who was paying the bills.
Deception About MOA’s “Islamic Villages”
MOA has publicly stated in recent years that it has 22 “Islamic villages” in the United States. Many of them have been pinpointed, but the MOA officials were strangely evasive even about confirmed facts.
Adams said only three villages “officially” belong to his group, naming them as the Islamberg headquarters in Hancock, New York; Maryamville next door and Islamville in York County, South Carolina.
When asked about MOA’s statements that it has 22 villages, he replied, “Well, maybe there were other locations included.” He admitted that MOA has “unofficial” villages like a “community” near Anchorage, Alaska.
Reaction to Allegations of Guerilla Training and Weapons Stockpiles
The deposed MOA officials were asked about allegations of terrorist/guerilla training of its members, referencing the videotape obtained by Ryan Mauro of the Clarion Project showing women receiving such training at Islamberg. None of them disputed the credibility of the video.
Adams said he was not aware of any training taking place like what was recorded since he arrived in Islamberg from Canada in 2000. He said there are no weapons storages in Islamberg but “if there is, you’re referring to individuals’ personal firearms.” The interviewer then asked, “So there may be [weapons], but they would be individuals’ personal firearms?” He replied, “Correct.”
Muhammad Hasib al-Haqq, a “founding father” of MOA, said he had not seen “any actual training like that” but had seen parts of the video.
“I know that they were doing things. They were going out there and marching and carrying on with some wooden sticks. Yeah, I know about that,” he said.
Khaidjah Smith, assistant chief executive of MOA, was asked whether she saw training like that in the video. She replied, “Self—we have self-defense classes, yes.”
She challenged the idea that the training was military-like.
“That’s in reference—that’s basically personal opinion, but I know that I’ve actually taken self-defense classes, as well as all the other ladies did,” she said.
She said she “briefly” had firearms training at Islamberg, but “I don’t know a whole lot about guns. I know how to shoot a rifle, not even a handgun.”
Blaming a Dar Ul-Islam/Muslim Brotherhood/Saudi Wahhabist/Zionist Conspiracy
Sheikh Gilani and MOA argued that the organization was secretly hijacked by members of the Dar ul-Islam movement (MOA’s predecessor) who were secretly agents of the Saudi-backed Wahhabists and Muslim Brotherhood. MOA propaganda claims that these Wahhabists/Muslim Brothers are part of a Zionist-Satanic conspiracy.
It is claimed that the secret infiltrators fraudulently incorporated MOA without his approval, including forging his name. Gilani was tricked into appointing one such agent, the late Jamil Abdul-Haqq, as his “Khalifah” in the United States. MOA claims that Jamil Abdul-Haqq issued orders on Gilani’s behalf and even would take on the appearance and mannerisms of Gilani in order to fool his followers.
“[Haqq] took advantage of my absence to start the biggest fraud in history by closing his eyes, taking long breaths and going through physical changes before speaking to people as if he were Sheikh Gilani,” he wrote.[i]
Any crimes committed by Gilani’s followers, he claimed, was done under the direction of these Brotherhood infiltrators who were sent to defame him. Gilani says in the article that the U.S. is secretly controlled by Zionists and that he may be needed to come to America to save the Muslim-American community from the Brotherhood.
In May 2014, U.S. District Judge Thomas J. McAvoy tossed out the lawsuit. He said that TMOA lacked standing to sue on behalf of the organization it dissolved and claimed to be separate from.
“Further, the reason given for the dissolution of MOA—namely, the fraudulent pretenses under which it operated, seems to be antithetical to the contention that TMOA was formed merely to implement a name change,” District Judge McAvoy ruled.
MOA said its lawsuit was dismissed because of a “procedural defect that the plaintiff believes can be easily cured.” It said it as reviewing its options to continue legal action against Mawyer.[ii]
MOA depicts its lawsuit as having been successful and falsely claims that it “silenced” Mawyer.[iii]
[i]“Sufi Leader El-Sheikh Gilani: America Beware of Ikhwan-Al-Muslimeen.” (2013). Islamic Post.
[ii] “Federal Trial Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Anti-Muslim Hate Mongers.” (2014). The Muslims of America.
[iii] “Ryan Mauro, a Discredited Islamophobe Attacks Muslim Woman Attorney in Blog.” (2016). Islamic Post.