South America

MOA said it had a village and Quranic Open University “campus” in South America in a 1994 book. The
text talked about its Muslim-American members enforcing Sharia Law in such villages and showed a
picture of a man in the South American village sitting in a chair as he was about to be lashed. 1

A 2011 issue of the Fuqra/MOA newspaper states that two “correspondents” are based in an unidentified
South American country. It mentions that one traveled from South America to Muree, Pakistan as a
representative of the Islamic Post newspaper and the Quranic Open University. 2

The other identified South American “correspondent” is named as Khidr B. Abdul-Muqit. The same name
appears in a Fuqra/MOA log of paramilitary training by its youth that was captured by law enforcement
during raids in 1992. A document from 1990 identifying welfare recipients mentions a mother with a son
by the same name.



MOA is known to have a presence in Venezuela. A 2015 MOA press release lists an office in Caracas. 3
MOA-affiliated sources said the presence in Venezuela was kept a tight secret, even from its own
members, until it leaked out.

The address matches a building that was owned by an insurance company led by Pedro Torres Ciliberto,
who has been a fugitive since 2009. He is wanted on charges of money laundering and bank fraud and is
accused of assisting international criminals in hiding money in offshore accounts. He was a strong
supporter of the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez 4 and was a close friend of the former Vice
President. 5

Ali Abdel-Aziz, a former MOA member who served as an informant for the NYPD for eight years
including two years living at Islamberg, says that Sheikh Gilani is making a concerted effort to develop
MOA communities in countries outside the U.S. He described Venezuela as the most promising one.
Ali said he was sent by MOA to Venezuela and that major MOA officials are traveling back and forth
between the U.S. and the country. He said that even Sheikh Gilani had visited Venezuela and may move
there from Pakistan.

One source says that Ali visited the country twice between 2006 and 2009. One trip in 2008 was for
scouting land for beginning a new “jamaat,” or a community of believers living in one location. The
source said one of the purposes of the new site was to serve as an alternative location for the Trinidad
MOA if necessary, including convicted terrorist Barry Adams (also known as Tyrone Cole). Sheikh
Gilani married Adams’ daughter and his son, Hussain, is chief executive of MOA.
Ali said the Muslim community in Venezuela is “paranoid” about any American presence and was
supportive of the Chavez regime, making it an attractive spot for MOA expansion. 6 MOA newspaper
coverage of events in Venezuela has been gently in favor of Chavez and his successor, President Nicolas

An MOA-linked militant group in Trinidad named Jamaat Al-Muslimeen does extensive black market
business in Venezuela and engages in drug and firearms trafficking with the Colombian narco-terrorist
group FARC, according to an intelligence source with experience in Trinidad. The Venezuelan
government is known to collaborate with the FARC.



Canadian Muslim CBC journalist Nazim Baksh wrote in 2010, “My own personal investigation has uncovered a trail of
blood left by Gilani’s dervishes that stretched from Trinidad, Guyana, the United States and Canada.” 8

A 1983 issue of the Islamic Chronicle, the name of the Fuqra/MOA newspaper then, identifies a
correspondent based in Georgetown, Guyana named Hasan Muhammad Siddiq.



An MOA-affiliated source reports that the group has a quickly growing “jamaat” in Mexico. The location

is unknown. A handful of MOA members distributed an online link in 2016 that was about a known Sufi

Muslim community in Chiapas, but it has no publicly documented links to MOA.


1 Target Islam: Exposing the Malicious Conspiracy of the Zionists Against the World of Islam and Prominent

Muslim Leaders. (1994). Quranic Open University and Pakistan Foundation for Strategic Studies.

2 Shadzia, Umm. (2011). North American Muslim Journalists Travel Abroad. Islamic Post.

3 “American Taliban (Private Militia) Besiege Islamberg.” (2015). The Muslims of America. Release-Doggart_American_Taliban.pdf

4 Olivares, Francisco. (2012). “Loose Ends.” El Universal. Retrieved from:

5 Fall of the Boligarchs. (2009). The Economist:

6 Mawyer, Martin. Twilight in America. (2011). america

7 “American Muslims Hold International Teleconference Condemning Genocide Against Kashmiris, Appeal to

United Nations.” (2016). Islamic Post.

muslims-hold- international-teleconference- condemning-genocide- against-kashmiris- appeal-to- united-nations/

8 Baksh, Nazim. (2010). When Conversion Goes Awry: The Strange Case of Umar Lee. Nazim’s Blog.

When Conversion goes awry: The strange case of Umar Lee

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