Jamaat ul-Fuqra, a Pakistani militant group that has
rebranded itself as Muslims of the Americas, says it has
22 "Islamic villages" in the U.S.
GOP presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz's call for patrolling of Muslim communities with signs of extremism is being bashed as pandering to anti-Muslim voters, with critics saying there aren't even Islamist communities in the U.S. to begin with.
They are wrong. They exist — and newly-published documents show that they've boasted of enforcing Islamic sharia law, even going so far as to whip children.
Jamaat ul-Fuqra, a Pakistani militant group that has rebranded itself as Muslims of the Americas, says it has 22 "Islamic villages" in the U.S. Its "Islamberg" headquarters in New York is the most well-known.
The Clarion Project identified one village in Texas in 2014 and the group mentioned others, including one in Alaska during a frivolous lawsuit it filed against a prominent critic.
Fuqra's 1994 book, Target Islam: Exposing the Malicious Conspiracy of the Zionists Against the World of Islam and Prominent Muslim Leaders, explains that its establishment of "villages" in the U.S. since 1980 is part of a jihad against a Satanic-Jewish-Communist conspiracy that puppeteers the U.S. government.
They have a cultish devotion to their extremist leader in Pakistan, Sheikh Gilani, who they believe is in constant contact with Allah and the Prophet Mohammed and a miracle worker chosen by Allah to lead Islam to victory.
Of course, they state they are against criminality and terrorism (despite being extensively engaged in it) and tout a twisted version of patriotism. Part of the plan is ensuring the spiritual purity of the Fuqra/MOA members by enforcing sharia law in their villages.
"The majority of the Sheikh's [American] followers purchased land in areas away from urban metropolis and developed small villages, where they could raise their children in a wholesome environment and live a life of pure Islam, free from the decadence of a godless society," their book states.
Small picture to the left of the print shows a whipping being prepared.
That sounds innocent enough until you look at the picture
above. The caption reads, "American Muslims have
established their own villages where Islamic Law has been
enforced. Here a wrongdoer is voluntarily accepting
punishment." The unclear picture shows a man sitting on a
chair, with his back facing a group of Muslims in prayer
as a man stands over him. The image is identical to what a
former Fuqra member described to the Clarion Project as
the procedure for brutal whippings.
An issue of the group's newspaper, the Islamic Chronicle, from the 1980s has an article about its purchases of land in America and explains: "Sheikh Jilani explained that this will be a territory to set-up a model for Jammah for the practice in its simple and austere manner under the Shariat (Law)…"
Taazarat being administered
Another issue, this one from 1983, (above) has a picture
of a man bent over as a man stands over him apparently
about to strike him. The caption reads, "Ta'azerat being
administered." The article next to the picture explains
that enforcement of sharia law in the villages in America
is necessary to protect Muslims from falling into legal
sins like gambling, adultery and alcohol consumption.
"The Jammatul Fuqra has been able to establish justice according to Islamic Law, not only in the United States, but wherever Muslims are living under un-Islamic laws. According to the Holy Q'uran, a Muslim is not allowed to follow laws other than the law of the Holy Qu'ran…This so-called 'freedom' is actually enslavement by the kufaar [non-Muslims] and Shaitan [Satan]…"