Deadly Muslim Deobandi Movement Now Present Throughout America

Family Security Mattersby Paul Williams, Ph.D

The radical Deobandi movement, an ultra-conservative manifestation of Islam, is spreading throughout the United States without capturing the attention of major media outlines. Sheikh Riyadh ul Haq, one of the movement’s most influential preachers, has voiced his support of al Qaeda and the Taliban and his hatred of all Western values.

The movement, which calls upon Muslims to “shed blood for Allah,” already controls more than half the mosques in Great Britain. In America, the Deobandi has gained solid footing in America thanks to the efforts of Tablighi Jamaat missionaries.

One such missionary was Sheikh Mubarek Gilani who set up over 40 compounds for jihadi training throughout the country, including Islamberg in Hancock, New York. After undergoing training at these compounds, the Muslim recruits are dispatched to Pakistan where many have joined forces with al Qaeda and the Taliban.

Jamaat ul-Fuqra, Gilani’s organization, is fully funded by Tablighi Jamaat with contributions from wealthy Saudi benefactors. The same group supports 600 of Britain’s 1,350 mosques. The Deobandi also remains largely responsible for the spread of radical Islam throughout the national prison system.

The prison undertaking was led by Sheikh Ismail Abdul Rahman, who established the Sankore Mosque within Green Haven prison in New York state. At present, 90 percent of the U.S. converts to Islam are African-American; 60 percent become Muslim in prison.

Another American manifestation of the Deobandi is the National Ummah Movement which seeks to establish sovereign Islamic enclaves within major American cities. Some of the Ummah mosques maintain armed militias. Others provide training in martial arts and guerilla warfare. Almost all operate beneath the radar of local, state, and federal law enforcement officials.

On October 28, 2009, the FBI raided a warehouse in Detroit and two houses in Detroit and arrested eleven Ummah members on charges of mail fraud, the illegal possession of firearms, trafficking in stolen goods, and altering vehicle identification numbers.

In the course of the raid on the warehouse, Luqman Ameen Abdullah, the ringleader of the group, opened fire on the federal agents and was killed in the ensuing gunfight. Luqman Abdullah was the imam of the Masjid al-Haqq in Detroit, a mosque that was part of the Ummah network.

A short list of other mosques with ties to the Ummah and the Deobandi is as follows: