Thursday, March 19, 2009



Paul L. Williams, Ph.D.

(with the able assistance of Patrick Walsh and Michael Travis)

Islamberg resembles a ghost town.

The Muslim settlement captured national attention two years ago when a story entitled “Springtime in Islamberg” appeared in Atlas Shrugs, Canada Free Press, and other news pages. Since the publication of this expose, Islamberg became an item of interest for ABC News, Fox News, CNN, and other national news outlets; a subject of attention by such best-selling authors as Robert Spencer and Brigitte Gabriel; and the centerpiece of a documentary by Christian Action Network.

But much has changed within this 70 acre Islamic settlement that is located in the dense forest between the small rural villages of Deposit and Hancock in upper New York State.

The sentry post is gone and no guards are in sight.

A handful of children play in the mud and muck before rows of rusty old trailers and a few women in full burqas saunter along the rutty dirt road that leads to the heart of the squalid Muslim compound.

Young men in Islamic garb no longer congregate before the makeshift mosque, and no students are in attendance at the one room shack that serves as Sheikh Gilani's “International Quranic Open University”.

The few residents who remain, clearly are not environmentalists. Sewage seeps from septic tanks and outhouses into the creek that flows at the base of the settlement. Bags of rotting garbage remain stacked between the trailers. And the once pristine countryside is now littered with junk cars, moldy mattresses, empty tanks of propane, and old appliances.

Gunfire no longer can be heard from the firing ranges along the eastern parameter of the 70 acre property - - and no grunts come from new recruits at the obstacle course.

A new sign at the entranceway reads, “Welcome to Hag Islamberg: The International Quranic Open University.” Next to this sign, which features the image of a mosque emerging from the mountains, is a pot of plastic carnations. Another sign proclaims that the community is home to the “United Muslim – Christian Forum.”

Such statements of welcome are offset by the “No Trespassing” signs that have been nailed to trees throughout the compound.

On the opposite side of the road leading into the community is a rack of metal mailboxes bearing such names as Abdul-Haqq, Abdul Jalil, Mumim Roberts, Abdullah Simonds, and Salam Insan.

What has happened to this once bustling complex of radical Islamists - - a place where the cries of muezzins were accompanied by the incessant rat-tat-tat of machine gunfire? Where are the Arab dignitaries that used to visit this remote community in chauffeur-driven limousines? Where are the armed sentries who warded away all intruders?

“The place was scary,” a barfly at Couzin’s Tavern in Deposit, says. “The last time I went there, I was surrounded by twenty-five Muslims with shotguns and Uzis. I haven’t heard much about it lately.”

Is the place still scary?

A recent visit confirmed the following:

(1). Islamberg contains massive underground bunkers that are interconnected by a network of tunnels. A building contractor, who resides in Sherman, Pennsylvania - - approximately 15 miles from Islamberg, says that he helped to install the bunkers and that the paramilitary training that formerly took place at the firing range and the obstacle courses now takes place now takes place at these subterranean locations.

(2). The compound is no longer centralized. Many of the wannabe jihadis have moved to nearby locations, including a trailer park less than a mile away.

(3). The community is engaged in a public relations campaign designed to present Islamberg and other Jamaat ul-Fuqra compounds as peaceful settlements that pose no threat to national security. In keeping with this campaign, Islamberg now proclaims itself to be the “International Headquarters” of the newly created “United Muslim – Christian Forum.”

(4). There are bodies buried in Islamberg. This fact remains to be investigated by local law enforcement officials.

A cult member meditates at the shallow grave of a dead comrade.

(5). The residents of Islamberg reside in squalid and unsanitary conditions that violate New York State health and safety codes.


Islamberg was established in 1980 by Sheikh Mubarak Ali Gilani, a Pakistani cleric who served as the imam of the Yasin Masjid in Brooklyn. A quack practitioner of something called “Quranic psychiatry, Sheikh Gilani presented himself to the Brooklyn congregation as "the sixth Sultan ul Faqr,” with a lineage that dates back to the prophet Mohammed. He claimed to have supernatural powers that came from his regular reception of visits by jinn and “non-human beings.”

Sporting ammunition belts, Gilani called upon members of a Black Muslim street gang known as Dar al-Islam (DAR) to take part in the holy war against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. Hundreds answered the call and headed off to training camps in Pakistan, which had been established by Osama bin Laden, and other members of themujahadeen.

Under Gilani’s direction, the DAR transformed into Jamaat ul-Fuqra (“the community of the impoverished”) and continued its prison ministry under Muslims of the Americas, a new, non-profit corporation. The sheikh soon came to realize that it would be financially advantageous to train new recruits for the holy war on American soil rather than shelling out the freight of sending them to Lahore and Peshawar. He purchased a seventy acre parcel of land near Green Haven, set up a firing range and an obstacle course, purchased a slew of old single-wide trailers, and created a paramilitary compound called Islamberg. When released from the federal prison, former convicts now received not only the customary $10 and a suit of clothes but also a one-way ticket to Gilani’s compound.

The tiny little village in the Catskill Mountains came to include a make-shift learning center (dubbed the “International Quranic Open University”); a trailer converted into a Laundromat; a community center; a grocery store; forty clapboard homes, hundreds of single-wide trailers, and, of course, a masjid. A sentry post was erected at the entrance to the compound where armed guards remained on watch day and night.

What took place at Islamberg and the International Quranic Open University? The answers came from Sheikh Gilani in his recruitment videos: “We give [students] specialized training in guerilla warfare. We are at present establishing training camps. You can easily reach us at Open Quranic offices in upstate New York or in Canada or in South Carolina or in Pakistan.” Similarly, in a handbook, published by the university, Gilani writes that the foremost duty of all students is to wage war against “the oppressors of Muslims.” The students are expected to sign an oath that reads: “I shall always hear and obey, and whenever given the command, I shall readily fight for Allah’s sake.”


The place became off limits to all outsiders - - even to the local undertaker who delivered bodies to the complex from the local hospital but never gained entrance. “They come and take the bodies from my hearse. They won’t allow me to get past the sentry post. They say that they want to prepare the bodies for burial. But I never get the bodies back. I don’t know what’s going on there but I don’t think it’s legal.”

The complex at Islamberg came to loom over the small towns of Deposit and Hancock like the mythical Castle Dracula in Transylvania. “If you go there, you better wear body armor,” a customer at the Circle E Diner in Hancock said in 2007. “They have armed guards and if they shoot you, nobody will find your body.”

At Cousins, a watering hole in nearby Deposit, a customer said: “The place is dangerous. You can hear gunfire up there. I can’t understand why the FBI won’t shut it down.”


From 1982 to 1992, Gilani established other compounds (called “hamaats”) in such places as Hyattsville, Maryland; Falls Church, Virginia; Red House, Virginia; Macon, Georgia; York, South Carolina; Dover, Tennessee; Buena Vista, Colorado; Talihina, Oklahoma; Tulane Country, California; Squaw Valley, California; Onalaska, Washington, and Toronto, Ontario.


A homegrown terrorist group, as nefarious as al Qaeda, had come into being. Members of Jamaat ul-Fuqra soon became convicted in US courts of such crimes as homicide, conspiracy to commit murder, firebombing, gun smuggling, grand theft, counterfeiting, and workers’ compensation fraud. Others remain leading suspects in criminal cases throughout the country, including ten unsolved assassinations and seventeen fire-bombings between 1979 and 1990.

In 1989, federal law enforcement officials conducted a raid on the 101-acre hamaat in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The officials recovered a multitude of handguns with obliterated serial numbers and silencers, semi-automatic weapons, thirty to forty pounds of explosives, three large pipe bombs, improvised explosive devices, shape charges, blank birth certificates, counterfeit Social Security cards, sets of Colorado drivers’ licenses with identical photos and different names, and manuals entitled “Guerilla Warfare” and “Counter-Guerilla Operations.” They also came upon several silhouettes for target practice, including one with the words “FBI Anti-Terrorism Team” written on the target’s torso bulls-eye. In the course of a subsequent raid on the complex, the feds uncovered a weapons cache of military rifles that included American M-16s and M-14s and Soviet AK-47s.

The 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center was conducted, in part, by members of ul-Fuqra, including Clement Rodney Hampton-El (a.k.a., “Dr. Rashid”) and Iyman Farris.

Other prominent ul-Fuqra associates are Richard Reed, who attempted to blow-up a trans-Atlantic jetliner with explosives concealed in his shoe, and John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, the Beltway snipers.


In 2001, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the al Qaeda leader in charge of 9/11, sent Zacarias Moussaowi to live with ul-Fuqra member Melvin Lattimore (a.k.a., Mujahid Abdul-Qadder Menepta) in Norman, Oklahoma so that Moussaowi could attend flight school with Mohammed Atta and other 9/11 operatives at the Airman Flight School. The gracious Lattimore opened his doors not only to Moussaowi but also to Nawaf al Hazmi (a.k.a., Rabia al Makki) and Marwan al-Shehhi, two of Atta’s fellow hijackers.

Lattimore had been convicted in 1979 of stockpiling weapons and explosives in a St. Louis mosque and his credit card was used to purchase materials for the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. In 1995, while residing at the ul-Fuqra compound in Talihina, Oklahoma, he was spotted on several occasions in the company of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh. Despite this, Lattimore was never taken into custody and subjected to an extensive grilling. His name does not appear in the 9/11 Commission Report. He received favored status from the Justice Department since he was listed as an FBI informant.


On June 30, 2005, federal law enforcement officials finally descended upon Islamberg but not to make arrests or to investigate the reports of gunfire and explosions. They rather make the trek to the compound to take part in a communal picnic in honor of the Muslim Boy Scouts of America.

Following the visit, Agent Irizarry sent the following note to his new-found friends:

Assalamu alykum Hussein,    I just wanted to thank you again for a great day yesterday.  It was a pleasure presenting to the boys.  As I said they had excellent questions.  The boys also demonstrated their appreciation and enthusiasm for having us present to them, and it was very much appreciated by Mike, JP and myself (sic).  I have attached the pictures we took memorializing the event and we look forward to the graduation in August, Inshallah.  Please send the boys and camp staff. Salaams on our behalf.

  Sincerley (sic),     Phil

Our sources have reported similar disappearances of young Muslim males from compounds and Islamic Centers across the United States and Canada. Please stay tuned.


Michael Travis said...

Perhaps the Dar, Jamaat Al Fuqra, Dar Ul Uloom etc. have been Raptured?

Nahhhhh! BabbaZed would stand for it!

Pastorius said...

Right, they've been taken up with their Lord.


Michael Travis said...


I doubt it.

Where they are going, a call to the Brophet Mo' is charged as "local" !

Anonymous said...

Quran is compatible with modern US values: Film

Despite being revealed some 1,400 years ago, Islam's holy book is compatible with contemporary American values, Indian filmmaker Faruq Masudi argues in his new documentary that describes the Quran as a "matrix that leads you into a spiritual journey like none other."

Quran Contemporary Connections, set to be released online in the coming months, is a documentary-type film based on research by a group of American professors who were asked to delve deep into the minds of Muslims and find out if the Quran is out of step with modern times.

“In Islam, sex is a good thing. Allah is not a Muslim specific God; even Arabic speaking Jews and Christians use the word Allah in their liturgies. Polygamy is a blessing. Muslims do not worship Muhammad. Everybody is a born Muslim," were among the panel’s findings according to the documentary's website.

"The film talks about the major themes of the Quran, including the most controversial ones, like jihad, women, sex, polygamy, peace and violence," Masudi told

Masudi explained that the documentary places Islam in a modern context and refutes the view that Islam is out-dated by linking the Quran to modern concepts like democracy, charity and diversity.

"There are so many similarities between Islam and the West because the Quran was meant to be for all of mankind, Muslims do not have a monopoly on Islam, on the book or on Allah," Masudi said.

Masudi, who has produced several soap operas and television shows, said he was inspired to make the film to correct the general Western misconceptions about Islam, which spiraled out of control after the Sept.11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

"I made this film for the very obvious reason that we Muslims are being judged wrongly by non-Muslim communities and it was high-time a professional Muslim set the record straight," Masudi explained.

Islamophobes are constantly trying to create a divide between the faith and America whereas they are essentially very similar, he explained. Masudi described American people as "civil, sophisticated, polite and generous" and said these are in fact the core principles laid out in the Quran.

"The basic values are the same although the lifestyles may differ," he said.

The seasoned filmaker also argued that critics who say Islam does not grant women equal rights have it wrong because ayats, or verses, are twisted and taken out of context by Islamphobes to condemn Islam and by patriarchal Muslim societies to subjugate women.

"This subjugation is man-made and condemned by God, as Allah repeatedly says in the Quran that all creatures are equal in front of Him," Masudi explained.

The media and Muslims are equally responsible for the negative misconceptions about Islam and both play a vital role, according to the filmaker.

"I don’t expect a media person to read the entire Quran before they do a story," he said, adding "I think we Muslims have failed, we should hold the responsibility of not communicating with the media in the right way, at the right time and at the right place.”

Quran Contemporary Connections aims to reach out to the media as well as government officials and decision makers to give them a "fresh first hand uncorrupted insight into what Quran is about."

Despite having received a good response from focus groups, the filmmaker said so far mainstream distributors have not been very sympathetic to the film and have shied away from putting it in the market.

Distributors have primarily criticized the film's lack of objectivity.

"What they actually mean is to do a 'Fitna' by a Muslim about the Quran, which I refuse to do," he said referring to the 2007 anti-Islam film released by far-right Dutch MP Geert Wilders that has been widely condemned for equating Islam with terrorism.

Anti-Islamic films made by islamophobes purporting to delve into the teachings of the Quran like Fitna and the psuedo-documentary 'Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West' have gained notoriety in recent years, often monopolizing the media conversation about Islam’s teachings.

The biggest problem is the lack of intelligence in discussion about Islam, which though often passionate is full of extremism on both sides, he added, so too often people on either side miss the point entirely.

"Nobody has taken the trouble of looking into the Quran and seeing what it talks about," he said. This film will delve into the details and, he hopes, correct the destructive misconceptions propogated by films like Fitna and Obsession.

Anonymous said...


(ANSAmed) - LISBON, MARCH 16 - Queen Rania of Jordan and the former President of the Republic of Portugal, Jorge Sampaio, received the 2008 North-South Prize from the Council of Europe during a ceremony in Portuguese Parliament in Lisbon. The award was presented by the Portuguese head of state Anibal Cavaco Silva, in the presence of King Abdullah of Jordan. Since 1995, the North-South Centre has awarded the prize - a statuette made of Portuguese marble with a base made from African wood - to two public figures, one from the north and the other from the south. The Centre, located in Lisbon, is a branch of the Council of Europe and aims to defend human rights, democracy and reciprocal awareness and solidarity between the northern and southern parts of the world. 20 countries, including Italy belong to the centre. Emma Bonino has received the award in the past. In an interview with daily "Diario de Noticias", Queen Rania expressed a wish that dialogue and negotiations to resolve the problems in the Middle East should resume. Queen Rania said that "the situation for women has registered progress in many Arab countries, but there is still a long way to go. The greatest challenge today for Arab women is to change the mentality of men, and I can say that this is changing". (ANSAmed).


Always On Watch said...

WC and I are scheduled to interview Dr. Williams tomorrow on The Gathering Storm. I think we'll discuss this topic.

Always On Watch said...

BTW, I posted a link to this article at my site.

If my computer had been behaving itself, I'd have posted the entire article. Oh, well.

midnight rider said...

People like Dr Williams brought too much attention to Islamberg and now they've gone to ground, so to speak.

Had the Feds done something sooner, rounded up some of these folks, who knows what information we could have had.

Now, if they've spread out through the communities the way Ray Boyd stated they could a few weeks ago. . .

Michael Travis said...

I should think that John Mohammad, Richard Reed and Gilani himself should have brought a bit of attention to Jamaat Al Fuqra.

midnight rider said...

You'd think, ain't? But wait! You forget this is American Media we're talking about! The only station I've ever seen these camps mentioned on is Fox and that nearly 2 years ago.

ANd the Feds are using the "nothing illegal going on here" excuse. So shut it down for the sanitation issues.

But of course not. They're afraid of a political backlash.

Fuck the backlash how about putting the US of A first instead of some politically correct Religion of Pieces meme?

Bah. Spit.

Where do you think they've gone, Michael? Taken with the disappearance of the Somali men from Dearbornistan etc and following hard on the release of that video documentary about these camps a few weeks ago and the installation of a pretty incompetant administration this is pretty damn intriguing.

Anonymous said...

Since the image of 'open sewage' and 'squalor' describes conditions on the surface of this 'camp'- imagine the hazardous health conditions in the 'bunkers'. Did the camp have permits to dig? build? hook up for utilities? Did they receive a certificate of occupancy? - for each and every structure? School accreditation? How many licensed teachers are on site? What is the student to teacher ratio? Are the electrical, plumbing and structural components up to code? Does ANY element of this 'camp' meet local/ state/federal standards? Is any Hancock , County, State or Federal official checking? Why wait for the FBI? There is enough bureaucratic red tape here to undermine the foundation of this 'camp' and essentially close it down.
On the Hancock, NY website bulletin board the following message posted:

Please be advised that “In accordance with the new Property Maintenance Code of New York State, which the Town of Hancock participates in, under Section - 302.8 – Motor vehicles - “Except as provided for in statute or other regulations, two or more inoperative or unlicensed motor vehicles shall not be parked, kept or stored on any premises, and no vehicle shall at any time be in a state of major disassembly, disrepair or in the process of being stripped or dismantled. Painting of vehicles is prohibited unless conducted inside an approved spray booth. This law is enforced by the Town of Hancock, it is subject to appearance tickets for the Town of Hancock Court and also may include $1,000 (one thousand dollar) per day fine or imprisonment – each day is a separate offense – if violations are not remedied. Any questions, please contact Michael Salvatore, Town of Hancock Code Enforcement Officer at 607 637-3651.

Many of the residents of this camp are ex-cons. A simple offense for lack of removal of Junk Cars can impact parole status as well as the al Fuqra budget.


Michael Travis said...

"Where do you think they've gone, Michael? "

Many of the Al Fuqra Folks in Red House (Virginia) and Commerce (Georgia) have moved off the compounds and into private homes nearby. They still return to the camps for evening or Friday prayers, but they arrive in late model cars and are decked out in colorful and upmarket Hijabs and Burqas. They are much harder to keep track of nowadays.

According to our sources,something is up, and it's not confined to the obvious encampments.

Anonymous said...

Neutering the Constitution from 3/13/2009

Quote: "After analyzing the data on the locations of the Muslims of America compounds in seemingly remote locations it is increasingly obvious (to me) that they are locating close to certain places for the purpose of performing routine surveillance and launching attacks on even more ambitious targets, with the goal of designing an coordinated attack to culminate a major disaster!

Among these locations were the route lines and control stations for the states’ communications, petroleum, gas, electric and hydroelectric systems.

While appearing to be offering help to hurricane and victims of natural disasters, they have analyzed FEMA, National Guard Armories, U.S. military installations, police stations, communications control sites, and airports’ response to disasters.This has allowed their civil engineers (which most of them are and some already in government jobs with knowledge of local infrastructure) to design plans and coordinate a nationwide attack while countering our response to these attacks. These plans of attack and surveillance methods are textbook operations that can be found in our own military training manuals like the Department of Army FM 31-21 Covert Guerrilla Warfare and Special Forces Operations.

This manual gives detail on exactly how to use a relatively small well-trained covert group to bring down an established government. One would think they would recognize their own methods being used on themselves. I know we trained them with these methods for the bringing down the Russians in Afghanistan. I hope we can wake up America before it is too late — if that time has not already passed!"


Michael Travis said...

Interesting speculation and analysis at Gates of Vienna (Who have done a superlative job at archiving material relating to Jamaat Al Fuqra).

One of my goals is to have the general population alert to the threats posed by our Jihadist populations..and to let it be known that their every movement may be noted and documented. That should make them very uncomfortable...and denying comfort to the enemy is an accepted strategy in warfare.

However...Google maps, visiting a convenience store 5 miles down the road..and snapping a picture of the MAS sign from a speeding car (1/3 mile from the actual cluster of shacks and caravans) has been done before. Go inside, talk with them, record and photograph the motherfuckers! Shit! A woman, Pamela has volunteered to join us in a trip to some of the most dangerous Muzzie-compounds in the United States....yet most "men" are content with recycling moldy old anecdotes.

Come on guys! Visit your neighbourhood mosque or Muzzie-Compound...we'll help.


Z said...

Not the least of problems is we have contractors helping build islamists bunkers?
Anything for a buck, or rial, I guess?

So, where the hell are they?
Oh, that's right......I just answered my own question.

Anonymous said...

Exclusive: Jihadi Cult Associate Arrested in NY With Firearms Stockpile
Home > Political Islam > Worldwide > Movements > Exclusive: Jihadi Cult Associate Arrested in NY With Firearms Stockpile

Police reveal the weapon’s cache of Ramadan Abdullah
By Clarion Project’s Ryan Mauro and Christian Action Network President Martin Mawyer

A long-time associate of a U.S.-based Islamist terrorist organization, Muslims of America (MOA), has been arrested in Johnson City, NY. Authorities discovered that he had a large cache of weapons inside a storage locker. A source inside MOA says the weapons were intended for the group’s “Islamberg” headquarters in Hancock, NY.

The suspect, 64-year old Ramadan Abdullah, was previously arrested in 1977 when he and another man tried to rob a candy store in Brooklyn and someone was murdered in the process. When police searched his home, they found enough material to build 50 bombs. In the end, the charges against Abdullah were strangely reduced (see below).

On May 31, Abdullah was arrested after trying to steal four boxes of ammunition from a local Gander Mountain store. When police questioned him about the purpose of the ammo, his answers made them suspicious, and they obtained a search warrant for a storage locker he was renting in the town of Union.

During that search, police found a large assortment of weaponry including:

8 assault weapons
4 loaded handguns
1 loaded shotgun
2 rifles
64 high-capacity ammunition feeding devices
flak jackets
1,000s of rounds of ammunition, including .50-caliber armor-piercing rounds
Searches of other residences linked to Abdullah turned up another loaded handgun, more high-capacity ammunition feeding devices and ammunition, including .38-caliber rounds.

For a full report on Muslims of the Americas and their terror enclaves, click here

New York State Police Major Jim Barnes would not say whether Abdullah was connected to terrorist groups or any organizations, but confirmed that police believe Abdullah had made trips overseas.

“There’s no indications there was a plan in place to commit an act of violence. However, it begs the question, what was he doing with all this and what were his intentions down the road?” said New York State Police Maj. Jim Barnes.

“It’s just a tremendous blessing to be able to take all these high power weapons and high power ammunition off the streets, and who knows what kind of large scale tragedy that this investigation may have prevented later down the road,” said Johnson City Police Chief Brent Dodge.

Abdullah is currently being held in the Broome County Jail without bail.

Abdullah is a longtime associate of the U.S.-based Islamist cult Muslims of America READ MORE AT LINK: