Exclusive: Is a Radical Islamic Movement Spreading Throughout America?
The National Ummah – a Muslim movement that seeks to transform American cities into sovereign Islamic states – has gained a foothold in metropolitan areas throughout the country. Few groups are more radical, subversive, and dangerous.
The movement is led by Jamil al-Amin, (H. Rap Brown) from his cell in a maximum security prison on the outskirts of Florence, Colorado, where he is serving a life sentence for killing two police officers.
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.
Last October, after conducting a raid on Ummah congregations in Detroit and Dearborn, Michigan, federal investigators said that the movement was small and regional with only a few hundred active members. But thousands of African-American Muslims pledge their allegiance to the Ummah (Arabic for “community”) and a short list of mosques affiliated with the movement is as follows:
- The Universal Islamic Brotherhood in
- West End Community in Atlantic
- Ta’if Tul Ministry in Los Angeles
- First Cleveland Mosque
- Masjid al-Islam – Washington, D.C.
- Dar al-Hijrah – Falls Church, Virginia
- Masjid Mohammad – Washington, D.C.
- Peace in the Hood – Cleveland
- Masjid Bilal – Lexington, Kentucky
- Masjid Waritheen – Oakland, California
- Masjid Ibrahim – Sacramento
- Sankore Institute – Green Haven Penitentiary
- Community Mosque – Winston-Salem
- Adams Center – Washington, D.C.
- Masjid Mujahidin – New York City
- Masjid al-Mumin – New York City
- Masjid al-Taqwa – New York City
The movement is an outgrowth of Dar ul-Islam, an Islamic street gang in Brooklyn. Many members of the gang ended up in Green Haven, a maximum security prison in upper New York where they established Masjid Santore, a mosque within the prison. The prison mosque receives full funding from New York state legislators.
Another offshoot of Dar ul-Islam is Jamaat ul-Fuqra, an Islamic group that operates Islamberg and approximately 40 additional Islamic paramilitary compounds throughout the country.
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. He sought to claim a section of blight ravaged Detroit for his group in order to establish a sovereign Muslim enclave governed by Sharia (Islamic law).
In his , Imam Abdullah called upon his followers to launch an “offensive jihad” against U.S. officials and to carry and use firearms. Imam Abdullah was one of the founders of the Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA). Another founder was Siraj Wahhaj, an un-indicted co-conspirator in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center and imam of Masjid al-Taqwa in Brooklyn.
MANA was formed to defend Jamil al-Amin and to advance the Islamic take-over of the United States by “cultural jihad” – pushing for black/Muslim privileges under the guise of equal opportunity and civil rights.
FamilySecurityMatters.org Contributing Editor Paul L. Williams, Ph.D., is the author of The Day of Islam: The Annihilation of America and the Western World, The Al Qaeda Connection, and other best-selling books. He is a frequent guest on such national news networks as ABC News, CBS News, Fox News, MSNBC, and NPR. Visit his website at http://thelastcrusade.org.