Monday, May 14, 2007

Jamaat ul-Fuqra in the DC area?

Some of our readers might recall the daring work of Baron Bodissey of the Gates of Vienna blog in investigating the Jamaat al-Fuqra compound in southern Virginia. Jamaat al-Fuqra is a violent Islamic group with which convicted Beltway sniper John Mohammad had been associated. Now Paul Williams and associates have been investigating the Jammat al-Fuqra compound in upstate New York (from the Canada Free Press via LGF).

Check out this quote from Williams's article (I have added italics for emphasis):
Though primarily based in Lahore, Pakistan, Jamaat ul-Fuqra has operational headquarters in New York and openly recruits through various social service organizations in the U.S., including the prison system. Members live in hamaats or compounds, such as Islamberg, where they agree to abide by the laws of Jamaat ul-Fuqra, which are considered to be above local, state and federal authority. Additional hamaats have been established in Hyattsville, Maryland; Red House, Virginia; Falls Church, Virginia; Macon, Georgia; York, South Carolina; Dover, Tennessee; Buena Vista, Colorado; Talihina, Oklahoma; Tulane Country, California; Commerce, California; and Onalaska, Washington. Others are being built, including an expansive facility in Sherman, Pennsylvania.
Could any of our local readers provide information about the "hamaats" in Hyattsville and Falls Church? I'd also like to know if the many Muslim organizations that operate out of Falls Church are providing cover for the Jamaat ul-Fuqra hamaat in Falls Church.

5 comments:

Baron Bodissey said...

AOW --

I hear from a reliable source that there are some errors in Williams' piece. Not serious ones, but for example, I've never heard of any JF in Commerce, California. There's a Commerce, Georgia compound -- could he mean that?

And, for all my inquiries, I never came up with anything in Falls Church except that it's marked on that JF map (the same one Williams has). So that may be the only basis for having Falls Church in his list.

Or it may not -- there may be other information out there that I haven't seen yet.

Always On Watch said...

Baron,
Actually, I didn't post this one. The other team-blogger here did--Northern Virginiastan.

This coming Friday, Paul Williams is scheduled to be on The Gathering Storm Radio Show, of which I am cohost.

Baron Bodissey said...

Whoops. I should read more closely, shouldn't I? :(

Northern Virginiastan said...

AOW,

Be sure to ask Dr. Williams about his sources for the hamaats in Hyattsville and Falls Church.

Always On Watch Two said...

Northern Virginiastan,
Will do!