Mubarak Ali Gilani

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Mubarak Ali Shah Gilani (Mubrik Ali Shah Jilani) is a Sheikh from Pakistan and founder of the Muslims of the Americas organization.[1] He is "the sixth Sultan Ul Faqr", and with full titles his name appears as Imam El-Sheikh Syed Mubarik Ali Shah Jilani El-Hashimi, al-Hasani wal-Husaini.[2]

Background[edit]

In 1978, Gilani published An introduction to Quranic psychology,[3] which detailed his theories about using the Qur'an (Koran) and religious observance to cure certain mental disorders. This was followed up by his An introduction to psychiatry: based on teaching of the Holy Quran and also contains results of scientific demonstration of curing incurable mental diseases in the Psychiatric Institute, Taif, Saudi Arabia, 1976–1977[4] published in 1981.

Muslims of The Americas[edit]

Muslims of the Americas was founded in 1980 by Gilani on a trip to New York. Among other projects it has model communities in the Town of Hancock, New York, called Islamberg, and in York County, South Carolina, called Holy Islamville.

Publications[edit]

In 1983 he published his translation of the Rauza-tus-Safa, an influential 15th Century history on the origins of Islam.[5]

Allegations of Extremist Activities[edit]

It has been asserted[6][7] that he is associated with the terrorist organization Jamaat ul-Fuqra, but the evidence is very circumstantial.[8]

Daniel Pearl was on his way to interview Gilani when he was abducted. Pearl wanted to interview him regarding a suspected connection between Gilani and the "Shoe Bomber" Richard Reid.[9][10] Gilani was questioned in Pakistan concerning the abduction[11] but subsequently released.

View on Terrorism[edit]

In a 2002 interview Gilani said that he believed the jinn to be a greater danger to America than terrorism:

Human beings can be made to do things against their will. They can be made to commit crimes. They can made to go and kill people. You know? And all your missiles, all your rockets, space ships go up. And electronics, they can be damaged, influenced, and misdirected through the agencies of jinn beings.[12]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Radical Trends in African-American Islam", Terrorism Monitor, 10 August 2006
  2. ^ "Who is Imam El-Sheikh Jilani?" Ummah.com part of the Muslim Directory
  3. ^ Jilani, Mubarik Ali (1976) An introduction to Quranic psychologyQuranic Research Institute, Lahore, Pakistan, OCLC 18490762
  4. ^ Jilani, Mubarik Ali (1981) An introduction to psychiatry: based on teaching of the Holy Quran and also contains results of scientific demonstration of curing incurable mental diseases in the Psychiatric Institute, Taif, Saudi Arabia, 1976–1977 Zavia Books for the Quranic Research Institute of Pakistan, Lahore, Pakistan, OCLC 18490762
  5. ^ Rauza-tus-Safa fi Sirat-ul-Ambia wal Muluk wal Khulafa (The Gardens of Purity concerning the biography of the Prophets and Kings and Caliphs) by Muhammad ibn Khawand Shah ibn Mahmud, an historian also known as Khawand bin Badshah, originally published in Persian in seven volumes in the year 1417 C.E. (836 A.H.), OCLC 11220401
  6. ^ "Daily Press Briefing March 27, 2002", U.S. Department of State], archived at http://web.archive.org/web/20021101144422/http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/2002/9025.htm by Internet Archive as of 1 November 2002
  7. ^ (September 2002) "Jamaat ul-Fuqra" Kashmir Herald 4(2): , archived at http://web.archive.org/web/20110429162301/http://www.kashmirherald.com/profiles/jamaatulfuqra.html by Internet Archive on 29 April 2011
  8. ^ Hagmann, Douglas J. (19 February 2007) "Hurricane Katrina charity tied to Islamic terrorist" Northeast Intelligence network, archived at http://web.archive.org/web/20070228185704/http://www.homelandsecurityus.com/Hands021907 by Internet Archive on 28 February 2007
  9. ^ "Made in the U.S.A.", USNews, 10 June 2002.
  10. ^ "The Odd Ordeal of Daniel Pearl", Time, 11 February 2002
  11. ^ "A Junior al Qaeda... Right here at home: Meet al Fuqra", National Review, 31 January 2002.
  12. ^ "Sheik Gilani: CBS' Man In Pakistan Tracks Him Down", CBS News, March 13, 2002

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