Islamberg, New York

Islamberg (Arabic: إسلامبيرج‎) is a rural hamlet and religious community in the town of Tompkins, Delaware County, New York, United States.[1]

Islamberg, New York
Islamberg is located in New York
Location of Islamberg in New York
Coordinates: 42°03′08″N 75°20′06″W / 42.05222°N 75.33500°W / 42.05222; -75.33500Coordinates: 42°03′08″N 75°20′06″W / 42.05222°N 75.33500°W / 42.05222; -75.33500
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
 • Total200


Islamberg was settled by a group of mostly black Muslim families in the 1980s,[2] who sought to escape the troubles of New York City.[3] The group was inspired by Sufi Cleric Sheikh Syed Mubarik Ali Shah Gilani and sought a more "peaceful and holy Muslim life".[4][5] Islamberg has a population of about 200,[2] along with its own grocery store, bookstore, and school.[3] The community serves as the headquarters of Muslims of America, which seeks to promote an understanding of Islam.[6]

Public safetyEdit

Although relations with neighboring communities are cooperative,[5] Islamberg has repeatedly faced threats and persecution originating from false right-wing conspiracy theories spread online.[7] Right-wing groups, such as Info Wars,[8] have claimed that Islamberg is a training center for terrorists, claims which local law enforcement and state police investigators say are untrue.[6]

In November 2015, Jon Ritzheimer, of Phoenix, Arizona, made news for threatening an attack on Islamberg.[9] In June 2017, a Tennessee man, Robert Doggart, was sentenced to almost 20 years in prison for plotting an attack on Islamberg.[10][11] In January 2019, three men and one male minor were arrested for plotting an attack on Islamberg with explosives.[12][13][14] Police found 23 firearms and three homemade bombs that investigators claim were going to be used to attack the hamlet.[15]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ ""Cannonsville Reservoir" 7.5 minute quadrangle". U.S. Geological Survey/ACME Mapper. Retrieved November 4, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Planned Attack On Muslim Community In Upstate New York Disrupted, Police Say". Retrieved 2019-01-23.
  3. ^ a b "Islamberg: A Terror Compound in New York ... or Misunderstood Neighbors?". Fox News. 2015-03-25. Retrieved 2019-01-24.
  4. ^ "Islamberg: A Terror Compound in New York ... or Misunderstood Neighbors?",; accessed May 3, 2014.
  5. ^ a b Laila, Kearney (June 1, 2015). "A tranquil Muslim hamlet in the Catskills - until the attack plot". Reuters. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  6. ^ a b Novacic, Ines (July 16, 2015). "Muslim enclave in U.S. battles suspicion, alleged threats".
  7. ^ Rojas, Rick (2019-01-28). "They Created a Muslim Enclave in Upstate N.Y. Then Came the Online Conspiracies". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  8. ^ Owens, Josh (2019-12-05). "I Worked for Alex Jones. I Regret It". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-11-24.
  9. ^ Michaud, Chris (November 29, 2015). "Upstate New York town threatened by Arizona man in online post: reports". Reuters. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  10. ^ "Tennessee man sentenced over plot to attack Muslim community",, June 15, 2017; accessed Dec 17, 2017.
  11. ^ "America Snores When Christian Terrorist Threatens to Massacre Muslims",, May 18, 2015; accessed May 20, 2015.
  12. ^ Thompson, Howard (2019-01-22). "Court docs: Three men near Rochester charged in bomb plot against Muslim community". WIVB. Retrieved 2019-01-22.
  13. ^ WHAM (22 January 2019). "Police: Four plotted to attack NY Muslim community with IEDs, 23 guns". WKRC. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  14. ^ "Four held over NY 'plot' against Muslims". 23 January 2019. Retrieved 29 January 2019 – via
  15. ^ Folley, Aris (January 23, 2019). "Four arrested in bomb plot targeting Muslim community in New York". The Hill.