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Re: “The Aging of the Moors

Islam to all Moors, Moslems, seekers after truth, American and foreign sympathizers, etc.
I would like to begin by giving praises to Allah the Father of the Universe; I extend high honor to His Holy and Divine Prophet Noble Drew Ali, and to all true and divine Prophets of Allah who I have not mentioned. I extend honors to man because when man honors man he honors his father God Allah. The Holy Koran of the MSTA states, “…out of the worst the wise will find means of good,” therefore at the out set I extend honor to the ‘Chicago Reader’ newspaper for showing the gumption to do a article on the Moorish Science Temple of America; I extend honor to them for having the fortitude to have the Moors grace the pages of their newspaper, for it is said a picture is worth a thousand words . I must begin by alerting the public of the fact that I was supposed to be “apart” of this so-called interview/story on the Moorish Science Temple of America. I was interviewed by Ms. Tasneem Paghdiwala during the Convention of 9/07, and none of my comments were used for this story. I can assure you that copious notes were being taken as I was speaking. I articulated the fact that the Holy Prophet Noble Drew Ali declared us Moslems under the Divine Laws of the Holy Koran of Mecca. I communicated that Moorish American Moslems do not drink alcohol, use profanity in the mildest form, smoke, use drugs, fornicate, or engage in any thing that pertains to the lower self. I expressed many of the beliefs and practices of Moorish American Moslems. I also gave her a copy of my book, What Your History Books Failed To Tell You. I concur with the brother who stated we must tell our own story. Many so-called writers, reporters, publicist, etc. do not present an unbiased view of the pristine teachings of Prophet Noble Drew Ali, because if they did, that means that they would have to conform to them. Below are some inconsistencies within the editorial (‘The Aging of the Moors’) which I would like to clear up for those who are not familiar with the Moorish Science Temple of America.
“…anyone with a little knowledge of Islam—the one associated with Muhammad and Mecca—who heard of Drew’s Islamism must have been greatly confused.” This is statement is totally erroneous, as well as misleading. There were many individuals in the Moorish Science Temple of America who were familiar with Islam “associated with Muhammed and Mecca;” in fact Bro. T. Booker-Bey (GNT emeritus) reported that when he was present at a meeting where Prophet Noble Drew Ali was present, he saw 10 Arabian, 5 Turks,… join the Moorish Science Temple of America. The point that these aforementioned people joined the MSTA implies that they were not confused about Islamism.

“…small quasi-Islamic sect…” The Moorish Science Temple of America is the first as well as the oldest Islamic organization in America; it is neither sect nor faction. Our members are Moslem by creed, and Moorish American by nationality.
“…Moors, a Moroccan Muslim tribe that conquered Spain in the 7th century…” The Moors existed prior to the 7th century. The Moors trace themselves all the way back to the Garden of Eden.
“…the Moors descendants were brought to America in slave ships…” All Moors were not brought here on slave ships, most Moors were already here in America during the pre-Columbian period. Prophet Noble Drew Ali was reported to have said, “The Moors were living up and down the Mississippi River before the European man came here.” “Children, you are at home, and the European is 3,000 miles from home…”
“…call their god Allah and their leader Prophet.” I must affirm that our Grand Sheiks, Grand Governors, and Head Officials of our Temples are not Prophets. Prophet Noble Drew Ali is the last Prophet in these days. A Prophet is a thought of Allah manifested in the flesh. We honor all the true and divine Prophets, Jesus, Muhammed, Buddha, Confucius, etc.
“Moorish-Americans drink alcohol and eat pork. They don’t pray five times a day or travel to Mecca,…” This is an unqualified statement which is very misleading. We Moorish Americans are also Moslems, and being Moslems, we are members of the MSTA, and the MSTA derives it power and authority from the Great Koran (Quran) of Muhammed. Via the laws of the Great Koran of Muhammed, alcohol and pork is forbidden (haram). There are Moors who pray more than 5 times daily; according to the Great Koran of Muhammed, there is no set limit on prayer; supplication to Allah cannot be circumscribed. There are Moors who do accomplish pilgrimage to Mecca in the east (those who can afford it), and we also travel to the Mecca of the West, i.e. Chicago ILL., which is where Islam was established here in the West (America).
“…a minor sheik or sheikess reads the Divine Constitution and By-Laws,…” There is no such thing as a major Sheik and a minor Sheik. The Chairman reads the Divine Constitution and By-Laws as well as the Additional Laws; the Chairman is by no means considered minor, he/she is in power to make law and enforce law along with the Grand Sheik, with the assistance Prophet and the Grand Body of the MSTA.
“Parts of Drew’s book are taken from obscure Christian texts; the bulk of it is lifted almost word for word from The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ, published in 1908 by an esoteric Ohio preacher named Levi Dowling.” I cannot address this subject here without leaving an extensive diatribe or soliloquy if you will, however, I will ask you to tune in to our web radio show (Know Thyself Radio) on December 2nd 2007 6pm eastern time, where we will be discussing this baseless issue. The show can be accessed by logging on to
“Drew set up shop on the south side in a rented space he called Unity Hall, on the 3600 block of Indiana Avenue.” Unity Hall is located on 3140 Indiana Ave.
“In September 1928 the first Moorish convention was held at Unity Hall.” The first Convention of the Moorish Science Temple of America Inc. was held October 15-20 in 1928.
“Sunday the 16th, the biggest night of the convention…” There is no such thing as the biggest night of the Convention, all Convention nights (as well as days) are exceptional. During the Convention we have Business Meetings, Religious Services, and Special Meetings.
“The Moorish Guide feels that the greatest weapon in the hands of our group today in America is our press. The truth will never be told about a disadvantaged minority by the general press of any country, whether that minority be racial, political, or religious. Unless we express ourselves through papers of our own the truth about us will never be told. Many of our accomplishments, many of the beautiful things, many of the hopeful things and the events which mark the progress of our group, would go unrecorded were it not for the papers of our own. Our papers are our only hope for shoveling ourselves out from under the avalanche of lies that are annually let loose upon us. A strong free press is the best possible safeguard of the liberties and general promotion and defense of the interest of strong, free people.” Quote from the Moorish Guide newspaper, 1928.
Sincerely Bro. A. Hopkins-Bey, D.M.
Press Secretary Department of the MSTA

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Posted by Azeem Hopkins Bey on 11/15/2011 at 10:37 PM

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