Moorish Science Temple of America, Inc.
Islam is a very simple faith. It requires man to recognize his duties toward God Allah, his Creator and his fellow creatures. It teaches the supreme duty of living at peace with one's surroundings. It is preeminently the religion of peace. The very name, Islam, means peace. The goal of a man’s life, according to Islam, is peace with everything. Peace with Allah and peace with man. The Koran, the Holy Book of Islam, tells us that the final abode of man is the “House of Peace,” ‘where’ no vain word or sinful discourse will be heard. The Holy Divine Prophet, Noble Drew Ali, says that a follower of Islam in the true sense of the word is one whose hands, tongue, and thoughts do no hurt others. The object of man’s life, according to Islam, is its complete unfoldment. Islam teaches that man is born with unlimited capacities for progress. Islam does not support the idea that man was born in sin. It teaches that every one has within him the seed of perfect development and it rests solely with himself to make or mar his fortune. The cardinal doctrine of Islam is the unity of the Father-ALLAH. We believe in one God, Allah who is All God, All Mercy, and All Power. He is perfect and holy, All Wisdom, All Knowledge, and All Truth. these are some of His great attributes so far as we can understand. He is free from all defects, holy and transcendent. He is personal to us in so far as we see His attributes working for us and in us; but He is, nevertheless, impersonal. Because He is infinite, perfect, and Holy, we do not believe that death, decay, or sleep overtake Him, neither do we believe that He is a helplessly inactive and inert force. Nothing happens without his knowledge and will. He neither begets nor is He begotten, because these are the traits of frail and weak humanity. This unity of Allah is the first and foremost pillar of Islam and every other belief hangs upon it.
What Shall We Call Him?
So often our various journalists find trouble in selecting the proper name for the Moorish American. Some say “Negro,” another will brand him “Race Man,” still another will call him “Afro- American,” and then come “Colored,” “Dark American,” “Coon,” “Shine,” “The Brethren,” and your “Folks.” It is indeed hard matter to find something suitable for the various occasions where a title needs to be used. Is it that these people have no proper name? Did they ave a National name when first brought to these shores in the early part of the Seventeenth Century? If so, what was it? Did not the land from which they ere forced have a name? It now appears a good idea for those whose duty it is to write for the various journals to find out what the National Name of the forefathers of these people was. Also look into the history of the founders of civilization and see who they were and where they stood in the building of the present civilization.
Probably two hours in an up-to-date library would serve to relieve the strain on our men of letters. When the occasion presents itself for a title for these people. The matter of the various names given to these twenty-two million people with all colors of every race of the globe was an act of European psychology. They gave him a name, then defined it as something inferior to theirs. “White,” they defined as a color of purity; “Black,” they say, represents everything of evil. The “Negro,” as they were called in this nation, have no nation to which they might look with pride. Their history starts with the close of the Civil War or more properly with his being forced to serve some one else. Thus he is separated from the illustrious history of his forefathers who were the founders of the first civilization of the Old World. This matter should be looked into with a hope of correcting it.
The Voice of The Prophet?
The Voice Of The Prophet
If you have race pride and love your race, join the Moorish Science Temple of America and become a part of the Divine Movement, then you will have power to redeem your race because you will know who you are, and your forefathers were. Because where there is unity there is strength. Together we stand, divided we fall.” Come, good people, because I, the Prophet, sent to redeem this nation from mental slavery which you have now, need every one of you who think that your condition can be better. This is a field open to strong men and women to uplift the nation and take your place in the affairs of men. If the Europeans and other nations are helping me, why not you. It is your problem. The Negro problem is being solved only as it can, and that is by the Moorish National Divine Movement. If you have a nation you must have a free national name in order to be recognized by this nation as an American citizen. This is what was meant when it said, “Seek ye first the kingdom of Heaven and all these things would be added unto you.”
BY THE PROPHET.
A Divine Warning By the Prophet for the Nations
The citizens of all free national governments according to their national constitution are all of one family bearing one free national name. Those who fail to recognize the free national name of their constitutional government are classed as undesirables, and are subject to all inferior names and abuses and mistreatments that the citizens care to bestow upon them. And it is a sin for any group of people to violate the national constitutional laws of a free national government and cling to the names and the principles that delude to slavery.
I, the Prophet, was prepared by the Great God Allah to warn my people to repent from their sinful ways and go back to that state of mind to their forefathers' Divine and national principles that they will be law-abiders and receive their divine right as citizens, according to the free national constitution that was prepared for all free national beings. They are to claim their own free national name and religion. There is but one issue for them to recognize by this government and of the earth and comes only through the connection of the Moorish Divine National Movement, which is incorporated in this government and recognized by all other nations of the world. And through it they and their children can receive their Divine rights, unmolested by other citizens that they can cast a free national ballot to the polls under the free national constitution of the States Government and not under a granted privilege as has been the existing condition for many generations.