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From Student to Leader

11094690_1194323830593156_2969902095775831100_nShaykh Ra Saadi El was appointed into the position of the 5th Supreme Grand Sheik of The Moorish Science Temple of America in October of 2010. As a native of Chicago Illinois born in the early 50’s, he grew up experiencing the struggles of being label “Black” in America. As a young man living on the Southside of Chicago the only real strength, loyalty and nationhood he knew was while a member in the Black P. Stone Nation; in later years it was renamed EL-Rukn lead by Iman Malik (Jeff Fort). As a young man membership into a gang was like a rite of passage in becoming a soldier of circumstance. However; it would take its toll on Ra El with multiple arrests that subsequently led to multiple prison sentence. It was during a stay in the Cook County Jail is where Ra El would finally meet his destiny.

After finding no understanding with time spent studying as a Five Percenter, then with the  Nation of Islam and Sunni Islam; Ra El would finally be introduced to The Moorish Science Temple of America through Bro. Danny Lord El. Bro. Danny El was a member of the Temple located at 957 East 75st in Chicago; it took Danny El all but fifteen minutes to motivate Ra El to become a Moorish American Moslem. Danny Lord El was Ra El first teacher that introduced him into a deeper understanding of the Divine teaching of our Prophet Drew Ali. In 1977; Ra Saadi El officially took up membership within The Moorish Science Temple of America. Inc under the leadership of Bro. R .Love-El. He would later become an “Adept” going through the eye of the needle with Bro. George Cook-Bey as his camel (a demonstration which adepts would understand). Bro. George Cook-Bey, was taught directly by Prophet Drew Ali, it was the Prophet who fashioned G. Cook-Bey with a Black Fez appointing him as Grand Governor of Temple #13 in Baltimore Maryland.
George Cook-Bey following the tradition in knowing what the Prophet told him to look for he placed a Black Fez on Ra Saadi El head thus making him a Sheik under his direct guidance. Over the years Ra Saadi El became a student of many Moorish American Moslems that was either taught directly by Prophet Drew Ali and those that was adeptly knowledgeable of Prophet Drew Ali teachings and laws. After years of trials and tribulations, Ra Saadi El would take all his stumbling blocks making them into stepping stones.  As a youth he nearly drowned, however, would later become the number one lifeguard at his community pool. He was drug dealer which led to him becoming a drug user; however, he became a successful drug counselor in the “Facts On Crack” program hosted by Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco CA.

Having been a pimp, once becoming a Moorish American Ra El would take to obeying the ordinance of Allah by taking himself a wife; being committed as a husbandman with an immense respect for womanhood. Ra Saadi El although spending a span of 15 years incarcerated now leads one of the most successful Moorish Islamic prison outreach programs that has been successfully operating for over two decades. His prison outreach programs are operational within various States and Federal prisons across the country. Many accomplishments have been instigated by Shaykh Ra Saadi El to which many Moorish Americans over the years have benefited from directly and indirectly. Shaykh Ra Saadi El historical knowledge about the Moorish Science Temple of America and the teachings of Prophet Drew Ali has marked him as a renowned Moorish historian and Islamic scholar. His works have been noted within academic peered journals, accredited publications and quoted within several endorsed books and periodicals. Many for his publications is hosted on the online webstore Moorish Islamic

Real leaders never seek power; however, they are placed in the position of power through necessity.


Do Moorish American Children observe the Fasting month of Ramadan?

childern-ramadanDo Moorish American children observe
the fasting month of Ramadan?

Older Children ages 12 to 16
We allow the parents to dictate the course of action for their children to participate in Ramadan. When our children become responsible for their actions and able to make moral decisions, they are considered mature regarding meeting their religious obligations. Schools and other programs that support children may find that some children choose to fast, while others do not. It is advised to inform your children school of their religious observations and if needed ask the Temple to give an official letter indicating religious observation and customs of Moorish American Moslems. Also, parents can encourage Ramadan for their children while in school by substituting those Oreo-Cookies and sugary snack for fresh fruits, vegetables and bottle water.

Younger Children under 12
For even younger children, though, Ramadan is an event that involves all members of the community. Many Moorish American Moslems have adopted to Ramadan each year in the month of October in showing homage to our beloved Prophet Drew Ali and our religious customs. Family schedules and meal times are adjusted during the month Ramadan, and more time is spent in community gatherings, family visits, and giving a greater time to study and meditate. In many families, younger children enjoy participating in the fast and are encouraged to practice their fasting in a way that is appropriate for their age.
It is common for a younger child to fast for part of a day, for example, or for one day on the weekend. This way, they enjoy the “grown-up” feeling that they are participating in the special events of the family and community. It is unusual for young children to fast for more than a couple of hours (for example, until noon), but some older children may push themselves to try longer hours.

Other Activities
Other ways to observe fasting are to refrain from desire full cooked meals and substitute with soups, salads, fresh fruits, and vegetables. Rather drinking sodas, fruit drinks try just drinking water. Also try to incorporate physical activities into the family like walking, bicycling, dancing aerobic or playing those Wii games. Take time away from the TV and social media; spend time reading and going over lessons. You can participate in Ramadan in other ways, aside from the daily fast. You can volunteer your time helping at a homeless shelter, feeding the hungry or participating in a Temple activities with the children.

As Moorish American Moslems we do not observe Eid al-Fitr (the Festival of Fast-Breaking) which is the end of Ramadan in Al-Islam. We celebrate gift giving every January 8th which is viewed as our Moorish Christmas in celebration of the birth of Prophet Drew Ali.
To understand more about Moorish American Ramadan we encourage you to ask a question during Sunday school and read various articles posted on the membership website.

The Art of Faith Beyond Bars

Project Chance 4 Life / Institutional Community Agenda Rebuilding Empowering (ICARE)

Is a central part of Our Outreach Community Ministry which has been successfully active getting those who are incarcerated to believe in themselves to be better in thinking and doing through faith and fellowship. Our programs supports inmates where they can share their gifts of arts and crafts to the world. We presently host the arts and crafts of inmates on our Moorish Islamic Store platform were the proceeds generated are return to the inmates so they are able to extend support to their families.

It gives many inmates the feelings of achievement in being able to contribute to their families and loved ones as well as support programs that will greatly help inmates once released. It is known fact that there are not many employment opportunities available for inmates once released however we do encourage entrepreneurship in frosting the ideas if you cannot get a job make a job.

We are needing funding to support our men and women who seek to do better while incarcerated and once released. Your financial support will help us supply the needed materials our inmates use to create beautiful works of arts and crafts. Funds will also go towards assisting our faithful Men and Women once released to get a good start in being productive and successful citizens.

Please read below the bio of our Bro. Wilson Rivera Bey who is presently incarcerated in Michigan State prison. He is responsible for the beautiful works of beaded art that reflects the image of Prophet Drew Ali. Great time and craftsmanship goes into each piece; no one piece is the same each piece has its own unique blend of colors beads. Please support by either purchasing a beaded tapestry of Prophet Drew Ali or extending a humble donation; if your able to do both it will be twice the blessing in you extending the much more in making a difference in the lives of those seeking to do better.

“All praises due to our Father God Allah highest of honors to our lord and savior the last prophet of this era, our beloved prophet Drew Ali; High honors to our Supreme Grand Sheiks; High honors to our current Supreme Grand Sheik, our chief of Ministers, Dr. Ra Saadi El; Honors to our National and local leadership; honors to all true and faithful;

Islam, Islam, Islam!
Our brief biography is as thus: We entered this cycle of life on July 17, 1974. Our younger years were spent being raised by our grandparents in Puerto Rico. In 1984 we returned to Detroit to the embrace of a single parent, misguided, we joined with a local “street organization” and soon trouble ensued. We had our first serious experience with the juvenile system at the age of about 14. Soon thereafter we were committed to the state for various felonious crimes of a more serious nature and spent two years in a Boys Training School.  Upon entering the Boys Training School we began attending Islamic services, from an A1 – Islamic perspective. We were released in 1993 but we were returned to the same gang-infested area of southwest Detroit.

As would be expected, months later we were back in the system. While in the Wayne County Jail we came across several members of the MSTA (1934). This was our first our first serious introduction to the teachings of Prophet Drew Ali; however, our appeal was that of a more nationalistic perspective. Unfortunately in 1994 we were convicted and sentenced to two terms of life in prison without the possibility of parole. Tired of the nothing way of life, we began our serious journey into spirituality in 1994 we joined up with the Moorish Science Temple of America (1934) under the leadership of Bro .R. Love El. In 2011 we come in tune with the teachings of Prophet Drew Ali, taught by the Chief Minister Dr. Ra Saadi El. Convinced that these were true intensions of the prophet Drew Ali, we made our transition to the Moorish Science Temple of America – 1928.

We came up under the tutelage of Imam Malik Saadi El and many lessons were unveiled us we are taught in our Moorish Holy Koran that “out of the worst the wise will find means of good” we are also taught that in our sacred text that “heaven and hell are states of mind” frame of thinking that we ourselves create having a grand body that truly seeks to develop the best that is within their membership inspires us to roll-up our sleeves and seek ways to do our part. It was through that particular thought pattern the we decided to pick up a “hobby” that would be of benefit not only to ourselves, but to our Moorish Movement and our Moorish Ummah.

It was then that we sought to learn beading from others under the same physical conditions (“fellow prisoners”) and turning it into beading Moorish works in particular pictures of our Beloved Prophet Drew Ali as found on the covers of the Moorish Literature. Although a time consuming hobby, as it takes an average of 45-50 hours to complete a single project of the Prophets pictures, we are driven by the example of our lofty leadership, one of love for Allah, the Prophet Drew Ali, The Moorish Movement, and humanity as a whole.

Peace and Love with all Praises being given to Allah.  Major. Wilson Rivera Bey /”

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Sister’s Tea & Talk (May, 14th @7pm EST)

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May 17th (Sat) @ 7PM EST
Sisters Tea & Talk / LIVE Web Broadcast (RCSWS)
In Celebration of “Moabitess Day” May 17th

Upbeat Conversation about Living in Islam
from a Moorish Perspective.

We will discuss topics about faith, family, as well as how to deal with Christian family members and friends who don’t understand Islam. How should a Sister reflect her faith of Islam in dress and speech? We will cover many topics that reflects Sisters living in the faith of Islam.

We welcome newly converted Sisters in Islam to ask questions from our seasoned Moslem Sisters to help you along your journey. This is also a great way for Brothers to listen in to hear a Sisters perspective of Islam and how to choose wisely a wife that will be evenly yoked with you. We will have Sisters from various Temples across the country sharing their thoughts and personal stories of faith, struggles and triumphs.
Intelligent, Thought provoking Dialog from Strong Sisters fixed in their Faith of Islam. Don’t forget to add your cup of tea.
Hosted by (SACI) Sisters Auxiliary Circle of Islam

To Call in to Listen, Share or Ask Question/ 712-432-3066 / Code:552658

Renew Your Acts, Amend Your Ways

As we come close to ending the Roman year of 2015 we should reflect on the past year of our duty to Allah as a Moorish American Moslem; we can whisper to ourselves that we will do more, study more, call more, visit more, participate more, be more patient,  be more productive, be more supporting, be more faithful, have more hope, give more love, or extend more time. What we do in our physical life that is developed on our heart will carry on into our next stage of existence however; fruition most come after the point of knowing you need to do better. 

Knowing at the very point you need to do more and can do more yet you find yourself always repeating the same internal statement that whisper within “I need to do more, I will do more, or I need to be more. This is called self hostage, holding ourselves at ransom for a continuous unfilled promise to do better, yet it seems to never get paid. We can find ourselves making outwardly commitments by attending our Holy Day service, Sunday school, our three daily salats and even paying our dues, yet often there is a falling short of actually keeping to our Prophet words “renew your acts, amend your ways”, although a very simple rudimentary statement it seems to be a hard pressed matter for many members  to actually follow.

If asked the questions how would you answer?

  • Are you active in your duties as a member (Act 7) and more so if an officer?
  • How often do you commit to uplifting acts in your Temple and community?
  • How often are you in touch with your local and national leadership?
  • How often can you be counted on to aid in Temple affairs?
  • Can your National leadership count on you to step up if needed?
  • How committed are you to keep the basic duties and beyond?

Perhaps many of the questions can be answered with some having a proven and present record of due diligence yet lacking an actual presence in their community or perhaps the questions may cause many members seeking to give an honest although having nothing to show in giving proof of what they seek to claim. As there will be some that will truly reflect a show and tell accounts of proven works, acts and deeds that is as fresh as the morning dew of a true and faithful Moorish American Moslem.

However we all choose to renew our acts and amend our ways may it be lead with a fiery zeal which its splendid light can not only seen but felt by those we are looking for a better way of being and believing. As our community motto is to Inform, Educate & Uplift; allow this to be a motto of self motivation, that in order to bring the light we first must be the light fueled by faith, hope and love which all starts with believeing.

In closing,  it is also best to take a minute to self evaluate so that we can adjust ourselves aright, no need of saying “I will do better”, when all it ever becomes is another lie we tell ourselves, no more doing the same non productive acts looking for different results. Remember the whisper we tell ourselves is also being heard by Allah. “In closing family it also best to take a minute to self evaluation so that we can adjust ourselves aright, no need of saying “I will do better”, when all it ever becomes is another lie we tell ourselves. Remember the whisper we tell ourselves are also being heard by Allah. 

We leave you all in the best of ways

Always in Peace & Forever Love in Praises to Allah. 

‘He is consistent with himself; he is never embarrassed; he hath courage enough for truth; but to lie he is afraid.”

Student & Teacher: A Story of a Moorish American Molsem


  Shayhk 999So often we have read many demonstrations coming from those claiming to be Moorish Americans placing self-entitlements of being a scholar, historian, and teacher although many having no traceable lineage to any excellent teacher or appointment of being an authentic Moorish leader. Much of what they claim as research is quite questionable.

There is nothing we can obtain scholarly without having proper guidance; many famous philosophers, world leaders, and yes, even Prophets of Allah speaks about their studentship all having guidance. Humble teachers are those who sincerely strive from just teaching, only passing information and lessons on to others that they too may cause another mind to manifest in being a blessing from pure and powerful thought-provoking knowledge. Teachers who merely love to teach will not seek personal recognition from others or look to be held in high esteem by their students. A real teacher is one who once was a student understanding that an actual lesson is not a blessing unless that blessing can be a blessing to others.

There would have to be only but a few Moorish Americans who would truly be unaware that if not for Shaykh Ra Saadi El creating a collection of historical accounts of The Moorish Science Temple called “The Controversial Years of The Moorish Science Temple of America” much of Moorish American history would remain dormant. Many folks claiming to be Moorish Americans would have no idea of the history which they are claiming for themselves today if not for the publication of this book. Without proper historical documents along with proper guidance as a Moorish American Moslem, you may have placed yourself as so many have done to be led astray by a lie and the liar. Then you have those with less than fifteen or even ten years as a Moorish Americans now claiming themselves as Moorish historians never having sat with anyone taught by Prophet Drew Ali or in possession of any original Temple documents.

An authentic Moorish American teacher is not only taught by those who were directly taught by the Prophet but is one who also manages to preserve many of the original historical documents where you can discover for yourself. You should not need to read any historical records of the Moorish Science Temple of America wearing blue latex gloves; as a real teacher would only make copies so that you can have them for yourself to study. Too often Moorish Americans and even conscious Asiatics will question the method of a great teacher only because they have not yet learned to humble themselves to be taught, rather argue in the manner of which they feel they should be shown. It is only when we remove our feelings that we are truly able to see beyond the rocky soil of grammar errors, get past personal opinions and hurt feelings. Seeing beyond the flesh and general opinion is when we discover the valuable gemstones of knowledge. Truth is not validated by proper grammar nor flattery words; for many lies have been told in the best of scholarly format and spoken in soothing words.

Even when a powerful teacher needs to impart a royal spanking in the form of a powerful lesson, it is not only done to merely correct the misguided but to use the misguided ones as a sounding board for others who in secret hide in the shadows hoping to be guided by the light. A real teacher who has a warrior spirit will not allow what he loves to be misrepresented by those claiming to know. When seeing the true teachings of our Beloved Prophet Drew Ali being misused, misunderstood, and willfully taught to misguide those who sincerely seek to “know thyself.” These evil doers will in fact face the sword of justice. If the one-eyed man can be king in the land of the blind, what happens when a person comes seeing with both eyes open; this is an actual teacher having both understandings as once being a student knowing the heart of a true seeker and as a teacher has been well equipped being able to guide. We honor all true teachers who went through the proper growth and development to obtain knowledge; not those who are self-appointed or self-acclaimed holding mere pebbles up in the face of innocent and ignorant as if they were pearls.

A real teacher will show their battle scars from their personal lessons of trials and tribulations to demonstrate the possibility of the human soul clothed in spirit; that there is no failure for spirit-man. We honor the warrior spirit of our teacher never showing fear in the face of man; he will never back down from defending what he loves and will always make himself available to those sincerely seeking to have a better understanding. It was said by Edward Mealy El that our Beloved Prophet Drew Ali stated he did not have time to write everything down and that someone would come along one day and put it in book form. Shaykh Ra Saadi El humble beginnings as a student came with many life lessons one account of these life lessons was his encounter with one of his teachers Bro. Ahreei Shnay El who was the National Grand Sheik of The Moorish Science Temple of American located at 957 East 75 Street in Chicago Ill. At the time of the student and teacher encounter Shaykh Ra Saadi El was 26 years of age former member of “Black P-Stone Nation” he was now fully committed to living as a Moorish American Moslem.

The young inquisitive Ra Saadi El was in search of a greater understanding of the teaching of Prophet Drew Ali which he did not receive during that time under the leadership of R. Love-El. One Sunday around 2:00 pm Bro. Shnay El was conducting Sunday school which is open for any Moorish American seeking to learn. As Bro. Shnay begins his class he ask everyone to pull out pen and paper to take down the lesson; Ra Saadi El would lean over asking his classmate could he borrow pen and paper. Shnay El quickly stop Ra Saadi El asking him; “what are you doing?” Ra Saadi El replied, “I was asking for pen and paper because I don’t have any”. Shnay El then ask Ra Saadi El “Where are you, Brother?” Ra Saadi El replied “Sunday school”. Shany El then stated; “Then it would have been wise of you to come with the necessary tools for Sunday school, right Brother? You don’t ask for pen and paper in my class disrupting the class because you failed to come prepared; now get out of my class and wait for me in the hallway don’t you go anywhere you sit there until we are done”.

Ra Saadi El upset at being called out did as instructed and sat in the hallway; he was heated hearing Shnay El talk about him to the class. “Ra El must be a drop out; not knowing to bring pen and paper to school. He thinks he is so smart but could not figure out he needs pen and paper for school”. For almost two hours Shnay El would use Ra El as a lesson; hearing from the other side of the door Ra El was furious; saying to himself: “I have two Browning automatic fully loaded I could just shoot everyone in that room for laughing at me.” As his lower-self was on some serious retaliation; he, however, would, of course, humble himself by sitting patiently waiting as instructed by his teacher. It would be later on that Ra Saadi El would become Bro. Shnay El top loyal student; Ra El made himself Bro. Shnay El personal mufti and bag man. Anytime Shnay El would meet with other Moorish Americans from other Grand Bodies Ra Saadi El was present making sure no harm would come to his teacher.

This was during a time when Moorish Americans would cause harm to other Moorish Americans if you were not a member in their Grand body or disagreed with their teachings and leadership. Ra Saadi El would note the books his teacher used to debate with other Temples heads about the teachings of our Beloved Prophet Drew Ali. Whenever his teacher would get into debates with other Temple leaders Ra Saadi El would remain silent; only learning from the exchange of masterminds. He would follow his teacher direction knowing that someday he too will become a teacher and knowing that some of his students will come just as he did as an untamed spirit simply needing proper guidance and discipline. To this very day, Shaykh Ra Saadi El often shares his stories as a young student; recalling all his teachers who were responsible for molding him into the well studied Moorish American Moslem he is today. You will never find him without pen or paper which he buys in bulks; as he will get on his students for not having pen and paper today. A true teacher has a real history as a student under well-respected men and women who have been accredited as a true teacher. Shaykh Ra Saadi El has never been ashamed of his past which he often uses as a lesson for others to know they too can overcome life challenges.

However having a teacher who was not only taught by those who were directory taught by the Prophet but also managed to preserve many of the historical documentation where you can have it for yourself is a real teacher. Another account of a teacher and student relationship was when Ra Saadi El would meet an actual student and officer of Prophet Drew Ali, a person who would adopt him as a grandson and faithful student. It was George Cook Bey who was converted by Prophet Drew Ali from being a Christian Minister to becoming a true Moorish American Moslem; he would become Ra Saadi El most valuable teacher. It was in 1977 he would become a member of George Cook Bey’s Temple #1 in Chicago Illinois while incarcerated. In 1978 Ra Saadi El would meet George Cook Bey in the flesh, knowing the value of George Cook Bey’s knowledge of the teachings of Prophet Drew Ali; Ra Saadi El would take every opportunity to sit under him absorbing as much knowledge and information about Prophet Drew Ali as he could.

It was in 1979, George Cook Bey would make Ra Saadi El his assistant Grand Sheik; it was George Cook Bey grandson Matheno Cook Bey who would yell in disapproval saying “Grand Dad, they are calling Ra El a Sheik, and he is not even an adept yet?”, George Cook Bey replied, “The Prophet told me who to look for” as he saw the qualities in Ra El that Prophet Drew Ali often spoke of has the faithful spirits returning. George Cook Bey had recognized Ra Saadi El as a Sheik and Minister; it was his recommendation that this acknowledgment was accepted by the leadership. Ra Saadi El would also have placed on his head by George Cook Bey the “Black Fez”; which many Moorish Americans today will wear the black fez having no real knowledge of its historical meaning, respect for its status, nor worthy of its placement. Many Moorish American have received appointments by self-appointed leaders who are unqualified and unauthorized to do so. Which today the entitlement Sheik has become significantly marginalized due to the recklessness of King ambitions and self-appointed positions.

In the line of those who were Ra Saadi El direct teachers who were raised and taught by Prophet Drew Ali himself was both the Prophet wives whom he would frequently seek guidance and information from, Sis. Pearl Ali and Sis. Mary Ali. Having direct access to many of the elders who was taught by Prophet Drew Ali was due to Ra Saadi El being a native of Chicago. He would have many encounters with direct information and knowledge from those who taught directly by Prophet Drew Ali; such as Bro. T. Booker Bey who was a former follower of Marcus Garvey, however after hearing Prophet Drew Ali deliver a speech he would convert to become a faithful Moorish American Moslem.

Bro. I Cook Bey the brother of George Cook Bey was also made an officer by Prophet Drew Ali. Sis. Christina Price Bey, Delia Mealy El the wife of the first Supreme Grand Sheik Edward Mealy El appointed by Prophet Drew Ali. Bro. Aaron Payne El was Prophet Drew Ali second Supreme Grand business manager, Bro. Reynolds El, Sis. Eva Ali El, the wife of Bro. John Givens El who was the Prophet chauffeur and several other Moorish American Moslems that was around Prophet Drew Ali. We called these encounters the holy breath transmission because much of the teachings was given orally, however in later years Ra Saadi El would make these historical encounters available in written form to those seeking a more profound understanding of the Prophets teachings.

e744b4ff869d985df4c283f35365a558“The Sufi teacher does not give anything to or teach the pupil, the student, for he cannot give what the latter already has; he cannot teach what his soul has always known. What he does in the life of the student is to show him how he can clear his path towards the light within by his own self.”

To know your teacher is to know their past, their faults, and trumpets. It is to know their heart by the spirit in which they teach. It is to compare what they say to the truth and examine your growth and development from their guidance. You can measure what you knew before meeting them by what you learned from knowing them. It is seeing how your life has become better in knowing better, through proper guidance. It can be explained intelligently and live by example, not by just mere lip service.

We know that prophecy is fulfilled by our present leadership of The Moorish Science Temple of America-1928; Shaykh Ra Saadi El. Gratitude to him for continuing in the way of our ancient Forefathers; to inform, educate and uplift.

We are presently working on a video historical account of a Student.

“Ramadan” Moorish American Moslems Honoring Our Own


           Many within the faith of Islam following the prescribed customs of Sunni Muslims who observe Ramadan during the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. Ramadan month of observance in Al-Islam is not a fixed month as it will change based on the Islamic lunar calendar. The views of the one God is not seen the same to all however as Moorish American Moslems we are given one direction in our understanding practice and prescribe measures of our faith “Islamism” which we all must see Allah alike. Moorish Americans who seek to uphold teachings and customs of Al-Islam seem to be lacking basic understanding and having a dedicated spirit. The mere fact that our beloved Prophet Drew Ali provided Moorish American Moslems teachings from the Moslems of India, Egypt, and Palestine; nowhere is Arabia mentioned as a source for our Divine teachings. When understanding the reason of Ramadan which only means fasting, a deeper applied understanding is commonly absent replace by a foreign or carnal degree of practice.

The observing of fasting within any faith is merely a humble form of spiritual purification; a way of surrendering all physical desires to submit a perfect form in being at and in peace with the Creator of the Universe of All seen and unseen whom we as Moslems call Allah. Ramadan is a time to practice self-restraint; it is a time set out to cleanse the body and replenish soul from impurities and re-focus one’s self on the worship of Allah; which as a perfect practice on any level. As Moorish American Moslems we pray three times a day as prescribed by our Prophet Drew Ali, we have our greeting which is to say “Islam” and leave by saying “Peace and Love.” Our form of Islam was tailored made to fit our conditions in America while embracing the spirit of our ancient Forefathers.

As to the origin of Ramadan from an Al-Islam historical account, it is said that the sacred knowledge was revealed to Muhammad during the month of Ramadan. “Laylat al-Qadr” is symbolically regarded as the same night on which the divine knowledge was gifted to Muhammad to be shared with humanity.  The followers of Islam consider “Laylat al-Qadr” translate as the “Night of the Power,” the holiest night of the year. As a mark of respect to Allah and to show gratitude for the actual knowledge that was gifted to humanity by the relieving of the Holy Quran to Prophet Muhammad. It was said that Prophet Muhammad had asked his faithful followers of Islam to pass the month of Ramadan in fasting, prayers, and other austerities and end the month-long of non-indulgence with festive celebrations which reflected off the customs and traditions of Arabs.

The question for Moorish American Moslems why not pay tribute to your own Prophet Drew Ali? Did he not delivered our Holy Koran within the month of October along with moving us past being a movement but a Clean and Pure Nation? Our Prophet gave us everything we need to save ourselves so why are some many folks claiming to be Moorish American Moslems holding up foreign teachings and customs. If our Prophet Drew Ali instructed Temple leaders not to have a foreigner teach from the roster why then are Moorish Americans going in search of different teachings and customers outside the Temple? We as Moorish American Moslems with the Grand Body of MSTof A- 1928 have nothing against believers in how they choose to practice their faith of Islam. However, we find a majority of us for following our Prophet in not holding up the idea that Prophet Muhammad is the last and final seal of all Allah’s Prophets. Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam, and according to the Al-Islam it is considered a valid observation; however, allow us to review all said lawful pillars of Al-Islam.

Declaration of Faith or belief in the Oneness of God and the finality of the prophethood of Muhammad: There is no observing any other Prophet but Muhammad; for a Moorish American Moslem to hold up Prophet Drew Ali as being the last Prophet in this area of time; it is considered haram.

Salat/Establishment of the daily prayers: For a Moorish American Moslem we have our prescribed prayers three times in a day (Morning, Noon and Evening). Because we do not pray five times a day, it is considered haram. However, there is nothing written in the Quran that specifies praying five time’s a day. Although there is various surah which speaks about one guarding their morning, noon and evenings prayers.

Zakat /Concern for and giving to the needy: We as Moorish American we pay dues and give donations first to our Temples as charity start first at home. Because we do not support Al-Islam Mosques or their agenda, it is considered haram.

Ramadan/ Self-purification through fasting: Many Moorish American will not follow an Al-Islamic custom/law/tradition which is based on the above pillars Ramadan. It behoove us why any Moorish American would choose to participate observing Ramadan during the same time as those in Al-Islam; however, negate serving the other pillars in the same way according to Al-Islamic practice/law/customs.

Hajj /The pilgrimage to Makkah for those who are able: Another customary law in Al-Islam; however for Moorish Americans, Chicago is known as our Moorish Mecca as stated by our beloved Prophet Drew Ali. If our Hajj (pilgrimage) to Chicago, Ill is equated in the same manner as Al-Islam Hajj to Makkah in Arabia; why not is the same observation for Ramadan not being observed by ALL Moorish Americans in the same month as our Holy Hajj October. October the same month our Prophet Drew Ali revealed the Holy Koran (Circle 7) to all Moslem’s in North America.Our Prophet said that we are to have our customs, traditions, and laws though using what he formulated as the base for all legitimate Temple to build on. (El, 2005).

Only by having excellent leadership who teaches us how to defend our faith of Islam through many lessons we find within the Holy Quran of Mecca that Prophet Muhammad is not the last Prophet and that a holy book is revealed to every people. Too often many people see customs and traditions a qualifying factor to being Islamic, as Moorish American Moslems, we understand that customs and traditions do not alter the nature of truth.

As Moorish American Moslems, our book was revealed to us by Prophet Drew Ali. Therefore, we find it not only honorable but a necessity to pay tribute by observing Ramadan within the month of October. Moorish Ramadan has been a practice for many Moorish Americans for over 20 years and continues to grow each year having many Moorish American Moslems submit to honoring their very own Prophet Drew Ali who is our gift from Allah giving us an understanding of our faith, nationality, and history.

Back in March of 2014, the Department of Corrections for the State Michigan had officially recognized Moorish Ramadan in the month of October; our Brothers and Sisters who are incarcerated being active members of MSTofA-1928 are accommodated by receiving their meals before sunrise and after sunset in observing their Moorish Islamic tradition of fasting.  A historical measure that was fought for over ten years to be acknowledged within Michigan State prisons; this could not have occurred if not for the consistency of strong leadership and faithful Moorish American Moslems holding fast to their customs and traditions. Our faith of Islam was not presented to us like a buffet where we pick and choose to our carnal taste and desires; while some will say we call ourselves Moslems but choose not to follow Al-Islam. Being a Moslem is no way an indication of following an Arab or Al-Islam degree; Moslem is not some intellectual property formulated by Arabs/Al-Islam as Prophet Drew Ali stated where our Moslem lessons originated from as Arabia was never mentioned.

At present, you will not find within any legitimate Moorish Science Temple of America Grand body other than the MSTofA-1928 where there is a standard with consistency in teaching and practice of our faith. We have seen Temples under the same leadership have a mixture of understanding and various practice of their faith which only leads to confusion. Our Divine lessons are absent from any ambiguity which can only be done by way of clear guidance and a humble heart.

In closing, the true and faithful Moorish American Moslems comprehend the inner life by what they see and do, by coming to Allah through ceremonies and forms. We take great pride in who we are and what we do in giving praises to Allah and honors to our beloved Prophet Drew Ali. So for all the genuine and faithful Moorish American Moslems, we looked forward to celebrating in our form with you in the Holy month of October Moorish American Moslems month of Ramadan.

Peace and Love in Praises to Allah.
The Moorish Science Temple of America-1928
Grand Governess Yssis Saadi El

El, R.S (2005). Islam In American A Moorish Perspective. Atlanta, GA: Saadi El Publishing.

Faith & Pride Dialog of A Moorish American Moslem Perspective June 6th @ 7PM EST

Faith and Dialog correction

June 1 at 10:09am

I-did-not-knowJune 1 at 10:09am


I just found out a large group of people only heard about the movies “coming to america”& “Harlem nights” which got me to thinking… If the youth haven’t seen or only heard of them… Is it possible that those joining the MSTA never/partially heard of the actual structure of the MSTA circa 1925-1929? And how it differs from what people think now? Then My thoughts went to the claims of “past hatreds” & “old feuds” and how those terms were created and labeled the reoccurring questions, debates and conversations about the past and division with the importance of history and lineage. ….. We fear what we don’t understand and try to destroy what we can’t change or control. We discourage criticism, even when it’s constructive while being more than willing to criticize any/everything with only little to know knowledge to measure what’s being expressed.

Grand Sheik Bilal Harris El/ Grand Temple #4 Syracuse NY

When Consciousness is not Conscious


When consciousness is not conscious of anything it is pure intelligence. It is in this realization that the greatest secret of life can be revealed.

One might say that the experience of pure intelligence is possible only for the only Being, for Allah, but no one can stand outside of the only Being. The only Being includes all. And undoubtedly there is a certain process by which one can attain to this pure intelligence. Man is not conscious of it anymore—he has lost the habit of experiencing what pure intelligence is. But all the meditations and concentrations, the whole process by which the mystic treads the spiritual path brings us finally to the realization of that pure intelligence. If one asks what benefit one derives from it, the answer is that since all that benefits us comes from one source, that source must be perfect. It must be all-beneficial. It is beyond our limited imagination, but it is the greatest thing one can attain in one’s life.

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