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The Voice of True & Faithful Moorish American Moslem's who are NOT afraid to Speak the TRUTH!

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 /”

MSTA1928 Campsite #2 Michigan

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

Sister tea

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
TUNE IN LIVE at MSTA1928.org

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 creditable teacher or appointment of being a true Moorish leader. Much of what they claim as research is quite questionable.

There is nothing we can obtain scholarly without having proper guidance; many popular philosophers, world leaders, and yes, even Prophets of Allah speaks about their own student-ship all having guidance. Humble teachers are those who sincerely strive from just teaching, simply 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 true teacher is one who once was a student understanding that a true 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.

A true 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 documents of the Moorish Science Temple of America wearing blue latex gloves; as a true teacher would simply 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 taught. 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 priceless 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.

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Faith & Pride: Topic Ramadan/ Complete Audio

PicsArt_1434616718518FAITH AND PRIDE DIALOG TOPIC: RAMADAN

(FULL AUDIO DEMOTRATION)

Islam, we experienced some technical issues however we had a backup. Listen to the entire Faith and Pride Dialog topic Ramadan. Why are Moorish Americans Moslems choosing to follow an Al-Islamic custom? Why are some Moorish American Moslems choosing to Ramadan in the month of October? This was such a great show several Moorish Americans have expressed to us they will Ramadan in October now having a full understanding. We had a Brother call into the show which he expressed on the air that now knowing why he will Ramadan in October.

WOW!!!! Truth will cause a humble heart to correct their actions, click to hear entire show.

FAITH &PRIDE:RAMADAN FULL AUDIO LINK

Faith & Pride Dialog: Topic Ramadan from a Moorish Perspective June 27th, 2015 @ 7Pm EST

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“Ramadan” Moorish American Moslems Honoring Our Own

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As many within the faith of Islam following the prescribe customs of Al-Islam with the observation of Ramadan this month we Moorish American Moslems extend peace and blessings that Allah will be pleased with all your Good.  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 (in some cases should) see Allah alike.  Moorish Americans who seek to uphold teachings and customs of Al-Islam seem to be lacking of basic understanding and dedicated spirit.  The mere fact that our beloved Prophet Drew Ali provided Moorish American Moslems teachings from the Moslems of India, Egypt and Palestine; no where is Arabia mentioned as a source for our Divine teachings. When understanding the reason of Ramadan which simply 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 within a prefect 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; a time to cleanse the body and soul from impurities and re-focus one’s self on the worship of Allah; which as a prefect practice on any level. As Moorish American Moslems we pray three times a day as prescribed by our Prophet Drew Ali, we have our own 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 a 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 holy 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 true 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 true 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 of 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 foreign 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 against us for following our own Prophet in not holding up the idea that Prophet Muhammad is the last and finale seal of all Allah’s Prophets. Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam and according the Al-Islam it is considered a lawful 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 own prescribed prayers done 3 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 within the Quran that specify praying 5 time’s a day. Although there are various surah which speaks about one guarding their morning, noon and eveing 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 again haram.
  • Ramadan/ Self-purification through fasting: Many Moo rish American will not follow an Al-Islamic custom/law/tradition which is based off the above pillars Ramadan. It behove us why would some Moorish Americans choose to participate observing Ramadan during the same time as 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 own customs, traditions and laws though using what he formulated as the base for all legitimate Temple to build on.

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. To often many people see customs and traditions a qualifying factor to being Islamic, as Moorish American Moslems we understand that customs and traditions does 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 from 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 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.  This was a historical measure that was fought for over 10 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 own 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 then 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 lends 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 true 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

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

Islam,

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

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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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