From Student to Leader
Shaykh 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 Store.com.
Real leaders never seek power; however, they are placed in the position of power through necessity.