A written account from Bro. Christopher Bennett-Bey expresses candidly why he left The Moorish Science Temple of America Inc headquartered within Washington DC under the leadership of R. Jones Bey.
The Beginning of The End
My first encounter with the Chief Minister/Shaykh Ra Saadi El Present Supreme Grand Sheik of The Moorish Science Temple of America-1928
Elihu said to Mary and Elizabeth “there are no happening, that law governs all events”. So when I look back on my first conversation with the Chief Minister Bro. Ra Saadi El, I realize this was a conversation that had to happen and could not have happen any other way.
It started with a phone call from Bro. JL Williams-Bey ofTemple#12, which I was the Grand Governor and Grand Sheik of at the time. The brother called me asking for help concerning a telephone conversation he just hung up from. I could tell from his voice he was really disturbed and seemed shaken. I asked him what the issue was and he stated that he didn’t know that saying my name would get him into so much trouble.
I was confused by this and asked him to explain what he meant. He told me that he went online to look for some books and information about the Holy Prophet Noble Drew Ali. Since the Moorish Science Temple of America Inc., the Grand Body which we both were under, didn’t sell any books on Moorish History or study material, he decided to look elsewhere.
Which lead him to The Moorish Science Temple of America – 1928. He stated that after seeing some items that interested him he decided to place an order. At first all seem well until the Bro. Ra Saadi El asked him what temple he belongs to?
Bro. JL Williams-Bey, thinking this is an honest question and since he as a faithful Moor, said that he was a member of Temple #12 in Charlotte, North Carolina. At that point Bro. Williams-Bey said the conversation changed. He states that the Chief Minister “went off on him” asking him was he a member of “that Temple where the brother (that brother being me, Bro. C. Bennett Bey) was going around saying that if you’re not a member of his Temple then your not a Moorish American?”
Brother Williams-Bey said that he wasn’t sure what Bro. Ra Saadi El was talking about, but did explain to him that his Grand Sheik was Bro. Bennett Bey and Bro. Ra Saadi El explain to him that I was the brother he was referring to. Bro. Williams-Bey said from that point on the conversation was…let’s just say the words Islam or Peace weren’t being used. He wanted to know if I could help him because all he wanted to do was to purchase some material to study and Bro. Ra Saadi El refuse to sell him anything. I ask the brother for the number and decide to give Sheik Ra Saadi El a call. As I starting dialing the numbers to call the man who just beat up one of my members, my Higher Self ask Allah for the words to say in order that we may have a peaceful conversation.
As the for phone rang I realize this was the brother that I had heard about who started a Moorish University, which by the way I didn’t give much credence to since it wasn’t part of the Grand Body I belong too. A man answered the phone and I asked may I speak with Bro. Ra Saadi El. The voice on the phone stated that this is the Chief Minister Ra Saadi El speaking, “How may I help you”?
I told him that this was Bro. C. Bennett Bey from Charlotte, NC and wanted to know if I could speak with him for a moment. He said in a very excited voice, “OOOOOH BRO. BENNETT- BEY…. YEAH, WE CAN TALK!!! HOLD ON A MOMENT!!!”
At this point I could hear the sound in the phone change which told me he had just put me on speaker phone. This also indicated to me that he was ready to let me have some of what he just gave to Bro. Williams-Bey. And by putting me on speaker phone he wanted everyone in the room to hear the beat down he was about put on me and I was sure my dosage was going to be much worse than that of Bro. Williams-Bey.
Before we started talking I remember saying to him that this conversation was long overdue and that we should have spoken earlier and not under these circumstances. I mention to him that Bro. Williams-Bey called me upset because he spoke rather harsh to the brother. And that the brother only wanted to purchase some books from him. And the lesson states, if your brother needs your assistance, as a Moor you should assist him.
The Bro. Ra Saadi El stated I was correct; however since I was in North Carolina telling the news paper, that if you weren’t a member of my Temple and Grand Body that being of the Moorish Science Temple of America Inc under Bro. R.Jones Bey, you weren’t truly a Moorish American. Read more…