In connection with our religious aims and beliefs, we must promote economic security. The preaching of economic security among us is by no means as widespread and intensive as the circumstances demand. No other one thing is more needed among us at this time than greater economic, power. Better positions for our men and women, more business employment for our boys and girls and bigger incomes will follow our economic security. We shall be secure in nothing until we have economic power. A beggar people cannot develop the highest in them, nor can they attain to a genuine enjoyment of the spiritualties of life.
Our men, women and children should be taught to believe in the capacity of our group to succeed in business, in spite of the trials and failures of some of them. Trials and failures in business are by no means confined to any particular group of people. Some business ventures of all people fail. We have many men and women among our people who are qualified, both by training and experience, who are shining lights in the business world of all the people. It is a sad weakness in us as a people that we have withheld the very encouragement, support and patronage that would have made some of our worthy business ventures a grand success. And worst of all, have joined in the condemnations of them when they failed. Except in cases of actual dishonesty, discourtesy, lack of service and actual unreliability, our business enterprises in every field of endeavor should have lulled of confidence cooperation and patronage whenever and wherever they can be given.
Read carefully the doctrines of The Moorish Science Temple of America. It contains our hopes, aims, rules and articles of religion. Every member should have a copy.
In conclusion, I urge you to remember there is work enough for all to do in helping to build a better world. The problems of life are largely social and economic. In a profound sense, they are moral and spiritual. Have lofty conceptions of your duties to your country and fellowman in general and especially those with whom you deal. This includes such honesty and righteousness as will cause you to put yourself in the other fellow's place. Look for the best in others and give them the best that is in you. Have a deeper appreciation for womanhood. Brighten the hopes of our youth in order that their courage be increased to dare and do wondrous things. Adhere at all times to the principles of love, truth, peace, freedom, and justice.
I am your affectionate leader. I shall continue to labor day and night, both in public and private, for your good, thereby contributing to the welfare of our country and its people as a whole.
NOBLE DREW ALI
20. SO THIS IS CHICAGO
All nations of the earth are now being forced to contribute their share in this American life. Some of the nations here are put at a disadvantage supposedly because they happen to have a hue of every other nation of the globe. They have been victims of a peculiar psychology designed to hold them in mental slavery. So long as men permit other nations to furnish them with their food for thought just so long do they allow their heads to supplant their advisors. What will happen among the Asiatic of the world will first happen in The United States of America. And the first cosmopolitan city of this nation will be in Chicago. This is Chicago, the only city of the land that has all features of this American life engaged in by our people. Aldermen seated in the council of the city. Men high in official affairs of the city generally. there is but one Chicago.
21. POLITICAL SLAVERY
Anytime a Man or a Woman fails or refuses to cast a sacred ballot at the polls they separate themselves from all rights of an American citizen. For surely this is the one connecting medium for a citizen to his nation. They become no more than belated beast of burdens. There are reasons why certain classes, who are more or less independent, take no part in politics since they say they get nothing out of such in the way of material gain. This is no less than a political slave since they refuse to voice their sentiments at the polls. Another form of political slavery which is probably more prevalent among the less independent classes is that of being forced into one of the major parties and there bribed, coerced or otherwise forced to vote the wishes of someone else regardless of their own minds. Before there can be general relief for the economic good of all, all forms of political slavery must be abolished and every citizen must take his part in the affairs of the nation.
22. ALL REGISTERING
The three thousand Moslems of The Grand Temple and The West Side Temple are making ready to register every Man or Woman in order to take the lead for the various candidates whom they have been instructed to vote for. Alderman Louis B Anderson, Hon. George W. Blackwell, Hon. Oscar DePriest, Hon. H. Jackson, all working through the regular Republican Organizations of which The Hon. Daniel M. Jackson is our matchless leader all know the whole situation and have their own way and time to give the order to go. The Moslems will be ready.
One of the most difficult things in this world to get control of is the human tongue. Kipling never wrote anything more truer than when he wrote that. "Man may hold most any post if he'll only hold his tongue". Before you set your tongue to action, get it under control. a single tongue can do more harm in the world than a battalion of soldiers. For soldiers can kill but bodies, while the tongue can kill reputations and characters. Really it is too bad that we have no laws to curb tongues from lying, and scandalizing. No doubt you all have read the story of Lago, a character in one of Shakespeare plays---when he powerfully pictured in the character of Lago the terrible consequences following the path of an evil tongue. Lago not only destroyed the reputation and pure character of Desdemona, but he finally, through Othello, killed her body. That’s why i say--- compel your tongue to speak helpful messages or else---keep it still. Make it a rule of your life to use your tongue for high purposes only. Resolve to speak of man or woman of no other way unless you speak of good qualities of that man or woman. No one ever gained happiness out of injuring the feelings or character of someone else. No one ever failed to get happiness by speaking well of other people. So learn as if you were to live forever-live as if you were to die tomorrow.
24. DREW ALI IN TIME
ALLAH has sent us a PROPHET and sent him in time with a Holy message which is divine. He came to let the Asiatic of America know they are of the ancient family of the MOORS. His speak was to the Asiatic first. WHY? Because they have been sinners since their departure from their forefathers religion. OH! Sinners, why don't you hear the soul of Islam ringing in your ears. The Prophet has said that "if I were you I would get ready before you are made to do so". Now come and pick up your fore-fathers and mothers ancient and divine creed which carries your national name indeed. It will entitle you to your rights which you have been denied. Because in 1774 your light was cut off from the ancient Moors and that is why ALLAH has sent to us a Prophet in 1886 to prepare the light that was out. In 1925 The Prophet said "I have mended the broken wires and have connected them with The Higher Powers." so come on Asiatic, don't you want to go? We were marching on to Canaan. I used to think that it was a city in the sky, but now i know it is here on earth. DON'T YOU WANT YOUR SHARE?
25. Masterpiece of Religious Literature: Secrets of Other Creeds Revealed
The Prophet, Noble Dew Ali has spent many hours preparing the latest edition of the Koran, which will be a masterpiece of Religious Literature. To Americanize the Oriental idea of Islam involves many changes that are more or less negative to the main purpose of the Islamic Religion. Such changes are carefully considered with the idea to avoid changing the complexion of the original text.
The philosophy of the ancient Prophets is the main initiative in the compilation of the Koran. No thoughts of propaganda enter this work, as has been the case of many former religious works, such as the Bible and other books of creed.
The sole purpose of the Prophet in giving such a message to the world is to save fallen humanity. When a compiler attempts to inject propaganda into a work of this kind, there arises a need to cover the true text in order to prevent a clash with the truth and ideas involved in such propaganda.
Former works of this kind have either hindered or helped the nations proportionately to the adherence to the truth as to the original purpose of keeping the ignorant in such a state. It is hard to resist the temptation to use this medium for gain. Hence, many of the former treaties on works of this kind have been the means to foster ideas of the unscrupulous wherein they desired to use religious influence for gain.
The many secrets known to the Prophet that could be used for the salvation of the nation were either left out or colored to an extent that their meaning was made void. Such is not the case with this edition of the Koran.
All the secrets of the ages known to man are put into this work. The secrets, known only to the Magi, are here revealed: the reading of the stars, the interpretation of marriage relations, the understanding of the span of life and other such as has been kept from the occidental world are in this book boldly brought out.
The Koran, Americanized as it will be, can be bought in a few weeks. It will be sent to all Governors of the Moorish Science Temples of America.
by Prophet Noble Drew Ali
26. TO BE PROCLAIMED AT EVERY MEETING
I am glad to know that I have a few faithful Moors among you all, and I desire for them to know the Truth, and the Divine Truth. There is a host of Jealousy, about Me, and the Movement now by the same people of our side of the Nation that claim that I was only a joke and unreal; But now since they have found out from the Government Officials and the Nations of the Earth, that this is the only Soul Foundation, that all Asiatics must depend upon, for their Earthly Salvation as American Citizens, They are working every scheme that they can, to disqualify Me, so they may take charge of the situation.
I have notified all these things to you, long ago in the past. It is through the faithful Moors, that attribute to the Movement and Uplifting Funds; The ones that paid their Divine respect to Me and the Movement; will be remembered. That is why I am calling upon all faithful Moors, to increase their faithfulness to Me Your Prophet, and Your Divine Moorish Movement.
I need finance, and I need it badly. Never before have I needed Finance so badly, as I do at present, so I can shove aside the discord that is facing the Nation. It all comes through Jealousy, Because of My Fame and Nobility. The Nations of the World will not recognize the movement, without I, The PROPHET, being Head. It has been proven by my works, which I have performed in the past few Years. - PROPHET NOBLE DREW ALI
27. TO THE MEMBERS OF THE MOORISH SCIENCE TEMPLE OF AMERICA
This is the instruction from your Prophet Noble Drew Ali.
Be faithful unto your Forefathers Divine, and National Creed, that you will be blessed for your good deeds, that you sow in the flesh. "ALLAH" is the one that judges the World, and His judgment is now on. But the weak can comprehend it not. The end of Time is drawing near, so says "ALLAH" to His Divine "PROPHET I Noble Drew ALI". And that’s why many hearts have been turned to stone, and many have Eyes to see, But cannot see, Ears to hear, But cannot hear. Least they would be confounded of their sins.
These are the trying hours now dear Moors, and every evil spirit is moving, And they are trying every weak mind, to overthrow and drag out the true foundation, that has been laid, and to cause confusion in the minds of the ones that do believe. But if you have the true Love of "ALLAH." And the spirit of your Forefathers, You fear not what you hear or see; but will sacrifice the utmost of your very life to protect your Movement and Your "PROPHET." Watch your Enemies dear Moors; Your enemies are the ones that speak against Your "PROPHET." And ridicule Him to the very lowest. And the ones that speak against "Your Divine and National Principles of Your Temples." Act accordingly, and "ALLAH" will bless you for your good work, "PEACE."
Your Divine PROPHET. "Noble Drew Ali."
28. OUR DOLLARS AND SENSE
The doctrine of economic security is by no means as widespread and intensive among Americans of our group as the circumstances demand, and the more written and said on the subject, the better.
We need to more earnestly urge conscientious support of the business men and women of our group in their chosen fields of endeavor. The greater the success of their business enterprises, the more open gates of opportunity there will be for our youth of today and tomorrow, Think of this fact we need to urge that our business men and women build on the principle of service. We need to urge greater co-operation among them to render courteous, honest and efficient service to the buying public. They should not expect any support in patronage, merely on the grounds that they are race men and women in business, but for the reasons that the service and the quality of their goods and products they sell are equal in value to the service and merchandise offered to the buying public by any other business people. There should be maintained a co-operative spirit among our business men and women to keep their business places as clean and sanitary as any similar places in any other section of the city.
Citizens of our group should cultivate a sound vision when it comes to the necessity of buying professional service, merchandise, provisions, etc.
We should look beyond the direct result and object for which we invest our money. We should lose sight of the mere fact that we received a dollars’ worth for a dollar spent. We should keep firmly in mind the necessity of keeping each dollar spent as much as possible within the spheres of our own activities where they will create further openings of business enterprises and wider opportunities for the men and women of our group to procure soundly remunerative employment. Forward, must be the watchword of the seller and buyer alike. We make? The money and we spend the cash. Let us sincerely cooperate one with the other. "Our plight will change when we change ourselves."
29. FOLLOWING OUR LEADERS
The thousands of Moorish Americans will follow their leaders. Regardless of propaganda put forth by those who have designs to hinder them in the work for the advancement of their people. We will not stop to question the requisites, qualifications nor anything else, so long as our leaders who have investigated and passed on the course of action which we feel is enough endorsement for us to act.
We have long known that the first attempt to crush the leaders of any movement or organization is to plant dissention among their followers. Such will never will never be the case with the Moorish Americans, for when we have chosen our leaders that within itself tells the world that we are going to follow them. All of the knocks and slams that come from anyone against our leaders will be ignored by us. Where they lead us we will follow.
30. DEDICATED TO THE SONS OF MAN
Amexem, the land of our Fathers; the land where the Gods love to dwell; the birthplace of the ancient Egypt-land; where civilization first saw the light of day. Now since man has left his first religion he has been suffering from a complexed disease which in some way takes hold of his passions and desires.
The misdirection of his brain causes him to become a living monster, he is a slave to his lower-self. No scientist, nor doctors have been able to find anything to affect a cure until the coming of Prophet Noble Drew Ali who comes from the east bringing the light of new day; the Moorish Divine Movement built upon love, truth, peace, freedom and justice; the salvation for the nation.
In the deliberation of nations no consideration is given to a people who are not of a nation. In 1774 the Europeans of this country took the birthrights away from a people whom they forced under bondage. They were not slaves; they were bound free men. The subsequent generation who followed them in this bondage were slaves because their minds had been subjugated to a European psychology. They were branded with the name Negro and were separated from the illustrious history of their forefathers who were the founders of the first civilization.
31. NICK NAMED
When the forefathers of the Moorish Americans were first brought to this nation they had a nationality and a name, but in order to separate them from the achievements of their fathers a name was given them which had no connection whatever with the founders of civilization. They were nick-named "negroes". Today in this nation there are no such things as Negroes in this sense that they are called: Just why so many of the intelligent Americans will continue to cling to this nick-name is hard to understand.
If you look in some dictionaries you will see that the word Negro means a sly person; a coon. If this is not an insult to the illustrious history of a nation there can never be one given. Just as thy have saddled on the Moorish Americans the name Negro they have also given him a religion that was made to enslave him and stop his progress. It is the duty of every man who lives to redeem the name of his forefathers and not be herded in to a mass of weaklings. Stop referring to yourself as Negro, colored and black for you are neither. If you are men, American citizens speak up for yourselves or it will never be done.
As long as you wear the clothes of another, or live in the house of another, or depend on another in any manner you are truly a slave to them. If you would be free indeed you must seek the truth. You must know the truth of your nationality and the name of your people; you must not be a coward and deny yourself the personal rights that belong to every man.
32. DEMANDING OURS
The idea inculcated in the purposes of the Moorish Science Temple of America is to have everything that belongs to us as a nation that has become part of another nation, just the same as all other European groups are doing.
We must have the history of our fore-fathers taught to our children. We have ceased to calculate our history from the landing of the "First Twenty" or the close of the Civil War. While all records of the tombs in the old world are proclaiming our glory to the nations, we have come now demanding that we be given credit for the great work done in the past by our ancestors. We are not asking others to give these records to the world for us but we demand that such records be broadcasted to the four winds by us and for us.
A pride that goes with the knowledge of great deeds will serve to cause our posterity to take heart and look into the vast future with a hope eternal. Such can never be done except they be taught who they are and where they are from. Yes, we are demanding that these things be done and we know that it will require some time before we have created that consciousness in others of our group to assert themselves likewise but that day is coming when such will be the case.
33. HISTORY DEFINED
History may be defined in a general way as the record of the life of mankind. It is the rise and progress of those famous people whose doings constitute the history of civilization.
In this, its proper and highest science, history presupposes the nations of the world advanced beyond the natural or primitive state and to these belong our Great Leader Mohammed directed by our Father God, Allah.
Respecting mankind outside of nations there is much interesting and valuable knowledge supplied by various sciences. By the aid of these sciences much is now known regarding mankind’s customs, manners, languages, arts and religions which bring us back to our Father Allah and the Moslem religion.
34. THE MOORISH SCIENCE TEMPLE OF AMERICA
The Moorish Science Temple of America was founded by the Prophet Noble Drew Ali. Aside from the fact that it is a legally organized religious corporation, it is building on human needs. To this desirable end, in time legitimate means will be found to dispense charity and provide for the mutual assistance of its members in times of distress; to aid in the improvement of health and to encourage the ownership of better homes; to find employment for our members; to teach those fundamental principles which are desired for our civilization such as obedience to law, respect and loyalty to government, tolerance and unity.
It is most earnestly hoped that the Moorish Science Temple of America, will not in any way be confused with any "Back to Africa Movement." Such is not important insofar as American citizens of our group colonizing Africa are concerned.
We, of the Moorish Science Temple of America, like countless other American citizens, know that we must live together here in America in harmony, friendship and goodwill, whatever our race and creed may be. It is only from a purely religious standpoint (it seems at this time) that we differ from a large number of our fellow Americans. We believe in, and foster the Moslem religion. We believe in the principles of its teachings insofar they can be adopted to American life. We feel that the Christian religion is alright for those who prefer it. In America, religious freedom is guaranteed all under the constitution.
We are Interested in freeing ourselves and our children, from the greatest plight- economic slavery. We believe this can be best done by encouraging, patronizing and establishing our own business enterprises and cultivating our own acres of land.
We welcome into our folds men and women of our group of all sections, all trades, occupations and professions of sound mind and good character.
We are friends and servants of humanity. We are dedicated to the purpose of elevating the moral, social, and economic status of our people. We have set about to do this through a wide and comprehensive program embodying the principles of love, truth, peace, freedom, and justice.
35. PROFESSOR DREW (in part)
Professor Drew, the Egyptian adept student.
181 Warren St., Newark, NJ.
I am a Moslem.
Professor Drew is a man who was born with Divine Power. He was taught the Adepts of Egypt. I have the secret of destroying the germs of tuberculosis and cancer of the lungs in 10 to 30 days. Also give Divine Instructions and Interpretations of the Bible from genesis to revelations. Also have 18 years of Christ life that is silent to your Holy Bible for all those who desire to know more about Jesus the Christ.
36. MOORISH LEADER ATTENDS INAUGURATION OF GOVERNOR
The Moorish Science Temple of America was represented at the inauguration of Governor Louis L. Emmerson in Springfield, Ill, Monday Jan. 14. by Prophet Noble Drew Ali. it was a busy day for the distinguished Moorish leader in Springfield, beginning with breakfast aboard one of the special trains of the Illinois Central Railroad, attending the inaugural ceremonies of the State Arsenal building and ending with interviews with many distinguished citizens from Chicago, who greeted him on every hand. The Prophet expressed himself as being highly pleased with the trip and the many courtesies extended him by the military and state officials.
37. MOORS TO CELEBRATE BIRTHDAY OF FOUNDER
On the evening of Jan. 8 members of the Moorish Science Temple of America will celebrate Prophet Noble Drew Ali's birthday with a grand Moorish costume ball in the main auditorium of Unity Hall, 3140 Indiana Ave. The occasion will also be celebrated by all subordinate temples in other sections of the United States. The occasion will be the first of its kind in America, in that all members participating will wear native Moroccan costumes. A number of prominent men both in the business and public life of Chicago will join the members in honoring the Moorish leader's birthday.