M.S.T. of A. By-Laws

Divine Constitution & By-Laws

Act 1. The Grand Sheik and the chairman of the Moorish Science Temple of
America is in power to make law and enforce laws with the assistance of the
Prophet and the Grand Body of the Moorish Science Temple of America. The
assistant Grand Sheik is to assist the Grand Sheik in all affairs if he lives according
to Love, Truth, Peace, Freedom, and Justice and it is known before the members
of the Moorish Science Temple of America.
Act 2. All meetings are to be opened and closed promptly according to the
circle seven and Love, Truth, Peace, Freedom, and Justice. Friday is our Holy Day
of rest, because on a Friday the first man was formed in flesh and on a Friday the
first man departed out of flesh and ascended unto his father God Allah; for that
cause Friday is the Holy day of all Moslems all over the world.
Act 3. Love, Truth, Peace, Freedom, and Justice must be proclaimed and
practiced by all members of the Moorish Science Temple of America. No member
is to put in danger or accuse falsely his brother or sister on any occasion at all that
may harm his brother or sister, because Allah is Love.
Act 4. All members must preserve these Holy and Divine laws, and all
members must obey the laws of the government, because by being a Moorish
American, you are a part and parcel of the government, and must live the life
accordingly.
Act 5. This organization of the Moorish Science Temple of America is not to
cause any confusion or to overthrow the laws and constitution of the said
government but to obey hereby.
Act 6. With us all members must proclaim their nationality and we are
teaching our people their nationality and their divine creed that they may know that
they are a part and a parcel of this said government, and know that they are not
Negroes, Colored Folks, Black People, or Ethiopians, because these names were
given to slaves by slave holders in 1779 and lasted until 1865 during the time of
slavery, but this is a new era of time now, and all men now must proclaim their free
national name to be recognized by the government in which they live and the
nations of the earth, this is the reason why Allah the great God of the universe
ordained Noble Drew Ali, the Prophet to redeem his people from their sinful ways.
The Moorish Americans are the descendants of the ancient Moabites who
inhabited the North Western and South Western shores of Africa.
Act 7. All members must promptly attend their meetings and become a part
and a parcel of all uplifting acts of the Moorish Science Temple of America.
Members must pay their dues and keep in line with all necessities of the Moorish
Science Temple of America, then you are entitled to the name of Faithful.
Husband, you must support your wife and children; wife, you must obey your
husband and take care of your children and look after the duties of your household.
Sons and daughters must obey fathers and mothers and be industrious and
become a part of the uplifting of fallen humanity. All Moorish Americans must keep
their hearts and minds pure with love, and their bodies clean with water. This
Divine Covenant is from your Holy Prophet Noble Drew Ali, through the guidance
of his Father God Allah.
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RELIGIOUS PRACTICES
Required Daily Observances
. A good Moslem prays both day and night. All Moorish-
Americans members of the Moorish Science Temple of America (MST of A)
must keep their hearts and minds pure with love and their bodies clean with water.
They are to treat men with friendship and have a great appreciation for womanhood.
They must live a life of love, and live the teachings of Islam.
Moorish-Americans do not eat pork or anything that will harm them.
The Holy Prophet Noble Drew Ali did not drink or smoke and told the Moors to imitate him.
Moors are not to use anything that would serve to shorten their life or destroy themselves.
Required Weekly Observances
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Moorish-Americans are required to attend congregational worship services on Friday, the Holy Day, and Sunday School classes on Sunday.
Worship in congregation is very important for Moslems because the Prophet Mohammed said that it is 27 times more valuable to worship in congregation than to worship alone.
Holy Day Service opens with the saying of the Moorish-American Prayer in unison by the congregation, led by the Chairman of the Temple. After the prayer, the Chairman reads the Divine Laws from the Holy Prophet Noble Drew Ali by which all Moors are bound.
The Chairman then reads from the Holy Koran of the Moorish Science Temple of America to the audience.
The Chairman calls speakers and officials to speak religious sermons to the audience; these speeches must conform to the Divine Principles of Love, Truth, Peace, Freedom, and Justice. Speakers base their sermons on the teachings of the Holy Koran of the Moorish Science Temple of America and those of Allah’s Prophets.
No speech is to be radical or inflammatory against anyone or any group.
Speakers try to limit their speeches to 15 minutes.
The Chairman calls on the speakers in order, so that the highest-ranking official speaks last.
At the end of every meeting, a “Warning” from the Holy Prophet is read.
The meeting closes with repeating the Moorish-American Prayer in unison.
Sunday School opens in the same manner as a Holy Day Meeting, then the Chairman turns the class over to the Sunday School teacher. The class is taught from a booklet called the Questionnaire, and continues into the study of the Holy Koran of the Moorish Science Temple of America.  After the class, there is a reading of the “Warning,” and the audience is led in reciting the Moorish-American Prayer.
Required Occasional Observances
Moorish-American Tag Day, March 17.
Anniversary of the Young People Moorish National League, First Saturday in
December.
Anniversary of the Sisters
Auxiliary, Third Saturday in December
Required Holy Days
The following holy days are days of work proscription.
January 8, Prophet Noble Drew Ali’s Birthday.
January 15, Moorish-American New Year.
RELIGIOUS ITEMS
Personal Religious Items Which May Moors Find Appropriate
Fez (red color only).
Holy Koran of the MST of A.
Wallet-size picture of Noble Drew Ali.
Circle Seven medallion and chain.
Two small lapel pins.
Security Note:
Fezzes and lapel pins may be worn during services in the Chapel area only.
Congregate Religious Items
Holy Koran of the MST of A.
Questionnaire.
Humanity Book.
Moorish Literature.
Divine Constitution and By-Laws.
Moorish-American Newspaper.
A Moorish Flag and an American Flag, to be displayed at every Temple or
Branch Temple meeting.
A Charter or Warrant of Authority, to be issued to every Temple or Branch
Temple, and displayed in the front of the meeting place before the audience.
Branch Temple Information.
Oral Statements of Prophet Noble Drew Ali.
Picture of Prophet Noble Drew Ali.
Picture of “The Great Meeting Is On.”
Mufti Law Books.
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