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    BY MEHMET SABEHEDDIN
    The origins of Freemasonry – as would be expected of such
    a "venerable secret society" – are shrouded in myth, legend and
    almost impenetrable obscurity. Since at least the late 18th century
    Masonic writers have sought to establish a link between the Knights
    Templar and the Freemasons. Freemasonic lore and symbols have been
    traced to ancient Egypt and Phoenicia. Yet, despite all the books and
    articles exploring Freemasonry published over the last hundred years,
    there is one area that has not received attention. It concerns
    Freemasonry's debt to Islamic mysticism and a shadowy tradition
    connecting the Masons with the Moors of North Africa.

    Moorish Science

    The involvement of Freemasons in the establishment of the
    United States of America is well documented. In fact Masons featured
    so prominently in drafting the American Declaration of Independence
    that many people believed it a thoroughly `Masonic project'. Not only
    George Washington but also the US founding fathers Benjamin Franklin
    and Thomas Jefferson were high-degree Masons. Masonry had a profound
    influence on the formation of American society, but there was also
    another secret power which has gone completely unnoticed.

    The Kingdom of Morocco under the leadership of Sidi Mohammed
    Ben Abdullah, known as King Mohammed III, was the first country in
    the world to recognise the United States of America as an independent
    nation in 1777. This historic act by the North African Muslim kingdom
    highlights the relationship then existing between America's Masonic
    leaders and the Moors. Before exploring this strange connection
    further we need to understand the part played by the Moors in the
    transmission of knowledge to Europe.

    Moor is the classical name in Europe of the Muslim people of
    North Africa. In Spain, where Muslims ruled for over five hundred
    years, Arabs are still called Moros. The term "Moor" came to be
    synonymous with "Muslim" in many contexts, for example the Muslim
    communities in the Philippines are known to this day as Moros. The
    Supreme Wisdom of the Moors, much of it derived from ancient Egypt,
    has come to be known as "Moorish Science".

    The Moors provided the vital link between ancient and modern
    civilisation. The light of knowledge which illuminated the Moorish
    lands of Spain and Sicily was instrumental in dispelling the gloom of
    ignorance that enveloped mediaeval Europe.

    "It was under the influence of Arabian and Moorish revival of
    culture," writes Robert Briffault in The Making of Humanity, "and not
    in the 15th century, that the real renaissance took place. Spain and
    not Italy, was the cradle of the rebirth of Europe. After sinking
    lower and lower in barbarism, it had reached the darkest depths of
    ignorance and degradation when the cities of the Saracenic world
    Baghdad, Cairo, Cordova, Toledo, were growing centres of civilisation
    and intellectual activity. It was there that the new life arose which
    was to grow into a new phase of human evolution. From the time when
    the influence of their culture made itself felt, began the stirring
    of a new life."

    The Orientalist Stanley Lane-Poole acknowledged the great
    impact Moorish civilisation had on Europe when he wrote:

    For nearly eight centuries under her Muslim rulers Spain set to all
    Europe a shining example of a civilized and enlightened state. Art,
    literature and science prospered as they then prospered nowhere else
    in Europe. Students flocked from France and Germany and England to
    drink from the fountains of learning which flowed only in the cities
    of the Moors. The surgeons and doctors of Andalusia were in the
    vanguard of science; women were encouraged to devote themselves to
    serious study, and a lady doctor was not unknown among the people of
    Cordova.1
    The 19th century French writer on the esoteric sciences, Gerard
    Encausse, known as "Papus", noted how "the Gnostic sects, the Arabs,
    Alchemists, Templars" form a chain transmitting ancient wisdom to the
    West. This explains why within the Ritual of Freemasonry there is the
    admission "we came from the East and proceeded to the West." A
    Masonic author Bernard H. Springett says:

    The plain fact that much of what we now look upon almost entirely as
    Freemasonry has been practised as part and parcel of the religions of
    the Middle East for many thousands of years, lies open for anyone who
    cares to stop and read, instead of running by. But it is frequently
    and scornfully rejected by the average Masonic student…2
    So we find that just as Europe borrowed considerably from the
    learning of the Moors, European Freemasonry took its "secret wisdom"
    from the Muslim East.

    With the end of Moorish rule in Spain, the Europeans began to
    colonise Africa, Asia and the Americas. In time European Christians
    conquered Muslim territories and the great debt Western civilisation
    owed to the Moors was quickly forgotten. By the 18th century European
    Christians saw themselves as the predestined rulers of the world with
    a divine mission to "civilise" the heathen. Western historians
    conveniently ignored the immense contribution of the brilliant and
    energetic Moorish civilisation in delivering Europe from mediaeval
    barbarism. We can only conclude this is a result of the pride and
    presumption of Westerners, which prevent them from recognising the
    truth or importance of their debts to the East.

    Seekers of Truth

    The founders of the American republic, as high-degree
    Freemasons, were aware of the importance of Moorish wisdom and
    culture to the birth of Western civilisation. This may explain why
    Morocco was the first nation in history to recognise the United
    States, and what's really behind the story of George Washington being
    presented with a Moorish flag. Some researchers believe this flag
    consisted of a red background with a green five-pointed star in the
    centre of it. The star or pentagram, which the Moors called the Seal
    of Sulaiyman and coloured green to honour Islam, also figures
    prominently in Masonic art and architecture. The layout of the city
    of Washington D.C. – designed by Freemasons – incorporates the
    pentagram.

    When Freemasons travelling in the Moorish lands encountered
    Sufis, the mystics of Islam, they soon recognised a common
    bond. "Sufi-ism," said Sir Richard Burton, was "the Eastern parent of
    Freemasonry." John Porter Brown, an American diplomat in Turkey in
    the mid 1800s, was a Freemason who wrote sympathetically of the Sufi
    path. In The Darvishes, he admits finding it "rather strange that the
    Dervishes of the Bektashi Order consider themselves quite the same as
    the Freemasons, and are disposed to fraternize with them." Brown
    commented how in Turkey Freemasonry had come to be generally regarded
    as "atheism of the most condemnable character." A position not unlike
    the one held by Papus, the celebrated French occultist and Gnostic
    bishop, who tried to counter the Masonic lodges which, he believed,
    were in the service of British imperialism and the international
    financial syndicates. Papus also viewed Freemasonry as a diabolical
    perversion of the ancient secret tradition and atheistic at heart.

    When Madame Blavatsky (1831-1891) set out in search of hidden
    wisdom it was to the Moorish land of Egypt that she journeyed.
    Blavatsky claimed to be a disciple of the Masters Morya and Koot
    Hoomi. The researcher K. Paul Johnson convincingly shows her tales of
    the "Masters" to be modelled on real people, many genuine occult
    adepts. Prominent among them Jamal ad-Din al-Afghani, a Sufi scholar,
    tireless political intriguer, and the leader of radical movements
    throughout the Muslim world, whose travels enigmatically paralleled
    those of Madame Blavatsky for more than thirty years. Best remembered
    for co-founding the Theosophical Society and helping to popularise
    Buddhism and Hinduism in the West, Blavatsky also proudly wrote
    of "living with the whirling dervishes, with the Druze of Mount
    Lebanon, with the Bedouin Arabs and the marabouts of Damascus."

    Madame Blavatsky's "Masters" are very close to the Sufi
    tradition of Khwajagan (Persian: "Masters"). Ernest Scott states "the
    Khwajagan teachers are entirely corporeal and literal, having been
    physically located in the Hindu Kush area since the 10th century. The
    Hindu Kush range is in Afghanistan: geographically, it forms the
    Western extreme of the Himalayas."3 Scott quotes from a paper by a
    Turkish writer who describes how members of the Khwajagan:

    ...intervene from time to time in human affairs. They do this, not as
    leaders or teachers of mankind, but unobtrusively by introducing
    certain ideas and techniques. This intervention works in such a way
    as to rectify deviations from the predestined course of human
    history. This inner circle, it is claimed, concentrates its
    activities in those areas and at those times when the situation is
    critical for mankind."4
    Certainly Madame Blavatsky's teacher Jamal ad-Din al-Afghani,
    who was raised in Afghanistan, fits the description of a Master
    Adept. His life is described as a mysterious odyssey that led through
    lands as far apart as India and America. Received by heads of state
    in Cairo and Istanbul, he moved in both underground radical circles
    and the highest centres of power in European and Oriental capitals.

    The idea of living `spiritual guides' or masters is central to
    Sufism. In the words of Sir John Glubb Pasha: "Sufism cannot be
    defined in words, nor can it be comprehended by the human intellect.
    It can only be imperceptibly `caught' or imbibed by association with
    a Sufi master." The Sufi master is revered by his disciples for being
    in contact with a level of higher consciousness, his mission on Earth
    directed by higher powers. Studying the lives of some of the greatest
    Sufi masters we often find them to be wandering holy men (& women)
    whose actions are usually misunderstood by orthodox believers. The
    shrines of Sufi masters are centres of trance dancing, exorcism, and
    miraculous healings.

    The Sufi tradition is integral to Moorish Science.

    Sufi masters are also renowned for communicating with their
    followers through dreams. There are numerous stories of Sufi saints
    appearing in a disciple's dreams and using telepathy to direct
    followers to undertake a special mission.

    Mission to America

    A few years after Madame Blavatsky founded the Theosophical
    Society in New York in 1875, the Master Adept Jamal ad-Din al-Afghani
    turned up in America around 1882. Two Americans of African descent,
    who are rumoured to have studied under al-Afghani, were the parents
    of the man who would one day establish Moorish Science in the United
    States.

    Noble Drew Ali (born Timothy Drew) early in the 20th century
    took a job as a merchant seaman and found himself in Egypt. According
    to one legend, Noble Drew Ali made a pilgrimage to North Africa where
    he studied with Moorish scholars and received a mandate from the king
    of Morocco to instruct Americans of African descent in Islam. His
    association with the ruler of Morocco is significant when we recall
    the historic relationship between this Moorish country and the early
    United States.

    At the Pyramid of Cheops his followers believe he received
    initiation and took the Muslim name Sharif [Noble] Abdul Ali; in
    America he would be known as Noble Drew Ali. On his return to the
    United States in 1913 he had a dream in which he was ordered to found
    a movement "to uplift fallen humanity by returning the nationality,
    divine creed and culture to persons of Moorish descent in the Western
    Hemisphere." He organised the Moorish Science Temple along lines
    similar to Masonic lodges, with local temple branches and "Adept
    Chambers" teaching the esoteric wisdom derived from the secret circle
    of Eastern Sages, the Master Adepts of Moorish Science.

    Noble Drew Ali is said to have made a historic visit to
    Washington, D.C. in order to reclaim the Moorish flag and obtain
    official recognition to call his people to their true faith, "Al
    Islam". The US president, believing that African Americans would not
    embrace Islam, gave Noble Drew Ali full authority to teach Moorish
    Science in America.

    By the end of the 1920s, membership in the Moorish Science
    Temple had grown substantially. With increasing numbers of African
    Americans rallying behind Noble Drew Ali the Moorish movement soon
    came under the scrutiny of the FBI. In 1929 several Moors, including
    Noble Drew Ali, where detained for questioning by the Chicago police.
    Released from custody, Noble Drew Ali fell ill and never recovered.
    Many Moors suspected his death the result of a severe police
    beating.

    Following the inexplicable `death' of Noble Drew Ali, the
    Moorish Science Temple continued and gave rise to unique Islamic
    groups among the African American community. Much of the known
    history of Moorish Science in North America is extremely complex and
    obscure.

    By the 1950s some white American poets and jazz musicians came
    into contact with Moorish Science. The North African cities of
    Tangiers and Marrakech held a magic attraction for the leaders of
    America's counterculture, with writers like William S. Burroughs
    spending years living in the Moorish lands. The Moorish Orthodox
    Church of America was formed by white Americans who held Moorish
    Science passports and had ties with certain "Wandering Bishops" of
    the Old Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches.

    Joseph Matheny, the American author and media theorist, first
    encountered Moorish Science when he was researching time travel and
    quantum consciousness. In his book Ong's Hat The Beginning, the
    Moorish Orthodox Church is called "one of the most secretive and
    mysterious religious organisations ever known to man" and:

    a revolutionary and heretical sect of Islam that carries on an
    ancient tradition which sought to counterbalance the forces of
    orthodox Islam. Despite the controversial and dubious nature of the
    MOC, part of their tradition has been to serve as the torch bearers
    of freedom against the tyrannical and repressive aspects of the
    Earth's patriarchal power structure as our planetary consciousness
    shifts to the Age of Aquarius and sets its site on unlimited freedom
    and the expression of life in all of its true wonder and beauty.
    Years before the "War on Terror" and Bush's invasion of
    Afghanistan and Iraq, this writer attended a lecture organised by
    people associated with the Moorish Orthodox Church. The speaker, a
    Moorish Sheik returned from a long sojourn in the East, claimed
    Freemasonry is built on a twisting of the truth of Moorish Science.
    It is the secret power behind the West based on the Supreme Wisdom
    derived from esoteric Islam. The European colonisers usurped the
    knowledge of the Moors and created a nefarious system of control that
    blinds man to his true identity. Freemasonry was identified as a
    chief player in the world "Babylonian" system, the mastermind of the
    institutions of indoctrination that prevent the full knowledge of the
    True God to be known. Moorish Science is the effective counter to the
    Freemasonic imposters and a force for Truth, Love, Peace, Freedom and
    Justice. The Sheik also revealed how Afghanistan and Iraq figure in
    sacred geography and numerology, and mentioned a secret war between
    the Anglo-American and Asiatic powers.

    Is there a struggle between occult brotherhoods to influence
    human destiny? Are the dramatic events taking place in the world,
    from the continuing strife in Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan, to the
    rivalry between the forces of Atlanticism (Britain and the USA) and
    Eurasia (Russia and China), just surface manifestations of a deeper
    conflict? Certainly the strange saga of Moorish Science and the
    Moorish Orthodox Church adds weight to the observation made by one of
    the 20th century's most controversial mystics:

    ...There is a history behind our so-called history that you cannot
    even conceive of. History has a deeper base. The periphery that we
    know as history is not the reality. Behind our so-called history
    continues another history, a deeper one about which we know nothing.5
    Footnotes:

    1. Stanley Lane-Poole, Studies in a Mosque

    2. Bernard H. Springett, Secret Sects of Syria and the Lebanon

    3. Ernest Scott, People of the Secret

    4. Ibid.

    5. Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, I AM THE GATE: The Meaning of Initiation
    and Discipleship

    This article can be found at
    http://www.newdawnmagazine.com.au/articles/Masons and the%
    20Moors.html
     
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    masons and the moors...

    are they fuedin again?..[smile]
     
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    That is an excellent article. This ties in with some of the same research i've come across pertaining to the freemasons and the African influence.



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