Pan Africanism : The Forerunner & the Holy Prophet

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    Islam Moors!

    The Holy Koran of the M.S.T. of A. (Circle Seven). Chapter 48, The End of Time and Fulfilling of The Prophecies. Chapter 48:3, In these modern days there came a forerunner, who was divinely prepared by the great God-Allah and his name is Marcus Garvey, who did teach and warn the nations of the earth to prepare to meet the coming of the Prophet; who was to bring the true and divine Creed of Islam, and his name is Noble Drew Ali: who was prepared and sent to this earth by Allah, to teach the old time religion and the everlasting gospel to the sons of men. That every nation shall and must worship under their own vine and fig tree, and return to their own and be one with their father God-Allah.

    The Forerunner Marcus Mossiah Garvey was an ardent Pan-Africanist dedicated to the liberation of Africa and building a nation-state in Africa that would demand the rights and respect of Africans everywhere. The Forerunner was the father of Nationalism of our people. Moreover, the forerunner, while condemning European’s denial of our rights, did not see our salvation in the United States., but in Africa and thus put no real emphasis on political struggles in the United States. However, he did not reject politics, for the problem of the power of our people must be solved not by the industrial leader only, but by the political and military leaders as well. In a word, the new leader must recognize that the New African does not seek industrial opportunity alone, but a political voice.

    So the forerunner was a global Pan-Africanist engaged in the practical redemption of Africans everywhere, posing a liberated Africa as a base. The Forerunner was an effective mass leader, organizing over six million of our people in the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA). The Forerunner was a man of action, an institution builder. The Forerunner argued race purity and race first. The Forerunner also advocated statehood and state power for our people. The Forerunner advanced a very large strategy for liberation and a higher level of life for our people. As the father of modern Nationalism of our people, he wrote and spoke extensively on all four emphases of nationalism--economics, politics, religion, and culture--and thus laid the theoretical bases for all subsequent nationalist assertions. Likewise, his practice--politics, organization and institution building--has served as models for all subsequent practical nationalist thrusts.

    Economically, the Forerunner advocated economic autonomy, arguing that “A race that is solely dependent upon others for its economic existence sooner or later dies.” Thus, there is a need for factories, businesses and commerce based on self-help and self-reliance. Moreover, he saw class struggles and revolution as a fundamental feature in the rise and fall of nations, and argued for checks on corporate ownership to prevent monopoly and the rule of the few at the expense of the masses.

    Politically, The Forerunner posited race first as a principle of theory and practice. An African approach to the definition, defense and development of our interests. He used nation and race interchangeably and thus argued for a global Pan-Africanism which sought to establish a national power base to defend African interests all over the world, to raise the level of the African masses and return an effective number of Diasporan African pioneers to start and sustain the liberation of Africa stating that “any sane man, race, or nation that desires freedom must first of all think in terms of blood (costly struggle).

    On the question of religion, The Forerunner advocated a race specific God. It is only human, he stated, to see God through one’s own eyes, thus our people must see God in their own image and interests. He criticized the bankruptcy and hypocrisy of European Christianity, attacking European Christian control of Africa through mass murder and brutality and Christians preaching brotherhood while everywhere killing Third World people. A forerunner of a liberational theology of our people, he posited the need for religion to be socially rooted and socially relevant. Thus, he posed Jesus as a social reformer, organized and used ceremonies to reinforce nation-building, painted Jesus and Mary with the skin color of our people and posed God as a warrior God whose assertive defense of his rights humans should emulate. Moreover, he gave humans the central role after creation in building the world. “Man is supreme lord of creation,” he contended, and in him “lies the power of mastery of all creation.”

    Finally the Forerunner advocated cultural nationalism, a bold redefinition of reality in the images and interests of our people. This trust, he contended, should begin with a rescue and reconstruction of our history, for little can be expected from Europeans who “have tried to rob us of our proud past.” The Forerunner said we have a beautiful history of our own and none of any other race can truly write it but us.” Moreover, he urged encouragement of authors of our people who are loyal to the race” and exhibit race pride and severe criticism for those who prostitute their skills for European patrons and allies. Also, he urged an education that was socially relevant, applicable and inspirational in the struggle of our people to free themselves and rebuild the world in their own image and interests. To do this, the Forerunner called for a Vanguard among our people, “men and women who are able to create, originate and improve, and thus make an independent racial contribution to the world and civilization.” (The Philosophy and Opinions of Marcus Garvey)

    The Holy Prophet Noble Drew Ali was the Vanguard among us that was able to create, originate, improve and made an independent racial contribution to the world and civilization. As I understand it, the main contentions of the Holy Prophet Noble Drew Ali’s religious nationalism were that:

    1. The key to the salvation and liberation of our people lay in the discover and acceptance of our national origin as Moors.
    2.Islamism is the only instrument of the unity and advancement of our people.
    3.Europeans are the opposite and negative of Moors and will soon feel the divine retribution of Allah.
    4.The need for us to obey the law and refrain from radicalism.
    5.The essentiality of Love, Truth, Peace, Freedom, and Justice in the world and especially among Moors.

    Urging us to struggle to be righteous and build a better world, the Holy Prophet Noble Drew Ali sums up his teachings saying: “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 fellowmen 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 in you. Have a deeper appreciation for womanhood. Brighten the hopes of our youth in order that courage be increased to dare and do wondrous things. Adhere at all times to the principles of Love, Truth, Peace, Freedom, and Justice.” (M.S.T. of A. 1991:52)

    Bro. Milton Moore-Bey
    Heru Em Akhet-Bey