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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 adapted to Amercan life.  We feel that the Christian religion is alright for those who prefer it.  In America, religious freedom is guaranteed to 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.

Below, you will find a seven week comprehensive program that represents our membership orientation. It provides our new members a foundational understanding of what it means to be a member of this Divine and National Movement.

Week One


Types of Prophets, Islam in America, Life Works & Teachings of Prophet Noble Drew Ali

Week Two


Timeline During the Prophet, Our Theocratic Monarchy, Moorish Divine and National Movement is an Islamic Nation-State

Week Three


A Breakdown of Our Free National Constitution

Week Four


A Breakdown of Our Nationality & Identification Card

Week Five


Our National Principles

Week Six


What it means to be part and partial to this said Government

Week Seven  


Putting our New-found Knowledge into practice; i.e. "Nation-Building"

Days of Observance:
  • Prophet Noble Drew Ali's Birthday - January 8th is recognized as our Moorish Christmas.
  • Moorish Tag Day - March 17th consist of the celebration of: LOVE, LIFE EVERLASTING, and PEACE and UNITY AMONG MOORISH-AMERICANS
  • Day of Ashura - 10th day in the month of Muharram is the day in which many Prophets of Allah performed and received many miracles.
  • Mawlid - Refers to the birth of the Prophet Mohammed and is celebrated on the eleventh day of the third Muslim month called Rabi'al-awwal.
  • Tabaski - Also known as Eid al-Adha, it is on the 10th day of Dhul-Hijja. It honors the willingness of Abraham (Ibrahim) to sacrifice his young first-born son Ishmael (Ismail) as an act of submission to God's command and his son's acceptance to being sacrificed, before God intervened to provide Abraham with a lamb to sacrifice instead.
  • Ramadan - The 9th month of the Islamic Calendar is our month of Fasting.
  • Moorish American Memorial Day / Authority Day - July 20th is the day that our Illustrious Prophet veiled his form and left this earth plane.
  • Marcus Garvey's Birthday - August 17th is the day that the Harbinger of the Prophet was born.
  • Moorish American Remembrance Day - October 14th 1774 was the day in which the European Nations convened in Philadelphia and began to strip our forefathers and mothers of their Nationality and Birthrights.
  • Moorish New Year - October 20th 1928 was the day where the Holy Prophet Noble Drew Ali stated that this day began our new year.
  • Moorish Independence Day - October 17th is the day that the Holy Prophet Noble Drew Ali declared us a Nation. It is also when he enacted the third branch of our Free National Government which is the Supreme Grand Council, our Judicial Branch.


Our Lineage (our Supreme Grand Sheiks)

  • Bro. E. Mealy El (Deceased)
  • Bro. W. Morris El (Deceased)
  • Bro. E. Walton Bey (Deceased)
  • Bro. W. Harlan Bey (Deceased)
  • Bro. O. Lewis El (Deceased)
  • Bro. D. Bailey El (Retired Oct. 1992)
  • Bro. P. Davis El (Deceased)
  • Bro. E. Braswell Bey (Removed from office on April 10th, 2005 AD. - as per Affidavit # 0512218011  filed for record: May 2nd, 2005 AD.)
  • Bro. D. Bailey El- Present Supreme Grand Sheik

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