Wednesday, June 18, 2014

MY ANSWER TO THE LIAR AND THIEF: KEITH MOORE

                        MY ANSWER TO THE LIAR AND THIEF: KEITH MOORE

By Fahim A. Knight-El:            

Peace: Kendrell Ahmad-Altusi: and to my Blog family, I was sitting at my computer this morning actually writing another piece on Freemasonry in order to post it on my Keeping it Real Blog and I received a comment from one Kendrell Ahmad-Altusi (aka Keith Moore): http://fahimknightsworld.blogspot.com/2013/09/keith-l-moore-plagiarism-truly-lacks.html I do not know if this is actually Keith Moore or not. He had been in hiding since I confronted him about plagiarizing some of my work in which he received monetary financial gain (try to locate him via internet and you cannot get anything on this person that claims to be an author because he knows his scam artist works and character is in question and he does not want to be found).  Firstly, if this is Keith Moore who is using a pseudonym; you are a liar and plagiarizer and I can show you the proof of where you lifted entire passages from my work and claiming it as your own original work with no quotations or citations of given credit to me for the passages and quotes (if am lying on you and misrepresenting the truth and the facts then you have the legal option to take me to civil court for defamation and libel for willfully and intentionally besmirching your good name and character, but you and I know that you have no legal grounds to stand on, but I have proof, which is documented in your publication titled, "“Freemasonry, Greek Philosophy, The Prince Hall Fraternity and the Egyptian (African) World Connection” ( that you took credit for portions of my intellectual property and claimed my work as your own. You are a disgrace to our African Traditions because you claim to represent our legacy and tradition as a so-called African-Centered scholar and researcher, but to illegally profit off other people's work is piracy. Thus, that makes you a thief and it brings into question your credibility as an author. I called you and confronted you on the telephone about you plagiarizing my work and you were trying all types of deception techniques to side step your acts of stealing my intellectual property and claim authorship. Lets show and prove in order to determine who is the liar and plagiarizer. Now, you are throwing out these false undocumented allegations and accusations that I have falsified other people's works--part of your comments are slander and libel, in particular by you making the false accusation that I have plagiarized other people's work (for the record I have never been accused or charged of plagiarism). I invite you to post these allegations on my Blog and I will give you full reign (no censorship) to prove your case against me on my Blog and show and prove your false contentions  (Nigger you are a liar). I am a scholar, I cite and footnote and give credit to any author that I quote, paraphrase or mention in my work, the majority of my work is laced with sources whereas my readers can follow and check my theories for themselves (cross reference). But to steal other people's work is not only fraudulent it is lowdown and sinnister.  Here is the challenge I am willing to debate you anywhere in the country and prove by showing  the public that you plagiarized my work in your book titled, “Freemasonry, Greek Philosophy, The Prince Hall Fraternity and the Egyptian (African) World Connection”. Here is a Nigger claiming to be a Moor (a branch of Islam) and a Freemason; sadly you are in violation of both of these institutions relative to the principles of morality and ethics. Furthermore, you are a very poor example of what a Prince Hall Affiliated Mason is suppose to represent (if I was the Prince Hall Most Worshipful Grand Master of Illinois jurisdiction, I would kick your ass out of the lodge). I have no respect for you or your work and I will continue to expose you as a fake sham author and a crooked liar who steals other scholars work. I have published tons of articles on my Blog, which could translate into tons of books on Freemasonry (I have published at least five books) but here is the key, my work is original and authentic and yours is not (and Nigger lets not get it twisted you are no match for me). Lastly, I want to apologize to my reading audience for my conduct on this short posting. I ordinarily like to give my audience real knowledge and provide a perspective on our history and culture. But this Nigger Keith Moore had me so upset this morning after reading his thread on my Blog and as you can tell he took me off my square. So forgive me for this rant this is just how I was feeling after reading this Nigger’s words.

Stay Awake Until We Meet Again,
Fahim A. Knight-El

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

JOHN G. JONES; REGULAR VERSUS IRREGULAR: PART II

JOHN G. JONES; REGULAR VERSUS IRREGULAR: PART II

By Fahim A. Knight-El

It appears once again that the John G. Jones argument of ‘clandestine' versus ‘regular’ Masonry has risen his head again on Facebook in which I published an article on this subject back on September 29, 2013, titled: ‘John G. Jones: The Masonic Clandestine Argument Just Will Not God Away,” (reference: Fahim A. Knight-El http://fahimknightsworld.blogspot.com/2013/09/john-g-jones-masonic-clandestine.html ) but that was not the first time that I had written on this controversial topic of 'clandestine Masonry' versus 'Regular Freemasonry', but the power of social media (Facebook) has allowed this article to reach many more people by allowing them to have access to the above said article in real time. I wrote the article because we as so-called black Masons needed to have this conversation and I knew that it would invoke various emotions on both sides of the equation—there would be apologist and pundits weighing-in, but I have always written as a Free Thinker and I was not looking for Prince Hall Masonry nor John G. Jones Ancient Free and Accepted Masonry to endorse me or my writings because many of my brothers of Prince Hall persuasion do not have the courage or the intestinal fortitude to step outside the box to objectively discuss John G. Jones and other black non- Prince Hall Masonic Orders because the majority of these orders are viewed by Prince Hall Masons as being clandestine and get automatically dismissed as being bogus. Many Prince Hall brothers and even the intelligentsia of PHA believe that to openly talk with and/or about irregular or clandestine Masonic Orders in their mind is to give credence and credibility to their right to exist and they find this conversation to be taboo and undeserving and to do so somehow this is seen as a compromise against the various obligations they swore to uphold (it is prohibited in Prince Hall Masonry for them to have Masonic intercourse with a clandestine Mason).

Yet, I as a Prince Hall Mason do respect PHA efforts to not give recognition to some of these illegitimate Black Masonic Orders that have a questionable charter and their history is suspect. Many of these type clandestine orders operate under the disguise of shadiness and are duping innocent brothers out of hundreds of dollars and in some cases thousands of dollars by engaging in fraudulent and scam practices of Freemasonry (I will never support such un-Masonic conduct). I think for anyone to imply or subtly suggest that Brother Fahim A. Knight-El is writing and advocating in support of clandestine Masonry is an out right lie and a bit disingenuous. However, who granted the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) supreme authority over black Freemasonry and gave them the right to validate our Masonic charters and it is this so-called superior entity in Europe that I detest, because I do not believe nor accept that they should have the power and authority to declare the legitimacy of Masons the world-over (who gave them their charter in 1717?). I have no respect for the authority of the UGLE and may be my writings and views might even get me suspended and excommunicated, but I am willing to pay the price for standing on truth. My motto is speaking truth to power.

The Enlightened Europeans stole their knowledge from ancient Kemet (Egypt) and our original rights to practice Masonry were written in the Medu Neter. I am not on Facebook, but I have been informed that a brother named Omar Scaife is the Facebook administrator of a site called Regular vs. Irregular: The Great Debate and he claims to have over 2,000 members who have signed on to his Facebook forum and I think Masons post and debate issues germane to Freemasons on his page. I noticed on April 24, 2014, I had my smartphone with me and I noticed that I had a few hundred hits on the article “John G. Jones: The Masonic Clandestine Argument Just Will Not God Away” but at that point I did not know that it was being talked about and dissected on Omar Scaife’s Facebook page. Brother Thomas Brooks out of the Grand Lodge of New York stated: "the author of the blog is all about blackness...nothing to do with masonry". I challenged this brother on some ridiculous comments he made on his Facebook page relative to Egypt and Black nationalism; Please refer to my Blog link articled titled: Black Freemasonry and Egypt: Myth or Reality?” http://fahimknightsworld.blogspot.com/2013/07/black-freemasonry-and-egypt-myth-or.html .

There is no doubt Brother Brooks, I am an Afrocentric thinker and I make no apology for accepting and embracing my “Blackness”. Also, there is another brother from my Masonic jurisdiction of North Carolina named Bro. Antoine Lilly. I believe he is a member of A.S. Hunter Lodge number 825 in Durham, NC in which we both of us resides in Durham and he to have been critical of me (ironic all four Prince Hall Masonic lodges in Durham share the same Blue Lodge building). This is in part what Brother Lilly stated: "Bro. Knight is in my state and my district. I am going to see if he and I can find some time to sit down and discuss how damaging his work is. We shall see...” but I am willing to take on all of them and to suggest that my work is damaging, is definitely emotional and represents an unfair characterization and assessment of my body of Masonic literary work. I do not mind saying what is unpopular in order to raise the conscious level of the Craft, but you cannot do this with trying to play it safe--Jesus and Muhammad changed the world by daring to challenge the status quo of their times and they have gone down in history as two of the most influential men to have ever walked this earth . I do not have any ulterior motives other than advocating black Masonic unity, if I am guilty of anything, it is this conviction that I hold very close to my heart. So I would love to have the opportunity to meet and sit down with Brother Lilly, but I will not be defeated nor compromise my position. I have justified below why I find it plausible for black Prince Hall Masons and black non-Prince Hall Masons to have this conversation because of the Time and What Must Be Done.      

I received a response on my Blog on April 23, 2014 relative to the above said article from a Prince Hall Masonic brother named Brother John L. Hairston MWPHGL of Washington and Jurisdiction who is a member of J. C. Logan Lodge #53 Free and Accepted Masonry in Seattle, Washington. I think Brother Hairston found it to be reprehensible and blasphemous for me as a Prince Hall Mason who is in good standings to suggest that some amicable resolution should take place between the former suspended and excommunicated Prince Hall Grand Lodge official John G. Jones lodges and Prince Hall Affiliated Lodges. I think it is really emotional and immature for Brother Hairston to assume that other non-Prince Hall Masonic orders will buy into these type fundamentalist ideas of allowing Prince Hall Masonry to determine their legitimacy, plight and right to self determination and according to Brother Hairston the only option on the table is for these alleged Masonic clandestine orders is to be ‘Healed’ and I guess join onto Prince Hall Masonry (I am not saying this is a bad idea but why should they and what would be the incentive?). Brother Hairston’s comments sounds more like a dictatorial manifesto and will serve as an antagonistic contradiction. What black people lack on all levels is unity and we often allow our petty differences to keep us divided and as a black nationalist I have worked my entire adult life to create a consensus and a black united front. I to abhor and detest these fly-by-night clandestine Masonic orders and they stand to be condemned, but I refuse to be judge and executioner.  

This is what Brother Hairston stated:  I think the proposal of "historical amnesty" for John G. Jones is out of the question. John G. Jones committed a Masonic Crime, was found guilty and expelled from Freemasonry. That is the FACTS, whether John G. Jones groups accept that or not. If we extend John G. Jones a pass for the damage he incurred on Freemasonry, then why not do the same for all of those who were expelled or indefinitely suspended”.

“I think John G. Jones members and sympathizers attempt to portray John G. Jones as the victim, and the subsequent bodies formed under his name as recipients of undue attacks from Prince Hall Masons. The fact is that there can be NO conversation until the John G. Jones group FIRST accept the TRUTH as it is. The debate continues, not because Prince Hall masons just need someone to kick, but because when we run into John G. Jones members they have SO MUCH MISINFORMATION on Prince Hall and the Organizations in the various states, and when there is an attempt to correct the misinformation and place them in the right standing with Freemasonry, there is where the debate ensues, based on denial. I see no olive branch being extended to a blatant clandestine group. But there is a way to end the rift. That John G. Jones members join a legitimate Lodge and be good members there”.

“Bro. Fahim A Knight El stated: "I chose to join a Prince Hall (PHA) lodge because they truly have a legitimate warrant/charter that goes back to 1784, so in that department they left no doubt about their history and legal right to authorize degree work, etc., and function openly as a body of Masons."

And added to that: "Freemasonry isn't nothing to be played with and some of these crooked fake orders threatens the legitimacy of all Masons."

Clandestine organizations could never threaten the legitimacy of the Regular Freemasonry. The Legitimacy has been established, but it could make membership sleighted, because of the damage that has been incurred by these groups. Unity will come when they heal over into regular lodges and give up the illegitimacy of clandestine freemasonry”.

“There is LAW to this, and we must preserve the Order by observing the law. We erase what has been done already. We can just fix the problem. The opportunity to do so stands open to all members who find themselves in clandestine groups...knock on the door of a legitimate lodge and ask to join it”.

The problem can be solved in one day, but it begins with John G. Jones groups recognizing that they are illegitimate and that their lineage is illegal, and then make the decision to take the PROPER STEPS to address that revelation”.        

Freemasonry is based on principles of good and the foundation of these principles is rooted in the various schools of thought of religious dogma, which was designed to establish a moral outcome. Thus, in Western Freemasonry these holy books are hailed on the alter and it’s taught that they should serve as our religious guide along with the square and compass. Yeshua bin Yosef (Jesus the son of Joseph) the carpenter became better known as the Christ (or within Christian religious ethos as the Son of God). The Bible tells us that Jesus was persecuted because his teachings challenged the Roman Emperor Pontius Pilate and the Roman Government—they proclaimed Yeshua Ben Yosef “the King of the Jews” but Jesus said that’s is who they say I am. Jesus was eventually hanged along side a murderer and a thief. But as Masons who proclaimed to be students of the scriptures and uses these holy books throughout our rituals (where is our moral compass?)

But lack mercy and compassion by ignoring these principles when it comes to how we view the shortcomings of humanity; no doubt perhaps John G. Jones made some mistakes, but we are talking about something that occurred over one hundred years ago, but here lies the hypocrisy; we automatically forgave our white Masonic Brothers who for over two centuries openly viewed Prince Hall Masonry as ‘irregular’. Some of this history was covered in Joseph Walkes book titled 'Black Square and Compass: 200 Years of Prince Hall Masonry' it is a Prince Hall Masonic staple and is considered a must read for PHA Masons. It was actually written as a rebuttal and refute (anti-thesis) to the so-called errors made in a book titled, "Official History of Freemasonry Among the Colored People in North America' by Wm. H. Grimshaw in which many Prince Hall scholars maintain that Grimshaw (an early PHA historian) distorted some of the historical facts and his scholarly credibility has been brought into question. Walkes’ work corrected these errors and half-truths that were presented as being factual by Grimshaw. Walkes also spearheaded the Prince Hall Phylaxis Society (the research arm of PHA).

Jesus (Yeshua Ben Yosef) ministry was rooted in love and it is one of the most often mentioned words in the New Testament. We came through the lodge quasi naked, bear and empty and could not even deposited any materialism/metal i.e. gold or silver or any currency of monetary value into the archives of lodge on our own behalf because we entered by being divested of all metallic substance. But someone vouched and openly offered on behalf of a destitute brother some monetary substance; you were not in a position that you could even see who offered up something of monetary value on your behalf.  Although, they appeared to be strangers and it was also to teach you that you have a greater responsibility and a charge to take whatever substances that the Grand Architect of the Universe has blessed you with and use it for the greater good of uplifting fallen humanity). It was also to teach us that throughout our lives we will encounter social, political and economic distress and will have to depend on others at some point for a helping hand and for assistance—how long is your cabletow? Yet, when we entered and in our most vulnerable state someone showed us brotherly love and friendship in which more importantly someone came to our rescue and this allowed for us to continue our journey of circumambulation (our guide insured us that no danger would come to us because our faith and trust was rooted in God).

I do not think that John G. Jones committed an unpardonable sin and he should forever be left in the abyss to burn in Masonic hell without ever revisiting this matter and issuing a formal resolution to end this historical dispute, if nothing else for the sake of black Masonic unity—we perhaps could argue the right and wrong pertaining to Brother Jones' history until the cows come home. However, if we can sit down with white Masons who for over 200 years openly practiced discrimination, segregation and racism against Prince Hall Mason and falsely labeled PHA as ‘clandestine’ and ‘irregular’ in which many of these white Grand Lodges jurisdictions were initially opposed to granting Prince Hall Masons the status of ‘regular’ Masonry, but lets be clear Prince Hall did not need the white Masons approval in the United States of America because of their longevity and possessing a legitimate Masonic Warrant from a traveling Irish Military Lodge in the 18th Century. I am a member of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of North Carolina and its jurisdictions.

I can remember these ‘Negroes’ every year would have Grand Lodge sessions in Winston Salem, North Carolina and for many years the sitting Grand Master would openly put forth a resolution of Masonic recognition in support of the white Ancient Free and Accepted Masons (headquartered in Raleigh, NC off of Glenwood Avenue) and extend an olive branch of goodwill to their white Masonic counterpart. They often voted and accepted the white Ancient Free and Accepted Masons as a ‘regular’ body of Masons and issued formal statements of recognition. And, perhaps every year a few weeks after the Prince Hall Grand Lodge session the white Ancient Free and Accepted Masons held their Grand Lodge Session and each year they added to their agenda a resolution to accept black Prince Hall Masons as a legitimate and a ‘regular’ body of Masons within the State of North Carolina and each year up until recently the white Masons voted the resolution down and lacked the votes to grant PHA full Masonic recognition status (reference: Fahim A. Knight-El  http://fahimknightsworld.blogspot.com/2007/11/let-there-be-light-there-is-no.html .

The Raleigh “News and Observer” newspaper often after the white Ancient Free and Accepted Masons downward vote year-after-year, this medium would dramatize the event by writing and publishing something like White Masons and Black Masons still remain divided and segregated after one hundred thirty-eight (138) years; thus, for some Prince Hall Masons in North Carolina this was demoralizing because in the ex- slaves minds they had bought into the idea as a body of Masons on their recognition being approved by white Masons, which was to them an essential component to being viewed as ‘legitimate Masons’ (surely Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the father of Black History Month and author of the book titled, “The Mis-Education of the Negro” is turning over in his grave).

However, in October 2008, North Carolina white Ancient Free and Accepted Masons casted a vote of 642-328 finally recognizing Prince Hall Masons as a ‘regular’ body of Masons in North Carolina (if the truth be told they had to changed the voting rules to invite these ‘Negroes’ into the House but the staunch AF&AM racist did not want to forge this relationship). Some of these Negroes in my jurisdiction was yelling halleluiah and crying tears of joy because their ex-slave master’s children officially invited them into the house (many of them were already ‘House Negroes' and you should make no mistake about me because I am proud to be a ‘Field Negro’). The white Masons then invited these Negroes to the NC State Capitol grounds for an official announcement and recognition or some official recognition luncheon (Negro Masons at the State Capitol appeared to be proud hugging and kissing their white Masonic Brothers and for many of them for the first time as black Masons they felt whole) What a shame. I did not see fit to allow some white southern Confederates who wears the Masonic emblem of Square and Compass to erase 138 years of white supremacy and segregation to give me some fried chicken, a butter biscuit and some molasses along with a slice of watermelon and this was suppose to alleviate the practice of Masonic racism. No, I did not go to Raleigh to celebrate with my oppressor. I as a Prince Hall Mason stood as the lone dissenting voice of opposition. I told my Worshipful Master hell no; I was not going.

These Negroes did not even ask for a formal apology (they were just happy to now be called a 'regular' body of Masons by white Masons and in their minds nothing else mattered); they were too happy to be accepted by the devil and forgave the white Masons for their racist practices. Yet, John G. Jones is not entitled to some leniency—or forgiveness these ‘Negroes’ did not blink an eye in forgiving the white Masons for 138 years of practicing hatred and bitterness that caused irreparable damage to Prince Hall Masons reputation that ultimately affected the image and impacted how they were viewed nationally and internationally by other Masonic jurisdictions—their segregation was rooted in the history of white classism and white privilege. Jones was not involved in denying black Masons the right to be seen and treated as an upright man and perhaps many of these white Confederate Masons in North Carolina had ancestors who lynched black men and owned slave plantations in North Carolina and even had ties to the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klans, but we found forgiveness in our hearts to exonerate them for committing the greatest crime ever committed against humanity, which was white North Carolinians involvement in Chattel Slavery.

Our quest is to acquire the knowledge of self (this was denied to us for 310 years). But remember for decades and centuries racism existed inside of our great institution of Freemasonry in the United States (the fraternity of brotherly love). Prince Hall and 15 other Black men may have been initiated and raised by an Irish Military Lodge in 1784, but the fight for equal Masonic Brotherhood with their White counterparts in the United States has always been a struggle. The mindset of White Supremacy has always saw people of African descent as not being their biological, racial and culture equal. The fight for Black Masons to get formal recognition has been ongoing for over 200 years because of this mindset. Still in 2014, as I write this article nine (9) southern states still have not recognized Prince Hall Masonry as a legitimate body of Freemasons; this polarity has left some historical bitterness between White Freemasons and Black Prince Hall Masons in this country. Now, that is not to say that their hasn't been some sincere efforts on some White Masons part to eradicate these false and artificial barriers and to pursue a unified brotherhood. So how do you make man whole in which the U.S. Constitution classified us as being 3/5 of a human being (sub-human)? And most of all taught and espoused that we came from the dark continent of Africa who so-called made no worthwhile contribution to human civilization. It perhaps hasn't been but about fifteen years that Prince Hall Masons finally received recognition from the United Grand Lodge of England and even this was somewhat conditional.

So this is where I find the likes of Brother Hairston and other Prince Hall Masons lacking in moral judgment (slavery created a new Negro, one who loves his master more than he loves his self and his own people), but even their positions is often rooted in the Willie lynch syndrome and self-hatred is forever occurring in a people who were robbed of the knowledge of self and kind, in particular when we can sit down with our open enemies, but cannot sit down with our brothers to seek ways that we can unify and rectify a one hundred (100) year old disagreement and rift (This is the epitome of hypocrisy). We know that John G. Jones was a suspended and excommunicated former Prince Hall Grand Lodge representative from the State of Illinois and many of us one hundred (100) years later are still stuck right there and refuse to seek atonement and reconciliation.

For example, throughout the history of so-called African Americans, we have witness black churches and black organizations split, fratricide, splinter and divide itself based on doctrine and dogma and/or over money, titles, materialism, etc., in which often these divisions are driven by super egos. African Methodist Episcopal Church and African Methodist Episcopal Zion (I do not think Richard Allen and Absalom Jones could have anticipated how the pervasiveness of these present day black religious contradictions have gotten out of control) and we have witness various religious denominations (Catholic Church versus Protestant Church—Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation; he wrote the 95 thesis) have outright physical and legal fights have ensued where two Christian congregations are at war; yet when the dispute clears often both aggrieved parties still professes to be Christian and are allowed to have all the rights and privileges to function under the banner of being a legitimate Christian church.

Some historians maintain that the Honorable Elijah Muhammad (1897-1975) and Master Fard Muhammad (1877-?) were both students of the Marcus Garvey's Movement and some believe that they definitely were part of Noble Drew Ali’s (1886-1929) Moorish Science Temple of America (they refer to Elijah Muhammad as Elijah Poole-Bey) in which the Nation of Islam, Universal Negro Improvement Association and the Moorish Science Temple have had these quasi ongoing disputes of how these groups and leaders were formulated (it appears we tend to always lend more credibility to the so-called parent organization). This argument between Prince Hall Affiliated Masonry and John G. Jones as I have stated above is over one hundred (100) years old and it is evident that John G. Jones affiliated lodges have been around for over a century and it looks like they are not going anywhere. I think most of my Prince Hall Masonic brothers are a bit emotional about who should be considered “clandestine” and “regular” Freemasons and this stifles the quest for a real debate and it only allows the argument to fester.  

I therefore standby the fact that there should be some unbiased and objective dialogue between Prince Hall Masons and other non-Prince Hall Freemasonic orders in order to establish a covenant and/or if nothing else a memorandum of understanding—but to ignore other Freemasonic Orders, it only demonstrates and represents a level of immaturity on our part. These steps can occur in increments before moving towards full recognition. I have known old court cases that were adjudicated under U.S. Jurisprudence in which our legal system allows for us to overturn convictions, grant clemency, pardon and commute sentences—this is fundamental to our democracy. But I guess this should never be applied to John G. Jones and many of these Prince Hall Masons leading this negative charge are Christians.

“Mackey’s Jurisprudence of Freemasonry” was written in the 1850s by Albert Mackey and although Robert I. Clegg (1927) and later Louis Blakemore (1953) has revised this book, it is still a book of interpretation and a work in progress (more of a living document) as the Masonic scholar Allen E. Roberts (author of the book titled, “The Craft and Its Symbols”) who was partial to defraying Masonic jurisprudence and law to ones particular Masonic jurisdiction. We should not be threatened by other non-Prince Hall Masons and it would be wise to take notice of all the historical legal battles and hurdles that Prince Hall Masons had to overcome in the United States of America in order to be viewed and accepted as a legitimate body of black Freemasons—although, most of their struggles were rooted in combating racism and white supremacy. It still behooves me how we can be so insensitive to other Masons and their struggles.

We cannot change what took place over 100 years ago, but we have the ability to impact the present and the future by being good stewards of the Masonic ship. My wife purchased a book titled, “How to Forgive, When You Can’t” by Jim Dincalci and this book enlightened me to the power of forgiveness. It is incumbent for us black Masons to take the necessary steps to unify and move forward in the spirit of brotherly love and move away from these sectarian disputes and arguments about who should be labeled clandestine or regular Masons.  

Fahim A. Knight-El Chief Researcher for KEEPING IT REAL THINK TANK located in Durham, NC; our mission is to inform African Americans and all people of goodwill, of the pending dangers that lie ahead; as well as decode the symbolism and reinterpreted the hidden meanings behind those who operate as invisible forces, but covertly rules the world. We are of the belief that an enlightened world will be better prepared to throw off the shackles of ignorance and not be willing participants for the slaughter. Our MOTTO is speaking truth to power. Fahim A. Knight-EL can be reached at fahimknight@ yahoo.com.

Stay Awake Until We
 Meet Again,
 Fahim A. Knight-El

          

Sunday, April 6, 2014

MOORISH AMERICAN SOVEREIGNTY: MYTH OR REALITY?

                      MOORISH AMERICAN SOVEREIGNTY: MYTH OR REALITY?

By Fahim A. Knight-El

I keep my Black’s Law Dictionary close by me at all times and it serves as my top legal reference book. So I wanted to start this discussion of Moors and Sovereignty with defining and looking at the term Sovereignty. Sovereignty: “is the quality of having an independent authority over a geographic area, such as a territory. It can be found in a power to rule and make laws that rests on a political fact for which no pure legal definition can be provided. James Bryce in the book “Studies in History and Jurisprudence” stated: It is well {distinguish} the senses in which the word Sovereignty is used. In the ordinary popular sense it means Supremacy, the right to demand obedience. Although the idea of actual power is not absent, the prominent idea is that of some sort of title to exercise control. An ordinary layman would call that person (or body of persons) Sovereign in a State who is obeyed because he is acknowledged to stand at the top, whose will must be expected to prevail, who can get his own way, and make others go his way, because such is the practice of the country. Etymologically the word of course means merely superiority, and familiar usage applies it in monarchies to the monarch, because he stands first in the State, be his real great or small.” (Black’s Law Dictionary 7th Edition)

I was led to write this brief article because a long time personal friend named Minister Ray Muhammad who joined the Nation of Islam in Baltimore, Maryland as a member of Muhammad’s Mosque # 6 under the leadership of Minister Louis Farrakhan. Brother Ray Muhammad who I would consider for many years being a Farrakhan loyalist and had served as minister over Muhammad’s Mosque #34 in Durham and had also been a member and registered Muslim in the Nation of Islam since 1980. It was Minister Ray Muhammad’s early work in the Mid-Atlantic region and in the south that laid the present day groundwork in this region of the country for the Nation of Islam to be successful today; preaching and teaching Islam in small rural cities such as Greenville, South Carolina, Fayetteville, North Carolina, Kings Mountain, NC, Charlotte, North Carolina, Raleigh, NC, Dunn, North Carolina, Henderson, North Carolina, Greenville, North Carolina, Rocky Mount, North Carolina, etc. He called it pushing the program and given the people the life given teachings; this brother paid a price to assist Minister Louis Farrakhan in the early work of rebuilding Nation of Islam after Imam Warith Deen Mohammed destroyed the good work of his father, the Messenger of Allah. Perhaps a few years ago Minister Ray Muhammad and I, along with some other brothers was having dinner at Select Seafood (black owned restaurant) in Durham, North Carolina and he started talking about issues relating to Moorish/Aboriginal/ Native Americans Sovereignty.

I listened very tentatively because this was a new spin coming from Minister Ray Muhammad and somewhat a quasi departure from Farrakhan’s line. Although, Farrakhan’s teacher Elijah Muhammad taught separation and called for some territory or land that we can call our own inside the United States or outside country. Minister Farrakhan is fully aware of the Moorish arguments, but like most charismatic leaders his followers have to be nurtured and spoon fed—many will never be prepared to take the next step. The ideas that Minister Muhammad was conveying led him to be very excited and no doubt I saw it in his eyes that he believed in the validity of this new insight which he had come to embrace. However, me knowing him, it appeared to have been a new awaken and definitely a slightly different course in his political and social development—and he was testing these theories out amongst some of his closes comrades in Durham. The conversation was not necessarily the making of strange bed fellows i.e., the Nation of Islam and the Moorish Science Temple have historical roots and there are some theological intertwines between the two organizations (some historians maintain that the Moorish Science Temple of America, which was founded by Prophet Noble Drew Ali in 1913 in Newark, New Jersey was the forerunner organization to the Nation of Islam). Yet, I did not know, if Muhammad knew that I had personally evolved to another level and had made a mental paradigm shift long before this meeting and this is why I was open to these views because I had already expanded my Third Eye (Reference: Essien-Udom Black Nationalism: A Search for an Identity in America).  
    
I have over the years received a lot of emails from various Moors and/or Moorish sympathizers who identified with some aspect of the Moorish Science doctrine. Many of them often baffled me because they have this faint idea about proclaiming a declaration of Sovereignty in which a number of legal issues ranging from citizenship to reinterpreting the United States Constitution is on the table for discussion. Many also believe that United States Courts have no jurisprudence over them and pursuant to their sovereign status courts have a legal obligation to exempt those of Moorish ancestral from standing trial in U.S. criminal and civil courts. Some have even invoked diplomatic immunity status (and believe that the U.S. Courts have no jurisdiction to adjudicate over them as a sovereign Moorish Individual and their cases should be handled no different than an international diplomat). These arguments are too complicated for me to decipher and I do not want to appear judgmental because their arguments are rooted in a legitimate historical paradigm that qualifies Africans (or Asiatics, Moors, so-called American Negroes, etc.) for rightly due repatriation which should involve the rights to African descendents (Moors) to determine whether or not they wanted be an American citizen, reparations (blacks never received their 40 acres and mule promised after slavery)—their sense of entitlement is rooted in the devastation, brutality and dehumanization carried out by the evil system of Chattel Slavery which systematically cut off their heritage and culture linkages to Africa.

The Sovereign Moors justify their legal position based on the wording of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1857 Dred Scott ruling, which described black people as “beings of an inferior order, and altogether unfit to associate with the white race, either in social or political relations, and so far inferior that they had no rights which the white man was bound to respect.” And it is this impetus that drives Africans in the Western Hemisphere and their pursuit of attempting to finding a nationality. I as a so-called black man who is one of the descendents of slavery, and as I stated above, I find myself very sympathetic to this cause. But here is the problem that Chattel Slavery left us with and the insurmountable damage heaped on those who now are left to bear this burden; there were very few official records kept on slaves and even the first U.S. Census in 1790, which was implemented some two hundred and thirty-five (235) years after the advent of slavery. They only listed African slaves as property under the slave masters’ family heading and often only by first names and by gender, which most details relating to the slaves were scarce —this tragedy still haunts even the possibility of people of the African descendents who have been scattered throughout Diaspora to truly find their lost ancestors. (Reference: Paul Finkelman; “Slavery in the Courtroom: An Annotated Bibliography of American Cases”).

It has been this tragedy that has led to many Black Nationalist and Pan-Africanist organizations (and Race Leaders) and black leaders for over the last four centuries putting forth various racial philosophies pertaining to a people who were totally stripped of every conceivable thread that linked them to their original lands, culture, religions, language, tribal origins, etc. This left a historical void and various Moorish organizations have always sort to connect the so-called American Negro to the biblical history of the ancient Canaanites and Moabites and has proclaimed that black people were the lost and original descendents of the ancient Moors. Some of their critics would view this contention as nothing, but a romanticized and an exaggerated view of history that lacks real evidence or proof that African Americans are descendents of ancient Moabites.

Many Moors have been falsely accused of  trying to find ways to exploit this history by so-called unjustly denouncing the legitimacy of the United States Government and all of its legal and political entities (they see the U.S. Government as a corporation and Moors have the right not to enter into contractual agreements with the government unless you give up your sovereign individual rights) of being in violation to act as the legitimate governing body over their rights as members of the historical sovereign aborigines (they have treaties signed between Morocco and the United states as documentation proclaim themselves as Free Moors). They further believe that by law they should be exempted and exonerated from the Internal Revenue Service (taxation without representation is tyranny and the establishment of the Federal Reserve and the IRS is bogus as well as being unconstitutional) and challenges the U.S. Government’s ability to legally enforce the 16th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and/or even having the authority to mandate that Moorish citizens pay Federal and State income taxes to an outlaw government.  They also view how home mortgages are notlegally binding and question civil law versus martial law; they fall outside of the avoidance and evasion laws in which they share this view with white Sovereign advocates (Patriot Movement) in the United States of America. Yet, by me knowing the history of Cointelpro—I know that the U.S. Government has sent agent provocateurs to infiltrate, disrupt, spy and eavesdrop on all facets of the Moorish Science Temple leadership, in particular the Moors who advocates sovereignty.  

I was instructed to listen to Brother Yahudah (LD Belton-El Bey)—this Brother articulates better than some well trained attorneys that have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to attend and be educated at Yale or Harvard University Law Schools and I must say his level of breaking down U.S. Federal Statues and redefining legal terms under Moorish legal Codes was astounding and convincing—if his message was truly reaching the black masses, it would without a doubt jolt the thinking of African Americans and perhaps lead them to draw the conclusion that there is some thing much more sinister and complex in which the U.S. Government desire to keep us ignorant by constantly feeding us propaganda and disinformation by using the mass media to negatively taint this issue and systematically derailing our efforts to tie ourselves to a legitimate nationality as being the true descendents of the ancient Moors (Muur—Moroccans and Mauritians—lets be clear I am not referring to the present day light skinned imposter Arabs and Berbers who occupies these African lands today).  The original Moors were very dark skinned aboriginal people in which they reigned from the Maghreb region deep down into what is deemed Sub-Sahara Africa. (Reference: Bandele Yobachi El-Amin; Moor's, Moabite and Man: Reflection and Redemption”).

But I am not totally convinced that the Sovereign argument will ever hold up in United States Federal Courts and this is why you have seen petitions, writs and legal motions denied relative to Moors seeking to use this status as a defense. There was a lot the Sovereign Moors could have learned from the experiences of Minister Silis Muhammad CEO of the Lost-Found Nation of Islam headquartered out of Atlanta, Georgia and Attorney Harriett AbuBakr who started in 1998 doing yeoman’s work in the United Nations. Minister Silis Muhammad and his legal team eventually received audiences from the United Nations Human Rights Commission in particular, dealing with the question of reparations for so-called African Americans who he claimed were victims of ethnocide, genocide, forced assimilation and institutionalized racism for over 400 years. (Reference: Silis Muhammad; “Reparations petition for United Nations assistance under Resolution 1503 (XLVIII) on behalf of African-Americans in the United States of America).

Chattel slavery left the so-called black man and woman of America with the historical inability to trace their family lineage beyond the 1800s (prior to this time large scale plantation slave records were not recorded on black slaves; although some of the early U.S. Census reports do list slaves in some detail described as property). These crimes has led us to being semi-vagabonds on the earth who are constantly in search of an identity and nationality—when you rob a people of their land, names, God, culture and heritage, etc., and declare it illegal to identify with our native tongue and tribes this has left us forever in search of a long lost heritage. Many of us find comfort under the banner of Islam, Moor, Hebrew Israelite, etc., these religious and nationality labels are a direct result of the affects of Chattel Slavery. Minister Silis Muhammad was doing some very interesting work on the level of the United Nations in the areas of human rights. But he initially was met with many legal obstacles because blacks, Negroes, Afro American, African Americans, Colored people, etc., had no legal or recognized identity in which would allow our grievances to be heard on the United Nations level. He had to declare us under the collective nationality/racial designation and classification of ‘Afro-descendants’ in order to be even heard by this august body which to move his human rights case forward. (Reference: Ida Hakim; Reparations: The Cure For America’s Race Problem”).

I personally see this as an uphill battle and I think that the history of Chattel Slavery (1555-1865) definitely left a scattered and somewhat landless people in dire need to reclaim their sovereignty and all other rights pertaining to the victims and lost descendents of the greatest crime ever committed against humanity. So this historical criminal act left over 100 million so-called Africans who were stolen and sold into the Transatlantic Slave Trade and the Middle Passage—displaced from the continent of Africa (Nubian lands) as wandering and roaming nomads. But some scholars maintain that the Nubian people had settled on what is called the continent of North America may-be anywhere from 16,000 years to 30,000 years prior to Caucasian and European expeditions and the indigenous people were also in Central and South America and had established advance societies. Dr. Ivan Sertima wrote about this in his monumental book titled, “They Came Before Columbus: African Presences in Early America”, there is now plenty of historical evidence that substantiate this as being valid and credible. 

Some even claim that modern America is a geographical extension of the lost continent of Atlantis. It is also believed that the Moors were master cartographers and maritime voyagers who had been sailing across the Atlantic Ocean long before the Spanish and the Portuguese—Christopher Columbus (aka Christabul Colon) actually was using Moorish maps that were confiscated after Moors met their decline in Europe; some time after conquering and influencing European societies from the Mediterranean Sea up to the borders of Southern France (8th Century to 15th Century) these travel expedition routes which were established by the Moors were confiscated and stolen by European nations—later used to exploit and disrupt the harmony and Peace of the so-called ‘New World’. No doubt, Ferdinand and Isabella (Spain) and Jewish money changers used the Moors seafaring expertise to so-called venture into the 'New World'.  (Reference: Stanley Lane-Poole, “The Story of the Moors in Spain”) and (Reference: John Henrik Clarke: Christopher Columbus and the Afrikan Holocaust: Slavery and the Rise of European Capitalism).

The question of indigenous people sovereignty actually has a legal precedent (For example: Native Americans have won some quasi rights to sovereignty inside the U.S. and conduct custom and tribal affairs as an independent nation, although many of the set aside reservations are deplorable—however, their laws and courts are recognized by the United States Government). Now, why cannot this same legal standard be applied to people of African descent or Moorish descent; some social scientist would view this as a stretch because Africans who were enslaved came from every corner of Africa and was not considered one unified racial/ethnic homogenous society of people; unless you have sought to identify the entire continent of Africa as being of Moorish descendants. But the original inhabitants of those who settled in the Western Hemisphere are not without legal challenge because of how the United States jurisprudence system was set up, which was rooted in the legal terms of white supremacy and racism. (Reference: Bandele Yobachi El-Amin; “Moorish/Muurish Treaties: Guide to Treaties and Declarations”).

 The United States Constitution, itself wrote people of African descent (Moors) in as being 3/5 of a human being—subhuman (no rights that were bound to uphold or respected by the Caucasian); yet here is a nation of people under the Shaykamaxum Atlan Amexem Empire, Jabbar Gaines-El, Taji Tarik Bey and sister Queen Renita Bey of an organization called Great Seal Moors directing our attention to laws, statues and has even filed litigation and grievances to be recognized and viewed as a Sovereign nation based on nationality/racial/ethnic, etc., claiming to be descendants of people that had established original landlord rights and operated under a judicial system that predated the U.S. Constitution. Queen Renita Bey: argues that as descendants of “visiting” Europeans who were never granted citizenship by the Moors, white people can never be sovereign in this land. “If they want to be sovereign, they’ve got to go home. They cannot be sovereign here.”

The indigenous tribal people had also established a complex system of spirituality, culture, folkways, dispersed justice and functioned as a sovereign independent nation before the white robber barons arrived—through military force and diseases wiped out almost entire nations of North American Asiatics. However, the aboriginals (native Americans) did not have the challenges that the so-called African Americans (or Africans) have been faced with, which is legally trying to prove that they are direct blood lineages from the ancient Moors and this kinship ties us directly to U.S. territories that have been stolen, illegally confiscated and has been erroneously seized (initially by external colonialist and imperialist forces) under forfeiture laws established in federal courts and state courts by imposters who have established a shadow government (now in existence for over 250 years) sort of function under the false pretense of 'legitimacy'.

I am of the opinion that the Moorish fight for sovereignty and argument for a recognized nationality first needed to be fought in the United Nations—by bringing our case to the Human Rights Commission and having a seasoned legal team to establish a recognized nationality where by the those that were forcibly brought against their will and was enslaved for 310 years desire to make a legal petition in which this people who now represents 40-60 million would first move this body to declare the right for these people to once again to be recognized as a sovereign nation classified as indigenous Moors. Therefore, once the legal question of nationality is resolved then we make another legal motion to make these victims whole via reparations and repatriating these indigenous Moors back on land and property that had been illegally stolen. Also, allow the case to be presented in the legal framework and codes of the Shaykamaxum Atlan Amexem Empire and/or other indigenous sovereign entities existing inside the United States of America. The challenge is huge.  
         
I have watched Youtube clips of Taji Tarik Bey and he to put forth some convincing arguments as well, relative to the question of Moorish Sovereignty. There is brother named Dr. Ali Muhammad (I stopped taking him and the likes of Brother Sara Suten Seti and Brother Polight serious—well read brothers who are using knowledge as a showboat to create an intellectual brand for themselves—their various debates and techniques are sicken) who has done a two part lecture titled, "The Science of Law and Commerce" in which historically they believe that we are part indigenous people as Moors (African Americans) and we share a legal/ethnic lineage with the Native Americans (who the United States recognize them as a sovereignty entity inside of America) and in the 1700s Morocco was the first nation to formally recognize United States sovereignty from Great Britain. There were legal treaties signed between the Moors and the United States Government that granted the Moors citizenship within citizenship and they were granted rights and privileges as a sovereign and legal nationality within the United States of America.

President Woodrow Wilson officially recognized the Moorish Science Temple of America (MSTA) as a legal incorporated entity and accepted the Moorish Americans as a legitimate nationality bound by the rights and privileges bestowed to other independent people of the earth. The Moorish Science members were giving nationality cards and this ensured them that they were not just Negroes, Ethiopians, Colored men, Blacks, Africans, etc., but they had a nationality that the United States Government agreed to recognize. Lets me be clear the Moorish Science Temple Grand Sheik, Brother R. Jones Bey (leader within the Moorish Science Temple founded by Prophet Noble Drew Ali in 1913) has made it perfectly clear that his movement does not support the Moorish Sovereignty sects that exist inside America. Many sovereign Moors have opted out of getting state drivers licenses and there are universal documents that act like a passport, driver’s licenses and even appear to have some type of diplomatic immunity associated with this new set of identification which comes under certain legal positioning associated with the concept of sovereignty. I think you can have a dual citizenship (Jewish-Israelis often have both citizenship in United States and Israel) and based on states rights—license plates and drivers license are so-called unconstitutional under certain state laws according to Moorish jurisprudence, but this is rooted in their rejection of the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution. Let me stop here because I am not an expert on this matter, it is really outside of my realm and to complicated for me to explain.

However, I think the biggest challenge to the Moorish Sovereignty movements and ideas will be having to confront the various levels of reactionaries laws and policies that have been implemented by the office of Homeland Security, which many of the old and new agencies have unprecedented powers and authority to scrutinize the American people without due cause. The concept of Sovereignty threatens the very nature of how the three Branches of Government were intended to be established and quite sure the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Secret Service, Federal and State Prosecutors, State Police, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement etc., have been working overtime in order to determine if the Black Nationalist Moorish organizations are involved in any subversive activities that potentially undermines the United States Government. They have the United States Patriot Act, National Defense Authorization Act, Military Commission Act, Anti-Terrorism Bill, etc., legislation in place to combat even the perception of the Sovereign movement committing treason or sedition.

Fahim A. Knight-El Chief Researcher for KEEPING IT REAL THINK TANK located in Durham, NC; our mission is to inform African Americans and all people of goodwill, of the pending dangers that lie ahead; as well as decode the symbolism and reinterpreted the hidden meanings behind those who operate as invisible forces, but covertly rules the world. We are of the belief that an enlightened world will be better prepared to throw off the shackles of ignorance and not be willing participants for the slaughter. Our MOTTO is speaking truth to power. Fahim A. Knight-EL can be reached at fahimknight@ yahoo.com.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

FREEMASONRY: SOMEONE PLEASE TURN ON THE LIGHT

FREEMASONRY: SOMEONE PLEASE TURN ON THE LIGHT

By Fahim A. Knight-El

I am of the belief that most Freemasons after they were raised, still remained engulfed in darkness and this often leads to a un-fulfillment in the journey that they have embarked upon, because many of them never understood what the journey was really about. They became victims of stagnation and the quest for enlightenment dimmed and the lodge becomes a revolving door (brothers enter and exit at an alarming rate) where brother's membership is reduced to the status of inactive dues card carrying members (Jesus said faith without works is dead). But their interest in Masonry immediately begin to wan relative to the duties, charges and obligations they swore to uphold; moreover, our inability to retain them, is a direct correlation to the limited amount of emphasis placed on knowledge and study (most Masonic jurisdictions are overly consumed with the social aspect--drinking liquor and partying, but I have always been one of the serious minded brothers who had a low tolerance level for ignorance).  

How can you wear the Muslim Islamic Holy Fez in the Shrine temple and chant Allah and Muhammad (turn to the East towards Mecca and Medina and offer up prayer as all righteous Muslims do)? And open up with the Holy Qur'an on the alter (quoting Al-Fatiha or the Opening)  and yet advocate drinking alcohol and committing all types of un-Islamic acts downstairs in the Shrine Club moments after closing the Temple in the name of Allah—I find this blasphemous and a contradiction to the righteous teachings of Islam. Here is my challenge to my Prince Hall Masonic brothers, as well as to other black non-Prince Hall Masonic Orders every lodge should have a library and an Afro-Centric study group where the knowledge of self is being taught and discussed—we have Shrine Clubs and bars, but no libraries. This will possibly assist in keeping brothers interest in the craft and its work.

However, the greatest challenge to Freemasonry across the United States is that the membership has gotten old and are dying off (say what you may about the old timers, it is their foundation that we are standing on) and most of the young members joined the order for all the wrong reasons (Masonry is no social club and it's not about being able to throw a sign and/or being able to give a word or token to manipulate society). It is not enough just to place an emblem on the back of our automobiles and or purchase a Masonic ring—these things are superficial and they do not make us Masons (I should have taken many Brothers Masonic rings off their hand because they could not defend the square and compass). These things only let the outside world know that we are part of the fraternity and they do not demonstrate that we are true Masons. But it is important to know and accept that you were first made a Mason in your HEART. And next on the ground floor of King Solomon's Temple. We call another Mason Traveling Man because we are on a personal and spiritual journey. It is about mastering all the principles The Grand Architect of the Universe has laid out on the Trestle Board.

When you wear the Masonic ring on your finger, it openly symbolizes that you are a Masons and it invites other Masons to acknowledge another brother in peace and fellowship. However, if they so please to conduct a Masonic trial of your knowledge to determine, if you are truly a Mason—it is their right to do so. You openly confessed in the Third Degree that you had been 'tried, never denied and was ready to be tried again'. So if I pose a set of Masonic catechism questions to you and you cannot give the proper responses to those questions, I am suppose to take that ring off your finger and give it to your Worshipful Master or if you are illegally wearing a Masonic ring, it is my duty to destroy it. How may I know you to be a Mason? By certain signs, token, a word or by lawful Masonic information (we are taught how to identify a brother in darkness or light). This is why I tell every newly made Masons to be patient and do not rush to put a Masonic emblem on your finger or car that you cannot yet defend. In some Masonic jurisdictions they will try you on sight and they are serious about protecting the fraternity.

We are taught that true knowledge is equated to a circle in which every end of the knowledge is connected and a circle represents 360 degrees (completeness) and those of us who really study knows that water freezes at the temperature of 32 degrees Fahrenheit and yet the so-called honorary degree of 33rd ends the Masonic travel and quest of knowledge—meaning he is just thawing out (this is actually referencing Caucasian Freemasons). The wise White men and powerbrokers who were the masterminds in establishing our Republic were touched by this enlightenment (but today they only use Freemasonry as a Front and they are now hidden in powerful secret societies such as the Bilderberg, Trilateral Commission, Council on Foreign Relations, etc.). Moreover, throughout the history of the United States of America from our first President George Washington, as well as many of the Founding Fathers (and the signers of the Declaration of Independence) of this nation was Freemasons and many of the historical and recent U.S. Presidents and other Elitist political officeholders have always used Freemasonry as a system of empowerment to create the present day political, economic and social dominance over the globe.

History has proven that 33rd degrees of knowledge served as being more than sufficient in shaping this new nation and establishing our democracy on Freemasonic principles (unknowing to those who are in darkness)—it was this knowledge that distinguished themselves from those common men and it allowed them to confound the ignorant and establish a prosperous nation. He did all this with 1/3rd degree of the knowledge and the present day rulership still operates off pristine Masonic principles. Our original knowledge was always taught in 360 degrees and they took just a portion of that, which has allowed them to extend their 6,000 year rule over the original man and humanity. So, the Moors, Five Percenters, Nation of Islam, etc., they will tell you quickly that their knowledge is based on 360 degrees and is very critical of us stopping at 33rd degrees.

I think it is always a good thing to be exposed to all the universal knowledge. The CIPHER will always lead to us seeing the interconnections and interrelations with Freemasonry, in particular when you learn how to decode the symbolism—the knowledge is astonishing and self-empowering. The Black Hebrews, Moors, Afrocentrist, Nation of Islam, Ausar Auset, Pan-Africanism, Black Nationalism, etc., all of it is rooted in teaching us the knowledge of self, as a despised and rejected people. This is the greatest knowledge that one can attain.

Furthermore, the Founding Fathers saw power in the esoteric, occult and Gnostic teachings that was preserved in the Vedas, the Book of Coming Forth By Day, Torah, Gospel, Kybalion, Qur'an and mainly in the teachings of the Rosicrucians—many of our politicians today are members of the Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine and they practice Islam (360 degrees) in secrecy and most of all they know the truth, but they desire to give you the false impression that Islam is this great enemy against the West and these same politicians have a Qur'an hidden in their office and house, and sneak in the Shrine Temple and recite the same Islamic and Muslim prayers that Osama Bin Laden, Saddam Hussein, Muammar Qadaffi, Ayatollah Khomeini, Bashar Al-Assad, Anwar Awlaki. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, etc; recite, but in public they desire for you to believe how much they detest Islam by putting on this anti-terrorism persona. How hypocritical were those reactionary Congresspersons who were critical of Democratic Congressman Keith Ellison, an African-American Sunni Muslim that won a congressional seat in the 2007 in the House of Representatives from Minnesota’s 5th District (with a heavy Jewish population and a heavy Somalian immigrant population), but was condemned by some 'Negroes' and Whites for daring to be sworn into office on the Qur'an (Reference: Keith Ellison; "My Country ‘Tis of Thee: My Faith, My Family, Our Future"). Yet, many of the same congresspersons are Freemasons and some of them even belong to the Mystic Shrine where the Honorable Elijah Muhammad teaches us that they are called "Moslem Sons" and practice Islam in secrecy.

But to the new Masonic brothers be careful of what you intellectually consume in your new Masonic travels—we give every entered apprentice a new name upon being initiated, which is caution. Now, to all my newly made brother Masons and even those seasoned Masons, It is important to take time to study and master all the book materials, as well as lessons you have received from the Blue Lodge and those given by the Worshipful Master (if you did not know this there is no degree higher than the third degree of Master Mason). When I first joined the lodge, it was so much information and knowledge coming my way, but the more you stay involved in the work of your lodge, it allows for many things to unfold and manifest itself in due time and due season. Understanding that the ritual is what gives life to Masonic theory and builds the intellectual foundation that allows Speculative Masonry to rest upon.

There is so much to be revealed to you in your ritual book (learn it by re-reading and taking notes) the knowledge becomes applicable and useful when you see it’s given in a redundant fashion over and over again (it even lives more as you attend raising ceremonies). I also would recommend for any newly made Brother Mason to read Robert Lomas book titled, "Turning the Hiram Key: Rituals of Freemasonry Revealed", he does in my opinion, an excellent job of explaining the three Blue Lodge degrees without revealing the oaths and obligations and/or rituals in which he systematically walks us through the first three Blue Lodge degrees in this book. I still reference this book quite often. It is written in the first person tense and you as a Master Mason will be able to identify with what you experienced by hearing and reading it in a narrative sense from a third party; it will even give you the impression that you are there again and it is you who are going through this but in a literary interpretation. So be patient, take your time and become a skillful Master Mason. I will always advise those that are in quest and search for knowledge, wisdom and understanding to be patient and take your time because Freemasonry is a huge philosophical body of information. This is why you were slowly brought from darkness to light (imbue patience) and as we search for knowledge, we must continue to accept that knowledge and wisdom is infinite and we will always be the poor blind candidate. 

The more you delve in to and study the more the knowledge will reveal itself. One of the great spiritual books, which is the Qur’an it says knowledge is revealed in degrees. You will start to see how your study will begin to connect the dots and the knowledge and Masonic wisdom will come to life (and you will proudly yell out "let there be light") if you allow yourself to be patient. The more you study, the Masonic world will continue to open up to and your comprehension of the vast body of symbolism will only expand. Start by working the Masonic chairs in the lodge and learning the value of all the offices including the three principle offices (Worshipful Master, Senior Warden and Junior Warden) because it is the ritual that lays the foundation of Freemasonry.

Freemasonry is like jigsaw puzzle (i.e. nothing is going to fit perfectly but each part of your study will eventually quantify and validate the science of being plumb, level and square); you have to search, look, discover, uncover and must have a keen awareness of symbolism, metaphor, similes, allegory, etc. One must be willing to entertain the science of epistemology and etymology these are the pieces that we must know in order to go to the depth of some of the ancient wisdom and knowledge that is associated with our Craft. The square and compass are symbolic tools (which possess a duality in meaning and interpretation), but look at how these instruments are used in every day life as tools of building trades (Operative Masonry shrouded in both the physical and spiritual). The symbolism is telling us that we are on a journey in search and in quest for knowledge (the compass symbolize direction), wisdom and understanding (this is why in the Masonic catechism language we refer to each other as 'Traveling Man').

The compass is a tool design to identify how to find and locate direction where you are physically in space and time, which give us celestial, meaning relative to the positioning of the sun, moon, and star—this is why you are taught to be traveling from east to west in search of Light and/or more Light in Masonry. I authored a piece titled, "The Square and Compass: Masonic Tools, How Many Know How to Use Them? The title was intentionally given to be provocative and insightful designed to challenge those of us who are Freemasons to remember how the Guild workers of old used these tools in Operative Masonry (they were building masters), but remember we were taught that we should use the working tools for a more noble and glorious purpose and view them as being emblematic of  the great work that the square and compass were used relative to building erect physical foundations, which were rooted in the science of being plumb, level and square. It was to teach us that our personal lives and conduct should always be erect and depict some moral purpose.

Our striving as a Mason is to build character and enhance self-improvement, if we knew how to properly use our working tools, it would reflect better in how we are viewed by humanity (and most of all our Masonic lodges would be overflowing with new candidates seeking to be balloted on). The Bible is given to us as one of the working tools (rule and guide), but only to serve as a moral guide for us to structure ourselves which to better serve Deity. Speculative Masons rest on the principles of morality, friendship and brotherly love as our mantra and standard bearer. A good skilled craftsmen know how use their operative working tools better that us who have been raised from a dead level to a living perpendicular on the square. 

My Brothers, it has taken me many years and a lot of twist and turns to get to where I am in my Masonic knowledge; I had to learn to humble myself and I do not see myself as a Sage, Guru or Master teacher, but I am humbled by the universal order of things—the universe is upheld by energy in which every thing happens in its own space and time. The knowledge will forever reveal itself to you, if you are a good receptacle of the knowledge by always practicing patience and allowing your study to scientifically and mathematically verify due diligence and create balance (the universe will open up to you, if you allow yourself to work in harmony). Freemasonry has so many links and it easy to get excited because the more you delve into this ancient wisdom the "Light" gets brighter and often it naturally points you to another direction, but all of it is interconnected and interrelated. It took me years to revisited some concepts that I may have come across years prior (however the Supreme Being knew that I was not prepared to receive those lessons at that time) and I was not ready to properly assess and evaluate the intricate of the wisdom; which would have been of little value to my spiritual growth and development.

Thus, in old British Masonic customs an entered apprentice had to study three (3) years, a Fellow Craft had to study five (5) years and Master Mason had to study for seven (7) years—there you have it 357 (the level of proficiency was high). This is just my opinion, in American Freemasonry we are allowing candidates to Enter, Pass and be Raised without the proper benefit of study and I know in some jurisdiction they give all three degrees in one night. This is ludicrous and it serves to the detriment of Masonry and the candidate. The glue that holds the sum parts together is the knowledge, it isn't the Masonic emblem on your ring or your car, but if you are properly rooted in the knowledge, this will secure you and give you a solid foundation to ward off negative energy while remaining true to the principles of Freemasonry. Look at is as though you are running a marathon race and you are taught as a distance runner of how to preserve your energy by pacing yourself.

The journey will ultimately take you in many directions. For example, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Judaism and all the eastern base philosophical schools of thought in order that you may continue to connecting the dots. If you are serious about becoming a student of Speculative Masonry, it will require and openness to research conventional and some unconventional information; some Masonic lodges try to make Masonry a Christian fraternity, it is not because it bigger than Christian dogma. Dr. Malachi Z. York-El's works gave me the most serious understanding of King Solomon's Temple because he had a serious Biblical and Quranic interpretation of King David and King Solomon; thus, it was me studying some of his scrolls that prepared me historically to connect Masonry in particular, decoding the ritual. I do not necessarily agree with everything that York-El has written, but he was a wise philosophical thinker.
I think Malachi Z. York-El is one of the most enigmatic and controversial Black Nationalist leaders that you will ever read on this side of the early part of the 21st Century and in some of the conscious brothers and sisters minds; he will always stand as one of the most wisest and enlightened minds (York's critics have always viewed him as a fraud, conman and a manipulative cult leader).

People often ask me, where do I fall when it comes to Dr. Malachi Z. York-El?  Perhaps squarely in the middle of the controversy and I know some of Dr. York’s scholars have been critical of me in a book written by Michael Berkley and Kedar Griffo titled, “Religion, Politics, and Freemasonry: A Violent Attack Against Ancient Africa”. Some of what his critics have written and said about York I too find valid. However, I can appreciate that Dr. York has been a student of ancient history, religion and symbolism for a very long time and was a knowledgeable man. He was a master teacher and there are not many Masons who have committed the level of research and study to Freemasonry as Dr. York. He knows the Bible and Qur'an (and is well versed in Hebrew, Arabic, Amharic, and other ancient languages) he has knowledge in Egyptology, Anthropology, ancient religions, Archeology, etc. His linguist skills allow him to uncover primary information for himself.

His research resembled a lot of some of the things that Manly P. Hall (33rd Degree Scottish Rite Mason and perhaps one of the most well respected modern Masonic scholars of the 20th century) has written about. Hall authored the book titled, "The Secret Teachings of All Ages" in which it took me over 10 years to read this book, it is not a book that you read, but a book that you study. This book takes us behind the ancient symbols and symbolism and ties the continuity of pagan culture and ancient societies to modern religious practices. Dr. York established what we, perhaps would call a 'clandestine' Masonic Order because he traces his Masonic elevation to the Masonic lineage of John G. Jones who was a formal excommunicated Prince Hall Mason that in the early 1900s was suspended by a PHA Grand Lodge in Illinois, in which his departure led to a historical rift between the Prince Hall Order and black Ancient Free and Accepted Masonry in the United States (AF&AM). So Dr. York's Masonic credibility in many Prince Hall Mason's circles is questionable and very few would have Masonic intercourse with his perceived 'clandestine' order, but his knowledge is irrefutable. I am a student of the truths that he has taught and not many Masons in the United States can match Dr. York's works and knowledge. 

I do not think the question of 'irregular or 'clandestine' is ever going to get solved or resolved unless Prince Hall Masonry (they are the big elephant in the room) exercise a willingness to show forth leniency and perhaps overlook the Masonic lineage of how some of these three, four and five lettered Masonic organizations received charters. And how do we contain these pop up renegade Masonic organizations who are without a doubt operate as 'clandestine' (bogus) organizations (the value of Prince Hall Masonry is that we do not give them credibility and this in turns benefit all of Black Freemasonry in the United States of America). Prince Hall is perhaps the most single outstanding Black personality in all of American Freemasonry. His Warrant/Charter has proving to be legitimate. No other Black Masonic order in this country has that type of credibility. So when I was seeking to join Masonry, I wanted to be connected to a regular body of Black Freemasons. So Prince Hall's history stood out as being credible. It is this history that separates us from clandestine Masonic orders. However, I do think that our dependency on the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) for affirmation depicts a slave mentality because I have traced Freemasonry back to ancient Kush and ancient Kemet (lands established by black African Nubians) and this takes us much further back than Greece, Rome and England. Why do we need them to sanction our Masonic legitimacy?  But here is the ultimate question, how do we as Black Masons breakdown these artificial barriers and at least establish some aspect of operational unity amongst ourselves and recognition with those Masonic organizations that have been long standing and has demonstrated goodwill towards humanity by carrying out Brotherly love, Friendship and Morality?
 
Thus, when you rob a people for 310 years of the knowledge of self and strip them of their land, culture, families, names, religion and imbue in them self-hatred, it is these variables that have left us as survivals of one of the greatest challenges (or crimes against humanity) to overcome, which is the psychology of self-hatred that has been taught to people of African descent.

This is an atypical problem that exist inside of Black Freemasonry (meaning the brainwashed mindset), it is the lack of knowledge of self that has created this social and psychological dilemma. How can you negate the great Nubian history associated with Kemet (Egypt) and Freemasonry? The historical evidence allows us to see the symbolic linkages to all the ancient mysteries and this knowledge enhances our THIRD EYE (the eye of Heru). The study and knowledge seeking should serve as a vehicle of empowerment for the true knowledge seekers. I was in Los Angles, California some years ago and a friend invited me to the Shrine Auditorium and I was shocked to see all the ancient Kemetic artifacts, art and symbols associated with the history of people of African descent; this visual reaffirmed and validated for me the contribution the Nubians made to the Nile Valley Civilizations.

The key to resolving the greatest crime ever committed in human history, is to bring our people into the knowledge of self (we have to be taught see ourselves outside of being just 'Negroes'); thus, most of the great Pyramids in Egypt (Kemet) were built by original people in which each neophyte who entered the Egyptian Mystery Schools had to embrace the bold inscription etched in stone on the walls of the sacred temples, which read "Man Know Thy Self"; this was, perhaps the most important lesson giving by the ancient Sages to those neophytes who desired to enter into the Esoteric, Gnostic and the Occult schools of thought. The Greeks according to George G.M. James in book a titled, "Stolen Legacy" published in 1954, stole this Egyptian Philosophy and called it Greek Mythology. All Freemasonry goes back to Kemet and it did not begin in 1717 when the United Grand Lodge of England formulated. It was Nubians (Black Africans) who built the Operative scaled Pyramids. The Kaballah is the mystic teachings captivated by the ancient Jews in which these scrolls were first taught in Kemet. Sufi Islam  is the mystical teachings of Islam and Muslims. There is a lot of wisdom in the Kybalion.

I am a student of knowledge--look at what it says in "The Kybalion: Hermetic Philosophy", Chapter 1 has always laid out where all the world's knowledge originated: "From old Egypt have come the fundamental esoteric and occult teachings which have so strongly influenced the philosophies of all races, nations and peoples, for several thousands years. Egypt, the home of the Pyramids and the Sphinx, was the birthplace of the Hidden Wisdom and Mystic Teachings. From the Secret Doctrine all nations have borrowed. India, Persia, Chaldea, Medea, China, Japan, Assyria, ancient Greece and Rome, and other ancient countries partook liberally at the feast of knowledge which the Hierophants and Masters of the land of Isis so freely provided for those who came prepared to partake of the great store of Mystic and Occult Lore which the masterminds of that ancient land had gathered together." (Kybalion pp. 15-16).

I do know there is overwhelmingly solid historical evidence, which validates and proves that the Nubians of Kemet practiced Sacred Geometry (Freemasonry is a derivative of this science). And there is little doubt that before the European Guild workers there was a sophisticated and high science being practiced in Kemet that was rooted in architecture, astronomy, geometry, physics and engineering. It's perhaps the only loose evidence that links modern Freemasonry to the ancient craft, which was mastered by the so-called ancient Egyptians. These crafts and building sciences were being performed (worked and mastered), perhaps thousands of years before the Europeans had knowledge of such. 

The post Medieval Europeans (those that were brought out of the hills and cave sides of Europe in which Musa had the first mission to civilize them) and became learned based on their early relations with the Moors of North Africa who took a high tech civilization all the way from North Africa to the borders of Southern France led by General Tarik Ibn Zaid. Dr. John Henrik Clarke maintained in his writings that it was the Blackmoors who in the 8th century that brought Europe out of the Dark Ages into an age of enlightenment and these people are un-doubtable in debt to our ancestors.

The Europeans galvanized themselves around skilled labor that evolved into these labor guilds whereas they began to organize their tradesmen and skill labor into a systematic process based on levels of initiation and workmanship (apprentice, fellow craft and master mason); moreover, this allowed them to determine merit (skill-set, quality of work and experience were just some of the factors involved in this equation in order to demonstrate proficiency) which also allowed them to determine the suitability of wages.

This practice evolved into the science of Operative Masonry (this included: metal workers, stone workers, wood workers, brick and mortar workers, etc., and this practice ultimately led to the makings of the first westernized labor unions). Early European Freemasonry mimicked these practices in establishing a fraternal brotherhood that used the building tools and trades as a symbolic gesture to teach morality, which gave life to Speculative Freemasonry. Some of the early European explorers and expeditionary figures were exposed to secret societies via the legacy left behind by the Jesuits and Knights Templar and of course there were older orders such as the Essenes.

Now, I to have embraced this worldview because I truly believe in the overall mythology of Kemet, Freemasonry and how the Nubian race fits into this historical paradigm that allows us to reclaim some historical dignity as a dispossessed people of African descent

Fahim A. Knight-El Chief Researcher for KEEPING IT REAL THINK TANK located in Durham, NC; our mission is to inform African Americans and all people of goodwill, of the pending dangers that lie ahead; as well as decode the symbolism and reinterpreted the hidden meanings behind those who operate as invisible forces, but covertly rules the world. We are of the belief that an enlightened world will be better prepared to throw off the shackles of ignorance and not be willing participants for the slaughter. Our MOTTO is speaking truth to power. Fahim A. Knight-EL can be reached at fahimknight@ yahoo.com.

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Fahim A. Knight-El