Freemasonry: Ask, and it Shall be Given to You; Seek, and Ye Shall Find; knock, and it Shall be Opened Unto You
By Fahim A. Knight-El
This article represents another part of a series of articles that I have written on questions and answers pertaining to Freemasonry. This writer is of the opinion that there will always be a considerable amount of interest in the subject matter of Freemasonry mainly because of the mystique and mysteries associated with the order, which emanates from a basis of curiosity coming from the uninitiated populace. Freemasonry has its apologist and pundits and often both sides are very passionate about how they view this ancient order. Those who take the position to criticize Freemasonry, it is somewhat understandable because the order is rooted in covert symbolism, rituals, signs, allegory, metaphors, etc., this alone creates suspicion and leads the outside world to question the motives and intentions of a brotherhood who wear lambskin aprons, uses passwords, acknowledges each other with secret handshakes and greet each other with brother and most of all doesn’t appear openly accessible to the public.
The public will often only get a glimpse at them at a Masonic funeral, public Masonic Installation of officers or at the laying of a Masonic corner stone at a public edifice. Non-Masons have always been intrigued by this tight lipped fraternal brotherhood in which it is extremely difficult to get Masons to talk openly about Freemasonry to non-Masons. This writer has always believed that this type of communication could take place without being in violation of the obligations that a Mason swore to uphold. Masonic scholars, historians and intellectuals write books and scholarly papers on all aspects of Freemasonry and are able to maneuver around the concept of how much shall be revealed and concealed (they are fully aware of obligations and the penalties that are associated with the charge they swore to uphold).
The best example, that I can give would be Robert Lomas who is a Mason, and authored the book titled, “Turning The Hiram Key: Rituals of Freemasonry Revealed”, in this particular book he literally walks the reader through the Entered Apprentice, Fellowcraft and Master Mason degrees, which is the foundation of Masonry (the three Blue Lodge Degrees). However, yet in a circuitous way it is all laid out, but unless you were brought from darkness to light and was raised from a dead level to a living perpendicular on the square ninety degrees upright—most of what you read will go right over your head because Masonry is best understood based on the drama of the ritual as it's being enacted by the candidate. Thus, it is through these experiences that the lessons and principles become inculcated in the psyche of the neophyte. The Mason as he travels the various paths of life experiences, he will began to come into the fullness of what the ritual, symbols and signs were pointing him toward (making good men better).
Lomas write as a nonfictional writer, which requires some scholarly responsibility—level of objectivity, which to draw a scientific conclusion, but unlike Dan Brown who authored the fictional book titled, “Lost Symbol” in which the former takes greater responsibility for historical accuracy and the approach of the research aims to be empirical. Brown’s works are novels and do not have to be held to the same standards required by historians who write pure history. Yet, the interest in Dan Brown’s works within popular culture is evidence and proof positive of a high level of inquisitiveness people have about various Orders. He has written best sellers such as the “Da Vinci Code” and “Angels & Demons” and these pseudo Masonic writings have had mass appeal, it should tell us something about humanity’s curiosity relative desiring to get a peep into what is deemed secret societies.
People have heard that Freemasonry was part of the illuminati and secret society movements that are allegedly bent on controlling the world and some believe it possess power and influence over every sector of humanity’s lives in which it has shaped the political, economic and social direction the world-over. You have to determine this for yourself whether or not this contention is myth or reality. Thus, like the other four or five articles that I have written and compiled relative to these Masonic dialogs; I am constantly contacted by Masons and non-Masons who are seeking my opinion on various aspects of Freemasonry. These dialogs have proven to be helpful to me because often these sharing’s have sparked me to further investigate, as well as reconsider some previous positions that I may have held. But I equally pray by making these dialogs public, it will serve as some literary value to the seekers of knowledge and hope that others will continue to benefit from these various dialogs, conversations and debates that I have made available over the last year or two.
This writer will forever stand on the fact that it was Kemet and African people (original people the Asiatic Black man) that gave the institution of Freemasonry to the world. The evidence of such rest in the ancient temples, tombs, Metu Neter, architecture, scribes, customs, religion, sacraments, rituals, rites, etc., found in Kemet (Egypt). The scholar George G.M. James gives us this history in his monumental book titled, “Stolen Legacy” first published in 1954. Also Anthony Browder in his book titled, “Nile Valley Contributions to Civilization” directs our attention to the fact that all the Masonic architect and symbolism found in Washington, DC originated in Kemet (the entire capitol grounds is a miniature replica of the symbolic majesty of Kemet—as the Light Shineth From the East unto the West). Browder is letting us know that American Freemasonry and European Freemasonry owes a debt of gratitude to the Nubians of Kemet (they stole it and we must return it). Browder also documents these facts in his book titled, “Egypt on the Potomac”.
I am a student of knowledge and invite and challenge all my Masonic brothers to recommit themselves to study and to pursue the knowledge of self like never before. The world is waiting for the real Hiram Abiff to wake up from his slumber and to begin to lay out the work for humanity on the Trestle Board. Moreover, read the works of Dr. Yosef A.A. Jochannan, Chancellor Williams, John G. Jackson, Cheikh Anta Diop, Asa Hilliard, Ivan Van Sertima, Noble Drew Ali, Elijah Muhammad, Marcus Garvey, Marimba Ani, Molefi Kete Asante, Frances Cress Welsing, Edward W. Blyden, Rudolph R. Windsor, Mustafa El-Amin, Ra Un Nefer Amen, etc., it was through these enlightened minds that I truly found the ‘Lost Word’ and you will be searching the Royal Arch (York Rite) and Scottish Rite looking to replace the substitute word (the word that King Solomon declared was lost) with the ‘real word’, which in reality, will forever remain allusive until you come to Know Thyself (the word they provided you within the Red House is still not the ‘Real Word’).
These revolutionary scholars made Freemasonry live for me, many of my so-called African American Masonic brothers have been thoroughly duped into believing that in order to be considered a ‘regular’ body of Masons, it is incumbent to seek the approval and recognition from the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE). What can these robber barons offer the fathers and mothers of civilization?—surely the Mystery Schools predated their official origin of 1717 by some thousands of years. Some of the Nuwaubians (Dr. Malachi Z. York-El followers) have constantly made these erroneous and contentions that I follow the white Masonic paradigm and worldview evidently they have not read my various articles on Masonry.
They do not understand that what I abhor and detest more than anything else is the “Savior Syndrome” mentality that they possess, however I have no problems embracing the truths that Dr. York-El may have taught, if those truths were rooted in history, science, metaphysics and were fact based and not something Dr. York-El concocted to suit his superego and ‘Messiah’ complex agenda. There is no doubt Dr. York-El had studied and understood all levels of Freemasonry (he and his followers are not guilty of neglecting study), but whether or not his Masonic Grand Lodge and subordinate lodges are regular, ‘irregular’ and ‘clandestine’ or ‘bogus’ it is something beyond my ability to make that determination (however, the Prince Hall Phylaxis Society has determined Dr. York-El order as a bogus and an ‘irregular’ Masonic entity).
Perhaps Prince Hall Grand Lodges should enter into constructive dialog with some of these various black Masonic entities and work to ease the tension and come to some operational agreement and even recognition if these Masons are following the established Ancient Landmarks of Masonry—this should be done for the image and long term reputation of Freemasonry.
I have had various conversations with a gentleman from The Theosophical Network named Joe Fulton, I respect his knowledge and intelligence—these enlightened minds are students of the “Secret Doctrine” authored by Madam Helena H. Blavatsky. I am also a student of this ancient knowledge and have been studying various Stanzas for years. However, this is where we part company, it is not India, China or eastern based philosophies where this knowledge originated. H.P. Blavatsky may have been intrigued with the ancient wisdom experienced through the Hindu and Buddhist monks and priest, which were rooted in some of the highest metaphysical and spiritual equations. These vibrations were well developed theories of learning and through cultural exchanges the Kemetic sciences took on a life of its own relative to other enlightened societies.
Blavatsky stated a profound truth in the “Secret Doctrine” she wrote: "The aim of this work may be thus stated: to show that Nature is not 'a fortuitous concurrence of atoms,' and to assign to man his rightful place in the scheme of the Universe; to rescue from degradation the archaic truths which are the basis of all religions; and to uncover, to some extent, the fundamental unity from which they all spring.” But not to look at Kemet (Egypt) as the source represents a fundamental error for those looking to unraveling the theories in the “Secret Doctrine”. Dr. Ivan Van Sertima and Runoko Rashidi authored a book titled, “African Presence in Early Asia”
This writer views his work as being much more than an intellectual exercise to engage other Freemasons and enlightened individuals in philosophical discussions relative to the pros and cons of the Craft. But my foremost objective is to foster understanding and to create an environment where we can have a civil conversation about Freemasonry—people have questions and I can not say I have all the answers, but these dialogs gives us a legitimate reference point, which to share and learn from each other. The topic of Freemasonry is a never exhaustive topic because it is rooted in the three most comprehensive schools of thought—Esoteric, Occult and Gnostics in which the symbolism and signs are best understood and to truly decipher Freemasonry one must be a student willing to delve much deeper than the Blue Lodge degrees and the elevated degrees offered in Scottish Rite and York Rite orders—the knowledge is so much greater if one is willing to embrace all there is of good in the universal order of things (eternal and infinite) and wisdom will begin to pour as an uninterrupted fountain because the intent of the ancient teachings and lessons imparted by the Sages and Gurus were taught to tie moral lessons to scientific and mathematical principles (this is what Speculative Masonry is about).
Freemasonry exists because it is built on philosophical principles and the foundation of Operative Masonry has always been mathematical. The Stone Masons (Guild Workers of old) were able to explore and master their craft and were able to secure higher wages (determined how skill of an artisan were in the physical trades impacted one’s ability to elevate themselves to higher social, political and economic levels) because of their acquired knowledge level. Knowledge is 360 degrees and if you are practicing anything short of this, than you are still languishing in perpetual darkness (this should be the ultimate quest for the human family).
We gracefully and systematically allowed him to tap into thirty-third and one third degrees (33 1/3)of the original knowledge. Nevertheless, these Master Builders understood something much deeper than brick and mortar, it was the philosophical and mathematical science behind right angels, verticals, perpendiculars, etc. These building principles were more rooted in Geometry, the branch of mathematics that is concerned with the properties and relationships of points, lines, angles, curves, surfaces, and solids. It has been this science which still remains a mystery and has been intriguing to scientist and social science right down to the modern time.
The people of Kemet (Egypt) had a deep sense of appreciation of knowledge and the concept of language and symbolism existed beyond just the physical libraries and/or even before books were recorded. But the Metu Neter was seen inscribed on the Temples at Giza, Cheops, and Luxor and many ancient sites in Kemet. It was Alexander the Great in 332 B.C. who raided the libraries at Alexandria with an attempt to destroy and desecrate the Ancient knowledge that had existed long before Greece and Rome were even a thought on the stage of human civilization.
The Greeks stole most of this ancient knowledge and took it back to Greece and proclaimed it as their own. The ancient coffin text and the "Egyptian book of the
Dead" properly known as "The Coming Forth by Day" indicates in the ancient scrolls, that even before the language was symbolized on papyrus there was a higher system of learning being carried out in the Egyptian Mystery Schools; where the knowledge of the esoteric and occult were being spread amongst a select sector of neophytes. The real knowledge was best manifested in the sacred temples and was inscribed on the walls of the pyramids in which these were the more sacred libraries(anthropologist and Egyptologist are still digging up earth and attempting solve this ancient puzzle and riddle).
Most Europeans who address topics dealing with Kemet (Egypt) often address these ancient originators of civilization from a Eurocentic perspective and this lead to the research being flawed. Note: Islam and the Arabs, Romans, Phoenicians, Greeks, etc., were all invaders. Kemet had magnificent dynastic periods that predated these robber barons. Let there be light.
Bro. Bill: “I am a Freemason in NY and I thought I would comment on your article. First I know of no Masonic Scholar that believes that Freemasonry was 'invented' or started in London in 1717. This date is only the date that
"speculative" as opposed to "operative" Masonry began in the form we see it today. In Europe the sacred art of geometry was closely guarded and manuscripts mention builders in stone as early as 950 CE”.
“Although many Masonic scholars believe the art does go back much further and possibly back to the Egyptians or even the Mesopotamians or Babylonians. In many circles Hermes Trismegistus was a first Master of the art. Some also believe Imhotep was his student and went on to build the first pyramids near Giza.
Now as for the later parts of your posts, I can only say that the separation that lead to PH Masonry and as 11 US states still hold to the arcane practice of segregation in this matter is an embarrassment to most modern day Masons and are actively seeking change in this area. In the last year or so many a Brother has been expelled from the Fraternity in those states who dare to speak up against this Machiavellian attitude”.
“Also just this year I was pleased to witness that the Grand Lodge of NY bestowed it's highest honor on the Illustrious Solomon Wallace, 33rd, Sovereign Grand Commander United Supreme Council Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite, Northern jurisdiction - Prince Hall Affiliation, Past Grand Master of the MW Prince Hall Grand Lodge F & A.M. of the State of New York”.
Fahim A. Knight-El: “Peace Bill; thank you for your comments and I appreciate your thoughts. The political, economic and social contradictions within the United States also affected how Freemasonry evolved in this country. What most scholars and laypersons overlook is the role that American style racism played in how the two Freemasonic entities (black and white) evolved and the social attitudes was an extension of the greater society”.
“Freemasonry, although, is based on the principles of a universal brotherhood in which race, privilege and class are variables that are not supposed to matter. Thus, the first degree ritual symbolically divests the candidate of all metallic substances and teaches him of the necessity of our dependency on one another as brothers and ultimately as human beings. The ritual leads us to look at humanity and to see ourselves as being interconnected by a larger cable-tow. The principles are pristine. All the Sages and Gurus understood that true Freemasonry is rooted in the Esoteric, Occult and Gnostics ancient teachings. Thus, these are the three schools of philosophical thought that awakened the creative intellectual thoughts in a Manly P. Hall (perhaps one of the greatest Masonic writers of all time), Sir Godfrey Higgins, Albert Churchward, Gerald Massey, etc., all investigated beyond the western world concept of Freemasonry and their investigation led them to Kemet (Egypt) as being cradle of civilization and mothers and fathers of the knowledge”.
“Hermes Trismegistus or the Kybalion borrowed heavily from more ancient scrolls that were studied in the Egyptian Mystery Systems and later around 332 BC Alexander the Great pillage, rape and robbed what became known as the great libraries at Alexandria and this knowledge manifest itself in Greece and Rome”.
“Yes, Great Masonic writers as Albert Mackey alludes to more ancient societies and Orders than western Freemasonry, but nevertheless, the coming together of the four European lodges in 1717 has stood as the official date of organized Freemasonry. W.L. Wilmshurst in his book titled, "The Meaning of Masonry" used this date, as well. What I have attempted to do via these various dialogs and correspondences are to uproot Masonic racism and historically set the record straight. Freemasonry has a Nubian origin and all the signs, symbols and rituals go back to Africa. Ok thank you again for the dialog and I am pleased that the Grand Lodge of NY bestowed it's highest honor on the Illustrious Solomon Wallace, 33rd, Sovereign Grand Commander United Supreme Council Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite, Northern jurisdiction - Prince Hall Affiliation, Past Grand Master of the MW Prince Hall Grand Lodge F & A.M. of the State of New York. This accolade is an indication that we are making some baby steps relative to Freemasonic social progress”.
Bro. Divine: “ISLAM: My name is Divine. “Like you I do not belong to any Moorish religious sect and I AM a Free Moor under the Sun Moon & Stars. I just read your Q&A entitled My Rebuttal: To an Ancient Free and Accepted Mason and My views on Dr. Malachi Z. York-El PART 3 and I would like to say that your research and the way you handle that brother was excellent. Getting to reason that I really emailed you. I AM about to join a Masonic Lodge August 2 (even though I'm not yet a member I AM quite familiar with The EA, FF, & MM degrees, Catechisms, Signs, Symbols, and Tokens. I AM quite a studious brother and I get bored easily, so my question is. What can I do not get bored after I surpass a the brothers knowledge wise in the lodge? I'm not ego trippin' but I know it will happen because none of these brothers study and all but one are poison animals eaters.”
Fahim A. Knight-El: “ISLAM; Bro. Mu El: Thank you brother, for reading my article and conversation with a follower of Dr. Malachi Z. York-El; I only stood on my square and stood on the principles of truth and that is not to say that I have not gained some benefit from studying some of Dr. Malachi Z. York-El scrolls and knowledge (I view him as one of my teachers). But I do not follow personalities; I am a student of knowledge in which I found this approach more attractive than following vulnerable personalities. I have found very little credibility in the Savior Syndrome. My brother, no doubt if your are a student of knowledge, it is going to be a difficult task to engage in Craft Masonry because remember most black Freemasons that join Freemasonry, they lack the knowledge of self and kind. Thus, they think this ancient knowledge originated with the Caucasian race and they do not know that the entire enactment is really about two people, the white man and the original man. It was us, who like the symbolic Hiram Abiff was hit in the head (and rob of the knowledge of self) and the true Master Builder is the Asiatic Black man (the Moor)—Moabite, Kushite, Kemite and other ethnic classification that you can attach to the original man”.
“Now, there are many conscious brothers who are Freemasons and who understand the culture and history of the so-called Black man of America and have not bought into the Eurocentric version of this ancient Craft. My brother, there is much to learn by going through the Masonic process and I am quite sure that you have a lot to offer the Craft, it was my inquisitiveness that kept my attention, but I was a serious student of knowledge prior to being formally introduced to Freemasonry. A good teacher has to first be a good student—you will be able to further connect the dots because you have the knowledge of self, but you also have a divine obligation to use what the creator has bestowed on you for the good of humanity. If you decide to go through the process just continue to read outside of the required Masonic study and interject when the time permits. I am right in Durham; let me know if I could be of further assistance in your quest. I must tell you that you already have acquired 360 degrees of knowledge".
Brother Drew Scott: "Peace Brother Fahim. My Name is Drew Scott. I am a Prince Hall Master Mason of the state of NY. Xenia Lodge 50 New Rochelle NY. I have just stumbled on your blog. We must as Masons & scientist move forward& save our People".
Fahim A. Knight-El: “Hotep Brother Scott: Thank you for taking the time to read my Blog and it is always good to hear from a brother. Yes, we all have a job, duty and responsibility to go after our people and offer them light and direction. I am always honored to hear from brothers of the PHA Craft; my Blog is designed to wake our people up and expound upon the Speculative Masonic Science. To go after that one who was symbolically slain and raise him/her from a mental death”.
Brother Gary (New Jersey): “Brother Fahim, there are countless numbers of people and belief systems. Is there any factual way to ascertain the history of the male of dark (black) color from the ancient world (5000 -6000 years ago) all the way to our modern time period (2010)? Also there is a belief that History's "timeline" given to us was rewritten. The motto behind this "rewriting" was to hide the black skinned person's connection to Egypt and God's ancient chosen nation. Again, is there any physical way that we can endeavor to ascertain the facts?”
Fahim A. Knight-El: “Peace Bro. Gary: I believe you and I have had some dialog in the past (I am quite sure that we have, because I saved those emails). Most of us first of all, will not even admit that a physical and psychological criminal act (Chattel Slavery 1555-1865) took place and the historical assault started over 6,000 years ago and it takes a clear understanding of this fact which to objectively understand the gravity and the complexity of the questions and issues that you raised. The physical evidence is our presences (what other evidences would you find more credible than those who survived the worst holocaust and are still alive as proof positive of the longevity of the power of their seed?) as a people of (original people) in which our biological and DNA linkage connects us to an original gene pool that has identical ethnic and racial markings to the people of Kush and Kemet (contrary to white social scientist findings), as well to what white scholars deemed Sub-Sahara Africa according to Cheikh Anta Diop in book his titled, "African Origins of Civilization: Myth or Reality" and "Civilization and Barbarism" and countless other credible African Centered scholars and intellectuals. Whites are automatically dis-included because there is no empirical evidence that the Caucasian history exceeded his 6,000 year existences”.
“But I know you already have the answers to these questions that you are posing to me (I am only preaching to the choir and I am curious about your take on these set of questions). We can not recreate all the events of history, although theologians in the three major world religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) have relied on undocumented and scientific evidence to present tales and stories of man (human) genetic, anthropological, ethnic and racial beginnings. But even in these religious discourses there is enough evidence to substantiate a definitive reality; however, after filtering through the ethno-racial identities given, we can make certain claims and hypotheses. Your questions are more philosophical and it will lead us toward and endless discussion and that is not to say that there are not answers out there. Perhaps I am not qualified to delve into this realm of discussion that you have placed before me. When a people have been totally robbed of the knowledge of self and was made blind, deaf and dumb, it is a difficult task for a people who were not allowed to have a history and could not keep records (no other people have endured this type of criminal act and suffering) to reconstruct that which was systematically destroyed and altered. This has proving challenging to our black scholars and social scientist in general. But we are the Alpha and the Omega—when you see us, we are a representation of the Ancient of Days".
Bro. Darien Clark: “My name is Bro. Clark and recently read your article on Hiram Abiff and found it to be very interesting and insightful. I am a member of QML #210 in Doha, Qatar. I was recently raised from a dead level on a square. I would really like to pick your brain and further my Masonic knowledge. I am very new having only been raised this past June. I only have a few brothers here who I see that really take the knowledge and break it down and delivered it. I really don't get to see them as often as I would like to be able to enjoy the Masonic intercourse that I need to truly develop myself in the craft. So whenever you have time please feel free to email me back so we can talk and I can learn the true Masonic history. Thank you for your time bro!”
Fahim A. Knight: “Peace Bro. Clark: Thank you for contacting me and thank you for your kind words. First, let me congratulate you on being raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason and welcome into the universal brotherhood of Freemasonry. I always like to impart to newly made brother Masons that the key to Freemasonry is to continue to search out knowledge (keep on reading and studying); thus, you have just begun the journey and remember that the Speculative Masonic journey is eternal (the study has no beginning or ending). You have obligated yourself to being an even a better man than before you were introduced to the Three Great Lights in Masonry. You can better understand the token, words and signs, if you commit yourself to the ancient investigation of our Craft. This isn't about wearing rings and medallions; it's ultimately about developing self and humanity. My brother here is the link to my blog (if you surf the site and view some of the older topics, you will see some of the numerous articles that I have written on various aspects of Masonry). Here is my Blog link
Bro. Darien Clark: “Peace Bro Fahim, I been reading your blogs and I see you have done a lot of research into the different religious groups in America and abroad. Having come back overseas last year and getting away from the distracts of American society. I was able to start reading up on the Five Percenters as a little bit on the Nation of Islam. I really got an eye opener when I read the book Knowledge of Self. I really started to see how America uses all its forms of media to keep people diluted with not but a whole bunch of nonsense on your mind. How the media is very bias and keeps the some old nonsense up of White is right. I myself really lost interest with religion and school in the US at an early age. I could never understand how people went to church and got the Hold Ghost and then went home and a few days later were out in the community doing some of the most Ungodly things. Then school lost me when they told Columbus discovered America and the America Indians were there and helped them get though the harass winter. Come on now! Now as I have gotten a bit older and have went through my trials and tribulations I have been able to see the world and interact with people from all walks of life I have come to see that we all have been played and have been living someone else fantasy”.
“The thing that gets me is that when you try to give people the facts they flat out reject it and don't to hear it. Now that I have finally been raised to the Sublime degree of a Master Mason I see what you said in one of your blogs about Mason taking their knowledge and not doing a dang one thing with it but parting, drinking and getting woman. Like I said before I don't have a lot of brethren here that are really deep into. The few that I have I am unable to communicate Masonic as much as I would like. It wild to be on the level I am and I still haven't been fulfilled. I have a good basis because I had been waiting so long to get to go on this journey when I got my packets I absorbed the information and was able to give it back. Then I started to relate everything I was learning to what I have done all my life and the values I was raised on and it all made more sense. I will continue to strive to become as perfect of an Ashlar as possibly before my time is down though. I just want to thank you for writing me back and sending me the link to your blog. I will continue to read and soak up the real knowledge and will try to read some of the books you have referenced. Take Bro and travel well!”
Fahim A. Knight-El: “Peace Bro. Clark: Thank you again brother (for the thought provoking response), you have in deed taking a big step in becoming a Master Mason, because its the secular link to all religions and it exist because of philosophy. No doubt organized religion has failed humanity because in western society White Supremacy has been the overwhelming mindset dominating the political, economic and social systems. My brother, I write and interpreted Speculative Freemasonry strictly from our perspective by infusing various schools of thought in the debate and conversation. The greatest knowledge that an African (black) Mason could attain is the knowledge of self and this will allow us to breakdown and decode symbolism from Kemet (Egypt) to where we are right now in space in time. The original Masonic knowledge belong to us and we must truly know from "Whence Came You" and to understand this question goes deeper than how we answered this question during our Masonic interrogation. Masonry is what you make it and the more you study, the more rewarding and fulfilling you will find the Craft teachings and come to recognize that they are far reaching and astounding (I suspect that you already know this); thus being brought from darkness to light (knowledge), is to teach us that knowledge is built on this basis and foundation and it is the ultimate Masonic journey to understanding all the Masonic Keys. I advise you to study all three of the Abrahamic Faiths (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) because they are forever occurring themes in Freemasonry. Lastly, their Holy Books might appear on the Alter as you travel. My brother once again congratulations on your Masonic accomplishment and if I can ever answer any of your questions from this day forward, do not hesitate; I am my brother's keeper”.
Bro. Ferguson: “Good morning Brother Knight, sorry I have not been in contact with you since you last response. I got blindsided with the new position in the Shrine, (Chief Rabban). With that came the realization that my group really needed to re-focus on study. Also, I realized that we had to take this degree more seriously than we have in the past. Now I know we will not be perfect in this endeavor, but I can assure you we will have more knowledge about the religion this degree has a foundation on. Anyway, just touching bases with you”.
Fahim A. Knight-El: “Peace Bro. Ferguson: Well! I do not have to informed you of this, but you know there is a lot of Islam and rituals dealing with Allah, Muhammad, (the Shrine) or Kabba holy house built by Ishmael and Abraham—the Black Stone and lessons from the Holy Qur'an (Koran). But I also must inform you that the Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine could benefit more by gathering a more authentic perspective on the religion of Islam and this will give the Nobles better understanding and legitimacy to the true meaning of the Shrine rituals. Nevertheless, congratulations on your new position and I know you will some day soon be Potentate”.
Bro. Ferguson: “Potentate, nope!!! Just trying to teach everything the way is supposed to be taught. I hope to give my temple a better understanding of the entire degree, as well as, a healthy respect for the religion even though the majority of our members are Baptists. If I can get that going I think we will be alright”.
Bro. Ferguson: “Just letting you know I have started to read your article. Those two books that compare Masonry and Islam are the first 2 books (‘Islam, Christianity and Freemasonry’ and ‘Freemasonry: Ancient Egypt and the Islamic Destiny’) I read when I became a Mason and are very good. Like I told you earlier it is my hope to get an understanding of the Islamic influence of this critical degree. I also would like to add in our Higher Degrees it stresses religious tolerance, this degree is supposed to show us that. However, as you know we have missed that point. In my study review I included questions that will make the other Nobles know more than our ritual. It is only the beginning”.
Fahim A. Knight-El: “Yes Sir, Mustapha AL-Amin’s two books that deals with Islam, Christianity and Freemasonry, which delves into various aspects of the role Islam has played in our upper Craft degrees. I got a lot of responses from PHA Shriners and believe it or not, a lot of white shriners (Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine) have contacted me about the said article (“Freemasonry and Islam: What Do they Share?). I am not asking anyone to agree totally with my contentions, but at least remain open to the conversation. Lastly, there is very little written comparatively on Freemasonry and Islam. Thus, upon going through the article let me know what you think. Here is the key, we have to try and put ourselves outside of our faith traditions in order to truly appreciate what and where the Shrine degree is attempting to take us; in reality it is not about religion”.
Bro. Ferguson: “I have read the article and sent it to the Nobles of Mecca Temple #98. Its funny your article reminds me of my mother scolding me. I really hated the scolding, but the logic behind it was needed. So, the article was something I needed to read and understand. If more people looked at Islam in general then we would not have all of these religious idiots out there dis-respecting it. I can think of the fool talking about burning the Qur’an in Florida. And we are supposed to be built on religious tolerance, (LOL!!!) It seems if we only follow our Caucasian brothers view of religion is religious tolerance, huh? Anyway, let you about the response as soon as I get them”.
Bro. Ferguson: “Hello, Bro. Knight hope your summer is going fine. Mine can be summed in one word, HOT!!! All we are having is 100 degree days. Anyway reading the Moorish Circle 7. Reading up on the Dravidians, etc. What do you know about that group?"
Fahim A. Knight-EL: “Peace Bro. Ferguson: “I feel you brother, we went through a hot spell during July averaging 98 degrees and have been in the high 90s most of August, but I admit not quite Texas heat. The Moorish Circle 7 (Holy Koran) was authored by Prophet Noble Drew Ali; however, some have suggested and determined that, perhaps Prophet Noble Drew Ali plagiarized this text from a much older book written by Levi H. Dowling titled, "The Aquarium Gospel of Jesus Christ" but most Moorish Science Temple of America followers would dispute this contention, but I need to point this out. “The Holy Koran Moorish Science Temple of America-Circle 7” has little to no relations with the Muslim holy book known as the "Holy Qur'an. But I do have tremendous respect and love for the work and mission of Prophet Drew Ali (he was born in North Carolina and set-up his first temple in Newark, New Jersey in 1913). I also believe that he was a Freemason and a Shriner and some of his philosophical world view he gathered from the Masonic order”.
“The Dravidians, I believe were the original East Indians (Africans who occupied that sub-Continent called India—very black dark skinned original people). They were pushed out of power by the light skinned Mulatto Indians (British pawns). I think most of them lived in the deep southern most part of India and is officially called the "untouchables" based on the racist Indian class and caste system they have been discriminated and oppressed. Dr. Ivan Sertima wrote a book titled, "African Presences in Early Asia" and there is brother named Runoko Rashidi he deals heavily with this subject”.
Bro. Ferguson: “Sorry took so long to respond; my email was acting up. First the author did say something about the basis of this book from another one. Glad you gave me more details on it. What I have enjoyed was some information on the way black was in the Americas before Columbus. This has actually been the 1st book that addresses that issue”.
Fahim A. Knight-El: “I re-read your initial email may be you were telling me that you were reading Keith Moore's book titled, "Moorish Circle 7: The Rise of the Islamic Faith Among Blacks in America and it's Masonic origins." Now, I mistaken this work with Prophet Noble Drew Ali's book the "The Circle Seven Koran", which is the holy book of the Moorish Science Temple; thus, Moore's work and Drew Ali's book are two separate works. I just wanted to clarify my earlier email. I take it that you are reading Keith Moore's book and not Prophet Drew Ali's Circle 7 Koran?”
Bro. Ferguson: “Yes, it is Keith Moore's book. I did receive the other email with the list of books. It is an important for us to know we were traveling to the Americas before Columbus. I just like many of the people I know are definitely in the dark on this aspect”.
Fahim A. Knight-El: “Peace Brother Ferguson: Here is piece of information that most people are not familiar with. I am going to throw it out there; Christopher Columbus was as actually Jewish and like so many Jews he disguised his true identity. His real name was Cristobel Colon and this link (Jewish involvement in Transatlantic Slave Trade), which is just starting to attract scholarly attention”.
Bro. Ferguson: “I just want to say that this book has really opened my eyes to how little I know. This aspect of our history is buried so deep that we hardly question Columbus in history. We truly have been lulled to sleep in America”.
Fahim A. Knight-El: “Peace Brother Ferguson: Here is my latest article on the Reverend Jones and burning Qur'ans. Just click the link http://dailygrail.com/blogs/fahim-knight.... I think it is a good and timely read”.
Bro. Ferguson: “Hello Bro. Knight. Just wanted to hit you with a conversation I had after Lodge meeting last Saturday. A few of us were talking and my Shrine Questions came up in the conversation. An older brother expressed his displeasure with them. In my question, I stressed that we needed to be more informed about the religion the is dealt with in the Shrine, I was not trying to convert anyone. However, he felt they were not appropriate. I did remind him that as Masons we respect all religions even Jesus respected that. He had to stop his objection when I hit him with that. Just struck me as odd having that discussion”.
Fahim A. Knight-El: “Peace Brother Ferguson: I am not surprised by this because many view those type conversations Shrine and Islam as an infringement on their personal belief system. The majority of my lodge are good Christian brothers as yourself and are faithful to their particular Churches (I do not condemn anyone religion or faith tradition). Masonry as you stated is supposed to have respect of all religions and depending on what region of the world that you might be in could determine which religious book that might be displayed on the alter. So as much as Masonry seeks to find and embrace the philosophical beauty in religion, and therefore, from time to time it is necessary to discuss religion from a historical perspective in order bring about a certain amount of historical clarity. You and I did not invent the Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine nor were we responsible for it having an Islamic theme. It is a worthy conversation and only when we can openly assess and evaluate ideas can we hope to gather a better understanding. Travel Lightly.”
Bro. Ferguson: “Good morning, Bro Knight just finished, “Turning the Hiram Key” book was interesting. His assertions for ritualistic procedures comparison to the sexual experience did make sense. Also, it seems that he tried to indirectly dis-associate the Egyptian Mystery System foundation from Masonry towards the end. What is your opinion?"
Fahim A. Knight-El: “Peace Bro. Ferguson: I think Lomas does a very good job taking us through the ritual, but to the uninitiated they still will not be able to fully understand or grasp our ritual. He also was crafty enough not to violate his oath and obligations he swore to uphold. But still provided us with plenty of understanding of the inner meaning of the signs, symbols, and words. However, like most white or European Freemasonic writers they try to uphold the Operative Masons and labor Guilds of Europe as being perhaps the most essential elements to the origin of Speculative Masonry. They often will mention other ancient schools of Masonic thought, but is very careful not to ascribe those ancient schools as being black or African. Many Eurocentric writers will lie and say that certain aspects of Freemasonry history and development are unknown; this is done to deny the original Master Builders, the Black man his rightful place in Masonic philosophy”.
Bro. Ferguson: “There was a section towards the end when he talked about one of the Lodges keeping up the old story of being founded in 1717, when those guys asked operative Masons their methods, so that they could make their practices esoteric. The he talks of the many schools of thought that make up masonry. He pointed out the Norse Gods as he did in the Book of Hiram. In that book he tries in vain to prove Masonry as we know it was based on an earlier belief system. But what I realized then as I do now is simple. All religion comes from the East. And to the Egyptian Mystery system is the perfect match to Masonry as we know it”.
Fahim A. Knight-El: “Peace Brother Ferguson: I think Lomas know the truth; it is almost virtually impossible to do all that reach search and overlook the role Kemet (ancient Egypt) played in the Europeans acquiring our ancient wisdom and knowledge. The Ancient Greeks and Romans stand as the intellectual foundation to western world thought, but these illuminated Europeans stole their customs and knowledge from Black Nubian Egypt and this much is undeniable. Many of these white Masonic writers do not desire to give the original man credit; their arguments are rooted and driven by racism. We have an obligation to use the Three Great Lights to equalize the Masonic playing field and it is good that you as a Worshipful Master believe and advocate study--this is the first step to understanding the problem and being in a better position which to offer a solution”.
Bro. Ferguson: “This is true because if you read the Hiram Key he literally traces everything to Kemet. They at the beginning of the Book of Hiram, he and his partner are not satisfied with their work on the Hiram Key. However, the most logical conclusion is our ancestors’ spiritual beliefs. I understand other groups were before the Egyptians in spiritual practices, but even they were out of Africa. This point alone still gives our people the missing link we have been missing. Let's be real just using the term Democracy is not a European concept it is an Egyptian concept in place many years before the Greeks or Romans”.
Fahim A. Knight-El: “Yes Sir, in the first book, Christopher Knight and Lomas researched a lot about the role of Christianity and the evolution of the church doctrine relative to Freemasonry (some of these events could not be overlooked because they were taken place in Kemet). They focused a lot on Jerusalem, Jesus Christ, Constantine, Essene, Roman Catholic Church and actually did a fair job on giving some good information on the Council of Nicaea. I think in that book it provided a sizable amount of ancient research and how some of the Masonic ritual evolved and the various cultural contributions Christianity as a religion made toward the ritual, philosophy, art, etc., of Freemasonry. But I believe their intention were to prove that the Christian worldview contributed a lot to the school of thought known as Freemasonry and from their perspective this view had been negated by Masonic scholars--I think the Crusades, Knight Templar's, Muslims and the overall historical conflict seemed to be behind the intellectual motivation of the first book”.
Bro. Money: “Hi dear friend I come to you of lowly knowledge but very clear mind to enter into the essence of divine light. I give myself to be molded & used as a building block to help strengthen & enlighten others who seek the same. I live in a small town in Alabama; I am of the 32nd year of blindness. Non married , one sun ,& with his mother I'm typing this in hopes it will get read & that I may get a response to show me where to start my journey locally or abroad. Thanks for your time sir. Sincerely thirsty.”
Fahim A. Knight-El: “Please explain your request and mail a little more in depth. I need to hear more of what is that that you are seeking and how did you come across me”.
Bro. Money: “On a site called the Daily Grail I read this article on black & white separation in freemasonry very good article I must say. I'm thinking of becoming a Mason, for sometime now. I got your email there & I don't know why but was compelled to contact you whom or what you represent I do know, but only hoped it concern being a enlightened man of masonry. I'm not one to go around asking how to join I'm a bit more discreet than that. But would like & extension or proper referral of an understanding person. Forgive my ignorance on this subject I will not cause myself further embarrassment.”
Noble Monty aka 2Step (Bilal Abdul Muhammad): "Salaam, Hotep, God Bless my beloved brother, and Just wondering your thoughts on the new direction the Minister (Louis Farrakhan) is taking the Nation? Salaam: your brother, Posted from Sunday night Lecture: The course of study that will be set up from the Department of Supreme Wisdom that we all have to qualify and become certified. It's like some kind of certification and I shook your hand as you walked across the stage, ha ha. That's one certification. But to be certified, to stand up on the rostrum of God, and talk to the people of God is more than recitation of what you learned or think we learned and memorized. It's the purging of all spirit of arrogance and vanity".
"So, Tuesday night, I'm asking all of us, all Muslims throughout America, all those who want to be a part of that which is to be made new, make your way to the mosque. We're all in the classroom of God and we will prepare the study on both sides: the study of the technology and the study of the Supreme Wisdom. And then once we get to a certain point, I'm turning you loose on this world. [applause] And I'm going to ask you to sign a form pledging that you will undergo the study. I'd like to see your signature on all these forms. And if I don't, then that means you don't want to labor any more, and I'll thank you for everything you've done, and you can sit down. Nobody will mount the rostrum, hold a post, be in any ministry, or over any part of the national and international organization of the Nation of Islam who refuses to go under this study".
Fahim A. Knight-El: Thank you as always and I appreciate your comments (you asked me a serious question and therefore, I feel obligated to give you a qualified, but serious response); I think Minister Louis Farrakhan is doing the best he can to save an organization that has lost its soul and is trying to find the best method and strategy to purged the Nation of Islam as a of group, which for almost 30 years has been overly consumed by materialism, corruption and unchecked power. I think he bears some responsibility in Nation of Islam’s lack of true spiritual growth and is now seeking ways to bring the Nation of Islam back to the spiritual center (it is an attempt to reeling in a wayward organization). He has also been confronted with the question of Sunni Islam and how does he mesh Eastern based Islam and yet stay committed to the original intent of the life giving teachings as taught by the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. I think Minister Farrakhan made that transition at least fifteen years ago (unknowing to his parishioners), but he owes a debt of gratitude to the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and he has always found it rather difficult to abandon all the blessings that he has received from staying somewhat obedient to the program. He also knows that the rank and file is not fully prepared to move where he has been for a long time. Also, he is fully aware there are 15-20 other Nation of Islam groups (sects) licking their chops and are prepared to proclaim him a hypocrite and raise themselves as the rightly and legitimate heirs of Elijah Muhammad original teachings.
Jabari A. Winfree: “I was invited to a Nuwaubian Masonic lodge. I came across your "KEEPING IT REAL" can you give me any insight on the Ancient Egyptian order I’ve been searching the internet for more information on the lodge before entering. Thank you!!”
Fahim A. Knight-El: “Thank you Brother Jabari for contacting me relative to your interest in Freemasonry. I am not an authority on Nuwaubian Freemasonry, but I have had some public disagreements with some of Dr. York-El followers and wrote may be two or three Blogs on those discussion relative to the members of the Nuwaubian nation. I have always respected elements of Dr. York-El's teachings and philosophy. No doubt his teachings helped me further to connect the dots along the way. But I must say this cautiously and I am prefacing this comment by stating who has the authority to sanction and/or legitimatize a Freemasonic entity. African Centered Thinkers would question us (Prince Hall Masonry) looking to a White Grand Lodge Body such as the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) which to establish our legitimacy and/or does Prince Hall Masonry has the right to make an overall determination of which Black Masonic order will be considered 'regular' or 'irregular'?”
“I agree in part, with the African Centered thinkers; we are the oldest civilization on the planet, which Kemet and Cush represents that antiquity relative to giving the world all its rituals, customs and rites--European Freemasonry stole and borrowed their Masonic symbols and philosophy from more ancient schools of thought that were indigenous to the original people of the earth. Thus, in making that statement Prince Hall Masonry has questioned the legality of the Nuwaubian so-called Masonic charter (short they are not deemed to have a 'regular' Masonic charter and is not considered to be part of the Masonic family), in which they would be viewed as a clandestine Masonic Order. However, I do respect their knowledge, but I disagree on their Masonic claims”.
Jabari A. Winfree: “Thank you Brother Fahim A. Knight-El for your time and I do think I will go through with my initiation. My ultimate goal is to be a better man and I believe Dr.York-El teachings will bring me to that. Thank you again.....”
Fahim A. Knight-El: “Peace Bro. Jabari; I pray and wish you success in your Masonic journey and the key to Masonry is enlightenment (a school thought of continuum learning). Thus, to be raised from a dead level to a living perpendicular on the square 90 degrees upright (is symbolic but full of meaning)--the dramatization of the blue lodge (the first three degrees) will lead you toward better understanding the moral lessons that encompass the inner principles of Freemasonry. It is all designed to make good men better. I hope your Masonic travels are rewarding. I am just an email away and I remain open to further and future dialog”.
Bro. Kevin Christophe: “Hi Fahim A. Knight, Is there any documentation recording an alleged meeting between Noble Drew Ali and Woodrow Wilson?”
Fahim A. Knight-El: “Peace Brother Kevin: Thank you brother for the comment; I met an interesting brother (Moor) who is doing some good work his name is Bro. W. Salaam Hall-El; I am going to refer you to him. Just let him know that Brother Fahim A. Knight-El referred you and please pose that question to him. He appears to be doing some excellent work relative to Moorish Sovereignty and has a very revealing web page with some very good Moorish history and information. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Ok good brother if need me just hit me back. Hotep Shem.”
Bro. Kevin Christophe: “Hi Fahim, Thank you for the quick response. I give life to transparency with my actions. Within the contexts of our conversation, I have no hidden agenda. I like to converse with people and was drawn to ask more questions since you were so prompt with an answer and remedy. Questions: Do you consider Yourself Moorish-American? What dangers do you and KEEPING IT REAL THINK TANK think lie ahead? What is an enlightened world?”
Fahim A. Knight-El: “Peace Brother Kevin; I think all so-called African Americans are Moors even if they do not know it. Yes, I am a Moor independent of any formal Moorish Science Temple organization or structure. We have a lot of rights that were established in the 1920s based on the work centered on the question of sovereignty established by Prophet Noble Drew Ali (no other so-called black leader sought our quest for independence and sovereignty from the perspective of nationality, but Noble Drew Ali; thus he understood our quest to freedom, justice and equality had to be tied to a legal identity). The danger that lies ahead is our ignorance relative to where the world is headed and who is leading humanity toward a New World Order and globalization and one world government in which will lead us toward neo-slavery. My brother on my Blog pages, I have written extensively about where the world is headed and what those dangers are. Thus, I refer you to just read my many blog works on those subjects”.
“Enlightened World: We have an obligation to move people from a high level of ignorance and making them aware of how important it is to be informed because the better prepared humanity is, it will equip them with the necessary tools to see through all the deceptions and be in a better position to make intelligent decisions and not be swayed by the influence of the mass mediums and their tools of propaganda (this could be life and death). Thus, once again all my thought on these questions are written in my blog. Hotep Shem.”
Bro. Calvin Brumant: “Dear Mr. Fahim A. Knight-EL, I am Brother Calvin Brumant Past Master 32d / Knight Templar, a member of Kaneohe' Bay Lodge #2 , under he auspices of MW Prince Hall Grand Lodge of HI. I am working on a book dedicated to Freemasons of color around the world, a title hasn't been chosen as yet due to the fact that there is so much information that I would like to put in this book that choosing a name this early would serve no purpose at this time. I am focusing on writing about the Egyptian origin of Freemasonry. I came upon your article while doing a Google research on the Ethiopian origin of the Knight Templars. I pride myself in knowing and teaching that the original freemasons were Moor, whether we refer to them as Egyptians, Africans or what ever, I believe that they were from the Black race. I have read about the Moorish Science Temple, Noble Drew Ali, Marcus Garvey, Elijah Muhammad and many other prominent black leaders of the early 1900's thru the late 1970's. I would like to know where can I get my hands on more research information about the original Knight Templar being from Ethiopia. Judging from reading your article you are very informed and have access to a bit more information than the normal layman and freemason walking the streets everyday. I believe that you would be a great help to me, any help you can extend would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance for your help and I look forward to here from you”.
Fahim A. Knight-El: “Peace Bro. Brumant: Yes, I do not mind assisting you with your research project to the best of my knowledge to help. I do recommend that you register as a member of the Kushite site which is administered by a Prince Hall Masonic brother named Zachary Gremillion who authored a book titled, "African Origins of Freemasonry". There is a lot of unconventional knowledge that is constantly being shared on the site relative to Kush (Ethiopia)and Kemet (Egypt. Thus, after joining the site please reference some of the older post and threads, you might find some good sources and background information in relation to your topic. Just let the Brothers on the site know that I Bro. Fahim A. Knight-El referred you and lets take it from there. Here is the link: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CushiteMasterBuilders/”
Bro. Calvin Brumant: “Thanks for responding so soon. I did a Google search on the Ethiopian Origin of the Knights Templar and the article entitled The Knight Templar: Freemasonry-Judaism, Christianity and Islam; the Modern Problem (article written by Fahim A. Knight-El). I am in need of any information you can send my way regarding the topic about he Ethiopian Knights. I have a few photos which I was able to pull of the internet, but now I need the research information. Thanks for the invite to the Group. I bought a copy of the book you mentioned about 3 years ago. I found it to be a pearl, however I been waiting on the Brother to put another book out, he had me open of the information. I wish we had more writers writing about our-story instead of history (his-story). I just wish more Grand Lodges would teach this kind of information, that's what the younger generation needs. Thanks once more. Salaam".
Fahim A. Knight-El: Brother Brumant: Here is a brother (Prince Hall Mason) who has a HUGE interest in the Ethiopian Link (East African) connection to the Knights Templar in particular and all Masonry in general. His name is very Marquis Cameron and he has begun some research in this area relative to the Knights Templar. Thus, it would be good that you speak with him as well. Brother Cameron is also member of the http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CushiteMas... just let him know that I referred you and may be you two can compare notes.
Calvin Brumant: “I read the piece you wrote on Bishop Eddie Long. I thought I was well done and expertly written I agree with your views on the hold religion has on our people of color (Afro Americans). I was once under the spell of religion, until I found the truth ourselves. I am still writing the book, however I had to take a break I had to finish an anatomy class. I am focusing on more metaphysical esoteric freemasonry instead of just what can be found in the monitors. In other words Khametic information. Not that crap the Europeans talk about. I believe its time to take it back to the beginning. I am writing this book because of the need for freemasons of color to know "from whence they came, and wither they are going". From my experience prince hall, national compact masons, national congress etc are all lacking. The same ignorance that we were taught about ourselves is the same ignorance that we are self inflicting. I just felt it necessary to put this kind of information out. Our brothers need it”.
Fahim A. Knight-El: “Peace Bro. Brumant: Yes Sir I agree with you. I have been on a personal crusade for about 10 years researching and uncovering our ancient relationship to Freemasonry. But brother-to-brother, I was truly disappointed with my Prince Hall Brothers in my jurisdiction because they were more interested in partying and drinking (it was just to much social) than the quest for knowledge and I joined for the pursuit of knowledge, but after being Raised it seemed like the study process was no longer important. I knew that we needed a greater voice in the discussion of Masonic ideas and philosophy and I took upon myself to do the research and prove that Kemet and Cush were the Light of the world (Africans gave the world civilization); moreover, I was no longer interested in white Masonic scholars being the authority for me relative to our ancient knowledge”.
“Freemasonry had to much to offer from the realm of the esoteric, occult and Gnostic in which I believe that Prince Hall Masons needed their own scholars to interpreted and delve into these various schools of thought which to ascertain the most inner lessons that are shrouded in symbolism, mysticism, mythology, etc. Lastly, thank you brother for your kind words and I appreciate you taking the time to read my article on Bishop Eddie Long. It is always refreshing and good to hear from a Masonic Brother who is thinking outside the box. I know that your book will make a positive contribution to the field of Speculative Freemasonry”.
Bro. Calvin Brumant: “What do you know about the nine parts to the human soul as believed by our Egyptian ancestors and their relationship to the fellow craft degree?”
Fahim A. Knight-El: “Peace Brother that is a deep question and perhaps right of the top of my head there is only one Masonic scholar who comes to mind that might have thoroughly dealt with something like that, which is Manly P. Hall's works, but in particular the "Secret Teachings of All Ages". Also, Madam Blavatsky works titled, “Secret Doctrine" (Theosophy). She delves a lot into Eastern base Metaphysical relations; but not necessarily from a Masonic viewpoint, her scope is huge nevertheless”.
Bro. Calvin Brumant: “Yes, I am familiar with both Manly P Hall and Madam Blavatsky. However I am trying to tie in the connection between the 9 planes of existence, the nine enneads of ancient Egypt and the 7 liberal arts in the second degree. My intent was to draw a connection especially between the 7 Liberals Arts science and 7 of the 9 planes of existence/vibration. I think this is where we need to go with Freemasonry.I was tired of waiting for one of us to rise up to the challenge that decided to write a book on this subject myself. Before I got into the Masonic Lodge I thought that all Freemasons were upright men, who like me had no time to sleep with as many of our sisters as they could, then I found out for most Freemason although their initial intent is sincere, once they get in, the demons that are there, steer them in the wrong direction.
"My PM said to me once, that in-order to find ten sincere Masons you have to initiate a thousand. I found out that to be true. The Masonic lodge has become another form of religion. Therefore, there is no growth, only stagnancy in the Masonic lodge. We use the same books, rituals monitors, reference books that are written for Europeans for Europeans. No wonder we run around fighting over who is the heir to Master's scraps. Any thing that ceases to grow is dead, thus they are dead. It makes me feel good to know that there are still Alchemist's out there, who are in search for what was lost but is now found”.
Fahim A. Knight-El: “Peace Bro. Brumant: Ok you might want to take a look at True Islam's (aka Dr. Wesley Muhammad) book titled, "The Book of God" and review his sources and citations; thus, he references many interesting source materials. I think again this is one of those topics that are going to require some intellectual creativity (but I suspect you already know this). It is going to require meshing the Kemetic knowledge that has been written by scholars such as Anthony Browder, Manly P. Hall, Wallis Budge, Asa Hilliard, Ashra Kwesi, Yosef A.A Ben Jochannan, Cheikh Anta Diop, Goffrey Higgins, Albert Churchward, Ralph Lewis, R.T. Randall, John G. Jackson (work Man, God and Civilization), etc. Moreover, look at Masonic scholars like W.L. Wilmshurst and Martin Wagner and build your thesis from a collaborative of sources. The one thing about a Speculative Masonic topic is that you have the scholarly longitude and latitude with the subject which to express intellectual creativity.
Joe Fulton: “Hello and warm greetings, I am writing up a blog posting on theosophy.net, a site dedicated to the reframing of the Theosophical movement. Through an associate in the 1990’s I had become aware of the usage of the Secret Doctrine (SD) in the teachings of the Nation of Islam, both through Elijah Mohammed and his son, Warith Deen Mohammed. Can you shed some light on how the SD was used and how extensively it was (and is) used? I remember quite fondly many late nights at the Akron Theosophical Society spent with Janieceann Elamin and several other members, sometimes till 2 and 3 am in the morning having half of the library splayed out on the floor and we would dig through the SD, Manly P. Hall and dozens of other books…and of course, the local newspaper. Janieceann would play the role of tutor and constantly tell us that we shouldn’t read the book so damn fast, that when she was in her classes with Warith Deen that they would take days on a single page and likewise, the entire floor were covered in books, newspapers and other references”.
“Sadly the Theosophical movement today is not one which prides itself on this type of study and degree of intellectual curiosity. HP Blavatsky had reached her final years when she was able to finally communicate the message that we are the book that there are really no masters or gurus who can do it for us. Sometimes it is a long road to ‘know thyself’. Please feel free to visit theosophy.net and share your perspective with us. We would really appreciate your thoughts and insights you may have”.
“BTW, have you read the book, ‘Economic Hit Man’ by John Perkins? The book does a great job of revealing the activities of those who cause misery under the guise of doing good. The book has resulted in an entire genre of ‘economic do-badders’ books”.
Fahim A. Knight-El: “Dear Mr. Fulton: I am in receipt of your email message and request relative to the Nation of Islam and its relations to the Secret Doctrine. The subject is really off my radar screen and I do think I have the time at this moment to dedicate and linking the two entities. I will say this, it was probably more of a passive and latent connections; although, many Nation of Islam members have a deep appreciation for the work and the philosophical ideals offered by Madam H.P. Blavatsky.
“We forever see ourselves as Adepts (students) and the great principles of truths that she offered (Theosophy is well respected) was universal in scope and she demonstrated the interconnectedness with all there is. I do know this much, the Nation of Islam had more of an affinity for her book "Isis Unveiled" but the root teachings of its founder Master Wali Fard Muhammad was connected to the Ahmadiyyah Movement which was found by Gulam Ahmed (Pakistan), but the oriental teachings of India, China, Japan, etc., have always been very intriguing to the Nation of Islam”.
“Some maintain that there were other Gurus and Sages that in the 1920's Master Wali Fard Muhammad had come in contact with from the sub-continent of India who may have introduced him to Theosophical concepts; however, some of this is just mere speculation and conjecture. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad's son, the late Imam Warith Deen Mohammed appeared more open to these concepts based on his international travels and his interest in comparative religion and eastern based philosophical concepts”.
Dr. B.U.: “Today I rec'd a desk copy of "The Sufi Journey of Baba Rexheb" by Frances Trix. While in Ph.D. Studies at Baylor, I wrote two term papers on the Bektashi Order of Dervishes. One was due on May 1, 1987. I rec'd the info in the mail that I needed to complete the paper on April 30, 1987--all the way from Turkey. That had to be more than coincidental! The letter was from Bro. Akev, Grand Chancellor for the Scottish Rite in Turkey. Some Turkish Bektashis joined Masonic lodges are both Masons and Bektashis were involved in the Young Turk Movement that helped bring Kemal Ataturk to power. However, he did not treat them fairly at all once he was in power. (That's nothing news.) There is more openness toward Freemasonry among Sufis than orthodox Muslims”.
“There is a Bektash Shrine Temple. A Facebook ref to it recently inspired me to resume research on the Bektashis and publish an article about them—something I have not done before. Baba Rexheb began his career in the traditional Bektashi tekke in Albania, escaped to displaced persons camps after World War II, waited in a centuries-old tekke in Cairo, and founded the first Bektashi community in Taylor, Michigan in 1954. He ministered at Taylor until his passing in 1995. He experienced many of the 20th century's wars, disruptions, and dislocations. But, at a profound level, he was never displaced. A truly fascinating man”!
Fahim A. Knight-El: “Interesting Doc; no doubt Freemasonry has more compatibility with Sufi Islam because of the mysticism and theoretically the Shrine Temple's philosophy is more closely rooted in the history of Shia Islam. There are three books that you might find interesting Peter Lamborn Wilson (aka Hakim Bey) titled, "Sacred Drift: Essays on the Margins of Islam", a book published by the Muslim World League titled, "Freemasonry" authored by Muhammad Safwat al-Saqqa Amin and Sa'di Abu Habib and "Secret Societies: A History". authored by Arkon Daraul. I think all three of these works you will find them somewhat complimentary to your research on the Bektashis movement. This really sounds like a very interest topic and research paper”.
Dr. B.U.: “Joe Walkes told me about “Freemasonry" authored by Muhammad Safwat al-Saqqa Amin and Sa'di Abu Habib; and also "Al-Islam, Christianity, and Freemasonry" by Mustafa El-Amin. I read and reviewed both books. I still consider Mustafa a friend but have not heard from him in several yrs. He does excellent research but I do not accept many of his conclusions. I feel that Masons missed out on a great opportunity to have Freemasonry recognized in Egypt during the presidency of Anwar Sadat. I believe that he would have been open to the idea. Anwar Shrine Temple in Rockville, Md. is named in his honor”.
Fahim A. Knight-EI: “I met Mustafa El-Amin few years ago in Newark. Thus, prior to Imam W.D. Mohammed's death (he had resigned as the leader over his organization), it was Imam Mustafa El-Amin who was seeking to succeed Imam Mohammed as the national leader, perhaps this was about five years ago. Many inside the Muslim American Movement criticized him for not having the experience on a national level to make that jump. Although, his works represents an apologist perspective as a Muslim, he does offer some good and refreshing research on the topics of Islam, Christianity and Freemasonry. I do think the Shrine Temples in the various jurisdictions could learn a lot from Islam as a religion and yet maintain their secular and fraternal organizational status. This knowledge and openness to a dialog with Muslims will perhaps in some jurisdiction begin to tear down some of the barriers and ease the ideological and philosophical tension”.
“Also, Muslims could give the Shriners a better and complete explanation relative to aspects of the rituals and even help them understand the symbolism, which are drawn from Islamic culture and religion. I think a relationship could benefit all parties involved and Shrine could make it clear that their organization is not considered to be Muslim and/or part of Islam. This could possibly ease some of the overt suspicion”.
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