“Culture makes people understand each other better. And if they understand each other better in their soul, it is easier to overcome the economic and political barriers. But first, they have to understand that their neighbor is, in the end, just like them, with the same problems, the same questions.” -
Culture definition, the quality in a person or society that arises from a concern for what is regarded as excellent in arts, letters, manners, scholarly pursuits, etc.
The customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social group also : the characteristic features of everyday existence (such as diversions or a way of life) shared by people in a place or time.
The set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterizes an institution or organization a corporate culture focused on the bottom line .
Nationality is the quality or character which arises from the FACT OF BELONGING to a nation or state.
In its broadest sense, culture is many things. It’s the simple activities that make up our day to day life, and the extraordinary ways in which we express our ideas, artistry and creativity. It’s the customs, languages and traditions that reflect our past, as well as the shared experiences that help to shape our values and beliefs for today and tomorrow.
Culture is important because it fosters a sense of belonging, contributes to quality of life, and helps us relate to each other. Individually, it contributes to our health, wellness and esteem, and collectively, it adds to our social capital and economic prosperity.
“A PEOPLE WITHOUT THE KNOWLEDGE OF THEIR PAST HISTORY, ORIGIN, AND CULTURE IS LIKE A TREE WITHOUT ROOTS” -The Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey
"Every subordinate Temple of the Grand-Major Temple is to form under the covenant of Love, Truth, Peace, Freedom and Justice; and to create their own laws and customs, in conjunction with the laws of the Holy Prophet and the Grand Temple." - Holy Koran of the Moorish Science Temple of America
Peace is when people are able to resolve their conflicts without violence and can work together to improve the quality of their lives.
"The very name, Islam, means peace."
Islamism is the incorporation one's private life (beliefs) and public life (political behavior). Moorish Americans follow the belief that Islam should guide their social and political as well as their personal way of life.
With us there is not a separation of "Church" and "State", they are one and the same. Our religion plays the central role in guiding our steps & decisions as good citizens.
Islamism means that our religion directs our political compass.
What is Islam?
By Noble Drew Ali, The Prophet.
Moorish Guide National Edition
"Islam is a very simple faith. It requires man to recognize his duties toward God Allah, his Creator and his fellow creatures. It teaches the supreme duty of living at peace with one's surroundings. It is preeminently the religion of peace. The very name, Islam, means peace. The goal of a man's life, according to Islam, is peace with everything. Peace with Allah and peace with man.
The Koran, the Holy Book of Islam, tells us that the final abode of man is the “House of Peace”, “where no vain word or sinful discourse will be heard.” The Holy Divine Prophet, Noble Drew Ali, says that a follower of Islam in the true sense of the word is one whose hands, tongue and thoughts do not hurt others.
The object of man's life, according to Islam, is its complete unfoldment. Islam teaches that man is born with unlimited capacities for progress. Islam does not support the idea that man is born in sin. It teaches that every one has within him the seed of perfect development and it rests solely with himself to make or mar his fortune.
The cardinal doctrine of Islam is the unity of the Father-ALLAH. We believe in one God. Allah who is All God, All Mercy and All Power. He is perfect and holy. All Wisdom, All Knowledge, and All Truth. These are some of His great attributes so far as we can understand.
He is free from all defects, holy and transcendent. He is personal to us in so far as we can see His attributes working for us; but He is, nevertheless, impersonal. Because He is infinite, perfect, and Holy, we do not believe that death, decay, or sleep overtake Him, neither do we believe that He is a helplessly inactive and inert force. Nothing happens without his knowledge and will. He neither begets nor is He begotten, because these are the traits of frail and weak humanity.
This unity of Allah is the first and foremost pillar of Islam and every other belief hangs upon it."
We teach the fundamentals of learning to Love instead of Hate.
"Love, Truth, Peace, Freedom, and Justice must be proclaimed and practiced by all members of the Moorish Science Temple of America. No member is to put in danger or accuse falsely his brother or sister on any occasion at all that may harm his brother or sister, because Allah is Love." Divine Constitution and By Laws
Principles: There are five principles of the Moorish Peoples. These principles are Love, Truth, Peace, Freedom and Justice (L, T, P, F, & J). These employ the undeniable doctrine of the Great God and Man are in fact one. L, T, P, F, & J are the sacred values, holy philosophy and true tools of life of every Moorish Citizen. Often revealed as the “Five Highest Principles known to man” these pentagrams are also proudly displayed on the Five-pointed Open Green Star centered in The Moorish Flag. The Five pointed open Green Star has represented the Moorish since the fall of man.
Allah, the Father of the Universe, The Father of Love, Truth, Peace, Freedom and Justice. Allah is my Protector, My Guide and My Salvation, By Night and by Day. Through His Holy Prophet, Drew Ali. Amen
Ye are the children of one father, provided for by his care; and the breast of one mother hath given you suck.
Let the bonds of affection, therefore, unite thee with thy brothers, that peace and happiness may dwell in thy father's house.
And when ye separate in the world, remember the relation that bindeth you to love and unity; and prefer not a stranger before thy own blood
If thy brother is in adversity, assist him; if thy sister is in trouble, forsake her not
So shall the fortunes of thy father contribute to the support of his whole race; and his care be continued to you all, in your love to each other.
"And you must teach your sons, and set their souls on fire with love and holy zeal, and make them conscious of their missions to the sons of men."
Consider, thou art a parent, the importance of thy trust; the being thou hast produced, it is thy duty to support.
Upon thee also it dependeth whether the child of thy bosom be a blessing or a curse to thyself; an useful or a worthless member to the community.