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“Ramadan” Moorish American Moslems Honoring Our Own

In the spirit of unity and reverence for their unique heritage, Moorish American Moslems are redefining their observance of Ramadan, aligning it with their own traditions and teachings as prescribed by Prophet Drew Ali. Unlike traditional Islamic practices, which follow the lunar calendar for Ramadan, Moorish American Moslems hold their Ramadan in October, a month significant in their faith's history.

Prophet Drew Ali, the revered founder of the Moorish Science Temple of America-1928, imparted teachings distinct from mainstream Islam, drawing from sources in India, Egypt, and Palestine rather than Arabia. This divergence in approach prompts reflection on the essence of Ramadan, which transcends mere fasting to symbolize spiritual purification and devotion to Allah.

While mainstream Islam observes five pillars, including the declaration of faith, daily prayers, charity, fasting during Ramadan, and pilgrimage to Mecca, Moorish American Moslems focus on a trinity of prayers, charity within their community, and a unique pilgrimage to Chicago, termed their "Moorish Mecca."

Ramadan is indeed recognized as one of the fundamental pillars of Islam, essential for spiritual growth and self-purification. However, it's crucial to delve into all the lawful pillars of Al-Islam for a comprehensive understanding.

The Declaration of Faith, affirming the Oneness of God and the finality of Prophet Muhammad's prophethood, is a core tenet. For Moorish American Moslems, acknowledging Prophet Drew Ali as the last Prophet in this era of time is deemed haram or forbidden within mainstream Islam. The primary opening prayer for Moorish American Moslems serves as a steadfast reaffirmation of our unwavering faith in Allah and his Prophet, who was specifically and divinely dispatched by Allah to the Asiatics of North America.

Salat, the practice of daily prayers, is another pillar. While mainstream Islam observes five prayers a day, Moorish American Moslems adhere to three prescribed prayers: morning, noon, and evening. This deviation is based on interpretations of Quranic verses emphasizing the importance of regular prayers without specifying a set number.

Zakat, the obligation to give to the needy, begins at home for Moorish American Moslems, prioritizing contributions to their Temples rather than Al-Islam Mosques. This distinction reflects their unique charitable practices.

Ramadan, symbolizing self-purification through fasting, is observed differently by Moorish American Moslems compared to mainstream Islamic customs. They question why some choose to observe Ramadan concurrently with mainstream Islam while not aligning with other pillars according to Al-Islamic traditions.

Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca, holds significance in both mainstream Islam and Moorish American Moslem beliefs. While Mecca is revered in mainstream Islam, Chicago is regarded as the Moorish Mecca, emphasizing the distinct pilgrimage practices of Moorish American Moslems.

Prophet Drew Ali's teachings guide Moorish American Moslems in forming their customs, traditions, and laws, with October holding particular importance as the month of revelation for the Holy Koran (Circle 7). This unique interpretation shapes their religious practices and observances.

In summary, Moorish American Moslems' adherence to the pillars of Al-Islam is rooted in their distinctive interpretations and teachings, highlighting the diversity of Islamic practices across different communities.

The decision to observe Ramadan in October stems from honoring Prophet Drew Ali's teachings and the revelation of the Holy Koran during this month, aligning their spiritual journey with their Prophet's guidance. This distinctive practice has gained recognition, with Michigan's Department of Corrections officially accommodating Moorish Ramadan for incarcerated members of the faith.

The leadership of The Moorish Science Temple of America-1928 emphasizes the importance of consistent leadership and adherence to core teachings, ensuring clarity and unity within the Moorish American Moslem community. As they prepare to celebrate Ramadan in October, Moorish American Moslems stand united in their faith, paying tribute to their Prophet and embracing their unique spiritual journey.

The Moorish American Moslems' approach to Ramadan reflects a deep-rooted connection to their faith and a commitment to honoring their Prophet's legacy, setting them apart while fostering a sense of unity and purpose within their community.

Peace and Love in Praises to Allah. The Moorish Science Temple of America-1928

by Grand Governess Yssis Saadi El


El, R. (2005). Islam In America. Atlanta, GA: Saadi El Publications .

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