[Lesson No. 1, Question and Answer 8]

“And certainly We gave Moses the Book and We appointed with him his brother Aaron, an aider. Then We said: Go you both to the people who reject Our messages. So we destroyed them with utter destruction.” –Holy Qur’an, Surah 25, verses 35-36

The day before returning to Chicago from the Holy Day of Atonement address by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan at the Tampa Convention Center, a group of sisters from Columbus, Ohio, the Delaware Valley and Florida, made their way to the International Administrative Bldg. for a brief tour of its complex which included a small, two-room exhibit on the history of the Shriner’s origin in North America. We were all surprised when we arrived at the information and reception desk by a young woman who welcomed us and gave us complete access to the exhibit rooms. We were also free to take photos of any part of the display that was immaculately stored in glass encasements on the floor and on the walls. We had no guide nor was there anyone present as security. What we saw and recorded was really

Glass encasement of various fezes worn by the Shriners bearing Eastern Arabic names. (lower)A visit to the Shriner’s Temple—outside wall at entrance displays the Shriner’s fez and the words Egypt Temple Mosque in Tampa, Fla. Photos: Callie Muhammad

phenomenal and extended our interest to visit the nearby Shriner’s Temple in which once again we had easy and open access and met the Chief Potentate of the building complex.

At the Shriner’s Administrative office building, which also gives information to the public on the 22 Shriner’s hospitals located throughout North America, Canada, Mexico City and Hawaii, the first sight that met our eyes was an elaborate glass encasement on the wall which exhibited a large number of the Shriner’s red fezes with embroidered designs of the Scimetar or Sword turned upside down, placed over the crescent and five-pointed star on a red background. Each fez had Arabic names of Mecca, Medina, Osman and other Arabic titles. Inside the floor, encasements were samples of old manuscripts, magazines and documents all bearing Arabic and Egyptian symbols. One open letter began with the greetings and salutation of “Es Selamu Aleikum,” meaning “Peace Be With You,” with the response Aleikum Es Selamu or meaning “With You Be Peace.”

The curio cabinets featured sports magazines promoting athletic competitions east and west and the Shrine Circus Organization which was founded by the Shriner’s. On the adjacent wall were a series of photos showing members of the Shriner’s Fraternity, which included famous sports figures, political leaders and presidents, along with astronauts Buzz Aldrin who landed on the moon in 1969. There were photos of actors and film stars, John Wayne, with a collection of his rifles and guns used in his many movies and along with Clark Gable. There was also an honorary letter written to former president Ronald Reagan. As we continued with amazement on our revealing tour, I began to feel the sensation that somehow there was a connection between the Masonic Order and their degreed program with the incredible work and discovery made by L. Ron Hubbard on the training of the psyche and the mind into its spiritual development which touches upon the organizational policies and discipline of study which is also a part of freemasonry. The ultimate degree that one can earn in the Shriner’s organization is 33 degrees and emphasizes their training as a mason or Moslem son which is based on family and community service with high social morals and standards of living.

What is the connection between a Shriner and a Mason? Why do they wear an exhibit, the red fez and other Eastern origins once a year during the 4th of July, Independence Day parade? What did the Honorable Elijah Muhammad teach us about the Masonic order and what are the elite functionaries prepared to do to help us in this particular period and time of world crises? According to Surah 90:12-20 entitled, Al-Balad: The City, the elite tribe of the Quraish who were the rulers of Mecca are obligated to take the uphill road. “And what will make thee comprehend what the uphill road is? (It is) to free a slave, Or to feed in a day of hunger An orphan nearly related, Or the poor man lying in the dust. Then he is of those who believe and exhort one another to patience, and exhort one another to mercy. These are the people of the right hand. And those who disbelieve in Our messages, they are the people of the left hand. On them is Fire closed over.” These verses also define the work and service of the Shriner’s Fraternity as well. From one of the Shriner’s International brochures, we read the following words: “You may be surprised to know that Shriner’s count among their ranks presidents, military leaders, professional golfers, country music stars, astronauts and actors. We believe it is just as important to be a leader in your personal life, to be a role model, to be a sounding board and to simply be a friend.”

Photos appearing in the exhibit rooms of the Shriner’s International Building displaying a few presidents and actors and sports champions, including photo of Clark Gable.

These persons that are a part of the Masonic Order represents a group of men and women who are trained and dedicated to the working out of America’s destiny to bring about full, social equality. They know our history and their own and are permitted, teaches the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, at a certain time to come among us to help us to implement an aspect of our social equality. This is part of the secret school of studies that has been handed down through some of America’s citizens that is opening up the door of free expression, building a bridge that we may walk safely to the other side. This is the work of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan as the Great Helper of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, the Messenger, Messiah, who is qualified by God Almighty with authority to discern between truth and falsehood as the Furqan (Farrakhan) in the 25th Surah of the Holy Qur’an who will take us safely across the river to the other side and will not say, look at what I have done but rather all praise is due to Allah (God) for what He has done.

“And the people of Noah, when they rejected the messengers, We drowned them, and made them a sign for men. And We have prepared a painful chastisement for the wrongdoers–“ –Holy Qur’an, Surah 25, verses 37

To be continued.