[Editor’s Note: This article is reprinted from Volume 30, No. 9, and The Final Call will continue to reprint articles written by our late and dear Mother Tynnetta Muhammad.]

“Has not the story reached them of those before them–of the people of Noah and Ad and Thamud, and the people of Abraham and the dwellers of Midian and the overthrown cities? Their messengers came to them with clear arguments. So Allah wronged them not but they wronged themselves.” —Holy Qur’an, Surah 9, verse 70

Ancient book or manuscript of masonry placed on the table in the Masonic Temple in Detroit, Michigan. Photos: Majiedah Muhammad

There is no subject that we can discuss in this world’s life or in the next that does not have its root in the Divine Teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. He acknowledges his Master Teacher, W. Fard Muhammad, as being the embodiment of God Himself when rightly understood. He unveils the teachings of a mystery god which dominates the current world of religion and brings us face-to-face with the Reality of God in Person. Who do you believe or say that God is? Is He only Spirit while we are created from matter or material in a material Universe that He Createdand Formed from Himself? The Scriptures state thatwe are all gods (Aloihim) and children of the Most High God. Spirit alone cannot sustain us or produce anything but spirit, the breath of life, which is void of intelligence without a material form. If this were not the case, we would be wandering around aimlessly as particles of dust without form and the energy of consciousness.

Ending our tour of the Masonic Temple in Detroit, Michigan with Sister Juanita Shakir Muhammad, (right) Pioneer researcher of Nation of Islam History and Sister Allison Muhammad (left), Teacher and graduate in anthropology and sociology at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.

When we think a thought, are we conscious of where that thought comes from? Does it originatefrom intelligence in the vastness of space? The Divine Teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad brings to consciousness God’s Power and Force in every living being who has the capacity to think through darkness until we materialize something that is tangible and real. This is the reason why no one can argue successfully with the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and win because he was taught the Reality of God Who Came Himself, in Person, and not by a spookfrom some imaginary existence outside of the World of Thought. We, of the Black Original Nation, are Co-Creators with the Almighty Supreme Being in His Divine Creation of the vast extent of the entire Universal Worlds. In keeping on our main subject on Masonry and the Nation of Islam, we draw our inspiration and lead from the Divine Teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. We will note that the first and fundamental principle of Masonry is founded upon the belief in God, a Supreme Being, that is often referred to as the Great Architect. This is the fundamental principle of Islam, a belief in One God. So it is in God that we trust and have our eternal existence.

Let us review some of the words of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad addressing this topic of masonry in several places in his Theology of Time lecture series. On June 11, 1972, standing in Mosque Maryam, he spoke at length to the Black masons in particular with an explanation of what they are currently given in their degree program under the White Masonic Order. He stated that while reading a book on ancient masonry at the Congressional Library in Washington, D.C., he often mused over what they were teaching which withheld some of the secret inner meanings of their rituals and ceremonies, the truth of which he was well taught by his Master Teacher, W. F. Muhammad, the Great Mahdi.

In giving a comparison on the two flags, the one representing the stars and stripes of America and that of our Universal Flag of the Sun, Moon and Stars, he stated that the Masonic Order of White Muslims or more properly identified as “Moslem-Sons” in our nation’s Lessons,can only receive 33 degrees of the entire circle of Higher Wisdom, while we are taught in the Nation of Islam the full circle of 360 degrees of Supreme Wisdom. He also stated that Freemasonry does not take you any further than Australia and Europe, but the Universal Flag of Islam takes us all around the world and into the universe. He further stated that we, the Black man, are the people of the first order, not of the last order. In the White man’s masonry, he said, the candidate or initiate is to answer that he is born in this (referring to the universality of the Sun, Moon and Stars), and not made in this.

Speaking particularly to our brethren who are following the Masonic Order and degrees of masonry, he said that in Islam, as taught to us by the Great Master, Fard Muhammad, gives us the highest degree which the White man won’t teach you. We give you more than what the devil gives you, he stated. Your masonry (referring to Black masons), includes the history of your slavery but you don’t know it. Three degrees takes you into slavery, but the White man won’t teach you the theology side of it. We are in the right position on the square (the truth), not as a sign of the square but we are the square ourselves; and we are the sun and the moon and the star. They (referring to the White masons) get recognition for their actions (trying to be upright on the square), so that they can attract you to them.

In today’s world, the Black Original and Indigenous People all around the planet are referred to as the Third World, and in Mexico, the Black Original people coming up from slavery are referred to as the third race. In both cases, the Indigenous world population and the original Black man, should be referred to as the first world and the first “race “for they are the mothers and fathers of civilization being in the beginning in the right order. This comes in answer to Question and Answer Number 1 of our Student Enrollment which raises the question: “Who is the Original Man?” We are given the answer which places the Original Man back into his proper place and sets him in an upright position in the circle with God Himself, as Creator and Owner of the Universe.

The White man’s thinking ever since he was made by his Father Yacob is to deceive and master the Original People, and to dominate and rule overthem as it is in their very nature of existence. They go all over the earth studying the original people and nations learning their minds and thinking to form the foundation of their theological ideas and creeds. As the Honorable Elijah Muhammad teaches us that when he wants to accomplish something, he doesn’t get down on his knees to pray for it, he goes after it to master it and thus masters the rule in the time given to him to accomplish what he has achieved in science and ever advancing technology.

While doing so, he must kill the Black man’s power of resistance through his power of attraction. Now, the two gods are at war with each other, teaches the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, as a Bearer of Witness to the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. They are at war to determine who will take the other one out of existence. Only through a Superior Knowledge and Supreme Wisdom will the New Ruler, Who is God, Himself, Assert His Power over a whole New World of Creation and a whole New Universe of Divine Laws distinct from what we are presently in. So the Old Heaven and the Old Earth must be removed for something New to take its place. We stand with the Champion, the Great Mahdi, Master W. Fard Muhammad, Who is being Seen and Heard the world over in this time of Universal Change!

“And the believers, men and women, are friends one of another. They enjoin good and forbid evil and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, and obey Allah and His Messenger. As for these, Allah will have mercy on them. Surely Allah is Mighty, Wise.” Holy Qur’an, Surah 9, verse 71

To be continued.