About the MSTA

The Moorish Science Temple of America which was founded in 1913 in Newark, NJ, first incorporated in the State of Illinois, November 1926 as a civic organization, and later, in August of 1928, then amended to become religious organization, was the very first Islamic organization in the United States of America and is a federally recognized as bona fide religious organization (See Johnson-Bey v. Lane, 863 F.2d 1308, 1309 (7th Cir. 1988)). In 1926 the movement was incorporated as a civic organization under the name MOORISH TEMPLE OF SCIENCE, then changed to a religious organization in 1928 because although civics was being taught, the works that were being undertaken by the Moorish Americans were largely religious. The Moorish Science Temple of America is not to be confused with any sovereign citizen groups or other like groups who claim to be “Moors”, who hold anti-government and anarchists ideals. The Moorish Science Temple of America was founded for, among other things, the uplifting of fallen humanity and to teach our people those things that will make them better citizens as to function harmoniously within the sphere of the social state of man as stark reminder that the Moors the first civilizers of the early nations of the world. The Moorish Science Temple of America is for peace, not confusion.


First Annual Convention of the Moorish Science Temple of America October, 1928

The Moorish Science Temple of America is an organization built upon Love, Truth, Peace, Freedom, and Justice, whose primary purposes as stated above, are the uplifting of fallen humanity and teaching our people to be better citizens and, to bring to those disfranchised people who are falsely called “Negroes”, “Blacks”, “Colored people”, “African Americans,” etc., etc., the nationality of their Moabite (Moorish) fore-parents that was stripped form them in 1774 and later enforced in 1779 and lasted during the times of slavery on this land. In this new era and time now, all men must have a free national name to be recognized by the government in which they live and the nations of the earth. This is the reason that the Prophet Noble Drew Ali was sent to us and why we style our movement as a Divine (religious/spiritual) and National (civic/political) one.

Founded by our Prophet, Noble Drew Ali, we of the Moorish Science Temple of America are friends and servants of Humanity. We are dedicated to the purpose of elevating the moral, social, and economic status of our people. We have set to do this through a wide and comprehensive program embodying Love, Truth, Peace, Freedom and Justice. Our duty is to teach our people of their ancestry, their civic duty as citizens of the United States of America, and to break them from the bondage of sinful things that has produced nothing but murders, theft, slander, envy, lewdness, and everything that harms.

We also look to provide debt resolution programs, business science classes, G.E.D. services, along with fitness and wellness programs, gang intervention and prison re-entry programs, along with advanced educational services pertaining to numerous subjects for the growth and development of our disenfranchised citizens and our youth specifically. Our main goal is the spiritual and moral development of a people who have turned away from the God of their fathers and have relegated themselves to every sinful discourse, and to help activate the seed of infinite potential that lays dormant in their souls.

Come, good people, because the Prophet, Noble Drew Ali, was sent to redeem this nation from the mental slavery which you have now. We need every one of you who think that your condition can be better to step up and assist us in the uplifting of fallen humanity. This is a field open to strong men and women to uplift the nation and take your place in the affairs of men. The world is literally awaiting our resurrection from the nominal, political, economic, cultural, and social death that we have now. COME ALL YE ASIATICS! COME AND HEAR THE TRUTH!


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