“Moor” or “Moorish”. Which should we be called?
By Sheik Way-El
Islam, Peace, and Greetings to you all.
In the debunking of the claims made by those who identify themselves as “Moors”, we bring to you another of oft-quoted assertions used by these types. These people are usually against the religious aspects of the Moorish Science Temple of America and so they come up with crafty ways to to sidetrack people’s interest in the only true Moorish movement (the Moorish Science Temple of America) by catering to the ideals of those who claim to be “conscious” and reject religion or anything associated with it. In this, we find that these groups shun using the term “Moorish” and prefer to use the word “Moor” only.
These types reject the use of the suffix “–ish” on Moor (Moorish) because they feel that it means “something like,” “sort of,” “kind of,” etc.? Their claim is that you cannot be “something like a Moor” so they do not call themselves “Moorish” . Let us simply break this down for those of you who are truly seeking to learn. The suffix -ish etymologically defines:
adjectival suffix, from Old English -isc, common Germanic(cf. Old Norse –iskr, German -isch, Gothic -isks), cognate with Greek diminutive suffix –iskos. Colloquially attached to hours to denote approximation, 1916. (taken from the online etymological dictionary) [added emphasis mines]
Notice that it says “Colloquially attached to hours to denote approximation”. Colloquial simply denotes slang and they give the date for its usage starting from 1916. This means that prior to 1916, there was no defined usage of this term. This evinces that using the term to denote “approximation” and “something like” cannot be founded in any English Lexicon prior.
How is that one would not see this in their regular research? Groups of Moors who follow the likes of Yaffa Bey, Sabir, Bey, the “Amexem Moor empire,” and all other like “treaty” groups, whose objectives is to clearly drive people away from the Moorish Science Temple of America, are led into falsely believing a thing because the people teaching it to them appear to be authorities on the subject.
To understand the suffix -ish and what it means, now that we know and understand that the original meaning of -ish does not mean “something like” or “approximation” in NORMAL USAGE, we have to look at the general meaning of the word.
1: of, relating to, or being —chiefly in adjectives indicating nationality or ethnic group <Finnish>
2 a : characteristic of <boyish> <Pollyannaish>
b : inclined or liable to <bookish> <qualmish>
3 a : having a touch or trace of <purplish> : somewhat<darkish>
b : having the approximate age of <fortyish> (taken from Merriam Webster online dictionary)
Notice that the very first definition gives you the actual intended meaning of the suffix -ish as the etymology breaks down, and that is “relating to” or “belonging to” and is used chiefly in identifying nationality or ethnic groups and they give the example of “Finnish.” We are “Moorish” and so now we understand the general applied meaning of the suffix -ish as it relates to the Moors and why it is connected to the name Moor; belonging to the Clean and Pure nation.
Let us now review the first thing that we noticed in the etymological breakdown for -ish when it is called an “adjectival suffix”. Suffixes change word class, e.g. from verb to noun or noun to adjective, but they can also change meaning. Adjectives are words that describe or modify another person or thing in the sentence. An adjectival suffix like -ish, modifies the noun. Example.
- The man is a Moor (Moor is the singular noun).
- I can tell by the man’s name, manner of dress, and customs, that he is Moorish (Moorish is the adjectival suffix that shows that the man belongs to a people who share the same customs)
This is 5th grade grammar. Anybody teaching that they are not Moorish, because the suffix -ish means “kind of/sort of” shows you the level of comprehension of the person that is teaching for he or she clearly lack comprehension and proper research methodology.
Grand Sheik Way-El