What is Moor

What exactly is a Moor?

This is one of the most elusive questions that stumps today’s Moor. I say today’s Moor because it was not up until recently that our people are slowly waking up to the fact that they are Moors, an ancestry that runs all the way back to the first man. This was all done by a divine plan. Prophet Noble Drew Ali said “If I woke all the Asiatics up at once, I would not know what to do with you myself”and so this was a divine plan of a seed that was planted in 1913 when the Prophet first appeared back on this land. Prophet Confucius said this:

“If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.”

It has been approximately 100 years since our Prophet, Noble Drew Ali, came and planted the seed of knowledge about our true identity and our birthrights as Moors, who were the ancient Moabites of the ancient land of Canaan. Since his coming, movements like the Nation of Islam, the 5%ers commonly known as the Nation of Gods and Earths, and other Islamic groups have sprung up teaching a more reformed version of Islam than that of the Mohammedans of 1400 years ago. This seed was planted by Noble Drew Ali and it has been 100 years and the time is now to reap the fruit of that tree.

According to the online etymological dictionary, which is a composite of 21 different sources, we read this for the etymology of the name Moor:


"North African, Berber," late 14c., from O.Fr. More, from M.L. Morus, from L. Maurus "inhabitant of Mauritania" (northwest Africa, a region now corresponding to northern Algeria and Morocco), from Gk. Mauros, perhaps a native name, or else cognate with mauros "black" (but this adjective only appears in late Greek and may as well be from the people's name as the reverse). Being a dark people in relation to Europeans, their name in the Middle Ages was a synonym for "Negro;" later (16c.-17c.) used indiscriminately of Muslims (Persians, Arabs, etc.) but especially those in India.

Many falsely believe Moor to mean black. When proven that it does not mean black, as the above etymology shows you, they will then go on to say “well the Moors were a black people.” But this, as the etymology shows us above, only appears in the Alexandrian or Koine (late Greek) dialect. There is no such thing as a black people and just by looking at your skin alone, or the skin of the people who are called black people, you will see with your own eyes that it is not black.

The Christian European writers would always call our peoples “black” after this period but before this time, we were all known as Moors, just having different tribal names and cultures, but we were all Moors.

Before Africa was called such, it was called Libya because the first and true recorded Libyans were in fact dark skinned woolly haired Moors. Libyans were called Moors in the book “The Cambridge ancient history: The High Empire, A.D. 70-192”[1]

If you notice the second definition in the etymon, the name Moor also means “Berber” which is one of our ancient race names as well. In the Negro Laws of South Carolina of 1839 reads as such:

"The term Negro is confined to slave Africans (Ancient Berbers) and their descendants."[2]

So it is obviously clear that a Moor is indeed a Berber as the second definition of Moor in the etymon shows us above. The Europeans tried to use those Moors whom were bound by treaties, as a separate people from those Moors whom they knew in their historical records as Berbers that mainly lived upon the Southwestern shores of Africa. These are the ancient Moabites who travelled from Canaan to establish empires in Northwestern and Southwestern Africa.

We find the name Moor, in reference to whom the Greeks called “Ethiopians” mentioned in ancient records of the Chaldeans (Babylonians) under the name “Mirukh.”[3] The Hindus knew our ancient fathers by the name “Meru.”[4] The Greeks knew our ancient ancestors as the Meropes.[5] And the Egyptians, who kept the best records, recorded themselves as TA-MERAU[6] with the “au” denoting plurality as in the name of the people collectively. We can safely assume that the “ukh” in Mirukh, the “u” in Meru and the “opes” in Meropes, is merely there in that ancient vernacular to represent plurality.

Early scholars have intimated that all of these different variations of these people, are one and the same, including Meroe[7], which was founded by our Cushitic ancestors in the 25th dynasty and as you can clearly see, the real and true name for Egypt is Mer(i) which is undoubtedly another variation of the word we have now as Moor. These are the Sons of God or the Beni Elohim The Saba (seven) who became the famed Sabians of old described in scriptures from the most remotest times that speaks of the people of Meru who descended from this place that had a mystical mountain where the God El dwelt, thought now to be located on the Island of Meropes of the famed Atlantis Islands. This is what a Moor is, the first person/people on the planet and it is the reason why Christians gave to our people the name black and when all adherents of Islam began to be labeled as Moors, they specifically called the Moabites, Black-a-Moors. But we have resurrected and we know who we are now and will not stop until this false designation of black is wiped from the records identifying our people from this point forward.

It was the Moors who brought light to the world when they accepted the Mohammedan religion which taught Islam. They then went to Europe. When Europe was dark and gloomy, the Moors had street lights in Seville Spain 600 years before the Europeans had them. In the city of Cordova, the Moors had 471 mosques, and 300 public baths and the number of houses of the great and noble were 63,000 and 200, 077 houses of the common people. There were upwards of 80,000 shops. Water from the mountains was distributed through every corner and quarter of the city by means of leaden pipes into basins of different shapes, made of the purest gold, the finest silver or plated brass as well into vast lakes, curious tanks, amazing reservoirs and fountains of Grecian marble." The houses in Cordova were air conditioned in the summer by "ingeniously arranged draughts of fresh air drawn from the garden over beds of flowers, chosen for their perfume, warmed in winter by hot air conveyed through pipes bedded in the walls. Bathrooms supplied hot and cold water and there were tables of gold, set with emeralds rubies and pearls. This list of impressive works appears endless; it includes lampposts that lit their streets at night, to grand palaces, such as the one called Azzahra with its 15,000 doors. Renaissance men like Zaryab, a multi-genius, was the first to design different clothing colors and patterns for different seasons."[8]

It was the Moors that first instituted religious freedoms in other lands. They encouraged, supported, but also enhanced the arts and sciences. The Moors brought a renaissance in knowledge as the wisdom of the ancient cultures was relearned through the works of the Greeks, Hebrews, Chinese, Persians, translating all into Arabic. The Moors were the first to trace the curvilinear path of light through the air. They achieved advances in chemistry including the invention of gunpowder. They found new discoveries in Astronomy and on the nature of the earth. The invention of the Astrolabe and the compass is accredited to the Moors. The medical use of vivisection and dissection. The Moors had hundreds of woman nurses and surgeons and were not constrained like we see in some cultures, even some other Islamic cultures. The Moors are accredited with the creation of hospitals with running water and the widespread construction of baths. Christian Europe held this rite of bathing in contempt for centuries. That’s right, it was literally against the law to bathe in Europe! We established numerous fabulous gardens. The Moors were the first to establish latrines (toilets) with running water hundreds of years before the rest of Europe. We had Paved streets and street lights much like you see today. We built numerous bookstores and had a highly literate populace.

The Moors also took interior decoration to new heights in elaborate building ideas. This compares with the rest of Europe where most structures were barren, artless hulks without the minimum of utilities even for hygiene.

There were numerous schools and places of learning in Moorish Al-Andalusia (Spain). Beginning with the University of Cordoba, other great institutions were built in Seville, Valencia, Mallarga and Granada. Like the ancient Greeks under the Egyptians, several of the most prominent European Catholic scholars studied under the African Moors in their institutions in Spain. The Moors translated all great works they could lay their hands on from the ancients into Arabic. This included the knowledge of Egypt, Kush, India, China and the Greece. Western historians point to the Greek component of these documents and attempt to paint the Moors as merely borrowers of Greek intellectual culture. This ignores the fact that Greek knowledge comes directly from Ancient Egypt and that there is convincing evidence that the Moors already possessed similar knowledge of their own from their homelands. But this was not only limited to higher education. The Moors promoted literacy and the advancement of the general population. Schools were everywhere, many of them free of charge.

Again, far in advance of Western Europe, Moorish physicians were specially trained and highly regulated. They practiced surgery and cauterization and understood the importance of cleanliness in the operating environment.

The eminent scholar on Moorish history, Jose Pimienta-Bey, notes in Golden Age of the Moor (pg. 211):

"Europeans offered no competition with Moorish advances in pathology, etiology (study of diseases), therapeutics, surgery and pharmacology. Texts were written by Moorish physicians describing surgical technique and instruments that were used; doctors specialized in pediatrics, obstetrics, ophthalmology, and in the treatment of hernias and tumors. Imamuddin tells us that Moorish scientists were even importing monkey skeletons from Africa for use in dissection when conditions prevented the use of cadavers."

For the Andalusian Moor, scholarly endeavor was considered divine. The more one knew of one's self and one's World, the more one was supposed to know of one's Creator. The ancient creed "Know Thyself" was very much the creed of Andalusia. Rulers such as the Caliph Abd al-Rahman III, spent almost one-third of the state's income on education. At a time when most Christian monarchs could not even write their own names, the Caliphs of Moorish Spain were often scholars.

The works of a number of Moorish savants were revered, translated and became required texts in the universities which later developed in Europe. These include Generalities on Medicine by Averroes, Solitary Regime by Avempace, Primus Canonis by Avicenna and Al-Tasrif, by Abulcasis, which became the predominant university medical text for Europe's physicians.

It was the Moorish chemists such as Jabir who discovered nitric, nitro-muriatic and sulphuric acid. They were well versed in the science well before Europe.

Jose Pimienta-Bey notes the proximity of the founding dates of the major European universities to the translations of Moorish works by rulers such as Alfonso X of Spain. These centers of learning relied primarily on Moorish texts for centuries

This is who you are, you are Moors and you adopted every other tribe and nation into your nation and taught civilization to the world. You built the pyramids and other structures from Babylon, to Egypt, to India, all the way over here to the Americas. All of this information is still encoded within your DNA. It is time to unlock your inner deity and rise up to be your higher self and this is the sole purpose of the Moorish Science Temple of America where one can go to proclaim their nationality and become one with their higher selves because it is a sin to not live up to the constitutional standards of the government in which you live and until you do so, you will forever be under the mind control of a people who do not have your best interests at heart.

The Moors or the Moabites are rising again. Those Nobles who are the founders of the worlds first civilization and divine creed are once again bringing the lost light back to the people of Moorish descent and the rest of the Asiatic nations in this western hemisphere. What we do, our success, will be the blueprint of the uplifting of fallen humanit the world over. One day, every wheel of industry is going to stop and when it starts up again, it is going to be in our favor and we Moors will go back to feeding the world like we used to in ancient times.

Even hip-hop is starting to regain its conscious voice again and once the rappers and entertainers and sports figures from all walks of life. The Moorish movement is rising and the art work that was hidden from us for decades are being revealed through the world wide web and some striking images have revealed themselves in relation to the very features of our current rappers and stars!

"You are what your ancient forefathers were without doubt or contradiction" ~ Prophet Noble Drew Ali

Complied by Sheik Way-El
Grand Sheik and Divine Minister
Moorish Science Temple of America
Subordinate Temple Atlantis

Additional sources

[1] The Cambridge Ancient History, Vol. 11: The High Empire, A.D. 70-192
[2] The negro law of South Carolina By South Carolina. State Agricultural Society, State Agricultural Society of South Carolina (1839- ) published in 1848
[3] “Wonderful Ethiopians of the Ancient Cushite Empire” Druscilla Dunjee Houston, pg. 127
[4] “Paradise found: the cradle of the human race at the North pole; a study of the prehistoric world” William Fairfield Warren pg. 236
[5] “Har-Moad: or, The mountain of the assembly. A series of archaeological studies, chiefly from the standpoint of the Cuneiform inscriptions” By Orlando Dana Miller, Stephen Munson Whipple on pg. 406
[6] An Egyptian Hieroglyphic Dictionary Vol II: With an Index of English Words, King List, and Geographical List with Indexes, List of Hieroglyphic Characters, Coptic and Semitic Alphabets, PG 815 By E. A. Wallis Budge, Vol. I, pg. 1050
[7] Willford in Asiatic researches, vol. viii, pg. 289
[8] “The Golden Age of the Moor” by Ivan Van Sertima (pg. 166)