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Moorish Science Temple of America
[right side star and crescent of Islam over circle seven symbol over lamb and lion over sphinx bottom of the page Noble Drew Ali in Magician costume left side of the page Asia over clasped hands over red fez with Fig. No. 1 under it over pyramids over two humped camel Text in box in center of page.]
To All Whom These Presents May Come,
The Home Office,
By virtue of the authority vested in The Most Holy Prophet, Noble Drew Ali and the Moorish Holy Temple of Science, Inc., by a lawfully granted Charter of the State of Illinois hath granted this
to this branch of the Moorish Holy Temple of Science, at __________
in the County of ___________ and State of ___________ to be styled and known as __________ No. _____ invested with all the powers and privileges of a Subordinate Temple within the jurisdiction of the said Home Office.
Jurisdiction aforesaid by virtue of whose authority it exists, while acting in conformity with the laws, rules and regulations of the Home Temple and the said subordinate Temple aforesaid, being duly and lawfully organized, constituted and established, is hereby authorized and empowered to initiate and confer the degrees of said Temple in accordance with the established forms and usages upon all such persons as are duly and lawfully qualified. To promote and practice the teachings of all the true and divine prophets: Jesus, Mohammed, Buddha, Confucius, Etc.
The officers and members who benefit under this charter, do hereby pledge themselves to act at all times in obedience to the commands and edicts of the illustrious Noble Drew Ali, the founder and head of the Moorish Holy Temple of Science, Inc.
The Home office can at any time suspend, revoke or take away this Charter or Warrant of Authority if in the judgement of our Grand Ruler and Prophet Noble Drew Ali, said subordinate Temple has violated any of the principles or rules of the Moorish Holy Temple of Science, Inc.
In Testimony Whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed the Seal of the said Moorish Holy Temple of Science, Inc. This ________ day of ________ A.D. 19__ at Chicago, Illinois, County of Cook, State of Illinois, U.S.A.
Attest Noble Drew Ali [affixed are the seals of the incorporation of the Moorish Science Temple and the seal of Prophet Noble Drew Ali.]
In order to show the similarities between Masonry and Moorish Science we need to add a few Masonic documents here. One is the Shriner's Passport, the other is the Dispensation for a New Lodge as taken from Duncan's Ritual Complete.
"Form of Dispensation for a New Lodge.
Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of _________. To all to whom these present may come, GREETINGS:
"WHEREAS, a petition has been presented to me by Brothers _____, residing within this jurisdiction, praying, on account of the convenience of their respective dwellings, and for other good reasons, for a Dispensation to empower them to assemble as a legal Lodge, to discharge the duties of Masonry in the several degrees of Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft, and Master Mason, in a regular and constitutional manner, according to ancient forms of the Fraternity, and the constitution and regulations of this Grand Lodge;
"And, WHEREAS, The said petitioners have been recommended to me as Master Masons in good standing by the Worshipful Master, Wardens and brethren of _______ lodge, No. ___, under our jurisdiction; Therefore, I, ____ _____, Grand Master of the State of ________, by virtue of the authority in me vested, do hereby grant this my Dispensation, authorizing and empowering our trusty and well beloved brethren aforesaid, to form and open a new Lodge in the _____ of ______, in county of ________, and State of ______, to be called ________ Lodge, and therein to admit and make Entered Apprentices, Fellow Crafts, and Master Masons, in accordance with the ancient usages and customs of the fraternity, obeying in all things the constitution, laws, and edicts of this Grand Lodge, and not otherwise.
"And I do hereby appoint our worthy brother, A B, to be the first Master; Brother C D to be the first Senior Warden, and Brother E F to be the first Junior Warden of said new Lodge.
"And it shall be their duty, and they are hereby required to return this Dispensation with a correct transcript of all proceedings had under the authority of the same, together with an attested copy of their by laws, to our Grand Lodge, at its next annual communication, for examination, and such further action as shall be deemed wise and proper.
"This Dispensation to continue in full force till the annual communications aforesaid, unless sooner revoked by me."In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal, this ___ day of ___, A.D. 19__.
____________________ ___________________, Grand Master."