By Sister Anaid El. According to the State s , one is required to obtain a Certificate of Title and to register their private property conveyance with the Motor Vehicle Department. McCarthy was requesting clarification as to their requirements regarding obtaining a title, which equates to asking what Law supports their position and compels anyone to have to obtain a certificate of title from them, and register their vehicle with them. The Motor Vehicle Department s states that in order for one to show proof of ownership of their personal property, they must receive a certificate of title from the state, and then they must register it, turning it into a motor vehicle, which then places it as their Motor Vehicle Department property under commerce. To add insult to the injury and the fraud, one is paying to sell their property to the Sate, via title cost and other taxes.
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In others, he claims that the priest considered him a reincarnation of Jesus , the Buddha , Muhammad and other religious prophets. According to the biography, the high priest trained Ali in mysticism and gave him a "lost section" of the Quran. It is also known as the "Circle Seven Koran" because of its cover, which features a red "7" surrounded by a blue circle. They are instructions on how to live, and the education and duties of adherents.
In these he wrote: The fallen sons and daughters of the Asiatic Nation of North America need to learn to love instead of hate; and to know of their higher self and lower self. This is the uniting of the Holy Koran of Mecca for teaching and instructing all Moorish Americans, etc.
The key of civilization was and is in the hands of the Asiatic nations. He suggested that all Asiatics should be allied. His approach appealed to thousands of African Americans who had left severely oppressive conditions in the South through the Great Migration and faced struggles in new urban environments.
In the traditions he founded, male members of the Temple wear a fez or turban as head covering; women wear a turban.
It was also a way to claim and proclaim a new identity over that lost to the enslavement of their ancestors. As Drew Ali began his version of teaching the Moorish-Americans to become better citizens, he made speeches like, "A Divine Warning By the Prophet for the Nations", in which he urged them to reject derogatory labels, such as "Black", "colored", and "Negro". He urged Americans of all races to reject hate and embrace love. He believed that Chicago would become a second Mecca. The ushers of the Temple wore black fezzes.
The leader of a particular temple was known as a Grand Sheik , or Governor. Noble Drew Ali had several wives. There he instructed followers not to be confrontational but to build up their people to be respected. Emmerson , as 27th Governor of Illinois in the state capital of Springfield. The Chicago Defender stated that his trip included "interviews with many distinguished citizens from Chicago, who greeted him on every hand.
Internal split and murder[ edit ] In early , following a conflict over funds, Claude Green-Bey, the business manager of Chicago Temple No. He declared himself Grand Sheik and took a number of members with him.
No indictment was sworn for Drew Ali at that time. The death of Drew Ali[ edit ] Shortly after his release by the police, Drew Ali died at age 43 at his home in Chicago on July 20, One Moor told the Chicago Defender, "The Prophet was not ill; his work was done and he laid his head upon the lap of one of his followers and passed out.
Mealy El in an undated photo, ca. The death of Drew Ali brought out a number of candidates to succeed him. Accompanied by two Moorish Science members, the police visited the home of Johnson, when they were met by gunfire. The attack escalated into a shoot-out that spilled into the surrounding neighborhood. In the end, a policeman as well as a member were killed in the gun battle, and a second policeman later died of his wounds. He moved to Detroit, where he formed his own group, an organization that would become the Nation of Islam.
It is estimated that membership in the s reached 30, There were major congregations in Philadelphia, Detroit, and Chicago. There were congregations in numerous other cities where African Americans had migrated in the early 20th century.
The group published several magazines: one was the Moorish Guide National. During the s and s, continued surveillance by police and later the FBI caused the Moors to become more withdrawn and critical of the government. The investigation failed to find any substantial evidence, and the investigations were dropped. The federal agency later investigated the organization in for violation of the Selective Service Act of and sedition.
In September , the Department of Justice determined that prosecution was not warranted for the alleged violations. The file that the FBI created on the temple grew to 3, pages during its lifetime. It is unclear whether he officially joined or was instead rejected by its members. Demographic and cultural changes have decreased the attraction of young people to the Moorish Science Temple. Only about members attended a convention in , rather than the thousands of the past.
The documents include fake liens , deeds, and property claims. The city mistakenly invited members of the local Moorish Science temple to the ceremony, believing them to be a part of actual Moroccan descent.
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