Chapter 23- Holy Instructions For Moorish Children
Chapters 20-25 are Noble Drew Ali’s Divine Instructions that serve as the foundation upon which Moorish American moslem families are to be built and governed. These are the instructions given to Moorish parents. This chapter is the first guidebook that Moorish parents consult to gain guidance in how to raise their children and what values, morals, skills, etc. they are to nurture and develop in their children. These principles are universal and most relevant in these times.
1. Consider, thou art a parent, the importance of thy trust; the being thou hast produced, it is thy duty to support.
Moors are being taught to think on with care; to ponder; to study; to meditate on the fact that he or she is now a parent. They are being reminded of the significance of this reality, to him or herself, to the family, community and to the nation. The Moorish child has invested in the Moorish parent the confidence that the parent will take care of and give said child all it needs to reach full potential. Moorish American moslem parents are here obligated by written instruction as a charge to be fully responsible for the child or children they have joined in union to produce.
2. Upon thee also it dependeth whether the child of thy bosom be a blessing or a curse to thyself; an useful or a worthless member to the community.
Moorish parents have the responsibility and capability to ensure whether their children manifest to be a means of happiness or the cause of deep trouble to themselves. Moorish parents are instructed to do what’s necessary to groom their children to be beneficial members of the family and community rather than useless ones.
3. Prepare him early with instruction, and season his mind with the maxims of truth.
The first instruction given to Moorish parents given in the third verse is to begin early teaching, furnishing with knowledge, and sharing information with their children. This process begins while the child is in the womb with mother and father speaking to the child. When the child is born this conversation should be engaged in consistently as if the child is the intelligent being that it is. “There is clear evidence that oral language, specifically vocabulary development, plays a significant role in a child’s later reading comprehension.” (Rollins Center for Language & Literacy)
The second instruction given is to plant into Moorish American children’s minds established principles of reality. Many mediums can be used to accomplish this goal…books, videos, cartoons, software, music, and conversation. Research these said mediums mining for wisdom, knowledge, and moral values. Censor the ones that do not contain these.
4. Watch the bent of his inclinations, set him right in his youth and let no evil habit gain strength with his years.
Parents must observe their children’s tendencies to ascertain whether all are in line with good principles and moral values. Whatever part of their character or speech that is not consistent in this regard parents are instructed to correct them appropriately early in their children’s life. Therefore no negative habits will take root in the children’s behavior because habits are much harder to break later in life if they are interwoven into a child’s makeup over the course of childhood.
5. So shall he rise like a cedar on the mountains; his head shall be seen above the trees of the forest.
The above deliberate work done by Moorish American moslem parents on behalf of their children will result in them being more fully developed than most of their peers…the “cedar on the mountains” will be “seen above the trees of the forest”.
6. A wicked son is a reproach to his father; but he that doth right is an honor to his grey hairs.
The responsibility of producing an honorable son is given to Moorish fathers predominantly according to Islamism as taught by Noble Drew Ali. The father is due either honor or dishonor depending upon the type of son he produce. Moorish fathers must be a direct influence and an integral part of their sons’ upbringing.
7. The soil is thine own, let it not want cultivation; the seed which thou soweth, that also shall thou reap.
Husbandry involves tillage of the soil as one of its tenants. The soil is a metaphor for the Moor’s wife. Tillage is preparing land for seed, and keeping the ground in a proper state for the growth of crops. Therefore the Moor is here being instructed not to neglect his duty of maintaining his wife’s physical body in a state conducive for childbirth. The moslems of India and Egypt, from whom the prophet partly received these lessons (MHK pg.3), inherited a wealth of information concerning the vast possibilities of sexual bliss within marriage with the intent to bring forth highly developed human beings. Moors are being informed by the prophet that the quality of their “lovemaking” to their wives is a determinant in the quality of the children their wives will give birth to.
8. Teach him obedience, and he shall bless thee; teach him modesty, and he shall not be ashamed.
Here begins the instruction of what many Moorish American moslems refer to as the “12 Virtues”. The effective outcomes of teaching Moorish children these values are enumerated in verses 8-13. The first virtue is obedience. (HQ 3:132) Obedience is compliance with that which is required by authority. The outcome of instructing children in obedience is that they grant divine favor upon their parents. The second virtue is modesty. (HQ 24:30-31) Modesty is decency; purity of thought and manners; conceding to others all due honor and respect. The effect of instructing children in modesty is that they will not be confused by feelings of guilt for some dishonorable conduct.
9. Teach him gratitude, and he shall receive benefits; teach him charity, and he shall gain love
Instruct them in thankfulness and they will be conferred favors and acts of kindness. (HQ 16:121) Instruct them in universal benevolence, good will and liberality to the poor and suffering. (HQ 2:270-274) The result is that they will command admiration, preeminent kindness and affection from others.
10. Teach him temperance, and he shall have health; teach him prudence, and fortune shall attend him.
Instruct Moorish children in degrees of moderation, patience and calmness. (HQ 2:143) The outcome is that they will consistently live in a state of being sound in body, mind and soul, especially, the state of being free from physical disease or pain. It is the extremities that wear and tear on the body and soul. Instruct them in the wisdom of caution, provision, discretion, frugality and economy. (HQ 3:134) In other words teach Moorish children to be fiscally conservative. The result is their attainment of wealth.
11. Teach him justice, and he shall be honored by the world; teach him sincerity, and his own heart shall not reproach him.
Moorish parents are to instruct their children to exhibit integrity in their dealings with others. Justice is the virtue that consists in granting to everyone what is due; equity, impartiality and equal distribution of right. Justice is also merited punishment. (HQ 4:135) The effect is they will be respected and highly esteemed. Instruct them to be honest in their intentions and free from false pretense or hypocrisy. (HQ 98:5) In turn, their own conscience will not blame, dishonor or disgrace them. They will have peace within themselves.
12. Teach him diligence, and his wealth shall increase; teach him benevolence, and his mind shall be exalted.
Diligence is “interested and persevering application; devoted and painstaking effort to accomplish what is undertaken” (Webster 1913). This is a characteristic of wealthy people and it should be taught to Moorish children. (HQ 4:162) Benevolence is “the disposition to do good; good will; charitableness; love of mankind, accompanied with a desire to promote their happiness.” (HQ 3:92) Their intellects will resultantly be “turned up” and elevated.
13. Teach him science, and his life shall be useful; teach him religion, and his death shall be happy.
This final verse reconciles religion and science for Moorish American moslems. The functionality of both is expressed here. Science is defined as the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment. In other words it is the study of Allah’s creation. (HQ 10:5)
“… Leadership tomorrow depends on how we educate our students today—especially in science, technology, engineering and math.”
— President Barack Obama, September 16, 2010
Religion is any system of faith and worship. The religion of Moorish Americans is Islamism (Key 7). Islamism informs Moors that while Allah lives man cannot die and that man must complete all his experiences on the carnal plane and the soul plane before fully unfolding into the Holy Breath. (MHK 1) It also says that death is no enemy of man and that the calls of death are always for the best. (MHK 4:3,5) When science and religion are married happiness is the resultant offspring. Moorish parents are obliged to teach these lessons to their children.