Chapter 24-Moorish Holy Koran-The Obedience of Children Towards Their Father
One could effectively make the argument that Fatherhood is an endangered institution in Asiatic American society beyond the act of producing children. It is becoming increasingly matriarchal. Most children are born out of wedlock and therefore fathers have limited access and input into the lives of their children. Moorish American society is not meant to function in that way. The Moorish Divine National Movement holds high importance upon manhood, husbandry and fatherhood. This chapter is directed to Moorish children who are old enough to understand and comprehend these instructions and lessons that Prophet Noble Drew Ali is imparting to them. Parents are to inculcate these instructions into their younger children so that these lessons become a part of every part of their being.
1. From the secrets of Allah let man learn wisdom, and apply to himself the instruction they give.
Secrets are things kept from general knowledge; studiously concealed, not discovered, unknown or unexplained; a mystery. (Webster 1913) The secrets of Allah are found in the Great Koran of Mohammad and the Holy Koran of the Moorish Science Temple of America, as well as all sacred texts and teachings. Secrets of Allah are also revealed through application of the scientific method. Moors are being instructed to study these said texts. Wisdom is the result-which is the acquirement of knowledge of the best ends and best means; discernment and judgment; discretion, skill, and scientific or practical truth. Upon acquirement of said wisdom Moors are instructed to put to use or employ for particular purposes the lessons learned.
2. Go to the desert, my son; observe the young stork of the wilderness; let him speak to thy heart; he beareth on his wings his aged sire; he lodgeth him in safety, and supplieth him with food.
Men, birds, beasts and creeping things are deities, made flesh. (10:9 MHK) Deity is the nature and essence of the Supreme Being. Hence, all of Allah’s creation has Allah’s essence as its center and is coated in flesh. As a result all of Allah’s manifest creation has degrees of intelligence. (11:27 MHK) Hence, the natural world if observed and studied has many lessons to teach. Moorish children are instructed to observe the young stark and how he interacts with his father. “In Ancient Egypt, it was associated with, and was the hieroglyph for, the Ba, or “soul”. The Hebrew word for the White Stork is chasidah (חסידה), meaning “merciful” or “kind”. Greek and Roman mythology portray storks as models of parental devotion,…”. “Followers of Islam revered storks because they made an annual pilgrimage to Mecca on their migration.” (Wikipedia) Moorish children are being taught to follow the stark’s example in taking care of their father when duty calls. Sire is a creator, a maker, an author, or an originator. All these apply appropriately to a father in relationship to his offspring. Moors are instructed to provide food, clothes and shelter for their elderly father…and mother of course.
3. The piety of a child is sweeter than the incense of Persia offering to the sun; yea, more delicious than odors wafted from a field of Arabian spices of the western gales.
Piety is the duty and the affectionate reverence and service shown toward parents, relatives and benefactors. Reverence is profound respect and affection. This is a highly regarded attribute for Moorish children to embody according to Islamism as taught by Prophet Noble Drew Ali. In this verse the piety of a child is described as being sweeter than Persian incense. The particular metaphors chosen also gives one insight into aspects of ancient Moorish culture being resurrected here in the Moorish Holy Koran. Piety is also poetically compared to a field of Arabian spices that have been blown upon by moderate currents of air or breezes out of the west. It suggests also that such children are a refreshing sight to behold in today’s climate.
4. Be grateful to thy father, for he gave thee life and to thy mother, for she sustained thee.
Moorish children are here being instructed to be thankful for their fathers for the simple reason that their fathers gave them life. That is a truth no one can deny. They are also instructed to be thankful for their mothers due to the fact that she aided, comforted, relieved, nourished and supported them.
5. Hear the words of his mouth, for they are spoken for thy good; give ear to his admonition, for it proceedeth from love.
Moorish American children must listen to the verbal instructions of their fathers. Moorish fathers are simultaneously being instructed to only speak words that are used for the good and well being of their children. It is characteristic of a father’s love that he instructs, directs, counsels, and disciplines his child and Moorish children are being reminded of this fact so that they may not wrongly take his instruction as something being used to belittle them.
6. He hath watched for thy welfare, he hath toiled for thy ease; do honor therefore to his age, and let not his grey hairs be treated with irreverence.
Further evidence is here provided for children as proof of their father’s love. He protects them and works hard for them to live a leisurely life…to experience the comforts that modern life has to offer. Again, simultaneously fathers are given these standards to live up to in raising their children. The preferred outcome is that children in turn will reciprocate his “watch and toil” on their behalf by demonstrating due respect for their fathers. Moorish children are taught to grant high honor to their father’s gray hair, symbolic of his elder hood.
7. Forget not thy helpless infancy, nor the forwardness of thy youth, and indulge the infirmities of thy aged parents; assist and support them in the decline of life.
If for some reason adult “children” of elderly parents have trouble mentally adjusting to the fact that they are now their parents’ caretakers, then they are here instructed to remember when they themselves were helpless babies, “know-it-all” teens and rebellious tweens; and the fact that their parents took care of them through all their stages of development. They are then to return the favor and take care of their parents in their last years on the plane of manifest.
8. So shall their hoary heads go down to the grave in peace; and thine own children, in reverence of thy example, shall repay thy piety with filial love.
The result is the souls of Moorish parents will pass on to the plane of soul in a state of tranquility and their grandchildren having been inspired by the observance of their parents’ example in this regard, will compensate their parents’ piety with the type of love that can only be rendered by a son or a daughter.