What is the proper Moorish American Moslem diet?
This letter was evidently written by Bro. E. Mealy El, first Grand Sheik and Chairman of the Moorish Science Temple of America and first Supreme Grand Sheik of the first Supreme Grand Council of the Moorish Science Temple of America, appointed by Prophet Noble Drew Ali himself, and it reads:
TO THE HEADS OF ALL TEMPLES
These are critical moments; And all Moslems are required to follow instructions.
During the life of our Prophet, he told us many things, but there was many things that he said he couldn’t tell, but we would know after while.
Since he passed he left his son who will guide you, now of course the Prophet’s laws are alright but there are plenty he couldn’t write or put in book form, so some one had to tell you. Now some are going to believe it and some are not, but now let me say to you as a Brother who loves Israel, Please don’t be hardheaded.
In the Adept last night we were told not to eat meat. But to eat any thing in the fish line with scales on it. That leaves out Cat and Eel. Eat fish and vegetables, etc. but no meat or any strong drinks until further notice. Please don’t do any of these things unto you hear from the Grand Body.
Your Brother in Islam,
E. Mealy El, S.G.S.
If the letter is authentic, according to Bro. E. Mealy El the proper diet for Moorish American Moslems is pescatarianism. A pescatarian is defined as one who abstains from eating all meat and animal flesh with the exception of fish. One fact in favor of this diet is that Moorish Americans would not have any concern consuming haram, or unlawful meat as described in the Holy Qur’an of Mecca.
“Forbidden to you (for food) are: dead meat, blood, the flesh of swine, and that on which hath been invoked the name of other than Allah; that which hath been killed by strangling, or by a violent blow, or by a headlong fall, or by being gored to death; that which hath been (partly) eaten by a wild animal; unless ye are able to slaughter it (in due form); that which is sacrificed on stone (altars); (forbidden) also is the division (of meat) by raffling with arrows: that is impiety……” (5:3)
Pork, as mentioned above is haram, or unlawful to eat.
“Say (O Muhammad): ‘I find not in that which has been revealed to me anything forbidden to be eaten by one who wishes to eat it, unless it be Maytah (a dead animal) or blood poured forth (by slaughtering or the like), or the flesh of swine (pork); for that surely, is impure or impious (unlawful) meat (of an animal) which is slaughtered as a sacrifice for others than Allah (or has been slaughtered for idols, or on which Allah’s Name has not been mentioned while slaughtering). But whosoever is forced by necessity without willful disobedience, nor transgressing due limits; (for him) certainly, your Lord is Oft‑Forgiving, Most Merciful’ (6:145)
Moors in many parts of the USA simply don’t have access to halal or kosher meat, although meat produced by Christians who are also “People of the Book” is also permissible according to the Holy Qur’an of Mecca…those ones who have produced good things.
“Today, I have permitted all for you all good things, and the food of the People of the Book is permissible for you, and your food is permissible for them….” (5:5)
Therefore SGS E. Mealy El is tailoring a diet for Moorish American Moslems exclusively that does not contradict the Holy Qur’an of Mecca but is strict in this regard. Bro. E. Mealy El specified Moors are only to consume fish with scales, clearly excluding the much-loved catfish as well as eel. The Holy Qur’an of Mecca cites seafood as permissible.
“It is He Who has made the sea subject, that ye may eat thereof flesh that is fresh and tender….” (16: 14)
It seems that particular Imams often decide which seafood is permissible or not in a particular ummah for various reasons. Bro. E. Mealy El’s instruction is in common with Shia belief as well as Leviticus 11:9-12 in this regard. (“…as a Brother who loves Israel,…”).
“Whatsoever hath fins and scales in the waters, in the seas, and in the rivers, them shall ye eat. And all that have no fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that moves in the waters, and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be an abomination unto you…ye shall not eat of their flesh…”
Finally, SGS E. Mealy El writes it is unlawful for Moorish American Moslems to consume “strong drinks”. The obvious question is, “Are all alcoholic beverages considered ‘strong drinks’ or are liquors, to the exclusion of beers and wines, only being described as ‘strong drinks’? Did we ever hear from the Grand Body on this issue as Moors were instructed to follow these instructions until hearing from said body…in 1929? According to the Holy Qur’an of Mecca wine qualifies as “strong drink”.
“O ye who believe! Intoxicants and Gambling, (dedication of) stones, and (divination by) arrows, are an Abomination – of Satan’s handiwork; eschew such (abomination), that ye may prosper.” (5:90)
The Holy Qur’an of Mecca says that a positive effect of eschewing intoxicants and gambling is “…that ye may prosper”. I think Moors would have to agree that a significant amount of finance would be saved if ones didn’t indulge in these unlawful deeds. Yet, until a particular Moorish American Moslem has practically achieved the above ideals he/she is still to follow and be mindful of the Divine Instructions and revelations found in our Moorish Holy Koran.
“Yea he must suffer trials and temptations manifold; but let him know that cherubim and seraphim that rule the solar stars are his protectors and his guide and they will lead to victory.” (Ch. 1)
“When man has conquered carnal things his garb of flesh will then have served its purpose well and it will fall; and be no more.”(Ch. 1)
“Be moderate in the enjoyment, and it shall remain in thy possession; let thy joy be founded on reason, and to its end shall sorrow be a stranger.” (42:11)
“The virtues are allotted to various stations. Seek not after impossibilities, nor grieve that thou canst not possess them all.”(42:19)
What a beautiful code of living! What a realistic positive mental outlook! What a spiritual ideal!
Bro. Lasana S. Tunica El