The 1872 Illinois Religious Corporation Act and the Moorish Science Temple of America


    On November 26, 1926, the Moorish Temple of Science was incorporated in the State of Illinois in compliance with "An Act Concerning Corporations" (enacted on April 18, 1872). This was confirmed by Illinios Secretary of State, Louis L. Emmerson.

    On May 2, 1928, the Moorish Temple of Science started the process of changing its legal type to a religious corporation to further secure its rights established in the American Constitution. The transition process was completed on July 20, 1928 with the filing of a Religious Affidavit of Organization in the Illinois Cook County Recorder's office. This affidavit was filed in compliance with (805 ILCS 110) Religious Corporation Act (RCA) and (805 ILCS 115) Religious Corporation Validation Act.

    The Moorish Science Temple of America (MSTA) Religious Affidavit of Organization is commonly referred to as "Our Authority." It is an official legal record of the original MSTA incorporated by Noble Drew Ali, which is currently led by the eighth Supreme Grand Sheik, Brother Emmanuel Braswell Bey.

    The object to which the MSTA is formed is to uplift fallen humanity and to teach those things neccessary to make men and women become better citizens.

Key Principles of Moorish-American Nationality
  1. Moorish-American citizens freely submit to the jurisdiction of, and pledge allegiance to, the Republic of the United States of America, and agree to abide by any and all laws and rules of the federal government and constituent states.

  2. Moorish-American citizens wholeheartedly recognize and embrace all civic duties, obligations, and responsibilities for managing all cultural, political and economic operations in their local communities.

    When duly applied, Moorish-American religious principles include all of the secular stages of nationality, formulating a powerful cultural system for performing social, economic, political and spiritual activities under the protection of the American Constitution. Freedom of religion is a constitutionally protected, natural and unalienable right provided in the clauses of the American Constitution.

Benefits of the RCA
  1. The RCA does not provide for administrative dissolution of religious corporations established in the State of Illinois; the MSTA does not have to be concerned with dissolution processes initiated by the State due to a failure to file annual reports or meet any filing requirements.

  2. No agency of the state or local government exercises any discretion over the content of MSTA corporate documents. Subsequent reports would only be required if the corporation decides to change its name or modify any declarations made in the original affidavit of incorporation.

  3. The RCA does not provide policies, regulations or specifications for governance or operation of religious corporations established in the State of Illinois; the MSTA has the greatest latitude for creating its own system of governance.

  4. For religious corporations that are part of a hierarchical association or denomination, the RCA supports the legal imperatives established by such an ecclesiastical body, insofar as governance of the individual corporation is concerned. This enables the MSTA to regulate and control its participating members without concern that corporation laws would interfere.

  5. The RCA does not impose limitations or restrictions on the legal structure and governance of the MSTA. MSTA founders were able to freely develop its legal structure, providing for trustees, corporate officers, committees, and governing rules and policies.

RCA Affidavit of Organization

    Below is a digital copy of the Religious Affidavit of Organization which was submitted in compliance with 805 ILCS 110/115. The three-fold purpose of this affidavit was to: (1) officially declare the religious nature of the organization; (2) specify the corporate name change in accord with the RCA; and (3) publicly announce the appointment of Mealy El, Small Bey, Lovett Bey and Foreman Bey as Sheiks of the Moorish Science Temple of America.

    The complete text of the RCA is officially published in Hurd's Revised Statutes Annotated - the primary source book for the State of Illinois.

    The Moorish Science Temple of America's National Headquarters (Home Office) is located at:
5001 S. Wabash Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60615.

  1. American Constitution for the United States of America
  2. What is Moorish Science?
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Moorish Science Temple of America

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