Discussion of the principles of Freemasonry drifts from one topic to another and is related to various matters. Much has been written about it.
We shall try to delineate these principles as cogently, as concisely as the nature of the study permits: our aim at the outset is their elucidation for our readers.
Attribute of Freemasonry
Freemasonry is marked by secrecy and giving hidden meaning to its texts. It is necessary to touch upon each of them before mentioning the principles.
The First Attribute: Destructive Call
Anyone who has contemplated the historical development of destructive movements, has noted the clandestine nature of their origins especially if their proponents and adherents are widespread and have acquired might and power.
The Second Attribute: The Call for Good
Anyone who has answered the calls for truth, good and virtue would extend his arms to light, life and humanity, embracing them with full joy, elation and pleasure.
In the biographies of the prophets (blessing and peace be upon them) and the believers, there is the best substantiation.
Moses (peace be upon him) carried the message of monotheism to Pharaoh and his leaders and revealed it to them in the day of their celebration "the Day of the Festival" and "let the people be assembled when the sun is well up." (1)
Prophet Mohammed, the Seal of the Prophets and the Master of humanity (blessings of Allah and His peace he upon hind summoned his people from the highest places, from Al-Safa and from the Holy Place, their greatest place of assembly at the time. When they assembled around him he disclosed to them the first of Islam's letters.
In the biography of "the makers of the pit (of fire)" (2) announcing its call we find the believing group "By the promised Day (of Judgment) " (3) which all the people witness it, "By one that witnesses, and the subject of the witness." (4)
We would like to mention in this connection that a call may secretly forewarn and thus protect its bearers from oppression and harm and, consequently, from evil as did "The Companions of the Cave." i) who escaped for their religion and belief and exposed the injustice of the courts and the tyranny of the aides of injustice. (This could not continue for long, because a call for good would not have life without Light.)
Do we not see how we surround a small plant with a fence to protect it from the blowing winds and from foraging animals until it stands upright on its stem, unbending and strongly built, standing with other plants, and scenting the air with its flowers, becoming delightful to the eyes and spirit of its viewers?
Freemasonry Is a Secret Call
Freemasonry is one of the most secret calls in the human history.
We have noticed how it was secretly born. It is sufficient for us to know that it was born secretly; we do not know the birthdate.
1. The Glorious Quran, 20:59.2. The Glorious Quran, 85:4.3. The Glorious Quran, 85:2.4. The Glorious Quran, 85:3.5. The Glorious Quuran, 18:9.
It came into existence in the cave. At the initial stages, it emerged with various colors and under various embellished guides, while standing on roadway, employing the sweetest language(6) in its discussion with peoples, persuading them to enter the cave and promisingly made them raise hopes. "But Satan's promises are nothing but deception.(7) When one entered the cave he found himself in obscurity: the door, the chair, the dress, all secret. Talking is by allusion, and allusion is symbol; who knows symbols? How the blind, in all of life's stages, know that? The matter remains secret; the blind die, and have not seen the sun.
Manifestations of Secrecy
This rigorous secrecy is manifested in the oaths that one swears upon entrance into the temple and upon the ascension to each degree of the Freemasonic ladder, thirty-three degrees at which the blind are standing.
How Secrecy Was Unveiled
But this secrecy, the basis of Freemasonry, of its existence and of the continuance of its life has been broken by some Freemasons; some consciences were awakened by the dawn of truth which exposed what was intended for those ignorant stones.'8' This secrecy was also penetrated by slips of the tongue of those Freemasons who remain in the cave, while thinking they were right.
Freemasonry had some excuse for being from the cave (underground), but what is its excuse for its staying in it, while it remains a power over the authorities in many states?
6. We shall consider that when discussing the announced principles.7. The Glorious Huron, 4:120.8. They are mar,y, praise be to Allah; from among the most outstanding in the past, Father Lewis Sheikho, and the Turldsh General, Jawad Rifat Atal Khan, and in the present Dr. Muhammad Ali al-Zubi. Each of them reached the highest degrees.
If it weren't for the evil which is active in its depth it would have come out from the cave. In order to explicate the features of this secrecy, we shah examine how a human being enters the cave, how he ascends the steps of the ladder, and the nature of the cant in that dark cave.
The Road to the Temple
Standing in Humiliation at the door
One deceived by the honeysweet talk, arrives at the door of the cave which Freemasonry calls the temple, and finding the door closed, and many locks installed on it, becomes perplexed.
It would be said to him: It is necessary for the virtue to have a big door and a giant guard, don't you see the very malicious persons in every place?
And all of a sudden, the astonishment vanished, the marks of humility, submissiveness, and dejection showed on him. I When despair almost took his breath away, a small window on the top of the door opened; without a word, another human being peeked out and generated a hope in the humiliated slave begging entrance at the temple door.
—When? He would repeat in a pain-broken voice.
The answer would come to him. After a short while the door would be opened.
Entering the Dark Room
The applicant would visit the lodge at the specified time. He would be received by the spiritual guide and would make him enter a dark room called "meditation room," loaded with large temples, skulls, copper snakes and the bones of human beings, forearms or his thighs. He then strips him of his dresses and of the metals which he carries, even the watch and ring. He would uncover his right arm, the left side of his chest and his right knee.
|Example of a dark room|
What the Chief Says
The person in charge would repeat the question saying: Arc you still determined to the pursuit of the Freemasoric light?
If the applicant would insist on the word "yes," the spiritual guide would place on the applicant's eyes a black piece, a cord around his neck, and would take him out of the room toward the door of the closed temple. The spiritual guide would knock at the door disturbingly. The inside guard would say: Who is knocking? The spiritual guide: A poor applicant in a state of darkness; he had applied for affiliation with and admission to Freemasonry voluntarily. He is now coming to acquire the light from this august lodge. The interior guard: In what this hopes?
The spiritual guide: In good conduct and free descent.
Entrance to the Lodge's Half
The guard would transmit this to the chief who would be mounting a couch—Solomon's couch. He would order to make the applicant enter the lodge's hall, led by two spiritual guides, who would make him walk around in twisted paths.
No sooner would he stumble than they both would steady him. No sooner would he pass by the lines and the holder of the couch in order to ask: Who is this, and with what he hopes to see the light, in order for the spiritual guide to reply: With the good conduct and free descent than they would say: Pass, Oh, you, one of free descent.
Standing Between Posts
Then the applicant would be made to stand between the two posts. He would be exposed to questions from the chief who would conclude them by saying: You are audaciously approaching rigorous test, you will swear to the Holy Book by your honor and conscience, and you will sign with an ink of your blood. Are you still determined? You have sufficient time for thinking, and you have a right to withdraw before taking the oath. 22
As to the applicant, he would show his determination and manifest his desire and insistence The chief would make him drink a cup of sweet water, and then, a cup of bitter water. No sooner he gets disgusted then the chief says: The life of the human being is also exposed to bittemess; you must be satisfied to be happy.
Preparation for Taking the Oath
The chief would order to rub the applicant's hand with soil; the applicant would kneel down on his left knee, while making a right angle with his right knee. He gets himself prepared for swearing, while placing his hand on his holy book (the Old Testament, the Gospel, the Qur'an) whereas it is placed on a podium on top of which an angle and compass are placed. The chief would say, addressing the applicant:
—Your stay in the darkness has lasted long. The society with which you are trying to be affiliated might cost you the last drops of your blood. Are you still determined to be affiliated?
If he replies in the affirmative, they would say to him: —What do you wish now? —Light. The chief: Let light be given to him.
Unveiling of the Cover
No sooner than the black cover is removed from the applicant's eyes does he see drawn swords aimed at his heart and face. At this moment the chief would say:
—These swords are for your defense at need, as well as to slay you if you act treacherously toward your pledges, agreements and oaths. This cord which is around your neck is to choke you if you take an action or manifest a sign which indicates violation of oaths. Seconds ago you were foreign to our kinsfolk and we had been addressing you as "Oh, applicant," but now you have become a Freemasonic brother, your right is as all the brothers' right and your duty as theirs."
One of the Freemasonic Rites
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