Islam and Freemasonry

Discussion in 'Freemasonry In Texas' started by Jimmy91, Jun 22, 2016.

  1. Jimmy91

    Jimmy91 Registered User

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    Peace to everyone. I am a Muslim Soldier in the United States Army and I'm curious to hear from those with knowledge about this topic. Before I start understand I feel I know the basic foundations of masonry and I highly respect it. Anything I choose to do whether it be a soldier, a Muslim, and father or whatever title I may hold I am deeply committed to being the best I can be as a man trying to strive for goodness in myself and others. I'm here stationed out of Texas and plan to stay after getting out.
    Now down to the question... I see that some lodges they wear crosses, etc. As a Muslim I respect all faiths and religions now would me becoming a Freemason have me contradict or go against my beliefs in forms of maybe rituals, clothing and or events?
    I look to you guys for guidance on this because I am seriously wanting to become apart of this great fraternity and lineage.
    Thank you guys much respect and may peace be upon you.


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  2. Bloke

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    Thanks for your well wishes.

    Short version: there would be nothing in Craft Freemasonry which goes against or contradicts your beliefs.

    I cannot speak for Texas specifically, but knowing what i do of lodges there, think it would be fine. I am in Australia, and here, we have Muslim Freemasons of long and respected standing. A few years ago one ably led us :)

    In terms of Faith, Freemasonry is only interested if you have a belief in a Supreme Being, beyong that, each man's religion is his own affair. Your race or religion, your bank balance or profession are not what matters, what matters is your character and you can afford the fee hundred dollars each year it costs to become and remain a member.

    When I became a Freemason, i promised myself if i ever saw something in the rituals i did not like, i would leave, I never did.

    At the end of the day, you're not joining sime weird Cult, if it's not for you, you can simply resign.

    Please do ask more questions, but joining Freemasonry was one of the best decisions I've made and i recommend it to you.
     
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    Bloke Premium Member

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    LOL. You have no idea what you are talking about.
     
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    (response to troll) You obviously do not belong here.
     
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  5. Jimmy91

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    Being a Muslim I know that's not true and I also understand certain historical events where people would think one sided about things and since they have no real knowledge of freemasonry judge it for something it's not. I'm not ignorant I'm open minded to knowledge and the betterment of men.


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    *sigh*

    I don't think we need hate speech on this board and the account mustaneer fawad should be removed.
     
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    Agreed I blocked him and reported the content of his message.


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  8. Winter

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    Ignoring the moronic troll in the room....

    I know a few Muslim Masons and I know of nothing that would conflict with your faith. As for some Lodges using Christian crosses, Craft, or Blue Lodge in the US, is non-sectarian. Some Lodges may have appendant bodies that are Christian in nature that meet in the same building, but you are not required to participate in those.

    Welcome to the forum and I wish you joy in your journey!

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    coachn Coach John S. Nagy Premium Member

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  10. Jimmy91

    Jimmy91 Registered User

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    Thank you gentleman more than appreciated and wish you all the best as well


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    Please ask questions if you have any. We are happy to help. Freemasonry is wonderful in that there is no other place you will find Christians, Muslims, and Jews coming together as brothers with no rancor for how the other worships God. My lodge has members from all three of the major faiths and keeps all three holy books open upon the alter when we meet. We are proof that there can be peace.

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    Three ? Nice
    We've got Five :)
     
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    Winter Premium Member

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    That's great! What are the other two? I'm guessing Bagavad Gita and the Tipitaka. Am I close?

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    Wow that's great ... So what do you guys think be patient and wait till the meeting day sometime and go speak to someone or could I go speak to someone any day?


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  15. Winter

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    There should be contact info for your local Lodge either on their Webpage or the Grand Lodge Web page for Texas. I recommend reaching out that way. You can stop by on a meeting night, but you cannot actually attend a meeting without being a member. If you arrive after the meeting begins there may not be anyone available to meet with you and answer questions.

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    Ok because I didn't know if not coming in person and giving a call first would of been taken the wrong way. Sounds good. Is there anything I should be cautious of? because for say in Islam you have different types of Muslims who practice differently. Now I understand this is not a religion but are there different types of sects in a way? I think you will understand what I'm getting at lol


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  17. Bloke

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    Indeed.
     
  18. Winter

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    I get what you are saying. There are as many flavors of Freemasonry as there are Masons. A small rural Lodge out in the country may have a different reaction to a Muslim petitioner than a large Lodge in the city with a more cosmopolitan makeup. Masonic Lodges are still made up of humans after all. It can be an adjustment for a small Lodge that has never had membership from whatever the local brand of Christianity is. But the majority of Masons are good people who value reason. Give them a chance.

    The only real caution I would advise is to make sure you are contacting a Regular Lodge that is chartered under the legitimate Grand Lodge for your jurisdiction. There are a lot of pretenders out there.

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  19. Bloke

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    I would suggest you wait for one of the Texas Masons to post here - there are a lot of them on this board..... many work, but they tend to pop in, and certainly by the weekend. Me, I am a big fan of people emailing me first. The problem might arise that you drop in on busy night when you will not get the attention you need or deserve. I would definiately make contact via phone or email...

    I am not sure, but here we have "dry" lodges and "wet" lodges which refer to drinking alcohol. Not sure if that is an issue for you.... actually, are'nt Texas Lodges all dry ? A TX Brother will be able to tell us.
     
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    Indeed. There seems to be several in Texas. I would wait for one of the TX bros to drop into this thread.
     
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