Shriners initiation

Discussion in 'Becoming a Freemason' started by Tylerl90, Nov 23, 2019.

  1. Tylerl90

    Tylerl90 Registered User

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    My grandfather was a Shriner and he’s a chief reason behind my interest in Freemasonry, but there’s a serious question that I need answered as long as it won’t violate any Masonic rules.

    I know nothing in depth of the Shriners initiation really, but I do know it’s of a Middle Eastern theme (which is fine). HOWEVER... Is there ANY POINT in the Shriner initiation that would require a Christian Mason to swear on a Koran or to pledge an oath to Islam and/or Mohammed?

    I need to be clear. I have no problem with Islam or it’s followers, and the Muslim Brothers are just as much my Brothers as the Christian Brothers; but swearing on a Koran or pledging myself to Islam is something I could not do.

    Is there any truth to that? Or am I being dramatic? I would appreciate your input! Thanks y’all.


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  2. CLewey44

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    I think this is a fair question. Unfortunately I don't know the answer to it. If I had to guess the answer would most likely be 'no' as by doing so and not being of the Muslim faith, it would mean nothing to the individual swearing on it. Great question and I'd be curious to know the answer myself.
     
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  3. Brother JC

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    Detractors would say that the ritual is a satire of Islam and offensive to the faithful of that religion. The old ritual speaks of the “legend of the Koran” but you take your obligation on a bible.
    That’s what research says. Not being a member I have no experience with how it’s done in the real world.
     
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  4. Bloke

    Bloke Premium Member

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    Ritual Varies from Place to Place - but as a Christian and Symbolic Freemason I had no problem with the Shrine Ritual.
    We certainly don't pledge ourselves to Islam or swear on the Koran.
    Put your question to local Shriners to make sure you are assured.
     
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  5. Mike Martin

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    I would suggest that once you're a Freemason and therefore eligible to join the Shrine then ask a Shriner about how to join.
     
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  6. Tylerl90

    Tylerl90 Registered User

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    I’m an EA at the moment. I just have a general idea of what I’d like to do. I know my grandfather was/is a 32d degree SR, a Shriner, and part of the Grotto. I like to be able to look into the future and have an idea of where I’ll be going.


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  7. Mike Martin

    Mike Martin Eternal Apprentice Premium Member

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    What you're doing is called (here in England) putting the cart before the horse.

    The Shrine is not Freemasonry it is an Order that a Freemason can join once he is a Master Mason. Freemasonry is not there so that you can become a Shriner, joining the Shrine is just something that you can choose, or not, to add to your Masonic experience later. To be honest right now you should really be focussed on becoming a right and proper Freemason.
     
  8. Tylerl90

    Tylerl90 Registered User

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    I understand all of that. While I respect your opinion, none of your reply is relevant to the question I asked. I asked a specific question with the hope of receiving a specific answer. My focus is exactly where it should be.

    Do you have an actual answer to my question, sir? Anything outside of that is not productive. Thanks.


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  9. beefman

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    You have a long question with a short answer. Where I am (NC), the answer is no.


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    I’m not a Shriner but there is a requirement that you have to do and that is walk across the hot sands, and ride ‘Clyde”...


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  12. Bloke

    Bloke Premium Member

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    Probably best not to answer the question then Bro. I have been made a Shriner and did not have to do those things.
     
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