WHAT IS NATIONALITY?
Nationality: It is the quality and character that arises from the fact that a person belongs to a Nation-State.
WHY DO WE NEED A NATIONALITY:
1. Nationality ties us to our Forefathers.
2. Nationality enables us to claim our Birthrights.
3. Claiming our Nationality puts us in compliance with the Constitutional Standard of Law by name.
4. Nationality determines our Political Status in this government.
5. Claiming our Nationality puts us in a position where we can base our lives on the Divine Creed of our Forefathers and adhere to five Divine Conduct Controlling Principles that will in part cause us to become law-abiding citizens.
Prophet Noble Drew Ali stated in our Questionnaire, being oneself has an uplifting quality and what the Holy Prophet was doing was re-establishing our historical continuity.
Cheikh Anta Diop stated in his work Civilization or Barbarism,” The historical conscience, through the feeling of cohesion that it creates, constitutes the safest and the most solid shield of cultural security of a people. The essential thing for a people is to rediscover the thread that connects them to their most remote Ancestral past. In the face of cultural aggression of all sorts, in the face of all disintegrating factors of the outside world, the most efficient cultural weapon with which a people can arm itself is this feeling of historical continuity.”
An oppressed group having the ability to define its own ideology and culture represents primary resistance. The God given right to define one’s own reality and place in the world is the essential reason why Allah blessed the Asiatics of the Americas with a Prophet in this era of time. How we see ourselves and those that are against us is what’s important in analyzing our condition and plight today. The Holy Prophet Noble Drew Ali resurrected our cultural identity, collective personality, and our right to define ourselves.
In the Quran of Mecca, Surah 11:120, the precedence is given for the study of history as a genuine social science from the words of Allah. He says:”Verily, I narrate to you some of the tidings of the messengers in order to make it firmly established in your mind, that you may bring from this Truth clear lessons and reminders to those who believe.”
The scholars take the concept “the tidings of the messengers” as a clear license for the study of history as a form of individual and social transformation. Allah also says in the Quran of Mecca, Surah 12:111: “There is certainly in their chronicles a lesson for those of understanding.”
We take pride in studying the traditions and customs of our forefathers and see its importance. Not only in studying them, but to also make them a part of every part of our entire being.
In the Koran Questions for Moorish Americans, The Holy Prophet Noble Drew Ali stresses this continuity in #41,”What is the Everlasting Gospel? It is a saving power that comes from ALLAH through our Ancient Fathers, by His Prophet”.
Prophet Mohammed(PBUH) once said,”Learn from your lineage that which will connect you with your family heritage.” So, What is our lineage? The Holy Prophet Noble Drew Ali(PBUH) teaches us that our dominion and inhabitation extended from North-East Africa and South-West Africa, across the great Atlantis even unto the present North, South and Central America and also Mexico and the Atlantis Islands; before the great earthquake, which caused the great Atlantic Ocean. The Prophet also tells us in Chapter 48:5,”That the world may hear and know the truth, that among the descendants of Africa there is still much wisdom to be learned in these days for the redemption of the sons of men under Love, Truth, Peace, Freedom, and Justice.”
A poem taken from a 15th century Timbuktu scholar and it describes the deep psychological trauma a people faces when they lack knowledge of self:
“Whoever does not inform his children of his grandparents has destroyed his child, marred his descendants, and injured his offspring the day he dies.
Whoever does not make use of his ancestry, has muddled his reason.
Whoever is unconcerned with his lineage, has lost his mind.
Whoever neglects his origin, his stupidity has become critical.
Whoever is unaware of his ancestry his incompetence has become immense.
Whoever is ignorant of his roots his intellect has vanished.
Whoever does not know his place of origin, his honor has collapsed”.