What is the commitment between a Freemason and the organisation?

by Mufty Gabby

Dear Sir,

I am Muslim who has been very much interested in affairs of the Masons and wish to be one.

I however have few questions and misconceptions I would want to have addressed.

First of all, what are the types of sacrifices involved?

Secondly, is there anything like human sacrifice?

Thirdly, will I be serving another master apart from Allah?

Fourthly, is it compulsory that my children also become Freemasons in future?

Again, what will be my benefits for joining a Freemason?

What will the Freemason also benefit from me as a member?

Why the bloody oaths?

At what point and on what condition can I resign from the organisation?

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Jan 16, 2015
Good questions
by: Lant

Welcome and thanks for asking some good questions. My lodge has a number of Muslims in it. Good men and I am proud to know them.

1 and 2) The only - only - sacrifices are time and money. You would be expected (not forced but expected) to attend lodge one or two evenings a month and to pay lodge dues. Those dues are set by the lodge budget, but are typically one or two hundred dollars per year. They pay for rent, utilities, amortization of lodge furniture, etc. These commitments would be discussed with you in detail if you applied.

That's it - no sacrifice of any living thing. Period.

3) Absolutely not. We feel that a man's beliefs are entirely between the man and the deity. It is not our place to get between them or to direct how they should relate to one another (as if we ever could...).

Freemasonry encourages members to attend the church (in your case, mosque) of their choice. Freemasonry does not teach theology, does not promise salvation, has no Masonic deity, etc. Our meetings include prayers, but these are ecumenical, much like those said at the opening of a town council meeting. Masonic Muslims serve Allah, as directed by the Prophet.

Two words which sometimes confuse people come from the language of when Freemasonry started. The head of the lodge is called the 'worshipful master', but it is archaic language from centuries ago. (Please check all this out in a good dictionary.) 'Worshipful' has nothing to do with religion. In context, it means 'honourable'; some places still address mayors as 'Your Worship'. Similarly, 'master' just means the boss, what most clubs would call the 'president'. Think 'scoutmaster' or 'bandmaster'.

4. Absolutely not required.

5. Now that's a harder one to answer, because each man gets different things. Masonry is above all a system or philosophy of morality, using a great deal of symbolism and allegory. For instance, the square used by the old stone masons reminds one so taught to treat everybody 'squarely' - fairly (think 'square deal'). A man wanting to be a better member of society may find it easier when surrounded by other men with the same wishes. There is a social aspect, of course. There is the chance to help others. Some would say it helps build

6. How would Freemasonry benefit? Same problem with answering as every man brings different things. Thinking of my own lodge and the Muslim members, they have brought friendship, support, laughter, common sense, wisdom. They've helped to give the rest a better understanding of the servants of Allah. Perhaps we should turn the question around - what do you think you would bring to Freemasonry?

7. The oaths, yes. Masonry, although its precise history is lost in time, is almost certainly descended from the medieval British stone-working masons. In those rude times, punishments were harsh and bloody. These days, the worst the Masons can do to a member who has misbehaved is to expel him from the Craft, but the old oaths (which in my jurisdiction are explicitly referred to as symbolic) are retained as traditional and especially to remind the new Mason about he he should feel if he were ever tempted to break his word. In some places, they have been dropped altogether.

8. A Mason can quit at any time by simply writing a note saying so. It is expected that if he owes the lodge dues, that he as a man of honour will pay those, but there is no mechanism to either force him to or to stay against his will.

Hope that helps.

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