Questions About Freemasonry
What is Freemasonry
Aims and Objective of Freemasonry
How can I become a Freemason
Freemasonry is one of the world's oldest secular fraternal societies. The explanation may correct some misconceptions. Freemasonry is a society of men concerned with moral and spiritual values. Its members are taught its precepts by a series of ritual dramas, which follow ancient forms and use stonemasons' customs and tools as allegorical guides.
The essential qualification for admission into and continuing membership is a belief in a Supreme Being. Membership is open to men of any race or religion who can fulfill this essential qualification and are of good repute.
Freemasonry is not a religion, nor is it a substitute for religion. Its essential qualification opens it to men of many religions and it expects them to continue to follow their own faith. It does not allow religion to be discussed at its meetings.
For many years Freemasons have followed three great principles:
Every true Freemason will show tolerance and respect for the opinions of others and behave with kindness and understanding to his fellow creatures.
Freemasons are taught to practice charity, and to care, not only for their own, but also for the community as a whole, both by charitable giving, and by voluntary efforts and works as individuals.
Freemasons strive for truth, requiring high moral standards and aiming to achieve them in their own lives.
Freemasons believe that these principles represent a way of achieving higher standards in life.
From its earliest days, Freemasonry has been concerned with the care of orphans, the sick and the aged. This work continues today. In addition, large sums are given to national and local charities.
Freemasonry demands from its members a respect for the law of the country in which a man works and lives. Its principles do not in any way conflict with its members' duties as citizens, but should strengthen them in fulfilling their private and public responsibilities. The use by a Freemason of their membership to promote his own or anyone else's business, professional or personal interests is condemned, and is contrary to the conditions on which he sought admission to Freemasonry. His duty as a citizen must always prevail over any obligation to other Freemasons, and any attempt to shield a Freemason who has acted dishonorably or unlawfully is contrary to this prime duty.
The secrets of Freemasonry are concerned with its traditional modes of recognition. It is not a secret society, since all members are free to acknowledge their membership and will do so in response to inquiries for respectable reasons. Its constitutions and rules are available to the public. There is no secret about any of its aims and principles. Like many other societies, it regards some of its internal affairs as private matters for its members.
Freemasonry is non-political, and the discussion of politics at Masonic meetings is forbidden.
A Freemason is encouraged to do his duty first to God through his faith and religious practice; and then, without detriment to his family and those dependent on him, to his neighbor through charity and service. None of these ideas is exclusively Masonic, but all should be universally acceptable. Freemasons are expected to follow them.
To be good citizens by practicing the highest moral and social standards in friendship, charity and integrity.
To encourage our members to serve their own religion and community.
To demonstrate that we are a society of upright men.
To enjoy each others company and develop team spirit and fellowship.
We are dedicated to making good men better and to developing our knowledge of ourselves as individuals and the world around us through education, discussion and social exchange.
We aim to make proper use of our time, dividing it between worship, work, leisure and service, thus making the best use of our mental and physical abilities.
We aim to use our talents for the benefit of ourselves, our families, our neighbors and our communities throughout our private, public, business and professional life.
We declare our membership whenever any possible conflict of interest may arise or be perceived to arise.
We promise not to use our membership to promote our own or anyone else's private, public, business or professional interests.
How can I become a Mason?
To become a Freemason you must:
TO PURSUE YOUR INTEREST IN BECOMING A MEMBER follow these steps:
Your application will be presented to a Lodge Meeting and a secret ballot conducted in which Members vote on your suitability. You will be notified of the result and invited to attend a Lodge Meeting for your initiation into Membership.
Freemasonry teaches lessons in morality and self-knowledge through participation in a progression of allegorical two-part plays, which are learned by heart and performed by members within each Lodge. Freemasonry offers, and encourages in its members, an approach to life, which seeks to reinforce thoughtfulness for others, kindness in the community, honesty in business, courtesy in society and fairness in all things. Members are urged to regard the interests of the family as paramount but importantly Freemasonry also teaches and practices concern for people, care for the less fortunate and help for those in need.
1- Offer the worship for God creative of the great universe.
2- Follow your religion believes and respect otherís religion.
3- Do well for the love of goodness not for other purpose.
4- Cherish the good people.
5- Be helpful for weak and poor people, and help them as much as you can.
6- Reject bad and dilapidator people, and get away from them as much as you can.
7- Avoid disputes, be fair and donít listen for other than your conscienceís voice.
8- God orders to preserve the bid so donít reveal other.
9- Donít soft-soap your brother, adulation is treason.
10- Donít hate anyone for we are all Godís slaves.
11- Donít you show of with someoneís compliment.
12- Help the stranger and be hospitable with him.
13- If God gave you a son, thanks him and make of your child a good man for humanity.
14- Let him fear you till the age of 10, love you till his 20íS and respect you till your death. So be his teacher till his 10, a father till his 20íS and a friend till your death.
15- Donít be shame of your situation or youíre a showoff.
16- A post doesnít give the person honor or shame but intentions in works.
17- Read and learn, look and act, think and do.
18- Let your actions be useful for others as much for you.
19- Donít underestimate otherís work.
20- Accept concession without complaining.
21- Donít you give compliments to other or decrease him, because God the creative of the great universe knows better.
22- Respect your countryís president, respect his government and legislations, and donít you interfere to help any conspiracy against your country but instead help your country with all your efforts.
23- Avoid arguments and donít you criticizes otherís religions and politics to be popular.
24- Help your brother, thatís if he is a good person.
25- Be curator towards your friendís children.
26- Keep your brotherís secret as if itís yours.
27- Be a good person to be an example for others.
28- Seek for happiness in Godís satisfaction.
29- Do your duties and donít waste your time and othersí time.
30- Work for your life as if youíre living forever and work for your eternity as if youíre dying tomorrow.
31- He doesnít deserve to be born the one who lives for him self only.
32- As much as you need the worlds, the world needs you also.
33- People search for hard worker like searching for diamond.
34- Donít get depressed of your failure; if youíre willing to succeed, it will come to you on time.
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