Steve

Steve is part of the publishing team of Al-Khabar. He was initiated into Neptune Lodge 5150 EC In 1986 and completed his third degree by being exalted into Neptune’s Royal Arch Chapter in 1989; he also enjoyed two successive years in the Chair of KS in 1993/4. He has also enjoyed being a Mark Master Mason and a Royal Ark Mariner. He has been honoured with the position of Past Provincial Junior Grand Deacon. All the articles are his own and represent no Official Masonic Body

Islam and Freemasonry

Can a Muslim become a Freemason? The answer is, of course, yes. He must meet the same the criteria as everyone else for membership, which has been explained in previous papers published by Al-Khabar. This answer could equally apply to any monotheistic religion. In Freemasons Lodges there is always an …

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A Little of Freemasonry

Freemasonry often gets a lot of bad press, strangely it’s usually the result of secrecy, but as Freemasonry is not a secret society, the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE), the English and Welsh Grand Lodge, decided a few years ago that “enough is enough” and opened the doors of …

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Clandestine and Pseudo Freemasonry

The word “Freemason” and its derivatives do not belong to anyone in particular, therefore they can be used by anyone, and they are. To this end the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) has added a clarification to the existing description of the various types of groups that use the …

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Why Catholics are forbidden to be Freemasons – 3

In previous articles on this subject, we saw that Freemasonry in continental Europe expanded to such a level that it was impossible to keep up with all the additional degrees. Initially the Grand Orient of France (finally adopting this name in 1773) followed pure Freemasonry, but as stated in the …

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Charity, what is it really?

Everyone understands the meaning of charity, don’t they? I am sure they do, which makes an article about charity all the more difficult, but it is a vast subject, here are some points of view and information on Masonic and other charitable givers. So why charity, can’t governments provide for …

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Does the presence of a clandestine Masonic Lodge, or if a territory is deemed as ‘terrorist,’ prevent Regular Freemasons entering that territory or region?

Most would understand that clandestine, as the word suggests, refers to secretive, or more especially, illicit. When used in reference to Freemasonry, it basically means a Lodge that is not associated or governed by a Grand Lodge, therefore it is an illicit Lodge. But of course, in a clandestine Masonic …

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The Golden Key

There is much discussed as to the importance of a “Golden Key” in Freemasonry, but I will state here and now there is no “Golden Key” in pure Freemasonry, but a “key” was once an important symbol in its history. From Mackey’s Encyclopaedia of Freemasonry, under the word Key, he …

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So, what is Brotherly Love to a Freemason?

Isn’t the meaning of brotherly love obvious? But what exactly does it mean to a Freemason? It’s more than simply loving your fellow Freemason whoever he/she is and wherever he/she came from, which of course, we naturally would do; it goes beyond this. Let’s first look at a dictionary definition, …

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