posted on May, 9 2004 @ 12:06 PM
Muslim nations that are democratic have Masonic Lodges; however, most are not democratic.
For example, Turkey, the mst liberal of the Islamic countries, has many Lodges, with a Grand Lodge and a Supreme Council of the 33°, located at
Istanbul. Also, the Grand Lodge of Israel has chartered several Arabic-speaking Lodges for the Palestinian Brethren.
On the other hand, the Grand Lodge of Iran was forced into exile during the Ayatollah Khomeini's fundamentalist revolution of 1979, and its offices
are now located in Los Angeles, California. Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Lebanon, Syria, and Yemen have banned Freemasonry. There are a few Masonic Lodges in
Jordan and United Arab Emirates. I have heard that the late King Hussein of Jordan was a Mason, as is his son, the present King Abdullah, but have
been as yet unable to verify this. Both were educated in the west and have adopted liberal views, which makes the claim possible.
[Edited on 9-5-2004 by Masonic Light]