The MALIK Fraternity, Inc. subscribes to a set of beliefs and principles that have been codified and defined as "African Fraternalism." The title MALIK, being a Swahili word meaning “King or Ruler”, embodies this spirit. African Fraternalism includes such beliefs as the African origin of civilization, reclaiming the stolen legacy of African knowledge, the oneness of all African peoples, the importance of ritual and initiation, the value of a male ritual kinship system, respect for and seeking equal partnership with women, the reception and cultivation of the Spirit of Learning, the necessity of serving the community, the calling to work on one's personal and spiritual development, and the study and promotion of' "Malikology," and the usage of "African Symbology."
Malikology is the Fraternity’s interpretation of the "science of manhood." The acronym MALIK: Manhood, Achievement, Leadership, Integrity, Knowledge. It is a synthesis of science, history, philosophy, and African Diasporic cultural values and practices about the nature, purpose, direction, function and responsibility of manhood.
Furthermore, MALIK implements and uses "African Symbology" in developing its rituals, protocols, procedures, governance structure, and "fraternal/corporate" culture of our Fraternity. We draw from the languages and cultural symbols of all historically recognized peoples of the African Diaspora which includes that of the Afro-Latino. A primary example of this is the presenting of new members with African (Swahili), Taíno or Aztec names, which befitted their characteristics during the Rites of Passage.