3The Druze place heavy emphasis on philosophy and spiritual purity. The Druze allow divorce, although it is discouraged; circumcision is not necessary; they cannot be reborn as non-Druze; those who purify and perfect their soul ascend to the stars upon death; when al-Hakim returns, all faithful Druze will join him in his march from China and on to conquer the world;[150] apostasy is forbidden;[151] they usually have religious services on Thursday evenings,[152] and follow Sunni Hanafi law on issues which their own faith has no particular rulings about.[153][154]. The order's meetings were held in the Raydan Mosque, near the Al-Hakim Mosque.[64]. 19, No. 0 comments. [86][page needed], Travelers like Niebuhr, and scholars like Max von Oppenheim, undoubtedly echoing the popular Druze belief regarding their own origin, have classified them as Arabs. 1615 L St. NW, Suite 800Washington, DC 20036USA Even though the faith originally developed out of Ismaili Islam, Druze are not considered Muslims, although Al Azhar of Egypt recognizes them as one of the Islamic sects akin to Shia. [71] However, he was later considered a renegade[72] and is usually described by the Druze as following the traits of satan,[73] in particular, arrogance. Background: The Druze refer to themselves as Ahl al-Tawhīd or "Al-muwahhidūn" which means "The People of Monotheism." [112][page needed], After the Shishakli's military campaign, the Druze community lost much of its political influence, but many Druze military officers played important roles in the Ba'ath government currently ruling Syria. [93] Iltizam rights in Shuf and Kisrawan passed to the rising Shihab family through female-line inheritance.[94]. [147][148] Both religions venerate Elijah,[149] Job and other common figures. He hath done thus so that when you relinquish your previous beliefs and doctrines ye shall not indeed lean on such causes of impediments and pretensions. Remove ye the causes of fear and estrangement from yourselves. If it were not forthcoming, he announced, the Druzes would indeed become "dangerous", and a force of 4,000 Druze warriors would "occupy the city of Damascus". The first feudal Druze family, the Tanukhids, which made for itself a name in fighting the Crusaders, was, according to Haydar al-Shihabi, an Arab tribe from Mesopotamia where it occupied the position of a ruling family and apparently was Christianized. God is "the whole of existence", rather than "above existence" or on his throne, which would make him "limited". One version recounts that the younger son was spared, raised in the harem and went on to become Ottoman Ambassador to India.[90]. Following their dramatic defeat, the Yemeni faction migrated to Syria in the Jebel-Druze region and its capital, As-Suwayda. [38] The Reincarnation is a paramount tenet in the Druze faith. From their fortresses in the Gharb area (now in Aley District of southern Mount Lebanon Governorate), the Tanukhs led their incursions into the Phoenician coast and finally succeeded in holding Beirut and the marine plain against the Franks. Druze Sacred texts include the Qur'an and the Kitab Al Hikma (Epistles of Wisdom). [221][222] During the Druze revolt against the rule of Ibrahim Pasha of Egypt, the Jewish community in Safad was attacked by Druze rebels in early July 1838, the violence against the Jews included plundering their homes and desecrating their synagogues. [219][220] The Deir el Qamar Synagogue was built in 1638, during the Ottoman era in Lebanon, to serve the local Jewish population, some of whom were part of the immediate entourage of Fakhr-al-Din II. This autonomy was maintained until World War I. The Druze faith incorporates some elements of Islam,[30][31] and other religious beliefs. [142][143][200][201][202] Within Islam, however, such a concept of theophany is a denial of monotheism. Cruciani in 2007 found E1b1b1a2 (E-V13) [a subclade of E1b1b1a (E-M78)] in high levels (>10% of the male population) in Turkish Cypriot and Druze Arab lineages. Tenets and Precepts. The Imad family is named for al-Imadiyyah—the Kurdish town of Amadiya, northeast of Mosul inside Kurdistan, and, like the Jumblatts, is thought to be of Kurdish tribal origin, the Janpulad ("soul of steel") are still found east of Adana in Turkey, across the borders from Syria. After the Shehab dynasty converted to Christianity, the Druze community and feudal leaders came under attack from the regime with the collaboration of the Catholic Church, and the Druze lost most of their political and feudal powers. The conflict between Druze and Jews occurs during the Druze power struggle in Mount Lebanon, Jewish settlements of Galilee such as Safad and Tiberias were destroyed by the Druze in 1660. The belief in reincarnation had first existed among Jewish mystics in the Ancient World, among whom differing explanations were given of the afterlife, although with a universal belief in an immortal soul. Hamza gained the support of the Fātimid caliph al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah, who issued a decree promoting religious freedom prior to the declaration of the divine call. This is like one's image in the mirror: One is in the mirror, but does not become the mirror. In 1618 political changes in the Ottoman sultanate had resulted in the removal of many enemies of Fakhr-al-Din from power, signaling the prince's triumphant return to Lebanon soon afterwards. The Pact of Time Custodian (Mithāq Walī al-zamān) is considered the entrance to the Druze religion, and they believe that all Druze in their past lives have signed this Charter, and Druze believe that this Charter embodies with human souls after death. This time the prince decided to remain in Lebanon and resist the offensive, but the death of his son Ali in Wadi al-Taym was the beginning of his defeat. [241], These findings are consistent with the Druze oral tradition, that claims that the adherents of the faith came from diverse ancestral lineages stretching back tens of thousands of years. But instead of dispersing throughout the world after their separation, the full range of lineages can still be found within the Druze population. According to most sources, he was born in Bukhara. Emir Mulhim exercised Iltizam taxation rights in the Shuf, Gharb, Jurd, Matn, and Kisrawan districts of Lebanon. However, the rest of the world tends to refer to them as "Druze" or "Druse", a name which some believe was derived from an early preacher Muhammad al-Darazi. In 2012, due to drift towards Salafism in Al-Azhar,and the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood into leadership, the dean of the Faculty of Islamic Studies at Al-Azhar issued a fatwa strongly opposed to the 1959 fatwa. [citation needed] Persecutions started forty days after the disappearance into Occultation of al-Hakim, who was thought to have been converting people to the Unitarian faith for over twenty years prior. [139] Druze in different states can have radically different lifestyles. The oldest and most densely-populated Druze communities exist in Mount Lebanon and in the south of Syria around Jabal al-Druze (literally the "Mountain of the Druzes"). With a community of little more than 100,000 in 1949, or roughly three percent of the Syrian population, the Druze of Syria's southwestern mountains constituted a potent force in Syrian politics and played a leading role in the nationalist struggle against the French. [21][22][23][24][25] It is a monotheistic and Abrahamic religion based on the teachings of Hamza ibn Ali ibn Ahmad and the sixth Fatimid caliph, al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah, and Ancient Greek philosophers such as Plato, Aristotle, Pythagoras, and Zeno of Citium. Druze believe on one God (monotheism) and reincarnation. At the end of 2018, there were 143,000. It is a social drink and can be shared between multiple participants. The Druze still do not permit conversion, either away from or to their religion.Marriage outside the Druze faith is rare and is strongly discouraged. It is a very secretive and small religion. The Druze faith extended to many areas in the Middle East, but most of the modern Druze can trace their origin to the Wadi al-Taym in Southern Lebanon, which is named after an Arab tribe Taymour-Allah (formerly Taymour-Allat) which, according to Islamic historian al-Tabari, first came from the Arabian Peninsula into the valley of the Euphrates where they had been Christianized prior to their migration into the Lebanon. Several philosophers and other influential people are also held in high regard by the Druze, including Socrates, Plato, Aristotle and Alexander the Great. Renunciation of all forms of former worship (specifically, invalid creeds) and false belief. The Sultan had Fakhr-al-Din and his sons killed on 13 April 1635 in Istanbul, bringing an end to an era in the history of Lebanon, which would not regain its current boundaries until it was proclaimed a mandate state and republic in 1920. This page was last edited on 16 December 2020, at 03:51. Only about one-in-five say being Druze is primarily a matter of religion (18%). [51], Although the Druze religious books describe ad-Darazi as the "insolent one" and as the "calf" who is narrow-minded and hasty, the name "Druze" is still used for identification and for historical reasons. [71] It is believed that al-Darazi allowed wine, forbidden marriages and taught metempsychosis[73] although it has argued that his actions might have been exaggerated by contemporary and later historians and polemicists. His increasingly chauvinistic notions of Arab nationalism were predicated on the denial that "minorities" existed in Syria. Their tradition dates back to the 11th century and incorporates elements of Islam, Hinduism and even classical Greek philosophy. The Druze faith is a monotheistic and Abrahamic religion based on the teachings of Hamza ibn-'Ali, al-Hakim, Plato, Aristotle, Socrates and Akhenaten. labeled them as infidels and argued that, even though they might behave like Muslims on the outside, this is no more than a pretense. [73] The controversy created by al-Darazi led Caliph al-Hakim to suspend the Druze daʻwah in 1018. [99][100] In 1840 social disturbance started between Druze and their Christian Maronite neighbors, who had previously been on friendly terms. [52][83], It was during the period of Crusader rule in Levant (1099–1291) that the Druze first emerged into the full light of history in the Gharb region of the Chouf Mountains. They are said to have descended from Jethro, the priest of Midian who was Moses’ father-in-law (Exodus 18:1), and they recognize him as their principal prophet and founder of their religion. The Druze believe he went into Occultation with Hamza ibn Ali and three other prominent preachers, leaving the care of the "Unitarian missionary movement" to a new leader, al-Muqtana Baha'uddin. [20] Jethro of Midian is considered an ancestor of the Druze, who revere him as their spiritual founder and chief prophet. In God, there are no attributes distinct from his essence. [86][page needed], The conquest of Syria by the Muslim Arabs in the middle of the seventh century introduced into the land two political factions later called the Qaysites and the Yemenites. However, they were less ready for personal relationships with Jews compared to Israeli Muslims and Christians.[232]. [119] The second largest political party supported by Druze is the Lebanese Democratic Party led by Prince Talal Arslan, the son of Lebanese independence hero Emir Majid Arslan. The Druzes do not recognize any religious hierarchy. In 1660, the Ottoman Empire moved to reorganize the region, placing the sanjaks (districts) of Sidon-Beirut and Safed in a newly formed province of Sidon, a move seen by local Druze as an attempt to assert control. [159] Mate is made by steeping dried leaves of the South American plant yerba mate in hot water and is served with a metal straw (بمبيجة bambīja or مصاصة maṣṣāṣah) from a gourd (فنجان finjān or قَرْعَة‎ qarʻah). [citation needed] The movement culminated with the 1859–60 massacre and defeat of the Christians by the Druzes. Given the strict religious, intellectual and spiritual requirements, most of the Druzes are not initiated and might be referred to as al-Juhhāl (جهال), literally "the Ignorant", but in practice referring to the non-initiated Druzes; however, that term is seldom used by the Druzes. These messengers were sent out with the Druze epistles and took written vows from believers, whose souls are thought to still exist in the Druze of today. The relationship of the Biblical Jethro to Islam and the Druze religion is controversial. The only early Arab historian who mentions the Druze is the eleventh century Christian scholar Yahya of Antioch, who clearly refers to the heretical group created by ad-Darazī, rather than the followers of Hamza ibn 'Alī. Religion. At that time, the movement enlisted a large number of adherents. Neglecting this warning, individual seekers, scholars, and other spectators have considered al-Hakim and other figures divine. By 1018, al-Darazi had gathered around him partisans – "Darazites" – who believed that universal reason became incarnated in Adam at the beginning of the world, was then passed from him to the prophets, then into Ali and hence into his descendants, the Fatimid Caliphs. Can you name the Seven Prophets of the Druze? The BBC describes Jumblatt as "the leader of Lebanon's most powerful Druze clan and heir to a leftist political dynasty". The Druze flag is combined from 5 colors which represent the 5 prophets of the Druze secret religion. In 1948, many Druze volunteered for the Israeli army and no Druze villages were destroyed or permanently abandoned. The Sabq and Tali is the ability to perceive and learn from the past and plan for the future and predict it. [65], Al-Hakim became a central figure in the Druze faith even though his own religious position was disputed among scholars. [123] Today, thousands of Israeli Druze belong to "Druze Zionist" movements.[120]. 9) From wich countrie Druze people come to visit Jethro prophet. In the first century, the five were represented by Jesus Christ,[147][148] John the Baptist,[149] Saint Matthew, Saint Mark, and Saint Luke. Naim Araidi - Israeli writer and poet in Hebrew and Arabic. One small DNA study has shown that Israeli Druze are remarkable for the high frequency (35%) of males who carry the Y-chromosomal haplogroup L (though some Afshar village[dubious – discuss] and the Raqqa Syrians have even more), which is otherwise uncommon in the Mideast (Shen et al. [88] One influential Islamic sage of that time[who?] [82], Al-Hakim disappeared one night while out on his evening ride – presumably assassinated, perhaps at the behest of his formidable elder sister Sitt al-Mulk. [63] He came to Fatimid Egypt in 1014 or 1016[63] and assembled a group of scholars and leaders from across the world to establish the Unitarian movement. These concepts superseded all ritual, law and dogma and requirements for pilgrimage, fasting, holy days, prayer, charity, devotion, creed and particular worship of any prophet or person was downplayed. The researchers found the following frequencies of Y-chromosomal haplogroups:[243][dubious – discuss], A 2016 study based on testing samples of Druze in the Syria (region) in comparison with ancient humans (including Anatolian and Armenian), and on Geographic Population Structure (GPS) tool by converting genetic distances into geographic distances, concluded that Druze might hail from the Zagros Mountains and the surroundings of Lake Van in eastern Anatolia, then they later migrated south to settle in the mountainous regions in Syria, Lebanon and Israel.[244]. Religion and public policy Erasmus. Those are not granted access to the Druze holy literature or allowed to attend the initiated religious meetings of the ʻuqqāl. The Druze believe that many teachings given by prophets, religious leaders and holy books have esoteric meanings preserved for those of intellect, in which some teachings are symbolic and allegorical in nature, and divide the understanding of holy books and teachings into three layers. Do away with the corruption of delusion and conformity. [citation needed], The call summoned people to a true unitarian belief that removed all attributes (wise, just, outside, inside, etc.) The colours also appear on the Druze flag. [140], Hamza ibn Ali ibn Ahmad is considered the founder of the Druze and the primary author of the Druze manuscripts,[141] he proclaimed that God had become human and taken the form of man, al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah. Few people know about the Druze, a mysterious, 1,000 year old religion in Lebanon. In the Druze scriptural view, Tajalli takes a central stage. Bashar Tarabieh "Education, Control and Resistance in the Golan Heights". [198] Islam teaches dawah, unlike the Druze who do not accept converts to their faith. [92] Contemporary historian Istifan al-Duwayhi reports that Korkmaz was killed in act of treachery by the Beylerbey of Damascus in 1662. [189][190] The fatwa declares that the Druze are Muslims because they recite the twofold Shahada, and believe in the Qur'an and monotheism and do not oppose Islam in word or deed. [241] The Shroud of Turin analysis shows significant traces of mitochondrial DNA unique to the Druze community. In August 2001, Maronite Catholic Patriarch Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir toured the predominantly Druze Chouf region of Mount Lebanon and visited Mukhtara, the ancestral stronghold of Druze leader Walid Jumblatt. About 2% of the Druze population are also scattered within other countries in the Middle East. In the time of the faith's foundation, the five were Hamza ibn Ali ibn Ahmad, Muḥammad ibn Wahb al-Qurashī, Abū'l-Khayr Salama ibn Abd al-Wahhab al-Samurri, Ismāʿīl ibn Muḥammad at-Tamīmī, and Al-Muqtana Baha'uddin. In the time of the ancient Greeks, these five were represented by Pythagoras, Plato, Aristotle, Parmenides, and Empedocles. During this stage a dispute occurred between ad-Darazi and Hamza bin Ali mainly concerning ad-Darazi's ghuluww ("exaggeration"), which refers to the belief that God was incarnated in human beings (especially 'Ali and his descendants, including Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah, who was the caliph at the time) and to ad-Darazi naming himself "The Sword of the Faith", which led Hamza to write an epistle refuting the need for the sword to spread the faith and several epistles refuting the beliefs of the ghulat. He even produced a cache of Israeli weapons allegedly discovered in the Jabal. The leading "Atrash" family also can trace its background to the Kurdish tribe, the Hartush/Atrush, found in northern Iraq and southeastern Turkey today. In a mystical sense, it refers to the light of God experienced by certain mystics who have reached a high level of purity in their spiritual journey. or prophets, and each ; The Five Prophets of Druze. Islamic schools and branches allows Muslim men to to be married to multiple women and divorce, contrary to the views of the Druze of monogamous marriage and not allowing divorce. The community does celebrate Eid al-Adha, however, considered their most significant holiday. However, studies done on larger samples showed that L-M20 averages 5% in Israeli Druze,[Footnote 1] 8% in Lebanese Druze,[Footnote 2] and it was not found in a sample of 59 Syrian Druze. [184] While for Ibn Abidin, whose work Radd al-Muhtar 'ala al-Durr al-Mukhtar is still considered the authoritative text of Hanafi fiqh today,[185] the Druze are neither Muslims nor apostates. The Druze religion has no ceremonies or … He hath urged you to declare your belief openly. [94] Ahmad continued as local ruler through his death from natural causes, without heir, in 1697. Later, under the Ottoman, they were severely attacked at Saoufar in the 1585 Ottoman expedition, after the Ottomans claimed that they assaulted their caravans near Tripoli. To complete the subscription process, please click the link in the email we just sent you. Recent genetic clustering analyses of ethnic groups are consistent with the close ancestral relationship between the Druze and Cypriots, and also identified similarity to the general Syrian and Lebanese populations, as well as a variety of Jewish groups (Ashkenazi, Sephardi, Iraqi, and Moroccan) (Behar et al. Arabic-speaking esoteric ethno-religious group, Druze as a mixture of Western Asian tribes, Dwairy, Marwan (2006) "The Psychosocial Function of Reincarnation Among Druze in Israel", Minorities in the Middle East: A History of Struggle and Self-expression - Page 95 by Mordechai Nisan, The Druze in the Middle East: Their Faith, Leadership, Identity and Status - Page 41 by Nissim Dana, Encyclopaedic Survey of Islamic Culture - Page 94 by Mohamed Taher, Asian and African Studies: Vol. [54] As for Western sources, Benjamin of Tudela, the Jewish traveler who passed through Lebanon in or around 1165, was one of the first European writers to refer to the Druzes by name. When Druze live among people of other religions, they try to blend in, in order to protect their religion and their own safety. They soon made an alliance with the Ma'ans and were acknowledged as the Druze chiefs in Wadi al-Taym. Suliman Bashear - Palestinian-Israeli scholar of Islam; Conversions are not permitted in the Druze religion, because they believe that the first generation after the establishment of the Druze religion had an opportunity then to join the religion, and everyone alive today is reincarnated from that generatio… For Druze in particular, this lack of religious intermarriage may also be a reflection of the community’s history. The origin of the family goes back to a Prince Ma'an who made his appearance in the Lebanon in the days of the 'Abbasid caliph al-Mustarshid (1118–35 CE). [238] While it is not yet known exactly what selective advantage is provided by this gene variant, the Haplogroup D allele is thought to be positively selected in populations and to confer some substantial advantage that has caused its frequency to rapidly increase. Since just after its founding in the 11th century, the Druze tradition has been officially closed off to outsiders and proselytism has been prohibited. [227] Israeli Druze citizens serve in the Israel Defense Forces. Some claim to be Muslim or Christian in order to avoid persecution; some do not. Those few initiated in the Druze holy books are called ʿuqqāl,[158] while the "ignorant", regular members of the group are called juhhāl. Though governor of the Druze Mountain, Bashir was a crypto-Christian, and it was he whose aid Napoleon solicited in 1799 during his campaign against Syria. Beirut and Sidon, which Fakhr-al-Din II beautified, still bear traces of his benign rule. [86][page needed] As a result of the Ottoman experience with the rebellious Druze, the word Durzi in Turkish came, and continues, to mean someone who is the ultimate thug. The Jews in Palestine in the eighteenth century: under the patronage of the Istanbul Committee of Officials for Palestine (University of Alabama Press 1992), 1585 Ottoman expedition against the Druze, Learn how and when to remove this template message, "Syria's Druze under threat as conflict spreads", Lebanon – International Religious Freedom Report 2008, "The Druze population in Israel – a collection of data on the occasion of the Prophet Shuaib holiday", "Tariq Alaiseme [reportedly to be] vice-president of Venezuela", "Dating Druze: The struggle to find love in a dwindling diaspora", "Druze Population of Australia by Place of Usual Residence (2006)", "Are the Druze People Arabs or Muslims? Nearly all Druze (99%) believe in God, including 84% who say they are absolutely certain in their belief. [132] The cycle of rebirth is continuous and the only way to escape is through successive reincarnations. Among Israeli Jews, 75% of men and 57% of women currently serve in the military or have served in the past (Israeli Jewish men and women are required to serve, with some exemptions). In the Hebrew Bible Jethro was Moses' father-in-law, a Kenite shepherd and priest of Midian,[235] Jethro of Midian is considered an ancestor of Druze, who revere him as their spiritual founder and chief prophet. Sort by. [85], With the advent of the Ottoman Turks and the conquest of Syria by Sultan Selim I in 1516, the Ma'ans were acknowledged by the new rulers as the feudal lords of southern Lebanon. This arrangement was to provide the cornerstone for the privileged status which ultimately came to be enjoyed by the whole of Mount Lebanon, Druze and Christian areas alike. The Druze religion branched off from the religion of Islam, and is now considered its own religion separate from Islam. [121] In 2004, there were 102,000 Druze living in the country. Druze tradition also honors several “mentors” and “prophets,” including Jethro of Midian (Moses’ father-in-law), Moses, Jesus, John the Baptist and the Prophet Muhammad. Lebanon: J 31%, E 22%, K 21%, R 14%, L 10%. In 1945, Amir Hasan al-Atrash, the paramount political leader of the Jebel al-Druze, led the Druze military units in a successful revolt against the French, making the Jebel al-Druze the first and only region in Syria to liberate itself from French rule without British assistance. The souls of those who took the vows during the call are believed to be continuously reincarnating in successive generations of Druze until the return of al-Hakim to proclaim a second Divine call and establish a Golden Age of justice and peace for all. [219] Yet, the Jews and Druze lived isolated from each other, except in few mixed towns such as Deir al-Qamar and Peki'in. Fakhr-al-Din II was the first ruler in modern Lebanon to open the doors of his country to foreign Western influences. This propaganda also was broadcast in the Arab world, mainly Egypt. The Druze are Arabic-speaking citizens of Israel and serve in the Israel Defense Forces, just as most citizens do in Israel. Such gatherings and traditions were not compulsory and people were encouraged to pursue a state of compliance with the real law of nature governing the universe. The Druze religion is a small, old, unique, and mysterious practice. He later took refuge in Jezzine's grotto, closely followed by Küçük Ahmet Pasha who eventually caught up with him and his family. The civil war of 1860 cost the Christians some ten thousand lives in Damascus, Zahlé, Deir al-Qamar, Hasbaya, and other towns of Lebanon. After the assassination of Kamal Jumblatt on 16 March 1977, his son Walid Jumblatt took the leadership of the party and played an important role in preserving his father's legacy after winning the Mountain War and sustained the existence of the Druze community during the sectarian bloodshed that lasted until 1990. [72] Al-Darazi argued that he should be the leader of the daʻwah rather than Hamza ibn Ali and gave himself the title "Lord of the Guides" because Caliph al-Hakim referred to Hamza as "Guide of the Consented". He went so far in 1608 as to sign a commercial treaty with Duke Ferdinand I of Tuscany containing secret military clauses. In terms of religious comparison, scholars consider Judaism and the Druze faith as ethnoreligious groups,[233] and both practice endogamy,[19] and both typically do not proselytize. Both faiths give a prominent place to Jesus:[147][148] Jesus is the central figure of Christianity, and in the Druze faith, Jesus is considered an important prophet of God,[147][148] being among the seven prophets who appeared in different periods of history. [citation needed], The 1911 edition of Encyclopædia Britannica states that the Druzes are "a mixture of refugee stocks, in which the Arab largely predominates, grafted on to an original mountain population of Aramaic blood". Answer: The Druze religion is associated with an ethnic group living in the Near East. Be ye certain that the Prince of Believers hath given unto you free will, and hath spared you the trouble of disguising and concealing your true beliefs, so that when ye work ye may keep your deeds pure for God. The Maronite Catholic and the Druze founded modern Lebanon in the early eighteenth century, through the ruling and social system known as the "Maronite-Druze dualism" in Mount Lebanon Mutasarrifate.[212]. Israel’s Druze honor the prophet Jethro in annual pilgrimage to ancient tomb Holiday gives visitors a glimpse of secretive religion, and community’s ‘living bond’ with Israeli Jews By comparison, more Israeli Christians (31%) and Israeli Muslims (45%) say being Christian/Muslim is mainly a matter of religion to them. (+1) 202-419-4300 | Main Both religions venerated Shuaib and Muhammad: Shuaib is revered as the chief prophet in the Druze religion, and in the Islam he is considered a prophet of God. They are found in Syria, Lebanon and Israel.[155]. Just 18% of Druze say a two-state solution is not possible – a lower share than among Muslims (32%) and Jews (45%) in the country. [93], During the Ottoman–Habsburg War (1683–1699), Ahmad Ma'n collaborated in a rebellion against the Ottomans which extended beyond his death. Hamza bin Ali refutes such claims by stating that if the esoteric interpretation of taharah (purity) is purity of the heart and soul, it doesn't mean that a person can discard his physical purity, as salat (prayer) is useless if a person is untruthful in his speech and that the esoteric and exoteric meanings complement each other. Even more painful for the Druze community was his publication of "falsified Druze religious texts" and false testimonials ascribed to leading Druze sheikhs designed to stir up sectarian hatred. Is being Hispanic a matter of race, ethnicity or both? 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