Once a part of the Ismaili sect of Shia Islam, the Druze separated with Caliph al-Hakim of Egypt, whom they believed was God incarnate. Shortly after, they formed their own unique religious beliefs. They share similarities with Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. such as belief in an almighty God. Their view of God, however, is impersonal, and it is not until heaven that they are united with God.
Their ethnicity is interconnected with their faith. They believe the original Druze are constantly reincarnated within their community. Therefore, no one can be a Druze by choice. Their religion is exclusive, and in order to protect their faith and safety, they will even blend in with surrounding faiths. They prefer an isolated tight-knit village community and live on mountains or hills as farmers, but they also work in the cities, get an education, and involve themselves in the culture of the surrounding cities.
Partnership // Move Beyond
Please spend a few minutes in prayer for the following:
- Pray that the Druze will know the true God, who is not impersonal but desires to have a relationship with them.
- Pray for the minds and hearts of the Druze to be open to the truth.
- Pray that Christians in this region will begin to reach out and minister in the Druze villages.
- Pray for encouragement for those God is calling to minister to the Druze.