1 – APRIL
By Said Obeid
Said is the youngest of six children by Ibrahim and Salma Obeid, born and raised in Aley Lebanon. He graduated American University of Beirut with a Master of Science degree in 1976. He and his family have been in France for the last 15 years. Said is currently marketing manager for Dow agribusiness for the Middle East, Eastern Europe and most of Africa. His wife of more than 30 years is Nawal Abul Hosn and they have three children, 2 girls and one boy. Maha is in Pharmacy, Rulla in dentistry, and Marwan just about to finish medical school. In addition to a successful career abroad Said remained dedicated to Lebanon, to Aley and to our community all over. He shares our concerns, trials and tribulations.
THE AMERICAN DRUZE CONVENTION FROM A
FRENCH DRUZE EYE
Is belonging an essential need ?? To me, the answer is YES, and more so under the ever changing life style, temptations of the Western Societies and life obligations in the twenty first century.
Belonging and social life are , among others, two features that distinguished Man from Animal. Having a forum to rejuvenate one’s roots is for sure a privilege that our fellow Druzes in the USA have. During the last convention, I voiced this conviction, and I am happy to have been given the chance through AL FAJER-THE DAWN to re-emphasize that to our fellow Druzes, namely the new generation. No matter how effective the parental mentoring is, it may not be enough to address the very many questions and queries that the new generation may have.
It has to be noted that the absence of rituals in the Druze faith do not help at all binding the new generation to the faith of their parents. This loop hole, if not filled by knowledgeable mentors and on
regular basis, could lead to a loss of the identity. To avoid this end, all incentives should be made to secure the participation, specially of the new generation in the Druze convention.
On the other hand, it is believed that AL FAJER will enforce the bonds among Druzes, and for that we extend our appreciation and gratitude for the founders and all those who are contributing to its success and spread out.
It is with regret that in France, where we have been based as of July 1990, we do not have this privilege. The community is small and scattered. An attempt was made to create a mini ADS.
In spite of the small success, gratitude should go to those who tried to light a candle instead of cursing darkness. The drive behind my call to keep lighting candles is not blind bigotry , but an attempt to keep the identity and a faith of which we are proud, since it gives answers to highly complex philosophical and religious questions.
AL FAJER - THE DAWN - DRUZE INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE