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VOLUME 2, ISSUE

1 – APRIL 2008

PAGE 2

the Editor’s Desk

Shauki Halime

Life can be understood only looking behind, but can be lived only by looking ahead.

My Beloved Druze Society,

North Carolina headed by Mr. Majid Al-Awar,

In this ever-changing and media rich culture it’s not easy to reach the age of 10 without having acquired a sense of skepticism. Nothing seems to be straightforward as we have all learned to question everything around us, from what's in the news to what in our hearts, we all have our doubts, and from time to time we all lose our way. But to be fully human is to believe in something or someone, to know that it's possible to make a difference - to each other and to ourselves.

This time we're looking for a sense of purpose, a few terrific reasons to keep moving forward when it can be so much easier to stay

frozen taking

where we a highly

are.

In other words, we're

pragmatic

approach

to

the

highly ethereal topic of faith. The brought forward huge advances with the 21st century there will be

20th century & changes, untold more,

yet the Druze faith remains largely & hidden, shrouded in secrecy from born into it.

unchanged even those

When will we be ready to open up and talk about “Al Tawhid” to our own & to others? This is a question put out to all of us by Lina Shehayeb in her outstanding article. Ghassan

Saab is very candid in Survival, a powerful

his article on Struggle for

read.

From

Lebanon,

France, Australia, Brazil, etc. - young & old, topics their Druze Heritage. We regular Legal column by

Venezuela, Canada, focus on the pride in are also introducing a Haitham Ballout, a

very experienced lawyer encouraged to submit a legal

& everyone question for him.

is

Kamal

Jumblat

leader and

very

was an outstanding distinguished Druze

personality.

A shining example of exemplifying

what

it

means

to

be

Druze

and

follow

your

principles.

We

honor

his

memory

in

Distinguished Druze section and you will

our also

see

some

of

his

exceptional

quotes

at

the

bottom of the pages throughout the magazine.

In the US it is exciting to see the numerous chapter activities focusing on unity, fun and growth. With great pleasure we welcome 2 new chapters: Seattle, Washington,

headed

by

Mr.

Naji

Ghazel,

and

Raleigh,

to our big ADS family. chapters and growing.

We now have 20 Upcoming Druze

gatherings are the Canada Convention in Montreal on May 16-19, the 2008 ADS

National in Texas is Convention

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Houston,

hosting the

Thanksgiving

Mini

in November

and the 2009

ADS

National Convention Washington, DC.

will

be

held

in

Sisters & Brothers, from our Syrian Druze, Jordanian, Palestinian, Lebanese, & Druze all around the world, we are all connected. Like Dr. Anis Obeid outlined in his outstanding book The Druze & Their Faith in Tawhid “It is virtually certain that any Druze individual can establish some sort of family connection with any other Druze individual, sometimes directly and at other times through intermediary families.”

With pride & pleasure we have reached the majority of Al-Muwahhidun, and Al- Muwahhidun responded back with joy & enthusiasm, AL FAJER-THE DAWN is our bridge for reaching each other & it belongs to you, to each one of you. This is the 2nd issue of Al Fajer-The Dawn, if you didn't receive the first one don't miss it, let us know we will email it to you!

I am thankful to everyone

to all the Brothers &

Sisters

FAJER-THE

DAWN

with

articles.

Special thanks to Dr.

in our society & who enrich AL their valuable Anis Obeid for

his kindness & assistance and to the gentlemen who post AL FAJER on their websites & MAKE IT EASY FOR EVERYONE

TO REACH.

I am

grateful,

to Dr. Akram

Bou-Ghannam,

ADS

National

President, Mr.

Sean

Ghaoui, Houston Chapter President, Mr.

Chris

Basheer,

South

Australian

YDP

committee, of Ottawa

Mr. Bashar Bou-Diab, President

Chapter,

Canada,

Mr.

Nahed

Jawhari, Vice-President Ohio their efforts and contributions. partner & lovely wife Sarah to

chapter

for all

Finally

to my

whom I

owe a

dept

of

gratitude,

for

her

advice,

suggestions

&

Design

and

for

her

sincere

love

for

our

Druze

society,

without

her

I

wouldn't

be

able

to

make

it.

Thank you all from the bottom of my heart!

Inside this issue:

ADS National President Message

3

Your Opinions

4, 10, 17

Struggle for Survival - G. Saab

5

LEBANON-Al Tawhid-L. Shehayeb

6, 12

ADS Man of the Year 2008

8

AUSTRALIA - BDW - D. Daou

9

FRANCE - Perspective-S. Obeid

11

May 2008 Canadian Convention

45

International Reports

18, 32, 33

Legal Corner - H. Ballout

16

A Positive Life! - P. Boukzam

20

Youth Perspectives

14, 15, 22, 26

ADS Chapters’ In Depth Reports

19, 27

Druze Leadership - B. Bou-Diab

21

Lebanese Conflict - Dr. M. Boukzam

23

The SEX Talk - Dr. M. Jaber

24

2008 ADS National Convention

31, 44

Upcoming Druze Events

34

ADS Chapter News

35 - 43

Canadian Chapter News

45 - 48

Weddings & Engagements

49 - 51

Distinguished Druze In History

57 - 59

Poetry

12,17,19

Photo Memory’s

7,13,25,29,54

Our Heritage Magazine

28

Al Muwahidoun - Dr. F. Barouki

55 - 56

Congratulations!

52

In Loving Memory

60

Contact Information

61

LOVE ATTRACTS THINGS AND MAKES THEM GATHER AND UNIFY, AND HATRED MAKES THEM DISINTEGRATE AND VANISH.” - KAMAL JUMBLAT

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