VOLUME 2, ISSUE
1 – APRIL 2008
the Editor’s Desk
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
where we a highly
In other words, we're
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
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.
was an outstanding distinguished Druze
A shining example of exemplifying
Distinguished Druze section and you will
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,
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.
and the 2009
National Convention Washington, DC.
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 &
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 Dr. Akram
Ghaoui, Houston Chapter President, Mr.
committee, of Ottawa
Mr. Bashar Bou-Diab, President
Jawhari, Vice-President Ohio their efforts and contributions. partner & lovely wife Sarah to
Thank you all from the bottom of my heart!
Inside this issue:
ADS National President Message
4, 10, 17
Struggle for Survival - G. Saab
LEBANON-Al Tawhid-L. Shehayeb
ADS Man of the Year 2008
AUSTRALIA - BDW - D. Daou
FRANCE - Perspective-S. Obeid
May 2008 Canadian Convention
18, 32, 33
Legal Corner - H. Ballout
A Positive Life! - P. Boukzam
14, 15, 22, 26
ADS Chapters’ In Depth Reports
Druze Leadership - B. Bou-Diab
Lebanese Conflict - Dr. M. Boukzam
The SEX Talk - Dr. M. Jaber
2008 ADS National Convention
Upcoming Druze Events
ADS Chapter News
35 - 43
Canadian Chapter News
45 - 48
Weddings & Engagements
49 - 51
Distinguished Druze In History
57 - 59
Our Heritage Magazine
Al Muwahidoun - Dr. F. Barouki
55 - 56
In Loving Memory
“LOVE ATTRACTS THINGS AND MAKES THEM GATHER AND UNIFY, AND HATRED MAKES THEM DISINTEGRATE AND VANISH.” - KAMAL JUMBLAT