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VOLUME

2, ISSUE

1 – APRIL

2008

PAGE

21

Druze Leadership

By Bashar Bou-Diab

The Druze & Their Faith in Tawhid

Born in Lebanon, Bashar is currently living in Ottawa, Canada with his wife Farah Al-Farraji. He has a sincere interest in Druze community development abroad. He has a Masters of Engineering degree in Technology Innovation Management. During his work in the field of telecommunications, Bashar has authored more than 17 patents and 8 papers.

In

2008, may we leverage the great teachings of our luminaries to further grow our knowledge and lead wonderful lives.

parents or organizations. We need to overcome the vast distances between us and instantiate mechanisms to help us learn about our Unitarian teachings and bond with each other.

Our long trip away from home in the Middle East; to seek good education, rewarding careers, and safe living; has

We need you to put your leadership skills to create the needed value for our community in the name of charity and good will. The foresight, organizational

The publishing of this quarterly magazine is another example showing how the leadership of a few builds global ties and creates unity in a harmonious way.

taken us far from the closely knit societies that served to bind us into a harmonious community and served to teach us the Unitarist faith. With the distance came the challenge to retain the virtues that were central to our faith and were once passed down from generation to the next.

Our “modern” way of life has left us little or no time to learn the teachings of our luminaries posing a threat to our faith and identity. Just think of how frequently

we study Pythagoras,

the writings Jesus Christ,

of

Plato, Hermes,

Lukman, and Hamza; and we can see how far we have drifted. Unfortunately, the drift is growing with time and distance and its consequences on our small sect could be detrimental in the long term.

“How may we as a global community overcome our challenge and seek our Unitarian faith?” you may ask.

Researching,

learni

ng,

contemplating,

and

upholding

the

principles of our faith

require

strong

initiative,

especially

without the help of

skills, generosity, and leadership of a few have been vital to the well-being of our community in North America.

The teams managing our Druze societies in various cities has selflessly served to build social bonds amongst us, to further our understanding of the Unitarist teachings, to grow our athletic and artistic talents, and to help those in need. The publishing of this quarterly magazine is another example showing how the leadership of a few builds global ties and creates unity in a harmonious way.

You are all invited to leverage your capabilities in service of our Unitarian beliefs and overcome our recent challenges. And I thank the many who have been contributing in a positive way.

We are receiving and continue to receive enquires as to where this book can be purchased. It is very popular & valuable book by Dr. Anis Obeid. A short introduction from it’s front jacket is below:

“As a small sect that emerged from Islam more than a thousand years ago, the Druze have long sought to protect their religion and society

through a tradition of secrecy. secrecy, however, has left the

This Druze

faith

vulnerable

to

distortion,

misun-

derstanding, In this book

and misrepresentation. Dr. Anis Obeid, a Druze

layman

impelled by

his desire to

“explore

his religious

heritage” and

attain “a clear

view of the

basic tenets

of his faith,”

provides a

penetrating

analysis

of

Druze

scriptures

and

be-

liefs (Tawhid). logical narrative

Presenting a chrono- of the foundation and

development of the faith, he explains the historical conditions and religious rationale behind this closed religion.”

Book is available by ordering online

at: www.SyracuseUniversityPress.syr.edu

AL FAJER - THE DAWN - DRUZE INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE

EMAIL: ALFAJER_THEDAWN@HOTMAIL.COM

Druze Leadership

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