Alawite in Israel



Population

1,890

Christian

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Progress


Introduction / History

Without moving, the Alawite religious community moved from Syria to Lebanon and Israel. In fact, their town of Ghajar is split between Israel and Lebanon. It sits in the Golan Heights where it belonged to Syria until the 1967 War when Israel captured the area. When Israel formally annexed Golan, Alawites in Ghajar opted to become Israeli citizens. This made their group the only Alawite community in Israel. Then the UN drew Lebanon's border to cut through the heart of Ghajar. There are over a million Alawites in neighboring Syria, where the Syrian president is part of the Alawite religion. The Alawites in Ghajar find economic benefits by identifying with Israel, so they practice their unique version of Islam in a land ruled by Jews.

Alawites borrow beliefs from other religious groups, and worship a relative of Islam's prophet, Mohammed. Alawism says that all people were once stars in the world of light, but they fell due to disobedience. Individuals must be reincarnated seven times before they once again return to being stars. They see themselves as a persecuted minority, God's chosen people, the only ones who have seen the light. They think that if people are sinful, they will be reborn as Christians.


Prayer Points

* Pray that tentmaker missionaries will contact this isolated group.
* Ask the Light of the World to reveal Himself to the Alawite leaders of Ghajar.


Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-12-13
People Name General Alawite
People Name in Country Alawite
Population in Israel 1,900
World Population 1,588,000
Countries 3
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Levantine Arab
Affinity Bloc Arab World
People Cluster Arab, Levant
People Name General Alawite
Ethnic Code CMT30
Country Israel
Region Middle East and North Africa
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Widespread.   Source: Ethnologue 2010
People Group Map Alawite in Israel

Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Arabic, North Levantine Spoken (1,900)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Arabic, North Levantine Spoken 1,900
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1973)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Category Resource
Audio Recordings Arabic Bibles Online
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Film / Video Levant Shiite Film
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gods Simple Plan
Scripture Bible-in-Your-Language
Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-12-13

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source: Y. Killianov  
Map Source: Funk Monk  
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
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