Alawite in Israel

Largest Religion
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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.

Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-12-13
People Name General Alawite
People Name in Country Alawite
Population in Israel 2,000
World Population 2,033,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per
Alternate Names Levantine Arab
People ID 18805
ROP3 Code 114499
Primary Language: Arabic, North Levantine Spoken (2,000 speakers)   (People group listing)
Language Code: apc   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Arabic, North Levantine Spoken (2,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: apc   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Arabic, North Levantine Spoken

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1973)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Possible Print Bibles
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Arabic Bibles Online
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gods Simple Plan
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
Photo Source: Y. Killianov  
Map Source: Funk Monk  
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest 
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