Druze in United Kingdom

Druze
Photo Source:  Israeli Ministry of Tourism  Creative Commons  Used with permission
Map Source:  Institute of Druze Studies
People Name: Druze
Country: United Kingdom
10/40 Window: No
Population: 600
World Population: 987,700
Primary Language: Arabic, North Levantine Spoken
Primary Religion: Other / Small
Christian Adherents: 1.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.50 %
Scripture: Portions
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Arab, Levant
Affinity Bloc: Arab World
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Druze live primarily in Lebanon, Syria, Israel, and Jordan, but some have immigrated to various parts of the world including the UK.

Why do the Druze live so removed from other communities? Why are they so secret about their beliefs? It is due to religious, political, and historical reasons. The Druze were brutally persecuted for centuries by other religious groups. This is why they are not publicly open about their faith, do not accept converts, and usually do not intermarry with outsiders. Ironically, one of the characteristics of Druze adherents is their ability to blend in with people of other faiths and mindsets. It is very possible that there are Druze people worshipping in England's Anglican churches.

Where Are they Located?

There is a British Druze Society based in London, the city where the Druze congregate.

What Are Their Lives Like?

In whatever country they live or travel, the Druze feel free to worship with the dominant religion of that society. So in United Kingdom they can worship with Anglicans or live as secularists like the British majority. Some might worship at a mosque with the Muslims.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The father of the Druze religion was Hakim, a Muslim caliph who lived in Cairo, Egypt. In A.D. 996, he started a Muslim reform movement, proposed a new teaching of religious unity and implemented a belief in human-only reincarnation.

Druze accept Jesus and Mohammed as prophets. They also accept the wisdom of Greek philosophers. They do not pray individually. The Druze ban smoking, alcohol, and eating pork. They discourage materialism. The principles of the Druze faith include guarding one's tongue (honesty), protecting one's brother, respecting the elderly, helping others, and protecting one's homeland.

What Are Their Needs?

The Druze need to know about the uniqueness of Jesus Christ as the ultimate Lord of all. They would probably be drawn to the philosophical tone of the Gospel of John, which also strongly addresses why we need to look to Jesus and no other. In the UK, where there is freedom of religion, believers can distribute the Gospel of John to the Druze.

Prayer Points

* Pray for the veil to be removed from the eyes of these spiritual wanderers so they can see Jesus.
* Ask God to guide their hungry, but dissatisfied hearts into a relationship with the only one who can satisfy their longing: Jesus Christ.
* Pray that believers in the UK will have an opportunity to lead the Druze to the Lord.
* Pray for a church planting movement among the Druze to begin in the UK.

Text Source:   Keith Carey