Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Prayer in Hebrew

Baruch Adonai Yahweh Eloheuinu Yahweh echad Elohiko Hashamaim

Most blessed Lord Yahweh God-plural personhood Yahweh composite-Unity God higher than the highest heaven

Shamaim Hashamaim Eloueth Ahiyah asher Ahiyah

higher than the highest heaven God I Am (Yah) that I Am (Yah)

El Olam Yahweh El Elyown Yahweh Elohim eth Yaoth Elohim Qadosh
God eternal Yahweh Most High Yahweh God you Yah who drives the evil powers to flight Holy God

Eloah Israel El Shaddai

God of Israel God Almighty


Our Saviour

Adonai Eloah Melek Eloah miqqadash

Lord God King God our Sanctifier

El Israel Anawim

God of Israel Your faithful

El Elohim Yahweh El Olam eth Abba Our Father of Lights Holy with

God of Gods (most high) Yahweh God eternal you

Whom there is no variation or shadow of turning

ben Yahweh bar Elohim

Son of Yahweh Son of God

Yahweh Shamah Emmanuel Yeshua ha Maschiach Jesus Christ Our only Lord

Yahweh Christ perfect servant of hearing God God with us Jesus the Messiah

and Saviour

Ruach Yahweh Chokmah Abiyr Gebuwrah Neshamah Yahweh

Spirit of Yahweh Wisdom Might Power Spirit-Breath of Yahweh

Holy Spirit Life Quickening Breath of Life Energy our


Ruach Elohim Olam Yahweh Borea Emeth Huy Eloah Chay Melek Olam Eloah

Spirit of God eternal Yahweh Creator True Living God and King Immortal God of Hosts

Sabaoth Holy Trinity Adorable Unity

Eloah Anawim with and

God of the faithful

by the prayer and company of all Your

Elect Doxas and Anawim for and with us unceasingly kanawn Anawim

have mercy on Your faithful

Origins of the Druze People and Religion, by Philip K. Hitti, [1924]

Sacred Texts Asia Buy this Book at Amazon.com Origins of the Druze People and Religion by Philip K. Hitti [1928]Contents Start Reading [Image] The Druze, who primarily live in Lebanon, Syria and Israel, have a mysterious religion which has been the subject of much speculation over the centuries. In the 19th century manuscript copies of their religious literature were spirited away to collections in Europe and the United States, and scholars were finally able to access them. This monograph by the distinguished Arabist, Philip K. Hitti, written in the early 20th century, covers the literature on the origin and history of the Druze, and includes a few samples of their sacred literature. Title Page
Table of Contents
Chapter I. A Unique and Secret Sect
Chapter II. Social and Historical Development
Chapter III. Racial Origins
Chapter IV. The Persian Origin of the Druzes
Chapter V. Druze Theology and Its Sources
Chapter VI. Dogmas and Precepts
Chapter VII. Folklore
Appendices: Druze Sacred WritingsAppendix A. Covenant of Induction Into the Religion of the Ruler of the Age
Appendix B. Al-Ḥākim's Ordinance Prohibiting the Use of Wine
Appendix C: Excerpt From the Charter Found Posted on the Walls of the Mosques on the Occasion of the Disappearance of Our Lord Al-Imām Al-Ḥākim
Appendix D. Excerpt From the Epistle Entitled Al-Qusṭanṭīniyyah Addressed by Bahā’-al-Dīn to the Byzantine Emperor Constantine
Appendix E: Excerpt From Bahā’-al-Dīn's Epistle Entitled Christianity
Appendix F. Exhortations And Prayers By Al-Sayyid ‘Abdullāh Al-Tanūkhi

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Origins of the Druze People and Religion, by Philip K. Hitti, [1924], at sacred-texts.com

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Two Historical Fossils:—The Druzes of Syria and the Samaritans of Palestine are two unique communities not to be found elsewhere in the whole world. Like social fossils in an alien environment, these two peoples have survived for hundreds of years in that land rightly described as a "Babel of tongues" and a "museum of nationalities."

The Samaritans are the remnants of the tribes from Assyria and Persia who were transplanted by Sargon some seven hundred years before Christ to take the place of the "ten tribes" who were carried into captivity. 1 They figured in the life of Christ as is illustrated by the case of the "Samaritan woman" and the story of the "good Samaritan." Today they are represented by about one hundred and eighty persons who intermarry among themselves and are becoming rapidly extinct. Their habitat is modern Nāblus (biblical Shechem), and their religion is ancient Judaism mixed with pagan survivals.

The Druzes have no such clear record to show regarding their origin as a people and as a sect. Their ethnographical origins, no less than their ritual practices and religious beliefs, are shrouded in mystery. Appearing for the first time on the pages of history at Wādi-al-Taym near Mt. Hermon in anti-Lebanon, as professors of the divinity of the sixth Fāṭimite Caliph in Cairo (996-1020 A.D.), the Druzes have lived their semi-independent lives secluded in their mountain fastnesses of Lebanon, unmindful of the progress of the world around them, and almost entirely forgotten by the outside world.

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Relation to World Events:—The few occasions throughout their history in which the Druzes attracted international attention were first at the time of the Crusades, when they were entrusted by the Moslems with the military task of guarding the maritime plain against the Franks. They then fought under the banner of Islam and took part in the attacks against the garrisons of Belfort (Qal‘at al-Shaqīf) and of Montfort (Qal‘at Qurayn) in Galilee. Secondly, in the early seventeenth century when their great leader, Fakhr-al-Dīn II (1585-1635), under whom the Druze power reached its zenith, appeared as a refugee from the Sultan of Turkey in the court of the Medicis at Florence. Thirdly, when as a result of their civil wars in 1860 with their Christian neighbors to the north—the Maronites—the French landed a contingent of troops to quell the disturbance which resulted in giving the Lebanon a complete autonomy recognized by the great Powers of Europe. And fourthly, in connection with the recent armed uprising against the French mandate in Syria.

Minor Episodes:—In the local history of Syria and the Lebanon, the Druzes have always figured as a compact and warlike community contriving to enjoy in the fastnesses of their mountain a comparative degree of security and independence. The Latin Kingdom of the Crusades, which with its extensive fiefs formed an elongated strip of land based on the sea and widening on the north to Edessa and on the south to Moab, narrowed in the vicinity of Mt. Hermon, the home of the Druzes. Throughout the Ottoman period (1516-1918) the Druzes and their fellow mountaineers, the Maronites, constituted a thorn in the side of the Turks. The Lebanon enjoyed most of the time local autonomy. Even the Druzes of Ḥawrān, the Bashan of the Bible, were not subject to conscription, and repeatedly refused to pay taxes to the Sublime Porte. When Napoleon in 1798-1799 invaded Egypt and Syria, he sought the aid of the governor of the Lebanon, al-Amīr Bashīr. The Druze resistance to the invasion of the Egyptian army under Ibrāhīm Pasha (1831-1838) was one of the factors in hastening the withdrawal of that army from Syrian soil.

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Other Secret Sects:—The Druze people constitute one of the two leading secret sects found only in Syria, the other being the Nuṣayriyyah inhabiting the mountains north of Tripoli. The Ismā‘īliyyah of the Ḥimṣ and Ḥamāh district, another secret sect, are descended from the Assassins, 1 who for two centuries or so struck awe and terror into the hearts of the Crusaders, and are represented today by a few other sectarians in Persia and India. The Yezīdis, so-called devil worshipers, practice their hidden rites in the out-of-the-way hills between Antioch and Aleppo and have coreligionists in Kurdistan and Armenia.

Special Interest of this Study:—But of all these sects Druzism is perhaps the most interesting and important. It is still a living force. Its followers form to the present day a vigorous and flourishing community in the Lebanon. Its learned system has not changed since it was first inaugurated in the early part of the eleventh century. The Islam of the Near East has changed and adapted itself to the requirements of the varying conditions. The Christianity of the Near East has changed. But the Druze system has been and still is the same.

The modernizing influence has in late years brought within its sphere quite a large number of the young and uninitiated Druzes. The report of the American University of Beirūt for last year indicates that there are in that institution alone thirty-six Druze students and five Druze teachers. But no one with first-hand knowledge of the situation would go so far as even to recognize the existence of a "modernist movement" alleged to be aiming at divulging the Druze beliefs, much less to declare "It is understood that Dr. Bliss of Beirūt will be the probable intermediary of communication with the western world if this disclosure takes place." 2

In fact the outside world knows so little about the contents of this religion that in a recent session of the Permanent Mandates

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[paragraph continues]Commission of the League of Nations the question was raised as to whether there was anything in the Druze teachings that was inimical to organized government and to state authority.

A study of Druzism is especially valuable and interesting not only because its adherents, unlike the adherents of the other sects, have shown remarkable vitality and thrust themselves repeatedly upon the attention of the world—as in the case of the current events in Syria—but because of its historic connection with Christianity and Oriental Christian sects. In its rise and development from Moslem soil, Druzism held close relationship to Christianity and became heir to a number of Zoroastrian and Judaeo-Christian sects, as well as to a body of Hellenistic and Persian philosophies. Many of those sects and schools of thought have since disappeared, but Druzism is still with us; and, through its medium, their ideas have survived to the present day. The religious and philosophical concepts of many Shī‘ite Moslem, and a few semi-Christian, sects have been preserved to us through Druzism, though the original sects and their votaries have long become extinct.

As we shall, therefore, in the following pages analyze and investigate the apparently strange dogmas and tenets of Druze belief, we shall find in addition to Neo-Platonic and Manichaean influences, marked traces of Jewish and Christian influences which have trickled thereto through Moslem strata. The basic fundamentals of Druze theology, as we shall see, are paralleled by corresponding Christian dogmas. One of the founders of Druzism was a renegade Christian, and many of its early leading converts were tribes belonging to some one of the Oriental churches.

There is, after all, nothing mysterious in the "Asian mystery," and the "great enigma" does lend itself to solution.


1:1 Cf. James A. Montgomery, The Samaritans, the Earliest Jewish Sect (Philadelphia, 1907), pp. 46-57.

3:1 Arabic Ḥashshāshīn = those addicted to the use of a stupefying weed.

3:2 De Lacy O'Leary, A Short History of the Fatimid Khalifate (London, 1923), p. 244. Dr. Bliss died in 1920.

Next: Chapter II. Social and Historical Development