Druze Values

Mike Hamady - Groceryman by Robert Lee Hamady, Copyright 2006.
Mike Hamady – Groceryman by Robert Lee Hamady, Copyright 2006.

For most Druze, their identity is defined more by family values and traditions than by the pillars and rituals of their faith.  In actuality, the religion is non-ritualistic; there are no practical commandments such as prayer, fasting, pilgrimage, or day of rest required from its members. There are also no religious teaching institutions.

Individuals enjoy freedom of choice in the practice of religion, which is considered a private experience rather than a public right – a sort of ‘secret’ between man and God that should not be divulged to others.

This freedom of choice is respected as long as the main precepts of the faith are adhered to: i.e., truthfulness (Sudk el-lisan); safeguarding of brethren (Hifz el ikhwan); belief in the unity of God in every age and stage; acceptance of His divine acts – whatever they may be; and submission to His will, in private and in public.

The Druze way of life is erected atop honorable values and precepts, crowned by truthfulness and the safeguarding of brethren. The Druze are focused on egalitarianism, self-discipline, oneness of God, supremacy of the mind, and community-bound reincarnation. Deeply entrenched are the notions that the community is literally composed of brothers and sisters and that Druzeness is its own distinct ethnicity.