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Druze in United Kingdom

Druze

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
600 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Other / Small 1.00 % 0.50 % No No   

Druze in United Kingdom

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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.
* Pray for completion of Bible translation in this people group's primary language.
* Pray for the availability of the Jesus Film in the primary language of this people.

References
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/11620/UK
http://charities.findthecompany.co.uk/l/168978/The-British-Druze-Society-in-London-England
http://www.philtar.ac.uk/encyclopedia/islam/shia/druze.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2614827/The-rise-woman-soon-Mrs-George-Clooney.html
http://www.druzeheritage.org/DHF/
https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/sarah-irving/druze-army-refuser-and-musician-tour-england
https://www.britannica.com/topic/Druze
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/news/druze/

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Country: United Kingdom
Continent: Europe
Region: Europe, Western
10/40 Window: No
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Druze
People Name General: Druze
ROP3 Code: 102733
Joshua Project People ID: 11620
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 600
Population all Countries: 976,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Arab World
People Cluster: Arab, Levant
People Name General: Druze
Ethnic Code: CMT31
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Language
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Primary Language: Arabic, North Levantine Spoken
Language Code (ISO): apc    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
English (Unknown)
Total Languages: 2
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Other / Small
Religion Sub-division:Druze
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity1.00 %(Evangelical: 0.50 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small99.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
 
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
   
 
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1973
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsArabic Bibles Online
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Film / VideoThe Story
Film / VideoTogether Toward Growth
Film / VideoTogether Toward Growth (EngSub)
GeneralGod's Simple Plan
Text / Printed MatterBible: Comic Book Version (SuperBible )
 
 
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