Published on August 16th, 2018
Ziyad grew up in Syria. His family followed the Druze religion. But Ziyad left the Druze faith to become a Christian.
Read below about the Druze to better understand why Ziyad suffered persecution after he decided to follow Christ.
The Druze broke away from Islam, the religion of Muslims, many centuries ago. Druze people gather for religious meetings on Thursdays instead of on Fridays, like Muslims, or on Sundays, like most Christians. They have many secrets, and only a few Druze know all the secrets.
No one is allowed to become a Druze if they were not born into a Druze family. And followers of Druze teachings are not allowed to leave the faith. Strong families and a strong Druze community encourage members not to explore other religions.
The Druze do not permit marriages to non-Druze people. To obey the rules, sometimes they marry people they do not love.
The Druze believe in reincarnation — the belief that people who die may return to life in other bodies.
(Source: Bold Believers in Syria, available in the free Downloads section.)
Five years ago, Ziyad placed his faith in Christ. His family immediately kicked him out of their house. He has been beaten, imprisoned, and even kidnapped for sharing his faith with others. People have insulted him on social media. Please ask God to protect him and provide for his daily needs.