At the edge of Hurfeish Village, overlooking the countryside, is a prayer house and place for retreat whereby its white dome can be seen from all over the village. This is the first prayer house in Hurfeish and it takes its name from Sheik Mustafa Badder, who is considered as a religious judge and righteous person, who established the prayer house.
For years the ruins of the prayer house stood forlorn until Sheik Kasem Badder, who is the ninth generation of the righteous Sheik Mustafa Badder, and redeemed them from obscurity.
Throughout its life the site was used as a retreat for the righteous Sheik Mustafa and the house was built specifically in a place that was considered at that time to be outside of the village, in an isolated and remote site.
For years the ruins of the prayer house stood forlorn until Sheik Kasem Badder, who is the ninth generation of the righteous Sheik Mustafa Badder, came and redeemed them from obscurity.
Around the ruins of the prayer house a modern Middle Eastern style building has been constructed with two halls: a large hall which serves for lectures about religion and the Druze world and it is surrounded by windows above which are the symbols of the Druze community: stars in various colours which symbolize green for the earth, red for love, yellow for the senses, blue for water and white for peace and purity. The second hall is a reception hall in which refreshments are also served.
Sheik Kasem Badder, a very charming man, who speaks fluent Hebrew, has been engaged for thirty years in the field of providing information about the Druze community and he lectures about it for all those interested. The Sheik was a member for many years of the Druze Religious Council and when he was approached by Sheik Amin Tarif, the spiritual leader of the Druze, to restore the prayer house, he saw it as a religious commandment and hurried to carry out the task.
He, with his own hands, cleared the rubble, cleaned, painted, constructed and plastered the ruined prayer house and returned it to life, due to his own personal desire and inner yearning.
When entering the prayer house the guests are requested to remove their shoes. The place is very impressive, full of spiritual intensity The guests are invited to receive an impression of the house and anyone who wishes to hear the story of the righteous Sheik and the fascinating lecture of Sheik Badder about the principles of the Druze religion and the integration of the Druze into the life of the State of Israel, is invited to do so. One may book a lecture by Sheik Badder by phone in return for a contribution to the maintenance of the prayer house.
Open every day, from 8:00 am.
Modest dress is required.