His Contribution and Accomplishments

Since the beginning of his service, Sheikh Ameen, together with a selected group of religious Druze, visited the Druze communities in order to enhance the Druze faith among the younger generations. These visits became a habit and turned into special events in the Druze community.

In 1936, Sheikh Ameen faced difficult and complicated problems related to the Jewish-Palestinian conflict, which projected and influenced the Druze villages.

Sheikh Ameen succeeded in preserving the special and neutral approach of the Druze community during the events, prior to the establishment of the State of Israel.

In 1940 he fought against the Muslim claims to gain ownership over the tomb of Nebi Shueib and succeeded in maintaining it under the trust of the Druze.

In 1946 he stood in the head of a delegation of Druze leaders from Israel, Syria and Lebanon to make peace between the different Druze streams on the Mount of the Druze.

During the Independence War in 1948, Sheikh Ameen succeeded in convincing the Druze to remain in their villages and not abandon to other villages or to neighboring countries.

Immediately after the establishment of the State of Israel, the Sheikh started a restoration project of the Druze Holy places, in particular the tomb of Nebi Shueib in Karney Hittin, Makam Nebi Hader in Kfar Yasif and Makam Nebi Sablan in Hurfeish.

He was the head of the first Druze Religious Counsel that was appointed in 1950. There were two other members, Sheikh Ahmad Kheir from Abu Snan and Sheikh Kamal Mu'adi from Yarka.

In 1957 the State of Israel acknowledged the Druze as an independent community.

In 1962 he succeeded in receiving approval to establish a Druze court.

In 1963, the Druze Court for Appeals was appointed and he was chosen as president, together with the members Sheikh Ahmad Kheir and Sheikh Kamal Mu'adi. Also appointed was the first instance in the chairmanship of Sheikh Salman Tareef from Julis, Sheikh Hassin Alian from Shefar'am and Sheikh Laeeb Abu Rukan from O'sfia.

In 1964 he received, on behalf of the Druze community, a formal ownership of the tomb of Nebi Shueib, with the help of the ruling President of the State of Israel, Mr. Zalman Shazar.

In 1964 he also made sure that access roads to the villages Kfar Gamin, Kisra, Yanuch and Jat' would be paved.

In 1969 the Hospital in Nahariya accepted his request to allocate a special wing for the Druze in the Maternity Unit.

In 1977 the Ministry of Education and Culture approved his request to include the Druze heritage as a subject in the Druze syllabus.

Sheikh Ameen maintained tight relations with the Druze in Syria and Lebanon, despite the political situation with Israel.

In 1982 he made several visits to the region of the Shouf Mountains, to Hazbaya and to Hilwat El Biada.

In 1990 he inaugurated a special Hilwa next to Hilwat El Biada in Hazbaya (the most important institute for Druze religion studies) with the purpose of accommodating Israeli Druze, who are interested in studying the Druze religion.

In 1990 Sheikh Ameen received the Israel Award thanks to his contribution to the Druze community, to the Israeli society and to the co-existence between the different communities.