WHY ARE THE YAZIDI PEOPLE BEING GENOCIDED BY PEOPLE WHO CLAIM TO WORSHIP A GOD OF LOVE ?
Yazidism, is at least 4000, years old. It predates and stands apart from Zoroastrianism, Christianity, Judaism or Islam yet includes and influences all of these. It is, however, Pagan by definition, in that it includes elements of ancient nature-worship.
|People of the Light Accused of Darkness|
The Yazidis are often incorrectly accused of being devil worshipers even in academic texts.
- Why is this so if this is not true?
- What are their main beliefs?
They believe they were the first people on the planet. Yazidis believe that one God, created the world and entrusted it to a Heptad of seven Holy Beings, Heft Sirr (The Seven Mysteries). Pre-eminent among these is Tawûsê Melek or "Melek Taus" the Peacock Angel. The heptad of angels are God's emanations which are formed of the light of God. God delegates most of his action to the heptad and is therefore somewhat deistic in nature. They believe that God first created Tawûsê from his own illumination (Ronahî) and the other six Heft Sirr (archangels) were created later.
The Yazidi story regarding Tawûsê's rise to favor with God is similar to the story of the jinn Iblis in Islam, except that Yazidis revere Tawûsê for telling God he was wrong on several occasions. He refused to submit to God by bowing to the first man after his creation. Previously, God had ordered Tawûsê not to bow to other beings. When God gave life to Adam from his own breath and instructed all archangels to bow to Adam , Tawûsê replied, "How can I submit to another being! I am from your illumination while Adam is made of dust." Then God praised him and made him the leader of all angels and his deputy on the Earth. Tawûsê then became the beloved of god, his most trusted being and voice. Consequentially, Yadizi consider Tawûsê to be the leader of the archangels, not a fallen angel. They are forbidden from speaking his name as being too holy and refer to him by his title of Melek instead. Yazidis believe that Melek's opposition of God does not make him a source of evil or wickedness, rather they feel he demonstrated his true love for God by refusing to give his worship to any other than God even if instructed to do so.
Being intensely and personally interested in his people on earth, Tawûsê also opposed God's keeping knowledge from mankind and stopping mankind from pursuing their dreams by lying to them and telling them they would die on the day the did so. Angered, God condemned mankind to hell for seeking knowledge. Tawûsê was so moved to compassion for the plight of man that he cried for seven thousand years. His tears fell on the fires of hell, extinguishing them. Tawûsê then protected mankind from the evil wrath of the gods. Thus the Yadizi see Tawûsê as a source of compassion and aid for mankind. They also hold that the source of evil is in the heart and spirit of humans themselves who should strive to be pure, true and noble like Tawûsê. So if there is evil in the world, it does not come from a fallen angel or from the fires of hell, the evil in this world is man-made. Nevertheless, humans can, like Tawûsê, live in this world but still be good. Therefore, there is no hell in Yazidism. Tawûsê became the giver of “Knowledge of the Sublime.” He is Zanista Ciwaniyê, the thousand-eyed creature of cosmic wisdom, pictured as the peacock.
Yazidi turn their face toward the sun, for the prayer, kissing the rounded neck (gerîvan) of their sacred shirt (kiras). Wednesday is the holy day but Saturday is the day of rest. The Sun is a holy representation of their highest god and is depicted with 21 rays, their sacred number. The sun is the most important and holy symbol for the Yezidi's. The Kurdish flag (Alay Rengin), which represents all Kurds from all religions, features the sun. Yazidi are the Children of the Sun. The purity of the four elements Earth, Air, Fire and Water is protected by a number of taboos, e.g. against spitting on earth, water or fire. Some discourage spitting or pouring hot water on the ground because they believe that divine spirits or souls may be present and could be harmed or offended by such actions if they happen to be hit by the discarded liquid.
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Their's is a life of reverence for all nature and is far from evil.
Please contact your local parliamentarian and urge them to give assistance and refuge to these victims of a modern day witch hunt.
“From the book "Demonology” by Rev, Dr. S. D’Montford - pages 55 - 58