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American Druze Society YANO

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To our friends, family and community as a whole:

First off, we would like to express our gratitude towards the ADS for their hard work toward unifying and connecting the Muwaheedoun of America. We all anticipate traveling to these well planned events with common goals: a) to meet others and b) to grow closer in our Druze faith.

We all know that fellowship and unification is essential in preserving our heritage. As stated by the religious presenters at the Michigan Mini Convention, "We cannot walk the path of Tawhid alone." Successful growth in Tawhid can only be accomplished through the reflection and implementation of our values. On behalf of the ADYA populace, we would like to propose a minor change to the young adults’ night out (YANO)/singles night.

Considering that alcohol consumption is against our faith, we strongly believe that a limit should be placed on purchasing and consuming alcoholic beverages. Since alcohol inhibits cognition, its consumption, in turn, defeats the purpose and intention of YANO which is to connect with our fellow Druze and build relationships that will be cemented in our lives forever.

Alcohol consumption is often seen as a socially innocent act. However, alcohol causes inhibition of brain function which can lead to inappropriate behavior. In turn, we are then harming oneself as well as our fellow Druze. By doing so, we are transgressing from God and our most basic moral obligations as Muwaheedoun. In addition, hosting YANO in a pro-alcohol venue, such as a bar or club, places pressure on the young Druze adults to consume alcohol.

We believe that the venue should be moved to a restaurant that still permits alcohol consumption with the absence of an open bar/happy hour. Thus, no one feels pressured to drink and this will create a more respectful and enjoyable atmosphere. In addition, better enforcement against underage drinking and inappropriate behavior will help make the night more enjoyable.

We appreciate the hard-work and accomplishments of ADYA. We come to you sincerely with our heartfelt concerns about this event. Ultimately, the success of the event is determined by those who attend. We realize that we cannot stop everything from happening, but we can try our best to provide a safe and supportive environment in which we can all grow and have fun together.

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