Dönmeh (Hanifian Jews)

Hanifian Jews (Yehudim) are a type of Jew who rather than boast Abraham as our Father, remember that all of us, even Abraham (who we call Hanifa in memory of his Hanif, i.e. apostate, great-grandfather), have fallen human ancestry. So Hanifian Jews are Jews of Humility but also of Hope.

Hanifian Jews began as a Jewish Edah (community) in first century Parthian Arabia within the Yerushalmi Palestinian minhag and centered around Mariam the Grandaughter of Mattathias Antigonus. The Kehilla (Elect) of our Edah is in Yetzirah not here in Assiah.

Hanifism is not a religion, it is just a different way of being a Yehudi (Eucharistian) and a unique way of practicing Yahadut (Eucharistianity).

The Hanifism, or al-h.anīfiyyah al-nas.rāniyyah, of the Hanifian Jews began to grow as an Edah among the Parthians in the East and, under Maslamah bin Habib's Banu Hanifa, by the latter days of the Sassanian period had become popular among the Pahlav faction. They wrote the Ahsana AlHadith which the Caliphs repackaged to invent Isalmism. Under the Calips, the Hanifian Jews found security in solidarity as Alians.

In the 1660s a Romaniote Rebbe took the name Sabbatean Tsevi as he led his followers to recognize the Alian Messiah and adopt a Muslim guise.

Turkish records show that the Hanifian Jews were already known as Dönmeh from that time.

Dönmeh Hanifaism became popular among Ashkenazi Jews in the Ottoman Podolia Eyalet which was restored to the Polish-Lithuanian Rzeczpospolita in 1699 where the Dönmeh were called Sabbateans. Some of the Sabbateans were converted to Orthodox Judaism, others joined the Tatars as Judaizing Muslims but many others were adopted into the Lithuanian Nobility inheriting the titles and coats of arms from their Godparents such as the knights of Wieliczki.

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