A 17th century Druze historian relates that Sheikh Abu Saraya Ghanem
of Yirka was one of the Western Galilee’s greatest preachers of the
Druze faith during its 11th –century beginnings.
For easiest access to the tomb, park your car in the town center, ask directions, and walk to it (approximately 500 yards).
Like Sheikh Abu
el-Arus, a contemporary named in the same source, Sheikh Abu Saraya
would meet leaders under the olive trees surrounding their villages to
teach the new faith.
His humble white-domed tomb, the interior of
which you can peek at through a small window, is located on a narrow
residential lane off the main street west of the town center. An Arabic
inscription above the door praises the sheikh as a “man of mercy and
loyalty” and records his death date: 1043 CE. Druze Israel Defense Force
soldiers from Yirka are interred around the tomb.