The heart of the oldest part of Daliat El-Carmel is the location of the shrine (maqam) to Abu Ibrahim, who was among the first emissaries sent out by the Egyptian Fatimid Caliph Al-Hakem in 996 CE to proclaim the Druze faith. The Druze also believe that the soul of Elijah the prophet was reincarnated in Abu-Ibrahim.
After removing their shoes, visitors can descend the stone steps to the most sacred spot in the shrine, which was once a burial cave. It is said that Abu-Ibrahim, persecuted for disseminating the faith, hid here, and once escaped through a crack in the cave’s ceiling. Druze brides and grooms come to have their picture taken before their wedding in front of the arched façade of the spacious new prayer hall attached to the shrine.
Daliat El-Carmel and Isfiya are two adjacent Druze towns on Mount Carmel. Together, their population numbers 21,000, each with a small number of members of other faiths.
The shrine is located off the main market street (road 672) at the end of a narrow lane. At the entrance to the lane is an arch that reads “The Old Village.”