Ed Dahy Mosque
|Name meaning||the village of Dŭhy|
Ed-Dahi, also spelled ad-Dahi (Arabic: الدحي) or simply Dahi (Hebrew: דַחִי) is an Arab village in north-eastern Israel. Located adjacent to Afula, it falls under the jurisdiction of Bustan al-Marj Regional Council. The village is situated at an altitude of 550 meters above sea level. In 2015 it had a population of 636.
The village was named after Dahia Bin Khalifa al-Kalbei, who according to Islamic tradition, was a friend of the prophet Muhammad. Dahia, an ambassador of Muhammad, attempted to convert Byzantine emperor Heraclius to Islam. According to local tradition, Dahia was killed and buried in the site of the village.
In 1882, the Palestine Exploration Fund's Survey of Western Palestine (SWP) described it as "a little hamlet of stone cabins, on the saddle west of the conical peak of Jebel ed Duhy. Straggling olives exist on the north and west. The water supply is from a well lower down the hill, on the north."
British Mandate era
In the 1922 census of Palestine conducted by the British authorities, Al Dahi had a population of 84, all Muslims, increasing slightly in the 1931 census to 87, still all Muslim, in a total of 16 houses.
In 1945 the population was 110 while the total land area was 8,038 dunams, according to an official land and population survey. Of this, 19 dunams were for plantations and irrigable land, 2,979 for cereals, while 10 dunams were classified as built-up areas.
In February 2016 Bustan al-Marj Regional Council announced that they would be moving their offices from Afula to Ed Dahi. Council chairman Ahmed Zoabi noted "The offices are now located in one of the four villages of the council and this is important".
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- Dahei Bustan al-Marj Regional Council.
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