His Holiness Grandfather HajjiBaba Mondi (Albanian: Haxhi Baba Edmond Brahimaj) is the world leader of the Bektashi Order or the Bektashi Tariqah(Albanian: Tarikati Bektashi; Turkish: Bektaşi Tarîkatı), a dervish order (tariqat) named after the 13th century Alevi Wali (saint) Haji Bektash Veli from Khorasan, but founded by Balım Sultan. The order is mainly found throughout Anatolia and the Balkans, and was particularly strong in Albania, Bulgaria, and among Ottoman era Greek Muslims from the regions of Epirus, Crete and Macedonia. The order represents the official ideology of Bektashism (Turkish: Bektaşilik).
A large number of academics consider Bektashism to have fused a number of Shia and Sufi concepts, although the order contains rituals and doctrines that are distinct. Throughout its history Bektashis have always had wide appeal and influence among both the Ottoman intellectual elite as well as the peasantry.
The Bektashi have around 150 million followersworldwide and are well-known for promoting inter-religious dialog.
The Arkansas Traveler story is connected to Colonel Sanford C. “Sandy” Faulkner, who was very active in Arkansas politics. He was also involved in banking and farming during the 19th century. As oral history has relayed it, Faulkner had gotten lost in the Ozarks during one of his many political campaigns. Looking for a place to stay overnight, Faulkner wandered by a small, log cabin where he was given lodging and hospitality. Faulkner, who was known for retelling of the event, explained that the settler was at first bad tempered and uncommunicative but became more welcoming when Faulkner proved able to complete playing the tune that the settler had been playing on the fiddle. Faulkner’s story of the “Arkansas Traveler” rapidly became part of the state’s folklore.
“In charge of the project is His Grace Coptic Archbishop Anba Damian, who has been running the Coptic Orthodox monastery in Brenkhausen for the past 24 years”, said Dr. H.C. Michael Hesemann, the president of the Foundation. His Grace takes care of the refugee camp in which Copts and Syrian Christians live. So far, there has been no way to celebrate the liturgy in the orthodox rite. Now a building is to be renovated and redesigned for this purpose. The concept was welcomed by the board of the Foundation, because of the importance of allowing Christian refugees to exercise their faith and tradition.
The Prince Gharios foundation, founded in June 2015, is under the Royal House of Ghassanand is dedicated to the Christians of the Middle East – in their old and new home. ” In the orient stood the cradle of our faith. That is why we are associated with them in particular “, explains Dr. Hesemann, a historian and author, “ their tradition is so valuable because it has received the heritage of the first Christians. We must not allow it to fall victim to war and terror.”