We invite you to watch this documentary from German public international broadcaster Deutsche Welle (in English). It portrays the Ottoman empire’sdemise and last actions in the middle east region. It clearly shows how the regime tried to create systematically a Turkish-Muslim identity to the empire which has culminated with the Armenian genocide of over one and a half million peoplein 1915.
We recommend the whole video but around 7 minutes it’s mentioned the fact that the “Jihad“ or “Holy War” was proclaimed by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed V using his prerogative as “Caliph” or leader of all the world’s Sunni Muslims. The narrator says: “…there was no room for Christians anymore…”, corroborating with what was claimed regarding the attempt to ‘erase’ the Christian noble and royal families’ history in places like Lebanon.
The call for Jihad was not obeyed by the Arab Muslims. The program also shows (around 8:38 mins) Arab scholars stating that the Ottoman Navy Minister Jamal Pasha, kept a spy’s network and a propaganda strategy to even discredit Arab intellectuals and historians. Those facts, allied to constant wars and conflicts in the region, are the fundamental reason why there are very limited historical sources about Christian royal and noble families in the Middle Eastern Levant.
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.
His Imperial and Royal Highness Archduke Otto von Habsburg (20 November 1912 – 4 July 2011), also known by his royal name as Archduke Otto of Austria, was the last Crown Prince of Austria-Hungary. The realm comprised modern-day Austria, Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, and parts of Italy, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia and Ukraine. He became the pretender to the former thrones, Head of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine, and Sovereign of the Order of the Golden Fleece in 1922, upon the death of his father. The current head of the House (since 2007) is his son, His Imperial and Royal Highness Archduke Karl Habsburg-Lothringen (born in 1961). HIRH Archduke Otto left us in 2011.
Both videos presented here, show the wisdom of a Catholic prince that sees beyond the labels. And sees the greater good with the eyes of a scholar and a real statesman. May we “drink” from the elixir of his wisdom.
For the second time in 2016, HIRH Prince Gharios El Chemor of Ghassan Al-Numan VIII was invited to an event organized by the German Parliament. The 2nd Parliamentarians’ Conference: An Embattled Right: Protecting and Promoting Freedom of Religion or Belief that was held in the German Parliament building and at the auditorium of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Berlin (12-14 September).
Present more than 100 parliamentarians from 60 countries and other leaders of important organizations like the United Nations, the CDU/CSU (German ruling party), the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, major human rights NGO’s, etc
With Dr Ahmed Shaeed the UN Special rapporteur for Freedom of Religion
“Make no mistake, with 74% of the world’s population living in countries with high or very high restrictions or hostilities, freedom of religion or belief is an embattled right and the defining issue of our time. Freedom to believe is what shapes our common humanity and, if we are not careful, we risk losing it.” Learn more about the IPPFoRB by clicking HERE
“Generalization is the ‘mother’ of prejudice, the ‘father’ is ignorance.”
When people try to “paint all Muslims with the same brush” they are not only being unfair but also playing exactly the role that the radicals want them to play. According to the French Intelligence, the strategy of organizations like ISIS (Daesh) is to make the Western world hate and marginalize the great majority of the moderate Muslims so they can rebel and join the radicals.
Let’s not play their game!
Watch the above video (in English), a brilliant interview from His Excellency Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir the Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs and understand the situation.