Prince Gharios & Royal Family received by the Grand Mufti of Albania

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The Grand Mufti of Albania with HIRH Prince Gharios El Chemor

Last month, HIRH Prince Gharios El Chemor of Ghassan Al-Numan VIII, head of the Royal House of Ghassan and members of the Ghassanid Royal Family were officially received by the Grand Mufti of AlbaniaDr. Skënder Bruçaj, the highest Sunni Muslim authority in the country.

Dr. Bruçaj, born June 22, 1976 in Malësi e Madhe District, is an Albanian Muslim scholar who has been serving as the Grand Mufti (Albanian: Kryemyftiu) of Albania since March 2014. He is also the current head of the Sunni Muslim Community of Albania and had been Director of the Epoka University and Professor at the Bedër University.

HIRH Prince Gharios El Chemor discussed with His Excellency his initiative called “Alliance for Peace” regarding dialogue between Islam and the West, fighting the causes of the growing Islamophobia, receiving full support from the Sunni leader. For his work promoting peace between the religions the Royal House of Ghassan has bestowed upon His Excellency the highest rank of the Order of Saint Michael Archangel.

The delegation was composed by the head of the Royal House of Ghassan HIRH Prince Gharios El Chemor, the honorary head of the House HIRH Prince Cheikh Selim El Chemor, the International Vice-President of Operations and CEO of the Lebanese Branch of the House Sheikh Dr. Elie Gharios, the President of the Royal Ghassanid Academy of Arts and Sciences and Protestant Grand Chaplain of the Royal House of Ghassan Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Schirrmacher, PhD, ThD, Mr. Martin Wernecke, knight of the Order of Saint Michael Archangel and Mr. Erion Prendi, the CEO of the Albanian Branch of the Royal House of Ghassan.

 

Ghassanid Royal Family visits Sufi world leader

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HIRH Prince Gharios El Chemor with His Holiness Grandfather Hajji Baba Mondi

Last month, members of the Ghassanid Royal Family  and also board members of the Royal House of Ghassan have visited the world leader of the Bektashi Order of Sufi Islam at their world headquarters in Tirana, Albania.

His Holiness Grandfather Hajji Baba 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 followers worldwide and are well-known for promoting inter-religious dialog.

HIRH Prince Gharios El Chemor discussed with His Holiness his ideas about dialogue between Islam and the west, receiving full support from the Sufi leader. For his work promoting peace between the religions the Royal House of Ghassan has bestowed upon His Holiness the highest rank of the Order of Saint Michael Archangel.

The delegation was composed by the head of the Royal House of Ghassan HIRH Prince Gharios El Chemor, the honorary head of the House HIRH Prince Cheikh Selim El Chemor, the International Vice-President of Operations and CEO of the Lebanese Branch of the House Sheikh Dr. Elie Gharios, the President of the Royal Ghassanid Academy of Arts and Sciences and Protestant Grand Chaplain of the Royal House of Ghassan Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Schirrmacher, PhD, ThD, Mr. Martin Wernecke, knight of the Order of Saint Michael Archangel and Mr. Erion Prendi, the CEO of the Albanian Branch of the Royal House of Ghassan.

The Real Majesty part 3 – Words of wisdom from the late Archduke of Austria

 

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.

With appreciation and admiration,

HIRH Prince Gharios El Chemor of Ghassan Al-Numan VIII

Prince Gharios El Chemor attends another event at the German Parliament

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Prince Gharios El Chemor watching the speech by German Chancellor Angela Merkel

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).

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With members of the Lebanese Parliament Ghassan Moukheiber (left) and Dr Basem Shabb (right)
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With former President of the European Parliament and current President of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation Dr Hans-Gert Pottering

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

HIRH Prince Gharios El Chemor was representing the Royal House of Ghassan that recently has received the Special Consultative Status from the United Nations. The prince briefly met German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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Prince Gharios El Chemor speaking to the Vice-President of the German Parliament Peter Hintze and with Prof Dr Thomas Schirrmacher
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Prince Gharios speaking at one of the sessions

Speaking of the challenge ahead, David Anderson, a Member of Parliament from Canada and a member of the IPPFoRB (International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief) Steering Group said:

 

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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

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With Brazilian Congressman Leonardo Quintao

“Generalization is the ‘mother’ of prejudice…” says Prince Gharios

HIRH Prince Gharios El Chemor of  Ghassan Al-Numan VIII , the head of the Sovereign Imperial and Royal House of Ghassan, the only active Christian Royal House in the Middle East recognized by the United Nations, always says:

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.

More about HIRH Prince Gharios El Chemor HERE

Order of Saint Michael Archangel has confraternization dinner in Brazil

HIRH Prince Gharios El Chemor of Ghassan Al-Numan VIII presided the confraternization dinner for the Sacred Order of Saint Michael Archangel in Campos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on August 4th 2016. The dinner was in celebration of the creation of the Grand Priory of Brazil and the investiture of new knights and dames.

More about the Order http://www.michaelarchangel.org/

HIRH Prince Gharios El Chemor is acclaimed for lectures ministered in Brazil

HIRH Prince Gharios El Chemor of Ghassan Al-Numan VIII visited Brazil from August 1st to 10th 2016 and ministered lectures about the situation in the Middle East and its effects in the Western world in five venues: at UCAM – Candido Mendes University (Latin America’s oldest private University founded in 1902), at the Fluminense Federal Institute (Technical Faculty), at the City Parliament (founded in 1652), at the Maria Imaculada Diocesan Seminary and at the Imaculada Conceicao Catholic Seminary. The lectures were very appreciated and acclaimed by the audience and the press.

(the above video is in the Portuguese language)

More about HIRH Prince Gharios El Chemor HERE