Official Statement from HIRH Prince Gharios El Chemor about the Russian invasion in Ukraine

The last thing this suffering world by this pandemic needs now is a war, and specially one with the potential of involvement of multiple powerful nations. The Sovereign Imperial & Royal House of Ghassan condemns vehemently the unprovoked invasion of Russia in the sovereign nation of Ukraine. I clame that His Excellency, Russian President Vladimir Putin, listens to the whole world and spare the Ukrainian and Russian peoples of more death and destruction.

HIRH Prince Gharios El Chemor of Ghassan Al-Numan VIII

The half million dollars baby milk distribution campaign

Due to Covid, the milk distribution will be processed during a whole month to avoid large gatherings

The One Voice Foundation is “an arm” of the Royal House of Ghassan in Lebanon. It has an independent board headed by His Excellency Sir Antoine Kalaydjian, a knight grand crossof the Equestrian Order of Michael Archangel. HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor, the international head of the Royal House of Ghassan and HRH Prince Sheikh Selim El Chemor, recently appointed as the head of the Royal House in Lebanon, are part of the board of directors.

From February 10th to March 10th the foundation is donating 60 tons (the equivalent of over US$500,000) of special milk to be distributed by Caritas to the children in Lebanon. The campaign has the collaboration of Secours Catolique (Caritas France), Novalac Laboratories and Caritas Lebanon. Here some images of the ongoing campaign:

More about the One Voice Foundation HERE

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One Voice Foundation donates half of million dollars worth of milk to children in Lebanon

The One Voice Foundation is “an arm” of the Royal House of Ghassan in Lebanon. It has an independent board headed by His Excellency Sir Antoine Kalaydjian, a knight grand cross of the Equestrian Order of Michael Archangel. HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor, the international head of the Royal House of Ghassan and HRH Prince Sheikh Selim El Chemor, recently appointed as the head of the Royal House in Lebanon, are part of the board of directors.

From February 10th to March 10th the foundation will be donating 60 tons (the equivalent of over US$500,000) of special milk to be distributed by Caritas to the children in Lebanon. The campaign has the collaboration of Secours Catolique (Caritas France), Novalac Laboratories and Caritas Lebanon.

More about the One Voice Foundation HERE

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The Royal House of Ghassan and its continuous official recognition

The Official 01/07/2022 decree from the Lebanese Republic showing the continuous recognition of the Sovereign Imperial and Royal House of Ghassan and the Royal titles of its members. Note the name of the Head of the Lebanese branch Sheikh Selim El Chemor

Very few deposed Royal Houses are currently recognized by the republics that held their territories in the past. This lack of recognition is obvious since it’d be counterproductive and even stupid for a regime that took over those kingdoms to recognize their legitimacy and even their existence. In Europe, some examples are Portugal and Albania. In Africa, the traditional kingdoms have constitutional recognition from the republics. Obviously, those rare recognitions are given merely on a cultural and historical level since there’s absolutely no legal way a Royal House can exist if not as a non-profit international association, one of the most notorious being the RFA – The Romanov Family Association, for the members of the Imperial House of Russia.

The Ghassanid Kings, emperors, and princes ruled several Middle Eastern regions, from 220 CE until the mid 18th century, a duration of over 1500 years. The Sovereign Imperial and Royal House of Ghassan is the oldest active Christian Royal House in the world, the sovereigns ruled over the largest territory for the longest period; more than any other Arab Dynasty.

During its most recent rule (present-day Lebanon) the Royal Ghassanid titles kept enjoying official recognition previously by the Ottoman empire until its demise and later by the Lebanese Republic until today.

Above: The Royal House of Ghassan has acquired several family documents which prove, beyond any reasonable doubt, that the Royal Family not only ruled from 220 CE until 1747 CE but also kept using the titles even after the deposition until the present days. 

Above: 1909’s tombstone of Sheikh Selim El Chemor 
The grave of His Highness Sheikh Selim El Chemor (passed away in 1909 CE, the great grandfather of HRH Prince Sheikh Selim El Chemor, the head of the Royal House of Ghassan in Lebanon), note that the royal title of “Sheikh” (in Arabic, upper right side) is on his tombstone, a capital proof that the family has been publicly using the ‘sui iuris’ titles for centuries until the present date. In 1909 CE, it was 162 years after the deposition and 51 years after the title’s abolishment by the Ottoman Empire in Lebanon
(Grave at the cemetery at the Mar Mama Ancient Church in Kferhata, Lebanon)  

In 1948, Father Ignatios Tannos El Khoury, one of the most acclaimed and respected Maronite historians of the 20th century, published historical scientific research about the family calledSheikhs El Chemor rulers of Akoura (1211-1633) and rulers of Zgharta-Zawyie (1641-1747)”. In this study, Father El Khoury states about the origins of the family El Chemor as being princes from the Ghassanid Royal Family and descending from the last King of Ghassan. That being the reason why they were respected by the Maronites as princes and sovereign rulers. Even regardless of the Ghassanid claim, the El Chemor family is undoubtedly a princely family since their titles didn’t come from any higher authority (prince, King or emperor). They were sovereign and therefore royal, differently than many Sheikhs in Lebanon who got their titles from the princes that ruled Lebanon as “Ottoman puppets”. Not even those princes were technically sovereign since their power emanated conditionally and exclusively from the Ottoman empire.

He also states that the Gharios (Guerios) family from Jbeil and Chiyah in Lebanon was originated from the El Chemor family.

The accounts about the El Chemor/Gharios (Guerios) family were never contested in over 300 years. Not even one line was written against the documents, books, or even about the authors. On the contrary, patriarch Douaihy was Blessed by Pope Benedict XVI in 1998 and is in the process of becoming a saintFather Ignatios had published several historical books published not only in Lebanon but also in Europe and 6 years after the El Chemor scientific study was laureated by the French Government with their highest academic Order, the “Ordre des Palmes académiques (Order of Academic Palms)” in the rank of officer, the second-highest. This honour is even higher in precedence than the well-known “Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters)”.

Recently, Professor Dr. Abbot Antoine Daouone of the top modern Maronite historians, have confirmed the aforementioned statements in a sworn affidavit.  Prof. Dr Daou is not only an acclaimed Maronite historian and author of the book “History of the Maronites” (Beirut, 1970) amongst many others, but was graduated from the Pontifical Angelicum University in Rome with Doctorates in Theology and Canon law. He is a sitting professor of the La Sagesse University in Lebanon and is the Abbot of the Antoinine Maronite Order. He also serves as the Secretary of the Commission of the Lebanese Bishops’ Conference for Dialogue with Islam.

Prof. Dr. Abbot Daou categorically states that the book about the El Chemor family by Father Ignatioshas been considered as an essential reference of Maronite’s and Lebanon history’s references” and that “no book or criticism has been issued by the Maronite church opposing this chronicling.” About Father Ignatios he states “a well-known historian and writer”.

In 2018, one of the indisputable world top scholars in Middle Eastern Royal Succession, Dr Joseph Albert Kéchichiansigned a sworn affidavit recognizing the rights of the Ghassanid Royal Family and of HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor of Ghassan Al-Nu’man VIII.

Dr Kéchichian is the leading authority on Middle Eastern Royal succession in the world today. He has received his doctorate in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia in 1985, where he also taught (1986-1988), and assumed the assistant deanship in international studies (1988-1989). In 1989, he was a Hoover Fellow at Stanford University(under the U.S. State Department Title VIII Program). Between 1990 and 1996, he laboured at the Santa Monica-based RAND Corporation as an Associate Political Scientist and was a lecturer at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA).

Here’s a document’s excerpt:

By the beginning of the 20th century, some of the Gharios family decided to use the titles and surname El Chemor once again.  As there are two categories of Shaykhs in Lebanon—the noble (non-sovereign) Shaykh, who may be the counterpart of baron, count or duke—and the sovereign/Royal Shaykh.  The first is mostly honorary but the second is a title bestowed by a semi-sovereign authority under the Ottoman Empire.  A sovereign/Royal Shaykh, like the El Chemor/Shoummar/Gharios family, have roots in the tribal system, and are similar to their counterparts in the Arabian Gulf, like the ruling families in Bahrain, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Kuwait, among others.  It is this title that is the equivalent of prince and it’s given to the ruler and his sons.  Consequently, HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor of Ghassan Al-Nu‘man VIII (born Ahnume Guerios) is a direct descendant of the Ghassanid Kings and the Shaykhs El Chemor/Shoummar.  He is the sole claimant to the headship of the Royal House of Ghassan with germane claims that are in absolute harmony with Middle Eastern laws of succession and tribal customs.  Critically, he has the bay’ah [loyalty oath] from the heads of the El Chemor/Shoummar family members and, as such, a legitimate claim to his crown.” 

The Royal House and its international sovereign head, HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor of Ghassan Al-Nu’man VIII have received overwhelming international recognition in recent years.

The recognitions are from the highest governmental levels also coming from the leading scholars in their respective fields.

Some of the noteworthy recognitions:

⁃ United Nations

The world’s largest non-governmental body of Muslim leaders

⁃ World’s leading scholar in Middle Eastern Royal Succession

⁃ Top Lebanese Maronite historian

In 2019, after three long years of a very bureaucratic process, The Sovereign Imperial and Royal House of Ghassan was officially recognized by the Lebanese Government. Two documents, one the decree signed by the judge from the ministry of interior, and by the Lebanese President and Head of State, the Imperial and Royal House of Ghassan is fully recognized with the consent of the Council of Ministers and the permission for an official branch in Lebanon is granted

Important: Please, note on the document below, that a full investigation was conducted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Interior culminating with the approval by the Council of Ministers. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs was fully aware of the Royal Houses’ international activities and goals having to issue a formal report (No.865/5 of March 6th, 2018) also, HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor was formally invited by the Lebanese Government to several official events (see certificate below signed by the former Minister of Foreign Affairs)

The certificate above signed by the former Minister of Foreign Affairs stating the official participation of HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor at the Lebanese Diaspora Conference, an official governmental event

Ghassanid Royal Family was officially received by the President of Lebanon in 2017

According to several scholars and even some heads of recognized Sovereign Houses, only heads of state and ruling monarchs can confirm titles. The late Archduke Ottom Von Habsburg (1912-2011), head of the Imperial House of Austria, in a personal letter, had confirmed that statement when asked to confirm a title.

A personal letter from the late Head of the Imperial House of Habsburg confirming that only heads of state and ruling monarchs can confirm titles

According to all the above, the continuous official and legal recognition of the Imperial and Royal House of Ghassan is irrefutable.

More details here

More Royal Ghassanid Documents here

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HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor inducted into the “International Sports Hall of Fame” co-hosted by Arnold Schwarzenegger

Left: Founder and co-host Dr. Robert Goldman, MD and right: Co-host Arnold Schwarzenegger

The International Sports Hall of Fame is a Non-Profit Foundation founded by the legendary Dr. Robert Goldman, MD, and established to honor the world’s greatest athlete legends in all sports. It’s one of the most prestigious Halls of Fame in the whole world. Just as important is what Hall of Fame candidates do later in life, in giving back to others and society, with charity work, and mentoring young people.

The induction ceremonies are held annually every March at the Arnold Schwarzenegger Sports Festival, which is the world’s largest annual sports weekend, hosting 175,000 attendees and over 22,000 competing athletes.

The list of inductees is beyond stellar starting with the co-host himself Arnold Schwarzenegger, the godfather of fitness Jack LaLanne, 5 time World Boxing Champion Evander Holyfield, UFC world champions like Royce Gracie, Randy Couture, Ronda Rousey, Bas Rutten, WWE’s Paul “Triple H” Levesque, action movie stars like Jason Statham, Michael Jay White, Cynthia Rothrock, Don ‘The Dragon’ Wilson; bodybuilder legends like Dr. Franco Columbu, Lee Haney, Lou Ferrigno; amazing sports’ icons like Johnny Damon, Eddie George, Hershel Walker, Marcus Allen, Peter Westbrook, Earl Monroe, Johnny Bench, and martial arts’ references like GGM Ernie Reyes, AnnMaria DeMars, Benny “The Jet” Urquidez and Billy Blanks.

The prince of Ghassan is being awarded for his multi-awarded (in four continents) global humanitarian work and his lifelong dedication to the martial arts being an internationally awarded grandmaster. HRH started in the martial arts (Judo) at only 4 years old, initially forced by his father. After that, fell in love with the Asian culture and all its aspects. Studied also Kung Fu, several styles of Karate, European fencing, Japanese swordsmanship, Jiu-Jitsu, Kali Silat, Kobudo, and his passion, the Aikido.

Started Aikido in 1986 and became an instructor for beginners in 1991. Got his black belt in 1992 being registered in Japan in 1993. In the same year founded the Shinken Institute (previously Bushido Budo kai), active until 2017 operating schools of Aikido and Japanese Culture in five cities in Brazil.

One of the masters who most influenced him was Steven Seagal being Seagal’s direct disciple, business associate, and personal friend for 5 years (1997-2002). Prince Gharios was the only teacher in South America to have such a relationship directly with Seagal.

Steven Seagal, a well-known
star of Hollywood is also a master of various martial arts styles and 7th. degree black belt in Aikido, and was (before the fame) the first Westerner to own and operate a school on Japanese soil.

In 1999, HRH has received “The Sports Merit” a Brazilian governmental award for his work for the martial arts. From 2003 until 2017 was a direct student of Yoshimitsu Yamada Sensei 8o.Dan (one of the few direct disciples of the founder of Aikido Morihei Ueshiba still alive). Was a pioneer, being personally responsible for the promotion of Aikido (Aikikai) in Curitiba (Parana, Brazil) from 1991 until 2010. Was directly responsible for forming dozens of black-belt instructors that became masters and are active today all over Brazil, teaching thousands of students. In 2020, was inducted in the Martial Arts Hall of Honors during the largest martial arts event in the world, the Mega Martial Arts Hall of Honors 20th Anniversary at the Tropicana Hotel in Atlantic City, NJ.   

In 2021, has received the AOF Icon award from the Action On Film International Film Festival, also known as the Action On Film Festival. The AOF Icon award was received by many Hollywood stars and world-class martial artists like David Carradine, Jeff Speakman, Cynthia Rothrock, Don “the dragon” Wilson, Randy Couture, Bas Rutten, Art Camacho, Michael Jay White, Nick Mancuso, Tom Sizemore, Michael Madsen, Bill Duke, Bob Wall, John Saxson, Kim Coates, etc.
In the same year, was inducted in the Grandmasters Hall of Fame of the World Martial Arts Masters Association counting on several major names in the international martial arts as Chuck Norris, Bruce Lee, Ip Man, Royce Gracie, Samuel Kwok, Randy Couture, Bill “Superfoot” Wallace, Benny “the Jet” Urquidez, Steven Seagal, Don Wilson, Al Dacascos, Cynthia Rothrock, Ron Van Clief, Keith Vitali, etc.

Holds the 8th Dan (degree of black belt) and the title of Shihan (Grandmaster) in Aikibudo, the 5th (fifth) Dan in Aikido (certified by the Aikikai Foundation in Tokyo, Japan) the 5th Dan in Combat Hapkido and also holds black belts in Karate and Kobudo (Japanese weapons)

The prince also founded his own martial art style known as Shinken-Ryu Aikibudo LEARN MORE

The 11th Anniversary Induction Ceremony for the International Sports Hall of Fame will be held in conjunction with the Arnold Sports Festival, Saturday, March 5, 2022, from 11:30am – 2pm in Columbus, Ohio.

With HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor, the class of 2022 inductees shares a special theme for the 11th Anniversary, Combative Martial Arts. The inductees are:

  • Grandmaster Ron Van Clief: 5X World Martial Art Champion and Actor
  • JJ Perry: Martial Artist and Stuntman 
  • Vinny Paz: 5X World Boxing Champion 
  • Burt Watson: Boxing/MMA Coordinator and Manager
  • Frank Shamrock: Former UFC Middleweight Champion 
  • Shannon Knapp: Founder Invicta Fighting Championships 
  • Stipe Miocic: Former UFC Heavyweight Champion and Firefighter 

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HRH Prince Sheikh Selim El Chemor officially confirmed as head of the Royal House of Ghassan in Lebanon

HRH Prince Sheikh Selim El Chemor with Lebanese President General Michel Aoun

The official decree from the Lebanese Ministry of Interior and Municipalities General Directorate of Political Affairs and Refugees – Number: 814/4/2022 has recognized the international appointment decree by HIRH Prince Gharios El Chemor, the international head of the Royal House of Ghassan, appointing his cousin, HIRH Prince Sheikh Selim El Chemor as the head of the Lebanese branch of the Sovereign Imperial and Royal House of Ghassan, effective immediately.

An official decree from the Lebanese Ministry of Interior and Municipalities General Directorate of Political Affairs and Refugees – Number: 814/4/2022
Sworn Legal Translation

The Sovereign Imperial and Royal House of Ghassan was officially recognized by the government of the Lebanese Republic by the presidential decree #5800/2019

His Royal Highness, the new head of the Royal House in Lebanon, is the oldest son of the legendary HIRH Prince Sheikh Antonious El Chemor, one of the forefathers of the modern Ghassanids

The Ghassanid Dynasty

The Ghassanid realms from 220 CE until 1921 CE

The Ghassanids (Arabic: al-Ghasāsinah, also Banū Ghassān, “Sons of Ghassān”) are the descendants of a group of South Arabian Christian sedentary (not nomadic) people that emigrated in the early third century from Yemen to the Hauran in southern Syria, Jordan, and the Holy Land, where some intermarried with Hellenized Roman settlers and Greek-speaking early Christian communities, becoming maybe some of the first “cosmopolitan” nations in the world, benefiting from the modernity of the West without losing their Arab roots. The term Ghassān refers to the first kingdom of the Ghassanids. Its rulers in the Middle East can be compared to the Habsburgs in Europe. It’s the longest reigning Arab dynasty in history and also the one that ruled over more the most extensive territory.

It is said that the Ghassanids came from the historical city of Ma’rib in Yemen, from the Kingdom of Sheba (or Saba), notorious in several historical accounts, including the main sacred scriptures. There was a legendary dam in Ma’rib that suffered several ruptures. In the beginning of third century ad, there was so much rain and big rats, that the dam was carried away by the ensuing flood, forcing the people and the royal family to emigrate, seeking to live in less arid lands and becoming scattered far and wide. The proverb “They were scattered like the people of Saba” refers to that exodus in history. The emigrants were from the southern Arab tribe of Azd of the Kahlan branch of Qahtani tribes. The actual founders of the Ghassanid dynasty were princes of the Sabean kingdom.

Prince Jafna bin ‘Amr, one of the four sons of the king of Sheba, headed north with his family and settled in Hauran (south of Damascus) where the Ghassanid state was founded. He became the first Ghassanid king in 220 CE. Around that period it is assumed that the Ghassanids adopted the religion of Christianity.

The Ghassanids were the buffer zone against the Bedouins penetrating Roman territory. The capital was at Jabiyah in the Golan Heights. Geographically, it occupied much of Syria, Mount Hermon (Lebanon), Jordan, west of Iraq, and Israel, and its authority extended via tribal alliances with other Azdi tribes, all the way to the northern Hijaz and as far south as Yathrib (Medina). The ruins of palaces, churches, monasteries, public baths, and aqueducts in Houran are evidence of the sophistication of their culture and civilization.

The Ghassanid Dynasty is the oldest Arab Royal House, which ruled the longest time and over the largest territory. It’s also the oldest Christian Royal Dynasty still active (even no longer ruling, still legally organized and officially recognized)

Historical Imperial and Royal Titles (chronological order)

– Kings of Ghassan or Kings of the Ghassanids (220-638 CE)

– Kings (or Emperors) of All Arabs “Basileus Araves” (529-638 CE)

– Roman (Byzantine) Emperors of the Phocid Dynasty (802-813 CE)

– Ceasars and Masters of the Island of Rhodes (1203-1250 CE)

– Sultans of Rasul (1229-1454 CE)  

– Sheikhs of Akoura (1211-1633 CE) 

– Sheikhs of Zgharta-Zawyie (1641-1747 CE)  

– Princes of Jabal Shammar (Chemor) (1836–1921 CE)

To learn more about the Ghassanid Dynasty, the documentary “The Christian Kings of the Middle East” can be watched for free here #kings #middleeast #christian #princegharios #elchemor #ghassanids #royal #royalty #ghassan #sheikh #ahnumeguerios #royalty #ghassanids #christianity

HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor meets His Holiness Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

The prince of Ghassan with His Holiness Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar last Wednesday

His Holiness Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is a humanitarian, spiritual leader and an ambassador of peace and human values. Through his life and work, Gurudev has inspired over 450 million of followers around the world with a vision of a stress-free, violence-free world. He has designed programs that provide techniques and tools to live a deeper, more joyous life and has established nonprofit organizations that recognize the human identity beyond the boundaries of gender, race, nationality, and religion.

One of His Holiness’s major achievements was to end the 52 years of Colombian civil war convincing the guerrilla group known as FARC to pursue the non-violent path. He also hosted a colossal event in India congregating over 3 million participants and leaders of 155 nations.

Last Wednesday, a very selective gathering took place in a private residence in Los Angeles where the prince of Ghassan was introduced to His Holiness. HRH has asked for advice on how to deal with the inter religious dialogue in the Middle East leading to a peaceful coexistence.

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