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.
HRH Crown Prince Leka II, a perfect gentleman and a gracious host, received impeccably the members of the Royal family for moments of pleasant conversation and also to establish friendship ties between the Royal House of the Albanians and the Imperial and Royal House of Ghassan.
HIRH Prince Gharios El Chemor conferred the Order of Saint Michael Archangel to HRH Crown Prince Leka II and received the coat of arms of the Royal House of the Albanians.
The Head of the Royal House of Albania HRH Prince Leka receiving the Order of Saint Michael
Strong ties of friendship were established and a mutual promise of a next meeting in the near future. Also, an official invitation to visit the Ghassanid Royal House in Los Angeles by HIRH Prince Gharios El Chemor and the Ghassanid Royal Palace in Kferhata, Lebanon was made by HIRH Prince Sheikh Selim El Chemor.
The Royal House was represented by Prince Gharios El Chemor, PrinceSheikh Selim El Chemor, Sheikh Dr. Elie Gharios, Martin Warnecke and Erion Prendi recently appointed the official representative for the Royal House of Ghassan in Albania.