As President of the Royal Ghassanid Academy of Arts and Sciences I am pleased to report on the recognition of the Ghassanid Royal House by the world’s largest non-governmental body of Muslim leaders.
Only a few people today are aware that the Middle East once had a long ruling Christian dynasty. 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 of all Arab Dynasties.
The Royal House and its international sovereign head, HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor of Ghassan Al-Nu’man VIII, have received a lot of international recognition in recent years.
Some of the noteworthy recognitions:
- Holy See / Vatican (Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem)
- United Nations
- Government of the Lebanese Republic
- World’s leading scholar in Middle Eastern Royal Succession
- Top Lebanese Maronite historian
During the commemorations of the dynasty’s eighteen centuries anniversary, another significant recognition was achieved, the world’s largest non-governmental body of Muslim leaders – the only one in the globe composed by leaders from both Sunni and Shia traditions – has recognized the sovereignty of the Royal House of Ghassan and its Dynastic head.
The Global Imams Council is the world’s largest international non-governmental body of Muslim religious Leaders from all Islamic Denominations and Schools of thought with a rapidly growing number of over 1,000 leaders all around the world. This council of Imams advocates for peaceful coexistence, tolerance, mutual respect, and the building of bridges with all religious communities, along with tackling extremist ideologies and militant Islam (Islamism). The council is the first Imams Council to provide females with administerial leadership roles.
The solemn decree issued by the eminent council recognizes the sovereignty of the Ghassanid kingdom and all its realms and titles under the global leadership of HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor of Ghassan, de jure Al-Numan VIII.
In addition to the decree issued by the council, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Royal House of Ghassan and the Global Imams Council. The Council pledges full support and especially to protect Christians on Muslim lands and the Royal House of Ghassan commits equal support and the protection of Muslims on Christian lands.
Last year, the Royal House of Ghassan has released “The Christian Kings of the Middle East” a feature length documentary presenting the history of the dynasty with the Special participation of the world’s leading scholar on Middle Eastern Royal Succession, Prof. Joseph Kechichian, PhD, His Most Reverend Paul Matar, the Maronite Archbishop of Beirut amongst others.