Sovereign Imperial & Royal House of Ghassan
The Sovereign Imperial & Royal House of Ghassan is the dynastic, historical and cultural representative of the Ghassanid people (in Arabic "Banu Ghassan" or "Al-Ghassassinah").
It comprises and represents all the dynasties ruled by Ghassanid sovereigns from 220 CE until 1747 CE.
Since no longer ruling from the 18th century until the present date, the House presently is an international, non-profit, apolitical, secular, cultural/educational and charitable organization recognized and accredited by the United Nations and the specific purposes are: the promotion of the historical and Cultural Arab heritage, especially but not limited to the Ghassanid people, the notorious Ghassanid's ideals such as the broad cultural incentive, women's equality, democracy, the promotion charity and the chivalric ideals. Also the promotion and application of the principles of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 10 December 1948 at Palais de Chaillot, Paris.
The Ghassanids are currently estimated in around 10 (ten) million people whithersoever dispersed around the world. Although originally from the Middle East, the vast majority of the Ghassanids live in South and North America victims of the ongoing exodus since the 19th century. Even being a minority in the Arab countries, the Ghassanid presence is still very strong and evident.
The Sovereign Imperial & Royal House of Ghassan is headed by HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor of Ghassan Al-Numan VIII, a direct descendant of the the last ruling Ghassanind princes, the prestigious El Chemor family, the sovereigns of Akoura and Zgharta-Zawyie (current Lebanon) until the 18th century. According to several historians and the Maronite Catholic Church, The El Chemor (or Shummar, or Shammar) family is proven to be the direct descendants of the last King of the first Ghassanid State in Syria.
The Royal House of Ghassan (as a NGO) is in Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council since 2016.
“To stand as a powerful agent of dialogue and change to spread equality and justice.”
* We seek a world of equality and tolerance, where every human being’s dignity is valued,
* We abide by the human rights' principles, alleviating individuals and communities in suffering,
* We believe that every human should be treated with dignity and respect,
* We enhance the effective presence of minorities and envision a society where individuals live safely and in unity,
* We operate on creating awareness to diminish all kinds of possible conflicts and struggles between communities,
* We advocate and operate for peace building, non-violence and dialogue among all generations, by using applicable tools, alternative diplomatic channels and workshops.
In Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council since 2016
Arms of the Sovereign Imperial & Royal House of Ghassan
A modern representation based on European Heraldry. Comprehends and represents all the ruling Ghassanid dynasties from 220 CE in Syria until the 1.747 CE in Mount Lebanon.
The Blazon of Arms: Rectangular Shield of Arms, Quarterly:
Quarter I - On Gules, Or Roman Eagle on capital of the same metal with the writing " SPQR (Senatus Populusque Romanus)" in characters of Sable
Quarter II - On Vert an Or Cedar of Lebanon, Stem of Argent, sided by two Scimitars of Argent with handle and guard in Or, inside an Argent bordure
Quarter III - On Argent Bicephalous Byzantinne Eagle of sable, with feet of Gules, peck of Or: on the head The Imperial Crown of the Byzantinne Empire of Or and Gules
Quarter IV - On Vert, Arabic's crescent and star of eight tips of Argent directed to sinister.
Inescutcheon - Thirdly in pearl:
Third I - On Gules Ermine Bend;
Third II - On Azure Fleur-de-lys on Or;
Third III - On Argent three Chevrons of Azure.
Coat of arms ensigned with a representation of the royal and imperial crown of the Sovereign Imperial and Royal House Ghassan on Or with rubies, blue sapphires and pearls, purple velvet and ermine wreath. Supported by a Lion Rampant (representing: Arabia ('Banu Azd' or "the Children of the Lion"), and a Dragon Rampant (representing the West and the bridge between East and West always realized by the Ghassanids since the 3rd century)
Motto: "Victrix Fortunae Sapientia" (Wisdom is the Conqueror of Fortune)
THE SOVEREIGN IMPERIAL & ROYAL HOUSE OF GHASSAN
Modern Ghassanid flag
By origin, the Ghassanids were Monophysite Christians. After the Islamic conquest in the 7th century, many couldn't afford the taxes (Jiziya) and converted to Islam. Gradually, part of the remaining Christian Ghassanids became Chalcedonian (mainstream) Orthodox. The part of the Royal family and the people that sought refuge in the Mount Lebanon became Maronites. Therefore, the El Chemor family is Maronite Catholic. HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor was baptized as a Roman Catholic and also has studied the Tibetan Buddhism and strongly defends the peaceful rights of all traditional religions in the world. While visiting the Grand Mufti of Jordan in 2014, as the head of the Ghassanid Royal Family, Prince Gharios El Chemor symbolically revoked a fourteen centuries old decree that prohibited any Ghassanid to marry or convert to any other religion than Christianity.