Thursday, January 21, 2010

Close up on Prince Hassan bin Talal

Prince El Hassan bin Talal was born in Amman, on March 20, 1947, to a branch of the Hashemite family directly descended from the Prophet Muhammed, in the 42nd generation of descendants. He is the youngest son of their late King Talal and Queen Zein El Sharaf, and is the brother of late King Hussein.

Prince Hassan initiated and hosted ongoing consultations with the Orthodox Centre of the Ecumenical Patriarchate at Chambesy, Switzerland, the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue at the Vatican and the The Interfaith Foundation in the United Kingdom through the aegis of the St. George’s House, Windsor. He is a founder and now President of the Foundation for Inter-religious and Intercultural Research and Dialogue (FIIRD) which was established in Geneva in 1999.

Prince Hassan chairs and is a member of a number of international committees and organizations.  These include:
Founding Member and President of the:
Foundation for Interreligious and Intercultural Research and Dialogue;
Member of the Board of Directors of the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), Washington, D.C. (since 2002);
Chairman of the Board for the Center for Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution at the University of Oklahoma International Programs Center;
Co-president of the International Tolerance Foundation for Humanities and Social Studies, St. Petersburg (since 2006);
International Patron of Rights and Humanity;
Member of the Trilateral Commission;
Member of the International Advisory Board of Forum 2000;
Member of the International Board of the Council on Foreign Relations;
Member of the Committee of Notables of the Institut Català de la Mediterrània (since 2001);
President of the Club of Rome (1999–2007) (#1 think tank on bringing in World Gov't) 
Chairman of the Independent Bureau for Humanitarian Issues;
Member of World Future Council
Commissioner of the Commission for the Legal Empowerment of the Poor;
Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (2008).

Moderator of the: 
World Conference of Religions for Peace

Recipient of Abraham Geiger Award:
The Abraham Geiger Award 2008 is conferred upon HRH Prince Hassan bin Talal of Jordan as a voice for global sustainability, reconciliation and interreligious understanding. HRH will receive the 2008 Abraham Geiger Award in commemoration of the great liberal thinker of Judaism, Abraham Geiger (1810–1874).

Although I could not find a confirmed source, he may have assisted in authoring the Oslo Peace Accord.

5 distinctive signs of the Mahdi: (according to Islamic writings)
1. Be of the family of the Prophet Muhammd through his daughter Fatima
2. Receive the pledge and support of the Iraqi people
3. Rule over the Arabs for 7 years
4. Have a broad forehead and a prominent, pointed nose
5. Spread justice and equity on earth