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HM King Abdullah II ibn Al-Hussein

King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and Custodian of the Holy Sites of Jerusalem

King Abdullah II has influence in Jordan and around the world due to his Hashemite lineage, his custodianship of the Holy Sites of Jerusalem and his political capital both internationally and regionally.

 


International Influence: HM King Abdullah II has effectively continued Jordan’s positive moderating role not only in the Arab and Muslim Worlds but also in the world at large. He has worked towards the establishment of a just and lasting comprehensive solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict and his work in international diplomacy has cemented Jordan’s role as a regional power broker.

Domestic Influence: King Abdullah’s progressive vision for Jordan is based on political openness, economic and social development, and the Islamic values of peace and tolerance. Under his reign, Jordan has witnessed sweeping national political and economic reforms and increasing governmental transparency and accountability. He has also instituted sweeping economic and domestic policy reforms. The advancement of civil liberties and the efforts to institutionalize democratic and political pluralism in Jordan under King Abdullah II has made Jordan one of the most progressive and stable countries in the Middle East.

Prophetic Lineage: King Abdullah II is a 41st generation direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)  through the line of the Prophet’s grandson Al-Hasan. The Hashemite Family, the Hashemites or Banu Hashem, are descendants of the Arab Chieftain Quraysh, a descendent of the Prophet Ismail, son of the Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham). Hashem was the Prophet Muhammad’s great-grandfather, thus the Hashemites are direct descendants of the Prophet (PBUH) through his daughter Fatima and her husband Ali ibn Abi Taleb, who was the Prophet’s paternal first cousin and the fourth Caliph of Islam. The Hashemite Dynasty is the oldest ruling dynasty in the Islamic World, and the second-oldest in the world, after that of Japan. As the current bearer of the Hashemite torch, HM King Abdullah II has a unique position in the Islamic World.

Custodian of the Holy Sites in Jerusalem: March 2013 saw the signing of a historic treaty which officially reaffirmed the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan’s custodianship of the Holy Sites of Jerusalem. The treaty was signed by King Abdullah II and President Mahmoud Abbas of the State of Palestine. This treaty makes formal a situation which has existed since 1924 and enables both countries to jointly legally protect the Holy Sites in Jerusalem against official and unofficial Israeli incursions, destruction and illegal annexation.

Islamic Outreach: In response to growing Islamophobia in the West in the wake of 9/11 and rising sectarian strife, King Abdullah II launched the Amman Message initiative (see page30), which was unanimously adopted by the Islamic World’s political and temporal leaderships. In total, over 500 leading Muslim scholars endorsed the Amman Message and its three points. This was a historic religious and political consensus (ijma’) of the Islamic Ummah (nation) in modern times, and a consolidation of traditional, orthodox Islam. King Abdullah II is also credited with the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought’s most authoritative website on the Holy Qur’an and Tafsir (www.altafsir.com). He also founded the new World Islamic Sciences and Education University in Jordan (www.wise.edu.jo) in 2008. In 2012, King Abdullah II launched the International Islamic Integral Professorial Chairs initiative (see page 204).

Peace Activist: King Abdullah II plays a crucial and leading role in the dialogue for peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He has consistently and openly called for negotiations towards a two-state solution, and it is largely through his influence that peace talks resume when they stumble or stall. He is also lauded as an interfaith leader for his support of the 2007 A Common Word initiative—a groundbreaking initiative in Christian-Muslim engagement (www.acommonword.com). He was also the initiator and driving force behind the UN World Interfaith Harmony Week Resolution, marking the first week of February an annual celebration of faiths.

Safe Haven: Jordan has been home to wave after wave of refugees from Palestine, Iraq, Libya and Syria. Despite its paucity of resources, Jordan has welcomed and accommodated a staggering number of refugees and is seen by many as the most stable country in a turbulent region. Jordan has the world’s second largest refugee camp in the world, Zaatari.

7%The average annual growth in Jordan since King Abdullah ascended to the throne, nearly double the 3% growth Jordan had averaged previously.
41st generation direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)
100 mw Energy that will be produced at the solar energy site in Ma’an, reducing Jordan’s CO2 emissions by as much as 160,000 tonnes a year
70 % Amount the public debt ratio has decreased pushing external debt as a percentage of GDP down from 189% in 1990 to 25.8% in 2008.
HM exchanges greetings - Times of Oman
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2013-10-15 00:40:56

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Jordan king calls for reform as opposition simmers
2013-11-03 16:43:44

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Jordan king says he will press ahead with reforms
2013-11-03 08:16:11

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China's top political advisor meets King of Jordan
2013-09-15 08:03:17

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Pope Francis, King Abdullah II Of Jordan On Syria: Dialogue Is The 'Only Option'
2013-08-28 23:00:00

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis and Jordan’s King Abdullah II reaffirmed that dialogue is the “only option” to end the conflict in Syria, just ...

Jordan's king swears in 13 new Cabinet ministers
2013-08-21 13:51:21

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The royal palace says Jordan's King Abdullah II has sworn in 13 new Cabinet ministers, enlarging the government as part ...

Jordan's king meets Egypt's new leadership
2013-07-20 15:12:32

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2013-06-26 10:44:50

DUBAI (Reuters) - Jordan's King Abdullah said Syria's war could ignite a regional sectarian conflict unless global powers helped to convene peace ...

Jordan's king endorses treaty with UK
2013-06-18 11:29:40

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's King Abdullah II has endorsed a treaty with Britain that sets the stage for the possible deportation of radical ...

The fact is, humanity is bound together, not only by mutual interests, but by shared commandments to love God and neighbour; to love the good and neighbour
“Blowing up buses will not induce the Israelis to move forward, and neither will the killing of Palestinians or the demolition of their homes and their future. All this needs to stop. And we pledge that Jordan will do its utmost to help achieve it.”

Birth: 30 January 1962 (Age: 52)

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Influence:King with authority over approximately 6.4 million Jordanians and outreach to Traditional Islam

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The fact is, humanity is bound together, not only by mutual interests, but by shared commandments to love God and neighbour; to love the good and neighbour
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7%The average annual growth in Jordan since King Abdullah ascended to the throne, nearly double the 3% growth Jordan had averaged previously.
41st generation direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)
100 mw Energy that will be produced at the solar energy site in Ma’an, reducing Jordan’s CO2 emissions by as much as 160,000 tonnes a year
70 % Amount the public debt ratio has decreased pushing external debt as a percentage of GDP down from 189% in 1990 to 25.8% in 2008.
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