King Abdullah II of
King Abdullah II is a member of the Hashemite family and a 41st generation direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad through the lineage of the Prophet’s grandson al Hasan. The Hashemites, or Bani Hashem, link back to the tribe of Quraish. Hashem was the name of the Prophet’s great-grandfather. King Abdullah II is thus a member of the Ahl al Bayt (the family of the Prophet Muhammad).
The Hashemite family ruled
Custodian of Holy Sites in
As custodian of the Muslim holy sites in the city of
King Abdullah II has proven influence at the forefront of a global intra-faith movement, through the creation of the Amman Message; a call for greater intra-religious tolerance and unity in Islam that was endorsed by representatives from all major Muslim groups in 2004. King Abdullah II is also credited with the Royal Aal al Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought’s most authoritative website on the Qur’an and tafsir or Qur’anic exegesis (AlTafsir.com). An extensive resource for Islamic scholarship, AlTafsir.com includes Arabic texts from over 90 commentaries of the Qur’an, Hadith texts, among other tools for research in the Qur’anic sciences, with daily hits in the thousands. King Abdullah II is also noted for founding the new World Islamic Sciences and
King Abdullah II is the leading player in the dialogue for peace between the Palestinians and Israelis. He has openly called for discussion in the negotiations toward a two-state solution.