Born into a U.N. D-2 family, Hab isn't moved by any national affinity, and views the world from a TCK lens.He does believe in the importance of maintaining the below historical accounts from a humanities perspective.Biographer: Saab Saab Hilda LLC. Do you spot a factual inaccuracy? Please report it to us!
RELATING | genealogical identity
Running long in Hab El/Al-Assa'ad-Bader’s line is a duality of diplomacy and defiance: Unrelated to Syrian or Palestinian Al-Assads, he is among very few living legacies today of the El-Assaad dynasty, whose lineage defended fellow denizens of history’s Jabal Aamel (Mount Amel) principality – today southern Lebanon – for 36 generations, throughout the Arab caliphate by Sheikh al Mashayekh (Chief of Chiefs) Nassif Al-Nassar (the Invictor) ibn Al-Wa’ili, Ottoman conquest under Shabib Pasha Al Assaad, and colonial French administration by his grandfather Hassib Beyk—also supreme court Judge and grand speaker at halls across the Levant.
His patriarchy originated when the kin of the Najdi (today Saudi) traveling bedouin Ali El Sagheer (Seger, the Young) were proclaimed Al Assaad (the Most Rejoiceful) by their adopting people of Jabal Aamel after liberating Sidon & Tyre, its ancient and Biblical capitals, from Byzantine tyrants (wherefrom the term originated). Ali's tribe, the Anazzah (of Bani Wa’il), as are the Al-Saud royalty and other peninsulars… yet, a branch of the Rwala side that caravaned northwest in search of arable farmland (led by Prince Mejhem ibn Meheid, Croix de Légion d’Honneur holder; taken Lady of Ellenborough, Jane E. Digby.
Having for generations thereafter bloodmixed to the point of synosanguinity with the local Mediterranean population, during their Al-Assaad era, they, as provincial governors by consent, were given Khuwwa (brotherly voluntary crop-sharing) by local clans to finance protecting their co-operative trade from outside occupation, peacefully upholding the autonomy of a laborious few in the midst of one massive imperial taxation hegemony after another. This continued until contemporary domestic ideological belligerence and foreign interferences led to rapid depredation of the Al-Assaads’ popularity-base and ability to deliver its constituency from external subjugation, ultimately resulting in the exodus of Mr. Al-Assaad's immediate family upon Lebanon’s 1975-1990 civil war, perhaps returning in better times, if at all, meanwhile connecting to new international causes— letting go of the past unless birthed new context.
Today, the Al-Assaad name is carried by a handful of fearless perseverants in the disjointed Lebanese electoral landscape, such as his cousins Riad (businessperson, financier of the Together Towards Change syndicate of independents), Maan (human rights lawyer & propagator of the Tayyar Al Assaadi current), and Ahmad (founder of the Lebanese Option Party & Saving the Next Generation)… as well as those in international service, such as Nael (cousin) – envoy for HM King Abdullah of Jordan and former husband of late Saudi magnate Adnan Khashoggi’s sister Soheir. Mr. Al-Assaad's sister Hoda, an organizer of IMF’s 2003 Annual Meetings and ex-Clearstream Banking, Dubai Holding, and the Dubai Mercantile Exchange, recently joined the Arab Media Group after running the office of Fouad Makhzoumi – the ultra-HNW industrialist behind the National Dialogue Party.
EXPRESSING | biological heredity
Genomic testing of Hab reveals specifically 98.6% Western Asian, Southern European, and North African heredity, a pedigree characteristic of antiquity’s pan-Mediterranean Phoenicians, whose initially Canaanite and later Carthagenean mercantile routes included the coasts of Greece, Italy, Iberia and back… their most coveted luxury export being purple dye (worn by European royalty of the time). Recent red rock archaeological finds and DNA of Hohokam tribe natives in Sedona (Sidonia, the Biblical name for Lebanon’s Sidon), near Phoeni[cs], Arizona, now suggests that these ancestral seafarers may have had larger ships to venture as far as into the American gene pool— re-exporting Egyptian farming tech and Proto-Semitic script over vast oceans... adding credence to Yale and Mulekite Mormon theory on the Los Lunas Decalogue, Bat Creek Inscription, and Dighton Rock sites. In Phoenician, which the Latin alphabet was based on, “hohokam" means 'the sea peoples’. Arizona’s Hohokam were known to wear seashell jewelry. If true, Levantines would become the earliest known non-indigenous immigrant settlers (predating Leif Erikson and Christopher Columbus in reaching the New World), prompting a rethink of First Nation sovereignties and a rewrite of school textbooks.
His remainder is predominantly 1.3% Polish, presumably remnants of Khazari migration to the Holy Land, and finally, a 0.1% Sudanese trace from the ancient Nubian "cradle of human civilization", both possibly respectively explained in his mother, Ghada Bader — maternally of Caucasian Haifa from Circassian exodus but paternally originating in southern Egypt (upper with respect to the Nile).
Contrarily, some dismiss that this is an insignificant detection error, or a better unmentioned blot from the slave trade periods. However, highly relevant to a racist Levant today that is averse to welcoming its inter-racial children from repatriates, Hab posits a fresh alternative; that the southern Lebanese town, Nabatiye (Canaanite for “The Appearance”), originated as a pre-Abrahamic settlement of free royal cedarwood buyers from the early kingdom of Nobatia, in today’s north Sudan, welcomed by the Phoenicians after they were forbidden to re-enter Egypt's Hathor, remaining as Pharaonic pilgrims to the mysteries of Ba'alat Ishtar and Gebal (Astarte and Lady of Byblos—the Levant's equals of their Isis and Hathor), later naturally dissolved into the local haplotype after all was but assimilated by the Romans. While a questionable theory, Hab asserts it is no less plausibly evidenced than that of this Sudanese trace being inherited from: (a) his Najdi Arabian bedouin line, which traded with Zanzibar through Yemen then up the Hejaz [where Petra's Nabatean Kingdom rose] on its caravan route to Lebanon; (b) later-stage Nobatian Coptics following the missionaries of Jesus through the Lebanons integrated with the Christians to found Nabatiye; (c) Nebaioth, the firstborn of Ismail; or (d) the controversial Biblical interpretation of Ham (Noah's grandson born mixed with a descendant of Cain - who was black).
Other deceased notable relations in modernity included the much renowned Kamel Beyk – Speaker of the House of the Lebanese Parliament and genitor of the Social Democratic Party (grandcousin); Haider (father) – historian and among the first official delegates to visit the new People’s Republic of China in the 1960’s following Ministerial civil service – later serving as a Director at the FAO of the United Nations and consultant to TRW and the World Bank; his passed uncles… namely His late Excellency Sa'id, Ambassador of Lebanon to France and Belgium who was wed to Bahija El-Solh, the aunt of HRH Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal of K.S.A. and daughter of Riyad El-Solh, architect of Lebanon’s independence from French mandatehood and drafter of the newly formed republic’s first constitution (leading to the small country’s becoming an exceptional example of economic and touristic freedom in its wider region until Lebanon’s 1975-1990 civil war); and Hazaa – who entered Middle East Airlines into alliance with Pan Am (led by Najeeb Halaby, father of Lisa Halaby, who later became HM Queen Noor of Jordan). Surviving them —last of the elder circle—are esteemed power-broking socialites such as Bassam and Madame Zahye. Similitude to Habib Pasha Assaad, 1922-1936 Prime Minister and President of Lebanon, is coincidental.
Hab himself has no partisan affiliations or political aspirations but endorses the Union of the Mediterranean. While identifying more with world impact and not with patriotic flags, to this day he remains solely Lebanese by choice and has not sought other citizenship, albeit depending on scenarios he is currently monitoring, in particular the present tragic situation befalling the country's people and economy.
a showcase of family exhibits from across time periods
Ghada S. Bader
In French Colonial Beirut
Haider H. Al-Assaad
In Kingsville, Texas
Shabib Pasha Al-Assaad
Ottoman Era Governor
Ariche: Man of Bryssa
Rwala Chief of Chiefs
Arab Caliphate tribes
In British Haifa 1940-
Ottoman Era Chief Justice
View of Zrariye Pasture
Plantation in distance
Fishing off Tyre Port
Circa 1910, Australian Navy
Mount Amel Map
In 1920, per Mervais 2000
in his words
in modernity, we can ALL be Most Rejoiceful ("Al-Assaad")
even in these Most Confusing of Times...
“let it be resoundingly clear, let my belief reverberate east and west, that generally, society's first and last name conventions must be disrupted for our humanity to evolve further. many sectarian clashes, discriminatory injustices to otherwise talented individuals who can contribute to the world, predjudices and stereotypes that limit and box in potentials, are rooted in preconceptions of class, privilege, nepotism, and religious creed that have more to do with a neurotic group delusion over someone's name (perpetuating a past that only continues to exist as an illusion in our collective minds) than any factual indicator of what convictions an individual carrying that name has inside their heads. with that out of the way, i can say this about my own. as with western equivalents like Felix, Laetissimus, Der Freudig, Perbeatus… Al-Assaad wasn’t always a 'family name'. it was and remains a title... that today, with a great degree of virtuous self-development, ANYONE committed to unlocking the joy already within them can earn, no matter what moniker they were born into. THIS is true inclusion, better together than apart. rightfully so, because where i’m from, Ibn Batt (the son of a duck) does not float; he is shot at, figuratively... and literally! so i expect no gain from the weight of my name. for i am not exclusively defined by family… i am me; I am you; and i love us, the people on this pale blue dot called earth.
today, notwithstanding the profound social, cultural, and historical significance of my family’s prominence, the equally profound diminishing percentage of one's genetic image going back one degree is just one reason why it's so insignificant to have distant illustrious ancestors . in today's para-martial law — dominated by nepotism favoring those born into sectarian families agnostic to their merit or integrity — i want to emphasize that my roots are indeed important to me personally, yet I document them in the spirit of honoring their story (not because I'm any kind of physical or mental ‘image’ of my past) . and certainly, not to perpetuate feudal times gone by . with absolutely zero animosity or regret, because of fanatical war i inherited nothing but this proud name, praised by the people until my Republic was corrupted as is the fate of all republics; our wider family's castlegrounds possessed as national artifacts and denying us burial rights, my immediate family’s land irrecoverably squatted on until forfeited. but not all of my ascendants were entirely innocent either, and ego has taken the better of us. all this has been the greatest teacher for me, for it developed in me the virtue of striving to attain any endeavor… charting my own path at new frontiers and not resting on others' laurels in stone towers. such is freedom! i learned: (A) one cannot be the happiest without having strove to overcome sadness; (B) felicity cycles gently, like the tides of Levantine shores; (C) jubilance does not stem from one’s bloodline; (D) the happiest persons have no past to tie them down… it comes from knowledge of the luminosity within; (E) my wellspring of happiness is reflecting on the impact I made on others and the globe, ever-so-little it may be; and (F) given that physiology determines a large extent of one’s happiness [for example, depression due to persistent vagus nerve infection], the attainability of serenity in longevity (aging blissfully) is relative to one’s bio-psycho-social luck. we do the best we can with the cards we are dealt.
so i warn all dynastics worldwide against the foolishness of thinking that one lives on in their <children> (since our genetic contribution to our descendants diminishes so rapidly, the idea that bearing them gives one ‘continuity’ is scientifically absurd), and stress that while we do share 99.9% of our genes with other human beings, the variable part we study amounts to less than 1% of our genetic endowment. with much greater challenges faced by our species as a whole, i'm therefore more concerned that humanity itself has continuity . time itself cautions personas seeking power that an unchecked ego inhibits one's continued gnosis, and —on behalf of our common future— time implores us to apply our gifts toward accelerating the evolution of **all** sentient persons and the ending of warmongering and poverty... so as to unleash a renaissance of mass good and creativity . such is a pillar of the pervasive wisdom that humankind requires to steer an age of ecological transition, digital transformations, and neural media with alternative realities . meaning: battles over justice, ideology, and sovereignty are futile in this prelude to the hive mind… the last theatre now is that for basic needs and one's sense of belonging and conscious in-tuition .
that’s why, in a changing post-technocratic globe, i celebrate the making of way to a next generation of social innovators in my wider family diaspora, such as Nour El Assaad (anti-bullying activist, president of Malta's/Beirut's No Label NGO); Fayruz El Assaad (Sciences Po-trained sustainable development policymaker in Mexico); Niall El-Assaad (British quadriplegic app developer for disabled drivers); the engineer Abdallah Al-Assaad (powering a Tripoli civic group, Akkarouna)… and equally by all genuine purveyors of benevolence whatever family, nation, or belief system they may come from, whom i consider my true tribe and only community . it is lonely to be jubilant alone, so when with the likehearted, we are the happiest believing in something together.
me, what do i believe in? in taking the right action . this is righteousness to me . if you resonate with what i feel, if you are my crowd, i want to hear from you . it is people like us who wait tolerantly, across generations if need be, to rise again like a phoenix over the ashes of the ignorant and arrogant… same as our remaining grand Cedars — witnessing our barbarity for thousands of years — await the snow of winter, tall and resolute, honoring each other. ”
DON’T LOOK FOR A واسِطة . WORK & BECOME THE واسِطة .
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