His Majesty King Hussein bin Talal (1935-1999), the father of modern Jordan, will always be remembered as a leader who guided his country through strife and turmoil to become an oasis of peace, stability and moderation in the Middle East. Among Jordanians, his memory is cherished as the inspiration for Jordan's climate of openness, tolerance and compassion. Known to his people as Al-Malek Al-Insan ("The Humane King"), King Hussein established a legacy which promises to guide Jordan for many years to come.
At the time of King Hussein's passing on February 7, 1999, His Majesty was the longest serving executive head of state in the World. Of great significance to Muslims throughout the World, the late King Hussein was also the 42nd generation direct descendant of Prophet Mohammad (pbuh).
Over the course of his life, His Majesty King Hussein was an avid sportsman. He was an accomplished aviator, motorcyclist and race-car driver who also enjoyed water sports, skiing and tennis. He was well-known to ham radio operators throughout the World as the friendly voice of "JY1". In his final years, King Hussein enjoyed surfing the WWW and developed a strong appreciation for the power of the Internet as a force for progress and understanding.
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|Immediately after setting foot on Jordanian soil, His Majesty faces Mecca and thanks Allah for return||King Hussein's smile radiates warmth and happiness as he and Queen Noor step off plane||Queen Noor, as its president, welcomes King Hussein to the opening of Jerash Festival||King Hussein presents his eldest son Abdullah (currently King of Jordan), with his parachutist's wings|
|King Hussein and Queen Noor Royal Family||King Hussein wearing the famous Koufiyyah||King Hussein among his soldiers||King Hussein takes a break during a match|
|King Hussein comforts son of a soldier killed in action||King Hussein takes a break during exercises||King Hussein piloting his private plane||King Hussein reviews his troops|
|King Hussein in his radio room||King Hussein is welcomed by Thai children||King Hussein with Queen Noor||King Hussein at the Great Wall of China|
Original Photos by Zohrab Markarian