I have had the honour to be created a Prince of the Royal Principality of the Upper Region of Hiran, Royal House Shikal, Somalia. The Head of the Royal House Shikal is H.E. and H.R.H. the Ambassador, Federal, Special Police and Military Colonel (G.di F.), Royal Prince Professor Dr Ali M. (Moallim) Hussen, son of the late traditional King of the Hiran Region of Somalia, H.R.H. the Prince Moallim Hussen, descendant of the Sultanate of Mudaffar.
Prince Ali M. Hussen was Minister of Justice for the Horn of Africa from 1965 to 1967. He served as Somalian Ambassador to the the Holy See/Vatican City during the incumbency of President Major-General Mohamed Siad Barre (1990) and subsequently became Ambassador of the Transitional National Government of Somalia for Italy. Prince Ali was Shaykh/Sheik of Tariqah Qadiriyyah of Sufism, and President from 1981 to August 2003 (when he retired due to health problems) of the Associazione Musulmani Italiani (A.M.I./Association of Italian Muslims (established in Naples in 1982 and heir of the Associazione Musulmana del Littorio, Muslim Association of Littorio (Fasces), co-founded by H.R.H. Prince Moallim Hussen in 1937). Prince Ali was also an Islamic Judge (Qadi) and Professor of Islam, from 1970, by a Decree of the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, Shaykh Abd al-Aziz ibn Baz.