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Lucifer Secedes

Benson C Saili
THIS EARTH, MY BROTHER…

Archangel moves to found his own self-governing domain

For the first time in the Heavenly realms, that is, the Central Universe, there was schism. There was division among the angelic race, with one faction being pro-Lucifer and the other, which was led by Michael, ranged against him. The Paal Taal, on the other hand, were all in one accord.  If Lucifer thought his vexations were going to cause ructions among them, he was dead wrong.

The debate was long and protracted. Lucifer was not simply dismissively brushed off: he was given a just and exhaustive hearing. Lucifer fancied himself as the brightest and ablest of the angelic race and this gifting went to his head – literally and figuratively. He had convinced himself that although he lacked the surpassing inventiveness of the Paal Taal, he was intellectually head and shoulders above them.  He considered himself flawless in his judgement.     

Having sat in their counsels, the Paal Taal finally rendered their verdict. Lucifer’s petition was thrown out. Whilst they regarded his wishes as noble and considerate, they feared that if the angels incarnated into the physical realms and lived side by side with humanoids, the latter were likely to receive them as gods, with the result that the now deified angels might unintentionally mislead the humanoids and consequently stall their spiritual evolution instead of helping advance it. 

Lucifer therefore had to be content with the original role that was assigned to the angelic race – that of ministering to the needs of humanoids and from the safe distance of the Heavenly realm. The physical realm remained a no-go area for the angels.  

No sooner had the judgement been pronounced by the Paal Taal than archangel Michael counter-petitioned. Michael put it to the Paal Taal that Lucifer’s rash act had sullied the Heavenly realm and that it would probably never be the same again considering that the angelic race were now at odds with one another. 

Thus if Lucifer was allowed to get away scotfree, there would be two centres of power among the angelic race and fissures would persist forever. Michael therefore besought the Paal Taal to expel Lucifer and the third of the angelic host that had rallied behind
him from the Heavenly realms.

Just like they had intently listened to archangel Lucifer, the Paal Taal did likewise in the case of archangel Michael.  Michael’s arguments had its merits. However, the Paal Taal were of the view that if Lucifer had erred he deserved a second chance. There is no sin too heinous to be forgiven, they pointed out. The Paal Taal themselves actually undertook to do their utmost to ensure that they reconciled the two factions that had arisen on account of Lucifer’s dissension.

That was how things would have panned out had the wishes of the Paal Taal been allowed to be put to the test.   The fact of the matter, sadly, was that the Paal Taal were not given a chance to act out their desire to attempt to paper over the cracks in the angelic edifice.  Standing in their way was none other than Lucifer himself.

LUCIFER BREAKS AWAY

Lucifer stunned the Paal Taal when he put it to them that in fact he no longer wished to remain in the Central Universe and continue to be subject to the draconian Paal Taal but wanted to found his own physical domain which he would rule and where his aspirations would be pursued without impediment. In other words, he wanted to secede from the Heavenly realms. And not only that: he wanted to create his own soul-carrier that would make it possible for angels to dwell in the physical realm.

Now, we did point out at some stage that Superuniverse No. 7, our universe, is not a theocracy where the wishes of the Paal Taal reign supreme. It is a free will universe where beings are free to actuate their every wish, whether it impacts them positively or adversely in the final analysis. The Paal Taal’s hands were therefore tied: they would not stand in Lucifer’s way. However, they did warn him of the full ramifications of his deviance.  

First, the Paal Taal had the title deeds to the entire universe, having fashioned it along with God.  Moreover, whilst they themselves ran the outlying realms of the Central Universe, they had given the humanoids the power of attorney over the physical universe. Put differently, only two races had jurisdiction in Superuniverse No.7 – the Paal Taal and the humanoids. Thus, there was no place for Lucifer to operate in the whole universe.  He could not simply carve out his own domain from the cosmic fabric that was already in existence: he would have to create his own universe from scratch!  

Second, by going against the sacrosanct code of the Paal Taal, Lucifer would lose that quantum connection to God every being had. He would no longer be part of the unification force that linked all sentient beings to First Source. This was analogous to a light bulb going flat and without the possibility of recharging it to restore the electrical connection to mains.

Third, the Paal Taal had a patent on humanoid DNA. So if Lucifer wished to create his own soul-carrier, he would have to devise his own DNA to activate these soul-carriers. Under no circumstances would he be allowed to harness the workings of the patented humanoid DNA, which in any case was replete with encryptions not even a being of Lucifer’s IQ would be able to hack into.  

All the consequences that would come with Lucifer’s course of action were spelt out to him and he was even given time to reconsider. Lucifer, however, was adamant, such was his unwavering self-belief. As such, he declared that his decision was irrevocable: he was setting out on his own, period.    Having done their best to dissuade him, the Paal Taal had no option but to release Lucifer along with a third of his loyalists. What emerges, therefore, is that contrary to what is preached in church pulpits, Lucifer wasn’t expelled from the Heavenly realms: he broke away of his own accord.  Moreover, it was not with God that Lucifer had beef: it was with the Paal Taal. Lucifer had never even seen God.

In the Bible, Lucifer’s secession is superficially related in REVELATION: 12:7-9. The incident is referred to as a “war” though it was by no means an armed conflict but a war of words. Over the ages, there have been several derivative stories from the same event but the archetype story is the one we’re relating:  all others are patterned after this one as we shall see in due course.  

With Lucifer’s breakaway, the archangel Michael took his place as the superintending angel.

LUCIFER CREATES A COUNTERFEIT UNIVERSE

How was Lucifer going to create his own universe?

The proposition was a tall order. It was akin to asking King Kong to design and develop  New York City. The existing universe was created by the Paal Taal under the direct guidance and supervision of God. If  it took God to fashion the universe, then how could Lucifer, a mere creature and who was probably not half as capable as the Paal Taal, pull off a similar feat? It simply was not possible especially at this stage of his evolution as a spirit-soul.

Even the Paal Taal on their own would never be able to construct their own, viable universe at this stage without God’s direct involvement. Such a capacity had to be earned. It could only be attained when a being was fully evolved for it did not depend upon raw intelligence: it depended upon the degree of purity of one’s soul. And only God at this juncture was a pure soul.   

Since Lucifer could not replicate the methods the Paal Taal had used to bring about the physical universe, he decided to create a counterfeit one. This was going to be a holographic universe, a virtual reality universe similar to the world of cyberspace. This artificial world was going to be only loosely based on the real physical universe humanoids occupied, which we now call the Old Universe.  It was going to be built on material that was only a weak imitation of the building blocks  of the Old Universe. Although it would be a bogus, pantomime universe, it would still be viable and capable of housing life because a spirit-soul can inhabit anything: it is not limited in anyway.

Lucifer’s universe was going to be founded on his own devised quantum and structural  laws. These laws would be based on a methodology he himself had invented but which was not applicable either in the central Universe or the Old Universe. This methodology is what we call mathematics. It was Lucifer who invented mathematics folks and its related branches such as physics and what is known as sacred geometry. Lucifer is the greatest scientist whoever lived because he is the inventor of science. Remember, he wasn’t simply an ordinary angel: he was an archangel, one of the first such angels to be created.  He therefore did have plenty of “grey matter”.

Employing very sophisticated techniques of a primeval brand of algorithm engineering that even today is inconceivable to the mind of ordinary man, Lucifer formulated his first frequency spectrum, his first medium of existence. That would be the headquarters of his fake universe. Now, just like God created his own multiverse and then entered it to live in it like the way we build houses or mansions and then occupy them, Lucifer along with his loyal angels entered the synthetic universe he had created to dwell in it.  

The creation story recorded in Genesis is not about God, the First Source, creating the cosmos. It is about Lucifer creating the cosmos, his fake universe in which we dwell. God had nothing to do with the creation of this artificial and jerrybuilt universe. It was all brought about by Lucifer, which explains why it is so chaotic, why even the little order there is always has to spring from chaos, one example of which is the Big Bang our cosmologists say gave rise to the cosmos. 

Note that the original Hebrew Bible does not refer to the creator of Genesis as “God”: it refers to this creator as “Elohim” (a plural term, meaning the Anunnaki). The term “God” is an English interpolation.  The writers of Genesis naively attributed the creation of the cosmos to the Anunnaki because that was the yarn they were fed. In truth, however, it was Lucifer who created this universe.

Lucifer means “light-bringer” or “illuminator”. This aspect of bringing light we find in GENESI 1:3, which reads, “And God said let there be light and there was light”. This “light” does not refer to the sun: the sun comes into existence in Verse 14.

So what was this light that was in operation ages before the sun came into existence? Well, when Lucifer created this mathematically-based, computer-generated universe like we see in the famous Matrix Trilogy movie, it was dim, not in total darkness as such (like the Internet it had a bit of artificial light) and was riddled with teething problems. “And the Earth (the cosmos) was without form and void and darkness was upon the face of the deep (space) and the spirit of God (Lucifer) moved upon the face of the waters” (the ocean of space) as per GENESIS 1:2.

The physical universe Lucifer had designed was engulfed in near-darkness. So to dispel the darkness, Lucifer lit it up from the luminosity emanating from his own person (the Bible also calls him an Angel of Light). Hence, Lucifer is a fitting epithet for him because it was he who illumined the entire universe long before the sun was created. (The universe is all light. The so-called dark matter, which comprises 96 percent of the universe, we are unable to see because our DNA has been pared down from 12 strands to 2 strands. We shall dwell on this subject fully in due course).   

LUCIFER’S TWO  HEADQUARTERS

The holographic (Internet-like) universe Lucifer created was multilayered. It had several spheres of existence. First, there was the etheric sphere; then there was the material sphere.

The etheric realm was the most sophisticated. It is said to comprise of 7 planes of existence to numerically accord with the 7 superuniverses in the entire multiverse though other sources say it actually consists of 12 planes of existence.  Using his mathematical and scientific (physics) wizardry, Lucifer created the etheric realm in such a way that it vibrated at a much faster rate at a quantum (sub-atomic) level than the material realm. The exact rate of vibration was graduated: the lower realms of the etheric realm vibrated at a comparatively lower rate than the higher realms. The first plane of existence in the etheric realm is the astral realm, where we head  at death.   The astral is also known as the Fourth Dimension. Lucifer made his etheric headquarters in the lower Fourth Dimension for  reasons we shall soon explain.

The material sphere was the realm we inhabit, the cosmos we see and feel, what we generally refer to as the universe in our day-to-day language. Note that in its formative stages, the substructure of the cosmic bodies (galaxies, planets, etc) of the universe was not as dense (solid) as it is today. It was much more fluid. As such, Lucifer was able to dwell in it but not for a lengthy period of time since his angelic constitution was not well-suited even to quasi-solidity but was better-suited to the more rarefied (finer in quantum texture) astral plane.

Just as he had a headquarters in the etheric realm,  Lucifer also had a headquarters in the physical universe. This was on a unknown planet in a galaxy known as the Whirlpool Galaxy, also called Messier 51 (M-51), which is between 25 to 38 million light years from Earth.  It was in the Whirlpool Galaxy Lucifer set to work and structure the entire physical universe using mathematics to bring about all phenomena in it.  

We are all familiar with the cross symbol, which can take the form of an X or the tri-cross (the Christian Cross). The global citizenry has  always been of the mistaken belief that the tri-cross is a symbol of Jesus Christ. It is not. The tri-cross is actually the primary symbol of the Devil  (Lucifer) disguised by  doctored history as a symbol of  “redemption” or “salvation” as Christian theologians profess.  

If you look at  the picture of the  Whirpool Galaxy as taken by the Hubble Telescope (see accompanying illustration), it’s most pronounced feature is a shape resembling either an X or a tri-cross. Clearly, the tri-cross is  fundamentally a symbol of ultimate homage to Lucifer’s headquarters in our universe – his universe to put it more accurately!

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A Begrudged Child

21st June 2022

Princess Diana was at once a child of destiny and a victim of fate

It is no secret, General Atiku, that the British monarch constitutes one of the most moneyed families on this scandalously uneven planet of the perennial haves on the one hand and the goddamn havenots (such as you and me General) on the other hand.

In terms of residences alone, the House of Windsor lays claim to some 19 homes, some official, such as Buckingham Place and Windsor Castle, for instance, and the greater majority privately owned.
Arguably the most eminent of its private residences is Sandringham House at Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, England.

It is at this sprawling, 8,100-hectare estate the Queen spends two months each winter, at once commemorates her father King George VI’s death and her own accession to the throne, and more often than not celebrates Christmas. King George VI and his father King George V both drew their last breath here.

A 19th century Prince of Wales, Albert Edward (who would later become King Edward VII), acquired Sandringham in 1862 and it has remained royal property ever since. On the death of King George VI in February 1952, the property passed to his successor Queen Elizabeth II, the incumbent monarch, who assigned her husband Prince Phillip its management and upkeep. The estate also houses a parish, St. Mary Magdalene Church, which the outwardly religious Queen attends every Sunday.

Albert, General, had several additional properties built on the estate the year after he acquired it, one of which was the ten-bedroomed Park House. The house was built to accommodate the overflow of guests at Sandringham House. In the 1930s, King George V leased Park House to Maurice Roche, an Irishman and a bosom friend to his second son, who at the time was Duke of York but would in future be King George VI.

Roche was the 4th Baron Fermoy, a title in the Peerage of Ireland created by Queen Victoria way back in 1856. He and his wife Ruth had three children born at Park House, the second-born of whom was Frances Ruth Roche (futuristically Frances Shand Kydd), born in January 1936.

In 1956, Frances married John Spencer, a fellow noble, and following an “uneasy spell” at Althorp, the Spencer family estate of 500 years, the couple took up residence at Park House, which would be their home for the next 19 years. On July 1, 1961, Frances, then aged 25, and John, then aged 37, welcomed into the world their thirdborn child and youngest daughter, Diana Frances Spencer.

She would, on a positive note, become Her Royal Highness Princess Diana of Wales and the most famous and popular member of the Royal family. On the flip side of the coin, she would, as you well know General, become the most tragic member of the Royal family.

GIRL CHILD WHO SHOULD HAVE BEEN A BOY

If there was one thought that constantly nagged at Diana as a youngster, General, it was the “guilt” of having been born anyway. Her parents first had two daughters in succession, namely Elizabeth Sarah, born in 1955, and Cynthia Jane, born in 1957. Johnnie was displeasured, if not downright incensed, that his wife seemed incapable of producing a male child – a heir – who he desperately needed as an aristocrat.

He even took the trouble of having his wife see a series of doctors in a bid to establish whatever deficiency she possessed in her genetic make-up and whether it was possible to correct it. At the time, General, it was not known that it is the man who determines a child’s sex and not the woman.

John’s prayers, if we can call them that General, were as much answered as they were unanswered. The longed-for male heir was born on January 12, 1960. Named John after his father, he was, as per the official version of things, practically stillborn, being so piteously deformed and gravely ill that he was dead in a matter of only ten hours, a development of which Earl Spencer would in future remark thus, albeit with tongue-in-cheek: “It was a dreadful time for my parents and probably the root of their divorce because I don’t think they ever got over it.”

Again as per the official version, General, John was gutted and hurriedly got into stride, this time around utterly positive that having had two daughters in succession, it would be two sons in succession. But nature, General, is seldom that predictable or orderly.

The next child was in fact a daughter, the now iconic Diana, for the third time around. Although John is recorded as having marvelled at what a “perfect physical specimen” her newly-born daughter was, he was forlorn beneath the façade, as a result of which Diana, who as a child did sense a lingering frustration on the part of her father on her account, would openly intuit that she was an unwelcome child, a “nuisance to have around”, thanks to her “failure” to be born a boy. From a very age thus, General, Diana had concluded that she was not well-fated and presciently so!

Although the heir, Charles Spencer (the future Earl Spencer) finally arrived on May 20, 1964, Diana perceived very little if any change in the way she was contemplated by her parents. In fact, both she and Charles could not desist from wondering whether had John lived, they would have been born at all. Seemingly, they came to be simply because their father was desperate for a heir and not necessarily that he wanted two more children.  With the birth of Charles, General, John called it a day as far as the process of procreation was concerned.

GODDESS OF THE HUNT

Why was Diana so named, General? Throughout her life, it was taken as an article of faith that her name derived from Lady Diana Spencer, a member of the Spencer clan who lived between 1710 and 1735, dying at a pitifully tender age of only 25. Certainly, the two namesakes turned out to have precious much in common as we shall unpack at a later stage, as if the latter-day Diana’s life was deliberately manoeuvred to more or less sync with the ancestral Diana.

It emerged, however, General, that the connection to an ancestor was actually secondary, or maybe incidental. The primary inspiration of the name was at long last disclosed by Earl Spencer on September 7, 1997, the day of Princess Diana’s burial. Delivering the elegantly crafted eulogy, Earl Spencer had this to say in relation to her naming: “It is a point to remember that of all the ironies about Diana, perhaps the greatest was this – a girl given the name of the ancient goddess of hunting was, in the end, the most hunted person of the modern age.”

It is significant, if not curious, General, that of John’s three daughters, only Diana was given the name of a goddess. Clearly, there must have been a special reason for this as aristocrats do not confer names casually: every name carries a metaphorical, symbolic, or intentional message. Typically, it honours an iconic personage or spirit or somebody lesser but who evokes memories anyway.

Elizabeth Sarah, for instance, was in all probability named after the Queen’s mother, whose decades-long inner circle included Diana’s paternal and maternal grandmothers, and an ancestor going by the name Sarah Jennings (1760-1744). Charles Spencer was named after the family’s greatest forbearer, King Charles 1 of England, Scotland, and Ireland from 1625-1649. The ill-fated John was of course named after his father, who in turn was likely named after the 5th Earl Spencer, John Poyntz Spencer (1835-1910).

On occasion in occultic families, as the Spencer family latterly have been, a name, General, connotes a bad futuristic omen associated with its bearer and that was precisely the case with Diana.

THE FIRST DIANA

In its ancient rendering, the name Diana meant “The Heavenly One”, or goddess being a feminine style. The first Diana, General, was Inanna, an Anunnaki goddess whose Akkadian name was Ishtar – Esther in English. As you well know General, the Anunnaki are the Old Testament gods, Aliens from the planet Nibiru, the Solar System’s little-known planet which is seen only once in 3600 years, and who came to Earth 432,000 years ago as we comprehensively set down in the Earth Chronicles series.

The name Inanna is Sumerian, the Sumerians being the best-known civilisation of old who thrived around modern-day Iraq (called Sumer in ancient times) about 6000 years ago and who were indirectly governed by the Anunnaki. It was abbreviated from Nin-An-Ak, meaning “Lady of Heaven and Earth” or “Lady of the God of Heaven and Earth”.

She was so-called, General, not because she had particularly special godly qualities but owing to the fact that she was the earthly mistress of Anu, “Our Father Who Art In Heaven”, the King of the planet Nibiru, which humans of the day perceived as Heaven.

Anu was the father of Enlil, the principal Jehovah of the Bible. Enlil in turn had a second-born son called Nannar-Sin, the first Anunnaki to be born on Earth and who eventually became the Allah of Islam. It was Sin who fathered Inanna. Thus Inanna was Anu’s great-granddaughter but every time he visited Earth, Anu was sexually entertained by the stunningly beautiful Inanna, an act which in Anunnaki culture was not frowned upon.

Inanna was amongst other appellations known as the Goddess of Hunting (because of her penchant for, and skill in, waging war) and the Goddess of Love (in the sense of licentious love-making and not conventional moral love). Her other names in different parts of the world and across the ages were Irnin; Anunitu (Beloved of Anu); Aphrodite; Ashtoreth; Astarte; and Artemis, to mention only a few.

Although her celestial counterpart was the planet Venus, she was also loosely associated with the constellation Virgo as well as the moon. Once upon a time, when she was a virgin, Virgo was dedicated to her by her grandfather Jehovah-Enlil, who was Earth’s Chief Executive until circa 2024 BC. With regard to the moon, it primarily had to do with her twin brother Utu-Shamash, whose celestial counterpart was the sun: as such, Inanna’s inevitably had to be the moon. That, however, was only in a putative sense in that the operative moon god of the day was her father Sin.

Since moonlight effectively turns darkness into relative daylight, Inanna has in legends been referred to as Diana Lucifera, the latter term meaning “light-bringer”. Inanna’s association with the moon, General, partly explains why she was called the “Heavenly One” since the moon is a heavenly body, that is, a firmament-based body. It also explains why she was also known as Luna, which is Latin for moon.

A STEERED LIFE FOR GOOD OR ILL

Now, children of royals, aristocrats and other such members of high society, General, are invariably named before they are born. True, when a Prince William or Prince George comes along, the word that is put out into the public domain is that several names have been bandied about and the preferred one will “soon be announced”. That, General, is utter hogwash.

No prince, princess, or any other member of the nobility for that matter, is named at or sometime after their birth. Two names, a feminine and a masculine one, are already finalised whilst the child is in the womb, so that the name the child eventually goes by will depend on no other factor beside its gender.

Princess Diana, General, was named a full week after her birth, as if consultations of some sort with certain overarching figures had to be concluded first and foremost. Apparently, the broader outlines of her future first had to be secretly mapped out and charted in the manner of a child of destiny, though in her case she was as much a child of destiny as she was a doomed child. In her childhood reminiscences, Diana does hint at having been tipped to the effect that she was a special child and therefore had to scrupulously preserve herself.

“I always felt very different from somebody else, very detached,” she told her biographer Andrew Morton as per his 1992 book Diana Her True Story – In Her Own Words. “I knew I was going somewhere different but had no idea where. I said to my father when I was 13, ‘I know I am going to marry someone in the public eye’.” That, General, speaks volumes on the deliberately designed grooming she was subjected to in the formative years of her pilgrimage in life.

Since it was repeatedly drummed in her highly impressionable mind that there was something big in store for her along the way, Diana, General, remained chaste throughout her upbringing, if not an outright virgin to in all probability conform to the profile of the goddess Diana/Inanna before she exploded into a lecherous, loose-mannered nymphomaniac in her adult life as we underscored in the Earth Chronicles series. “By the time I got to the top of the school,” Diana said to Morton, “all my friends had boyfriends but not me because I knew somehow that I had to keep myself very tidy for whatever was coming my way.”

A DISPARAGED BIRTH?

Unusual for an aristocrat, General, Diana was born not in the rather apt precincts of a high-end hospital but within the banality of Park House itself. Whether hired midwives were on hand to help usher her into the world or it was only her dad, mum and closer womenfolk relations who did we can only speculate.

If for one reason or the other her parents were desirous that she be delivered at home, what secret rites did they perform as her mother’s waters broke, General? What incantations, if at all, did John utter over her? Was her birth an occultic one with all the attendant paraphernalia as opposed to a conventional one?

That Diana’s arrival was not a particularly cherished event, General, is evidenced by the fact that she was christened within the Sandringham Estate, at St. Mary Magdalene Church, with only well-to-do commoners in attendance, whereas the more prized child, her younger brother Charles, was christened at Westminster Abbey, in the presence of the Queen, who was designated as his principal godmother.

Anyhow, it was just as well, General, that it was in the hallowed environs of St. Mary Magdalene Church that Diana was committed to the “The Lord” as she was in a manner of speaking the Mary Magdalene of our day.

NEXT WEEK: A FAMILY THAT DABBLED IN WITCHCRAFT

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Challenges in our lives

21st June 2022

Allah Almighty reminds us: ‘On no soul does Allah place a burden greater than it can bear’ (Qur’an 2:286). Also: “Be patient. Surely, Allah is with those who are the patient.” [Qur’an 8: 46].

Without fail, whether we like it or not there are times in our lives when many things seem to go wrong and as mere humans we go into a panic syndrome and are left wondering; why me? Why now? What have I done to deserve this? We are all tested with adversity, hard times and pain, but these tribulations are the Almighty’s way of transforming us and help us develop spiritually.

As mere humans we all have different reactions when something good or bad happens to us, and usually our reactions depend on the strength of our religious belief and of our righteous deeds and actions.

One person may receive blessings and goodness with gratitude and accepts the bad challenges and patches in his life with perseverance and endurance. This positive attitude brings him peace of mind and happiness, causing his grief, anxiety and misery to ease. Thus, this positivity brings a balance and contentment in his life.

On the other hand another person receives blessings and goodness with arrogance and transgression; his manners degenerate and become evil; he receives this goodness and utilizes it in an unthinking and uncaring manner; it does not give him any peace of mind as his mind is always distressed, nervous and restless.

Thus when faced with loss and difficulty, due to his arrogant nature, he begins to ask why me? What have I done to deserve this and he may even damn and curse others and thinks that they are plotting his downfall.

But every now and then we should stop to ponder over the blessings both apparent and hidden from The Almighty upon us, it is only then that we will realise that our Lord has granted us abundant blessings and protected us from a number of evils; this will certainly ease our grief and anxiety and bring about a measure of happiness and contentment.

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “Look to those who are lower than you (those who possess less than you) and do not look to those higher than you; this will make you appreciate the bounties of Allah upon you.”

Whether we are believers or disbelievers, virtuous or sinful, most of us are to a certain degree able to adapt and condition ourselves to face adversity and remain calm during these moments of challenge, uncertainty and upheaval.

When people receive affliction with fear, discontent, sorrow and despair; their life becomes miserable, they panic and become short tempered. Such people are unable to exercise patience remain restless, stressed and cannot find contentment that could make life easier for them.

On the other hand, due to a believer’s strong faith and reliance on Allah, it makes him persevere and he emerges stronger than others in difficult situations as this reduces his fear and anxiety and that ultimately makes matters easier for him. If he is afflicted with sickness, poverty or any other affliction, he is tranquil and content and has no desire for anything which has not been decreed for him.

‘If Allah touches you with affliction, none can remove it but He; if He touches you with happiness, He has power over all things’ (Qur’an 6: 17).Therefore the believer prays to his Lord: ‘Our Lord, condemn us not if we forget or fall into error…lay not on us a burden greater than which we have the strength to bear’ (Qur’an 2:286)

However, the one who is weak in faith will be just the opposite; he becomes anxious, nervous, confused and full of fear. The anxiety and paranoia will team up against him because this person does not have the faith that could enable him to persevere during tough times, he is less likely to handle the pressures and will be left in a somewhat troubled and depressed state of mind.

It is natural that as humans we are always fearful of losing the things that we have acquired; we desire and cherish them and we are anxious to acquire more, because many of us will never reach a point where we are satisfied with the material things in life.

When certain frightening, disturbing or unsettling events occur, like emergencies or accidents we find that a person with sound faith is calm, steadfast, and able to cope with the situation and handle the hardship he is going through; such a person has conditioned himself to face afflictions and this makes his heart stronger and more steadfast, which gives him a level of tranquillity.

This shows the difference between a person who has strong belief and acts accordingly, and another who is not at this level of faith. Due to the strong belief of the true believer he is content with whatever Allah Almighty has decreed,

This life is full of ups and downs and uncertainties, but the only certain thing is that from the moment we are born we will be tested with life’s challenges throughout our entire lives, up to and to the final certainty, death. ‘Be sure We shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods or lives, or the fruits of your toil, but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere’ (Qur’an2:155).

The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “How wonderful is the matter of the believer! All of his matters are good and this is the case for nobody except a believer. If he is blessed with prosperity he thanks (Allah Almighty) and that is good for him; and if he is afflicted with adversity he is patient and perseveres and that is also good for him.”

During those challenging times you have three choices: either you can let them define you, let them destroy you; or you can let them strengthen you.

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Train Spotting

21st June 2022

Here in Botswana we are in the throes of winter chills, currently experiencing the tail-end of a deep freeze in South Africa which has brought snow to parts of the Karoo. Conversely, over in the United Kingdom, they are moving into summer and there is a mini heatwave happening, with temperatures in the thirties.

Both countries have one thing in common – they are heavily reliant on tourism revenues and both have accordingly suffered due to Covid which severely curtailed all movement and travel, most of all for leisure and pleasure. However, earlier this year the UK cast off the last of its Covid restrictions and travel requirements and basically declared the pandemic to be over. Britain was back in business!

So the very hard-hit hospitality sectors finally had some good news. The crowds would be returning, needing hotel and bed & breakfast accommodation, snacks and sit-down meals, pub lunches and all manner of ancillary services. Other related sectors also put out the metaphorical flags – theatres, cinemas, theme parks, camping & caravan sites, all of which had suffered hugely during the pandemic and all could now re-open their doors to paying punters.

If you’ve ever visited the UK you will know of its many attractions. London is not only a vibrant, multi-cultural city, it is also very historic, with centuries-old palaces and cathedrals and world-class galleries and museums. Outside the capital, there is glorious scenery, from rolling pastures in the south to the breath-taking Lake District and the Highlands and lovely lochs to the far north in Scotland plus all manner of coastal delights and cultural experiences.

For everyone even remotely involved in leisure, hospitality and entertainment, it was cash registers and swipe machines at the ready!

But then green for go suddenly and without warning changed to red for stop. It began with misery for air passengers. Only last week the UK Guardian reported ‘It has been another ” week of chaos at UK airports, with hundreds of flights cancelled and holidaymakers facing long queues, with reports of waits of up to eight hours. Pent-up demand for travel and staff shortages have combined to put pressure on airports and airlines.’

The Prospect union, which represents thousands of aviation staff, ” warned on Tuesday that “things could get worse this summer before they get better”, quoting staff shortages across the industry, with a huge reliance on overtime to get by day to day. The problem stemmed from the massive, industry-wide lay-offs over Covid and a sector seemingly taken by surprise by the lifting of travel restrictions. Airlines are now scrambling to replace staff made redundant, many of whom were forced to find employment in other sectors.

In addition some specialised staff such are aircrew had no option but to let their licences lapse and now find themselves technically not fit for flying duties. Ironically, one of the country’s largest and longest-established airline – British Airways – appears to be the one most severely affected with many of their former cabin crew members reporting that they had been laid off during the downturn with the promise of potential re-employment later but who are now being told their services are not required.

One BA pilot has warned of potential staff exodus and further delays that could last through to winter. When talking about ongoing staff shortages in the industry he predicted: “We might be correctly crewed by winter time. There is no chance this will be sorted this summer.

The last month (August) might be okay.” UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps put the blame squarely on the industry for the widespread chaos, saying some airlines had cut too many staff during the pandemic. “The decisions as to whether or not to lay off in the end were airlines’ decisions. They clearly in the end, looking back, cut too far on that,” he told the BBC.

Lufthansa is also joining the party in announcing cancellations. The airline will be scrapping 900 flights from its schedule, from next month. Affected flights will predominantly be on Fridays and weekends to a number of European destinations, from Frankfurt and Munich.

The airline stated: “After …two years of the pandemic, Lufthansa group airlines report high demand for air travel this summer……At present, however, the infrastructure has not yet been fully restored. The entire aviation industry, especially in Europe, is currently suffering from bottlenecks and staff shortages. This affects airports, ground handling services, air traffic control, and also airlines.”

Of course some flights are taking place and some tourists are managing to make it into the UK on a much-needed holiday but for many of them sadly, the airport might be as far as they get because to add to the flight misery, members of two large transport union, the RMT and Unite, will bring the London Underground to a grinding halt next week with planned strike action.

Simultaneously, but in a separate dispute, other RMT members will also be staging a series of strikes on Network Rail and other mainline UK train operators. So should those tourists wish to proceed to some of the country’s top holiday destinations, they’d be well advised to seek an alternative means of transport.

Economists are already predicting this wave of strikes to cost the UK economy at least £91million, according to the Centre for Economics and Business Research, proving devastating for the night-time and hospitality industries in particular. Hospitality chiefs estimated the national rail strike alone will cost the sector £540million over the week amid a 20 per cent drop in sales, the combination of which will hit ‘fragile consumer confidence’ and could ‘deliver a fatal financial blow’ to some firms.

In response, Transport for London (TFL), presumably in all seriousness, said its teams from Santander Cycles will be ensuring hire bicycles are ‘distributed at key locations according to demand’ and told commuters that ‘walking or cycling may be quicker for some journeys’ during the strike action.

Sounds to me like the message is ‘On yer bike’!

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