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Lucifer’s Scaly Vassals

Benson C Saili

Fallen archangel creates Reptilian and  Gray soul-carriers  as instruments to help effect his malevolent agenda against humanoids

Once Lucifer had created this artificial and multidimensional universe and indwelt it along with a third of the angelic race who had broken away with him from the Central Universe, the consequences were not long in coming. Now, all sentient beings who arose from the genetic blueprint of the Paal Taal had an energetic connection to First Source, the God of our multiverse. 

This is something similar to an umbilical cord but an energetic one, meaning it is not visible or even apparent but is demonstrable through upstanding thoughts and actions.  The Paal Taal, the humanoids, and the angels all had this energetic connection.

When Lucifer and his angels evacuated from the Heavenly realms, however,  and took residence in this holographic universe of  theirs, the energetic connection to God was immediately severed. What that entailed was that Lucifer and his angels no longer had an energy source to sustain them as viable beings. 

They had to create their own energy source if they were to continue to exist. This outcome is what is generally referred to as The Fall, although it is grossly misrepresented in the pulpits. It is a resultant fall from God’s grace and not a punitive expulsion.  

Of course The Fall did not take Lucifer by surprise: he had been warned by the Paal Taal that it was inevitable. However, Lucifer had such unflappable confidence in his abilities that to him, there was no problem that was insoluble,  no wall too high to scale. He was a unflinching believer in the maxim that where there is a will, there is always a way.  

As an archangel, he wasn’t exactly like the rest of the angels under him. He exuded a lot of energetic light of his own which would make that of the sun appear like a mere pinprick.  This light was brilliant enough to illuminate the entire universe he had created.

The angels also did emanate a certain degree of  light which was not of the same radiance and intensity as  Lucifer’s. The problem was that now that all the fallen angels had been disconnected from the God force, the light they shone forth (and which also automatically nourished them) would no longer endure. 

It would completely extinguish at some stage. And once that came to be, all the fallen angels would cease to exist.  This cessation of  life would not be like the kind that occurs to us when we die. In our case, death is simply a transition from one realm of existence, the physical, to another realm, the etheric. In the case of the fallen angels, it would be total dissolution, meaning extinction.    

Meanwhile, the Paal Taal still kept the door open for Lucifer. If he, along with his followers, realised the error of  his ways in time, disbanded his highly vulnerable  cyberspace-like universe and beat a path back to the Heavenly realms with cap in hand, he would be forgiven and reinstated as archangel. 

All would be forgotten. Once again, Christendom completely misses the mark when it preaches that “the Devil has already been judged and therefore is no longer eligible for God’s forgiveness”. That is simply not true. Our creators have inexhaustible  reserves of  mercy. “Blasphemy” is a figment purely of somebody’s fertile imagination. When Jesus said “forgive seventy times seven times”, he knew what he was talking about.  

Lucifer, however, was just too proud and resolute to buckle at the knees and seek forgiveness of any kind from anybody: it was simply inconceivable. To him, it was the Paal Taal whose folly had to be exposed and not his. He was determined to demonstrate to them that they were dead wrong and he was right. He wanted to show them that he was perfect in wisdom and that the Paal Taal would never pit their wits against him.


With the creation of  this synthetic universe (that is, an imitation of the real natural physical universe called the Old Universe, where the humanoids dwelt), Lucifer had accomplished one of his goals: he had become a god. He had his own domain and his own subjects, the third of the  angelic race that had seceded with him. But since he and his angels had lost the vital energetic connection to God, he was aware he might not  retain this sovereignty for long as any time he could expire for good and all his well-laid-down plans would come to naught. So he hatched a very clever but diabolical plan.

The humanoids who occupied the Old Universe still had the energetic connection to First Source. They had the energetic “electricity” so to say in abundance and which would never dissipate. Besides, thanks to their special, versatile  DNA, humanoids were adaptable to thriving  both in the spiritual and physical realms, even a fake one such as Lucifer’s as he  had mathematically constructed it in such a way that it had vibrational compatibility with the Old Universe to a more or less degree. 

Lucifer therefore reasoned that if he lured the humanoids to descend into his own synthetic universe, he could tap into their energetic pool and  use  them as a power source – as a kind of battery to power him and his fallen angels in perpetuity. That way, he and his angels would never become extinct.

If Lucifer had to accomplish this goal, the humanoids had to be enticed to come and dwell  in his  material realm, which was denser and comparatively nebulous and where therefore his deception would not be apparent. Lucifer’s universe as we showed last week was divided into the high-vibrating etheric realm and the low-vibrating material realm, the one we reside in.  In the material realm, plans and wishes, as well as reactions to these, crystallized very slowly and so it would be ages before the victims of the deception saw through the overall  cunning and duplicity if at all and began to fruitfully fight it.  

If Lucifer were able to coax the humanoids into permanently dwelling in his make-believe universe, they would empower him and his angels in two ways – first, through generating low-vibrating energy that he would fuel through propagating ongoing feuding and warfare, all manner of polarity, disease and infirmity, suffering, hardship, lack, fear, perpetual worry and anxiety, etc; and second, by way of getting them to worship him whether wittingly or unwittingly through the creation, subtly, of  religions such as Judaism, Christianity, and a host of others. We have already underscored the fact that worship is vampirism. When you worship something, you drain yourself of the divine energy innate in you and gift it to the very force you are worshipping.

The more you worship something, the more powerful it becomes at your expense and the firmer the hold it has on you both at the conscious and subconscious level. It will be able to influence the trajectory of your life at will since by worshipping it you have voluntarily empowered it to be Lord and Master of your destiny: you have of your own free will  offered yourself to be used as the instrument of its vile and vicious agenda. Jesus was spot-on when he said the Kingdom of God was in us and not outside us.


In those primeval days, planetary bodies were not as dense as they are today because they were in their formative stages. Thus Lucifer and his angels were able to stay in the material universe for long periods of time at a stretch. They were more comfortable in the etheric realm, which was vibrationally more conducive to their wellbeing.  But Lucifer wanted his angels to dwell in the material universe indefinitely so that they could sabotage the humanoids he intended to lure into it.  As the cosmic bodies became more solid, that would not be possible because angels were not designed to occupy the material realms.

In order to get around this hurdle, Lucifer set out  to create a soul-carrier similar to that of humanoids of the Old  Universe.   Like everything else Lucifer brought into existence, this soul-carrier was based on mathematics, from which all sciences derive. It did not carry the humanoid DNA the Paal Taal had created and to which they had exclusive rights. As a result, it was not natural but synthetic. The underlying raw material Lucifer used to create this soul-carrier was light. This was not his own light but that of the sun around which the  planet he dwelt in the Whirlpool Galaxy revolved.  

Says Jamisson Neruda, a turncoat who once worked for  the covert R&D outfit known as the Labyrinth Group that has been working with Aliens from the Sirius star system since the 1950s: “Lucifer created a synthetic physical structure that could accommodate the quantum requirements of an angel. It was a very effective structure.” However, Lucifer rigged his soul-carrier in such a way that the spirit-soul of the angels who indwelt it lost a sense of identity with who exactly they were pre-incarnation. 

They became totally oblivious to the fact of their being angels and developed the mindset that they  were mortal and therefore susceptible not only to death but to extinction as well. That way, these incarnated angels with a now dumbed-down consciousness would best fulfill Lucifer’s designs on the humanoids he was planning to cajole out of the Old Universe.  

What was the result? Jamisson Neruda: “This experimental species inclined toward a very strong survival complex because it feared extinction so deeply … This survival complex created a species that over-compensated its fear of extinction by developing a very powerful group mind…  It was the equivalent of unifying the species as a whole in the physical reality membrane (this artificial universe) of their planetary system.  The angels that entered this system (through the synthetic soul-carrier Lucifer created)  lost their memory of their angelic natures and became more interested in operating as a single collective, than as individuals.”

All said, what Lucifer had done was create the first animal syndrome in this universe. Animals have a group consciousness, also called a beehive mentality,  and this is what Lucifer did to his angels: he turned them into  docile animals, literally and figuratively as we shall see,  to pander to and serve  his cosmic agenda and not their own. 

Remember, he was now their god and he called the shots. He had become their god by sleight of hand. He had asked all his angels to voluntarily “sell”  their souls to him as a sign that they were hundred percent loyal to him. As angels, they had never experienced deception before and so were easy pickings for his guile.

They all voluntarily did likewise and since this was an  exercise of their own free will, Lucifer was karmically blameless. . When you sell your soul to another being, you cede your freedom of conscience to that being and are under obligation to do his every bidding without question. Put differently, you are at his mercy and are at his beck and call round-the-clock to carry out his stratagems.


Lucifer created two types of soul-carriers to house angels he intended to incarnate into his physical realm. The primary one was Reptilian in nature. It had scales, fangs, horns, claws, eyes with vertical pupils, and a tail. It was a huge creature. 

The other kind was much smaller in size and looked very much like a developing foetus in its bodily features.  This fell into a category that in ufology is known as Grays. The purpose of the Grays was to serve the Reptilians as kind of minions. Even among the Reptilian species, there was a pecking order.

The seniormost, for instance, had wings and so could fly. These were the royal Reptilians. The caste system, it turns out, was devised by Lucifer. All Reptilians ultimately served him but they also served each other, with the lower caste serving the higher caste and the Grays been wholly at the behest of Reptilians.

In the Heavenly realms and in the Old Universe, the reverse was the case: the seniors in rank served the juniors. And this service was not servile, or slave-like: it was voluntary and cheerfully rendered duty. Lucifer’s modus operandi therefore was based on inversion – the reversal of normalcy.  

The soul-carriers Lucifer created were not fully-developed, complex and sophisticated creatures from the get-go. They were subject to the full cycle of evolution, from lower forms of life to higher order life forms eventually. Lucifer should as such be recognised as the pioneer of evolution. Reptilian life began in the sea from single-celled animals and gradually  evolved to full Reptilianhood.

Since in those days the cosmic bodies were not as dense as they are today, this evolution did not take place over millions of years: just a few scores of years. To Lucifer and his angels who did not count time in the linear way we do,  this was equivalent to just  a few days.

The  Reptilian/Gray creatures Lucifer fashioned were not completely insentient: they had a primitive consciousness that Lucifer had imparted to them. Since this consciousness was derived from his own being, it had no connection whatsoever to God.

When the creatures  had evolved to a stage that he deemed mature enough, Lucifer had some of  his angels incarnate into them from the etheric realms, the Lower Fourth Dimension which was the main base of  Lucifer and his angels. In other words, their spirit-souls entered the newly formed zygote of these creatures in the  material realm, just as we all do when as spirit-souls we enter this world from the spiritual world through the reproductive process. The angels simply had to toe Lucifer’s line whether they liked it or not since they had sold their souls to him.    

The Paal Taal, who had been keeping tabs on  Lucifer’s activities, were alarmed by developments in his realm  in that he was getting his angels to devolve rather than evolve as spirit beings. He was not  co-working with them for constructive purposes but was manipulating them for his own egocentric ends.

Since the Paal  Taal were Lucifer’s creators, they summoned him to the Central Universe to express their concerns. Lucifer was asked  to dismantle his Reptilian/Gray project forthwith as it would have serious cosmic ramifications  over time.

Would he oblige?


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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.”


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.


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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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