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Queens Quest For Eternity

Benson C Saili
THIS EARTH, MY BROTHER…

Last week, we made mention of the MAHK Warriors. These were the Orion Queen's elite security detail in an earlier epoch who comprised of both males and females.  The MAHK Warriors, however, were not restricted to military service: they also had a R&D wing (something akin to the US’s DARPA [Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency]) which specialised in inventions that redounded to the geopolitical agenda and wellbeing of the Queen. These were mostly chemicals and genetic tinkering.

It was the female MAHK scientists who naturally deferred more to the Queen and it was them she commissioned to carry out certain projects that would not be keenly embraced by the male scientists. One of these projects was about the shortening of the lifespans of males on the SSS World. It was imperative, so the Queen reasoned, to curtail the longevity of males if the empire was to continually remain under female rule. It were mentally mature males who roused the younger generation to politics of confrontation and generally anarchic tendencies. In order to insulate her domain from possible destabilisation, the Queen had all the males of the SSS World subjected to a genetic tinkering programme that would not allow them to live beyond middle age. They passed on whilst they were in the prime of their youth, equivalent to 35-40 years here on Earth.  Apparently, they all developed a prostate-like cancer in their thirties.  The genetic tinkering programme was devised by the female MAKH scientists.

Now, if you recall, we did highlight the fact that to the Orion Queen, sex was a very big deal. She wanted to hit the highest notes of sexual bliss, a performance that would launch her into the seventh heaven, screaming and spasming all the way from sheer pleasure. As such, she kept a male harem, called the KHARIM, that served her sexually on demand. The KHARIM were picked from a catwalk-like pageantry where contestants strutted their stuff in the nude. In order to perk up the performance of the KHARIM by a bar or two, the terrifically libidinous Queen assigned her MAKH scientists to institute a KHARIM breeding programme. In this programme, the KHARIM prototypes were bred by way of in-vitro fertilisation. In other words, they were grown like a test tube baby.  That way, they were dramatically improved genetically. All adverse genes were weeded out and the good genes were enhanced so that the prototype was perfect in every respect – looks, build, height, intelligence, size of genitalia, etc.   This strategy ensured that the lucky KHARIM male who was chosen to produce offspring for the Queen would give her dazzlingly beautiful princesses who were flawless physical specimens.    

The Queen also insisted on one vital conditionality about the KHARIM breeding programme – that the prototypes be restricted to only two “peaks” of pleasure in one sexual encounter. The reason she so demanded was to ensure that she had a multiplicity of mountings from a queued-up cast of KHARIM studs that would go on all night long. She herself was indefatigable: she was administered a herbal product that invested her with inexhaustible reserves of sexual stamina by her MAKH scientists.  The Queen would in due course extend a similar breeding programme to her most loyal and faithful female aides.     

LONGEVITY SUBSTANCE IS INVENTED

On the SSS World, people lived much longer than we do on Earth (We also are supposed to live a great deal longer than we do but our genetics have been deliberately tampered with to limit our average lifespan to three score and ten – 70 years [PSALM 90:10]). But they did die eventually. The Queen of Orion decided she didn’t want to die. So she commissioned the SSS scientists to come up with a special  elixir of life nutrient for her only that would make her live indefinitely.

Since the nutrient was meant for her only, it was to be produced from her own DNA. Accordingly, the scientists extracted tissue and fluid samples from her and after exhaustive study and analysis they decided that the most promising source of the longevity nutrient was her own menstruum.   The Queen duly obliged and provided them with her royal menstruum from time to time. After years of patient research and refinement, the scientists finally had a eureka moment. They came up with a product they called S-MA,   which meant “that which makes the MA (the Queen’s most evoked title) go”. S-MA not only extended the Queen’s lifespan by hundreds of thousands of years in Earth terms    but it also increased her energy levels. Furthermore, it made her maintain her youth both externally and at the cellular level for a much longer time and so was at times referred to as the “Fountain of Youth”. And since the fluid that produced S-MA came from her womb, the royal womb became known as the Divine Womb. It was also referred to as the “Cup of Eternal Energy”. This is the source of all the legends of the so-called “Blood of the Holy Grail”, which is simply the life-extending menstruum of the Orion Queen (more on the subject when we come to the saga of the Anunnaki).  

When the Queen noted the extraordinary longevity properties of S-MA, she decreed that it be graduated in several strains. The most  powerful strain, called the Supreme S-MA, the one that conferred the longest lifespan, was restricted to her herself. Lower grade derivatives, which extended lives in only tens of thousands of years, were availed to other members of the royal family – the Queen Mother and the Princesses. The Queen promulgated a law that stipulated that anybody other than a member of the royal family who was found in possession of or using S-MA was to be summarily executed and this included the scientists themselves. Because of their phenomenally lengthened lifespans, the Orion royals became known as the Divine Family.  With time, however, the Queen relented somewhat and extended weaker versions of S-MA to various key members of her cosmic empire who were charged with administrating other worlds.

QUEEN ATTAINS “EVERLASTNG LIFE”

S-MA, however, did not confer eternity. The Queen lived for hundreds of thousands of years all right but she did eventually die. Wear and tear just could not be kept at bay forever: it did set in at long last.   Once again, the SSS scientists were put to work with a view to come up with a substance or device that would make the Queen live forever.  

Their first, closest breakthrough was the ability to reanimate a dead body. They found a way to restore a dead being to life if this being had been dead for only a few days and if he or she hadn’t suffered irreparable  organic damage and his or her tissues hadn’t atrophied to a point where they  were unsalvageable, such as in very advanced age. Once again, although this ability gave a person a new lease of life, it did not put an end to death. The Grim Reaper still lurked, always poised to strike at the opportune moment.  
The SSS scientists’ next feat was cloning. They discovered a way to duplicate the Queen’s body. This body – or several of them – was an exact copy of the Queen and was a living and breathing copy. It was kept somewhere in a subterranean chamber and meticulously taken care of.  When an organ of the Queen, such as a kidney, heart, or liver failed and therefore required replacement, the organ was harvested from the clone as captured in the 2005 movie The Island starring Djimoun Hounsou. Cloning, also called regeneration, further extended the life of the Queen by another hundreds of thousands of years. The Queen also gave the green light for her high level administrators and next of  kin to be subjected to the cloning and reanimation process too across the empire. Yet cloning  was not the ultimate solution as death could arise anyway from, say, assassination or dissolution in a liquid such as acid for instance.  What the Queen wanted was a trick that could get rid of death once and for all.

The SSS scientists, who were now called the Genesis Scientists by virtue of their ability to fashion and manipulate life, finally delivered what amounted to a silver bullet solution to the problem of death.  They devised what they called a Consciousness Transfer System. Consciousness is another name for the spirit-soul, the real  being  as the body is simply a vehicle,  a space suit.  The Genesis Scientists were able to extract  the Queen’s spirit-soul from her body when she was staring death in the face and transfer it into another living body. This ensured that she was not lost to the empire.

Initially, there was a glitch with the  Consciousness Transfer System. Two spirit-souls could not dwell in the same body and therefore the spirit-soul of the receiving body had to be expelled for good. This would make the  consciousness transfer too obvious when it was meant to be subtle. As such, the Genesis Scientists initially had to make do with two consciousnesses occupying the same body. The body would be aware of the two spirit-souls occupying it and confusion was therefore inevitable. At long last, the Genesis Scientists were able to dumb down the spirit-soul of the host body. Using mind erasure and implantation techniques, it was relegated to the subconscious, that part of the mind we almost never feel. That way, the receiving body was made to believe that the new consciousness had always been its original consciousness.  The now subconscious-based spirit-soul would only surface once in a while in the form of vivid dreams or inexplicable visions.    

The Queen now was able to transfer her consciousness into a younger and  healthier clone of herself. Writes a leading cosmic chronicler: “Should the worst conceivable circumstances occur, should the body of the Queen be severely damaged, her consciousness could be completely transferred. Combined with the successes in the regeneration and reanimation programs, the Queen was able to extend her life-span beyond any lengths  that had ever been imagined … Because of the Genesis Scientists’ advances,  she had come close to achieving immortality. While generations of her subjects lived and passed away, the Queen outlived them all. And by restricting the most elaborate processes of 'Extended Life' Sciences to herself, the Reptilian Queen ensured that she would live for millions of years and could remain the wisest, the most intelligent,  and the most experienced being in her entire empire."

In short, the Orion Queen had become a god. She was capable of living forever for as long as she was not somewhat sabotaged by her nemeses or violently terminated by her enemies. Consequently, throughout her empire,  the Queen was said to possess “Everlasting Life”.

QUEEN INSTITUTES MIND CONTROL PROGRAMMING

The one thing the Queen of Orion was most concerned about was how to restrict the knowledge of all these extended life programmes to a very tight circle so that it was not purloined and therefore mainstreamed. Even on pain of incurring the death penalty, there would be no shortage of daredevil insiders who could secretly sell the knowledge particularly to other worlds in the empire where the Queen did not have that much sway.   

In order to render the possible theft of this intellectual property basically nil, the Queen came up with a Mind Alteration Programme. This programme was devised by the MAKH scientists, the most loyal to the Crown. The programme entailed erasing and totally eliminating all subversive thoughts in every technician, scientist, or individual who was involved in the extended life programmes and replacing them with thoughts of total loyalty and obedience to the Queen. This was tantamount to turning such people into intelligent robots. The mind programming ensured that these people obeyed the Queen’s every command and that they did exactly what she wanted them to do. The mind control programme was also extended to her own daughters as well as the Queen Mother, thus eliminating any likelihood of a palace coup.   The Queen’s hunger for power seemingly knew no bounds.

Let us now take stock in the context of our day here on Earth. Have we reached a stage too where we’re able to come up with the same life extending programmes we have talked about? The answer is yes. Cloning, soul-transfer, and mind control are all taking place as we speak in absolute secrecy. Not only have whistleblowers in the West written detailed accounts  about such projects but the Illuminati themselves have indirectly clued us in through hint-dropping movies such as The Manchurian Candidate starring Denzel Washington(2004), The Island (2005), The Host (2013), and  Self/Less (2015),   all of which I recommend you watch.

Mind control has been in existence since the early 50s under the auspices of the CIA. The CIA mind control programme, dubbed Project MK Ultra, was the brainchild of Nazis who were spirited to the US at the conclusion of World War II. It was exposed in 1975 by the Church Committee of the US Congress. The CIA admitted to the programme’s existence in 1995 when some of the programme's documents were declassified under the Freedom of Information Act.

Experiments in human cloning began in the 60s and by the 80s it was all but perfected. Some of the major western political figures such as George HW Bush and Bill Clinton are said to have body doubles according to some very credible sources. In the public arena, the first human clone was announced in November 1998 by the US biotechnological company advanced Technology.  On December 26 2002, the Bahamas-based company Cloinad announced the birth of baby Eve, who was cloned from a 31-year-old American woman.

As for consciousness transfer, this has been going on since the 1940s. Here,  I’ll let Donald Marshall, who himself underwent the process at an early age,  explain how it is done: “This is accomplished by using blood or tissue samples of a person to create an identical clone body stored in a remote location, and once that person is asleep, secret technology is used to transfer their consciousness to their clone double, complete with personality and memories intact … When the person  opens his eyes, he finds himself in an identical clone body at a top secret military base but will not remember how he got into this new body …” Marshall says very few are informed that they have been cloned and have had their consciousness transferred to a clone body kept and maintained at a top secret military base. Most are told they are in another dimension or in the Astral plane.

Forever and they funded the research that led to microchip implant technology. By recording a person’s consciousness on a chip before they died, scientists were able to insert this microchip into a precise location and upload all of their memories into a clone brain. They found, however, that using clones for microchip brain implants was not ideal as clone behavior can become erratic and unreliable. The problem was solved by stealing the body of another. The stolen brain uploads the inserted memories and new programming begins to run. The victim has been successfully bodysnatched by microchip technology, allowing the dead to live on and on. These microchipheads now live among us, hopping from body to body, in essence living forever.”

NEXT WEEK:  ORION QUEEN ON RAMPAGE

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GONE FISHING

28th March 2023

In recent years, using personal devices in working environments has become so commonplace it now has its own acronym, BOYD (Bring Your Own Device).  But as employees skip between corporate tools and personal applications on their own devices, their actions introduce a number of possible risks that should be managed and mitigated with careful consideration.  Consider these examples:

Si-lwli, a small family-run business in Wales, is arguably as niche a company as you could find, producing talking toys used to promote the Welsh language. Their potential market is small, with only some 300,000 Welsh language speakers in the world and in reality the business is really more of a hobby for the husband-and-wife team, who both still have day jobs.  Yet, despite still managing to be successful in terms of sales, the business is now fighting for survival after recently falling prey to cybercriminals. Emails between Si-Iwli and their Chinese suppliers were intercepted by hackers who altered the banking details in the correspondence, causing Si-Iwli to hand over £18,000 (around P ¼ m) to the thieves. That might not sound much to a large enterprise, but to a small or medium business it can be devastating.

Another recent SMB hacking story which appeared in the Wall Street Journal concerned Innovative Higher Ed Consulting (IHED) Inc, a small New York start-up with a handful of employees. IHED didn’t even have a website, but fraudsters were able to run stolen credit card numbers through the company’s payment system and reverse the charges to the tune of $27,000, around the same loss faced by Si-Iwli.  As the WSJ put it, the hackers completely destroyed the company, forcing its owners to fold.

And in May 2019, the city of Baltimore’s computer system was hit by a ransomware attack, with hackers using a variant called RobinHood. The hack, which has lasted more than a month, paralysed the computer system for city employees, with the hackers demanding a payment in Bitcoin to give access back to the city.

Of course, hackers target governments or business giants  but small and medium businesses are certainly not immune. In fact, 67% of SMBs reported that they had experienced a cyber attack across a period of 12 months, according to a 2018 survey carried out by security research firm Ponemon Institute. Additionally, Verizon issued a report in May 2019 that small businesses accounted for 43% of its reported data breaches.  Once seen as less vulnerable than PCs, smartphone attacks are on the rise, with movements like the Dark Caracal spyware campaign underlining the allure of mobile devices to hackers. Last year, the US Federal Trade Commission released a statement calling for greater education on mobile security, coming at a time when around 42% of all Android devices are believed to not carry the latest security updates.

This is an era when employees increasingly use their smartphones for work-related purposes so is your business doing enough to protect against data breaches on their employees’ phones? The SME Cyber Crime Survey 2018 carried out for risk management specialists AON showed that more than 80% of small businesses did not view this as a threat yet if as shown, 67% of SMBs were said to have been victims of hacking, either the stats are wrong or business owners are underestimating their vulnerability.  A 2019 report by PricewaterhouseCoopers suggests the latter, stating that the majority of global businesses are unprepared for cyber attacks.

Consider that a workstation no longer means a desk in an office: It can be a phone in the back of a taxi or Uber; a laptop in a coffee shop, or a tablet in an airport lounge.  Wherever the device is used, employees can potentially install applications that could be harmful to your business, even from something as seemingly insignificant as clicking on an accidental download or opening a link on a phishing email.  Out of the physical workplace, your employees’ activities might not have the same protections as they would on a company-monitored PC.

Yet many businesses not only encourage their employees to work remotely, but assume working from coffee shops, bookstores, and airports can boost employees’ productivity.  Unfortunately, many remote hot spots do not provide secure Wi-Fi so if your employee is accessing their work account on unsecured public Wi-Fi,  sensitive business data could be at risk. Furthermore, even if your employee uses a company smartphone or has access to company data through a personal mobile device, there is always a chance data could be in jeopardy with a lost or stolen device, even information as basic as clients’ addresses and phone numbers.

BOYDs are also at risk from malware designed to harm and infect the host system, transmittable to smartphones when downloading malicious third-party apps.  Then there is ransomware, a type of malware used by hackers to specifically take control of a system’s data, blocking access or threatening to release sensitive information unless a ransom is paid such as the one which affected Baltimore.  Ransomware attacks are on the increase,  predicted to occur every 14 seconds, potentially costing billions of dollars per year.

Lastly there is phishing – the cyber equivalent of the metaphorical fishing exercise –  whereby  cybercriminals attempt to obtain sensitive data –usernames, passwords, credit card details –usually through a phoney email designed to look legitimate which directs the user to a fraudulent website or requests the data be emailed back directly. Most of us like to think we could recognize a phishing email when we see it, but these emails have become more sophisticated and can come through other forms of communication such as messaging apps.

Bottom line is to be aware of the potential problems with BOYDs and if in doubt,  consult your IT security consultants.  You can’t put the own-device genie back in the bottle but you can make data protection one of your three wishes!

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“I Propose to Diana Tonight”

28th March 2023

About five days before Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed landed in Paris, General Atiku, a certain Edward Williams was taking a walk in a woods in the Welsh town of Mountain Ash. Williams, then 73, was a psychic of some renown. He had in the past foretold assassination attempts on US President Ronald Reagan, which occurred on March 30, 1981, and Pope John Paul II, which came to pass on May 13, 1981.

As he trudged the woods, Williams  had a sudden premonition that pointed to Diana’s imminent fate as per Christopher Andersen’s book The Day Diana Died. “When the vision struck me, it was as if everything around me was obscured and replaced by shadowy figures,” Williams was later to reminisce. “In the middle was the face of Princess Diana. Her expression was sad and full of pathos. She was wearing what looked like a floral dress with a short dark cardigan. But it was vague. I went cold with fear and knew it was a sign that she was in danger.”

Williams hastily beat a retreat to his home, which he shared with his wife Mary, and related to her his presentiment, trembling like an aspen leaf as he did so. “I have never seen him so upset,” Mary recounted. “He felt he was given a sign and when he came back from his walk he was deeply shaken.”

The following day, Williams frantically sauntered into a police station to inform the police of his premonition. The officer who attended to him would have dismissed him as no more than a crackpot but he treated him seriously in view of the accuracy of his past predictions. He  took a statement and immediately passed it on to the Special Branch Investigative  Unit.

The report read as follows:

“On 27 August, at 14:12 hrs, a man by the name of Edward Williams came to Mountain Ash police station. He said he was a psychic and predicted that Princess Diana was going to die. In previous years, he has predicted that the Pope and Ronald Reagan were going to be the victims of assassination attempts. On both occasions he was proved to be correct. Mr Williams appeared to be quite normal.”

Williams, General, was spot-on as usual: four days later, the princess was no more.

Meanwhile, General,  even as Dodi and Diana were making their way to the Fayed-owned Ritz Hotel in central Paris, British newspapers were awash with headlines that suggested Diana was kind of deranged. Writes Andrew Morton in Diana in Pursuit of Love: “In The Independent Diana was described as ‘a woman with fundamentally nothing to say about anything’. She was ‘suffering from a form of arrested development’. ‘Isn’t it time she started using her head?’ asked The Mail on Sunday. The Sunday Mirror printed a special supplement entitled ‘A Story of Love’; The News of the World claimed that William had demanded that Diana should split from Dodi: ‘William can’t help it, he just doesn’t like the man.’ William was reportedly ‘horrified’ and ‘doesn’t think Mr Fayed is good for his mother’ – or was that just the press projecting their own prejudices? The upmarket Sunday Times newspaper, which had first serialised my biography of the princess, now put her in the psychiatrist’s chair for daring to be wooed by a Muslim. The pop-psychologist Oliver James put Diana ‘On the Couch’, asking why she was so ‘depressed’ and desperate for love. Other tabloids piled in with dire prognostications – about Prince Philip’s hostility to the relationship, Diana’s prospect of exile, and the social ostracism she would face if she married Dodi.”

DIANA AND DODI AT THE RITZ

Before Diana and Dodi departed the Villa Windsor sometime after 16 hrs, General, one of Dodi’s bodyguards Trevor Rees-Jones furtively asked Diana as to what the programme for the evening was. This Trevor did out of sheer desperation as Dodi had ceased and desisted from telling members of his security detail, let alone anyone else for that matter, what his onward destination was for fear that that piece of information would be passed on to the paparazzi. Diana kindly obliged Trevor though her response was terse and scarcely revealing. “Well, eventually we will be going out to a restaurant”, that was all Diana said. Without advance knowledge of exactly what restaurant that was, Trevor and his colleagues’ hands were tied: they could not do a recce on it as was standard practice for the security team of a VIP principal.  Dodi certainly, General, was being recklessly by throwing such caution to the winds.

At about 16:30, Diana and Dodi drew up at the Ritz Hotel, where they were received by acting hotel manager Claude Roulet.  The front entrance of the hotel was already crawling with paparazzi, as a result of which the couple took the precaution of using the rear entrance, where hopefully they would make their entry unperturbed and unmolested. The first thing they did when they were ensconced in the now $10,000 a night Imperial Suite was to spend some time on their mobiles and set about touching base with friends, relations, and associates.  Diana called at least two people, her clairvoyant friend Rita Rogers and her favourite journalist Richard Kay of The Daily Mail.

Rita, General,  was alarmed that Diana had proceeded to venture to Paris notwithstanding the warning she had given Dodi and herself in relation to what she had seen of him  in the crystal ball when the couple had consulted her. When quizzed as to what the hell she indeed was doing in Paris at that juncture, Diana replied that she and Dodi had simply come to do some shopping, which though partially true was not the material reason they were there. “But Diana, remember what I told Dodi,” Rita said somewhat reprovingly. Diana a bit apprehensively replied, “Yes I remember. I will be careful. I promise.” Well,  she did not live up to her promise as we shall soon unpack General.

As for Richard Kay, Diana made known to him that, “I have decided I am going to radically change my life. I am going to complete my obligations to charities and to the anti-personnel land mines cause, but in November I want to completely withdraw from formal public life.”

Once she was done with her round of calls, Diana went down to the hair saloon by the hotel swimming pool to have her hair washed and blow-dried ahead of the scheduled evening dinner.

THE “TELL ME YES” RING IS DELIVERED

Since the main object of their Paris trip was to pick up the “Tell Me Yes” engagement ring  Dodi had ordered in Monte Carlo a week earlier, Dodi decided to check on Repossi Jewellery, which was right within the Ritz prencincts, known as the Place Vendome.  It could have taken less than a minute for Dodi to get to the store on foot but he decided to use a car to outsmart the paparazzi invasion. He was driven there by Trevor Rees-Jones, with Alexander Kez Wingfield and Claude Roulet following on foot, though he entered the shop alone.

The Repossi store had closed for the holiday season but Alberto Repossi, accompanied by his wife and brother-in-law,  had decided to travel all the way from his home in Monaco  and momentarily open it for the sake of the potentially highly lucrative  Dodi transaction.  Alberto, however, disappointed Dodi as the ring he had chosen was not the one  he produced. The one he showed Dodi was pricier and perhaps more exquisite but Dodi  was adamant that he wanted the exact one he had ordered as that was what Diana herself had picked. It was a ploy  on the part of Repossi to make a real killing on the sale, his excuse to that effect being that Diana deserved a ring tha was well worthy of her social pedigree.  With Dodi having expressed disaffection, Repossi rendered his apologies and assured Dodi he would make the right ring available shortly, whereupon Dodi repaired back to the hotel to await its delivery. But Dodi  did insist nonetheless that the pricier ring be delivered too in case it appealed to Diana anyway.

Repossi delivered the two rings an hour later. They were collected by Roulet. On inspecting them, Dodi chose the very one he had seen in Monte Carlo, apparently at the insistence of Diana.  There is a possibility that Diana, who was very much aware of her public image and was not comfortable with ostentatious displays of wealth, may have deliberately shown an interest in a less expensive engagement ring. It  may have been a purely romantic as opposed to a prestigious  choice for her.

The value of the ring, which was found on a wardrobe shelf in Dodi’s apartment after the crash,  has been estimated to be between $20,000 and $250,000 as Repossi has always refused to be drawn into revealing how much Dodi paid for it. The sum, which enjoyed a 25 percent discount, was in truth paid for not by Dodi himself but by his father as was the usual practice.

Dodi was also shown Repossi’s sketches for a bracelet, a watch, and earrings which he proposed to create if Diana approved of them.

DIANA AND DODI GUSH OVER IMMINENT NUPTIALS

At about 7 pm,  Dodi and Diana left the Ritz and headed for Dodi’s apartment at a place known as the Arc de Trompe. They went there to properly tog themselves out for the scheduled evening dinner. They spent two hours at the luxurious apartment. As usual, the ubiquitous paparazzi were patiently waiting for them there.

As they lingered in the apartment, Dodi beckoned over to his butler Rene Delorm  and showed him  the engagement ring. “Dodi came into my kitchen,” Delorm relates. “He looked into the hallway to check that Diana couldn’t hear and reached into his pocket and pulled out the box … He said, ‘Rene, I’m going to propose to the princess tonight. Make sure that we have champagne on ice when we come back from dinner’.” Rene described the ring as “a spectacular diamond encrusted ring, a massive emerald surrounded by a cluster of diamonds, set on a yellow and white gold band sitting in a small light-grey velvet box”.

Just before 9 pm, Dodi called the brother of his step-father, Hassan Yassen, who also was staying at the Ritz  that night, and told him that he hoped to get married to Diana by the end of the year.

Later that same evening, both Dodi and Diana would talk to Mohamed Al Fayed, Dodi’s dad, and make known to him their pre-nuptial intentions. “They called me and said we’re coming back  (to London) on Sunday (August 31) and on Monday (September 1) they are

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RAMADAN – The Blessed Month of Fasting

28th March 2023

Ramadan is the fasting month for Muslims, where over one billion Muslims throughout the world fast from dawn to sunset, and pray additional prayers at night. It is a time for inner reflection, devotion to Allah, and self-control. It is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar. As you read this Muslims the world over have already begun fasting as the month of Ramadan has commenced (depending on the sighting of the new moon).

‘The month of Ramadan is that in which the Qur’an was revealed as guidance for people, in it are clear signs of guidance and Criterion, therefore whoever of you who witnesses this month, it is obligatory on him to fast it. But whoever is ill or traveling let him fast the same number of other days, God desires ease for you and not hardship, and He desires that you complete the ordained period and glorify God for His guidance to you, that you may be grateful”. Holy Qur’an  (2 : 185)

Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five pillars upon which the structure of Islam is built. The other four are: the declaration of one’s belief in Allah’s oneness and in the message of Muhammad (PBUH); regular attendance to prayer; payment of zakaat (obligatory charity); and the pilgrimage to Mecca.

As explained in an earlier article, fasting includes total abstinence from eating, drinking, smoking, refraining from obscenity, avoiding getting into arguments and including abstaining from marital relations, from sunrise to sunset. While fasting may appear to some as difficult Muslims see it as an opportunity to get closer to their Lord, a chance to develop spiritually and at the same time the act of fasting builds character, discipline and self-restraint.

Just as our cars require servicing at regular intervals, so do Muslims consider Ramadan as a month in which the body and spirit undergoes as it were a ‘full service’. This ‘service’ includes heightened spiritual awareness both the mental and physical aspects and also the body undergoing a process of detoxification and some of the organs get to ‘rest’ through fasting.

Because of the intensive devotional activity fasting, Ramadan has a particularly high importance, derived from its very personal nature as an act of worship but there is nothing to stop anyone from privately violating Allah’s commandment of fasting if one chooses to do so by claiming to be fasting yet eating on the sly. This means that although fasting is obligatory, its observance is purely voluntary. If a person claims to be a Muslim, he is expected to fast in Ramadan.

 

The reward Allah gives for proper fasting is very generous. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) quotes Allah as saying: “All actions done by a human being are his own except fasting, which belongs to Me and I will reward it accordingly.” We are also told by the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) that the reward for proper fasting is admittance into heaven.

Fasting earns great reward when it is done in a ‘proper’ manner. This is because every Muslim is required to make his worship perfect. For example perfection of fasting can be achieved through restraint of one’s feelings and emotions. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said that when fasting, a person should not allow himself to be drawn into a quarrel or a slanging match. He teaches us: “On a day of fasting, let no one of you indulge in any obscenity, or enter into a slanging match. Should someone abuse or fight him, let him respond by saying: ‘I am fasting!’”

This high standard of self-restraint fits in well with fasting, which is considered as an act of self-discipline. Islam requires us to couple patience with voluntary abstention from indulgence in our physical desires. The purpose of fasting helps man to attain a high degree of sublimity, discipline and self-restraint. In other words, this standard CAN BE achieved by every Muslim who knows the purpose of fasting and strives to fulfill it.

Fasting has another special aspect. It makes all people share in the feelings of hunger and thirst. In normal circumstances, people with decent income may go from one year’s end to another without experiencing the pangs of hunger which a poor person may feel every day of his life. Such an experience helps to draw the rich one’s conscience nearer to needs of the poor. A Muslim is encouraged to be more charitable and learns to give generously for a good cause.

Fasting also has a universal or communal aspect to it. As Muslims throughout the world share in this blessed act of worship, their sense of unity is enhanced by the fact that every Muslim individual joins willingly in the fulfillment of this divine commandment. This is a unity of action and purpose, since they all fast in order to be better human beings. As a person restrains himself from the things he desires most, in the hope that he will earn Allah’s pleasure, self-discipline and sacrifice become part of his nature.

The month of Ramadan can aptly be described as a “season of worship.” Fasting is the main aspect of worship in this month, because people are more attentive to their prayers, read the Qur’an more frequently and also strive to improve on their inner and outer character. Thus, their devotion is more complete and they feel much happier in Ramadan because they feel themselves to be closer to their Creator.

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