Let us at this juncture pause to recap on what we have learnt so far about the SSS World of the Orion star system in case some of you may have lost track along the way.
The SSS race arose on a world that revolved around a sun in Orion known as the Suriya star. They evolved from a snake-like creature, which in itself had evolved first from an insect that here on Earth we could call a dragonfly bee because it had features both of a dragonfly and a bee. This insect came to be known as a KHEB. The KHEB insect in turn evolved into a more advanced insect that resembled a mantis. It was the KHEB mantis that developed into full-fledged reptiles that specialised as lizards, dinosaurs, and snakes, and it was the KHEB snake that eventually metamorphosed into humanoids who came to be known as the SSS race. The SSS race were the first humanoids to evolve in the Milky Way Galaxy.
“SSS race” was how they were known on the planets which they later conquered. The name derived from a hiss sound that was a distinctive feature of their language, a legacy of their snake ancestry. On their own world, however, they referred to themselves as the NEHK race, which meant “Fearsome Black (mean-spirited) Ones” because of their reputed prowess as formidable warriors. But in the early ages of their evolution as humanoids, the NEHK race were not a mean and belligerent race. In the UDU-U age, the Second Age of the Heavens (that is, the cosmos) during which higher-order life forms (humanoids) began to emerge in the Milky Way Galaxy, the SSS Race were very spiritual. They were then known as the SURBAH, meaning “Royal Race”, being the pioneering race in the Milky Way Galaxy. It is from SURBAH we get the Sanskrit word sarpha; the Latin word serpens; and the English word serpent. You will now appreciate that serpent did not originally mean snakes: it was a unrelated name of a race of beings that happened to have evolved from snakes.
Over the ages, the SURBAH disappeared from the scene and in the Third Age of the Heavens, known as the OMAHK, their descendants, who were far more carnal than spiritual, were born. This generation became known on other worlds as the ARI-AN beings, meaning “The Holy Ones of Heaven” because the people of other worlds regarded them as gods owing to their longer lives and sophisticated technology which were “miraculous” in the eyes of primitive races. It is ARI-AN which gives us the English terms “Aryan” and “Alien”.
On the ARI-AN/SSS World, females dominated. They outnumbered men by a huge factor. Females not only ran the show but they were better warriors than males. Males were looked at in the same patronising way we look at females on our planet. In the course of time therefore, it were females who took the reins after a series of wars. All the thrones of the planet’s seven major regions were occupied by queens. Finally, when it was decided to cement global peace and therefore put an end to wars, the seven queens, who were also known as the SUU-SUU, meaning superior matriarchs, chose one overall Queen of Queens, who went by several titles, with the main ones being MA and AYA, her throne now being known as the AST-AST. The resulting one world government was called the Royal Aghar of the Seven EKE-ENEs, meaning the Royal Realm of the Seven Queens. It is from the term EKE-ENE we get the English word “queen”, the Greek word “gyne”, and the biblical name Cain.
The Queen of Orion presided over not only the affairs of the SSS World but over a sprawling empire straddling the 9th region of the Shagari Stars (the SSS race’s term for the Orion Empire), which included our Solar System. How did this empire come about?
REPTILIAN WORLDS MAKE DETENTE
After the SSS World had become a one world government and peace overall prevailed and was sustained, the focus now shifted from making armaments to civil technology with a view to advance the standard of living on the planet, to assist with scientific breakthroughs, and to investigate space. Typically, the first space-related technology a civilisation develops is the kind that can launch them into orbit – rockets or spaceships. We Earthlings did likewise. Official history will tell you the first man to fly in space was the Russian pilot and cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin on April 12 1961. That is all bollocks (see Zeta Series). The first person to journey into space was a German. His name was Raul Streicher. Streicher was one of a squadron of 100 to 500 military pilots who were trained to become astronauts at the orders of Adolf Hitler early in 1944. Streicher orbited Earth on February 24 1945 and touched down in the Sea of Japan.
The next cosmic destination a civilisation wishes to explore is its nearest satellite, what we call the moon here on Earth. Since it is always the nearest heavenly body, a satellite is the first to exercise the fascination of a planetary civilisation. It is the first cosmic body a civilisation seeks to investigate. Of course, unmanned probes are dispatched there first: manned ones follow thereafter. Again, we did the same here on Earth. Our first venture to a cosmic body was to the moon. Now, forget about the hogwash that our first foray to the moon was Apollo 11 led by Neil Armstrong. I know you are not aware of this, but the first manned mission and landing on the moon took place in 1958. It was a joint venture between the Soviets and the US’s National Security Agency (not NASA). In 1961, a permanent human settlement was established on the moon (more on the subject in a future dedicated series on the moon).
Once a satellite has been explored, a civilisation now looks to venture further afield – to a nearest planet. In our case, that is Mars. Again in case you didn’t know folks, we have long been to Mars. It were the Nazis, again, who set the pace. They sent a team to Mars in mid-1945 using a flying saucer they had constructed (with the help of schematic technology supplied them by the Aliens from the Aldebaran star system) known as the Haunebu IV. The Haunebu IV took off from a new Nazi colony in Antarctica (again see Zeta Series). We will at some stage in the future do a dedicated series on the Mars mission, which even the late US president Ronald Reagan confirmed during a high-level meeting that took place at Camp David on March 16 1981 (see Zeta Series).
The SSS World first colonised its moons, established bases there, and mined its mineral resources. Their moons now became a stepping stone to the exploration of other planets and moons of the Suriya star system with a view to garner further knowledge about the universe and to prospect for mineral resources. Later, when they became stronger and much more technologically advanced, they began to explore other worlds of the Shagari Stars in the process establishing further bases and further colonies. What happened was that as they spacefared, they encountered other Reptilian races who were similarly advanced and turf interplanetary wars ensued. Each Reptilian civilisation wanted to conquer and colonise another. In some cases, a number of strong Reptilian worlds fought for the seizure of one or two weak ones. Eventually, after eons of warring against each other, they sat down and hammered out a peace accord. They called it the Association of Reptilian Worlds. Under the treaty, Reptilian worlds were not to go to war with each other and if war arose between one Reptilian race and a non-Reptilian race, the Association members were to reinforce a fellow Reptilian race if called upon. The Association of Reptilian Worlds was chaired by the Orion Queen since the SSS World was the most powerful of them all. In the aftermath of the peace treaty, trade flourished among the Association members.
THE MATTER OF THE MATA
What kind of technology did the SSS race, the most advanced and the most powerful race in the Milky Way Galaxy, use to voyage to worlds in the vast expanse of the 9th Region of the Shagari Stars? They had spaceships, or what the Sumerians referred to as the Celestial Boats, but these were not their principal space vehicles. The SSS race had learnt from the ancient records of their SURBAH ancestors that there was a unseen dark wind that moved between the stars and the worlds and on which they could ride. This unseen dark wind was known as the EKEI-ACI wind (meaning “Wind that Carries”) or simply the EKICI wind in short. The EKICI wind was not made of air: it was made of certain matter that was very different from the familiar planetary matter. The ancient records do not make clear what kind of matter this was but I suspect it was Worm Hole-type matter.
Since the SURBAH were a very spiritual people, they were able to ride the EKICI wind directly. All they did was call up a “Summoning Circle” called the URI (something Luciferians even today to do when they want to call up demons from the Lower Fourth Dimension of the Astral realm), step into that circle, and immediately they would feel themselves being propelled through space by the EKICI wind to wherever in the Milky Way Galaxy they wanted to go. However, the present SSS generation were too canal and temporal and so could not summon up the URI circle. They could only do so if they used the power of dark forces, which meant whatever mission they wanted to fulfill would be in the service of these dark forces.
Of itself, however, the EKICI wind was not spiritual: it was physical and therefore was accessible by any beings for as long as they had the means to access it. In order to utilise the EKICI wind, the SSS race needed high-tech space vehicles but when you are going on a conquest mission which could take decades or even scores of years, space ships are not sufficient: they are too small, even if some of them may be the size of a city. So what the SSS race did was to harness what they called the MATA, or mother ship. The MATA were hollowed-out rocks the size of an asteroid, a meteor, or even a mini-planet – a miniature world effectively that “bent and curved” as it drifted through space. It was the MATA they turned into a mega spaceship, a drifting world equipped with everything they needed to survive for countless years and accommodate all the weaponry required to conquer or even destroy a planet. MATA is the original source of our English words such as meteor, metal, metastasise, etc, not what official etymological dictionaries tell you.
How did the SSS race make these MATAs? In our solar system, we could make one from a captured asteroid. For example, the two moons of Mars, called Phobos and Deimos, are captured asteroids, we now know. If our planet were close enough to the Oort Cloud, the ring of floating rock debris that encircles our Solar System, we could also convert one of these mega rocks in there into a MATA. But asteroid objects do not begin as such: they are fragments of a huge cosmic body that for one reason or the other disintegrated. We know, for example, that our Asteroid Belt arose from the break-up of a huge planet that lay between Mars and Jupiter known as Maldek.
If the SSS race could afford a MATA, it could be that they too had an asteroid-like or Oort Cloud-like belt in the Suriyar solar system which they harnessed, or they were so phenomenally advanced that they were capable of creating matter. Yes; you heard me right folks: there are civilisations in our universe who are capable of creating even a whole solar system. That capacity takes billions of years to attain and if the SSS World was the first planet to evolve life in the Milky Way Galaxy, it follows that they have long reached that ability considering that according to the Andromedans (an Alien, humanoid race from the Andromedan star system that enlightens a select few of Earthlings), the universe is 21 trillion years old.
TAKING OVER A PLANET
The overwhelming majority on the SSS race’s expeditionary force comprised of males. But they were accompanied by a superintending, two-tier corps of females.
The first tier comprised of females who had what we would ordinarily term supernatural abilities but which were actually based on occultic (secret) science. These females were known as the OKIN Maidens. OKIN was a diminutive of the term EKE-ENE, or Queen in today’s English. The OKIN maidens came from the SSS World’s nobility and supervised the entire expedition.
The second tier was made up of females called the AMI-SU-EN Warrioress Maidens. AMI-SU-EN was a compound word which meant “The Queen’s Priestesses”. The AMI-SU-EN Warrioress Maidens were the best and most accomplished fighters in the entire NEHK army, as the SSS World army was called. It is from AMI-SU-EN we derive the English world “amazon”. The Amazons are said to be a race of formidable women warriors of Greek mythology but they are not mythical beings: they were real, only they were not from this planet but from Orion.
Some of the planets the SSS expeditionary force came upon were barren and lifeless. It was easy therefore for them to plant the ARI-AN flag their and establish a settlement. Others were already inhabited by primitive beings who were at various stages of development. Again, these were easy pickings for them. But there were those planets that were already inhabited by civilised beings but were so resource-rich the SSS race wanted to occupy and colonise them. Here they faced fierce resistance. To subdue such people, the OKIN Maidens used two methods.
One was outright war, using their sophisticated weaponry. That’s what they did in the early days. But over time, they abandoned this method and instead resorted to psychological warfare. They called this AMI-KIRU, which meant “Break the Spirit”. This was essentially a mind-control programme which they administered to the leaders of these planets. To do this, they used cloaking technology which rendered them invisible and then worked on the minds of the leaders using telepathy. Suddenly, the leaders who were hell-bent on resisting them now became docile and received them respectfully and with awe. Now they offered to subordinate themselves to Her Divine Majesty Queen Aya of the Shagari Empire.
As for the rest of the population of the occupied world, OKIN Maidens used vaccines as a ruse. The vaccines were laced with chemicals that made the population docile and subservient and therefore easily manipulable, just as the Reptilians have done to us here on Earth. The OKIN Maidens also used water as a means to further dumb-down the psyche of their subjects. They strafed rivers with chemicals that targeted the brain. As a result, their subjects became even more tame and submissive to a point where they actually worshipped the OKIN Maidens and their Queen. And so using all this cocktail of mind-numbing tactics, the Royal Aghar of the Seven EKE-ENEs became the largest and most powerful empire in the 9th Region of the Shagari Stars, which included our Solar System.
We have come a long way from the 19th century, when mental un-healthiness was not recognised as treatable. In those days mental health problems were viewed as a sign of madness, warranting imprisonment in often merciless and unhygienic conditions; and with that backdrop you would think twice before calling in sick because of stress or admit feelings of hopelessness or depression but that’s changing. That may sound like good news but it’s not.
Reasons why employees don’t show up for work can vary, but one thing is for certain; an organisation relies on its staff to get things done and when employees don’t show up for work it disrupts organisational plans, takes up the valuable time from management and lowers the company’s productivity. It’s always been that people miss work for several reasons, some understandable and legitimate and others less so but it’s important that we know the reasons so that such situations can be better managed.
Today stress is one of the most common causes of long-term absence and is especially prevalent amongst office-based staff. This is also related to absence due to depression or anxiety. Is this indicative of where we are as a society, a sign of the times which is that people are constantly pressurised and have less work-life balance?
The British Museum houses a tablet which provides a peek into work-life balance in ancient Egypt. It documents how many sick days and why 40 workers took time off from their workplace in 1250 BC. All sorts of fascinating reasons have been given for why people were away from their work, including a note about someone named Buqentuf, who needed time off for embalming and wrapping the corpse of his dead mother.
There were other reasons like some workers, such as a man named Pennub, missed work because their mothers were ill. Others had causes that we wouldn’t expect to hear as often today, such as men who stayed home to help around the house due to a “wife or daughter bleeding” – a reference to menstruation. But no mention of mental health, not because it didn’t exist, but it wasn’t labelled thus not reported.
What was reported was a person such as Aapehti who was said to have been ill on a regular basis and also took time off when he was “making offerings to god”. Workers also took days off when they had to perform tasks for their superiors – which was apparently permitted in moderate amounts. For example, Amenmose was allowed time away from work when he was “fetching stones for the scribe: And what about other employees who had to excuse themselves from work to brew beer, an activity which was associated with some of their gods and rituals.
All fascinating stuff which provides insight into life at that time. But what insights can we gather from today’s sick leave records? One study recently undertaken gives us insight into the UK police force’s absenteeism. Figures obtained through the Freedom of Information Act from police forces in the UK showed that the number of days absent due to mental health problems increased by 9% in one year, from 457,154 in 2020 to 497,154 in 2021.
And here is the shocker. Police have taken a record 500,000 days off due to mental health issues. Zoe Billingham, a former police inspector, suggested there was a greater prevalence of mental health issues among emergency services, due to what they faced during the pandemic of coronavirus. “Police and other frontline services have protected us during the pandemic,” she said. “The pandemic was a great unknown. People were really scared of dying and coming into contact with the virus, and a lot of people did.”
It is a ‘mental health epidemic’ among police. Alistair Carmichael, Home Affairs spokesman for the Liberal Democrats, said: “Frontline police officers do an incredible job serving their communities. But we know that the stress of policing can take a heavy toll on the mental health of officers, in some cases leading to burnout.
Let’s look at another group. A poll by Gallup reported that in the last three years, 75% of young adults aged 18–22 have left their jobs because of stated mental health reasons. This study showed that employees (millennials and Gen Z) want employers who care about their wellbeing. Contributing factors to mental health stress centre around increases in uncertainty and include: Hybrid work environments and the side-effects: no socialization, no end time, no feedback, caring for others; changing rules around work often with poor communications & clarity; inconsistency & incompleteness of rule implementation: Uncertainty from these and other factors leads to anxiety and depression.
The real story here is not that burnout, stress, depression and anxiety are becoming the number one reasons for absenteeism but that for a large part they are preventable. We have the data telling us it’s the problem but still organisations are doing very little to proactively manage it. Sure, we have counselling services for staff who are struggling and wellness days to reinforce feelings of wellbeing, but this is not enough.
If we start caring and developing work cultures that do not create unintentional stress through how work gets done, that will go a long way to change the status quo. Simple things like ensuring your culture doesn’t thrive on fire drills and heroics to get things done and that emails do not come with expected responses after hours or over the weekend. If we can stop managers bullying, yelling or losing their cool when there is a performance or customer issue and begin giving people more control over their work – all of these are the kinds of stuff that contribute to weakened mental health and absenteeism.
To sum up, your staff’s stress levels are directly proportional to your business’s absentee levels. Ergo, lowering the former, will also reduce the latter. Stress down, productivity up and everybody wins out.
Contributing factors to mental health stress centre around increases in uncertainty and include: Hybrid work environments and the side-effects: no socialization, no end time, no feedback, caring for others; changing rules around work often with poor communications & clarity; inconsistency & incompleteness of rule implementation: Uncertainty from these and other factors leads to anxiety and depression.
In September 1978, General Atiku, Princess Diana had enrolled for a cookery course. That same month whilst she was staying at her parents’ home in Norfolk, her friends innocently asked about the health of her father John Spencer, the 8th Earl. Hitherto, the Earl’s health had never been a matter of concern but Diana somewhat inscrutably voiced a somewhat portendous outlook. “He’s going to drop down in some way,” she said. “If he dies, he will die immediately; otherwise he’ll survive.”
It came to pass, General. The following day, the telephone bell rang to the news that her father had collapsed in the courtyard of his Althorp Estate residence and that he had been rushed to a nearby hospital after suffering a massive cerebral haemorrhage. The medical prognosis was bleak: Earl Spencer was not expected to survive the night. Writes Andrew Morton in Diana Her True Story: “For two days the children camped out in the hospital waiting-room as their father clung on to life. When doctors announced that there was a glimmer of hope, Raine [second wife] organised a private ambulance to take him to the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases in Queen Square, Central London, where for several months he lay in a coma.”
Raine was so fiercely protective of her beloved husband that she had the nurses see to it that his own children did not come near him in this critical condition in his elitist private room. ‘I’m a survivor and people forget that at their peril,” she would later tell a journalist. “There’s pure steel up my backbone. Nobody destroys me, and nobody was going to destroy Johnnie so long as I could sit by his bed – some of his family tried to stop me – and will my life force into him.” But if Raine had steel in her, General, so did the implacable Spencer children, more so the eldest of them all. “During this critical time,” Morton goes on, “the ill feeling between Raine and the children boiled over into a series of vicious exchanges. There was iron too in the Spencer soul and numerous hospital corridors rang to the sound of the redoubtable Countess and the fiery Lady Sarah Spencer [the Earl’s firstborn child] hissing at each other like a pair of angry geese.”
As Diana had correctly predicted, her father was not destined to die at that juncture but healthwise he was never the same henceforth. First, he suffered a relapse in November that same year and was moved to another hospital. Once again, he teetered on the brink. He was drifting in and out of consciousness and as such he was not able to properly process people who were visiting him, including his own daughters when nurses relented and allowed them in. Even when he was awake a feeding tube in his throat meant that he was unable to speak. Understandably, Diana found it hard to concentrate on the cookery course she had enrolled in a few days before her father suffered his stroke.
But Raine, General, was determined that her husband survive come rain or shine. Morton: “When his doctors were at their most pessimistic, Raine’s will-power won through. She had heard of a German drug called Aslocillin which she thought could help and so she pulled every string to find a supply. It was unlicensed in Britain but that didn’t stop her. The wonder drug was duly acquired and miraculously did the trick. One afternoon she was maintaining her usual bedside vigil when, with the strains of Madam Butterfly playing in the background, he opened his eyes ‘and was back’. In January 1979, when he was finally released from hospital, he and Raine booked into the Dorchester Hotel in Park Lane for an expensive month-long convalescence. Throughout this episode the strain on the family was intense.”
Altogether, Earl Spencer had been in hospital for 8 straight months. The lingering effects of the stroke left him somewhat unsteady on his feet when he escorted his daughter down the aisle at St. Paul’s Cathedral in 1981 for her marriage to the Prince of Wales.
R.I.P. EARL SPENCER
It was not until March 29, 1992, General, that Earl Spencer finally gave up the ghost. He was admitted in hospital for pneumonia but what killed him days later was a heart attack. Rumours of his death actually began to make the rounds the day before he passed on. At the time, Diana was on a skiing holiday in the Austrian Alps along with her estranged hubby Prince Charles and their two kids William and Harry.
When Diana was told of her dad’s death, she insisted that under no circumstances would she return to England on the same flight as Charles, with whom she was barely on talking terms. “I mean it, Ken,” she told her body minder Ken Wharfe. “I don’t want him with me. He doesn’t love me – he loves that woman [Camilla]. Why should I help save his face? Why the bloody hell should I? It’s my father who has gone. It’s a bit bloody late for Charles to start playing the caring husband, don’t you think so?”
Naturally, General, Charles was alarmed, particularly that his efforts to use one of his right-hand-men to reason with the Princess had been rebuffed. He therefore prevailed over Wharfe to try and ram sense into his wife. “Lord Spencer’s death was a major news story,” writes Ken Wharfe, “and if the Prince and Princess did not return to Britain together then nothing, not even compassion for the grief-stricken Diana, would stop the journalists from going for the jugular. The truth about the Waleses would be immediately and blindingly obvious to the most naive journalist … Returning to the Princess’s room, I told her bluntly that this was not a matter for debate. ‘Ma’am, you have to go back with the Prince. This one is not open for discussion. You just have to go with it’.’’
At long last persuaded, General, Diana said, “Okay Ken, I’ll do it. Tell him I’ll do it, but it is for my father, not for him – it is out of loyalty to my father.” But what in truth got Diana to change tack was the intervention of the Queen, who personally called her at Charles’ own request. That, however, General, was only as far as Diana was prepared to play ball: as far as engaging with Charles in conversation was concerned, that was simply inconceivable. “There was an icy silence for the rest of the two-hour journey,” writes Wharfe. “Nothing was said during the entire flight. The Princess did not want to speak to her husband and he, fearing a furious or even hysterical outburst, did not dare even to try to start a conversation. Whatever the discomforts of the journey, however, it was soon clear that the PR spin had worked. The next day it was reported that Prince Charles was at Diana’s side in her hour of need. Yet as soon as the Prince and Princess arrived at Kensington Palace they went their separate ways – he to Highgrove, and she to pay her last respects to her father.”
Lord Spencer was 68 when he died. He was a remote descendant of King Henry VIII.
PRINCE CHARLES FINALLY OWNS UP TO ADULTERY WITH CAMILLA
In June 1994, when Diana and Charles had been separated for exactly one-and-half years, Prince Charles was interviewed in a BBC documentary by Jonathan Dimbleby. The interview was billed as intended to mark Charles’ 25 anniversary as Prince of Wales but it was in truth a not-to-cleverly-disguised riposte to Diana Her True Story, the highly controversial 1992 collaboration between Diana and Andrew Morton.
In the interview, which was watched by 13 million people, Charles, General, openly admitted for the first time that he had committed adultery with Camilla Parker-Bowles, who he hailed as, “a great friend of mine who has been a friend for a very long time and will continue to be a friend for a very long time”. Diana had been requested to feature in the interview alongside her husband but she parried the overture on the advice of her aides, which was spot-on as she would have been greatly embarrassed by her hubby’s unsavoury confession in her own face and on national television.
The Prince’s candid confessional was followed weeks later by a book titled The Prince of Wales: A Biography, which was written by the same Jonathan Dimbleby. The book was even frankier than the interview. In it, Charles put it bluntly that she had never once loved Diana and that he married her only because he was coerced into doing so by his notoriously overbearing father. Charles also made it known that as a child, he had been bullied by his abusive father, virtually ignored by his mother, and persecuted by a wife he portrayed as both spoiled and mentally unstable. Both Diana and his parents were revolted by the bare-knuckle contents of the book though Dana need not have been irked considering that it was she herself who had fired the first salvo in the Morton book.
BASHIR INTERVIEW BODES ILL FOR DIANA
If Diana’s collaboration with Morton was a miscalculation, General, Prince Charles’ Dimbleby interview was equally so. For in November 1995, the wayward Princess hit back with her own tell-all interview on BBC’s current affairs programme called Panorama. “She wanted to get even with Prince Charles over his adulterous confession with the Dimbleby documentary,” writes Paul Burrell, her final butler, in A Royal Duty.
The interview was conducted by journalist Martin Bashir who was attached to BBC, and was watched by 23 million people, conferring it the distinction of having attracted the largest audience for any television documentary in broadcasting history. In the interview, Diana voiced concern about there having been “three of us in this marriage and so it was a bit crowded”, the intruder obviously being Camilla. Diana also gave Charles a dose of his own medicine by confessing to her own adulterous relationship with James Hewitt, of whom she said, “Yes, I adored him, yes, I was in love with him”. Hewitt had at the time documented his affair with Diana in lurid detail in a best-selling book and Diana thought he had ill-conceivedly stabbed her in the back.
And as if to rub salt into the wound, General, Diana cast serious doubts on her husband’s fitness to rule as future King and therefore his eventual accession to the British throne. Unfortunately for her, the interview sealed her fate in so far as her marriage was concerned. “In her headstrong decision to co-operate with Bashir,” says Burrell, “she had never considered, perhaps naively, the implications that Panorama had for her marriage.” Indeed, just four weeks after the interview, the Queen, after consultation with the Prime Minister and the Archbishop of Canterbury, wrote personally to both the Prince and Princess of Wales requesting that they divorce sooner rather than later.
It was a dream-come-true for at least two parties to the triangle, namely Charles and Camilla. But did it also constitute music to the ears of Princess Diana too, General?
SOWING THE WIND ONLY TO REAP THE WHIRLWIND: Martin Bashir interviews Princess Diana in a BBC documentary which aired on Monday 29 November 1995. The interview incensed the Windsors: the following month, Queen Elizabeth ordered Charles and Diana to sever matrimonial ties. In her vengeful resolve to hit back at her husband following his own interview the previous year, Diana had foolishly sown the wind and reaped the whirlwind.
Islam is a way of life completed and perfected by the last and final Messenger of Allah, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). The Holy Quran along with the practical teachings of the Prophet (pbuh) forms the basis of Islamic law, social, economic and political systems of Islam – in short the basis of a complete code of conduct for the entire life of a Muslim
Regrettably in this day and age there are certain views in non-Muslims that have a very negative ‘view’ of Islam. The bottom line is that if a Muslim says that two plus two is four, others can ‘argue’ to say three plus one is four, or two times two is four or the square root of 16 is four. The bottom line is no matter what we may think we all are ‘correct’. The fact is that we are all on this earth for a ‘limited’ time. Regardless of beliefs, tribe, race, colour or our social standing in life, we will all die one day or the other and we will “all” be called up thereafter to answer for our behaviour, beliefs, and our life on this earth.
To a Muslim the Holy Quran is the Divine Revelation which is all encompassing and lays down in clear terms, how we should live our daily lives including the need for humans to allow fellow humans certain basic rights at all times. Due to the limited space available I can only reflect on some of the major fundamental rights laid down by Islam:
Right to life
The first and foremost of fundamental basic human-rights is the right to life. “Whosoever kills any human being (without any valid reason) like manslaughter or any disruption and chaos on earth, it is though he had killed all the mankind. And whoever saves a life it is though as he had saved the lives of all mankind” (Quran Ch5: v 32). It further declares: “Do not kill a soul which Allah has made sacred except through the due process of law” (Quran Ch6: v 151). Islam further explains that this sacrosanct right to life is not granted only to its adherents (believers), but it has been granted to all human beings without consideration of their religion, race, colour or sex
Right to Equality
The Holy Quran recognises equality between humans irrespective of any distinction of nationality, race, colour or gender. “O Mankind We have created you from a male and female, and We made you as nations and tribes so that you may be able to recognise each other (not that you may despise each other). Indeed the most honourable among you before God is the most God-conscious”. (Quran Ch49: v 13). The Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) further explained this: “No Arab has any superiority over a non-Arab, nor does a non-Arab have any superiority over an Arab…… You are all the children of Adam and Adam was created from soil”. If there is any superiority for a man it is based on his piety, righteousness, sense of responsibility and character. Even such a person with these noble qualities would not have any privileged rights over others.
Right to justice
Allah Almighty has bestowed on all human beings, believer or non-believer, friend or foe the right to justice. The Holy Quran states: “We sent our messengers with clear teachings and sent down along with them the Book and the Balance so that society may be established on the basis of justice” (Quran Ch 57 : v 25). It further says “O Believers stand for the cause of God and as witness to justice and remember that enmity of some people should not lead you to injustice. Be just as it is nearest to God consciousness” (Quran Ch 5:v 8 ). This makes it obligatory that a believer must uphold justice in all circumstances, including to his enemies.
Right to freedom of conscience and religion
The Holy Quran clearly mentions that there is no compulsion in accepting or rejecting a religion. “There is no compulsion in (submitting to) the religion” (Quran Ch 2 : v 256). Every individual has been granted basic freedom to accept a religion of his or her choice. Therefore no religion should be imposed on a person.
Right to personal freedom
No person can be deprived of his or her personal freedom except in pursuance of justice. Therefore there cannot be any arbitrary or preventive arrest without the permission of duly appointed judge and in the light of a solid proof.
Right to Protection of Honour
Every person has been ensured basic human dignity which should not be violated. If someone falsely attacks the honour of a person the culprit will be punished according to the Islamic Law. The Holy Quran says: “Do not let one group of people make fun of another group”. It further states: “Do not defame one another”, the Quran goes on to say: And do not backbite or speak ill of one another” (Quran Ch 49 : v 11-12).