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Clash of the Titans

Benson C Saili
THIS EARTH, MY BROTHER…

Alien humanoids and native Reptilians almost annihilate each other  over the creation of native humans

The term “Elohim” is a familiar one. On my part, I first encountered it in the Bible, in GENESIS 1:26 in particular, which reads, “And the Elohim said, ‘Let us make man in our own image and likeness’". Of course in our distorted English versions of the Bible, the term Elohim is rendered as “God”.  This is downright fraudulent. Elohim in Hebrew, the tongue in which the Old Testament was originally written,   is a plural term. The singular is “El” or “Eloah”. Therefore, even if its secondary meaning was that of “God”, the right translation should have been “gods”.   

If like me you are an avid pundit of the saga of planet Earth, you will be aware  by now that the “gods” who are the subject of the Old Testament are not the same as the First Source, God proper who created us at the spirit-soul level through the Paal Taal (the first beings God created and who in turn created us as spirit-souls). The Old Testament gods are Aliens, scientifically and technologically advanced flesh-and-blood beings from other star systems. These Aliens, who masqueraded to primitive mankind as gods, the Sumerians referred to as the Anunnaki. The term Anunnaki means “Beings from outer space”, which is exactly what the term Alien primarily suggests. It is these same Anunnaki who are referred to as Elohim in the Genesis scripture quoted above.

What is the meaning of the term Elohim (also rendered “Illojim” in some accounts)?  Over the ages, Elohim has given rise to a series of derivative meanings like all daily-parlance words do. Its original meaning, however, was "Divine Mother”. In time, it came to mean “People of the Divine Mother”, that is, beings from outer space. Elohim was “ELU-OME”. Elu, or Ilu, was a euphemism for a woman’s reproductive orifice. It actually meant “a cut”, a fitting description of a female’s womanhood. Ome meant “Mother Goddess”. The Mother Goddess as we now know was the Orion Queen. Our Solar System is part of the Orion Empire, which explains why the Orion Queen was so central a deity to primordial mankind.     

Now, the Anunnaki were so light-skinned they actually shone in the dark. They “elu-ome-nated”. As such, Elu or Ilu, the shortened forms of Elu-Ome, became synonymous with “shining ones”. The Anunnaki were also very tall, upwards of seven feet. Ilu accordingly became synonymous with “tallie”, a very tall fellow. The Anunnaki imparted a great deal of knowledge to mankind. Ilu thus became synonymous with ‘Illuminati”, or people who possess special, priviledged knowledge. The Anunnaki not only showed off  pieces of equipment which gave light in the dark but they also  travelled in rockets which blasted off in a blaze of fire and wielded weapons which  belched  fire. Ilu therefore became synonymous with fire, flames, and light in general. To primitive mankind, Anunnaki technology came across as magic. Ilu accordingly became synonymous with “wizard”. The Anunnaki/Elohim were “Ba Loi”, as witches are called in Setswana.  Because the Anunnaki were generally fearsome or otherwise held in awe, the term Ilu also came to mean, "He who is the object of fear or reverence,” or "He with whom one who is afraid takes refuge”. That’s why the prophet Job would say, “God is fearsome” (JOB 25:2) and the Psalmist would say,  “The Lord is my refuge and fortress” (PSALM 91:2).  

Yet the Anunnaki (who we will dwell upon at length soon) were not one and the same people. Anunnaki was simply a blanket term for Aliens. The Anunnaki were humanoids (human-like Aliens)  but of various origins. Some came from Sirius and the Orion star system. Others came from Procyon. Still others came from Aldebaran. The Aldebaran Elohim were the second wave of humanoid Aliens to come to Earth after the Elohim of Procyon. This was about 1.5 million years ago.  

ALDEBARAN STAR IGNITES

The Aldebaran Elohim came to Earth 65 million years after the Procyonites left. Whereas the Procyonites had purely come in search of minerals, the Aldebaran Elohim came for a different purpose altogether.

Let us first familiarise ourselves with Aldebaran.  Aldebaran (also known as Alpha Tauri) is a giant, orange star in the constellation of Taurus. It is 61 to 65 light years from Earth. The constellation Taurus roughly takes the shape of a bull in the evening sky and Aldebaran marks  one of the bull’s  eyes. Those who have studied the Anunnaki saga from the Sumerian records will recall that the bull was the symbol of Enlil, the Jehovah of the Bible, because he presided over the astrological Age of Taurus   (4380 BC to 2220 BC). As such, the Jews referred to Aldebaran as the Eye of God, as Enlil was their principal god.  

At some stage in the distant past, Aldebaran, which is much older than our Sun Sol, ran out of the fuel that powered it, hydrogen, at its core and imploded into the humongous orange star it is today. It expanded to 44 times the diameter of our Sun and became 350 times more luminous than our Sun, making it the brightest star in the Taurus constellation.  This phenomenon happens to all stars as they age, when they are between 10 to 12 billion years old. At 5 billion years old, our Sun is in middle-age and so we have no cause yet to spend sleepless nights.  

When a star expands, its planetary system is disrupted. All the planets in that system will be swallowed up by the imploded star.  That does not mean inhabitants of  that planetary system will perish. By the time a star reaches an age where it can implode, the civilisations on its planets are so advanced scientifically and technologically that they would have long evacuated from that planetary system. Note that when a star implodes, it does not do so suddenly. It is a process which builds up for millions of years before it finally reaches crunch time. Hence, the civilisations in that star system will have seen the signs millions of years in advance and would thus have had ample time in which to prepare for such a calamity.    

The implosion of Aldebaran happened half a billion years ago and the star remains in this state of conflagration (it will take millions of years before it completely burns out). About a million years prior to the implosion of their star, the Aldebaran Elohim had evacuated from that planetary system and relocated to new homes in other star systems in the Milky Way Galaxy. Some of these new settlements  were planets in the Pleiades and the greater Taurian region; others were in the Orion star system. But the Aldebaran Elohim still identified themselves after the star system of their origin, just like black Americans still identify themselves as African-Americans after the continent of their origin.

HUMANOIDS SETTLE ON EARTH

About 1.5 million years ago, the  Elohim of Aldebaran origin came to planet Earth. They were  not directly coming from Aldebaran since that star system had long become uninhabitable but from one of their later settlements in the Pleiades.  

The Pleiades, also known as the Seven Sisters and Messier 45, are a star cluster consisting of  more than 500 stars and are over 440 light years from Earth. They constituted one of the most famous star systems in antiquity and it’s small wonder they are mentioned in the Old Testament in JOB 9:9, JOB 38:31, and AMOS 5:8.  Of the 500 planets in the cluster, however, only 9 shine brightest from the point of view of Earth and therefore are the ones that are astronomically the best known.  Seven of these 9 planets are referred to as the Seven Sisters, with the other two referred to as the parents of the Seven Sisters. One of the two parent  stars is known as Atlas. It was  from a planet that revolved around Atlas  that the Aldebaran Elohim came from. In time, the Aldebaran Elohim would accordingly become known as the Atlanteans.

The Atlanteans were humanoids like we are but were blonde-haired, blue-eyed, very white skinned, and toweringly tall, upwards of seven feet at the very least.  They were so light-skinned they avoided direct sunlight like the plague. When the   Atlanteans came to  Earth, their aim, like the Procyonites before them,  was to colonise it as it was a very beautiful planet and having been designated by the cosmic community as the Milky Way Galaxy’s Living Genetic Library, it was bountifully rich in flora and fauna. Moreover, it was extremely endowed with water and mineral resources. At the time, however, the native Reptilians had long evolved and had taken pride of place on the planet. They were thus the sovereigns of the planet. The Reptilians were particularly concentrated on a continent called Lemuria, which was located in the Pacific Ocean between Asia and Australia to the left and North and South America to the right, and had thriving metropolises far advanced than anything we can conceive of today. They dwelt primarily on the surface of the Earth but had also a subterranean network of cities as a contingency measure in case there was a cataclysm on the surface climate-wise or in relation to a global war with invaders from outer space. Actually, the native Reptilians were so advanced they had colonies on other planets in the Solar System.

In order to set up on the planet, universal rules required that the Atlanteans  seek permission from the native Reptilians, who were nationally referred to as Lemurians. Although the Lemurians were possessive of the planet, they didn’t mind co-existing with the Atlanteans. First,  there was plenty of room on the planet. Second, the Lemurians didn’t want to provoke an unnecessary  war with the Atlanteans.  So it was that the Atlanteans were given permission to settle on Earth. Although like the Lemurians the Atlanteans  were scattered  across the Earth, they were concentrated in one place. This was a continent in the Atlantic Ocean between today’s North America to the left and Europe and Africa to the right. The continent came to be known as Atlantis.

The Atlanteans  were much more  technologically advanced than the native Reptilians since they were a much older race. So they too built cities on Atlantis that were way  out of this world. If you lived  in that era, went off planet, and returned today, you would think today’s world is actually a slum. The level of sophistication of the world of that day is beyond description.
 
HUMANOIDS AND REPTILIANS GO TO WAR

In time, the Atlanteans came to outnumber the Lemurians and eventually became the principal  race  on the planet as there is power in numbers even at the metaphysical level. You can call this a strategic coup. The Atlanteans were calling the shots on the planet just like  Americans do today and the Lemurians  did not take kindly to this. It caused friction between the two races which would at some stage lead  to war. Meanwhile, the two races  lived in a state of perpetual tension.   The usurped geopolitical eminence of the Atlanteans left a sour taste in the mouths of Lemurians, who thought they had been done a great injustice.

Now,  the Atlanteans at some stage decided to create a species that was similar to them but native to Earth at the same time. This race would be better suited to the climate and energies of Earth than they themselves were and would therefore be better-tuned to it in a range of ways. The new race would also further consolidate the Atlanteans’  right to the control of the planet  as it would have both Atlantean and terrestrial genes. This race was to be fashioned from several species of the ape family. The ape species flourished on a continent we today call Africa.

The project was a top-secret one. The  Atlanteans didn’t want the Lemurians to get to know about it as it could trigger a bio-engineering race between the two rival races. The project in fact was not  going to be conducted on Earth: it was going to be done in the Pleiades, on the Atlanteans’ home planet in the Atlas planetary system. This was deemed essential because the Atlanteans  wanted the new species to carry Pleiadien vibrations as well since locality has a significant influence too on the genetics of a species.

The Atlanteans first took 10,000 to 20,000 of the simians to the Pleiades. A few hundreds years later, the simians were brought back to Earth not as simians any more but as pre-humans.  But they were very primitive pre-humans  with a lot of  defects. They simply did not make the grade.  The Atlanteans decided to extinct this race and fashion a new, improved one. They repeated the process several times until 700,000 years ago, when they  came up with native humans who had speech and could use technology. These humans were deeply indoctrinated by the Atlanteans. For instance, they were told to avoid the Lemurians at all costs. It was stressed to them that Reptilians  were evil, that they were diabolical.

Since the secret was now out in the open, the Lemurians  knew about it and were both wroth and alarmed. The Lemurian philosophy was that animals should be left to evolve on their own in the fullness of time and not be prematurely upgraded to advanced beings.   The Lemurians also feared that if  humans, the humanoids indigenous to Earth,  proliferated, eventually they would wage war against them and possibly annihilate  their ranks and take over the planet as its only authorities.  In order to forestall such  an eventuality, the Lemurians decided to go to war with the Atlanteans so as to scupper their scheme for the planet.

It was a clash of the Titans. The weapons used were so advanced the two races almost completely extincted each other. The Lemurians had Atlantis sink into the Atlantic Ocean and the Atlanteans had Lemuria sink into the Pacific. Even today, remnants of  highly sophisticated cities can be seen on some stretches of the sea bed in either ocean. The human population was completely wiped out and the few Atlanteans who survived returned to the Pleiades. The surviving Lemurians  sought refuge in their subterranean dwellings although most of their underground cities had been destroyed by the penetrating, electronic weaponry of the Atlanteans.

For thousands of years, the planet’s surface was practically desolate, with only animals left to roam on the still standing continents.  
 
NEXT WEEK: DEVELOPMENTS IN THE SIRIUS STAR SYSTEM

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STRESS TEST

14th December 2022

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.

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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.

 

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Diana Irks Queen

14th December 2022
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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?

 

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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.

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Rights of an Individual in Islam

14th December 2022

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).

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