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Orion and Sirius Unite

Benson C Saili

Union is cemented by matrimonial union of Anu and Orion Queen  

The name Anu means “One who is of Heaven” or simply “The Heavenly One”. It is important, though, that we  bear in mind that in antiquity, the term Heaven was not overloaded with the ethereal connotations  it is in our day. It did not fundamentally mean the spiritual place we’re  supposed  to go to after we die: that was a secondary concept. Heaven in antiquity  largely  referred to the Sirius and Orion star systems, these being the places  where the “gods”, the scientifically and technologically advanced Anunnaki,  originated.

Heaven was the place not of  spiritual gods but of flesh-and-blood gods. In fact, it was not to Heaven the ancients looked forward to go when they died. Rather, they wished to join their ancestors in a subterranean world right here on Earth. Although they said their gods (the Anunnaki) came from Heaven, they themselves were of the belief they  came from the underworld and it was there they were to return upon their demise.  It was the advent of religion, a Anunnaki  blindfold, that propagandised the focus on the

When they directly ruled Earth, the Anunnaki were passed off as gods by primitive mankind owing to the seemingly supernatural  things they did, such as flying aircraft,  and their extraordinary longevity, both of which seemed like miracles to our forbearers. The planet Nibiru was also considered to be Heaven in that every time the Sirian King Anu came to visit Earth, he came by way of Nibiru, which is a virtual global spaceship. The Anunnaki actually used to promise mankind that if they were tame and obedient, they would be taken to Nibiru physically or proceed there after they died and not to the underworld, which was now span as an infernal known as Hell. Those who were physically taken to Nibiru at one time or the other included Adam, Enoch, Jacob, and Elijah. Enoch went there twice and never returned after his  second foray. Elijah is actually being awaited by the Jews even as we speak.    


Anu was the “Our Father Who art in Heaven” in what is called “The Lord’s Prayer”. (It was not Jesus’s prayer though; it was put in his mouth by the gospel writers. The prayer was lifted straight from what ancient Egyptians called “The Maxims of Anu”, precepts which are preserved on a papyrus archived in a Cairo museum.) He was the third ruler of Sirius under male rule and the 22nd  overarching ruler of Nibiru. Initially, Anu had one senior wife (Antu) and five concubines, who had their own quarters in a wing of the palace called the House of Concubines.  He would over time sire over 80 children.

Anu’s Cabinet is said to have included the following: Chief Chamberlain; three Commanders in charge of the Rocket ships; two Commanders of the Weapons; a Minister of the Purse; two Chief Justices; two Masters of Written Knowledge; two Chief Scribes; and five Assistant Scribes. Defence and “Star Wars” seemed to be of paramount importance: of the 11-man Cabinet (excluding the 7 scribes) five were military men! The palace itself, which was located in what was called the “Pure Place”,  was protected by two awesome weapon systems, overseen by two princes going by the titles Commanders of the Weapons.

Besides a Cabinet setup, there was a Council of Counsellors (Advisors) as well as what the Sumerians called an “Assembly of the Gods”. This was a form of Kgotla forum at which it was mandatory for everybody present – hundreds of people from all walks of life – to voice a view.  It was held in the Throne Room of the palace and was meant to mobilise opinion from the common herd.  

When Anu came to power in Sirius, he appointed his eldest son by Antu as ruler of Nibiru. The name of this son was AN-EN, meaning  “Crown Prince”.  His titular name, however, was ENE-EL-ILE, which meant “Lord of Abundant Clarity”. This was the title given to the commander of exploratory space flights as well as the international space station. In Sumerian,   ENE-EL-ILE was abbreviated to ENLIL. Enlil, who when he later administered planet Earth was also known as Jehovah or Yahweh,   had served in the global air force as well as star ship pilot and was highly esteemed as a disciplined and  efficient administrator. However, Enlil was not  allowed to rule Nibiru as King: he was to do so only as Viceroy, that is, Nibiru’s ruler on behalf of Anu.

Entrusting rule of Nibiru to Enlil was both strategic and precautionary on the part of Anu. It was strategic because Enlil  was his own flesh and blood.  It was precautionary because being so far afield, it would be difficult for Enlil  to plot the ouster of his father as was commonplace those days.  


When Anu became King of Sirius, his foremost aim was to declare autonomy from the Orion Queen, to whom the Sirius star system was subordinate. Anu was incensed that the Orion Queen had, so he suspected,  allowed Alalu  to get away scotfree with his cleverly contrived riddance of his grandfather Anan. He therefore reasoned that  if the Queen could brook such a crime against his iconic grandfather, she could also condone its repeat against him  by elements within the Sirian armed forces who remained loyal to Alalu.

Now, the Queen’s intelligence apparatus pervaded both the military and civil society of Sirius. So it wasn’t long before she got wind of what Anu was contemplating. The Queen had cause to be anxious about Anu’s machinations. For starters, Sirius had made great headway in military might. In fact, the technology of Sirius now surpassed even that of Orion. Second, Reptilians of the Draco star system had set up their own colony in the planetary system of Betelgeuse, a prominent star in Orion. These Reptilians were initially  mercenaries King Anan had hired when he rebelled against Queen Uraki II. Their founding of their own world in Betelgeuse was part of the peace settlement between the two warring parties of the Wolfen World at the ascendancy of King Anan.  

The Queen was concerned that if Anu went ahead to declare independence from Orion  and the Orion army pounced, the Betelgeuse Reptilians would come to the aid of Anu and the war would be long and protracted, with untold numbers of casualties  on either side. Moreover, it was possible that Anu could win the war, with the result that Orion would lose control of the prestigious and phenomenally lucrative 9th Passageway.   

In order to forestall such a scenario, the Queen came up with a well-thought-through plan. Anu and herself should come together in marriage, so that there would be only one King and one Queen of the conjoined Syrian and Orion Empires. Both Anu  and the Orion Queen were relatively young and were of the same generation although the Queen was slightly older: both had succeeded to the throne at roughly the same time. The matrimonial union, therefore, would  not be reprehensibly out of kilter.     

Soon, royal advisers from both sides met and it  was out of their deliberations that the marriage was broached. When the proposition was tabled before Anu, he endorsed it wholeheartedly without realising that it was actually initiated by the Queen. For some time after Anu popped the question, the Queen even was cunning enough to play hard to get before she finally said yes. It was a very easy decision on her part since the Orion Queen never married: she was only sexually serviced by a harem of men known as the KHARIM. Anu, on the other hand,  had his great   wife Antu  to contend with. If he married the Orion Queen, it meant Antu would have to take second place. Moreover, it also meant that Antu’s firstborn son, Enlil, would  in all likelihood no longer be heir: he would be supplanted by the firstborn son of the Orion Queen.

But since Anu was King, there was no way the wishes of Antu would stand in his way, nor the feelings of his heir Enlil. To cut a long story short, King Anu and Queen Ma of Orion had two weddings, one on the SSS Word in Orion and another on the Wolfen World in Sirius. It was the most topical wedding in the already advanced and attuned worlds of the Milky Way Galaxy, attended by dignitaries from every major, friendly star system and all the colonised or subsidiary  planets. The Sirian King retained his title as Anu, whereas  the Orion Queen chose the official  title of EKE (also rendered  “EGE”  or “IGI”, meaning “Creatrix”), abbreviated as KI. In the subsidiary worlds such ours, however, she was primarily addressed as KE-EA, meaning  “Divine Creatrix”, also rendred as GA-EA or GA-IA, the famous “mythological” goddess of Earth during a certain era. She was also referred to as Antu since it somewhat rhymed with Anu.

The union of the two mega monarchs  explains why Orion and Sirius have been the  most famous star systems in the history of Earth in the last 500,000 years, with major landmarks (such as the Egyptian pyramids, for instance), astronomically aligned, primarily, with Mintaka, the throne world of Orion, and Sirius A.  


The Orion Queen’s oldest son went by the  princely title EA, also rendered AJA, AYA, or EJE. Ea originally meant “Diving Being”. In Sumerian times (about 6000 years ago), however, it would come to mean “He whose house is water”. This latter meaning had two connotations in the main. The first referred to fish (the emblem of the astrological Age of Pisces which was associated with Ea), as indeed fish reside in a body of water. The second had to do with space. The ancients referred to space as the “Ocean of the Khaa”. Khaa was a euphemism for the SSS beings, the people of Orion. It was a fitting name for space as the Orion Queen controlled the 9th Passageway, the principal galactic trade route .  

Ea’s other title was ENE-EKE, meaning “Creator Prince”. ENE–EKE would over time be abbreviated as ENKI (or EN-GI).  Ea was called Enki because he was at once the son of  the Orion Queen and the SSS world’s master geneticist. As a geneticist, he was a virtual creator since he could mix the genes of several species to create a new species or simply tinker with the genome to get rid of certain traits and bring up new ones.   It is in fact acknowledged throughout our galaxy that the SSS race, also known as the serpent race,  are the best geneticists there are.

Now, in case you have forgotten what we said about the SSS people, we did underline the fact that they reproduced both sexually and asexually (without fertilisation by male gametes). This phenomenon was a carryover from their initial evolutional background as Khebs – a dragonfly-bee. We all know that bees produce either sexually or asexually.  In the case of sexual reproduction, the resulting offspring is always a female. In the case of asexual reproduction, the result is always a male. The SSS people continued to reproduce that way even as humanoids,  such that in the case of the Queen, all the princess were born through sexual reproduction and all the princes were born by way of asexual reproduction. As such, Enki had no father at all: only a mother. Where have we heard that before? In the Jesus story of course.  

On the SSS World, princes did not succeed to the throne, being a predominantly matrilineal society. Only princesses did. Orion didn’t have kings at all. As such, Enki was not destined to rule.  He would always be secondary to his sisters.


The marriage of King Anu and the Orion Queen was largely ceremonial. Whilst it would be consummated, it was not meant to produce new offspring. The reasons this was the case are not clear in the cosmic chronicles. The question that thus arose was, who would succeed to the joint throne once both the King and Queen passed on?

Male chauvinism seems to have rode roughshod over female assertion. There were two senior princes at the time. These were Enlil, Anu’s firstborn son, and Enki, the Queen’s firstborn son. Enki was slightly older than Enlil, but it was agreed that Enlil should be the anointed heir since he was of male  parentage. But the third in  line to the throne would not be Enlil’s son: it would be Enki’s son. That was how rulership of the joint     Sirius and Orion kingdom would alternate.

Enlil was excited by the development, whereas Enki was wroth. He just couldn’t understand why his mother had compromised to the extent she did when Orion had been historically  the mightier empire. His diminution in rank would continue to bubble in him throughout his life.

It was also decided that in order to further consolidate relations between Sirius and Orion, Enlil should marry one of the  Queen’s daughters who was still single at the time. Outwardly, Enlil agreed but he said he would only marry at a much later date since he was presently too busy running  the affairs of Nibiru. What he kept to himself  was the fact that he believed in racial purity: under no circumstances was he going to mix Sirian blood with a woman from a serpentine race, people he looked down upon.  In point of fact, the lady he had set his sights on was his half-sister Ninmah, who he was already courting but who was still too young to wed.

Anu, however, had decided that Ninmah should marry Enki and Enki was agreeable to that. Meanwhile, Enki  was given the green light to take an already grown woman before Ninmah. Her name was Damkina. Damkina was the daughter of the fugitive Alalu. The Queen had decided that Alalu should be made to feel still very much part of Anunnaki royalty even if he had been ousted so that he could do his best to still continue working in the best interests of the empire wherever he was.

Operationwise though, Enki too was to be based on planet Nibiru to assist Enlil in its administration in light of his  legendary wisdom and brilliance. In every setting, Enki distinguished himself as of exceptional genius. There was nothing that he didn’t know, hence his other nickname as the “Knower of Everything”. He was a brilliant engineer, a brilliant geneticist, a brilliant physician, a brilliant physicist, a brilliant architect, a brilliant teacher-philosopher. But he had one major weakness: he was a serial philanderer.  Enlil on the other had was very morally upstanding.     

It says a lot about Anu’s political tact that the most senior princes were stationed well away from a place where it would be comparatively easier for any of the two to seize  power. Paranoia was an integral trait of the reigning monarch in Sirius those days. Moreover, since Enki and Enlil would naturally not get along, the temptation for Enlil  to break away from the Sirian and Orion Empire would be automatically checked by Enki. Thus a disgruntled Enki was more of an asset than a liability to Anu.


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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.


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

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.




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.




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.




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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