Nibiru’s second-ranked Prince and its leading scientist heads gold prospecting party to what was now officially recognised as Alalu’s realm
It took one shar – a Nibiru year, equivalent to 3600 Earth years – for Enki and his team to prepare for the journey to Earth. The gold was to be extracted from the sea and so appropriate equipment had to be fashioned. Enki was to travel with 50 “Heroes”, a new term coined for the expeditionary force that was to serve up the vital gold; this required the design and manufacture of a sizeable spaceship, or Celestial Boats as the Anunnaki called them. A new Tablet of Destiny (a device to be used by Mission Control Centre to track and control orbits and trajectories) was to be crafted. Finally, a means other than nuclear weapons to clear the way through the dreaded Asteroid Belt was to be devised.
It was Nibiru’s Jack of all Trades, its greatest engineer, Enki, who stepped up to the challenge. It was he who designed a spaceship engine that was fuelled by nothing other than water. As if that was not mind-boggling enough, the great Enki this time around designed water cannons with a blasting power that could easily tame the notorious asteroid boulders!
The Heroes’ departure day was beamed live on television throughout Nibiru, being the most significant interplanetary expedition the world had ever undertaken. Tens of thousands gathered at the space centre, including Nibiru royalty and the planet’s Who Was Who to bid farewell to Enki and his party.
Enki was the last to board the spaceship. Before he did, he was hugged and blessed by his step father King Anu and his mother Queen Antu who had travelled all the way from Orion just to bestow travelling blessings on her eldest son. Perhaps the most emotional spectacle was the sight of Enki and his step-brother Enlil, the Jehovah/Yahweh of the Old Testament, embrace, both with glazed eyes. Such a public display of mutual affection between the two antagonistic brothers was unheard of. Lastly, Enki kissed his equally misty-eyed wife Damkina and into the spaceship he disappeared. He recalls, in his memoirs, that he was “heavy of heart”.
The captain of the flight was not Enki but a pilot called Anzu. Anzu, a low-ranking prince, was chosen for his silky-smooth piloting skills. Enki sat alongside him and as the spaceship sailed through space and went past the outer planets, Enki noticed that the planet AN (Uranus) lay “on its side”. In other words, it had a western and eastern pole instead of the usual, inclined north and south pole that typified all the other planets of the Solar System. What Enki noticed half a million years ago was only confirmed by modern astronomers in the 20th century.
The Asteroid Belt passage was a slum dunk. Enki’s Water Thrusters wrought wonders. “The force of a thousand Heroes' team stream of water was thrust,” he relates in Zechariah Sitchin’s The Lost Book of Enki. “One by one the boulders turned face; a path for the chariot they were making!” Enki was amazed at the number and almost organic tenacity of the asteroids. “As one boulder fled, another in its stead was attacking. A multitude beyond counting was their number, a host for the splitting of Tiamat (the primordial planet which was located between Mars and Jupiter and whose demolition by a come-from-nowhere Nibiru also gave rise to the Asteroid Belt and planet Earth) revenge seeking!”
But capitulate did the boulders do, thereby allowing clear passage for the spaceship. The Heroes set up a joyful noise but it was short-lived, for almost immediately Anzu announced that the water fuel was nearing exhaustion and what was in the tank was not sufficient to traverse the rest of the journey. Enki suggested that they make an emergency landing on LAHMU (Mars) for possible refueling. Enki knew Mars must have had water for “snow white was its cap (North Pole), snow white was its sandals (South Pole)”.
Indeed as the spaceship descended through the Mars atmosphere, Enki saw that the “reddish-hued” planet was “in its midst aglitter with lakes and rivers”. The Mars of old was awash with water. The spaceship landed on a lakeside and Enki and Anzu led the Heroes out. Enki quickly tested the water and the atmosphere and found that whereas the water was fit for drinking, the air was insufficient for breathing. Then having refuelled, the Heroes reboarded the spaceship and set a direct course for Earth.
LEGEND OF THE FISH GOD IS BORN
Enki and his 50-man-strong team arrived on Earth during the second Glacial Period, which ran between 480,000 to 430,000 years ago (Earth’s climate undergoes periodic icing and de-icing phases). It is no surprise, therefore, that as they circled Earth whilst bracing to land, the first thing the Heroes noticed was that huge swathes of the planet were ice-bound. It was only around the tropics that it was “dark-hued”. Because of the presence of extensive ice sheets both in the northern and southern hemisphere, the Anunnaki sometimes referred to the planet as “Snow-hued Earth”.
The Anunnaki name for Earth was actually “Ki” (which came to be pronounced as GE or GI by future civilisations) but this was an abbreviation. The full name was MUL-KI, meaning “a celestial body that has been cleaved apart”. The name recalled to mind its severance 4 billion years ago from the primeval planet Tiamat. In another vein, “Ki” was the shortened form of “Eke”, one of the multiple titles of Enki’s mother, the Queen of the Sirian-Orion Empire. In yet another vein, “Ki” was the truncated form of “KISIRI”, another name by which our planet was later known by the ancients. Kisiri meant “Mineral Resource Centre”. The name arose by virtue of Earth’s bountiful mineral riches.
Unlike Alalu’s, Enki’s Celestial Boat did not crash-land; it splashed down in the Arabian Sea, the western part of the Indian Ocean. Then donning underwater gear, Enki and his team cruised for part of the way to the edge of the Persian marshlands, where they had picked up Alalu’s signal, and swam the rest of the way. Thus began the legend often encountered among many a people around the world of a “Fish God who emerged from the waters”. The “God” who came from the sea, who some cultures even depict as half-fish, half-man, was actually Enki.
The Babylonian historian–priest, Berossus, wrote of the legend of one Oannes the Fish God, “the being endowed with reason, a god who made his appearance from the Erythrean Sea (the ancient name for the Arabian Sea) in the first year of the descent of Kingship from Heaven (that is, Nibiru, the planet of the Old Testament gods)”. But Berossus was also quick to add that “although Oannes looked like a fish, he had a human head under the fish’s head and had feet like a man under the fish’s tail; his voice, too, and language were articulate and human”. The three Greek historians who actually transmitted to us what Berossus wrote record that “such divine fish-men appeared periodically, coming ashore from the Erythrean Sea”. The Anunnaki, when they from time to time landed in the sea and emerged in their divers’ suits, were misconceived by benighted Earthlings as “fish-men” though at the same time revered as gods. To this day, the Dogons of Mali, for instance, continue to worship a fish-god called Nommo – their name for Enki.
ENKI’S AFFINITY FOR SNAKES
The pioneering Anunnaki chose Mesopotamia, ancient southern Iraq, as their first settlement on Earth. Why?
Firstly, coming from a much cooler place than Earth (on Nibiru, the Sun is for three quarters of the year only seen the way we see stars), they sought a fertile, well-watered environment with a temperate climate. Mesopotamia bore all these attributes. It was not the barren and sweltering hot desert it is today: it had rich loamy soil which lent itself to agriculture, particularly horticulture, and was encompassed by four, surging rivers the most significant of which were the Tigris and Euphrates. As for palatability of weather, even the Bible itself attests to this: it says God (who turns out to be Enlil) was in the habit of taking leisurely promenades with Adam and Eve “in the cool of the day”.
Secondly, the Anunnaki wanted a rich source of fuel and energy. Again Mesopotamia was the ideal place: it was so richly endowed with bitumens, tars, pitches, and asphalts. These bubbled or flowed up to the surface naturally: there was no need to drill for them.
As Enki and his Heroes approached, Alalu cheerily kept bellowing in his megaphone, “To Earth be welcome”. When Enki stepped ashore and took off his aqualung, Alalu hastened over and the two were seen to be locked in an emotional embrace, being father- and son-in-law. After the rest of the team had paid Alalu homage befitting a King, Enki instructed Chief Pilot Anzu to relay word to Mission Control Centre on Nibiru that they had landed safely and were warmly received by the King of Earth. Alalu wasted no time in officially designating Enki as Earth’s Chief Executive. Enki would also be the liaison man between Earth and Nibiru at the pleasure of King Alalu.
Like Alalu, Enki too was puzzled by the infinitesimally short hours of daytime. And when for the first time Enki and his team saw the golden sunset, it threw a scare into them, whereupon an amused Alalu told them that was how dusk was heralded on Earth. As for the night itself, during which the Heroes again marvelled at the splendid silvery orb that was the Moon, Enki noted that it was “beyond imagining short”. In fact, the Heroes did not retire to sleep on the first night: accustomed to comparatively very lengthy days and nights on Nibiru, Earth’s night passed in a blur to them.
On the Heroes’ second day on Earth, Enki set them to work straight off. They were detailed to, amongst other things, build permanent, livable structures, dredge the beds of streams and tributaries to allow a better flow of the waters, erect a fence around the estate to ward off wild animals, and assemble boats using the tools and equipment they had brought with them in the now docked spaceship. Enki says when he came to Earth, the planet was to a greater extent waterlogged as a lot of water had been captured as ice on landmasses. Their estate was therefore built on ground artificially raised above the waters of the marshlands. At the time, the Persian Gulf was not a sea but a stretch of marshlands and shallow lakes, which explains why Enki and his party chose to land far afield in the Arabian Sea.
Enki was instrumental in building his own magnificent house, which doubled as a temple. He named it EABZU, meaning “House of the Supernatural Spirit”, that is, “House of God” (from aba [supernatural], and su [spirit]). Naturally, Enki whose Orion race evolved from a snake species, was fanatically fascinated by Earth’s snakes. His innate scientific instincts inclined him to study them at close quarters to find out the extent to which they resembled the serpents of Orion. In the process, he developed an awed affinity for them. He boasts that, “I built my house in a pure place … Its shade stretches over the Snake Marsh”. In other words, a natural snake pond was encompassed in his yard! Enki’s snake ancestry explains why he was also referred to as – and symbolised by – the Serpent in the muddled Genesis account called the Fall (of Adam and Eve).
Also enclosed within Enki’s compound was a natural fish pond. “The carp fish wave tails in it, among the small reeds,” he recounts. This is not surprising in view of the fact that he was a famed and avid fisherman. As construction activities proceeded apace, Enki unwound by way of a boat cruise along the shallow but expansive marshlands – his childhood hobby which dovetailed rather well with his given name of Ea – “He Whose House is Water”. He was often accompanied by several crewmen, who he led in songs as they rode along (like the all-round maven he was, Enki is said to have been a phenomenally gifted musician too and by some accounts Nibiru’s maestro royal entertainer!) and sailed the seas. In this respect, he would later become known as the God of the Sea (Poseidon in Greek).
ENKI DESIGNATES SATURDAY AS DAY OF REST
The Heroes took six days to complete the construction of their initial settlement (These possibly were not six 24-hour-days but 60 or even 600 days considering that the Anunnaki used sexagesimal mathematics, which was based not on our modern-day Base 10 but Base 60). On the seventh day, Enki assembled his team to congratulate them for a job well done. He addressed them thus: “A hazardous journey we have undertaken, from Nibiru to the seventh planet a dangerous way we have traversed. At Earth we with success arrived, much good we attained, an encampment we established. Let this day be a day of rest; the seventh day hereafter a day of resting always to be!”
Earth was the 7th planet from the direction Nibiru approaches, after Pluto, Neptune, Uranus, Saturn, Jupiter, and Mars in that order. It was therefore more than a coincidence that the 7th day was chosen as a day of rest from all forms of work. This is yet another intriguing revelation since we now know where the Levites, the authors of the first five books of the Bible, pinched the idea of the “six days of creation” from. They attribute the consecration of the 7th day to Enlil, also called Yahweh/Jehovah, when it was Enki who set Saturday aside as a special day merely of relaxation and not for religious purposes. At the time, Enlil was yet to show up on Earth.
It was on the same 7th day of Enki’s arrival on Earth that he coined a name for the Anunnaki’s first city on Earth, around where the Iraq city-province of Basra is found today. He called it ERIDU, which means “A Home Away from Home”, or put differently, a settlement well away from home planet Nibiru. It is a name that over time evolved into “Earth” and which has taken root in practically every major language on the planet.
“To this very day,” writes Zechariah Sitchin, “the Persian term Ordu means ‘encampment’… The settled Earth is called Erde in German, Erda in High German, Jordh in Icelandic, Jord in Danish, Airtha in Gothic, and Erthe in Middle English. And going back geographically and in time, Earth was Aratha or Ereds in Aramaic, Erd or Ertz in Kurdish, and Eretz in Hebrew.” Thus, every time we utter the word “Earth” (which, intriguingly, incorporates Enki’s born name “Ea”), we commemorate Enki’s arrival and settlement on a lonely outpost on our then half-frozen planet! It is just as well, anyway, for as we shall soon discover, Enki is our God in a manner of speaking.
On the same 7th day, Enki and his party ceremonially instituted Alalu as the King of Eridu – and by extension King of Earth. On his part, Alalu was so impressed by the dizzying civil engineering feats Enki put on parade in laying the overall infrastructure of Eridu that he conferred on him the title NUDIMMUD, which means “The Artful Fashioner”.
It turned out Enki was not only capable of fashioning structures; he could also fashion life!
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).