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Enki Journeys to Earth

Benson C Saili
THIS EARTH, MY BROTHER…

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!

NEXT WEEK:   JEHOVAH REINFORCES ENKI

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GONE FISHING

28th March 2023

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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“I Propose to Diana Tonight”

28th March 2023

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

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

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

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

The report read as follows:

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

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

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

DIANA AND DODI AT THE RITZ

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

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

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

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

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

THE “TELL ME YES” RING IS DELIVERED

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

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

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

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

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

DIANA AND DODI GUSH OVER IMMINENT NUPTIALS

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

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

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

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

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RAMADAN – The Blessed Month of Fasting

28th March 2023

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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