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Anu’s First Visit to Earth

Benson C Saili
THIS EARTH, MY BROTHER…

The Bible’s “Our Father Who Art In Heaven” comes down to Earth to assess gold production    

When Enki and his 50-man team, the so-called Heroes, arrived on Earth from Nibiru half a million years ago, they came in search of  gold. This was no treasure hunt: the metal, the rarest on their planet, was   desperately needed to repair their perilously thinning atmosphere (it had other crucial uses as well, which we will discuss at an appropriate time). It was to be ground to powder and lofted into the upper reaches of the Nibiru atmosphere. The gold particles would serve as a kind of artificial screen: they would reflect the Sun’s harsh ultraviolet rays and therefore safeguard Nibiruans and the planet’s flora and fauna from the blights that were already in evidence.   

That gold could indeed save such a purpose is borne out by Nasa, whose spacecraft windows are coated with a thin layer of gold to shield the astronauts from radiation. Solar radiation was particularly pronounced during that stage of Nibiru’s 3600-year circuit when it was in the ecliptic, that is, the region between Pluto and Mercury.   

The Bible furnishes a veritable clue that gold was indeed uppermost in the minds of the Anunnaki (who it calls the Elohim but who Christians, Jews, and Arabs generally refer to as “God”) when they came to Earth. GENESIS 2:10-11 says, “A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters. The name of the first was the Pishon; it winds through the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold and the gold of that land is good: there is also bdellium and onyx stone.” Gold is the first metal to be mentioned in the Bible. Says Zechariah Sitchin: “Gold, which we call the royal metal, was in fact the metal of the gods”, that is, the Anunnaki. When the Anunnaki settled in ancient Iraq, it was essential because of the gold they had detected in its hydrology.  

Not long after their arrival in Eridu, their first settlement on Earth, Enki’s team set out to extract gold first from the marshes and when this proved inadequate from rivers and the surrounding seas.

The Heroes laboured for six “days” and on the seventh “day” analysed the yield. They turned up reasonable quantities of copper and iron but not gold, which was disappointingly paltry. Enki reckoned that if they had to obtain meaningful amounts of gold, they should resort to prospecting for “Tiamat’s golden veins” on the firm lands, Tiamat being the Solar System’s first, gold-endowed planet that Nibiru destroyed 4 billon years ago to bring about Earth and the Asteroid Belt in what Enki, the Anunnaki genius who fathomed this cosmic phenomenon, dubbed the Celestial Battle.

Accordingly, the Heroes assembled what they called a “Sky Chamber” from the parts they had brought with them in the Celestial Boat, or spaceship, and Enki and another pilot called Abgal took off to scour for gold deposits on the continents using high-tech scanning instruments.

Meanwhile, panic was taking hold on an incoming Nibiru. Enlil, the ruler of Nibiru, sent word to his father King Anu in Sirius complaining of the inordinate delays in the delivery of gold, and Anu in turn relayed this concern to Enki. Why had shipments of gold not commenced, he wondered to his step son. Enki replied that the gold accumulated thus far was insignificant in amount: sizeable quantities would only be possible after a shar – a year on Nibiru which is equivalent to 3600 Earth years. Anu said he was having none of that:  whatever gold there was had to be dispatched to Nibiru forthwith as the gold dispersal technique that had been devised there had to be tested.

Enki accordingly gave instructions that Alalu’s spaceship be repaired for a return trip to Nibiru. As he inspected the spaceship, Enki discovered seven nuclear weapons on board Alalu had not used when he blasted his way through the Asteroid Belt. A pacifist to the core, Enki feared that such weapons could one day land in the wrong hands and he decided to stash them away in a secret place. So he and Abgal carefully loaded them into their Sky Chamber and off they flew to a far-flung area in today’s Africa, where they hid them in a cave. Enki was in future to rue this misplaced trust in Abgal

At any rate, Anzu, who was detailed by Enki to deliver the gold to Nibiru, discovered that the nuclear weapons were missing and wondered to King Alalu how he was going to negotiate his way through the Asteroid Belt without them.  A perturbed Alalu confronted Enki about this and Enki did not prevaricate: he owned up forthwith, saying he hid the “weapons of terror” because even on Nibiru their use in any way, shape or form had been forbidden. Anzu then said without them there was no way he was going to brave the Asteroid stumbling block: he was not well versed in  the employment of water thrusters, a method Enki had so spectacularly used to tame the turning Asteroid boulders. A gallant Abgal then stepped forward and volunteered to deliver the gold in Anzu’s stead.

A SHORT-LIVED HEALING

When Abgal set course for Nibiru, the planet was already on its way back to its perigee, the point where it was nearest to the Sun. He had no trouble with the Asteroid barricade.

As he neared the planet, Abgal was at once alarmed and entranced. He was entranced by the planet’s dazzling brilliance. “Ahead, in the darkness, in reddish hue glowed Nibiru, a sight to behold,” Enki relates of Abgal’s journey. At the same time, he was alarmed by the extent of Nibiru’s Ozone hole. “Nearing the planet, the breach in its atmosphere Abgal could see. A squeezing he felt in his heart.”

On Nibiru, Abgal was welcomed amid a lot of fanfare by Enlil and King Anu, who had travelled from Sirius just to witness this occasion. The little gold that he brought with him was expeditiously ground to powder and put to use, with very promising results.  Relates Enki in Zechariah Sitchin’s The Lost Book of Enki: “With rockets was the gold dust heavenward carried, by crystals beams was it dispersed. Where there was a breach, now there was a healing.”

King Anu was so excited he dubbed gold “The Salvation of  Nibiru”.  But the euphoria was short-lived: as Nibiru neared its perigee, disaster again struck. “When Nibiru near the Sun came, the golden dust was by its rays disturbed; the healing in the atmosphere was dwindled, the breach to its bigness returned.” The Ozone hole had rebounded. It was back to square one.  A disillusioned and frantic Anu hurriedly dispatched Abgal back to Earth to collect more gold. Accompanying him was co-pilot Nungal and 50 other Heroes to reinforce the gold extraction effort.

The process of obtaining alluvial gold was notoriously slow: 3600 years since the last delivery, Enki and his team hadn’t made much headway. The gold yields remained a pittance.  The quest for land ores had yet to bear fruit either.  Enki and King Alalu pondered endlessly thus: “If  Earth the head of  Tiamat was in the Celestial Battle cut off, where was the neck, where were the golden veins cut asunder? Where were the golden veins from Earth’s innards protruding?”

The gold ingots that Abgal took to Nibiru again were minuscule: they could not provide a sustainable solution to Nibiru’s Ozone hole problem. Enki continued to criss-cross the Earth in his sky chamber and at long last the search registered a stunning success: he happened upon rich deposits of gold in modern-day Zimbabwe. The potential was so breathtaking Enki characterised the place as the “Birthplace of Gold”.

The need to extract gold from the sea was now redundant. But the terrestrial gold was deep into “the bowels of the Earth” and therefore required suitable underground mining equipment.

An ecstatic King Anu, when he got word of this development, convened a special assembly to discuss the next course of action. The assembly decided that there was need to first ascertain the size of the deposits before a longterm strategy was devised. Enki would also need executive assistance in the event that large-scale mining became inevitable and the best fit for the purpose was Enlil. Besides being ruler of Nibiru (on behalf of the Sirian-Orion monarch) and  Crown Prince to the Sirian-Orion throne, Enlil was once a general in the Sirian Air Force, which encompassed the cosmic army, and had demonstrable credentials as an able administrator.   Meanwhile, Anu decided to base himself on Nibiru till the Ozone hole problem was resolved.

Enlil arrived on Earth in the 7th Shar after Alalu did, that is, after Alalu had been King of Earth for 25,200 Earth years. Enki wasted no time in taking him to the southern part of Africa, which Enki had named the ABZU. Abzu meant a “primeval deep source”, in this context a source of metal ore or simply Mineral Belt.

Having established that gold did indeed abound in the Abzu, Enlil now suggested to Enki and Alalu that a permanent settlement be established on Earth as more Anunnaki would be needed in the arduous and painstaking mining process. A spaceport had to be built as well to handle the higher traffic of spaceships carrying loads of gold to Nibiru. What this entailed was that both Enki and Enlil would now be based on Earth practically indefinitely. Now, the moot point was this: who would be in charge of the base camp in Eridu and the new operations thereof and who would be in charge of the mining operations in the Abzu?

Regrettably, King of Earth Alalu fell flat in allotting responsibilities to the two brothers, both of whom had colossal egos. Enlil then proposed that King  Anu  come to Earth and help break the impasse, to which King Alalu reluctantly agreed. It meant the onset of mining activities would have to wait for another shar as at the time Nibiru had left the perigee and was on its way back to its apogee.

Meanwhile, Enki had long divided an Earthly year into twelve months, with each month comprising of four weeks of 7 days each. He was also busy studying the Earth’s evening skies to establish the periodicity of peculiar star patterns. So far, he had already deduced that there was a different night sky backdrop – called a constellation – roughly every 2160 years. It was just a matter of time before he came up with a definitive Zodiac pattern that would stand the test of time.    

THE RESENTFUL “ZU”

King Anu set off from Nibiru to Earth with a 50-man entourage that included Chief Pilot Nungal and a VIP royal called Kumarbi.  Who was Kumarbi?

As with most Anunnaki names that we encounter in Sumerian records, Kumarbi was a title and not an original name.  The Sirian-Orion armed forces had two major branches. First, there was the cosmic branch, the one that engaged in interplanetary warfare and conquests. Its troops were known as “IKU” Warriors. Then there was the Warrior Ground Forces. These were known as the “BEH”. Collectively, the Iku and Beh were known as the “DAK” or “TAK”, meaning the “Teeth”. They were the teeth of the “RRR”, as the Wolfen race of Sirius were called by virtue of the inborn throaty growl (like that of a dog or lion) in their voice.

Now, when Alalu fled from Sirius to Earth, he had brought along with him his grandson ALALGAR. Alalgar was a fiercely ambitious young Anunnaki, even more so than his grandfather. The overthrow of Alalu by Anu remained a sore point with Alalgar; as such, his lifelong goal was to reclaim the Sirian throne on behalf of the House of Alalu. To prepare for such an eventuality, he underwent thorough Iku and Beh training here on Earth and the surrounding space (contrary to what Zechariah Sitchin would have you believe, Alalu had fled with a sizeable military arsenal and following when he came to Earth and even warred against the Native Reptilians of Earth, a subject we shall dwell upon in detail soon.)  

Having completed the training, Alalgar quickly rose through the military ranks. First, he attained to the second highest title, IKU-MAR-BEH, which meant “Great One of the Iku and Beh”. In the Sumerian writings, this is abbreviated to “KUMARBI”. Finally, he was conferred the highest commission, equivalent to what we call Generalissimo today, or Joint Chiefs Chairman in the US armed forces. This title was “ZU”. It literally meant         “Supreme Master” (that is, of the combined Anunnaki armed forces of  Earth). In our case, we will be referring to him simply as Kumarbi but bear in mind that his original name was Alalgar. Kumarbi would, for reasons we shall set out soon, become known as “The Evil Zu”.  

When King Anu heard of the strides Kumarbi was making in the Buida (our Solar System) military, he was alarmed.  His immediate reaction was to deploy his own elite Iku warrior astronauts throughout Buida, who were known as the “IKIKI”, or “IGIGI” in some spellings. Igigi meant “Those Who Watch” or “Search” (that is, watching and searching from a space station). The Igigi were at once astronauts and fighter pilots. Their main brief was to watch on developments on planet Earth with an eye particularly on Kumarbi. The Igigi were headed by Marduk, Enki’s firstborn son who was second in line to the Sirian-Orion throne after Enlil.

KUMARBI SUPPLANTS ENLIL

The reports Marduk sent to Anu agitated the Sirian-Orion King. It came to light that Kumarbi was scheming to have Earth completely secede from the Sirian-Orion Empire, when Alalu ruled it as a mere viceroy, that is, on behalf of the Sirian-Orion monarch.

In order to forestall such a scenario, Anu hit upon an idea. He decided to make Kumarbi his Cup-Bearer. This was a very sensitive move as it meant Kumarbi was now the official heir to the Sirian-Orion throne, leapfrogging Enlil. But Anu thought sacrificing Enlil was by far a lower price to pay in the interests of peace and considering that as the designated Living Genetic Library and a hugely resource-endowed planet, Earth was the most precious planet in the Milky Way Galaxy.  

And so it was that Kumarbi was installed as Cup-Bearer to the Sirian-Orion monarch and was to be based on the Wolfen planet in Sirius. Kumarbi, however, remained unabashedly resentful of Anu: it still rankled with him that his grandfather’s reign was interrupted by a power-hungry Anu, who he would always regard as a usurper.   “Anu could not withstand the gaze of Kumarbi’s eyes”, relates Enki.  

Because he was distrustful of Kumarbi, Anu, when he journeyed to Earth, brought him along just in case he suddenly got to entertain subversive ideas in the King’s absence. Even then, Anu made sure Alalu and his grandson did not get the slightest chance to confer by leaving Kumarbi on the space platform orbiting the Earth. The gesture irked both grandfather and grandson in no small measure.  

Anu was as much on a crisis-defusing mission as he was on a prospecting mission. Before setting a direct course for Earth, he first circled the Moon to sniff for signs of gold deposits there. Several billions of Earth years before, both Earth and the Moon, named Kingu by the Anunnaki, were part of a planet called Tiamat that existed between Mars and Jupiter, with Kingu as a moon of Tiamat. It therefore followed that if  Earth contained gold, then Kingu possibly did to.  

Emerging from the watercourse that abutted Eridu, King Anu was first greeted by Enki, which was anomalous and a sign of simmering tension between Alalu and Anu. Anu should ideally have been welcomed by Earth’s King Alalu but the latter was chafed when he could not spot his grandson Kumarbi among Anu’s entourage. It was only after Enki and Enlil had greeted their father that Alalu did likewise but with his body language plainly bespeaking underlying rancour.  

NEXT WEEK: “OUR FATHER” LOSES HIS “BALL”!

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Technology saves Lions from angry Okavango villagers

22nd November 2022

Villagers in the eastern Okavango region are now using an alert system which warns them when collared lions approach livestock areas. The new technology is now regarded as a panacea to the human/wildlife conflict in the area as it has reduced mass poisoning and killing of lions by farmers.

The technology is being implemented by an NGO, Community Living Among Wildlife Sustainably (CLAWS) within the five villages of Seronga, Gunutsoga, Eretsha, Beetsha and Gudigwa in the eastern part of the Okavango delta.

A Carnivore Ecologist from CLAWS, Dr Andrew Stein explained that around 2013, villagers in the eastern Okavango were having significant problems with losses of their cattle to predators specifically lions, so the villagers resorted to using poison and shooting the lions in order to reduce their numbers.

He highlighted that as a form of progressive intervention, they designed a programme to reduce the conflicts and promote coexistence. Another component of the programme is communal herding, introduced in 2018 to reduce the conflict by increasing efficiency whereby certified herders monitor livestock health and protect them from predators, allowing community members to engage in other livelihood activities knowing that their livestock are safe.

They are now two herds with 600 and 230 cattle respectively with plan to expand the programme to other neighbouring villages. Currently the programme is being piloted in Eretsha, one of the areas with most conflict incidences per year.

Dr Stein explained that they have developed the first of its kind alert system whereby when the lions get within three or five kilometers of a cattllepost or a homestead upon the five villages, then it will release an alert system going directly to the cellphones of individuals living within the affected area or community.

‘So, if a colored lion gets to about five kilometers of Eretsha village or any villagers in the Eretsha that has signed up for, the system will receive an SMS of the name of the lion and its distance to or from the village”, he stated. He added that this enables villagers to take preventative action to reduce conflicts before its starts.

Dr Stein noted that some respond by gathering their cattle and put them in a kraal or put them in an enclosure making sure that the enclosure is secure while some people will gather firewood and light small fires around edges of the kraal to prevent lions from coming closer and some when they receive the SMS they send their livestock to the neighbours alerting them about the presence of lions.

He noted that 125 people have signed to receive the alert system within Seronga, Eretsha, Beetsha, Gunutsoga and Gudigwa. He added that each homestead is about five people and this means more than 600 people immediately receive the messages about lions when they approach their villages. He also noted that last year they dispersed over 12 000 alerts, adding that this year is a bit higher as about 20 000 alerts have been sent so far across these villages.

Stein further noted that they have been significant changes in the behavior of the villagers as they are now tolerant to lions. “85 percent were happy with the SMS and people are becoming more tolerant with living with lions because they have more information to reduce the conflicts,” he stressed.

Stein noted that since the start of the programme in 2014 they have seen lion populations rebounds almost completely to a level before and they have not recorded cases of lion poisoning in the last three years which is commendable effort.

Monnaleso Sanga from Eretsha village applauded the programme by CLAWS noting that farmers in the area are benefiting through the alert system and take preventative measures to reduce human/lion conflict which has been persistent in the area. He added that numbers of cattle killed by lions have reduced immensely. He also admitted that they are now tolerant to lions and they no longer kill nor poison them.

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THE IDEAL QUALITY OF A MUSLIM

8th September 2022

A Muslim is supposed to be and should be a living example of the teachings of the Quran and the ‘Sunnah’ (the teachings and living examples of Prophet Muhammed (SAW – Peace be upon Him). We should follow these in all affairs, relations, and situations – starting with our relationship with our Lord, our own self, our family and the people around us. One of the distinguishing features of the (ideal) Muslim is his faith in Allah, and his conviction that whatever happens in the universe and whatever befalls him, only happens through the will and the decree of the Almighty Allah.

A Muslim should know and feel that he is in constant need of the help and support of Allah, no matter how much he may think he can do for himself. He has no choice in his life but to submit to the will of his Creator, worship Him, strive towards the Right Path and do good deeds. This will guide him to be righteous and upright in all his deeds, both in public and in private.

His attitude towards his body, mind and soul

The Muslim pays attention to his body’s physical, intellectual and spiritual needs. He takes good care of his body, promoting its good health and strength. He shouldn’t eat in excess; but he should eat enough to maintain his health and energy. Allah, The Exalted, Says “…Eat and drink; but waste not by excess, for Allah loves not the wasters.” [Quran 7: 31]

The Muslim should keep away from alcohol and drugs. He should also try to exercise regularly to maintain his physical fitness. The Muslim also keeps his body and clothes clean, he bathes frequently. The Prophet placed a great emphasis on cleanliness and bathing. A Muslim is also concerned with his clothing and appearance but in accordance with the Islamic ideal of moderation, avoiding the extremes.

As for his intellectual care, the Muslim should take care of his mind by pursuing beneficial knowledge. It is his responsibility to seek knowledge whether it is religious or secular, so he may understand the nature and the essence of things. Allah Says: “…and say: My Lord! Increase me in knowledge.” [Quran 20: 114

The Muslim should not forget that man is not only composed of a body and a mind, but that he also possesses a soul and a spirit. Therefore, the Muslim pays as much attention to his spiritual development as to his physical and intellectual development, in a balanced manner which ideally does not concentrate on one aspect to the detriment of others.

His attitude towards people

The Muslim must treat his parents with kindness and respect, compassion, politeness and deep gratitude. He recognizes their status and knows his duties towards them. Allah Says “And serve Allah. Ascribe nothing as partner unto Him. (Show) kindness unto parents…” [Quran 4: 36]

With his wife, the Muslim should exemplify good and kind treatment, intelligent handling, deep understanding of the nature and psychology of women, and proper fulfilment of his responsibilities and duties.

With his children, the Muslim is a parent who should understand his responsibility towards their good upbringing, showing them love and compassion, influence their Islamic development and giving them proper education, so that they become active and constructive elements in society, and a source of goodness for their parents, community, and society as a whole.

With his relatives, the Muslim maintains the ties of kinship and knows his duties towards them. He understands the high status given to relatives in Islam, which makes him keep in touch with them, no matter what the circumstances.

 

With his neighbours, the Muslim illustrates good treatment, kindness and consideration of others’ feelings and sensitivities. He turns a blind eye to his neighbour’s faults while taking care not to commit any such errors himself. The Muslim relationship with his wider circle of friends is based on love for the sake of Allah. He is loyal and does not betray them; he is sincere and does not cheat them; he is gentle, tolerant and forgiving; he is generous and he supplicates for them.

In his social relationships with all people, the Muslim should be well-mannered, modest and not arrogant. He should not envy others, fulfils his promises and is cheerful. He is patient and avoids slandering and uttering obscenities. He should not unjustly accuse others nor should he interfere in that which does not concern him. He refrains from gossiping, spreading slander and stirring up trouble – avoids false speech and suspicion. When he is entrusted with a secret, he keeps it. He respects his elders. He mixes with the best of people. He strives to reconcile between the Muslims. He visits the sick and attends funerals. He returns favours and is grateful for them. He calls others to Islam with wisdom, example and beautiful preaching. He should guide people to do good and always make things easy and not difficult.

The Muslim should be fair in his judgments, not a hypocrite, a sycophant or a show-off. He should not boast about his deeds and achievements. He should be straightforward and never devious or twisted, no matter the circumstances. He should be generous and not remind others of his gifts or favours. Wherever possible he relieves the burden of the debtor. He should be proud and not think of begging.

These are the standards by which the (ideal) Muslim is expected to structure his life on. Now how do I measure up and fit into all this? Can I honestly say that I really try to live by these ideals and principles; if not can I really call myself a true Muslim?

For the ease of writing this article I have made use of for want of a better word, the generic term ‘he’, ‘his’, ‘him’ and the ‘male’ gender, but it goes without saying that these standards apply equally to every female and male Muslim.

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OUR BELOVED CHILDREN

29th August 2022

“Homicide and suicide kill almost 7000 children every year; one in four of all children are born to unmarried mothers, many of whom are children themselves…..children’s potential lost to spirit crushing poverty….children’s hearts lost in divorce and custody battles….children’s lives lost to abuse and violence, our society lost to itself, as we fail our children.” “If you bungle raising your children, I don’t think whatever else you do matters very much.” (Quotation taken from a book written by Hillary Clinton).

These words may well apply to us here in Botswana; We are also experiencing a series of challenges in many spheres of development and endeavour but none as challenging as the long term effects of what is going to happen to our youth of today. One of the greatest challenges facing us as parents today is how to guide our youth to become the responsible adults that we wish them to be, tomorrow.

In Islam Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) has enjoined upon the parents to take care of the moral and religious instruction of their children from the very beginning, otherwise they will be called to account for negligence on the Day of Judgement. Parents must inculcate God-consciousness in their children from an early age, whereby the children will gain an understanding of duty to The Creator.

 

The Holy Qur’an says: ‘O you who believe! Save yourself and your families from the Fire of Hell’. (Ch. 66: V6). This verse places the responsibility on the shoulders of the parents to ensure that training and guidance begin at home. The goal is to mould the child into a solid Islamic personality, with good morals, strong Islamic principles, knowledge and behavior so as to be equipped to face the demands of life in a responsible and mature manner. This should begin with the proper environment at home that inculcates the best moral and behavioral standards.

But what do we have instead? Believers of all Religious persuasions will agree that we have children growing up without parental guidance, a stable home environment, without role models, being brought up in surroundings that are not conducive to proper upbringing and moulding of well-adjusted children. These children are being brought up devoid of any parental guidance and increasingly the desperate situation of orphaned children having to raise their siblings (children raising children) because their parents have succumbed to the scourge of AIDS.

It is becoming common that more and more girls still in their schooling years are now falling pregnant, most of them unwanted, with the attendant responsibilities and difficulties.

Observe the many young ladies who are with children barely in their teens having illegitimate children. In the recent past there was a campaign focused on the ‘girl-child’; this campaign targeted this group of young females who had fallen pregnant and were now mothers. The situation is that the mother still being just a ‘child’ and not even having tasted adulthood, now has the onerous responsibility of raising her own child most of the time on her own because either the father has simply disappeared, refuses to takes responsibility, or in some cases not even known.

We cannot place the entire blame on these young mothers; as parents and society as a whole stand accused because we have shirked our responsibilities and worse still we ourselves are poor role models. The virtual breakdown of the extended family system and of the family unit in many homes means that there are no longer those safe havens of peace and tranquility that we once knew. How then do we expect to raise well-adjusted children in this poisoned atmosphere?

Alcohol has become socially acceptable and is consumed by many of our youth and alarmingly they are now turning to drugs. Alcohol is becoming so acceptable that it is easily accessible even at home where some parents share drinks with their children or buying it for them. This is not confined only to low income families it is becoming prevalent amongst our youth across the board.

 

It is frightening to witness how our youth are being influenced by blatantly suggestive pop culture messages over television, music videos and other social media. Children who are not properly grounded in being able to make rational and informed decisions between what is right and what is wrong are easily swayed by this very powerful medium.

 

So what do we do as parents? We first have to lead by example; it is no longer the parental privilege to tell the child ‘do as I say not as I do’- that no longer works. The ball is in the court of every religious leader (not some of the charlatans who masquerade as religious leaders), true adherents and responsible parents. We cannot ignore the situation we have to take an active lead in guiding and moulding our youth for a better tomorrow.

In Islam Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said: “No father gives a better gift to his children than good manners and good character.”  Children should be treated not as a burden, but a blessing and trust of Allah, and brought up with care and affection and taught proper responsibilities etiquettes and behaviour.

Even the Bible says; ‘Suffer the little children to come unto me and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein’. (Mark 10:14-15)

The message is clear and needs to be taken by all of us: Parents let us rise to the occasion – we owe it to our children and their future.

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