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Jehovah’s Clan

Benson C Saili    
THIS EARTH, MY BROTHER

They gave us Allah and inspired the Apollo moon mission nomenclature

When the Anunnaki were directly ruling Earth (they are still ruling the planet but behind the scenes), they were six generations.

Their Nibiru-based King, Anu, and his principal wife, Antu, the Orion Queen, constituted the first generation.   

Enlil, Enki, and their sister Ninmah were the second generation.

To the third generation belonged the Enlilites Ninurta, Nanna-Sin, and Ishkur-Adad, and the Enkites Marduk, Nergal, Gibil, Ninagal, Ningishzidda, and Dumuzi.

The prominent fourth-generation scions were Marduk’s sons Geb, Shu, and Nabu on the Enkite side, and Nanna-Sin’s son Utu-Shamash and his daughters Inanna-Ishtar and Ereshkigal.

As for the fifth-generation, the most chronicled are Geb’s four children Osiris and his sister-wife Isis, and Set and his sister-wife Nephtys.

When it comes to the sixth generation, Horus, the son of Osiris, takes pride of place.  

In this episode, we will devote ourselves to the Enlilite clan.  

NINURTA THE GOD OF WAR AND AGRICULTURE

Ninurta was the firstborn of Enlil, the Jewish god popularly known as Jehovah/Yahweh in Christendom. Born on the planet Nibiru, Ninurta’s mother was Ninmah, Enlil’s half-sister.

Ninurta’s full name was NIN-URU-ATA, meaning “Lord of Destruction” (from nin [Lord], uru [to shred, tear], and ata [to kill]), a term that aptly captured the innate ferocity and fierceness of Sirians both as a people and as warriors. His other title was NIN-GIR-SU, meaning “Lord of the Great Black Machine”. He was so- called because he flew in a formidable fighter craft known as TA-DI, which he used to strafe with bombs, and a IM-DU-GUD, in which he  forcefully transported labour conscripts. Yet another of his titles was NIN-IB (Nin-Ub-Ir in full, meaning “Lord of the Legacy” as here on Earth he was ideally the heir to Enlil). In the Vedic texts of ancient India, he is referred to as INDRA.

Ninurta was the god of war, hunting, fertility, harvest, and seasonality – the god of the plow and ploughing (symbolising    agriculture) and time-keeping. He was therefore associated with the planet Saturn, which was symbolic of war, harvest, and time-keeping. Hence, the Greeks called him Cronos, the god who was the very personification of time (from which the English terms chronology and chronometer stem).   He was often depicted holding a bow and arrow, a sickle sword, or a mace named  sharu.

As the god of hunting, he was associated with the Zodiacal sign Sagittarius, whose age he presided upon. After his destruction of the Anunnaki post-diluvial (after the flood of Noah) spaceport in the Sinai Peninsula, he became known as ISHUB, meaning “The Scorcher”.

Ninurta was married to his contemporary aunt Bau, also known as Gula, a younger sister of his mother Ninmah and a nurse by training.  His cult centre in the Edin was the city-state of Lagash. There, he lived in a sacred precinct which was nicknamed Girsu, after his eerie black aircraft. The Girsu was a virtual garrison as it was heavily policed by a retinue of soldiers.

In the Old Testament, Yahweh is repeatedly referred to as “The Lord of Hosts”, that is, a commander of regiments, such as ISAIAH 13:4 which says, "Yahweh, the Lord of hosts, a warring army commands." This is Ninurta being talked about here. ISAIAH 42:13 is also eulogising Ninurta when it says, "Yahweh goes forth like a warrior, like a hero He whips up His rage; He shall roar and cry out and over His enemies He shall prevail,” and so does EXODUS 15, “The LORD is a warrior; Yahweh is his name!” The Old Testament also makes mention of the lost book of The Wars of Yahweh, which in all probability must have been a dedicated chronicling of the warring feats of Ninurta.

Ninurta’s numerical ranking was 50, just like his father Enlil. He was awarded the ranking after he defeated Kumarbi, the “Evil Zu”, and retrieved the vital Tablets of  Destinies. But although he was heir to Enlil here on Earth, he never got to inherit him at all. The person who assumed the role of Enlil when he withdrew from day-to-day executive activities was Nanna-Sin.    

NANNA-SIN, THE BENEVOLENT ALLAH

Nanna-Sin was to Enlil what Ningishzidda was to Enki – the favourite son. Like Ningishzidda, he was a kindly god and the very glue of the Enlilites. His human subjects hailed him as a very likeable god.   

His Sumerian name Nanna is actually the abbreviation of NA-AN-NA-RU, meaning “illuminator” or “lamp”. It derived from his emblem, the Moon, hence, his other epithet as the “Moon God”. In another vein,  Na-an-na-ru can also be rendered as  NA-AN-NA-UR,  meaning “Of Heaven (Nibiru) and of Ur”.  This is a most fitting characterisation as Nanna-Sin was the first royal Anunnaki to be born on Earth. Ur, Tell el-Muqayyar in today’s southern Iraq, was his cult centre.  

The Akkadians referred to him as SU-EN, abbreviated as SIN. The term Suen has typically been interpreted as “multiplying” or “fertile” god. This is because when Ur was under Nanna’s administration, it became the most prolific agriculturally – the granary of Sumer and the principal supplier of  sheep and cattle to other city-states in the broader Edin. But Suen could also have meant “Spiritual” or “Soulful Lord” as another meaning of “su” in the primeval languages was “spirit” or “soul”. As asserted above, Nanna-Sin was reputed as a humane god.   

The Egyptians called him ATEN and the Jews ADONAI, both of which mean multiplying god. The Canaanites called him EL, meaning “Lord”, or EL  ELYON, meaning “Lord Supreme”. El became Allah in Arabic. The Greeks called him ADONIS or Zeus, the King of Gods. Zeus, as we explained in one of our earlier articles, meant “Supreme Master”.

Its other meaning was JEHOVAH (JOVE in Latin), meaning “The One (ENE, title of a supreme being) Who is Here (rules on Earth)”. In other words, Jehovah meant “Earth Lord”. Earth Lord became the arbitrary title of Nanna-Sin (conferred on him by the Enlilites only) when Enlil handed over superintending responsibilities to him in the Age of Aries (2160 BC-0).  The Romans mistakenly called him Jupiter, when the real Jupiter (YAHWEH-PTAH, or YAH-PTAH in short) was Enki.

In biblical times, the city of Jericho – YERIHO in Hebrew, meaning “City of the Moon God” – was named after Nanna-Sin. As the Age of Aries drew to a close, Nanna-Sin and his wife Ningal (called Asherah in the Bible) settled at the southern tip of what is today called the Sinai Peninsula. The Jews accordingly named Mount Sinai after him. In Arabic, Mount Sinai is called Nakhl. Nakhl, or Nikal in Hebrew, is simply another rendering of the name Ningal.  

In earlier times, Nanna-Sin’s numerical rank was 30. That changed in the Age of Aries when Enlil passed the baton to him in defiance of Enki’s son Marduk, who by rights should have succeeded Enlil as Earth’s Chief Executive. In handing over the reins to Nanna-Sin, why did Enlil skip Ninurta, his firstborn son and who like Enlil held the rank of 50?  The reason was that since Nanna-Sin was born on Earth, he was more acceptable to the now more influential Earthling populace. He was effectively a “Son of the Soil”, as opposed to the real Alien Ninurta who was born on Nibiru.  

Nanna-Sin’s most famous kids are the twins Utu-Shamash, a boy, and Inanna-Ishtar, a girl. But he had other sons by concubine spouses. They included Yam, Mot, Yahar, and Shalem, after whom Jerusalem (Yerushalem) was named.  

Nanna-Sin is the Yahweh who commissioned Abraham into that epoch-making mission from Ur to Haran and onward to Canaan in 2048 BC (GENESIS 12:1).

ISHKUR-ADAD, THE EL SHADDAI

Ishkur-Adad was Enlil’s third-born and youngest son. ISHKUR, meaning “Fiery Mountain”, was his Sumerian address. The Hittites called him TESHUB, and the Assyrians referred to him as ASHUR, again both names meaning “Fiery Mountain”, or “Mountain Fire”.  In the Bible, he is called EL SHADDAI (e.g. GENESIS 17:1, GENESIS 35:11, and EXODUS 6:2-3), meaning “God of the Mountains”.  Why was he so-called?

First, his main base was the mountainous areas of today’s Turkey, beginning with the Taurus Mountains, a mountain range that runs parallel to the Mediterranean Sea, extending along a curve from Lake Egridur in eastern Turkey to the upper reaches of the Euphrates River encompassing today’s city of  Baghdad in Iraq.  Second, he was a ruthless and punishing god. He was “bad news”, prone to volcanic-like eruption of rage and harsh vendettas. The name ADAD, “The Fearsome One”, attests to this predilection, as well as VULCAN, by which he was referred to in Nordic lore.

The Aztecs in central America called him TEZCATLIPOCA HUITZILOPOCHTL, meaning “Lord of the Smoking Mirror”. That part of the world was once the theatre of  turf wars between he and Enki’s son Ningishzidda, who was the region’s pioneer god.

It seems Baghdad (in ancient Persian meaning “God [A] Dad”) was once his cult centre as it is apparently named after him.

Normally, when the Enlilites waged war, it was against the Enkites but Ishkur-Adad (HADAD in the Bible)   sometimes used to fight members of his own clan in the wars of supremacy. As such, there are passages in the Old Testament, an Enlilite work, where he is denounced as a god of nations other than Israel and therefore anathema to the main Yahweh (Enlil), e.g. I KINGS 11:25).

 Ishkur-Adad was the dreaded “Storm God”, the god of rain, thunder and lightning. His distinctive emblem was therefore a pitch fork. The bull was also his secondary symbol, something he must have appropriated to himself after Enlil retreated into virtual retirement in the Age of Aries.

When the Anunnaki pantheon came up with a strategy to introduce the illusion of monotheism – cleverly presenting themselves as one god before mankind both to allay conflicts amongst themselves as well as  between their human subjects  and to create a kind of mystique in the Age of Aries – it was Ishkur-Adad   they chose as the prime  enforcer by virtue of his ferocity. His main punitive and retributive measure was to withhold rains to cause acute droughts and famine, particularly during the Jewish sojourn in the wilderness.

The passages PSALM 135:7 (He [Yahweh]  makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth; he sends lightning with the rain and brings out the wind from his storehouses) and JEREMIAH 10:13 (When he [Yahweh]  thunders, the waters in the heavens roar; he makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth. He sends lightning with the rain and brings out the wind from his storehouse) are clearly talking about Ishkur-Adad.

Ishkur-Adad’s numerical rank was 10.

UTU-SHAMASH, THE FAMED APOLLO

Utu-Shamash was the Anunnaki’s God of Law and Justice. In this context, he was associated with the Zodiacal Age of Libra, over which he presided. His Sumerian name UTU meant “Shining One”. This primarily had to do with the fact, first, that he was the Enlilites’ Sun God. Indeed, his Akkadian name SHAMASH means “Sun”. But it also meant “Fiery Rockets” in Sumerian. A shem was a rocket and Utu-Shamash was the Anunnaki’s principal astronaut and pilot. He was "Utu, who sheds a wide light,” who "lights up Heaven and Earth” as he traversed   space and the skies.

To the Canaanites, Utu-Shamash was known as BA-AL, which simply meant “The Lord”.  As the Anunnaki’s principal airman, he was given charge of the spaceport in the Sinai Peninsula and Baalbek, the terrestrial flights’ airport in the Lebanese mountains. Fittingly, the biblical name for Baalbek was BEIT-SHEMESH, meaning “House of Shemesh” as that was his abode too.  

Utu-Shamash’s cult centre in pre-diluvial times was Sippar, the “Bird City”, the spaceport of the day. Sippar also housed Sumer’s Supreme Court, again very apt as Utu-Shamash was the God of Justice.  His temple-house at Sippar was known as E-BABBARA, the “Shining House”. 

To the Enlilites, Utu-Shamash is the ruler of this age, Pisces. Ordinarily, it should have been Enki ruling it as Pisces has always been the preserve of Enki. However, the Enlilites hijacked it, just as they did the Age of Aries. In the Bible (REVELATION 9:11), Utu-Shamash is referred to as APOLLYON (a derogatory name meaning “away from lion”. That is to say, he is not a lion, the symbol of royalty, although he behaves as one. ABOL-UTU [away from a shining one/sun], another epithet for the same person, carries the same connotation). Apollyon is a transliteration of the Hebrew term ABBADON, meaning, “He whose father is Adonai”. Adonai, as we have already shown, was another name for Nanna-Sin, father to Utu-Shamash.  

Both Abbadon and Apollyon in time came to mean “Destroyer”, though “Usurper” fits the bill better in that by hijacking the Age of Pisces (Revelation is an Enkite document), Utu-Shamash and his ilk further distorted the established order which stipulated that Pisces was  to be presided over by Enkites.   

The shortened form of Apollyon is Apollo, the name by which the Greeks called him. Since his father Nanna-Sin was the Moon God, Apollo inherited the title at the outset of the Age of Pisces in the first century. The Illuminati know this setup very well. All of Nasa’s exploratory missions to the Moon were dubbed Apollo in honour of their Enlilite god Utu-Shamash – the “Evil Spirit of this Age”.     

Although Utu-Shamash was the firstborn son of Nanna-Sin and therefore automatic heir, in Canaanite days he fought pitched battles with his half brothers Yam and Mot who were older than him but were born to a junior spouse of  Nanna-Sin, for the right of primogeniture. A lot of blood was spilt but at the end of  the day, it was Utu-Shamash who remained standing.  

When Yahweh (Enlil or Nanna-Sin primarily) in the Bible complained about his people, the Jews, worshipping the Sun, he was in truth railing at them for worshipping Utu-Shamash. Remember, although the Enlilites were one clan, they were very territorial and did compete for the loyalty of Earthlings, who they used as cannon folder in their territorial wars.  

Utu-Shamash’s numerical rank was 20, higher than his uncle Ishkur-Adad’s, because he was in the line of succession.  His emblem as Sun-God was the lion as the lion was a representation of  the  sun, with its mane an allegory of the sun’s rays. When the patriarch Jacob nicknamed his son as the “Young Lion” (GENESIS 49:9), it was in honour of Utu-Shamash, who once had Jacob visit Nibiru for a time.  
   

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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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