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Friday, 19 April 2024

Adam’s Mate is Mooted

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Benson C Saili
THIS EARTH, MY BROTHER

… as Enki cans artificial “mass” production in favour of sexual reproduction                                                                                        

The  newly-born baby boy was the first fully-functional Earthling, the first one without a material defect.  He became the Father of Mankind, the first Homo Sapiens.

Since he was birthed by Ninmah, Enki, the mastermind of the whole genetic engineering process that produced this prototype of the human race, conferred on her the right, as was Anunnaki  custom, to name him. As she stroked the beautiful temple of  her little bundle of joy, Ninmah said, as recorded by Enki, “Adamu I shall call him: One Who Like Earth’s Clay Is, that will be his name.”   

The name Adam is derived from the Akkadian terms Adamah, which means “Earth”, and Dam, which means “Blood”. It perfectly conveyed the fact of Adam being a mixture of human and Anunnaki blood. We saw in the previous piece that Adam was the result of  a laboratory setting fusion of a young Anunnaki male’s DNA and the egg of an Earthly creature called Ape-Woman, or Homo Erectus.

The young Anunnaki’s DNA was obtained from his blood. Thus, paraphrased, the name Adamu means “Earthling with Anunnaki Blood”, or simply “He of Anunnaki Blood”. It also had the derivative meaning of “Progenitor” or “Multiplier” as we made a point of mentioning last week. Adamah/Adamu can also be rendered as Atamo or anagrammatically Moata without changing the meaning.    

The Sumerian term for Man, on the other hand, underlined the purpose for which Adam was created. The Sumerian word for Man was LU. But its root meaning was not Human Being; it was “worker” or “servant” – the exact reason for Enki’s creation of Adam. The Akkadian language, however, stressed the hybrid nature of Adam. He was termed LU-LU, which means “mixed one”. It was in fact a kind of derogatory term for it’s like saying, “you are this and that”, or “since you are a mixture of two different species, you are nondescript”. 

Enki said it was time now that Ninmah made a formal speech to an assembly of the Anunnaki royalty, also called the Nephilim or Elohim . These were Enlil, the Jehovah/Yahweh of the Old Testament who had jetted in from his base in the Edin prenatal; Enlil’s wife Ninlil; Enki’s wife Ninki; Enlil’s son Ninurta; and Enki’s son Ningishzidda.

Standing before the assembly whilst cradling the cherubic, suckling infant in her arms, Ninmah rendered her speech thus: “You commanded me a task. I have completed it … I have removed your heavy work. I have imposed your toil on AWILUM (work-man). You raised a cry for AWILUTI (Mankind). I took off your yoke, I established your freedom.” 

Moved by what they had heard, the Elohim circled in around Ninmah  and each kissed her feet. Then in a formal vote of  thanks to his step sister, Enki said from now on, Ninmah was going to be known by two more titles. The first was Mami, meaning “The Great Mother”, because she had now mothered a new race, that of Earthlings. The second title was Ninti, meaning “Lady of Life”. 

Now you know why in basically  every language on Earth, a mother or matriarch is addressed in terms that sound very much like  Mami – such as “Mum” in English, “Mamma” in Setswana, or  “Ma” in my own, central Zambian tongue called Lenje.  But Mami was in fact a throwback to Antu, King Anu’s Queen who was Enki’s mother.  As Queen of Orion, she was best known as Queen Mah. Enki thus conferred on Ninmah the title of his own mother.

 

ANUNNAKI PHYSICAL FEATURES  

 

How did Adam look like?  Before we answer this question, perhaps we should turn it around: how did the Anunnaki look like?

Note that contrary to  popular belief, the Anunnaki were not a homogenous race through and through. They came in all shades. Some Anunnaki were actually dark-skinned. Perhaps the best example are the Olmecs, the gigantic, Negroid beings who built the Mesoamerican civilisation under the leadership of Enki’s genius son Ningishizidda. History characterises them as Africans, as indigenous to this continent and therefore to Earth simply because  they were black.  That simply is not true.

The Olmecs were Anunnaki though they constituted a tiny minority of the whole Anunnaki contingent that came to Earth. On Sumerian tablets, the Olmecs are depicted sporting mining gear. It is therefore no stretch to say the Anunnaki miners who picketed Enlil in that landmark mutiny in the Zimbabwe mines were predominantly Olmecs.   

However, the  mainstream Anunnaki, particularly the  royalty such as Enki and Enlil, were white-skinned, much like Icelanders. The Sumerian records suggest that their skin  was phosphorescent. It kind of glowed in the dark. They also had blue eyes, which like their skins shimmered in the dark, and blonde, wool-like hair. 

Moreover, they were extremely huge and tall,  with males standing at at least  7 metres. The Sumerians, who were the first civilised Earthlings to live under the Anunnaki’s direct control, called them ILUs. Ilu had a whole host of meanings, including  “tallie”  (somebody very tall), white-skinned,  and “illuminated” in the sense of knowledge, reflecting the Anunnaki’s staggering feats in all their undertakings. The English term “Illuminati”, meaning those illumined with privileged knowledge, is of Sumerian origin too.

The Anunnaki had other peculiarities. They were born with 12 digits – six fingers on each hand, six toes on each foot. It explains why Nibiru mathematics was based on the number 6.  Anunnaki males were also  born with a penis that did not have a foreskin. In other words, they were born naturally circumcised! When Enlil entered into a covenant with his chosen people, the Jews, which demanded that they be circumcised, this was a symbolic Anunnaki signature on their bodies.

The Sumerian depictions of the Anunnaki also show that those born on Nibiru or in the bastion of the Sirius-Orion Empire, such as Enlil and Enki, had bigger skulls and bigger eye sockets compared to those who were born on Earth. The reason is genetic. In a study by Oxford University anthropologists published in July 2011, it was found that people from the colder, northern part of  Europe, such as Scandinavians, had bigger eyes and larger brains than those from the Equator. That, however, did not mean they were smarter: it was a purely evolutional phenomenon.

“The larger brains don't necessarily relate to intelligence,” the scientists stressed. “Bigger vision areas in the brain are required to help cope with the low light conditions caused by cloudy skies and long winters in northern territories.” In fact, something similar had long been observed in nature too:  “Birds with relatively bigger eyes are the first to sing at dawn in low light, and primates with the largest eyes are those who eat and forage at night.”

The Anunnaki’s cranial and optical features were obviously engendered by the extreme coldness and darkness, generally, of Nibiru: it was a fitting natural adaptation to their environment.

 

BORN WITH A “CLOTHED” PENIS

 

Now, did Adam look like the Anunnaki? Enki describes the infant as follows: “Shaggy like the wild ones he was not, dark black his head hair was. Smooth was his skin, smooth as the Anunnaki skin it was. Like dark red blood was its colour, like the clay of the Abzu was its hue.” As for the infant’s manhood, Enki notes that “odd was its shape, by a skin was its forepart surrounded. Unlike that of Anunnaki malehood it was, a skin from its forepart was hanging”.   

Adam was not exactly dark-skinned like your typical Africans of  today, who carry a lot of Olmec blood in them.  The Sumerian records say he was “dark red” but this simply meant black:   in ancient times black and red meant the same thing (For example, in India, the goddess Kali was said to be both red and black). Adam was therefore black in terms of his race but not dark: he was actually brown, a black man with a light complexion.    Adam had dark hair, not the blonde hair of the Elohim (the royal Anunnaki).

His hair was very much like that of the Aborigines of today. His eyes are not described, but they must have been brown like typical Negroid eyes. Finally, unlike the Anunnaki, Adam’s penis was clothed in a foreskin as Enki plainly describes for us. Now, Enki did not decree that Adam be circumcised. To the contrary, Enki said, “let the Earthling  from us Anunnaki by this foreskin be distinguished!”  Enki’s cherished creation was not going to suffer mutilation of any kind. It was Enlil who in the time of Abraham decreed circumcision.    

As Adam was the first product of  the “Servant Race”, the prototype,  it was decided by Enki that he was going to be preserved as the model of the “Primitive Workers”, the Lulu Amelu. He would never be deployed in the mining tasks. His role would be that of a “mould”, that is, his DNA was going to be used to fashion other workers. That’s why in future, the name Adam and mankind came to be used interchangeably.

Adam was accordingly relocated to Eridu, Enki’s base in the Edin, where a huge nature reserve, a zoo and orchard rolled into one,  was specially set up for  him. He was to be taught how to rear animals and how to  till the land and grow fruits because he was created as a servant, a worker species, the ant of the “gods”, these being the Anunnaki.  Adam was created  because “there was no human to serve the ground” (GENESIS 2:5), or to paraphrase, Earthlings were not yet in existence to do the manual labour  on behalf  of the Anunnaki.  

Adam’s other  role was to designate a name for every animal in the nature reserve as part of his IQ Test.   He was to be proudly shown off to visiting Anunnaki/Igigi from space and Mars  as their first sentient creation on the planet.

Adam’s relocation from East Africa to Eridu in modern-day Iraq is recorded in  GENESIS 2:8 (“Yawheh Elohim planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man who he had formed”);  GENESIS 2:15 (“Then Yahweh Elohim took the human  and settled him in the garden of Eden to serve it and to maintain it”); and GENESIS 2:19 (“Yahweh Elohim brought each one of these [the animals] to the human to see what he would call it. And whatever the human would call it, that was its name”).

 

THE SEVEN “GODDESSES”

 

Now that it was time to start mass-producing the worker race, who would be the surrogate mothers? This question was posed by Ningishzidda and it was Ninmah herself who supplied a possible answer. In Shurrupak, her base in the Edin, there were some medics who she trusted to take up the challenge. Enki had them flown in forthwith. They were not coerced; they were entreated. Writes Enki: “To perform the task is not a commandment,  Ninmah to them was saying; your own wish is the decision!”

Enki documents that seven of the female medics volunteered. They were instantly recognised as icons and had their names recorded by Ningishzidda so that they would  “for all times be remembered”. Their names were Ninimma; Shuzianna; Ninmada; Ninbara; Ninmug; Musardu; and Ninguna.   The seven  became known as “Birth Mothers”. Their fame did indeed endure over the ages. The Indus Valley civilisation, for instance, worshipped seven  goddesses.  Enki details the scientific steps he prescribed to Ninmah as follows:

“In seven vessels of  the clay of the Abzu  made, Ninmah ova of the two-legged females placed. The life essence of Adamu she extracted, bit by bit in the vessels she it inserted. Then in the malepart of Adamu an incision she made, a blood to let out … She squeezed the malepart for blood, one drop in each vessel to the admixture she added …

To a unity shall the two essences, one of Heaven, one of Earth, together be brought, thus was Ninmah saying.  That  which is of  Earth and that which is from Nibiru by a blood kinship shall be  bonded …  In the wombs of the birth-giving Heroines the fertilised ova were inserted.”

This time around, the DNA came from Adam, specifically from blood drawn from the foreskin of his penis, not from an Anunnaki male. Of course baby Adam’s penis was for symbolic purposes only: the blood could have been drawn from any other part of  his body without affecting the outcome.

The eggs came from Ape-Women as before. The surrogates  were the seven  medics; Ninmah played no part in carrying the pregnancies this time. Also note Ninmah’s reference to Nibiru as “Heaven”, an incontrovertible clue as to where the Bible gets its idea of Heaven from!

The seven Birth Mothers carried their pregnancies to term, delivering naturally. Again Enki was ecstatic:  all the offspring were hale and hearty and all males as intended and as suited their purpose as miners. Enki’s son and genetic engineering assistant, Ningishzidda, was over the moon too.

He congratulated the Birth Mothers and informed them that they had done their duty and would no longer be called upon for the next round of “implantations”, a polite word for surrogate pregnancies. Then turning to his genius dad, he proposed, “Let the procedure be repeated, seven more the toil to undertake!”

 

ENKI PROPOSES FEMALE LULUS

 

Now, Enki was not only a compassionate being but like the uniquely gifted man he was – he was acknowledged by the Anunnaki as possessor of the sharpest mind ever – he was farsighted. He reasoned that to use the Birth-Mothers as brood mares in perpetuity would be too heavy and protracted a burden for them given that the mining tasks required thousands of workers.

He therefore decided that female Lulus be engendered as well. “Female ones we have to fashion,” Enki proposed. “For males’ counterparts to be. Let them know each other, as one flesh the two to become. Let them by themselves procreate, on their own the child-birthing make. To Primitive Workers by themselves give birth, Anunnaki females to relieve.”

Enki’s statement rings out rather volubly from  GENESIS 2:18, which reads, “And Yahweh Elohim said, it is not good for the human to be alone by himself. I shall make for him a helper as his complement.” That is to say, Adam not only needed assistance in his labours; he also needed a mate just like every species does.

Ninmah concurred. Ningishzidda was accordingly instructed to adjust the genetic formulas to gear the infant Adam’s DNA to produce a female zygote. This piece of information demonstrates just how bio-medically advanced the Anunnaki already were 300,000 years ago.

Our modern-day geneticists only came to master this sex-selection technology in the last decade. It is commonly known as Embryo Screening Technology, but the technical term is PGD, or Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis.

In February 2009, a California-based fertility doctor, Jeffrey Steinberg, was interviewed on the CBS network’s flagship programme 60 Minutes. He described PGD as a long, drawn-out procedure that did not always result in pregnancy. He said: “It requires that even fertile couples go through in vitro fertilisation – the process in which the woman's egg is fertilised with the man's sperm in a lab dish to create embryos.

Three days later, a tiny straw – 1/25th the diameter of a human hair – is used to extract one cell from each of the embryos. The cell is microscopic, but it says a lot – among other things, whether the embryo is a boy or girl. Doctors then implant only the embryos they want.” That’s exactly what Enki and Ningishzidda did because Enki writes, “By the formulas Ningishzidda adjusting made, by the admixture was ova fertilised.”

NEXT WEEK:  GLITCH IN ENKI’S PROTOTYPES

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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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