Was he Reptilian, Feline, Wolfen, Serpentine, Human or all of the above?
As natives of planet Earth, we are known as humans. How did we come to be known as such?
There are two likely explanations. First, we were created, or rather fashioned, by Enki, the Anunnaki’s most surpassing intellect and arguably the most humane of them all. Enki’s other name was Ea. So we are Ea’s people. Ea can also be rendered as “Eu” or “Hu”. As such, we are Hu’s people or simply Hu-man.
The other cue we get from the multicultural Semsiye elders, who have studied the prehistoric language of the shamaness women known as the Udughan. The Udughan language was very much similar to today’s Mongolian. According to the Udughan, mankind was said to have very little spirit in him by the star people (aliens, the Anunnaki) since he was fashioned from a creature that was part animal.
The Anunnaki fancied themselves as Ori, or true spirit. Mankind on the other hand they disdained as Ere, a mediocre version of Ori. Mankind was therefore Ere-man. Since Ere would in some languages be pronounced Ea, and mankind was manu in some ancient languages such as Sanskrit, we became known as Ea-man or Hu-man in modern rendering.
We’re also called Earthlings in that we are indigenous to planet Earth. But how did our planet come to be called Earth? Again there are several explanations which spring from practically the same premise, some of which we have already touched upon. According to the Semsiye elders, one of the names by which our planet was known in antiquity was Uurdu, meaning the Dawn World (from Uur, dawn, and Du, place or world, in Udughan). Uurdu gave rise to Sumerian Eridu, meaning far-flung home.
In ancient languages, word syllables could be reversed without affecting the meaning in the slightest. As such, Eridu could also be rendered as Du-eri. It is Du-eri which is the source of the Latin Terra, meaning ground, Earth, or land. Uurdu and Eridu would over time morph into Ordu in Persian; Aratha in Aramaic; Erde in German; Erda in High German; Jordh in Icelandic; Jord in Danish; Airtha in Gothic; Erthe in Middle English; and finally Earth in today’s English.
The Semsiye elders offer an alternative explanation. They say the Anunnaki referred to mankind, their creation, as Ere, as explained above. But mankind was not simply Ere; he was Ere-ed, meaning primitive creatures who are property, or slaves in other words (from Ere, primitive creature/human; and ed, property/possession, in Udughan). And since mankind was spiritually inferior to the Anunnaki, he was known as Eri-ide, meaning “he of little spirit”. Eri-ide and Earth sound more or less phonetically similar.
Earth, it turns out, means place of people of second-rate spirit! (With all the perpetually ongoing wars, grinding poverty, induced disease, occultic spell-casting, exploitation of man by man, economic enslavement, glaring inequalities, rampant selfishness, atmospheric pollution without the merest care of the backlash on our own health, systemic corruption and graft, and unbridled cruelty to animals and other forms of nature, I wouldn’t argue with such a take.) The Semsiye elders go on to say man was also referred to as Eres. That meant he was confined only to this planet, or Earth-bound, in contrast to the Anunnaki who were spacefaring beings. Eres may account for why Earth is Ereds in Aramaic; Ertz in Kurdish, and Eretz in Hebrew.
ADAM MADE FROM BLOOD OF BLACK ANUNNAKI
The first viable humans were Adam and Eve. There are a host of interpretations to Adam’s name, a theme we have already dwelt upon, but the Semsiye elders interpret it two ways. First, Adam was actually Da-Ami, they say, which means “First of Life” (from Da, first, and Ami, life in Udughan). That strikes a chord given that Adam was the first functionally sound human being.
Second, Adam was A-tamu, meaning, “Of the Underworld”. Again as we pointed out in earlier pieces, Africa was in antiquity referred to as the underworld because of its southerly location and by virtue of its being crisscrossed with underground gold mines. Adam was created in southeast Africa at Enki’s biological R&D facility called Bit Shiimti, which paraphrased means “Life Factory”.
Was Adam black, white, yellow, brown, or red? Ancient records say he was dark-red, like blood. One meaning of Adam, or rather Adama, is “one who is like blood”. Adama is indeed one of the Hebrew words for Earth. Adam not only was the first Earthling; his skin colour resembled the soil of Africa, which is generally called red soil. Dark-red is actually black, the reason the ancients used black and red interchangeably. As scientifically attested, the first human Earthling was black and was African. Africa is the cradle of mankind.
But the question is, did Adam have to be black if genetics was allowed to have its way? This is a very pertinent question folks. It is worth posing because of two glaring contrarieties. First, we learn from the Sumerian records that Adam was a lulu – one of mixed race. He was part Anunnaki, part Ape-Man as we have long related. Now, the ruling pantheon of the Anunnaki, the Elohim, and to whom Enki belonged, were chalky white. What about Ape-Man? It has been taken for granted that since Ape-Man, Homo Erectus, sprang from an ape species with typical black fur, he must have been dark-skinned. That is totally, wholly, utterly, completely, and absolutely mistaken.
Ape-Man, folks, was not dark-skinned but actually white-skinned, like the Caucasians of our day. How do we know this? According to evolutional geneticists, we humans share the same ancestor as chimpanzees. The chimpanzee is our first cousin in the broader family of primates. Many people are not aware that the colour of the chimpanzee beneath the coating of black fur is white. If a chimpanzee were to be shaved clean and paraded around alive, it would look the colour of a Caucasian.
If the chimpanzee is white, it logically follows that Ape Man was white too. Inevitably therefore, Adam, the product of the white-skinned Elohim and white-skinned Ape Man, must have been white: it’s simple genetics. But that’s not what the Sumerian records tell us. They are categorical that Adam was black. Where did Adam’s blackness come from then?
If you carefully read the Sumerian accounts, they do not say Adam was created from the blood of the Elohim, the ruling Anunnaki who were white-skinned: they say, simply, that Adam was made from the blood partly of “an Anunnaki male”. We did underscore in one of the articles that not every Anunnaki was white-skinned; some were dark-skinned, the most notable example of whom were the Olmecs, who civilised Mesoamerica and much of Asia under the aegis of Ningishzidda, Enki’s genius son.
What emerges, folks, is that Adam was made from the blood of a black Anunnaki! It is this factor that “coloured” him, that made his skin tone dark and not Ape-Man, who was white skinned. This matter of fact triggers another curious question. Why did Enki opt for the blood of a black male Anunnaki to input into the creation of Adam?
BEST-FIT SKIN TONE FOR TROPICAL WEATHER
Blackness is the essence of mankind. All Earthlings of any hue must have an underlying blackness in them; otherwise they are bound to have Hell on Earth. They will be prone to all sorts of ailments, most notably skin cancers but including several physiological glitches. Blackness arises from the concentration of a pigment chemical known as melanin. Although it’s fundamentally black, it also occurs in brown.
Melanin has been described as “the chemical that makes life itself” and as “the biochemical substance that drives physical, mental, emotional and spiritual life” because it is not only about colouration: it performs a host of metabolically conducive functions in the body. When I did chemistry in high school, our Indian teacher, Mrs Nair, gave us a very fancy definition of chemistry which had to be committed to heart rather than understood. Yet chemistry has a very simple fundamental definition. It is simply the study of blackness.
The “chem” in chemistry is derived from the ancient Egyptian word Khem. Khem was what the original black Egyptians called themselves (The popular notion that it referred simply to the “rich black soils” of the Nile banks is a red herring). Chemistry is the study of Khem, the black melanin particles we call protons, neutrons, electrons and isolatons.
The building blocks of an atom folks are black in colour. A little known fact is that since 1946, scientists have held a yearly international conference designed to thoroughly evaluate the chemical melanin. What is curious is that no black scientist has ever been invited to a single one of these conferences.
Blacks carry a higher concentration of melanin because we’re the stem from which all of today’s four major races and 36 subdivisions sprang from. From a scale of 1 to 6, the following is how melanin is distributed among the major races of the world: Negroids, 6 (highest melanin content); Indians, Thais, Malaysians, Hispanics, and Aborigines, 5; Native Americans and Japanese, 4; Filipinos, Vietnamese, 3; Chinese, Koreans, 2; and Caucasians, 1.
Albinos of any race have zero melanin in them. As such, they are prone to premature aging, poor eye-sight and skin cancers, also known as melanomas. A study on albinism in Africa found that almost all albinos developed cancer in their 20s. In general, light-skinned people, particularly Caucasians, are more susceptible to melanomas than dark-skinned people. They are therefore best-suited to cooler climates since the harsh ultraviolet rays of tropical sunlight disposes them to developing melanoma. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, black skin has a sun-protection factor of 13.4, whereas white skin has a mere 3.4.
In sum, black skin allows protection from ultraviolet rays and is therefore well-adapted to tropical climes. That is the reason Enki decided to create Adam from the blood of a black Anunnaki. Adam was the prototype of a worker race, the Lulu Amelu or the Ameluti, who were meant for backbreaking toil in the underground gold mines of Africa. As such, he had to be able to bear up to the relative glare of the Sun and be able to genetically fend off the dermatological (skin-related) hazards of the stifling tropical weather.
ONLY ENKI WAS PURE REPTILIAN
The prolific, highly illumining writer and public lecturer David Icke has one blanket term for the Anunnaki – Reptilians. Enki, Enlil, Ninmah, Marduk, etc: they are all Reptilians as far as he’s concerned. But he’s wrong. Although the Anunnaki, the Old Testament gods, emanated from the same planet, Nibiru, they were not of an identical genealogical lineage like we Earthlings, all of whom trace our origin to Adam and Eve, are. They were of two principal strains.
This, as we pointed out earlier in the series, was because Nibiru was actually a colony of beings who originally came from the Sirius and Orion star systems. Eons ago, Sirius was a male-dominated society inhabited by beings who evolved from a creature that was part-reptile, part-lion, and part-wolf, with the wolfen trait the most pronounced. On the other hand, Orion was a female-dominated society that was inhabited by beings who evolved from a serpentine creature.
At some stage, the two thrones merged into one powerful Sirian-Orion empire. In some ancient languages, the term Nibiru actually means “two races”. This clearly has to do with the merger of Sirius and Orion. The planet Nibiru was possibly the experimental melting pot for the two star races in our Solar System.
Now, of the three senior Anunnaki of Old Testament times, those who were originally Sirians were Ninmah and Enlil. Enlil and Ninmah were half-siblings, biological children of Anu, the erstwhile King of Sirius. Enki on the other hand was a son of Queen Ma, the erstwhile empress of Orion. Since Enki married a Sirian after the union and also had daughters with Ninmah, his children were part Sirian, part–Arian. Only Enki was pure Arian and only Enki was pure Reptilian. On balance though, every Anunnaki had a residual Reptilian component in him or her, with the Enkites more so than the Enlilites. There was a reptile, a wolf, and a lion in practically every Anunnaki in the post-union dispensation.
Beings, however, defined themselves by the most expressive trait. As such, the Enlilites identified themselves primarily as felines, particularly lions, despite being predominantly wolfen. That’s why the lion was the biblical symbol of the tribe of Judah, the forerunner to the Jewish race, who were Enlil’s “chosen people”.
Whilst the Enlilites, who held sway over Anunnaki affairs, valued the Enkites for their wisdom, intelligence, and razor-sharp intellect, they scorned them as “snakes in the grass” as a dig both at their evolutionary ancestry and their reluctance to toe the Enlilite line particularly in relation to keep mankind in a perpetually benighted state. Yet the Enkites were proud to call themselves serpents and to flaunt the cobra or python as their ubiquitous emblem as a genotype. That brings us back to Adam. Was he Reptilian, Feline, Wolfen, Primate, Serpentine or all of the above?
ADAM WAS 15 PERCENT REPTILIAN
Although as humans we arose from the ape species, we are only predominantly primate and not pure primate. What gives us away in this regard is our brain. Most people are not aware that we have three brains in one. First, there’s what is known as the R-Complex, with R standing for Reptilian. The R-Complex is the oldest part of the brain. It is an extension of the spinal cord and lies at the very centre of the brain. The R-Complex is typically found in snakes and all types of lizards.
Second, there is the limbic system, which wraps around the R-Complex. This is typically found in dogs and the cat family, a category that includes lions. Since the Anunnaki were essentially of Sirian descent, this must be the component of the brain that came from the Anunnaki (it is evolutionally younger than the R-Complex but order than the neo-cortex). Finally, there is the massive grey matter known as the neo-cortex. This is the main brain and amounts to about 85 percent of the human brain mass. It is the newest of the three, thus lending credence to assertions in cosmic history that wolves and cats predated apes. The neo-cortex encompasses the limbic system.
Where did humans get the R-Complex from? Was it written into our DNA by Enki, who perhaps desired that it predominates? Not at all. The R-Complex has a host of perverting influences on the human psyche and personality and therefore a benevolent Enki wouldn’t have wanted to integrate it into our brain.
The R-Complex derives from a prehistoric creature that provided the evolutionary link between dinosaurs and mammals. As such, it is not specific to reptiles: it is also found in all mammals. It follows, therefore, that it did not come from Anunnaki DNA: it came from Ape-Man.
If Enki did any brain-related tweaking to Ape-Man’s DNA, this was to enlarge the neo-cortex. Indeed, our neo-cortex is 3.2 times larger than that of monkeys and chimpanzees.
Although humans are predominantly primate, they are 15 percent Reptilian owing to the presence of the R-Complex. Thus in Adam was the human component; the reptilian component; the feline component; and the wolfen component. He was a classical hybrid – a lulu. If the human component is primary in mankind, the Reptilian component is a distant second or third.
What obvious traits in humans reveal the reptile in us other than the presence of the R-Complex? Physically, our skin wrinkles: this is a Reptilian holdover. The “sh” sound to amongst other things call somebody to quietness is clearly a serpentine/reptilian sound. In terms of day-to-day conduct, at least five human behaviours are said to originate in the Reptilian brain. They are obsessive-compulsive behaviour; personal day-to-day rituals and superstitious acts; slavish conformance to old ways of doing things; ceremonial re-enactments; obeisance to precedent, as in legal, religious, cultural, and other matters; responding to partial representations (colouration, "strangeness," etc.), whether alive or inanimate; and all manner of deception.
That is not to say – and I must underline this – that Reptilians are inherently foul and evil. It is the oddball Reptilians, the rogue kind, who are impervious to positive reform and who are incapable of evolving spiritually who are. It is such types who ply the length and breadth of the universe to conquer, subjugate, enslave, and cannibalise and therefore are mistaken as the archetype for all Reptilian beings. Otherwise, some species of Reptilians are even much more kindly and soulful than humans.
The most immediate example are the Ebens of the Zeta Reticuli system (see Zeta Series), who evolved from a serpentine creature. And of course there is the inimitable Enki, another “serpent” who was the Anunnaki’s most devout champion of human welfare, progress, and enlightenment.
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!
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
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.