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Nibiru Wreaks Havoc

Benson C Saili
THIS EARTH, MY BROTHER

Earth, Mars, and Moon in turmoil as planet of the gods approaches

The offspring of Adam and Tiamat (Eve in Genesis) were teeming in line with the wishes of Enki, their creator.  Enki purposed that the Lulus “be fruitful, multiply, and subdue the Earth”, much to the horror of Enlil, the Bible’s primary Jehovah/Yahweh. Earth, after all, was their rightful planet.

 

It was the Anunnaki who were aliens to the planet. Enlil, however, was alarmed and perturbed: he feared that if the Lulus proliferated, they could stage an uprising at some point in time in the foreseeable future against the dismally few Anunnaki and disrupt the vital gold extraction project. The Lulus would never come to have the technological wizardry or military might of the Anunnaki but there was strength in numbers.   Besides, with sympathisers amongst the ranks of Enkites, it wasn’t a stretch that the Lulus could spring a surprise.   


Meanwhile, the Anunnaki royal ranks were also increasing in number. Nannar-Sin had been the first Anunnaki to be born on Earth, to Enlil and his wife Ninlil. Now Nannar-Sin himself and his wife Ningal were blessed with the fraternal twins Utu-Shamash, a boy, and Inanna-Ishtar, a girl.  There were now three generations of Anunnaki royalty on Earth.


The “divine” twins, it emerged, were born at a most portendous time.  At this juncture, which was    80 shars (288,000 Earth years) after the Anunnaki’s arrival on Earth, there was geophysical turmoil on Earth, Mars, the Moon, and the Asteroid Belt. On Earth, global warming was upping, the snow caps around the Arctic and Antarctica land masses were ebbing,  and thunderstorms, tsunamis, and gale force winds   were raging.

 

As if that was not chilling enough, there were earthquakes and earth tremors, with  volcanic activity in overdrive, and meteors were hurtling into the planet without let-up. “Into flaming fires in the skies they were bursting,” Enki observed of the meteors and other rocky projectiles from the cosmic neighbourhood.   “In a clear day darkness they were causing … Like stone missiles the Earth they were attacking.”

 

At the time, Marduk, Enki’s firstborn son was in charge of the Mars outpost. He reported that “strong winds are disturbing, annoying dust storms they are raising: in the Hammered Bracelet (Asteroid Belt) turmoils are occurring.” The Anunnaki top brass were in a fine state of trepidation. Enki’s second-born son Nergal and his wife Ereshkigal were working round the clock at Cape Agulhas, the  astronomical, climate and Earth-monitoring station in South Africa.

 

At Nibruki (Nippur) in the Edin, Enlil and his firstborn son Ninurta were busy monitoring planetary orbits in our Solar System in a special-purpose facility known as the Duranki. Shamgaza, the leader of the Igigi, the Anunnaki astronauts in orbit around Earth and Mars, was burning the midnight oil superintending over the scanning of the heavens from the international space stations of both planets.

 

The professorial Enki, the jack of all trades as well as master of all,  had suspended his life-science experiments at Bit Shimti in East Africa to  devote all his energies to help unravel the conundrum at hand. What the deuce was happening in this section of the ecliptic?    

DREADED MUSHOSHOSHONO LOOMS

At long last, the Anunnaki were able to fathom the cause of the climatic and terrestrial upheavals besetting our planet. Nibiru, aka “The Lord”,  was on its way back to perigee,  its closest orbital position  to the Sun, known as the place of the crossing and of which the name Nibiru, meaning “Planet of the Crossing”, arose. This was not the first time Nibiru’s approach had triggered such cataclysms in the ecliptic but it was the most tempestuous since the Anunnaki came to Earth. “The Earth and the Moon and Lahmu (Mars) a calamity unknown are facing,” lamented Enki.  


The Sumerians, the world’s best-known civilisation of old, did not call Nibiru The Lord for the fun of it: they meant what they said. For starters, Nibiru was the abode of  Anu, “Our Father Who Art In Heaven”,  who was the planet’s ruler and the leader of the Anunnaki in the greater Sirian-Orion empire.

 

Nibiru was also referred to as The Lord or  The Celestial Lord because it was the “creator” of planet Earth 4 billion years ago (from the original planet Tiamat which lay between Jupiter and Mars and of which Earth and the Asteroid Belt are remnants, a phenomenon dubbed the “Celestial Battle”) as well as the primeval propagator of its life forms.    


When Nibiru loomed in Old Testament times, the prophets presaged not glory and bliss but gloom and doom for poor Earthlings. The comet-like reddish planet, which is seen only once in 3600 years – the time it takes to complete one circuit around the Sun – is said to have last appeared in 556 BC (its two appearances prior to that reportedly occurred circa 4000 BC, circa 7450 BC, and circa 11000 BC.) Two hundred years before its last appearance, the Hebrew prophets began to warn the nation of Israel about its calamitous advent. The first one was Amos, who began to prophesy in Judea (southern Palestine) around 760 BC. He was followed by Hosea in Israel (northern Palestine), whose prophecies began in 750 BC.


All the prophecies were dire “beholds” regarding what was going to transpire on “The Day of Judgement”, this being the return of Nibiru to Earth’s vicinities.   The return of Nibiru was described as the Day of Judgement because it was associated with every tragedy and tribulation in the book engendered by the gravitational and slingshot effects of the giant planet – floods, earthquakes, fires, meteorite plunges into Earth, volcanic activities, polar shifts, sudden climatic switches from generally warm weather to an ice age, etc.  That’s why the prophet Amos would say, “Woe unto you that desire the Day of the Lord! To what end is it for you? For the Day of the Lord is darkness and no light” (AMOS 5:18).


In the 6th century BC (between the years  600 BC and 500 BC), the prophets upped the tempo as Nibiru was practically around the corner. “The Day of the Lord is at hand”, the prophet Joel frantically announced. “The Day of the Lord is near”, the prophet Obadiah declared. Circa 570 BC, about twenty-five years before Nibiru finally showed up, the prophet Ezekiel was given the following urgent divine message by the god Yahweh (that is, Enlil):  “Son of Man, prophesy and say: thus sayeth the Lord: Howl and bewail for the Day is near – the Day of the Lord is near!” (EZEKIEL 30:2-3).  


Whereas Nibiru and the hell it entailed were not known to much of the modern world until relatively recently when the iconic Zechariah Sitchin popularised its knowledge  beginning with his 1975 classic The 12th Planet, Africans were aware of the planet. The Zulus for one called it Mushoshonono.

 

Says the legendary Zulu shaman Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa:  “I am told by the great storytellers of our tribes, that …  at one time, many thousands of years ago, a terrible star, or the kind called Mu-sho-sho-no-no, the star with a very long tail, descended very close upon our skies. It came so close that the earth turned upside down and what had become the sky became down, and what was the heavens became up. The whole world was turned upside down. The sun rose in the south and set in the north.

 

Then came drops of burning black stuff, like molten tar, which burned every living thing on earth that could not escape. After that came a terrible deluge of water accompanied by winds so great that they blew whole mountaintops away. And after that came huge chunks of ice bigger than any mountain and the whole world was covered with ice for many generations … And we are told that this thing is going to happen again very soon. Because the great star, which is the lava of our sun, is going to return on the day of the year of the red bull …”


What the prophets foretold about Nibiru 3000 years ago and what Credo Mutwa underscores are both affirmed in the Sumerian chronicles, both in the days of Adam and in the days of Noah. The upheavals of the time Enki relates were particularly dire in that there was a rare conjunction of seven planets from Earth to Pluto. That is to say, the seven planets had aligned and as such Nibiru’s orbital path was slightly muddled.

 

Consequent to that, there was a huge gap in the Asteroid Belt, the “Celestial Bar”, as some asteroids were scattered by the now erratic Nibiru. One huge comet had its path deflected by Nibiru and it pitched into the Moon, causing some of those craters we see that lend to Earth’s only satellite that famous face of a man.

 

And since Nibiru drew so close to the inner planets, all were agitated by its mighty gravity, resulting in the apocalyptic havoc highlighted above.  The planet Venus actually moved  further away from the Sun than it had been to date. Enki and company were hopeless and helpless. All they could do was invoke the “Creator of All” to tame “The Lord”.

ENKI TRAVELS TO THE MOON

Of the most telling disasters Nibiru had wrought was the destruction of the gold transhipment warehouse facilities on Mars and the space station infrastructure overall. Mars was primarily a way station where gold ingots were first shipped from Earth, stockpiled,  and finally taken to Nibiru by way of the mothership.  It was easier to airlift vast quantities of gold  at once from Mars thanks to its less potent gravity compared to Earth.  Under  the prevailing circumstances, there wouldn’t  be much work for Marduk to do. Accordingly, he asked to be redeployed to Earth.


Meanwhile, it was decided by Enlil, Earth’s chief executive, that gold be transported to Nibiru direct from Earth. Enki objected, arguing that that represented a daunting technological challenge in light of Earth’s rather strong gravitational pull. It would gravely affect the momentum of the flow of gold to Nibiru.

 

Enki therefore counter-proposed that prospects for an alternative way station on the much smaller Moon be investigated. The proposition was beamed to King Anu on Nibiru and it was okayed. So to the Moon did Enki and Marduk travel, accompanied by fifty Anunnaki. Altogether they spent six Earth years on the Moon, which was equivalent to a week in Nibiru time.  


Whilst Enki was fascinated by the Moon, which he regarded as a better vantage point to study the Solar System than Earth – the reason they took six years – Marduk wasn’t.  Marduk hated the fact that because of the thin atmosphere and possibly perilous solar radiation levels, they had to be garbed in a space suit all the time.


For the first time as an adult, Marduk had the opportunity to be with his dad all alone and for a  lengthy time. He therefore decided to sit him down for a heart-to-heart, father-son talk. Marduk had concerns to air that stemmed from his marginalisation in Anunnaki matters when he was in  fact of a very high standing in the Anunnaki cosmic pantheon. If you recall, Marduk was second in line to the Sirian-Orion throne after Enlil as  per the terms of the merger between Sirius and Orion. Yet in Earthly matters, he was peripheral: he was not even among the Anunnaki’s 12-man ruling council.


Marduk had three main gripes that he brought to his father’s attention. First, he wondered why Ningishzidda seemed to be his favourite son and the only one Enki had taught practically everything he knew. Second, he wanted to know why  Ninurta was given charge of Badtibira, a position of high clout since it entailed control over Nibiru-bound gold, a most strategic asset.

 

Third, Marduk asked why Enki had to settle for the number 2 position on Earth when it was he who established Eridu, the pioneer settlement on Earth. Why was he so meek? Why should he play second fiddle to Enlil when he was the Anunnaki Big Brain? For how long was he going to continue to offer the other cheek?


“Now to Earth we are returning; what will my task be?” Marduk sobbed before his great dad.  “Am I to fame and kingship fated, or again to humiliated be?” In other words, Marduk wanted a plum position in the pantheon that was befitting of his status and potential and he wanted Enki to make that a reality come rain or shine.


Having pondered the matter over, Enki sat down to work on the zodiacal permutations. It was he who had mapped the entire celestial cycle of the zodiac 25,000 years after his arrival from Nibiru and it was he who assigned names to them. Enki now undertook to Marduk that he was going to see to it that one of these fine days he, Marduk, would be the Enlil, Earth’s Commander-in-Chief.  “The supremacy I have been deprived (that is, command of the Earth) shall be yours my son. That I guarantee,” Enki rendered assurance to his dispirited firstborn son.   

SHAMASH GIVEN CHARGE OF NEW SPACEPORT

Upon their return to Earth, Enki reported to Enlil that for now it was not feasible to use the Moon as a way station in that it was not sufficiently conducive to life. An underground base, a virtual subterranean world, first had to be established but that was a long-term project. Thus pending the reconstruction of warehouse facilities on Mars once Nibiru had retreated, gold should be carried directly to Nibiru from Earth.  


Plans were soon afoot to establish a spaceport in the Eridu to be called Sippar. The moot point, however, was who would be in charge of the spaceport. Enlil proposed Ninurta, which was rapacious really as he already was chief administrator of Badtibira, whilst Enki rooted for Marduk, who had the requisite experience from Mars. It was a stalemate. The matter was referred to King Anu on Nibiru as happened every time opinion was divided among the Anunnaki top brass.


Although King Anu was a good man on balance, he was not without partiality. He tended to side with the Enlilites more often than not. Did that have to do with the fact that Enlil was his flesh-and-blood whereas Enki was a step son? Anu ruled that the spaceport should be commanded not by a first- or second-generation Anunnaki royal but a third-generation.

 

At the time, the seniormost third-generation royal Anunnaki was Utu-Shamash, Enlil’s grandson and so it was he who was entrusted responsibility. And since Marduk had refused to return to Mars, Utu-Shamash was also given command over the Igigi both on Mars and in orbit around Earth.


The construction of the Sippar spaceport began in the 81st shar and was completed in the 82nd shar. That is to say, it took 3600 Earth years. What this clearly demonstrates is that the Anunnaki followed the Nibiru timetable even whilst they were here on Earth. Had they followed Earth time, they would have been done within a year or two at most.


King Anu came down from Nibiru to commission the spaceport. On the occasion, Anu was smitten by what a staggering beauty his great granddaughter Inanna-Ishtar was. He there and then designated her as his official mistress every time he came to Earth. He christened her with the name Anunita, meaning “Anu’s Beloved”.  The affair, which was legal in Anunnaki culture, was consummated on the first night. (In most cultures in Africa too, a grandfather can marry his granddaughter, but whether that extends to a great granddaughter is a contentious point.)


In his speech to a gathering of both the Anunnaki and the Igigi, King Anu gave assurance that in only  a few shars, they would be back home as Nibiru’s atmosphere was on the mend. In the midst of all this though, Marduk was wroth. He refused to take any official responsibilities. Instead, he set out to globetrot the world in his flying saucer with a view to explore the planet in detail. “Over all the lands he wished to roam,” writes Enki. “In his skyship the Earth to comprehend.”  

NEXT WEEK: EARTHLING TRAVELS TO “HEAVEN”

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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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