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Hail King Cain!

Benson C Saili

THIS EARTH, MY BROTHER

 

He had a by far greater legacy and stature than the Bible gives him credit for

 
Before the banished Cain set out on a vagrant life across the world accompanied by a contingent of loyalists, he decided to get hitched first. This was crucial in that he did not wish to marry a stranger in the course of his wanderings and therefore dilute the royal bloodline, effectively disqualifying his offspring from contention in the succession stakes. Accordingly, he approached his biological father Enki to recommend a spouse as was the custom of the day.
 

The woman Enki chose for him was Luluwa, also known as Awan. Luluwa was a full-blooded Anunnaki, being the daughter of Enki himself and his fellow Anunnaki mistress Lilitu.   Since Lilitu was in turn related to Enlil as she was his granddaughter on her mother’s side, Luluwa had both Enlilite and Enkite blood coursing through her veins although the Enkite genes predominated considering that Lilitu’s father was Nergal, Enki’s second-born son.  The Anunnaki were so shamelessly incestuous one has to do a lot of mental gymnastics to come up with a flawless family tree.

 

Now, during his penal peregrinations, Cain was not permitted to settle in one particular place for long and establish a permanent settlement. He was also forbidden to cultivate land or erect brick-and-mortar structures as partially hinted in GENESIS 4:12.  This was in keeping with his sentence, which was to lead a nomadic life through six generations at the very least.  There was likely another reason for such proscriptions. Enlil didn’t want him to establish a flourishing domain of his own that could rival the Edin for supremacy.  The notion of two centres of power on one planet was anathema both to Anu and Enlil.

 

Thus it was that as he led a peripatetic life, Cain, who began as a tiller of land in the Middle East, was at various stages a Bedouin-like nomadic tent dweller who tended flocks, a musical entertainer, and a metallurgist. The musical prowess was of course inherited from Enki, who, Sumerian records tell us, was the Anunnaki’s most proficient musician (Enki excelled at everything, the only such being of his era). Metallurgy, of which alchemy (turning of the ORME elements into the versatile monoatomic white powder of gold) was a component, was a specialty of the Enkites. Enki was the “master of the craft”, described in the Sumerian chronicles as “the manifestation of knowledge and the craftsman par excellence”. By “craft” is meant all sorts of occupational arts.

 

According to Enki’s reminiscences, titled The Lost Book of Enki  by Zechariah Sitchin, it took approximately 50,000 years for Cain’s banishment to lapse. This was in the time of Lamech, Noah’s father. By that time, there had been seven generations counting from Adapa and so it was all consistent with the duration of the curse as pronounced by Enlil.  The cessation of the curse came at a time when Cain was dwelling in the Americas and had had a second-born dynastic son who was probably 30-40,000 years old. His name was Enoch, meaning “foundation”. What evidence is there that Cain did indeed venture as far as the Americas?

 

CAIN ESTABLISHES MEXICO CITY, FOUNDS A NEW RACE

 

Besides Cain and Abel, Adapa and Titi-Eve had other children. Altogether, they had 60 children, comprising of 30 sons and 30 daughters. The most prominent of these after Cain and Abel was Seth, their third son.

 

When Adapa was advancing in years, his health began to fail.  Soon he lost his sight. Knowing that he was staring death in the face, he asked to see all the members of his progeny, insisting that Cain too be fetched from wherever he was. Enki then detailed Ninurta, under whose tutelage Cain had been when he was a denizen of the Edin, to go look for him in his flying saucer.

 

With all his male offspring gathered, Adapa asked that Cain and Seth sit by him as the seniormost of the multigenerational brood.  Note that although Cain was biologically Enki’s son, legally he was Adapa’s son. Enlil, who was also present, then officially announced that Cain was no longer under a curse as it had run its course. With that declaration, Adapa proceeded to officially anoint Cain as his heir, the next King of Earthlings. A few years later, Adapa passed on.

 

Meanwhile, Cain had already established a city in today’s North America, which he began to develop in the very year his curse ceased to be operable.    In the British Museum is a Babylonian tablet catalogued BM 74329. It says, “A group of exiled people who were ‘plowmen’ … wandered and reached a land called DunnuThere,  their leader, named Ka'in, built a city whose landmark was a twin tower.” Indeed, Cain was a tiller of land (“ploughman”) and Genesis says he headed for the “Land of Nod”, which scholars interpret as simply meaning a state of endless wandering but which in truth may have been a corruption of the term Dunnu.

 

Zechariah Sitchin presents persuasive evidence that Dunnu was today’s Mexico City. He says the Aztec capital was known as Tenochtitlan, meaning “City of Tenoch”. This may well have been simply “Enoch” given the Aztecs’ orthographical tendency to prefix many words with the sound “T”. The non-canonical Book of Jasher (deliberately excluded from the Old Testament canon for one reason or another) says, “And at that time (when the curse was lifted), Cain also began to build a city: and he built the city and he called the name of the city Enoch, according to the name of his son; for in those days the Lord (Enlil) had given him rest upon the Earth, and he did not move about and wander as in the beginning.” The Babylonian tablet also says, “He (Kain) built in Dunnu a city with twin towers. Kain   dedicated to himself the lordship over the city.” Indeed, when the Spaniards arrived in and annexed the Aztec Empire (which extended from Central Mexico all the way to Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras) in the 16th century, they documented that the City of Enoch was distinguished by its twin-towered Aztec Temple.

 

Whilst in North America, Cain spawned a new race. We today call them Native Americans or Red Indians. In order to distinguish them from any other race on the planet, he called on his half-brother Ningishzidda, Enki’s genius son and a DNA expert, to  embed in them a gene that would prevent them from growing  a beard when they came of age. This certainly is what we see of Native Americans: they do not grow a beard at all unless they are of mixed blood. Sadly, this contrived genetic trait has been mistaken by scholars, who include Zechariah Sitchin himself, as the seemingly enigmatic Mark of Cain when it is far from that.     

 

Sitchin writes thus in his book Divine Encounters: “What was this ‘Mark of Cain’? The Bible does not say, and countless guesses are just that—guesses. Our own guess is that the mark might have been a genetic change, such as depriving the line of Cain of facial hair—a mark that would be immediately obvious to whoever shall find them …  This is a mark of recognition of Amerindians.” Tragically, this is a rather wild guess for as we demonstrated last time around, the Mark of Cain was a symbol of sovereignty over Earth. It identified Cain as the monarchical heir to Adapa.

 

CAIN IS KING OF EARTHLINGS

 

Following the death of Adapa, Cain returned to the Edin to succeed to the throne as the King of Earthlings (not King of Earth, please note, as that style was the preserve of Enlil, the primary Jehovah/Yahweh of the Bible).  However, instead of basing himself at Eridu, where Adapa ruled from, Cain chose to rule from a newly established city-state known as Kish. That was about 56,200 years ago, about 43,200 years before the Deluge of Noah’s day.

 

Because he was Enki’s son, the Enlilites scorned him as the “Serpent King”. Indeed, some Sumerian records refer to him as “Arwium King of Kish, the son of Masda, and successor to King Atabba (Adapa)”.  The Sumerian Arwium is the inspiration to the Hebrew Awwim, meaning “snakes”. Masda (Masenda) was another name of Enki. It meant “one who prostrates himself”, as a serpent does.

 

We have already explained the name Cain, or Kaen, in a Sumerian context (that is, “One begotten of the Lord”) but there is more to it than simply that. By some ancient accounts, the name Cain can also be rendered as Q’ayin, which in fact is the Hebrew spelling of the name. When the name is truncated to simply Ayin, it assumes the meaning “All-Seeing Eye”. This refers to Enki, who was known as “Lord of the Sacred Eye”. This is not a physical eye: it is the pineal gland, which metaphorically is said to be located between the two physical eyes behind the brow. The pineal gland is characterised as the All-Seeing Eye because it can perceive light (that is, illumination in the sense of metaphysical knowledge) out of the blackness of its situation. Enki, Ningishzidda, Adapa, and Cain – all Enkites or Serpentines – had a tremendous gift of intuitive perception, hence the adage “Be as Wise as Serpents”.  

 

Remarks Laurence Gardner on the subject: “Ayin is an ancient word for ’eye’. This spelling (a-y-i-n) is actually quite important because the original spelling of Cain (whether with a ‘C’, a ‘K’ or a ‘Q’) was not ‘C-a-i-n’ as we now know it, but ‘C-a-y-i-n’. The name Cain, in its various forms, actually denoted ‘One of the Inner Eye’ … Indeed, Cain’s father Enki-Samael was himself the Sumerians’ designated Lord of the Sacred Eye.”

 

The name Q’ayin also came to mean “smith”, a metal smith, owing to another field of Cain’s expertise.  Cain, as we hinted before, was a surpassing metallurgist. He was an artificer of metals of the highest order, a skill he passed on to some of his descendents, particularly the highly esteemed Tubal-Cain, Noah’s half-brother, who  has been described as “the greatest metallurgist of his age” and “an instructor of every artificer in brass and iron”.    

 

Furthermore, most people are not aware that both the terms King and Queen derive from Q’ayin. Kingship was actually Cainship. Let us again turn to the renowned bloodline historian Laurence Gardner: “From Kayin with a ‘K’ derived the word ‘King’, and from Qayin with a ‘Q’ derived the word ‘Queen’… Given that kingship (Malkhut) was perceived as a matrilineal inheritance through Tiamat (Adam’s wife Eve) and Lilith (Adapa’s renegade first wife Lilitu, whose daughter with Enki, Luluwa, became Cain’s wife) the name Q’ayin, identified with King, was also directly associated with Queen.”

 

Yet in the Bible, Cain is largely minimised and to a degree vilified (deliberately, by the pro-Enlil Levites, who wrote Genesis) when he was actually a colossus and a second-generation progenitor of the all-powerful bluebloods who continue to rule much of the Western world today. “The Merovingians (the across-the-centuries dynasty that emerged from the conjoined Davidic lines of Jesus and his immediate younger brother James)   trace their kingly succession to the original Dragon King, which was Cain,” writes Laurence Gardner.

 

“The first King of the Messianic Dragon succession was the biblical Cain, head of the Sumerian House of Kish …  The Dragon King was known as the King of Kings and his symbol, Draco (a serpent clutching its own tail, also known as the Ouroboros, a symbol of wholeness and wisdom) represented his succession through the Sumerian kings, Egyptian pharaohs, the Egyptian Therapeutae, the Qumran Essenes (from among whom Jesus arose) to the Merovingian kings of Europe.”

 

A VAIN BID TO SIDELINE CAINITE BLOODLINE

 

Although the Genesis writers tried their utmost to trivialise and sideline Cain (who was genetically superior being three-quarters Anunnaki), they did a very bad job of it ultimately.  From the get-go, their aim was to promote the unmerited line of his younger brother Seth (who was genetically inferior being less than half Anunnaki) but in the process they defeated this objective through very obvious, if amateurish bungling. How?

 

Let’s first of all recap a bit. Adapa’s senior wife was Lilitu, a pure-bred Anunnaki woman. But a prideful Lilitu did not have that much regard for Adapa as he was a Lulu – an Earthling. The man she had always craved was the iconic Enki, Adapa’s father. So after having given Adapa all sorts of spousal headaches, she eventually ditched him and threw herself at the feet of the Anunnaki phenom that was Enki. In the event, Lilitu and Enki had two daughters, Luluwa, also known as Awan, and Kalimath. Cain married Luluwa and Seth married Kalimath.

Cain and Luluwa had two sons. The first was Etana, and the second was Enoch I. Since he was the firstborn, it was Etana who succeeded after Cain as King of Kish and of Earthlings overall. In fact, there are five documented kings of Kish after Cain, all of whom stemmed from the Cainite stock. However, the Genesis writers completely ignored Etana’s kingly line, focussing instead on the junior line of Enoch I, whereas Sumerian genealogical records, which predated Genesis by at least 2500 years, rightly focus on Etana’s line, which eventually led to the pharaohs of Egypt.  The Genesis snub of Etana can be easily explained: Etana’s line did not lead to Noah, the hero of the Deluge. As such, the Genesis chroniclers decided to write the line out of history and promote the line that did – that of Enoch I.

 

The line of Cain through Enoch I is listed in GENESIS 4:17-18. It is Enoch I; Irad (Jared); Mehujael; Methuselah; and Lamech (if we were to include Adapa and Cain, this is a total of seven generations).

 

The line of Seth is recorded in GENESIS 4:26 and 5:1-25. What is striking about the Sethian line and what your pastor will never talk about is that five names in there are identical with those found in the Cainite line, only they are listed in a slightly different order and with slightly different spellings in some cases.  These are Enoch;  Jared; Mehujael; Methuselah;   and Lamech.  The only names particular to the Sethian line are Enosh and a certain Cainan. 

How can two different family lines carry practically the same names? This has led Israel’s Hebrew University to posit that “the line from Seth down to Noah as given in the Bible is probably mythical”. But it was not exactly mythical. It was simply grafted onto the Cainite line with a view to lend it legitimacy. Without the Cainite connection, the Sethian line would have been rendered immaterial. It was the Cainite connection that legitimised the Sethian line because it was the Cainite line that carried the gene of royalty.

Exactly how did the Sethian line genetically blend with the Cainite line?  That we unpack in a forthcoming piece.

 

NEXT WEEK: WHY DID ADAPA AND HIS SCIONS LIVE SO EXTRAORDINARILY LONG?

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A Begrudged Child

21st June 2022

Princess Diana was at once a child of destiny and a victim of fate

It is no secret, General Atiku, that the British monarch constitutes one of the most moneyed families on this scandalously uneven planet of the perennial haves on the one hand and the goddamn havenots (such as you and me General) on the other hand.

In terms of residences alone, the House of Windsor lays claim to some 19 homes, some official, such as Buckingham Place and Windsor Castle, for instance, and the greater majority privately owned.
Arguably the most eminent of its private residences is Sandringham House at Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, England.

It is at this sprawling, 8,100-hectare estate the Queen spends two months each winter, at once commemorates her father King George VI’s death and her own accession to the throne, and more often than not celebrates Christmas. King George VI and his father King George V both drew their last breath here.

A 19th century Prince of Wales, Albert Edward (who would later become King Edward VII), acquired Sandringham in 1862 and it has remained royal property ever since. On the death of King George VI in February 1952, the property passed to his successor Queen Elizabeth II, the incumbent monarch, who assigned her husband Prince Phillip its management and upkeep. The estate also houses a parish, St. Mary Magdalene Church, which the outwardly religious Queen attends every Sunday.

Albert, General, had several additional properties built on the estate the year after he acquired it, one of which was the ten-bedroomed Park House. The house was built to accommodate the overflow of guests at Sandringham House. In the 1930s, King George V leased Park House to Maurice Roche, an Irishman and a bosom friend to his second son, who at the time was Duke of York but would in future be King George VI.

Roche was the 4th Baron Fermoy, a title in the Peerage of Ireland created by Queen Victoria way back in 1856. He and his wife Ruth had three children born at Park House, the second-born of whom was Frances Ruth Roche (futuristically Frances Shand Kydd), born in January 1936.

In 1956, Frances married John Spencer, a fellow noble, and following an “uneasy spell” at Althorp, the Spencer family estate of 500 years, the couple took up residence at Park House, which would be their home for the next 19 years. On July 1, 1961, Frances, then aged 25, and John, then aged 37, welcomed into the world their thirdborn child and youngest daughter, Diana Frances Spencer.

She would, on a positive note, become Her Royal Highness Princess Diana of Wales and the most famous and popular member of the Royal family. On the flip side of the coin, she would, as you well know General, become the most tragic member of the Royal family.

GIRL CHILD WHO SHOULD HAVE BEEN A BOY

If there was one thought that constantly nagged at Diana as a youngster, General, it was the “guilt” of having been born anyway. Her parents first had two daughters in succession, namely Elizabeth Sarah, born in 1955, and Cynthia Jane, born in 1957. Johnnie was displeasured, if not downright incensed, that his wife seemed incapable of producing a male child – a heir – who he desperately needed as an aristocrat.

He even took the trouble of having his wife see a series of doctors in a bid to establish whatever deficiency she possessed in her genetic make-up and whether it was possible to correct it. At the time, General, it was not known that it is the man who determines a child’s sex and not the woman.

John’s prayers, if we can call them that General, were as much answered as they were unanswered. The longed-for male heir was born on January 12, 1960. Named John after his father, he was, as per the official version of things, practically stillborn, being so piteously deformed and gravely ill that he was dead in a matter of only ten hours, a development of which Earl Spencer would in future remark thus, albeit with tongue-in-cheek: “It was a dreadful time for my parents and probably the root of their divorce because I don’t think they ever got over it.”

Again as per the official version, General, John was gutted and hurriedly got into stride, this time around utterly positive that having had two daughters in succession, it would be two sons in succession. But nature, General, is seldom that predictable or orderly.

The next child was in fact a daughter, the now iconic Diana, for the third time around. Although John is recorded as having marvelled at what a “perfect physical specimen” her newly-born daughter was, he was forlorn beneath the façade, as a result of which Diana, who as a child did sense a lingering frustration on the part of her father on her account, would openly intuit that she was an unwelcome child, a “nuisance to have around”, thanks to her “failure” to be born a boy. From a very age thus, General, Diana had concluded that she was not well-fated and presciently so!

Although the heir, Charles Spencer (the future Earl Spencer) finally arrived on May 20, 1964, Diana perceived very little if any change in the way she was contemplated by her parents. In fact, both she and Charles could not desist from wondering whether had John lived, they would have been born at all. Seemingly, they came to be simply because their father was desperate for a heir and not necessarily that he wanted two more children.  With the birth of Charles, General, John called it a day as far as the process of procreation was concerned.

GODDESS OF THE HUNT

Why was Diana so named, General? Throughout her life, it was taken as an article of faith that her name derived from Lady Diana Spencer, a member of the Spencer clan who lived between 1710 and 1735, dying at a pitifully tender age of only 25. Certainly, the two namesakes turned out to have precious much in common as we shall unpack at a later stage, as if the latter-day Diana’s life was deliberately manoeuvred to more or less sync with the ancestral Diana.

It emerged, however, General, that the connection to an ancestor was actually secondary, or maybe incidental. The primary inspiration of the name was at long last disclosed by Earl Spencer on September 7, 1997, the day of Princess Diana’s burial. Delivering the elegantly crafted eulogy, Earl Spencer had this to say in relation to her naming: “It is a point to remember that of all the ironies about Diana, perhaps the greatest was this – a girl given the name of the ancient goddess of hunting was, in the end, the most hunted person of the modern age.”

It is significant, if not curious, General, that of John’s three daughters, only Diana was given the name of a goddess. Clearly, there must have been a special reason for this as aristocrats do not confer names casually: every name carries a metaphorical, symbolic, or intentional message. Typically, it honours an iconic personage or spirit or somebody lesser but who evokes memories anyway.

Elizabeth Sarah, for instance, was in all probability named after the Queen’s mother, whose decades-long inner circle included Diana’s paternal and maternal grandmothers, and an ancestor going by the name Sarah Jennings (1760-1744). Charles Spencer was named after the family’s greatest forbearer, King Charles 1 of England, Scotland, and Ireland from 1625-1649. The ill-fated John was of course named after his father, who in turn was likely named after the 5th Earl Spencer, John Poyntz Spencer (1835-1910).

On occasion in occultic families, as the Spencer family latterly have been, a name, General, connotes a bad futuristic omen associated with its bearer and that was precisely the case with Diana.

THE FIRST DIANA

In its ancient rendering, the name Diana meant “The Heavenly One”, or goddess being a feminine style. The first Diana, General, was Inanna, an Anunnaki goddess whose Akkadian name was Ishtar – Esther in English. As you well know General, the Anunnaki are the Old Testament gods, Aliens from the planet Nibiru, the Solar System’s little-known planet which is seen only once in 3600 years, and who came to Earth 432,000 years ago as we comprehensively set down in the Earth Chronicles series.

The name Inanna is Sumerian, the Sumerians being the best-known civilisation of old who thrived around modern-day Iraq (called Sumer in ancient times) about 6000 years ago and who were indirectly governed by the Anunnaki. It was abbreviated from Nin-An-Ak, meaning “Lady of Heaven and Earth” or “Lady of the God of Heaven and Earth”.

She was so-called, General, not because she had particularly special godly qualities but owing to the fact that she was the earthly mistress of Anu, “Our Father Who Art In Heaven”, the King of the planet Nibiru, which humans of the day perceived as Heaven.

Anu was the father of Enlil, the principal Jehovah of the Bible. Enlil in turn had a second-born son called Nannar-Sin, the first Anunnaki to be born on Earth and who eventually became the Allah of Islam. It was Sin who fathered Inanna. Thus Inanna was Anu’s great-granddaughter but every time he visited Earth, Anu was sexually entertained by the stunningly beautiful Inanna, an act which in Anunnaki culture was not frowned upon.

Inanna was amongst other appellations known as the Goddess of Hunting (because of her penchant for, and skill in, waging war) and the Goddess of Love (in the sense of licentious love-making and not conventional moral love). Her other names in different parts of the world and across the ages were Irnin; Anunitu (Beloved of Anu); Aphrodite; Ashtoreth; Astarte; and Artemis, to mention only a few.

Although her celestial counterpart was the planet Venus, she was also loosely associated with the constellation Virgo as well as the moon. Once upon a time, when she was a virgin, Virgo was dedicated to her by her grandfather Jehovah-Enlil, who was Earth’s Chief Executive until circa 2024 BC. With regard to the moon, it primarily had to do with her twin brother Utu-Shamash, whose celestial counterpart was the sun: as such, Inanna’s inevitably had to be the moon. That, however, was only in a putative sense in that the operative moon god of the day was her father Sin.

Since moonlight effectively turns darkness into relative daylight, Inanna has in legends been referred to as Diana Lucifera, the latter term meaning “light-bringer”. Inanna’s association with the moon, General, partly explains why she was called the “Heavenly One” since the moon is a heavenly body, that is, a firmament-based body. It also explains why she was also known as Luna, which is Latin for moon.

A STEERED LIFE FOR GOOD OR ILL

Now, children of royals, aristocrats and other such members of high society, General, are invariably named before they are born. True, when a Prince William or Prince George comes along, the word that is put out into the public domain is that several names have been bandied about and the preferred one will “soon be announced”. That, General, is utter hogwash.

No prince, princess, or any other member of the nobility for that matter, is named at or sometime after their birth. Two names, a feminine and a masculine one, are already finalised whilst the child is in the womb, so that the name the child eventually goes by will depend on no other factor beside its gender.

Princess Diana, General, was named a full week after her birth, as if consultations of some sort with certain overarching figures had to be concluded first and foremost. Apparently, the broader outlines of her future first had to be secretly mapped out and charted in the manner of a child of destiny, though in her case she was as much a child of destiny as she was a doomed child. In her childhood reminiscences, Diana does hint at having been tipped to the effect that she was a special child and therefore had to scrupulously preserve herself.

“I always felt very different from somebody else, very detached,” she told her biographer Andrew Morton as per his 1992 book Diana Her True Story – In Her Own Words. “I knew I was going somewhere different but had no idea where. I said to my father when I was 13, ‘I know I am going to marry someone in the public eye’.” That, General, speaks volumes on the deliberately designed grooming she was subjected to in the formative years of her pilgrimage in life.

Since it was repeatedly drummed in her highly impressionable mind that there was something big in store for her along the way, Diana, General, remained chaste throughout her upbringing, if not an outright virgin to in all probability conform to the profile of the goddess Diana/Inanna before she exploded into a lecherous, loose-mannered nymphomaniac in her adult life as we underscored in the Earth Chronicles series. “By the time I got to the top of the school,” Diana said to Morton, “all my friends had boyfriends but not me because I knew somehow that I had to keep myself very tidy for whatever was coming my way.”

A DISPARAGED BIRTH?

Unusual for an aristocrat, General, Diana was born not in the rather apt precincts of a high-end hospital but within the banality of Park House itself. Whether hired midwives were on hand to help usher her into the world or it was only her dad, mum and closer womenfolk relations who did we can only speculate.

If for one reason or the other her parents were desirous that she be delivered at home, what secret rites did they perform as her mother’s waters broke, General? What incantations, if at all, did John utter over her? Was her birth an occultic one with all the attendant paraphernalia as opposed to a conventional one?

That Diana’s arrival was not a particularly cherished event, General, is evidenced by the fact that she was christened within the Sandringham Estate, at St. Mary Magdalene Church, with only well-to-do commoners in attendance, whereas the more prized child, her younger brother Charles, was christened at Westminster Abbey, in the presence of the Queen, who was designated as his principal godmother.

Anyhow, it was just as well, General, that it was in the hallowed environs of St. Mary Magdalene Church that Diana was committed to the “The Lord” as she was in a manner of speaking the Mary Magdalene of our day.

NEXT WEEK: A FAMILY THAT DABBLED IN WITCHCRAFT

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Challenges in our lives

21st June 2022

Allah Almighty reminds us: ‘On no soul does Allah place a burden greater than it can bear’ (Qur’an 2:286). Also: “Be patient. Surely, Allah is with those who are the patient.” [Qur’an 8: 46].

Without fail, whether we like it or not there are times in our lives when many things seem to go wrong and as mere humans we go into a panic syndrome and are left wondering; why me? Why now? What have I done to deserve this? We are all tested with adversity, hard times and pain, but these tribulations are the Almighty’s way of transforming us and help us develop spiritually.

As mere humans we all have different reactions when something good or bad happens to us, and usually our reactions depend on the strength of our religious belief and of our righteous deeds and actions.

One person may receive blessings and goodness with gratitude and accepts the bad challenges and patches in his life with perseverance and endurance. This positive attitude brings him peace of mind and happiness, causing his grief, anxiety and misery to ease. Thus, this positivity brings a balance and contentment in his life.

On the other hand another person receives blessings and goodness with arrogance and transgression; his manners degenerate and become evil; he receives this goodness and utilizes it in an unthinking and uncaring manner; it does not give him any peace of mind as his mind is always distressed, nervous and restless.

Thus when faced with loss and difficulty, due to his arrogant nature, he begins to ask why me? What have I done to deserve this and he may even damn and curse others and thinks that they are plotting his downfall.

But every now and then we should stop to ponder over the blessings both apparent and hidden from The Almighty upon us, it is only then that we will realise that our Lord has granted us abundant blessings and protected us from a number of evils; this will certainly ease our grief and anxiety and bring about a measure of happiness and contentment.

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “Look to those who are lower than you (those who possess less than you) and do not look to those higher than you; this will make you appreciate the bounties of Allah upon you.”

Whether we are believers or disbelievers, virtuous or sinful, most of us are to a certain degree able to adapt and condition ourselves to face adversity and remain calm during these moments of challenge, uncertainty and upheaval.

When people receive affliction with fear, discontent, sorrow and despair; their life becomes miserable, they panic and become short tempered. Such people are unable to exercise patience remain restless, stressed and cannot find contentment that could make life easier for them.

On the other hand, due to a believer’s strong faith and reliance on Allah, it makes him persevere and he emerges stronger than others in difficult situations as this reduces his fear and anxiety and that ultimately makes matters easier for him. If he is afflicted with sickness, poverty or any other affliction, he is tranquil and content and has no desire for anything which has not been decreed for him.

‘If Allah touches you with affliction, none can remove it but He; if He touches you with happiness, He has power over all things’ (Qur’an 6: 17).Therefore the believer prays to his Lord: ‘Our Lord, condemn us not if we forget or fall into error…lay not on us a burden greater than which we have the strength to bear’ (Qur’an 2:286)

However, the one who is weak in faith will be just the opposite; he becomes anxious, nervous, confused and full of fear. The anxiety and paranoia will team up against him because this person does not have the faith that could enable him to persevere during tough times, he is less likely to handle the pressures and will be left in a somewhat troubled and depressed state of mind.

It is natural that as humans we are always fearful of losing the things that we have acquired; we desire and cherish them and we are anxious to acquire more, because many of us will never reach a point where we are satisfied with the material things in life.

When certain frightening, disturbing or unsettling events occur, like emergencies or accidents we find that a person with sound faith is calm, steadfast, and able to cope with the situation and handle the hardship he is going through; such a person has conditioned himself to face afflictions and this makes his heart stronger and more steadfast, which gives him a level of tranquillity.

This shows the difference between a person who has strong belief and acts accordingly, and another who is not at this level of faith. Due to the strong belief of the true believer he is content with whatever Allah Almighty has decreed,

This life is full of ups and downs and uncertainties, but the only certain thing is that from the moment we are born we will be tested with life’s challenges throughout our entire lives, up to and to the final certainty, death. ‘Be sure We shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods or lives, or the fruits of your toil, but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere’ (Qur’an2:155).

The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “How wonderful is the matter of the believer! All of his matters are good and this is the case for nobody except a believer. If he is blessed with prosperity he thanks (Allah Almighty) and that is good for him; and if he is afflicted with adversity he is patient and perseveres and that is also good for him.”

During those challenging times you have three choices: either you can let them define you, let them destroy you; or you can let them strengthen you.

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Train Spotting

21st June 2022

Here in Botswana we are in the throes of winter chills, currently experiencing the tail-end of a deep freeze in South Africa which has brought snow to parts of the Karoo. Conversely, over in the United Kingdom, they are moving into summer and there is a mini heatwave happening, with temperatures in the thirties.

Both countries have one thing in common – they are heavily reliant on tourism revenues and both have accordingly suffered due to Covid which severely curtailed all movement and travel, most of all for leisure and pleasure. However, earlier this year the UK cast off the last of its Covid restrictions and travel requirements and basically declared the pandemic to be over. Britain was back in business!

So the very hard-hit hospitality sectors finally had some good news. The crowds would be returning, needing hotel and bed & breakfast accommodation, snacks and sit-down meals, pub lunches and all manner of ancillary services. Other related sectors also put out the metaphorical flags – theatres, cinemas, theme parks, camping & caravan sites, all of which had suffered hugely during the pandemic and all could now re-open their doors to paying punters.

If you’ve ever visited the UK you will know of its many attractions. London is not only a vibrant, multi-cultural city, it is also very historic, with centuries-old palaces and cathedrals and world-class galleries and museums. Outside the capital, there is glorious scenery, from rolling pastures in the south to the breath-taking Lake District and the Highlands and lovely lochs to the far north in Scotland plus all manner of coastal delights and cultural experiences.

For everyone even remotely involved in leisure, hospitality and entertainment, it was cash registers and swipe machines at the ready!

But then green for go suddenly and without warning changed to red for stop. It began with misery for air passengers. Only last week the UK Guardian reported ‘It has been another ” week of chaos at UK airports, with hundreds of flights cancelled and holidaymakers facing long queues, with reports of waits of up to eight hours. Pent-up demand for travel and staff shortages have combined to put pressure on airports and airlines.’

The Prospect union, which represents thousands of aviation staff, ” warned on Tuesday that “things could get worse this summer before they get better”, quoting staff shortages across the industry, with a huge reliance on overtime to get by day to day. The problem stemmed from the massive, industry-wide lay-offs over Covid and a sector seemingly taken by surprise by the lifting of travel restrictions. Airlines are now scrambling to replace staff made redundant, many of whom were forced to find employment in other sectors.

In addition some specialised staff such are aircrew had no option but to let their licences lapse and now find themselves technically not fit for flying duties. Ironically, one of the country’s largest and longest-established airline – British Airways – appears to be the one most severely affected with many of their former cabin crew members reporting that they had been laid off during the downturn with the promise of potential re-employment later but who are now being told their services are not required.

One BA pilot has warned of potential staff exodus and further delays that could last through to winter. When talking about ongoing staff shortages in the industry he predicted: “We might be correctly crewed by winter time. There is no chance this will be sorted this summer.

The last month (August) might be okay.” UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps put the blame squarely on the industry for the widespread chaos, saying some airlines had cut too many staff during the pandemic. “The decisions as to whether or not to lay off in the end were airlines’ decisions. They clearly in the end, looking back, cut too far on that,” he told the BBC.

Lufthansa is also joining the party in announcing cancellations. The airline will be scrapping 900 flights from its schedule, from next month. Affected flights will predominantly be on Fridays and weekends to a number of European destinations, from Frankfurt and Munich.

The airline stated: “After …two years of the pandemic, Lufthansa group airlines report high demand for air travel this summer……At present, however, the infrastructure has not yet been fully restored. The entire aviation industry, especially in Europe, is currently suffering from bottlenecks and staff shortages. This affects airports, ground handling services, air traffic control, and also airlines.”

Of course some flights are taking place and some tourists are managing to make it into the UK on a much-needed holiday but for many of them sadly, the airport might be as far as they get because to add to the flight misery, members of two large transport union, the RMT and Unite, will bring the London Underground to a grinding halt next week with planned strike action.

Simultaneously, but in a separate dispute, other RMT members will also be staging a series of strikes on Network Rail and other mainline UK train operators. So should those tourists wish to proceed to some of the country’s top holiday destinations, they’d be well advised to seek an alternative means of transport.

Economists are already predicting this wave of strikes to cost the UK economy at least £91million, according to the Centre for Economics and Business Research, proving devastating for the night-time and hospitality industries in particular. Hospitality chiefs estimated the national rail strike alone will cost the sector £540million over the week amid a 20 per cent drop in sales, the combination of which will hit ‘fragile consumer confidence’ and could ‘deliver a fatal financial blow’ to some firms.

In response, Transport for London (TFL), presumably in all seriousness, said its teams from Santander Cycles will be ensuring hire bicycles are ‘distributed at key locations according to demand’ and told commuters that ‘walking or cycling may be quicker for some journeys’ during the strike action.

Sounds to me like the message is ‘On yer bike’!

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