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Enkites Go To War

Benson C Saili
THIS EARTH, MY BROTHER                                                     


Osiris slain by “Satan”, Horus exacts vengeance


Not long after the Deluge, the enigmatic Galzu appeared to Enlil, the Bible’s main Jehovah/Yahweh, in a kind of vision. Galzu delivered a message to Enlil that changed full cycle the status quo in relation to the rulership of Earth.

Up until now, that is, roughly 95,000 years, Enlil had been the only ruler of Earth. Not anymore, announced Galzu. From now henceforth, rulership of Earth was to alternate between the Enlilites and the Enkites. One clan would rule for “three celestial portions” (that is, three zodiacal ages) and the other would rule during the next three – and so forth and so on.


The first to rule would be the Enlilites. The announcement was made in the Age of Leo and therefore Leo did not factor in the permutations. As such, the Enlilites were to exercise hegemony in the first three ages after Leo, namely Cancer, Gemini, and Taurus and then hand over to the Enkites in the Age of Aries. This measure, Galzu said to Enlil, was taken with a view to foster harmonious relations between the two ever-feuding clans.
 

When Marduk heard the news, he was stirred. Since his father Enki had long promised him that he was going to make him the next ruler of Earth come rain or shine, it was a matter of course that come the Age of the Ram, as Aries was otherwise called, he would ascend to the supremacy of Earth.


He would be the new Enlil! (Enlil, meaning “Commander-In-Chief”, was the title of the Anunnaki ruler of Earth, not a name.) He therefore decided that he would start preparing for the Lordship of the world there and then; that’s how determined he was to rise to the commanding heights of the planet. Accordingly, he stepped down as ruler of Egypt and handed over power to his son Shu, after ruling for only 1000 years.


Shu was not Marduk’s heir: it was Nabu. But Marduk sidestepped Nabu for strategic reasons. He wanted to campaign with him all around the world since Nabu was the Anunnaki’s most eloquent and persuasive speaker. He was a demagogue, propagandist, and rabble-rouser rolled into one. He had such a gift of rallying people to his cause that he could turn the most loyal follower of an opponent into a Judas. It’s small wonder that the Jewish term for prophet is “Nebo”, an alternative rendering of Nabo.  
 

The Age of the Ram was some 8640 years away at the very least (about two-and-half years in Anunnaki time) but Marduk and Nabu set about proclaiming it as the era of the Enkites right away so as to etch the prospect indelibly on the psyche of mankind.

 

SETH’S “SATANIC” RAGE AT OSIRIS

 

Shu, who was married to his half-sister Tefnut, ruled Egypt for 700 years.   He was succeeded by his son Geb, who like his father was espoused to his half-sister Nut. Geb was on the throne for 500 years.

Now, Geb and Nut officially had five children – three boys and two girls, though one boy is not named. The firstborn was a boy known as Asaru, also spelt Ashur. The name Ashur has been interpreted to mean the All-Seeing Eye by Zechariah Sitchin. Well, we beg to differ. Ashur is actually the abbreviated form of Asa-Ur-Ur – the name of the star system we call Sirius.


It was a commemoration of the Anunnaki’s partial origins. The Anunnaki originally came not from Nibiru but from the Sirius and Orion star system. Ashur is best-known as Osiris, the Greek rendition of the same name.


Osiris was married to his half-sister Aset. Again like Osiris, Aset was named in honour of the Orion Queen, whose throne title amongst others was Ast.  The Orion Queen, who later became the Sirian-Orion Queen after the two empires merged and therefore King Anu’s ceremonial wife, was the mother of Enki.


Aset too is best-known by the Greek version of her name – Isis. Apparently, the Greeks knew better: another of the numerous titles of the Orion Queen was SSS-SSS (meaning Queen of the SSS World, the Orion Empire), which the Greeks clearly abbreviated to Isis.          


Osiris’ younger brother was known as Satu. This is Set in English and Seth in ancient Greek, but in its full Sumerian rendering, it was Satu-An, meaning Prince Satu. Satu-An is Satan in English. Thus the term Satan (like the term Devil) did not originally have the diabolical connotation it carries today: it was a very noble name which traced back to the Orion Empire, the paternal origins of the Enkites.

The beings of the Orion Empire were known as the SSA.TT.AN, which simply meant the “Serpent Race of Heaven”, Heaven being the Orion Empire.  It were the Enlilites who twisted the name Satan to become the very byword for embodied evil for reasons we shall dwell upon at the opportune time.   Satu was married to Nebat, Geb’s second daughter.
 

In truth though, the five kids were not all blood siblings. Not all the five were the biological children of Geb. Osiris was the result of an incestuous relationship between Marduk and his granddaughter/daughter-in-law Nut. Isis too (and the unnamed boy) arose when Ningishzidda, who was Enki’s best-looking son, was lured into bed by Nut. Thus only Seth and Nebat were Geb’s biological sons.
 

Given the above convoluted state of affairs, both Osiris and Seth had a legitimate claim to Geb’s throne. In the case of Osiris, he may not have been Geb’s biological son but the fact that his father Marduk was senior to Geb meant he had a higher princely status than Seth. In the case of Seth, he was the true firstborn of Geb, not Osiris, who was a bastard child. So Seth too had a case for ascendancy to Geb’s throne.
 

But as far as Geb was concerned, Osiris was his firstborn, period, and so upon stepping down, he bequeathed the throne to Osiris. Seth, however, just could not take the matter lying down. In the next 100 years, he lobbied relentless at least for a share of the throne, insisting that it was he who was Geb’s legitimate heir.

The matter was referred to the elder statesman Enki, who at the time was living at Abu Island near Aswan. Enki wanted peace amongst his clan. Therefore, to avert a possible civil war, he ruled that Egypt should be divided into two parts and allocated to both Seth and Osiris. 


Accordingly, Osiris was given Lower Egypt (the north, ironically) and Seth Upper Egypt (the south). One would have thought Enki’s gesture was just but not Seth. Seth was wroth. First, he was disgruntled that Osiris got northern Egypt, which was more prestigious in that it contained the famous and aviationally strategic Giza pyramids.

Second, by wedding his half-sister Isis, Osiris had ensured that the heir to the Egyptian throne, in the event that it was reunited, would come from his loins. This was because according to Anunnaki rules, one had to be the son of half-siblings to succeed to the throne, which meant Seth’s heir would not be entitled to the throne as he was married to a full-sister. 


Seth thought Osiris had done him a great injustice left, right, and centre. He had deprived him not only of the throne but also of the succession.  Seth’s indignation was such that it sparked what came to be known as the First Pyramid War.

 

OSIRIS IS NO MORE

 

From the day he became King of southern Egypt, Seth was determined to eliminate his brother and rule the whole of Egypt, directly or through a successor, and not only part of it. The day of reckoning finally arrived during the visit to southern Egypt of the Ethiopian Queen Aso. At a banquet held in her honour in Seth’s palace, all the Anunnaki royals and VIPs were in attendance to grace the occasion. 


As the wining and dining proceeded apace, a “poisoned chalice” disguised as a wine goblet was served Osiris by one of Seth’s henchmen and Osiris was so stoned he drifted into a deep slumber. Seth then had his henchmen carry Osiris to a guest room ostensibly to put him to bed.

That, however, was a ruse.  Osiris was immediately placed in a casket-like chest, which was then hermetically sealed.  The chest was then loaded into a chopper, taken to the Red Sea, and dropped deep into the brine. Osiris, who had ruled Egypt for a total of 450 years, was no more. It was the first time an Anunnaki had murdered a fellow Anunnaki on Earth.


The moment Osiris’s disappearance was conveyed to his half-sister wife Isis by informers, she sought the help of Marduk and a concerted search was launched for the body of Osiris with the help of satellite scanning. Satellite pictures showed that the casket had been carried by the waves of the sea and had been deposited on the coast of Babylos in modern-day Lebanon. It was quickly located and Isis had it hid in a secret place. Meanwhile, she called upon Ningishzidda to rush over and try to restore Osiris to life using his medical wizardry.


But before Ningishzidda could pitch, Seth somehow found the hiding place and spirited away the casket. Then removing Osiris’s lifeless body, he cut it into 14 pieces and scattered them over a wide stretch of forest using a chopper. But Isis simply was no quitter: once again, with the help of satellite pictures, she had  the body parts retrieved with the exception of the genitalia, which Seth had ground to powder for fear that Ningishzidda might use his medical magic and raise Osiris’s heir from the extracted sperm cells.

 

EXIT OSIRIS, ENTER HORUS

 

When Seth was arrested and brought to trial, Isis demanded two things essentially. First, Seth must be sentenced to death for murdering her husband. Second, Marduk should produce Osiris’s heir with her. Sadly, neither of her pleas was satiated. Seth was pardoned at the insistence of the Enkites themselves. Enki was of the view that two wrongs would not make a right, that the Enkites could not lose two of their pillars as that would serve to advantage the rival Enlilites.

As such, Isis was bidden to make peace with Seth and produce a heir by him. Isis vowed she would never share a bed with the succubus that was Seth. Seth tried all sorts of ways to prevail over Isis to marry him, including forcefully taking her to a secluded place to vainly ram sense into her, whereupon Ningishzidda came to her rescue.
 

It was Ningishzidda she appealed to to help her find a means of conceiving using the DNA from Osiris’s tissues. Like the genius he was, Ningishzidda did measure up to the plea: he managed to produce sperm cells from Osiris non-sexual DNA using a revolutionary process known as artificial meiosis. Isis then inseminated herself with these sperm cells at ovulation time and that was how the famous Horus was born.


After the death of Osiris, Seth approached Marduk and demanded that he be declared the sole ruler of a united Egypt as he was now the only eligible heir. Isis countered the move, insisting that she was already pregnant with Osiris’s baby. Seth scoffed at the assertion, dismissing it as pure  hallucination. Until Isis physically presented a legitimate heir to Osiris, Seth had every right to ascend to the throne.  Isis was wary of unveiling an infant Horus  and so Seth was installed as  the sole ruler of Egypt. Altogether, he ruled Egypt for 350 years.


Meanwhile, Isis hid baby Horus in the papyrus swamps as Seth was always on the lookout for the little threat to his throne. Once, Horus was bitten by a scorpion and escaped death only thanks to Nngishzidda’s medical intervention. At some stage, Horus was adopted by Gibil, one of Enki’s children.    

Throughout his clandestine upbringing, Horus was told his main preoccupation in life was to unseat Seth from the Egyptian throne. He was raised up as Netch-Atef, meaning “Avenger of his Father" Osiris. Gibil meticulously coached him in the art of war, both aerial and infantry, as well martial arts to ready him for a future duel  with Seth. All the while, Seth was not aware Horus even existed. 

 

“SATAN” IS VANQUISHED

 

When Horus was sufficiently grown, he decided it was time he claimed his late father’s throne. He made a dramatic appearance before the “Council of the Gods” and demanded that Seth steps down forthwith to allow for his coronation as the new and rightful King of Egypt.
 

The Enkite pantheon were taken aback, more so Seth. He couldn’t believe what he was seeing. Horus wasn’t just making a casual claim: he came armed with the requisite genetic evidence that had been certified by DNA expert Ningishzidda.  What followed is summed up by Zechariah Sitchin in his book The War of the Gods in the following words:


“Seth suggested that the gods' deliberations be recessed so as to give him a chance to discuss the problem peacefully with his newly appeared nephew. He invited Horus to ‘come, let us pass a happy day in my house,’ and Horus agreed. But what Seth had in mind was not peacemaking: his mind was set on trickery. And when it was eventide, the bed was spread for them, and the twain lay thereon. And in the night Seth caused his member to become stiff, and he made it go between the loins of Horus.
 

“When the gods next met in council, Seth demanded that the Office of Ruler be resolved as his, for Horus was disqualified: whether or not he was of the seed of Osiris, the seed of Seth was now in him, entitling him to succeed, not precede, Seth!


“Now it was the turn of Horus to surprise the gods. When Seth poured out his semen, ‘I caught the seed between my hands,’ Horus said. In the morning he showed it to his mother, telling her what had happened. Isis then made Horus erect his member and pour his semen into a cup. Then she went to the garden of Seth and poured the semen of Horus on the lettuce that Seth then unknowingly ate.
 

“So, announced Horus, ‘Not only is Seth's seed not in me, but my seed is in him! It is Seth who has been disqualified!’ Baffled, the gods called upon Thoth (Ningishzidda) to resolve the issue. He checked the semen that Horus had given his mother, which Isis kept in a pot. It was found to be indeed the semen of Seth. He then scanned the body of Seth and confirmed that it contained the semen of Horus.”
 

Seth, however,  was not in the least inclined to cede power. He straightaway declared war on Horus.

   
The war was long and protracted. It was the first war in which the Anunnaki involved humans. Fighting under the banner of the wildly popular Horus were the Mesniu, the first humans to use firepower weaponry, and rallying to Seth was an ethnic army commanded by Canaan, Ham’s son and Noah’s grandchild. The war was fought in two phases.


Initially, armies squared up against each other. Then at some stage, there was a decisive one-on-one face-off between Horus and Seth with a view to stem profligate losses of the cannon folder that were human lives.
 

In the mano-o-mano confrontation, Horus was the first to be hit. He was struck by a chemical weapon which brought him to the brink of death. Again it was Ningishzidda his mother called upon to use his extraordinary medical knowledge and expeditiously restore her son to health. Once Horus was fully recovered, Ningishzidda provided him with a fighter craft called the Nar, which, sadly, was  quickly destroyed by a game and spirited Seth.


Horus then resorted to a sophisticated, stealth bomber-like  flying saucer which was used by Marduk and from there fired off a Multiple Warhead Missile called a Harpoon at Seth (it is telling that when in 1977 McDonnell Douglas developed a naval-guided anti-ship missile, they called it the Harpoon Missile. The Military Industrial Complex are well-informed.) In the event, Seth was felled. Not only did he lose his testicles but he was blinded and captured.

 

Horus wanted to finish him off and braced to slice off his head but Isis had pity on her half- brother and facilitated his flight from captivity. Upon learning this, Horus was so mad he decapitated his own mother. But thanks to Ningishzidda’s surgical prowess, the severed head was put back in place and Isis cheated death.

 

The two adversaries were at long last brought before the Council of the Gods, the Egyptian chapter of the Anunnaki pantheon which was headed by Enki.   The matter to be decided was this: should Horus the victor rule Egypt alone or it should again be split into two countries in which both Horus and a blinded and genitally dismembered Seth would have sovereignty?

 

NEXT WEEK: THE SIN OF HAM THAT NEVER WAS!

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STRESS TEST

14th December 2022

We have come a long way from the 19th century, when mental un-healthiness was not recognised as treatable. In those days mental health problems were viewed as a sign of madness, warranting imprisonment in often merciless and unhygienic conditions; and with that backdrop you would think twice before calling in sick because of stress or admit feelings of hopelessness or depression but that’s changing. That may sound like good news but it’s not.

Reasons why employees don’t show up for work can vary, but one thing is for certain; an organisation relies on its staff to get things done and when employees don’t show up for work it disrupts organisational plans, takes up the valuable time from management and lowers the company’s productivity. It’s always been that people miss work for several reasons, some understandable and legitimate and others less so but it’s important that we know the reasons so that such situations can be better managed.

Today stress is one of the most common causes of long-term absence and is especially prevalent amongst office-based staff. This is also related to absence due to depression or anxiety. Is this indicative of where we are as a society, a sign of the times which is that people are constantly pressurised and have less work-life balance?

The British Museum houses a tablet which provides a peek into work-life balance in ancient Egypt. It documents how many sick days and why 40 workers took time off from their workplace in 1250 BC. All sorts of fascinating reasons have been given for why people were away from their work, including a note about someone named Buqentuf, who needed time off for embalming and wrapping the corpse of his dead mother.

There were other reasons like some workers, such as a man named Pennub, missed work because their mothers were ill.  Others had causes that we wouldn’t expect to hear as often today, such as men who stayed home to help around the house due to a “wife or daughter bleeding” – a reference to menstruation. But no mention of mental health, not because it didn’t exist, but it wasn’t labelled thus not reported.

What was reported was a person such as Aapehti who was said to have been ill on a regular basis and also took time off when he was “making offerings to god”.  Workers also took days off when they had to perform tasks for their superiors – which was apparently permitted in moderate amounts. For example, Amenmose was allowed time away from work when he was “fetching stones for the scribe:  And what about other employees who had to excuse themselves from work to brew beer, an activity which was associated with some of their gods and rituals.

All fascinating stuff which provides insight into life at that time. But what insights can we gather from today’s sick leave records? One study recently undertaken gives us insight into the UK police force’s absenteeism. Figures obtained through the Freedom of Information Act from police forces in the UK showed that the number of days absent due to mental health problems increased by 9% in one year, from 457,154 in 2020 to 497,154 in 2021.

And here is the shocker. Police have taken a record 500,000 days off due to mental health issues. Zoe Billingham, a former police inspector, suggested there was a greater prevalence of mental health issues among emergency services, due to what they faced during the pandemic of coronavirus. “Police and other frontline services have protected us during the pandemic,” she said. “The pandemic was a great unknown. People were really scared of dying and coming into contact with the virus, and a lot of people did.”

It is a ‘mental health epidemic’ among police. Alistair Carmichael, Home Affairs spokesman for the Liberal Democrats, said: “Frontline police officers do an incredible job serving their communities. But we know that the stress of policing can take a heavy toll on the mental health of officers, in some cases leading to burnout.

Let’s look at another group. A poll by Gallup reported that in the last three years, 75% of young adults aged 18–22 have left their jobs because of stated mental health reasons. This study showed that employees (millennials and Gen Z) want employers who care about their wellbeing. Contributing factors to mental health stress centre around increases in uncertainty and include: Hybrid work environments and the side-effects: no socialization, no end time, no feedback, caring for others; changing rules around work often with poor communications & clarity;  inconsistency & incompleteness of rule implementation:  Uncertainty from these and other factors leads to anxiety and depression.

 

The real story here is not that burnout, stress, depression and anxiety are becoming the number one reasons for absenteeism but that for a large part they are preventable. We have the data telling us it’s the problem but still organisations are doing very little to proactively manage it. Sure, we have counselling services for staff who are struggling and wellness days to reinforce feelings of wellbeing, but this is not enough.

If we start caring and developing work cultures that do not create unintentional stress through how work gets done, that will go a long way to change the status quo. Simple things like ensuring your culture doesn’t thrive on fire drills and heroics to get things done and that emails do not come with expected responses after hours or over the weekend. If we can stop managers bullying, yelling or losing their cool when there is a performance or customer issue and begin giving people more control over their work – all of these are the kinds of stuff that contribute to weakened mental health and absenteeism.

To sum up, your staff’s stress levels are directly proportional to your business’s absentee levels.  Ergo, lowering the former, will also reduce the latter.  Stress down, productivity up and everybody wins out.

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Contributing factors to mental health stress centre around increases in uncertainty and include: Hybrid work environments and the side-effects: no socialization, no end time, no feedback, caring for others; changing rules around work often with poor communications & clarity;  inconsistency & incompleteness of rule implementation:  Uncertainty from these and other factors leads to anxiety and depression.

 

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Diana Irks Queen

14th December 2022
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In September 1978, General Atiku, Princess Diana had enrolled for a cookery course. That same month whilst she was staying at her parents’ home in Norfolk, her friends innocently asked about the health of her father  John Spencer, the 8th Earl. Hitherto, the Earl’s health had never been a matter of concern but Diana somewhat inscrutably voiced a somewhat portendous outlook. “He’s going to drop down in some way,” she said.  “If he dies, he will die immediately;  otherwise he’ll survive.”  

It came to pass,  General. The following day, the telephone bell rang to the news that her father had collapsed in the courtyard of his Althorp Estate residence and that he had been rushed to a nearby hospital after suffering a massive cerebral haemorrhage. The medical prognosis was bleak:  Earl Spencer was not expected to survive the night. Writes Andrew Morton in Diana Her True Story: “For two days the children camped out in the hospital waiting-room as their father clung on to life. When doctors announced that there was a glimmer of hope, Raine [second wife] organised a private ambulance to take him to the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases in Queen Square, Central London, where for several months he lay in a coma.”

Raine was so fiercely protective of her beloved husband that she had the nurses see to it that his own children did not come near him in this critical condition in his elitist private room.  ‘I’m a survivor and people forget that at their peril,” she would later tell a journalist. “There’s pure steel up my backbone. Nobody destroys me, and nobody was going to destroy Johnnie so long as I could sit by his bed – some of his family tried to stop me – and will my life force into him.” But if Raine had steel in her, General, so did the implacable Spencer children, more so the eldest of them all.  “During this critical time,” Morton goes on, “the ill feeling between Raine and the children boiled over into a series of vicious exchanges. There was iron too in the Spencer soul and numerous hospital corridors rang to the sound of the redoubtable Countess and the fiery Lady Sarah Spencer [the Earl’s firstborn child] hissing at each other like a pair of angry geese.”

As Diana had correctly predicted, her father was not destined to die at that juncture but healthwise he was never the same henceforth. First, he suffered a relapse in November that same year and was moved to another hospital. Once again, he teetered on the brink. He was drifting in and out of consciousness and as such he was not able to properly process  people who were visiting him, including his own daughters when nurses relented and allowed them in. Even when he was awake a feeding tube in his throat meant that he was unable to speak. Understandably, Diana found it hard to concentrate on the cookery course she had enrolled in a few days before her father suffered his stroke.

But Raine, General,  was determined that her husband survive come rain or shine. Morton: “When his doctors were at their most pessimistic, Raine’s will-power won through. She had heard of a German drug called Aslocillin which she thought could help and so she pulled every string to find a supply. It was unlicensed in Britain but that didn’t stop her. The wonder drug was duly acquired and miraculously did the trick. One afternoon she was maintaining her usual bedside vigil when, with the strains of Madam Butterfly playing in the background, he opened his eyes ‘and was back’. In January 1979, when he was finally released from hospital, he and Raine booked into the Dorchester Hotel in Park Lane for an expensive month-long convalescence. Throughout this episode the strain on the family was intense.”

Altogether, Earl Spencer had been in hospital for 8 straight months. The lingering effects of the stroke left him somewhat unsteady on his feet when he escorted his daughter down the aisle at St. Paul’s Cathedral in 1981 for her marriage to the Prince of Wales.

 

R.I.P. EARL SPENCER

 

It was not until March 29, 1992, General, that Earl Spencer finally gave up the ghost. He was admitted in hospital for pneumonia but what killed him days later was a heart attack. Rumours of his death actually began to make the rounds the day before he passed on. At the time, Diana was on a skiing holiday in the  Austrian Alps along with  her estranged hubby Prince Charles and their two kids William and Harry.

When Diana was told of her dad’s death, she insisted that under no circumstances would she return to England on the same flight as Charles, with whom she was barely on talking terms. “I mean it, Ken,” she told her body minder Ken Wharfe. “I don’t want him with me. He doesn’t love me – he loves that woman [Camilla]. Why should I help save his face? Why the bloody hell should I? It’s my father who has gone. It’s a bit bloody late for Charles to start playing the caring husband, don’t you think so?”

Naturally, General, Charles was alarmed, particularly that his efforts to use one of his right-hand-men to reason with the Princess had been rebuffed. He therefore  prevailed over Wharfe to try and ram sense into his wife. “Lord Spencer’s death was a major news story,” writes Ken Wharfe,  “and if the Prince and Princess did not return to Britain together then nothing, not even compassion for the grief-stricken Diana, would stop the journalists from going for the jugular. The truth about the Waleses would be immediately and blindingly obvious to the most naive journalist … Returning to the Princess’s room, I told her bluntly that this was not a matter for debate. ‘Ma’am, you have to go back with the Prince. This one is not open for discussion. You just have to go with it’.’’

At long last persuaded, General, Diana said, “Okay Ken, I’ll do it. Tell him I’ll do it, but it is for my father, not for him – it is out of loyalty to my father.” But what in truth got Diana to change tack was the intervention of the Queen, who personally called her at Charles’ own request. That, however, General, was only as far as Diana was prepared to play ball: as far as engaging with Charles in conversation was concerned, that was simply inconceivable. “There was an icy silence for the rest of the two-hour journey,” writes Wharfe. “Nothing was said during the entire flight. The Princess did not want to speak to her husband and he, fearing a furious or even hysterical outburst, did not dare even to try to start a conversation. Whatever the discomforts of the journey, however, it was soon clear that the PR spin had worked. The next day it was reported that Prince Charles was at Diana’s side in her hour of need. Yet as soon as the Prince and Princess arrived at Kensington Palace they went their separate ways – he to Highgrove, and she to pay her last respects to her father.”

Lord Spencer was 68 when he died. He was a remote descendant of King Henry VIII.

 

PRINCE CHARLES FINALLY OWNS UP TO ADULTERY WITH CAMILLA

 

In June 1994, when Diana and Charles had been separated for exactly one-and-half years, Prince Charles was interviewed in a BBC documentary by Jonathan Dimbleby. The interview was billed as intended to mark Charles’ 25 anniversary as Prince of Wales but it was in truth a not-to-cleverly-disguised riposte to Diana Her True Story, the highly controversial 1992 collaboration between Diana and Andrew Morton.

In the interview, which was watched by 13 million people, Charles, General, openly admitted for the first time that he had committed adultery with Camilla Parker-Bowles, who he hailed as, “a great friend of mine who has been a friend for a very long time and will continue to be a friend for a very long time”. Diana had been requested to feature in the interview alongside her husband but she parried the overture on the advice of her aides, which was spot-on as she would have been greatly embarrassed by her hubby’s unsavoury confession in her own face and on national television.

The Prince’s candid confessional was followed weeks later by a book titled The  Prince of Wales: A Biography, which was written by the same Jonathan Dimbleby. The book was even frankier than the interview. In it, Charles put it bluntly that she had never once loved Diana and that he married her only because he was coerced into doing so by his  notoriously overbearing father. Charles also made it known that as a child, he had been bullied by his abusive father, virtually ignored by his mother, and persecuted by a wife he portrayed as both spoiled and mentally unstable.   Both Diana and his parents were revolted by the bare-knuckle  contents of the book though Dana need not have been irked considering that it was she herself who had fired the first salvo in the Morton book.

 

BASHIR INTERVIEW BODES ILL FOR DIANA

 

If Diana’s collaboration with Morton was a miscalculation, General, Prince Charles’ Dimbleby interview was equally so. For in November 1995, the wayward Princess hit back with her own tell-all interview on BBC’s  current affairs programme called Panorama. “She wanted to get even with Prince Charles over his adulterous confession with the Dimbleby documentary,” writes Paul Burrell, her final butler, in A Royal Duty.

The interview was conducted by journalist Martin Bashir who was attached to BBC, and was watched by 23 million people,  conferring it the distinction of having attracted the largest audience for any television documentary in broadcasting history. In the interview, Diana voiced concern about there having been “three of us in this marriage and so it was  a bit crowded”, the intruder obviously being Camilla. Diana also gave Charles a dose of his own medicine by confessing to her own adulterous relationship with James Hewitt, of whom she said, “Yes, I adored him, yes, I was in love with him”. Hewitt had at the time documented his affair with Diana in lurid detail in a best-selling book and Diana thought he had ill-conceivedly stabbed her in the back.

And as if to rub salt into the wound, General, Diana cast serious  doubts on her husband’s fitness to rule as future King and therefore his eventual accession to the British throne.   Unfortunately for her, the interview sealed her fate  in so far as her marriage was concerned. “In her headstrong decision to co-operate with Bashir,” says Burrell, “she had never considered, perhaps naively, the implications that Panorama had for her marriage.” Indeed, just four weeks after the interview, the Queen, after consultation with the Prime Minister and the Archbishop of Canterbury, wrote personally to both the Prince and Princess of Wales requesting that they divorce sooner rather than later.

It was a dream-come-true for at least two parties to the triangle, namely Charles and Camilla. But did it also constitute music to the ears of Princess Diana too, General?

 

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SOWING THE WIND ONLY TO REAP THE WHIRLWIND: Martin Bashir interviews Princess Diana in a BBC documentary which aired on Monday 29 November 1995. The interview incensed the Windsors: the following month, Queen Elizabeth ordered Charles and Diana to sever matrimonial ties. In her vengeful resolve to hit back at her husband following his own interview the previous year, Diana had foolishly sown the wind and reaped the whirlwind.

NEXT WEEK: DIANA REVERTS TO SINGLENESS

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Rights of an Individual in Islam

14th December 2022

Islam is a way of life completed and perfected by the last and final Messenger of Allah, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). The Holy Quran along with the practical teachings of the Prophet (pbuh) forms the basis of Islamic law, social, economic and political systems of Islam – in short the basis of a complete code of conduct for the entire life of a Muslim

Regrettably in this day and age there are certain views in non-Muslims that have a very negative ‘view’ of Islam. The bottom line is that if a Muslim says that two plus two is four, others can ‘argue’ to say three plus one is four, or two times two is four or the square root of 16 is four. The bottom line is no matter what we may think we all are ‘correct’. The fact is that we are all on this earth for a ‘limited’ time. Regardless of beliefs, tribe, race, colour or our social standing in life, we will all die one day or the other and we will “all” be called up thereafter to answer for our behaviour, beliefs, and our life on this earth.

To a Muslim the Holy Quran is the Divine Revelation which is all encompassing and lays down in clear terms, how we should live our daily lives including the need for humans to allow fellow humans certain basic rights at all times. Due to the limited space available I can only reflect on some of the major fundamental rights laid down by Islam:

Right to life

The first and foremost of fundamental basic human-rights is the right to life. “Whosoever kills any human being (without any valid reason) like manslaughter or any disruption and chaos on earth, it is though he had killed all the mankind. And whoever saves a life it is though as he had saved the lives of all mankind” (Quran Ch5: v 32). It further declares: “Do not kill a soul which Allah has made sacred except through the due process of law” (Quran Ch6: v 151). Islam further explains that this sacrosanct right to life is not granted only to its adherents (believers), but it has been granted to all human beings without consideration of their religion, race, colour or sex

Right to Equality 

The Holy Quran recognises equality between humans irrespective of any distinction of nationality, race, colour or gender. “O Mankind We have created you from a male and female, and We made you as nations and tribes so that you may be able to recognise each other (not that you may despise each other). Indeed the most honourable among you before God is the most God-conscious”. (Quran Ch49: v 13). The Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) further explained this: “No Arab has any superiority over a non-Arab, nor does a non-Arab have any superiority over an Arab…… You are all the children of Adam and Adam was created from soil”. If there is any superiority for a man it is based on his piety, righteousness, sense of responsibility and character. Even such a person with these noble qualities would not have any privileged rights over others.

Right to justice

Allah Almighty has bestowed on all human beings, believer or non-believer, friend or foe the right to justice.  The Holy Quran states: “We sent our messengers with clear teachings and sent down along with them the Book and the Balance so that society may be established on the basis of justice” (Quran Ch 57 : v 25). It further says “O Believers stand for the cause of God and as witness to justice and remember that enmity of some people should not lead you to injustice. Be just as it is nearest to God consciousness” (Quran Ch 5:v  8 ). This makes it obligatory that a believer must uphold justice in all circumstances, including to his enemies.

Right to freedom of conscience and religion

The Holy Quran clearly mentions that there is no compulsion in accepting or rejecting a religion. “There is no compulsion in (submitting to) the religion” (Quran Ch 2 : v 256). Every individual has been granted basic freedom to accept a religion of his or her choice. Therefore no religion should be imposed on a person.

Right to personal freedom

No person can be deprived of his or her personal freedom except in pursuance of justice. Therefore there cannot be any arbitrary or preventive arrest without the permission of duly appointed judge and in the light of a solid proof.

Right to Protection of Honour

Every person has been ensured basic human dignity which should not be violated. If someone falsely attacks the honour of a person the culprit will be punished according to the Islamic Law. The Holy Quran says: “Do not let one group of people make fun of another group”. It further states: “Do not defame one another”, the Quran goes on to say: And do not backbite or speak ill of one another” (Quran Ch 49  : v 11-12).

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