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Jehovah Sins Against Heir

Benson C Saili
THIS EARTH, MY BROTHER                                                     
 

Triumphant Ninurta rendered subordinate to younger brother in Enlil’s strategic top-level shuffle


The terms of the peace consequent to the Second Pyramid War in which the Enkites and Enlilites clashed and the latter were victorious were announced by peace broker Ninmah to the rest of the Anunnaki royalty who had not been party to the proceedings in an adjoining hall in Ninmah’s abode at the Harsag.
 

The moment Ninmah made the announcement, Inanna-Ishtar, Enlil’s granddaughter and  daughter to Nannar-Sin, his second-born son, kicked up an angry fuss and made a scene like the Jezebel she was. Inanna was furious that the rulership of Egypt had been given to Ningishzidda. As far as she was concerned, Dumuzi, Enki’s youngest son, was the best fit in that he had played no part whatsoever in the war whereas Zidda had.

But central to her rooting for Dumuzi was the fact that she had a crush on him and like the nymphomaniac she was was already hitting on him not only to satiate her sex craze but to hitch him into wedlock. Sadly, the peace was a fait accompli and there was nothing Ninmah could do to alter the status quo in Inanna’s favour. Once the Enkites had departed, Enlil, the Bible’s central Jehovah, and his clan flew to Jerusalem for another meeting. This was about the redistribution of Enlilite lands in the new, post-war dispensation. Also present at the meeting was Ninmah; Enlil’s wife Ninlil; and Sin’s wife Ningal.
 

In the revised allocations, Ishkur-Adad, the third-born, retained  today’s Lebanon, which incorporated the strategically significant Baalbek, the Landing Place for terrestrial aviational craft. Utu-Shamash, Inanna’s twin brother and who pre-war had been commander of Tilmun under the overall aegis of Ninmah, was entrusted charge of Mission Control Centre at Jerusalem.
 

As for the Sinai Peninsula, where Tilmun, the spaceport, was sited, and the rest of Canaan, Sin fiercely crossed verbal swords with Ninurta. As Enlil’s legal heir, Ninurta argued that it was he was automatically entitled to the role of administrator of the Anunnaki’s most prized region of the planet. In this view, he was supported by his mother Ninmah, who was Enlil’s half-sister. In a bid to favourably dispose Enlil toward her son, Ninmah rhapsodised on how she and Enlil bumped and ground relentlessly to produce a heir in Ninurta. So desperate in her pleas was she that she even requested that Enki be invited to the meeting to proffer his characteristic wise take on the matter, a suggestion Enlil utterly rejected.
 

 Sin’s pitch was equally spirited. He pointed out to Enlil that whilst Ninurta was Enlil’s heir on Nibiru, he wasn’t here on Earth. Ninurta was born on Nibiru whereas Sin was born on Earth, the first such Anunnaki. As such, Sin had a legitimate claim to inheriting after Enlil here on Earth and to administrating Canaan and Tilmun as he was a son of the soil unlike Ninurta who was to all intents and purposes a foreigner in the eyes of Earthlings. On their part, Ninlil and Ningal urged Enlil to “listen to your heart and not your mind”.  Would Enlil heed them?

 

JEHOVAH DEMOTES HIS FIRSTBORN SON

 

After pondering the matter over, Enlil responded that with rulership of Earth now alternating between the Enlilites and Enkites thanks to the Galzu dictum, the idea of a heir to Enlil here on Earth was essentially redundant as there no longer would be permanence in the title. That said, Enlil settled for Sin, “a Firstborn (with respect to Earth) of beautiful countenance, perfect of limbs, wise without compare”, as the new ruler of Greater Canaan and Tilmun. Greater Canaan extended from  the border of Egypt in the south to the border of Adad in the north, with  modern Syria included.

The whole of this area was dominated by Canaanites, who were pro-Marduk and impassionedly  anti-Ninurta for his callous and barbarous prosecution of the Second Pyramid War. Needless to say, the Canaanites were bound to warm more to Sin, who had played no part at all in the war. It was at this stage that the Sinai Peninsula was named as such – after Sin. The Sinai Peninsula’s well-watered place known as Nakhl was  named after Sin’s wife Ningal, the Semitic rendition of whose name is Nikhal. Ninurta, however, was not left in the lurch: he got the “Olden Lands”, that is, the new Edin, which in time came to be known as Sumer. This is modern-day Iraq predominantly. 

 

As for Inanna, she received no fief whatsoever and for that she threw up a tantrum, shouting, cursing, insulting,  kicking, and screaming. She wondered aloud why she had been denied a domain when she had been instrumental  in the defeat of the Enkites. “Against Marduk the war I  led (an exaggeration as the Enlilite commander was Ninurta),” she raved. She swore she was going to give the Enlilites a real nightmare if she wasn’t allocated a domain of her own and might even switch over to the Enkites.


Inanna had long been promised the Indus Valley but that promise had not yet materialised. Enlil’s pleas that she bides her time fell on stone-deaf  ears. Thus alarmed by Inanna’s threats, Enlil cabled Nibiru requesting King Anu to come to Earth and tame this tigress. “To Earth come,” Enlil entreated his father. “Deal with Inanna.”

 

“MIGHTY” NINURTA STRIPS THE GIZA PYRAMID

 

Meanwhile, Ninurta was the toast of the tribe of Shem, who were the Enlilite herd. He was eulogised in both written and pictorial chronicles like Alexander the Great. One such praise-poem went thus: “Ninurta Foremost Possessor of Divine Powers … Hero in whose hand the Divine Brilliant Weapon carries. Lord, the Mountainland (Giza Pyramid) you subdued as your creature … Hero, in fear of thee the city (in which the Giza Pyramid was located) has surrendered. O Mighty One, the Great Serpent (Marduk) the heroic god you tore away from the mountains (Giza) … Like Anu art thou made.” Ninurta’s defeat of the Enkites was marked with the investiture of a new emblem in his honour – “a Divine Bird within a rich wreath, soaring in triumph above the two great pyramids.”


Yet General Ninurta was far from done. His final nail-in-the-coffin act was to enter the Giza Pyramid under the guidance of the “Chief Mineral Master” to inspect and either confiscate or destroy any installation or instruments the Enkites could fall back on in a possible future war with the Enlilites. “As he stopped by each one of them,” writes Zechariah Sitchin in The War of the Gods, “he determined its destiny – to be smashed and destroyed, to be taken away for display, or to be installed as instruments elsewhere.”


The Giza Pyramid was a high-tech labyrinth. Its passages and chambers were arrayed with “the magical stones – minerals and crystals, some earthly, some heavenly (i.e. sourced from other planets), some the likes of which Ninurta had never seen. From them were emitted the beamed pulsations for the guidance of the astronauts and the radiations for the defence of the structure.”


Exploring the Enkites’ astronomical guidance systems and secret weapons stash, Ninurta found “all the MEs, the technology and Hermetic science operating the Bond-Heaven-Earth, a computer loaded with astronomical data and a programme to scan the sky and the Solar System, the technology of a control tower for inter-planetary travels to scan and calculate trajections, as well as the means to communicate with Anu and Nibiru.” In other words, the Enkites had their own clandestine Mission Control Centre courtesy of Enki’s genius: they didn’t need the official Mission Control Centre that was housed at Jerusalem!


In a large chamber for some reasons called “The Vulva” was found the Destiny Stone – a device that held calculus and astronomical programmes as well as the power to track individuals with a “Killing Ray”. The Destiny  Stone was the very nerve centre of Giza, the pyramid’s emitting source, where Hydrochloric Acid and hydrated potassium amplified the microwave from the pumped pool beneath  the pyramid. “But it (the Destiny Stone) was anathema to Ninurta, for during the battle,
when he was aloft, this stone’s strong  power was used to ‘attempt to grab me, with a tracking which kills to seize me’.”  Needless to say, Ninurta gave orders for the Destiny Stone to be disassembled and pulverised.


In the pyramid’s most “sacred” chamber was located a “Guiding Net”, possibly a radar which “spread out to survey Heaven (the skies) and Earth”. This radar was operationalised by the Gug, a Direction Determining Stone. Ninurta had the Gug and the three stones that underpinned it destroyed.  “Now came the turn of the universal stones and crystals positioned atop the ramps in the Grand Gallery.” These were 27 in number. “Several of them Ninurta ordered to be pulverised … Others, which could be used in the Mission Control Centre at Jerusalem,  were given to Shamash, and the rest were carried off to Mesopotamia to be deployed in Ninurta’s temple in Nippur and elsewhere as evidence of the great victory of the Enlilites over  the Enkites.”


At long last came the Apex Stone of the Pyramid. “Let the mothers’ offspring see it no more,” Ninurta bellowed before it was sent crashing to the ground. “Let the fear of thee (Giza) be removed from my descendants. Let their peace be ordained.” What boggles the mind is that if the Enkites were so phenomenally equipped, how come they lost the war in such an ignominious fashion? Well, it all was the decision of the peace-loving Enki. Enki wanted the war to end at any cost and not allow the Anunnaki to extinct each other on Earth. Marduk actually never forgave his father for so meekly getting the Enkites to yield to the Enlilites. Had Marduk had his way, you would be reading of a radically different outcome of the Second Pyramid War.  The Enlilites did not win the war: the Enkites chose to lose it.

 

THE ICONIC SUMER EMERGES

 

Since the Giza Pyramid was rendered basically useless by Enlilite general Ninurta, Ningishzidda, the new King of Egypt, decided to build a new Beacon City just north of Giza.  He named it City of Annu in honour of his grandfather the Nibiru King. The Greeks would in future call it Heliopolis – the same name they gave to Baalbek – meaning “City of the Sun God” – to venerate not King Anu but Utu-Shamash. To replace the Gug stone Ninurta had destroyed, Zidda built at Heliopolis  the now ubiquitous obelisks – towering, four-sided, narrow tapering monuments which ended up in a pyramid-like shape or pyramidion at the top – to serve as beacons. 
 

Meanwhile, the reconstruction of Sumer, the new Eden, was in progress. The first to arise was Eridu, Enki’s cult city. It was given priority because Enki was pivotal to the viability of the new Eden.  In the midst of Eridu,  Enki built a spectacular mansion adorned with gold, silver, and precious stones. And in keeping with his epithet as Oannes the Fish God, he had a cluster of ponds in which all kinds of fishes – some for food, others for the purposes of research – swam cheerily.


Next was Nippur, the city of Enlil. Nippur had been the Mission Control Centre before the Deluge but this time around it had been superseded by Jerusalem (Ur-Shulim in Sumerian, meaning “The Supreme Place of the Four Regions”, these being Africa, Indo-Europe, the Middle East, and Tilmun in the Sinai Peninsula), the new “Navel of the Earth”. When Nippur was rebuilt, Enlil relocated there from Jerusalem, which was now overseen by Shamash, and lived in a heavily fortified, seven-stage   “Mountain House” called a ziggurat.

The fortress was equipped with weapons and surveillance equipment such as “The Lifted Eye Which Scans The Land” and “The Lifted Beam Which Penetrates All”. On a platform on the roof of the ziggurat was “The Fast-Stepping Bird Whose Grasp No One Could Escape”, a sophisticated aircraft. This time around, the Enlilites were not taking chances given the sudden and unheralded manner in which they had been set upon and consequently lost the space-related sites to the Enkites.


When Lagash was rebuilt, it was allotted to Ninurta as his cult city. Ninurta, who was the overall ruler of Sumer (though nobody cared a damn about that anyway)  wasted no time in erecting there a magnificent Temple-House he called the Eninnu, meaning “House of Fifty” where he lived with his aunt-wife Bau. Although he was for all practical purposes now subordinate to his younger brother Sin in realpolitik, he wanted to make a defiant statement – that he still was very much in contention as Enlil’s real heir. If you recall, he too had been given the Anunnaki rank of 50, the same as Enlil but in a shadow capacity in his (Ninurta) case, after he vanquished “The Evil Zu” to underline the fact that he was next in line. In the Eninnu backyard was parked his famous “Black Skybird” (a plane) known as the Girsu, hence his other name Ningirsu.


The rebuilt Sippar was the fiefdom of Shamash: there, he dwelt in the Ebabbar (the “Shining House”) with his spouse Aya and enacted statues of justice for mankind (Shamash was also at once head of Mission Control Centre in Jerusalem and executive commander of the spaceport as both these were located in Canaan, where his father Sin had overall jurisdiction). At a new site called Adab not very far from the prediluvial Shuruppak, a new medical centre to be run by Ninmah was established.

There, Ninmah built her temple-abode she called “House of Succour and Healing Knowledge”. Sin’s new cult city was called Urim (Ur), “a city with straight streets, canals, and wharves”.  Perhaps as a dig at his elder brother Ninurta, he named his temple-mansion “House of the Throne's Seed”, which paraphrased meant heir to Enlil. Adad did not set up in Sumer but in his favourite Lebanon. He called his mansion “House of Seven Storms” as he was known as the Storm God and was a son of the great Enlil whose lucky number was 7. Sadly, Marduk was not allowed to set up his own cult city in Sumer. In fact, he and his son Nabu were restricted to Eridu every time they visited.


Soon mankind was teeming in Sumer in the urban centres of the gods, not as Anunnaki equals but as the worker race – the exact purpose for which he was created. His role was to “tend the surrounding fields, orchards, and cattlefolds in behalf of the gods, and to be in the service of the gods in all conceivable manners: not only as cooks and bakers, artisans and clothiers, but also as priests, musicians, entertainers, and temple prostitutes.”


At about the same time, the Anakim (“giants” in the Bible, the beings resulting from marriages between the Igigi and Earthling women) built themselves two urban cities at a time when mankind dwelt in rural settings. The first was Jericho, reputed to be the world’s oldest town. Jericho (Yericho in Arabic, meaning “Moon City”), was dedicated to Sin, whose epithet was “Moon God”. Besides being the penultimate stop for travellers to refresh and lunch, Jericho was established with a view to police the crossing point to Mission Control Centre in Jerusalem and the giant Anakim were best-suited for this purpose.  The second was Kiryat Arba (“Stronghold of Arba”, Arba being the Anakim leader), best-known as Hebron. Kiryat Arba served a similar purpose as Jericho – to guard the route between Jerusalem and the Sinai. When the Israelites conquered Canaan under their general Joshua, the Anakim were a formidable obstacle.
 

NEXT WEEK: GOD IS HERE!

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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.

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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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