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Nuclear Blitz on Canaan

Benson C Saili
THIS EARTH, MY BROTHER

   

Nergal and Ninurta unleash seven Atomic Bombs on Sodom, Gomorrah, and Anunnaki spaceport in Sinai Peninsula

Lot, his wife, and  his two virgin daughters were airlifted by the Anunnaki espionage agents of Ninurta and dropped on the outskirts of Sodom as Lot wanted to do some impromptu, last-minute business there.  “The men took hold of his hand and his wife's hand and his two daughters' hands and they brought them out, and put them down outside the city,” Genesis relates.

The Anunnaki then bid Lot to make his way to the Judean mountains once he was done with the business. "Escape for thy life, look not behind thee, neither stop thou anywhere in the plain," they instructed him. “Unto the mountains escape, lest thou perish." Lot’s intention was to go down south as far as the town of Zoar, which was the furthest of the pentropolis.  Getting there on a chariot would certainly take time. So Lot asked the Anunnaki to on his behalf beseech Ninurta to delay pressing the nuclear button for at least a full day.

The emissaries hearkened: they promised him they would do likewise. They knew in their hearts, which they didn’t confide to Lot, that there were still five to six more days before the nuclear weapons were unleashed on the two cities. Hence, Lot had plenty of time to gather as much ground as he needed in his flight.  “And Lot, as instructed, went on to dwell in the mountain." Abraham too was ordered out of the Negev (the arid district bordering on the Sinai) and to find haven near the Mediterranean coast, in the district of the Philistines. He sought refuge there at Gerar.

SODOM AND GOMORRAH’S “SIN” WAS A LIFE OF BLISS

Why did the Anunnaki hawks (Enlil, Ninurta, Nergal, and Inanna-Ishtar) decide to nuke Sodom and Gomorrah? We’re familiar with some of the advanced reasons. According to the Bible, “the cities of the Jordan Plain” (Sodom and Gomorrah) were “wicked”.   They had “forsaken the covenant of the Lord … and they went and served other gods” – DEUTERONOMY 29:22-27. 

But the Bible does not explain who “the Lord” was; what the “covenant of the Lord” was; and who “other gods” were. It is the Sumerian chronicles that fill in the gaps. The “Lord " was Enlil, the Bible’s principal Yahweh. The “other gods” were Marduk and his son Nabu. And the “covenant”   was an age-old one, entered into between the Enlilites and the Enkites and according to which Africa was allotted to the Enkites and Europe and the Middle East/Central Asia to the Enlilites.

Thus the Canaanites (descendents of Canaan, who was an Enkite) were not supposed to inhabit Canaan (which was named after them in that they outnumbered the Shemites (Enlilites) by far) as it was not their covenanted land. However, the Enlilites too were guilty of  flouting the same covenant in that at the  time Marduk and Nabu were making inroads into Canaan, Abraham and his wife were  joint pharaohs of I-Sira-El – northern Egypt. Both the two clans had inter-penetrated each other’s territory.

As for being wicked, the biblical take is not corroborated by extra-biblical accounts.   For example, Josephus observes that the people of Sodom and Gomorrah had grown haughty by virtue of their individual riches and collective wealth. “They hated strangers,” he writes. “God was therefore much displeased at them, and determined to punish them for their pride, and to overthrow their city, and to lay waste their country, until there should neither plant nor fruit grow out of it.” Which strangers?

The strangers were not foreigners in general: it were foreigners who were pro-Enlilite. The word “hated” in fact ought to be substituted with “resented” given that Lot, a literal foreigner and an Enlilite for that matter, had lived in pro-Marduk Sodom for 17 years without any problems whatsoever. Like any other proud nation, the people of Sodom and Gomorrah resented Enlilites because they were suspicious of them. But they didn’t mind co-existing with them. 

A number of extra-biblical religious Jewish texts also seem to corroborate the fact that the people of Sodom and Gomorrah were filthy rich, the source of their vanity. For example, the Mishnah says the problem with the Sodomites was excessive property: this was their “sin”. In 2015, a team of archaeologists lead by Steve Collins reported their 10-year excavation of Sodom, which was Canaan’s principal city of the day (it is mentioned 45 times in the Bible). They characterise it as an extremely rich trade centre with waterways.

“It was a colossal city,” they write.  The exact site they excavated is described as “consisting of both a lower and upper city. It features Early Bronze Age (3500 – 2350 BCE) evidence for a 5.2 meter thick city wall (built and then re-built stronger following an earthquake) as much as 10 meters in height and made entirely of mud bricks, with associated gates, towers, at least one roadway, and plazas.”

What the biblical writers describe as sin was only so because the Enlilites very much limited the freedoms of their worshippers. On the other hand, Marduk was a liberal who gave his people unfettered freedom of expression and association (like the kind encountered in the US) in the new dispensation of Aries. This is what Enlil frowned upon and denounced as sin.      

NERGAL AND NINURTA SPLIT ROLES

At the time of which we write, Canaan had five major cities. Yet of the five, only two were in the cross-hairs of Enlil – Sodom and Gomorrah. The reason were three-fold. First, they were the largest and the most prosperous. Second, they constituted the nerve centre of Marduk support.  Third, Nabu, Marduk’s heir, was rumoured to be hiding in either of the two cities.  Nergal, who was charged with directly conducting the nuclear attack,   had vowed that he would nuke the entire expanse of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah with a view to ensuring that Nabu was no more.

“The Mesopotamian (Sumerian) cities I won’t touch,” he said. “The coastal towns (those along the Mediterranean seaboard) I will live alone. I shall annihilate the son (Nabu), and let the father (Marduk) bury him. Then I shall kill the father, and let no one bury him. The lands they (Marduk and Nabu) covet will vanish, the sinning cities (Sodom and Gomorrah) I will upheaval! To the place of the gods, access he shall not have: the place from where the Great Ones ascend (spaceport) I shall upheaval” This was despite Ninurta’s protestation to his partner in the unfolding crime that, “Valiant Nergal, will you the righteous destroy with the unrighteous?

Will you destroy those who have against you sinned together with those who against you have not sinned?” It was ironic that an Enkite, a clan known for its tender-heartedness and an abiding affinity for mankind, seemed crueler than an Enlilite, a clan known for its cold heartedness and harshness toward mankind

It is also significant that Josephus had to make mention of the fact that the nuclear strike was necessary so that nothing grew from the soil of Sodom and Gomorrah. Why was that important?  Well, Marduk had mainstreamed the use of Ormus, or monoatomic gold dust, in Canaan.  Thus Canaanite soil  was by then very  rich in gold dust thanks to irrigation with Ormus-rich Dead Sea water), which in turn made the plants growing in it  rich in gold dust too. So in order for the land to be permanently rid of the Ormus richness, it had to be nuked since a nuclear bomb is capable of denaturing the land completely, at least for hundreds of years. 

The first target of the nuclear strike was the spaceport. This was in order to ensure Marduk’s forces did not have prompt access to it. Apparently, being the Enlilites’ most strategic place on the planet, the spaceport always had anti-ballistic missiles primed. However, Nergal was concerned that if the spaceport was struck first, it would make the likes of Nabu flee Sodom or Gomorrah in the nick of time. It was in deference to this concern that Ninurta decided to enter the lists. The attacks would be made almost simultaneously.

Ninurta would target the spaceport and Nergal the “sinning cities”. Of the two, it was Nergal who relished the resultant bloodbath. “The people I will make vanish, their souls shall turn to vapour,” he boasted sadistically and this was the son of the benevolent Enki. But was Nabu actually holed up somewhere in the sinning cities?  Unbeknownst to Nergal and Ninurta, Nabu was nowhere near Sodom and Gomorrah at that juncture.  “While the two argued, Nabu was not sitting still,” say the Sumerian chronicles. 

“From his temple (in Borsippa, Sumer), to marshal all his cities he set his step, toward the Great Sea (Mediterranean) he set his course.  The Great Sea he entered, sat upon a throne that was not his.”  Nabu was not only converting the western cities:  he was taking over the Mediterranean islands and setting himself up as their ruler, convinced in his heart of hearts  that it was just a matter of time before his father Marduk was enthroned as the God of Earth!

GIBIL TIPS MARDUK ON IMMINENT DISASTER

Nergal was so eager to detonate the bomb that even before Ninurta had reported to him regarding the findings of his spies during the visitation on Lot, he had already left for Africa to commence on the process of activating the bombs. The nuclear bombs were kept somewhere in Africa in an underground bunker in the territory of Gibil, Enki’s third son.

The Enlilites were so secretive that not even Gibil was aware a site in his domain had been used to stash weapons of mass destruction. The Sumerian records say the bombs were seven in total but there must have been many more: seven was simply the number that was requisitioned to Nergal. The moment Gibil got wind of the catastrophe   what was looming over Canaan, he immediately contacted Marduk in Babylon and asked him to rush forth pronto. 

The Anunnaki had blindingly fast flying saucers and so it took Marduk only a few hours to pitch. Gibil then sat him down and told him  Nergal and Ninurta were putting finishing  touches to a scheme to nuke Sodom, Gomorrah and  the spaceport. “The wickedness of those seven (atom bombs) against thee is being laid," Gibil informed his brother. When Marduk asked him where the weapons were kept so he could foil  the machinations of Nergal and Ninurta, Gibil said he didn’t know exactly but they were kept in an underground facility somewhere  on his territory. 

“Those seven, in the mountain they abide. In a cavity inside the earth they dwell. From there, with a brilliance they will rush forth. From earth to heaven, clad with terror.” An alarmed Marduk, who was hearing this for the  first time, grew frantic: he decided to go and see his all-knowing father Enki as there was a chance he knew where the bombs were hidden.  "To his father Enki's house he Marduk entered," the Sumerian records say.

It was night time when Marduk touched down at Eridu and an  aging  Enki was reclining on a couch right in  his bed chamber.  "My father," Marduk said, "Gibil this word hath spoken to me: of the coming of the seven [weapons] he has found out."  Marduk proceeded to beseech his father to help him find the abominable underground arsenal where the bombs were kept. "Their place to search out, do hasten thou!" Sadly,  not even the phenomenally  brilliant Enki had an idea, not even a viable guess. 

IT WAS TIBBETS AND SWEENEY, ENOLA GAY AND BOCKSCAR

Somehow – it is not specified how – Marduk managed to get in touch with Nergal and demanded to know exactly what he and the Enlilites were up to. Nergal neither denied nor confirmed the nuclear scheme; instead, he demanded that Marduk at once leave Babylon and renounce his claim to Enlilship immediately. But to Marduk, that simply was inconceivable: as far as he was concerned, nothing in the universe could stand in the way of his ascendancy to the Lordship of Earth.

Arriving in Africa at the WMD site, Ninurta found that an all-too-eager Nergal had already “primed the seven awesome weapons with their poisons (nuclear warheads)”.   Nergal was even pacing up and down, muttering to himself that, “I’ll squash Nabu like a caged bird”. Nergal was firmly of the belief that Nabu was right in Sodom or Gomorrah and was busy converting people to his cause. 

The first thing the two did was to send radio messages to all the Enlilite gods that by daybreak the following morning, they should all be out  of Canaan. This message was primarily aimed at Nannar-Sin, Utu-Shamash, and Ninmah. Sin had a home in Canaan; Ninmah had a luxurious pad atop a mountain not far from the spaceport; and Shamash as spaceport commander was regularly found there too.

Next, they sent word to Tilmun, the spaceport in the Sinai Peninsula, that all the Anunnaki who worked there should have deserted it by daybreak the following morning.  “The two (Nergal and Ninurta), incited to commit the evil, made its guardians (the spaceport Anunnaki) stand aside,” say the Sumerian records. “The  gods  of that place (Shamash and Ninmah) abandoned it: its protectors went up to the heights of heaven (Mars or Earth’s orbit).” By day end,  the duo had received the all-clear message.

It was game, set, and match. Early the following morning, a long while before dawn, Nergal and Ninurta climbed into their bomb-bearing fighter craft Ninurta and jetted off. “Behind him Nergal followed,” the Sumerian annals relate.  If Nergal was  Lt. Colonel Paul Tibbets, who dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in August 1945, and Ninurta  was Major-General Charles Sweeney, who dropped his on Nagasaki, then Nergal’s craft was the infamous  Enola Gay and Ninurta’s was the Bockscar.

As per the agreed sequence of assaults, the first target was the spaceport,  “its command complex hidden in the Mount Most Supreme (Mount Mashu), its landing fields spread in the adjoining great plain”. The two bombers followed each other before they split ways. “To Mount Mashu Ninurta departed, behind him Nergal followed. The Mount and the plain, in the heart of the Fourth Region, Ninurta from the skies surveyed.”

As the two parted company, Ninurta radioed Nergal to bolster up his spirits in case they were  now flagging. Then with a “squeezing in his heart”, Ninurta zeroed in on Mount Mashu. Meanwhile, following the aviation path what was known as the King’s Highway, Nergal set course for Sodom.  “To the verdant valleys of the five cities he flew.”

ATOM BOMBS RAIN ON CANAAN AND SINAI PENINSULA

The offensive pace was set  not by Nergal but by Ninurta. Equipped with only two bombs, he made two strikes within minutes of  each other.  “Then the first terror weapon from the skies Ninurta let loose. The top of Mount Mashu with a flash it sliced off, the mount's innards in an instant it melted. That which was raised toward Anu to launch was caused to wither, its face was made to fade away, its place was made desolate.”

The second strike was aimed at the vicinities of the spaceport. “Above the Place of the Celestial Chariots spaceport),  the second weapon he unleashed. With a brilliance of seven suns the plain's rocks into a gushing wound were made …   The Spaceport was obliterated, the mount within which its controls were hidden smashed, the plain that served its runways obliterated.” Having accomplished his macabre deed, Ninurta then   raised his hand as he sat in his one-man cockpit and shouted, “It is done!”

It was now Nergal’s turn, which came just within seconds of the Ninurta deviltry as per their synchronized timings.  “Over the five cities, one after the other, Nergal upon each from the skies a terror weapon sent,” the Sumerian records inform  us. “Emulating Ninurta, the cities he finished off, to desolation he overturned them.” Only  hours later, as the first rays of the morning sun appeared, General Abraham was stupefied by what he saw when  he emerged from a slumber which never was. 

"And Abraham got up early in the morning to the place where he had stood facing Yahweh, and he looked in the direction of Sodom and Gomorrah and    the region of the Plain; and he beheld there smoke rising from the earth as the smoke of a furnace." The work of Erra the Annihilator (as Nergal came to be know henceforth) and Ishum the Scorcher (as Ninurta came to be known from that  dark day onwards) was hard to process. But the blame ultimately  lay neither on Nergal nor Ninurta.

It was on the “god” who had okayed the perpetration of this unconscionable evil, the god who   “sat enthroned in loftiness” , who was “consumed with anger” at the Enkite gods whose only sin was to persist in their rightful claim to rule the planet.  This god was Enlil. In the Bible, he’s known as Jehovah, the god Christians worship day and night for his “loving kindness”, for his “tender mercies”.  This Earth, My Brother …   

NEXT WEEK:  THE NUCLEAR AFTERMATH

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Technology saves Lions from angry Okavango villagers

22nd November 2022

Villagers in the eastern Okavango region are now using an alert system which warns them when collared lions approach livestock areas. The new technology is now regarded as a panacea to the human/wildlife conflict in the area as it has reduced mass poisoning and killing of lions by farmers.

The technology is being implemented by an NGO, Community Living Among Wildlife Sustainably (CLAWS) within the five villages of Seronga, Gunutsoga, Eretsha, Beetsha and Gudigwa in the eastern part of the Okavango delta.

A Carnivore Ecologist from CLAWS, Dr Andrew Stein explained that around 2013, villagers in the eastern Okavango were having significant problems with losses of their cattle to predators specifically lions, so the villagers resorted to using poison and shooting the lions in order to reduce their numbers.

He highlighted that as a form of progressive intervention, they designed a programme to reduce the conflicts and promote coexistence. Another component of the programme is communal herding, introduced in 2018 to reduce the conflict by increasing efficiency whereby certified herders monitor livestock health and protect them from predators, allowing community members to engage in other livelihood activities knowing that their livestock are safe.

They are now two herds with 600 and 230 cattle respectively with plan to expand the programme to other neighbouring villages. Currently the programme is being piloted in Eretsha, one of the areas with most conflict incidences per year.

Dr Stein explained that they have developed the first of its kind alert system whereby when the lions get within three or five kilometers of a cattllepost or a homestead upon the five villages, then it will release an alert system going directly to the cellphones of individuals living within the affected area or community.

‘So, if a colored lion gets to about five kilometers of Eretsha village or any villagers in the Eretsha that has signed up for, the system will receive an SMS of the name of the lion and its distance to or from the village”, he stated. He added that this enables villagers to take preventative action to reduce conflicts before its starts.

Dr Stein noted that some respond by gathering their cattle and put them in a kraal or put them in an enclosure making sure that the enclosure is secure while some people will gather firewood and light small fires around edges of the kraal to prevent lions from coming closer and some when they receive the SMS they send their livestock to the neighbours alerting them about the presence of lions.

He noted that 125 people have signed to receive the alert system within Seronga, Eretsha, Beetsha, Gunutsoga and Gudigwa. He added that each homestead is about five people and this means more than 600 people immediately receive the messages about lions when they approach their villages. He also noted that last year they dispersed over 12 000 alerts, adding that this year is a bit higher as about 20 000 alerts have been sent so far across these villages.

Stein further noted that they have been significant changes in the behavior of the villagers as they are now tolerant to lions. “85 percent were happy with the SMS and people are becoming more tolerant with living with lions because they have more information to reduce the conflicts,” he stressed.

Stein noted that since the start of the programme in 2014 they have seen lion populations rebounds almost completely to a level before and they have not recorded cases of lion poisoning in the last three years which is commendable effort.

Monnaleso Sanga from Eretsha village applauded the programme by CLAWS noting that farmers in the area are benefiting through the alert system and take preventative measures to reduce human/lion conflict which has been persistent in the area. He added that numbers of cattle killed by lions have reduced immensely. He also admitted that they are now tolerant to lions and they no longer kill nor poison them.

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THE IDEAL QUALITY OF A MUSLIM

8th September 2022

A Muslim is supposed to be and should be a living example of the teachings of the Quran and the ‘Sunnah’ (the teachings and living examples of Prophet Muhammed (SAW – Peace be upon Him). We should follow these in all affairs, relations, and situations – starting with our relationship with our Lord, our own self, our family and the people around us. One of the distinguishing features of the (ideal) Muslim is his faith in Allah, and his conviction that whatever happens in the universe and whatever befalls him, only happens through the will and the decree of the Almighty Allah.

A Muslim should know and feel that he is in constant need of the help and support of Allah, no matter how much he may think he can do for himself. He has no choice in his life but to submit to the will of his Creator, worship Him, strive towards the Right Path and do good deeds. This will guide him to be righteous and upright in all his deeds, both in public and in private.

His attitude towards his body, mind and soul

The Muslim pays attention to his body’s physical, intellectual and spiritual needs. He takes good care of his body, promoting its good health and strength. He shouldn’t eat in excess; but he should eat enough to maintain his health and energy. Allah, The Exalted, Says “…Eat and drink; but waste not by excess, for Allah loves not the wasters.” [Quran 7: 31]

The Muslim should keep away from alcohol and drugs. He should also try to exercise regularly to maintain his physical fitness. The Muslim also keeps his body and clothes clean, he bathes frequently. The Prophet placed a great emphasis on cleanliness and bathing. A Muslim is also concerned with his clothing and appearance but in accordance with the Islamic ideal of moderation, avoiding the extremes.

As for his intellectual care, the Muslim should take care of his mind by pursuing beneficial knowledge. It is his responsibility to seek knowledge whether it is religious or secular, so he may understand the nature and the essence of things. Allah Says: “…and say: My Lord! Increase me in knowledge.” [Quran 20: 114

The Muslim should not forget that man is not only composed of a body and a mind, but that he also possesses a soul and a spirit. Therefore, the Muslim pays as much attention to his spiritual development as to his physical and intellectual development, in a balanced manner which ideally does not concentrate on one aspect to the detriment of others.

His attitude towards people

The Muslim must treat his parents with kindness and respect, compassion, politeness and deep gratitude. He recognizes their status and knows his duties towards them. Allah Says “And serve Allah. Ascribe nothing as partner unto Him. (Show) kindness unto parents…” [Quran 4: 36]

With his wife, the Muslim should exemplify good and kind treatment, intelligent handling, deep understanding of the nature and psychology of women, and proper fulfilment of his responsibilities and duties.

With his children, the Muslim is a parent who should understand his responsibility towards their good upbringing, showing them love and compassion, influence their Islamic development and giving them proper education, so that they become active and constructive elements in society, and a source of goodness for their parents, community, and society as a whole.

With his relatives, the Muslim maintains the ties of kinship and knows his duties towards them. He understands the high status given to relatives in Islam, which makes him keep in touch with them, no matter what the circumstances.

 

With his neighbours, the Muslim illustrates good treatment, kindness and consideration of others’ feelings and sensitivities. He turns a blind eye to his neighbour’s faults while taking care not to commit any such errors himself. The Muslim relationship with his wider circle of friends is based on love for the sake of Allah. He is loyal and does not betray them; he is sincere and does not cheat them; he is gentle, tolerant and forgiving; he is generous and he supplicates for them.

In his social relationships with all people, the Muslim should be well-mannered, modest and not arrogant. He should not envy others, fulfils his promises and is cheerful. He is patient and avoids slandering and uttering obscenities. He should not unjustly accuse others nor should he interfere in that which does not concern him. He refrains from gossiping, spreading slander and stirring up trouble – avoids false speech and suspicion. When he is entrusted with a secret, he keeps it. He respects his elders. He mixes with the best of people. He strives to reconcile between the Muslims. He visits the sick and attends funerals. He returns favours and is grateful for them. He calls others to Islam with wisdom, example and beautiful preaching. He should guide people to do good and always make things easy and not difficult.

The Muslim should be fair in his judgments, not a hypocrite, a sycophant or a show-off. He should not boast about his deeds and achievements. He should be straightforward and never devious or twisted, no matter the circumstances. He should be generous and not remind others of his gifts or favours. Wherever possible he relieves the burden of the debtor. He should be proud and not think of begging.

These are the standards by which the (ideal) Muslim is expected to structure his life on. Now how do I measure up and fit into all this? Can I honestly say that I really try to live by these ideals and principles; if not can I really call myself a true Muslim?

For the ease of writing this article I have made use of for want of a better word, the generic term ‘he’, ‘his’, ‘him’ and the ‘male’ gender, but it goes without saying that these standards apply equally to every female and male Muslim.

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OUR BELOVED CHILDREN

29th August 2022

“Homicide and suicide kill almost 7000 children every year; one in four of all children are born to unmarried mothers, many of whom are children themselves…..children’s potential lost to spirit crushing poverty….children’s hearts lost in divorce and custody battles….children’s lives lost to abuse and violence, our society lost to itself, as we fail our children.” “If you bungle raising your children, I don’t think whatever else you do matters very much.” (Quotation taken from a book written by Hillary Clinton).

These words may well apply to us here in Botswana; We are also experiencing a series of challenges in many spheres of development and endeavour but none as challenging as the long term effects of what is going to happen to our youth of today. One of the greatest challenges facing us as parents today is how to guide our youth to become the responsible adults that we wish them to be, tomorrow.

In Islam Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) has enjoined upon the parents to take care of the moral and religious instruction of their children from the very beginning, otherwise they will be called to account for negligence on the Day of Judgement. Parents must inculcate God-consciousness in their children from an early age, whereby the children will gain an understanding of duty to The Creator.

 

The Holy Qur’an says: ‘O you who believe! Save yourself and your families from the Fire of Hell’. (Ch. 66: V6). This verse places the responsibility on the shoulders of the parents to ensure that training and guidance begin at home. The goal is to mould the child into a solid Islamic personality, with good morals, strong Islamic principles, knowledge and behavior so as to be equipped to face the demands of life in a responsible and mature manner. This should begin with the proper environment at home that inculcates the best moral and behavioral standards.

But what do we have instead? Believers of all Religious persuasions will agree that we have children growing up without parental guidance, a stable home environment, without role models, being brought up in surroundings that are not conducive to proper upbringing and moulding of well-adjusted children. These children are being brought up devoid of any parental guidance and increasingly the desperate situation of orphaned children having to raise their siblings (children raising children) because their parents have succumbed to the scourge of AIDS.

It is becoming common that more and more girls still in their schooling years are now falling pregnant, most of them unwanted, with the attendant responsibilities and difficulties.

Observe the many young ladies who are with children barely in their teens having illegitimate children. In the recent past there was a campaign focused on the ‘girl-child’; this campaign targeted this group of young females who had fallen pregnant and were now mothers. The situation is that the mother still being just a ‘child’ and not even having tasted adulthood, now has the onerous responsibility of raising her own child most of the time on her own because either the father has simply disappeared, refuses to takes responsibility, or in some cases not even known.

We cannot place the entire blame on these young mothers; as parents and society as a whole stand accused because we have shirked our responsibilities and worse still we ourselves are poor role models. The virtual breakdown of the extended family system and of the family unit in many homes means that there are no longer those safe havens of peace and tranquility that we once knew. How then do we expect to raise well-adjusted children in this poisoned atmosphere?

Alcohol has become socially acceptable and is consumed by many of our youth and alarmingly they are now turning to drugs. Alcohol is becoming so acceptable that it is easily accessible even at home where some parents share drinks with their children or buying it for them. This is not confined only to low income families it is becoming prevalent amongst our youth across the board.

 

It is frightening to witness how our youth are being influenced by blatantly suggestive pop culture messages over television, music videos and other social media. Children who are not properly grounded in being able to make rational and informed decisions between what is right and what is wrong are easily swayed by this very powerful medium.

 

So what do we do as parents? We first have to lead by example; it is no longer the parental privilege to tell the child ‘do as I say not as I do’- that no longer works. The ball is in the court of every religious leader (not some of the charlatans who masquerade as religious leaders), true adherents and responsible parents. We cannot ignore the situation we have to take an active lead in guiding and moulding our youth for a better tomorrow.

In Islam Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said: “No father gives a better gift to his children than good manners and good character.”  Children should be treated not as a burden, but a blessing and trust of Allah, and brought up with care and affection and taught proper responsibilities etiquettes and behaviour.

Even the Bible says; ‘Suffer the little children to come unto me and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein’. (Mark 10:14-15)

The message is clear and needs to be taken by all of us: Parents let us rise to the occasion – we owe it to our children and their future.

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