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Jehovah Throws in Towel!

Benson C Saili
THIS EARTH, MY BROTHER

   

Enlil agrees to step down as Earth’s Chief Executive in deference to Marduk

As a dumbstruck Endubasar stared in awe at the unveiled scribal instruments for his use, the disembodied voice of the great god thundered again.  “Endubasar, son of Eridu city, my faithful servant. I am your lord Enki. I have summoned you to write down my words, for I am much distraught by what has befallen Mankind by the Great Calamity. It is my wish to record the true course of the events, to let gods and men alike know that my hands are clean.

Not since the Great Deluge had such a calamity befallen the Earth and the gods and the Earthlings. But the Great Deluge was destined to happen, not so the Great Calamity. This one, seven years ago, need not have happened. It could have been prevented, and I, Enki, did all I could to prevent it; alas, I failed.”  Enki simply didn’t want to tell a story: he sought absolution too. He didn’t want future human generations to attribute the subjection of Sodom and Gomorrah to a one-sided atomic onslaught to him in the slightest, an evil that was totally uncalled-for.

Listening raptly to the Anunnaki’s brainiest, kindest, and warmest god, Endubasar could hear him choke back tears. Endubasar wept too in solidarity with his highly esteemed Lord. “And was it fate or was it destiny?” the great god asked a rhetorical question. The Anunnaki distinguished between destiny – the unalterable will of what they called “The Creator of All”, that is, First Source – and fate – the permissive will of the Creator of All which allowed creation to intervene and alter or influence the course of events. 

“In the future shall it be judged, for at the end of days, a Day of Judgment there shall be. On that day,  the Earth shall quake and the rivers shall change course, and there shall be darkness at noon and a fire in the heavens in the night, the day of the returning celestial god will it be. And who shall survive and who would perish, who shall be rewarded and who will be punished, gods and men alike, on that day shall it be discovered.  For what shall come to pass by what had passed shall be determined; and what was destined shall in a cycle be repeated, and what was fated and only by the heart's will occurring for good or ill shall for judgment come.”

Enki looked forward to the day  when King Anu would come to Earth not for a routine visit but to dispense justice to the likes of Elli, Ninurta, and Nergal. At the time, Enki thought the Anunnaki would remain on Earth through thick and thin and that one day they would be judged by “Our-Father-Who-Art-In-Heaven” as Anu was otherwise referred to.

ENKI INSRUCTS ENDUBASAR

Next, Enki specified the duration of his dictation and the numerology behind it. “For forty days and forty nights, shall I speak and you will write. Forty shall be the count of the days and the nights of your task here, for forty is my sacred number among the gods …  I will tell the true account of the Beginnings and of the Prior Times and of the Olden Times, for in the past the future lies hidden.”

The Anunnaki defined the “Beginnings”  as the rearranging of the Solar System by a primordial Nibiru, then an interloper planet, in what they dubbed the “Celestial Battle”, in the process of which Earth was cleaved off the parent planet Tiamat (which lay between Jupiter and Mars) to become the new planet Gaea; the “Prior Times” as the events which transpired on Nibiru and the Sirian-Orion star systems before they came to Earth; and the “Olden Times”  as the phase of their saga here on Earth from the landing 450, 000 years ago to the Deluge of Noah’s day 13,000 years ago.  Enki wanted to give context to all these happenings for the sake of posterity.

The great god added that throughout the duration of his dictation, Endubasar’s  only sustenance would be what he provided him for consumption once and for all.  “For forty days and forty nights, you shall neither eat nor drink. Only this, once, of bread and water you shall partake, and it shall sustain you for the duration of your task.”  This, of course, was Ormus in both its liquid and solid form: only Ormus, we have long learnt, is capable of keeping the body metabolism going on for days on end without eating conventional food. 

The god paused yet again, and the moment he did this, another part of the exquisite, cosy chamber began to shed a dull glow. A table upon which was set a cup and a plate emerged as if out of thin air. Endubasar noted that there was what looked liked bread on the plate and what looked like water in the cup. He immediately rose to his feet, trudged in the direction of the place setting, and took his seat at table. At this very juncture, the great god again spoke.  “Endubasar, eat the bread and drink the water, and be sustained for forty days and forty nights.”

Endubasar did as he was instructed. Enki then directed him to relocate to the scribal table.  “The glowing there intensified,” Endubasar writes. “I could see neither door nor aperture where I was, yet the glowing was as strong as the midday sun.”Clearly, Endubasar was a stranger to what sounds like fluorescent lighting.  Enki asked him, “Endubasar, what do you see?” He replied thus: “I see stone tablets, and their hue is blue as pure as the sky.

And I see a stylus as I have never seen before, its stem unlike any reed and its tip shaped like an eagle's talon.” What Endubasar is talking about here are electronic tablet computers (called phablets) which can be written upon using a digital pen and which have become a commonplace classroom feature in Western citadels of higher learning.  Indeed, when Endubasar touched the tablets, “the surface thereof felt like a smooth skin, soft to the touch”.

Enki then said, “These are the tablets upon which you shall inscribe my words. By my wish they have been cut of the finest lapis lazuli, each with two smooth faces provided. And the stylus you see is a god's handiwork, its handle made of electrum and its tip of divine crystal. It shall firmly fit in your hand and what you shall engrave with it shall be as easy as marking upon wet clay. In two columns you shall inscribe the front face, in two columns you shall inscribe the back of each stone tablet. Do not deviate from my words and utterances!”

ENKI DICTATES BOOK TO ENDUBASAR

After another brief interval, Enki finally set about dictating the text to Endubasar. “And then the great god Enki began to speak, and I began to write down his words, exactly as he had spoken them. At times his voice was strong, at times almost a whisper. At times there was joy or pride in his voice, at times pain or agony. And as one tablet was inscribed on all its faces, I took another to continue.”

The dictation was non-stop. Enki was in such a hurry to record his words that bar the inevitable calls of nature,  he did not adjourn for purposes of sleep or simply rest.  Both he and Endubasar had partaken of Ormus, which kept them going without getting bored, fatigued, or otherwise mentally side-tracked. As per Enki’s initial brief, the whole session lasted 40 days and nights.

“And when the final words were spoken,” Endubasar writes,  “the great god paused and I could hear a great sigh. And he said: Endubasar my servant, for forty days and forty nights you have faithfully recorded my words. Your task here is completed. Now, take hold of another tablet, and on it you shall write your own attestation, and at the end thereof as a witness mark it with your seal, and take the tablet and put it together with the other tablets in the divine chest.

For at a designated time, chosen ones shall come hither and they shall find the chest and the tablets, and they shall learn all that I have dictated to you; and that true account of the Beginnings and the Prior Times and the Olden Times and the Great Calamity shall henceforth be known as The Words of the Lord Enki. And it shall be a Book of Witnessing of the Past, and a Book of Foretelling the Future, for the future in the past lies and the first things shall also be the last things.”

The highly esteemed scribe did likewise after a pause by Enki. “I took the tablets, and put them one by one in their correct order in the chest. And the chest was made of acacia wood and it was inlaid with gold on the outside. And the voice of my Lord said: Now close the chest's cover and fasten its lock. And I did as directed.”

Next, Enki pronounced blessings on Endubasar, projected a scenario of the future, and commissioned him to some noble task.  “And as for you, Endubasar,” he said, “ with a great god you have spoken, and though you have not seen me, in my presence you have been. Therefore, you are blessed, and my spokesman to the people you shall be. You shall admonish them to be righteous, for in that lies a good and long life. And you shall comfort them, for in seventy years the cities will be rebuilt and the crops shall sprout again.

There will be peace but there will also be wars. New nations will become mighty, kingdoms shall rise and fall. The olden gods shall step aside and new gods shall decree the fates. But at the end of days,  destiny shall prevail, and of that future it is foretold in my words about the past. Of all that, Endubasar, to the people you shall tell.”      But Endubasar still was in a dilemma.  Bowing down on the golden carpet, he asked: “But my Lord, how will I know what to say?”

The great god replied straightaway, in words evocative of some eschatological biblical passages. “The signs will be in the heavens, and the words to utter shall come to you in dreams and in visions. And after you, there will be other chosen prophets. And in the end there will be a New Earth and a New Heaven, and for prophets there will be no more need.”

Suddenly, lights went out and in the ensuing total tranquility, Endubasar passed out just out of a sense of trepidation. “There was silence, and the auras were extinguished, and the spirit left me.”  When he came back to his senses, he found himself in the woods of Eridu, the same place he had been fetched 40 days before, alive and kicking but without the tablets.

The electronic tablets have never been found. But thanks to the power of Ormus, Endubasar was able to recall every word Enki had dictated to him and re-write them on clay tablets.  Sadly, the original clay tablets have not been found either: only scattered copies of the text thereon. Luckily, the great Sumerologist Zechariah Sitchin was able to retrieve about 800 copies of parts of the full text and reproduced them in a book he titled The Lost Book of Enki: Memoirs of an Extraterrestrial God.

Enki’s commissioning of Endubasar to document his recollections recalls to mind what Yahweh (Ishkur-Adad, Jehovah-Enlil’s third-born son) said to the prophet Isaiah in the 7th century BC: “Now come, write it on a sealed tablet. As a book engrave it: let it be a witnessing until the last day, a testimony for all time” – ISAIAH 30:8

“BABYLON’S SURVIVAL GOOD OMEN FOR MARDUK”

Endubasar’s encounter with Enki took place in the year 2017 BC , exactly 7 years after the nuclear abomination of 2024 BC.  So let us return to what immediately transpired after the Evil Wind, Nergal’s nuclear cloud, had ebbed completely some time in 2024 BC according to the chroniclings of  Endubasar.  About a month after the  ravages of the Evil Wind, Enki invited his step-brother and arch-rival Enlil to Eridu. The two got into a flying saucer and conducted an aerial survey of the whole of Sumer-Akkad.

They noted that it was largely  desolate: the people had moved out of the region in their droves to other parts of the world. But of particular note was their observation  that of the major Sumerian centres, which included Ur, Uruk, Nippur, Lagash, Larsa, Badtibira, Eridu, and   Babylon, Babylon  was the territory least affected by the Evil Wind as evidenced by its still teeming and healthy population. “Babili (Babylon), where Marduk supremacy declared, by the Evil Wind was spared,” writes Endubasar.  “All the lands south of Babili,  the Evil Wind devoured, the heart of the Second Region (Egypt)  it also touched.”

Enki called Enlil’s attention to this rather unusual occurrence,  which he regarded as a deliberate wish by God, First Source. “When in the aftermath of the Great Calamity Enlil and Enki to survey  the havoc met, Enki to Enlil the sparing of Babili as a divine omen considered.” To Enki, this was a clear-cut signal by God Almighty that time had come for Marduk to become Earth’s Chief Executive. “That Marduk to supremacy has been destined, by the sparing of Babili,  is confirmed, so did Enki to Enlil say.”

The survival of Babylon was not necessarily the result of divine intervention: Babylon simply happened to be at the edge  the northernmost  extent of the Evil Wind. Yet Enlil agreed with Enki’s take on the matter – that Babylon had remained practically unscathed owing to divine intervention.  “The will of the Creator of All it must have been,” Enlil concurred with  Enki without much ado. In order to buttress this acknowledgement, Enlil proceeded to disclose to Enki  what Galzu had said to him in a dream-vision – that Marduk was indeed destined to become the new Enlil at the onset of the Age of Aries.

Upon hearing this, Enki was enraged. He asked Enlil why, if he was aware of Marduk’s inevitable destiny,  he kept throwing spanners in his way. Sounding almost tearful, Enlil replied that  he did so because he was not sure of the bonafides of Galzu. “Was he truly the Creator of All's emissary, was he my hallucination? Therefore to keep to myself the words of Galzu I decided. Let whatever has to happen, happen, so to myself  said.” But despite being revolted at  what Enlil had told him, a tender-hearted Enki did not explode. “To his brother's words Enki listened, his head up and down he nodded,” Endubasar underscores.

ENKI AND ENLIL CLOSE CHAPTER

Enki’s flying saucer touched down back on the Eridu apron and the two great gods both alighted. As Enlil headed toward his own sky vehicle, Enki intercepted him. “Look hither Brother,” he said, almost tugging Enlil at his sleeve. “The First Region (Sumer) is desolate. The Second Region (Egypt)  is in confusion. The Third Region (Indus Valley)  is wounded.

The Place of the Celestial Chariots (the spaceport in the Sinai Peninsula) is no more:  that is what has happened! If that was the will of the Creator of All, that is what of our Mission to Earth remained! By the ambitions of Marduk was the seed sown, what the crop resulted is for him to reap!” In other words,  Enki was saying whatever had happened was preordained, that the mission of Enlil and Enki vis-à-vis the Earth was over, and that it was time now for the two to withdraw from centre stage and allow the younger generation, headed by Marduk, to conduct the planet’s affairs.   

Once again, Enlil did not equivocate in his response: uncharacteristically humbled, he expressly affirmed the triumph of Marduk. “Let the rank of fifty, by me for Ninurta intended, to Marduk instead be given,” he said with a catch in his voice. “Let Marduk over the desolation in the Regions (all four, which constituted Earth’s hub) his supremacy declare!” Marduk had become  the new Enlil, which went with the conferment of the hierarchical rank of 50, which was only second to Anu, “Our Father Who Art in Heaven”.

For a moment, there was  silence as Enki shed tears of glee. Then Enlil reiterated his affirmation to Enki. “As for me and Ninurta, we will in his (Marduk) way no longer stand. To the Lands Beyond the Oceans (the Americas) we will depart. What we had  come for, the mission to obtain for Nibiru gold,  we will complete!” Enlil, so reports Endubasar, was saying this with “dejection in his words”.

Speaking with a mild tone,  Enki wondered aloud to Enlil if he was nonetheless not contrite over the nuking of Canaan. “Would different matters have been were the Weapons of Terror (nuclear weapons) unused?” With a rasp in his voice, Enlil replied that it was no use crying over spilt milk  as with the benefit of hindsight,  the Great Calamity   would not have arisen had the Anunnaki effected certain courses of action.  “Should we have the words of Galzu to Nibiru not return heeded? Should Earth Mission been stopped when the Anunnaki mutinied? I what I did did, you what you did did. The past undone cannot become.”

As Enlil made for his flying saucer, Enki stopped him in his tracks and extended his arms to him. “Let us lock arms as brothers, as comrades who together challenges on an alien planet confronted,” he said. Enlil did likewise. “Grasping his brother's arm, he hugged him as well.” As they unwrapped, Enki posed this nostalgic question to his step brother.  “Shall we meet again, on Earth or on Nibiru?” Enlil’s response was a cheeky one.

“Was Galzu right that we die if we to Nibiru go?” Without waiting for Enki’s response, he turned and trudged toward his flying saucer. Enki felt on  overwhelming sense of desolation as he watched his step brother depart. “Alone was Enki left,” concluded Endubasar. “Only by the thoughts of his heart was he accompanied.”

NEXT WEEK:  “GREAT SERPENT”IN CHARGE

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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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