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The God of Dark Arts

Benson C Saili
THIS EARTH, MY BROTHER

   
Ishkur-Adad, the Jehovah of the Exodus,  casts a stubborn spell  over Egyptian Pharaoh

What did Ishkur-Adad,  the Jehovah of the Exodus, mean when he referred to himself as  “EHYEH ASHER EHYEH”, this being the name by which Moses should  introduce him to the Hykso-Hebrews in Egypt, at the scene of the Burning Bush? Note  that Moses, who was a naturally assertive person like the great intellect he was, did not quiz Adad as to what he meant. Clearly, he  did comprehend the meaning of the name. Still, the Hebrews never used that name at all: instead, they generally referred to their god as ADONAI, or ATEN in Sumerian. Why this particular denomination we  shall unpack at the appropriate time.  

In the Bible’s multiple versions,   EHYEH ASHER EHYEH has been translated variously as “I am who am”;  "I am what I am"; or "I will be what I will be". In some versions, it is shortened simply to “I am”, or “Yahweh”.  Some scholars posit that what actually Adad said was, “Who am I? I am who I am, and never you mind”. In other words, Adad was telling Moses to mind his own business and not bother with what was a preposterous matter. That kind of response, however, is unseemly: a god who wants to sell himself to a people who pay allegiance to other gods cannot afford to be so dismissively impolitic. You don’t  win followers by coming across as vain, haughty,  and impudent.

Note that contrary to what the Bible would have you believe, this was not the first time the  Anunnaki employed the name Yahweh. Long before Moses came to Midian, the Midianites already had a god they called Yahweh, who was apparently their main god beside the goddess Ninmah, who was known as Hathor to the Egyptians. To the Egyptians, Midian  was known as “The Land of the Shasu of Yahweh”. 

This we learn from an inscription from the time of Pharaoh Amenhotep III, Moses’ father. “Shasu”, meaning a nomadic people, was the Egyptian term for Midianites, who like Hebrew-Hyksos were a Semitic people.  Thus Yahweh-Adad was already known in Midian for at least 70 years before Moses relocated there. Why did Moses’ personal encounter with Adad take up to 40 years to happen? It could have been that Moses was reluctant to embrace Enlilite gods, preferring, instead, to stick to venerating the Aten, the planet Nibiru. As a sort of puffed up person, he was very set  in his ways.  

So what did Adad exactly say to Moses? It was to tell his people that  “I AM WE ARE has sent me”.  That is to say, a collection of gods who he,  Adad, represented was the one that had commissioned Moses. In theosophy, the I AM WE ARE concept is known as the Sovereign Integral. Its meaning is simply that one is not an individual as such but a composite of constituent entities. Whatever he says or does represents the wishes of a collective of which he is part.

The  I AM, therefore, is the individual being directly interacting with an audience at that particular point in time. But as a representative, ultimately, of a larger banding, he is the I AM WE ARE. Adad was the I AM. But he along with his fellow Enlilites – Enlil, Nannar-Sin, and Utu-Shamash – comprised the I AM WE ARE. In other words, “God” was a plurality and not a single entity. “God” was the “Elohim”, the ruling pantheon of the Anunnaki,  and not simply “El”, an individual Anunnaki. The concept of multiple gods was not alien to the Hebrews. They were very much aware that their gods, the Anunnaki, were a clan. What was unusual was the idea of a single god representing several others. This would take a lot of convincing.

MOSES SACRIFICES HIS SON TO LUCIFERIAN FORCES

Once the proceedings at the scene of the Burning Bush were complete, it now fell to Moses to fulfill his part of the contractual bargain to recompense for the magical powers he had been endued by the forces of darkness.  When you sign a contract with the Devil, invariably in your own blood, you seal it by shedding another’s blood. This is not the blood of an ordinary person: it is the blood of somebody very dear to you.  This must be your child, wife, father, mother, brother, or sister in the main.  Your child or parent is the one who carries the most weight as you are invested with greater powers when you kill either of these.

In Anunnaki times,   one was required to sacrifice his firstborn son to either appease the gods (the basically diabolical Enlilites: not the generally benevolent Enkites) to bring about a desired result. THE MOST PRECIOUS SACRIFICE TO THE GODS WAS A KING’S FIRSTBORN SON. (In the “sacrificial death” of Jesus, an offspring of David, Israel’s greatest King,  and therefore the first century’s Davidic heir, we see this ethos at play.) 

For example, Abraham,  the father of the Hebrew nation, was asked to sacrifice his firstborn son Ishmael  by Adad though he defied the god and instead offered his second-born son Isaac (who was not his biological child), who Adad procedurally rejected.   Since Moses had been appointed by Ishkur-Adad as the King of the Hebrews, it was necessary that he sacrifice his firstborn son both on his own behalf and that of the Hebrew people.

A hotheaded Moses, however, was reluctant to sacrifice his own flesh and blood. He made that very clear to Adad and hastened away in a huff. As a descendant of  Abraham, Moses was all too aware  that Abraham had also taken very strong exception to sacrificing his own  son. But having fulfilled an initiation ritual,  Moses had already crossed the Rubicon and he was under obligation to do his part. As he made his way home, the demon that now indwelt him threatened that if he did not co-operate, he would be killed.  This is what is implied in EXODUS 4:24, which reads: “It came to be on the way, in the lodging, that a messenger of Yahweh encountered him and sought to put him to death.”

Moses finally acquiesced and did sacrifice his son with Zipporah. This son is not named but he was certainly his firstborn, meaning Gershom  and Eleazer were not the only sons he had with Zipporah: there must have been a firstborn who was sacrificed and that’s  the reason he is not named. LATER EDITORS OF  EXODUS, HOWEVER, DECIDED TO  GLOSS OVER THE SACRIFICE BY SPINNING IT AS NO MORE THAN A MERE  CIRCUMCISION OF HIS SON (EXODUS 4:25).

Maybe circumcision was indeed involved, but it must have been deliberately botched to result in the death of the child. The fact that Zipporah was the person who performed the circumcision (which is bizarre as women never are or were involved in the circumcision  process) clearly exposes the story as a fabricated one,  or at the very least attests to the contrived fatal result of the circumcision as indeed an innocent  woman forced to perform the act would make a mess of the process. It was only after the sacrifice was done that the demon desisted from badgering and barking threats at Moses (EXODUS 4:26).  
   
EGYPTIAN HYKSO-HEBREWS  SPURN MOSES

When Moses set course for Egypt this time around, he was accompanied by his first cousin Aaron. Moses was 80 going on 81, whilst Aaron was 83 going on 84.  Once again, the man they were going to meet was Pharaoh Ramesses I. This was Moses’ second encounter with Ramesses although the Pentateuch authors have fused the first and second mission into one as is often their hurried tendency.   The year was 1333 BC, Ramesses’ second year in office.

To his credit, Ramesses did not receive Moses hostilely. By this time, Ramesses was resigned to the fact that Moses, who had been the King of Median for about 40 years now, was his equal. In any case, Moses had renounced his Egyptian citizenship and so was no longer regarded as an aspiring Come-Back-Kid by the Egyptian establishment. He was thus received as a Hykso-Hebrew.    

Initially, all Moses asked for was to introduce himself to his people, the Hebrew-Hyksos, who were concentrated in the land of Goshen in northern Egypt.  Ramesses gave him the green light without much ado. Meanwhile, Ramesses had his troops at the ready just in case the Goshenites became excited at the sight of their leader and set about mischief-making of a provocative kind.  

Arriving at Goshen,  Moses did not address the entire Jewish population. He only picked a select few, who according to the Book of Exodus numbered 29 (EXODUS 6:14-24). Of course they must have been larger than that but the Exodus authors left out precious many names and retained only those whose descendants were prominent  at the time Exodus was written, that is, in the 6th century BC.

All the 29 names were the offspring of  Reuben, Simeon, and Levi – the first three sons of Jacob. But  the dominant ones numerically were members of the tribe of Levi, who numbered 20 in all. What that seems to suggest is that at this point in time, THE LEVITES WERE THE PRE-EMINENT JEWISH TRIBE. This is one  of two surprises, the other being the total absence  of  representatives  of the tribe of Judah, which had superseded that of Reuben, Simeon, and Levi, after the three patriarchs were cursed by Jacob (Reuben  for sleeping with one of his father’s younger wives; and Simeon and Levi for causing the expulsion of the Hykso-Hebrews from  Egypt after they  had  SeqenenreTao, southern Egypt’s black Pharaoh, murdered).   

How did the Levites, a cursed tribe, bounce back and become the leading tribe of the day during the Egyptian bondage? AARON HAD A LOT TO DO WITH THIS STATE OF AFFAIRS.   Remember, when Moses went into exile after being forced to step down as Pharaoh Akhenaten by the Egyptian army acting in concert with the Theban priesthood, Aaron not only took over as interim Pharaoh   but stayed in Egypt for another 40 years.

Aaron was therefore for a long time the elder statesman of the Hykso-Hebrews in Egypt and resultantly had enormous socio-political sway.  Aaron, if you recall, was the son of Joseph’s second-born son Ephraim (Aye to the Egyptians: also known by his titular name Amram in the Bible) and Tey, whose Hebrew name was  Yokarba (Jochebed in the English version of the Bible). Yokarba was of  the House of Levi, a Levite.

That makes Aaron a Levite essentially since one’s tribal identity was ordinarily traced through the mother.      Since Aaron was at once a Levite and patriarch of Egypt’s Hykso-Hebrews, he made sure that his tribe took  pride of place. THIS IS THE MAIN REASON  THE LEVITES BECAME ISRAEL’S PRIESTLY TRIBE AND WHY ONLY MEMBERS OF AARON’S CLAN  WERE ELIGIBLE FOR THE POSITION OF HIGH PRIEST. It was Aaron who masterminded and orchestrated their rehabilitation and restoration to “God’s” favour.

Why was the tribe of Judah now sidelined? Well, again if you recall, Judah was not meant to be the substantive leader of the Israelites (the nation Jacob, who was also known as Israel,  gave rise to): he was imply holding indefinite fort whilst Jacob’s anointed heir, Joseph,   was growing up. By the time of the exodus, Joseph not only had become a Hykso-Hebrew  legend but he had spawned at least three generations – Ephraim’s,  Aaron’s, and Nadab’s.   Thus Joseph had now reclaimed his rightful position as Jacob’s heir, meaning the tribe of Judah no longer counted.

Be that as it may, the tribe of Judah did not take their relegation to the fringes lying down. They did bounce back by and by, becoming the largest  and most powerful Jewish tribe. That, however, is another story, which we shall address at the appropriate time. Sadly for Moses, the Hykso-Hebrew elders were not persuaded to depart Egypt. One of the reasons given had to do with “hard service” (EXODUS  6:9).  In other words, they were  not prepared to  undergo the rigours of dislodging several nations that now inhabited Canaan.

It would entail several  years of  warfare and the Hykso-Hebrews of the day had never taken part in a war. Furthermore, the Hykso-Hebrew cast aspersions on the god Moses claimed to represent. What evidence was there that he would indeed see them to victory? How would they be assured that he was mighty enough to keep them safe and sound?   

BUT THE MAIN  REASON THE HYKSO-HEBREW ELDERS REJECTED MOSES’GOD HAD TO DO WITH THE FACT THAT HE DEMANDED THAT THEY SACRIFICE THEIR FIRSTBORN SONS IN RETURN FOR FREEING THEM FROM THE EGYPTIAN YOKE. In the Bible, this is not vividly  set out: it’s only when you read between the lines that you get the photo. But don’t you worry: we shall demonstrate to you soon how we were able to decipher that on the basis of collaborative extra-biblical sources.  

ISHKUR-ADAD “HARDENS PHARAOH’S HEART”

According to the Bible, Moses was able to contact Ishkur-Adad whilst he was in Egypt pleading the cause of his people. Exactly how the Pentateuch authors do not elaborate.  There was likely a secret rendezvous in the Egyptian wilds where he and Adad met considering that the Anunnaki gods had airborne vessels which could land on any terrain.

So when Moses, accompanied by Aaron, reported to Adad that his people had given him the middle finger, Adad instructed him to approach Ramesses and ask him to order an expulsion of the Hykso-Hebrews from Egypt. Adad told Moses point-blank that Ramesses would turn him down but only because he, Adad, would “harden his heart”. This would give Adad the opportunity to perform “miracles” that would help Moses convince the Hykso-Hebrews that Yahweh was a great god who indeed could do  wonders for them. 

“HARDENING THE PHARAOH’S HEART” IS NOT A MERE FIGURE OF SPEECH:   THIS IS THE FIRST DIRECT INDICATION WE HAVE OF AN ANUNNAKI GOD CONTRIVING TO INFLUENCE A HUMAN BEING BY MEANS OF HIGH-TECH MIND MANIPULATION. Mind control, which is a favourite Illuminati device even in our day, was not pioneered by Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich as we have been made to believe: it was introduced by the Anunnaki 3000 years ago, if not earlier.

Mind control is a  device whereby a person is mentally influenced to act according to the wishes of  his mind manipulator using sophisticated mind programming technology or harsh, heavy-handed mental access methods which make the victim easily susceptible to mental programming. For direct mass mental programming,  this can be achieved through mobile phone masts, smart metres, chemtrails,   broadcasting equipment, space satellites, vaccinations, foodstuffs such as GMOs, and the chemicals with which the water we drink either directly from  the dams or rivers,  or the mineral water that has become so fashionable today, is laced.

  At the individual level, mind programming can be administered by way of hypnosis or metaphysical devices, which a layman like you and I would term as witchcraft, black magic, or demon-possession (more on this subject in a future series). Moses was reluctant to follow through on Adad’s instruction and he made that clear to the god.  But Adad insisted that he just had to  as he was bound by the terms of the initiation he underwent at the scene of the Burning Bush and which obliged him to  obey Adad robotically.

Arriving at Ramesses’ courts, Moses accordingly delivered the message from “my God Yahweh”.  Yahweh, he said, had demanded that Ramesses “dismiss” the Hykso-Hebrews from Egypt so they retrace their way back to the legal land of their heritage, Canaan. Ramesses’ initial response was to scoff at Yahweh, who,  so he said, he  did not even know. Of course this was a deep blue lie: Ramesses  was aware that in the Land of the Midianites loomed large a god known as Yahweh.  Be that as it may, Ramesses decided to consult his team of advisors  on the matter.

Adad’s mind control stratagem was already at  work. The Pharaoh’s advisers were adamant that the Hykso-Hebrews must not be let go.  This is the reason they gave: “Behold, a nation, Children of Israel, is greater and mightier than us; Let us deal wisely with them, lest they multiply and, when war shall be called, they will join our enemies, and fight against us, and leave the land” –  EXODUS 1:9–10.

Let us put Egyptian anxieties in context. At the time, a powerful kingdom on the upper reaches of the Euphrates River had arisen. This Kingdom was called Mitanni (“The Weapon of Anu”) and belonged to a people known as the Hurrians.   Mitanni, an arch-enemy of Egypt, encompassed today’s Syria and Lebanon. In Mitanni was a region in the Khabu River area known as Aram-Naharayim, meaning “The Western Land of the Two Rivers”.  Mitanni’s principal urban centre was Harran, a bastion of the Hykso-Hebrews.

Harran’s main Hykso-Hebrew tribe were the Ben-Yamins – the descendents of Benjamin, Jacob’s youngest son. Benjamin was the only one of Jacob’s 12 sons who was a full brother to Joseph as the duo’s mother was Rachel (Rachel died after giving birth to Benjamin.) Both the mothers of Jacob (Rebecca) and Joseph came from Harran.

Now, if the Hykso-Hebrews were to be let go by Ramesses, their most obvious destination would be Harran – to rejoin their kith and kin.  Once the Hykso-Hebrews of Egypt reunited with the Hykso-Hebrews of  Harran, they would form Mitanni’s Fifth Column and reinforce the regular Mitannian army, thus making a doubly formidable force with which Egypt would have to contend. That was what Ramesses feared and that was why  he was dead set against giving Moses the green light to take his people with him.  
     

NEXT WEEK:   ISHKUR-ADAD’S TEN PLAGUES: WHERE THEY MIRACLES?

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GONE FISHING

28th March 2023

In recent years, using personal devices in working environments has become so commonplace it now has its own acronym, BOYD (Bring Your Own Device).  But as employees skip between corporate tools and personal applications on their own devices, their actions introduce a number of possible risks that should be managed and mitigated with careful consideration.  Consider these examples:

Si-lwli, a small family-run business in Wales, is arguably as niche a company as you could find, producing talking toys used to promote the Welsh language. Their potential market is small, with only some 300,000 Welsh language speakers in the world and in reality the business is really more of a hobby for the husband-and-wife team, who both still have day jobs.  Yet, despite still managing to be successful in terms of sales, the business is now fighting for survival after recently falling prey to cybercriminals. Emails between Si-Iwli and their Chinese suppliers were intercepted by hackers who altered the banking details in the correspondence, causing Si-Iwli to hand over £18,000 (around P ¼ m) to the thieves. That might not sound much to a large enterprise, but to a small or medium business it can be devastating.

Another recent SMB hacking story which appeared in the Wall Street Journal concerned Innovative Higher Ed Consulting (IHED) Inc, a small New York start-up with a handful of employees. IHED didn’t even have a website, but fraudsters were able to run stolen credit card numbers through the company’s payment system and reverse the charges to the tune of $27,000, around the same loss faced by Si-Iwli.  As the WSJ put it, the hackers completely destroyed the company, forcing its owners to fold.

And in May 2019, the city of Baltimore’s computer system was hit by a ransomware attack, with hackers using a variant called RobinHood. The hack, which has lasted more than a month, paralysed the computer system for city employees, with the hackers demanding a payment in Bitcoin to give access back to the city.

Of course, hackers target governments or business giants  but small and medium businesses are certainly not immune. In fact, 67% of SMBs reported that they had experienced a cyber attack across a period of 12 months, according to a 2018 survey carried out by security research firm Ponemon Institute. Additionally, Verizon issued a report in May 2019 that small businesses accounted for 43% of its reported data breaches.  Once seen as less vulnerable than PCs, smartphone attacks are on the rise, with movements like the Dark Caracal spyware campaign underlining the allure of mobile devices to hackers. Last year, the US Federal Trade Commission released a statement calling for greater education on mobile security, coming at a time when around 42% of all Android devices are believed to not carry the latest security updates.

This is an era when employees increasingly use their smartphones for work-related purposes so is your business doing enough to protect against data breaches on their employees’ phones? The SME Cyber Crime Survey 2018 carried out for risk management specialists AON showed that more than 80% of small businesses did not view this as a threat yet if as shown, 67% of SMBs were said to have been victims of hacking, either the stats are wrong or business owners are underestimating their vulnerability.  A 2019 report by PricewaterhouseCoopers suggests the latter, stating that the majority of global businesses are unprepared for cyber attacks.

Consider that a workstation no longer means a desk in an office: It can be a phone in the back of a taxi or Uber; a laptop in a coffee shop, or a tablet in an airport lounge.  Wherever the device is used, employees can potentially install applications that could be harmful to your business, even from something as seemingly insignificant as clicking on an accidental download or opening a link on a phishing email.  Out of the physical workplace, your employees’ activities might not have the same protections as they would on a company-monitored PC.

Yet many businesses not only encourage their employees to work remotely, but assume working from coffee shops, bookstores, and airports can boost employees’ productivity.  Unfortunately, many remote hot spots do not provide secure Wi-Fi so if your employee is accessing their work account on unsecured public Wi-Fi,  sensitive business data could be at risk. Furthermore, even if your employee uses a company smartphone or has access to company data through a personal mobile device, there is always a chance data could be in jeopardy with a lost or stolen device, even information as basic as clients’ addresses and phone numbers.

BOYDs are also at risk from malware designed to harm and infect the host system, transmittable to smartphones when downloading malicious third-party apps.  Then there is ransomware, a type of malware used by hackers to specifically take control of a system’s data, blocking access or threatening to release sensitive information unless a ransom is paid such as the one which affected Baltimore.  Ransomware attacks are on the increase,  predicted to occur every 14 seconds, potentially costing billions of dollars per year.

Lastly there is phishing – the cyber equivalent of the metaphorical fishing exercise –  whereby  cybercriminals attempt to obtain sensitive data –usernames, passwords, credit card details –usually through a phoney email designed to look legitimate which directs the user to a fraudulent website or requests the data be emailed back directly. Most of us like to think we could recognize a phishing email when we see it, but these emails have become more sophisticated and can come through other forms of communication such as messaging apps.

Bottom line is to be aware of the potential problems with BOYDs and if in doubt,  consult your IT security consultants.  You can’t put the own-device genie back in the bottle but you can make data protection one of your three wishes!

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“I Propose to Diana Tonight”

28th March 2023

About five days before Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed landed in Paris, General Atiku, a certain Edward Williams was taking a walk in a woods in the Welsh town of Mountain Ash. Williams, then 73, was a psychic of some renown. He had in the past foretold assassination attempts on US President Ronald Reagan, which occurred on March 30, 1981, and Pope John Paul II, which came to pass on May 13, 1981.

As he trudged the woods, Williams  had a sudden premonition that pointed to Diana’s imminent fate as per Christopher Andersen’s book The Day Diana Died. “When the vision struck me, it was as if everything around me was obscured and replaced by shadowy figures,” Williams was later to reminisce. “In the middle was the face of Princess Diana. Her expression was sad and full of pathos. She was wearing what looked like a floral dress with a short dark cardigan. But it was vague. I went cold with fear and knew it was a sign that she was in danger.”

Williams hastily beat a retreat to his home, which he shared with his wife Mary, and related to her his presentiment, trembling like an aspen leaf as he did so. “I have never seen him so upset,” Mary recounted. “He felt he was given a sign and when he came back from his walk he was deeply shaken.”

The following day, Williams frantically sauntered into a police station to inform the police of his premonition. The officer who attended to him would have dismissed him as no more than a crackpot but he treated him seriously in view of the accuracy of his past predictions. He  took a statement and immediately passed it on to the Special Branch Investigative  Unit.

The report read as follows:

“On 27 August, at 14:12 hrs, a man by the name of Edward Williams came to Mountain Ash police station. He said he was a psychic and predicted that Princess Diana was going to die. In previous years, he has predicted that the Pope and Ronald Reagan were going to be the victims of assassination attempts. On both occasions he was proved to be correct. Mr Williams appeared to be quite normal.”

Williams, General, was spot-on as usual: four days later, the princess was no more.

Meanwhile, General,  even as Dodi and Diana were making their way to the Fayed-owned Ritz Hotel in central Paris, British newspapers were awash with headlines that suggested Diana was kind of deranged. Writes Andrew Morton in Diana in Pursuit of Love: “In The Independent Diana was described as ‘a woman with fundamentally nothing to say about anything’. She was ‘suffering from a form of arrested development’. ‘Isn’t it time she started using her head?’ asked The Mail on Sunday. The Sunday Mirror printed a special supplement entitled ‘A Story of Love’; The News of the World claimed that William had demanded that Diana should split from Dodi: ‘William can’t help it, he just doesn’t like the man.’ William was reportedly ‘horrified’ and ‘doesn’t think Mr Fayed is good for his mother’ – or was that just the press projecting their own prejudices? The upmarket Sunday Times newspaper, which had first serialised my biography of the princess, now put her in the psychiatrist’s chair for daring to be wooed by a Muslim. The pop-psychologist Oliver James put Diana ‘On the Couch’, asking why she was so ‘depressed’ and desperate for love. Other tabloids piled in with dire prognostications – about Prince Philip’s hostility to the relationship, Diana’s prospect of exile, and the social ostracism she would face if she married Dodi.”

DIANA AND DODI AT THE RITZ

Before Diana and Dodi departed the Villa Windsor sometime after 16 hrs, General, one of Dodi’s bodyguards Trevor Rees-Jones furtively asked Diana as to what the programme for the evening was. This Trevor did out of sheer desperation as Dodi had ceased and desisted from telling members of his security detail, let alone anyone else for that matter, what his onward destination was for fear that that piece of information would be passed on to the paparazzi. Diana kindly obliged Trevor though her response was terse and scarcely revealing. “Well, eventually we will be going out to a restaurant”, that was all Diana said. Without advance knowledge of exactly what restaurant that was, Trevor and his colleagues’ hands were tied: they could not do a recce on it as was standard practice for the security team of a VIP principal.  Dodi certainly, General, was being recklessly by throwing such caution to the winds.

At about 16:30, Diana and Dodi drew up at the Ritz Hotel, where they were received by acting hotel manager Claude Roulet.  The front entrance of the hotel was already crawling with paparazzi, as a result of which the couple took the precaution of using the rear entrance, where hopefully they would make their entry unperturbed and unmolested. The first thing they did when they were ensconced in the now $10,000 a night Imperial Suite was to spend some time on their mobiles and set about touching base with friends, relations, and associates.  Diana called at least two people, her clairvoyant friend Rita Rogers and her favourite journalist Richard Kay of The Daily Mail.

Rita, General,  was alarmed that Diana had proceeded to venture to Paris notwithstanding the warning she had given Dodi and herself in relation to what she had seen of him  in the crystal ball when the couple had consulted her. When quizzed as to what the hell she indeed was doing in Paris at that juncture, Diana replied that she and Dodi had simply come to do some shopping, which though partially true was not the material reason they were there. “But Diana, remember what I told Dodi,” Rita said somewhat reprovingly. Diana a bit apprehensively replied, “Yes I remember. I will be careful. I promise.” Well,  she did not live up to her promise as we shall soon unpack General.

As for Richard Kay, Diana made known to him that, “I have decided I am going to radically change my life. I am going to complete my obligations to charities and to the anti-personnel land mines cause, but in November I want to completely withdraw from formal public life.”

Once she was done with her round of calls, Diana went down to the hair saloon by the hotel swimming pool to have her hair washed and blow-dried ahead of the scheduled evening dinner.

THE “TELL ME YES” RING IS DELIVERED

Since the main object of their Paris trip was to pick up the “Tell Me Yes” engagement ring  Dodi had ordered in Monte Carlo a week earlier, Dodi decided to check on Repossi Jewellery, which was right within the Ritz prencincts, known as the Place Vendome.  It could have taken less than a minute for Dodi to get to the store on foot but he decided to use a car to outsmart the paparazzi invasion. He was driven there by Trevor Rees-Jones, with Alexander Kez Wingfield and Claude Roulet following on foot, though he entered the shop alone.

The Repossi store had closed for the holiday season but Alberto Repossi, accompanied by his wife and brother-in-law,  had decided to travel all the way from his home in Monaco  and momentarily open it for the sake of the potentially highly lucrative  Dodi transaction.  Alberto, however, disappointed Dodi as the ring he had chosen was not the one  he produced. The one he showed Dodi was pricier and perhaps more exquisite but Dodi  was adamant that he wanted the exact one he had ordered as that was what Diana herself had picked. It was a ploy  on the part of Repossi to make a real killing on the sale, his excuse to that effect being that Diana deserved a ring tha was well worthy of her social pedigree.  With Dodi having expressed disaffection, Repossi rendered his apologies and assured Dodi he would make the right ring available shortly, whereupon Dodi repaired back to the hotel to await its delivery. But Dodi  did insist nonetheless that the pricier ring be delivered too in case it appealed to Diana anyway.

Repossi delivered the two rings an hour later. They were collected by Roulet. On inspecting them, Dodi chose the very one he had seen in Monte Carlo, apparently at the insistence of Diana.  There is a possibility that Diana, who was very much aware of her public image and was not comfortable with ostentatious displays of wealth, may have deliberately shown an interest in a less expensive engagement ring. It  may have been a purely romantic as opposed to a prestigious  choice for her.

The value of the ring, which was found on a wardrobe shelf in Dodi’s apartment after the crash,  has been estimated to be between $20,000 and $250,000 as Repossi has always refused to be drawn into revealing how much Dodi paid for it. The sum, which enjoyed a 25 percent discount, was in truth paid for not by Dodi himself but by his father as was the usual practice.

Dodi was also shown Repossi’s sketches for a bracelet, a watch, and earrings which he proposed to create if Diana approved of them.

DIANA AND DODI GUSH OVER IMMINENT NUPTIALS

At about 7 pm,  Dodi and Diana left the Ritz and headed for Dodi’s apartment at a place known as the Arc de Trompe. They went there to properly tog themselves out for the scheduled evening dinner. They spent two hours at the luxurious apartment. As usual, the ubiquitous paparazzi were patiently waiting for them there.

As they lingered in the apartment, Dodi beckoned over to his butler Rene Delorm  and showed him  the engagement ring. “Dodi came into my kitchen,” Delorm relates. “He looked into the hallway to check that Diana couldn’t hear and reached into his pocket and pulled out the box … He said, ‘Rene, I’m going to propose to the princess tonight. Make sure that we have champagne on ice when we come back from dinner’.” Rene described the ring as “a spectacular diamond encrusted ring, a massive emerald surrounded by a cluster of diamonds, set on a yellow and white gold band sitting in a small light-grey velvet box”.

Just before 9 pm, Dodi called the brother of his step-father, Hassan Yassen, who also was staying at the Ritz  that night, and told him that he hoped to get married to Diana by the end of the year.

Later that same evening, both Dodi and Diana would talk to Mohamed Al Fayed, Dodi’s dad, and make known to him their pre-nuptial intentions. “They called me and said we’re coming back  (to London) on Sunday (August 31) and on Monday (September 1) they are

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RAMADAN – The Blessed Month of Fasting

28th March 2023

Ramadan is the fasting month for Muslims, where over one billion Muslims throughout the world fast from dawn to sunset, and pray additional prayers at night. It is a time for inner reflection, devotion to Allah, and self-control. It is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar. As you read this Muslims the world over have already begun fasting as the month of Ramadan has commenced (depending on the sighting of the new moon).

‘The month of Ramadan is that in which the Qur’an was revealed as guidance for people, in it are clear signs of guidance and Criterion, therefore whoever of you who witnesses this month, it is obligatory on him to fast it. But whoever is ill or traveling let him fast the same number of other days, God desires ease for you and not hardship, and He desires that you complete the ordained period and glorify God for His guidance to you, that you may be grateful”. Holy Qur’an  (2 : 185)

Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five pillars upon which the structure of Islam is built. The other four are: the declaration of one’s belief in Allah’s oneness and in the message of Muhammad (PBUH); regular attendance to prayer; payment of zakaat (obligatory charity); and the pilgrimage to Mecca.

As explained in an earlier article, fasting includes total abstinence from eating, drinking, smoking, refraining from obscenity, avoiding getting into arguments and including abstaining from marital relations, from sunrise to sunset. While fasting may appear to some as difficult Muslims see it as an opportunity to get closer to their Lord, a chance to develop spiritually and at the same time the act of fasting builds character, discipline and self-restraint.

Just as our cars require servicing at regular intervals, so do Muslims consider Ramadan as a month in which the body and spirit undergoes as it were a ‘full service’. This ‘service’ includes heightened spiritual awareness both the mental and physical aspects and also the body undergoing a process of detoxification and some of the organs get to ‘rest’ through fasting.

Because of the intensive devotional activity fasting, Ramadan has a particularly high importance, derived from its very personal nature as an act of worship but there is nothing to stop anyone from privately violating Allah’s commandment of fasting if one chooses to do so by claiming to be fasting yet eating on the sly. This means that although fasting is obligatory, its observance is purely voluntary. If a person claims to be a Muslim, he is expected to fast in Ramadan.

 

The reward Allah gives for proper fasting is very generous. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) quotes Allah as saying: “All actions done by a human being are his own except fasting, which belongs to Me and I will reward it accordingly.” We are also told by the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) that the reward for proper fasting is admittance into heaven.

Fasting earns great reward when it is done in a ‘proper’ manner. This is because every Muslim is required to make his worship perfect. For example perfection of fasting can be achieved through restraint of one’s feelings and emotions. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said that when fasting, a person should not allow himself to be drawn into a quarrel or a slanging match. He teaches us: “On a day of fasting, let no one of you indulge in any obscenity, or enter into a slanging match. Should someone abuse or fight him, let him respond by saying: ‘I am fasting!’”

This high standard of self-restraint fits in well with fasting, which is considered as an act of self-discipline. Islam requires us to couple patience with voluntary abstention from indulgence in our physical desires. The purpose of fasting helps man to attain a high degree of sublimity, discipline and self-restraint. In other words, this standard CAN BE achieved by every Muslim who knows the purpose of fasting and strives to fulfill it.

Fasting has another special aspect. It makes all people share in the feelings of hunger and thirst. In normal circumstances, people with decent income may go from one year’s end to another without experiencing the pangs of hunger which a poor person may feel every day of his life. Such an experience helps to draw the rich one’s conscience nearer to needs of the poor. A Muslim is encouraged to be more charitable and learns to give generously for a good cause.

Fasting also has a universal or communal aspect to it. As Muslims throughout the world share in this blessed act of worship, their sense of unity is enhanced by the fact that every Muslim individual joins willingly in the fulfillment of this divine commandment. This is a unity of action and purpose, since they all fast in order to be better human beings. As a person restrains himself from the things he desires most, in the hope that he will earn Allah’s pleasure, self-discipline and sacrifice become part of his nature.

The month of Ramadan can aptly be described as a “season of worship.” Fasting is the main aspect of worship in this month, because people are more attentive to their prayers, read the Qur’an more frequently and also strive to improve on their inner and outer character. Thus, their devotion is more complete and they feel much happier in Ramadan because they feel themselves to be closer to their Creator.

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