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Benson C Saili
THIS EARTH, MY BROTHER

The Anunnaki Jehovah of the Exodus swoops down on Mt. Sinai to the “fragrance” of burning flesh and blood

Before the Israelites departed Rephidim, Ishkur-Adad, the Anunnaki Jehovah of the Exodus,  instructed Moses to write down all what had transpired at the tumultuous camp site.  The Anunnaki were sticklers for record keeping. The memories of Rephidim were mixed. On a positive note, the Israelites repelled a battle-hardened foe in the Amalekites thanks to Moses’ magical feat. Adad provided them with water aplenty thanks to a stunning technological feat.

As for the downsides, the Israelites continued to be intransigent. They kept doubting  Adad as a worthwhile god and continued to step on each other’s toes, causing Moses to  burn the midnight oil adjudicating on their disputes. Resultantly, Moses christened Rephidim with two new names. The one was Massah, meaning “test” (the patience of Adad) and the other was Meribah,  meaning “altercation”.

The Israelite caravan set off from Rephidim on the third day after their arrival there. This was three months after they left  Egypt. Their destination was Mount Sinai, also referred to as Mount Horeb. As we have repeated time and again, this was not the famed Mount Sinai of the Sinai Peninsula: it was Mount Jabal Al-Lawz in the Arabian wilderness. Indeed, according to Strong’s Concordance, “Horeb” simply means a range of mountains: it’s not a specific name for a particular mountain.

Mount Al-Lawz is located in the northwest part of Saudi Arabia on the border with Jordan, known in antiquity as Edom. At 2580 metres above sea level, it is the highest mountain in the whole of northern  Arabia. The Israelites did not ascend the mountain as it was the preserve of the gods – the Anunnaki. This was  Adad and his older brother Nannar-Sin. Nor where they allowed to draw too close to  the mountain: at the very least, they were to keep a sizeable berth of between 5-10 km.

Adad had made it clear to Moses that if a single one Israelite dared ascend the mountain or simply touch it, he would be killed there and then (EXODUS 19:12).  That did not mean the Israelites were completely barred from venturing up the mountain: they could but only when Adad gave them the green light.

     
NATION OF ISRAEL INSIST ON SEEING ADAD

Thus far, the Israelites had not had the merest glimpse of their god. They had seen his Flying Saucer  alright, but not he in person. Even Moses never set eyes on him directly: he communicated with him through his fellow Anunnaki aides, called angels in the Bible. In Egypt, Moses had told the Israelites that Adad wished to adopt them as his people and be their  god. Of course the Israelites were skeptical: they first wanted to see Adad in person because those days Anunnaki gods were visually seen.

They did not mingle with humans or address them at a public square but they made themselves visible whilst hovering in a glass-encased chopper, called the throne of God. Unlike religious faithfuls of our day, the people of old worshipped or revered living gods, not imaginary gods. Thus since the exodus began, the Israelites had always been badgering Moses to present his god to them (EXODUS 18:15).  In the Wilderness of Sinai, which they were told would be their permanent habitation for a long time to come, they now upped the ante: they wanted to see Adad come rain or shine. The ever-obliging Moses made their demands known to Adad.

Adad told Moses that for as long as the Israelites were prepared to obey him without question and keep his ordinances (commandments, laws, and restrictions he would codify), he was prepared to meet and address them. And not only that: he would designate them as  a Kingdom of Priests (that is, the only people on Earth with the privillege  to enter his holy presence)  and a holy nation (that is, a people immune to godly wrath and through whom all other earthlings would either be blessed or cursed) as per EXODUS 19:6. 

Adad said he could so undertake because the entire Earth belonged to him (EXODUS 19:5). Of course this was total  hogwash: Earth was under the executive authority of Marduk, not under Adad. The “god” had uttered a blatant lie. But there’s a further precondition which  the Pentateuch scribes deliberately left out though they did  hint at it along the way. ADAD REITERATED THAT THE ISRAELITES  MUST BE READY TO SACRIFICE BOTH THEIR CHILDREN AND THEIR ANIMALS TO HIM ON DEMAND,  WITH THE NEXT INSTALMENT OF HUMAN SACRIFICE DUE THERE AND THEN. Human sacrifice was to the honour of Luciferian gods whereas animal sacrifice was for the Anunnaki gods’  daily rations.  

When Moses reported back to the Israelites, they had their reservations in regard to  sacrificing their  children  but aware that they had no choice, they acceded to Adad’s demands. Again this is not recorded in the Bible,  but the Israelite did do likewise on some day before Adad showed up. We can picture Moses and his appointed judges rounding  up at least a child per family and herding them up the mountain whilst they kicked and screamed. The people were gutted: only three months ago, they had sacrificed their firstborn kids to the same god as a prerequisite to winning their freedom from Egyptian bondage. The  same god yet again demanded  another round of sacrifice. The Devil simply is never content.

ADAD  CONSENTS TO MEETING THE ISRAELITES

Adad was pleased with the news Moses delivered to him – that his people had given over to him (Adad) their sacrificial children and had indicated a readiness to heed his every word.  He told Moses that he would  meet them in three days’ time. Of course it was not the entire 3 million or so population he was going to address as that simply was not tenable: it was only a proportion of them, maybe 6000. But to meet him, the people had to fulfill two preconditions. First, they had to physically cleanse themselves thoroughly during the three window period.  Second, they had to totally abstain from sexual relations with their wives.

It seemed for mankind  to just hover in the presence of “god” irrespective of the radius, they  had to ooze holiness.  The prohibition of  love-making for one comes across as comical: we know from the Sumerian chronicles that the Anunnaki gods were  sex crazed.  For God’s sake, they even had the so-called temple “prostitutes” (who were enlisted when they were virgins) who  resided in their sacred precincts and sexually served them on a daily basis.

Helena Salome, the consort of Simon Zelotes, Jesus’ seniormost disciple,  was one such first century temple prostitute who was committed to  the temple of  Utu-Shamash (Apollo to the Greeks),   Enlil-Jehovah’s grandson. It was as Shamash’s temple prostitute that  Helena gave birth to her only child, Mary Magdalene, who later became Jesus’s wife (see my series titled  The Jesus Papers).  

However, Adad would not address the Israelites directly from a public square podium. He would speak from within his aerial craft to Moses using a communication mechanism whose sound vibrations only Moses would pick up. Moses would then convey Adad’s word to the gathering using a loud speaker.  That way, so Adad reasoned, the Israelites would come to trust  Moses as god’s spokesman.   

Moses was given further instructions which he had to relay to his people. When Adad touched down on the mountain in his sky vehicle, no one was to rush up the mountain: everybody had to stay rooted to their position  at the foot of the mountain and at least 5 km from the mountain’s peripheries. Moses was in fact instructed to demarcate the limit beyond which nobody had to go in the direction of the mountain. Anybody who breached this proscription or even touched the edge of the mountain would be apprehended and either be handed over for stoning or be “shot” with arrows.   To Adad, even the slightest misdemeanor invited capital punishment. Our parents are way kinder than the cold-blooded Christian gods.

At the same time, Adad made an exception:  when his trumpet blew, the people should feel free to come up the mountain (EXODUS 19:13). Adad thus did not entirely prohibit the Israelites from ascending the mountain: they could do so but only when he had so signaled. As a god of order, he hated the idea of a stampede.

ADAD PITCHES AND IS GREETED BY THE “AROMA” OF BURNING HUMAN FLESH

Although the mountain in front of which the Israelites were camped is referred to  in the Bible as Sinai or the “Mountain of the Elohim”, Elohim being a plural word for the Anunnaki top brass, they did not reside there. The mountain, known today as Jabal Al-Lawz (located in northwest Saudi Arabia, above the Gulf of Aqaba and overlooking the Jordanian border), was simply the one they had designated for their immediate interactions with the Nation of Israel.  The Bible makes it categorical, and in several Pentateuch passages,   that the “throne”  of  “Yahweh” was way north of this mountain. Specifically, it was somewhere at or in a place variously referred to as Seir, Paran, Edom, or Teman.

Let us begin with Seir. This was the name of  present-day Jordan, the place, along with north Saudi Arabia,  Esau and his people, known as  Edomites, settled. But it also referred to the entire mountainous region between the Dead Sea (in Jordan) and the Gulf of Aqaba (Saudi Arabia), called Mount Seir.   The Wilderness of Paran encompassed Jordan and northern Saudi Arabia. The Jordanian extent of the Wilderness of Paran was also known as the Wilderness of Zin, obviously as a tribute to the Arabs’ Anunnaki god Nannar-Sin.  Teman is a town in Jordan. It was named after Esau’s grandson, who  was fathered by his eldest son Eliphaz. And of course Edom was the ancient name for Jordan.

In DEUTERONOMY 33:2, we’re told that when Yahweh came  to meet the Israelites at Mount Sinai, he was travelling from Seir, from Mount Paran,  the land of the Arabs. But we know that Adad’s primary base was not Jordan or Arabia: it was Assyria (in today’s northern Iraq and southeastern Turkey). The god who resided in Arab lands primarily and in Canaan occasionally (at another small mountain near today’s Hebron in the West Bank and which was also known as Mount Seir) was Nannar-Sin.

So what the Bible is telling us is that Adad first compared notes with Sin   at the latter’s abode before he flew down to the Sinai  for his appointment with Moses and the Israelites. Remember, Sin was Adad’s immediate older brother and heir to Enlil-Jehovah, having become so when Ninurta, Enll’s firstborn son, decided to withdraw from the centre stage of Earthly politics.

When Adad descended on Mount Sinai in his sky craft, a number of happenings were observed by the Israelites who eagerly awaited him   in the mountain valley. The mountain shook, a canopy of smoke akin to  the kind that  issues forth from a furnace engulfed the mountain, and the craft spat fire (EXODUS 19:18). Adad was known as the god of thunder and lightning, the reason his emblem was a lightning bolt. So he had to ritualistically demonstrate that as the Anunnaki were obsessed with ritual as the Illuminati indeed are.  Fire, as we earlier pointed out, is the ultimate symbol of the forces of darkness. The mini-earthquake that rocked the mountain was of course engendered by HAARP technology as an aircraft on its own cannot make a mountain tremble.

As for the smoke, clearly the Pentateuch scribes were trying to tell us something here but they chose   to obfuscate it so they did not reveal much.  THE SMOKE WAS COMING FROM A HUMONGOUS FURNACE IN WHICH THE CHILDREN OF THE ISRAELITES WERE BEING BURNT AS A SACRIFICE TO REPTILIAN SPIRITS. Both the fire-spouting and smoke canopy were metaphors for  the diabolical human  destruction the Old Testament gods were capable of visiting on mankind. The smell of burning flesh sent Adad in a frisson of excitement as only a being with a dark soul  could. Somebody arrest these vampire gods please! Smoke arising from the incineration of a sacrificed creature was a “pleasing aroma to Yahweh” (LEVITICUS 1:13).

HUMAN SACRIFICE IS AS OLD AS THE HILLS

Ancient history lays bare the fact that human sacrifice was a commonplace phenomenon in antiquity. It was practiced by many cultures across the world, including the Chinese, the Incas, the Carthaginians, the Canaanites, and of course the Israelites, evidence that the world was – and still is – under the sway of Reptilians, who overshadowed the Anunnaki gods, particularly those of the clan of Jehovah-Enlil. In Palestine for one, ancient human sacrifice was going on up to the first century BC. It was the Romans who put an end to it when they conquered Palestine in 63 BC.

Reptilians, also known as devils or demons, subsist on human death, misery, and stress.  Their sustaining food is a critical mass of negative energy, which arises from the totality of  mankind’s woes. One such woe obviously stems from the sacrificial death of loved ones.     Human sacrifice takes many forms.

They include manufactured or contrived  wars (that’s why there’s always a form of war or a wave of  terrorist atrocities  going on in the world at any particular point in time), tactfully induced  diseases, some of which long-term epidemics or pandemics  (through vaccines, genetically modified foods, rigged pharmaceuticals, water-“purifying” chemicals, chemtrails, etc),  radiation-emitting convenience gadgetry (such as  cellphones  and microwave ovens), and directly by way of killing people in satanic rituals. The latter is human sacrifice proper in that it is plain and unequivocal.

The victims of direct  human  sacrifice typically are pre-pubescent children – children aged 12 years and below. These are abducted, bought off from their twisted parents, demanded as per the terms of a soul-selling contract, or raised in top-secret  underground breeding programmes for the specific purpose of eventual sacrifice. Adults also can be sacrificed as a punishment for either an attempt to  run  away from the obligations of a Satanic contract or in fulfillment of a clause in the satanic contract when it runs its course, but it is prepubescent children or young virgins who are the principal sacrifice. Why them?

WHY  PRE-TEENS ARE THE PREFERRED SACRIFICE

In his book MAGICK THEORY AND PRACTICE, Aleister Crowley, who is widely acknowledged as the father of modern-day Satanism, explains thus: “It was the belief of the ancient sorcerers that any living being is a storehouse of energy varying in quantity according to its size and health, and in quality according to its mental and moral character. At the death of this being, this energy is liberated suddenly. For the highest spiritual working, one must accordingly choose that victim which contains the greatest and purest force.

A child of perfect innocence and high intelligence is the most satisfactory and suitable victim.” Thus pre-teen youngsters are preferred for the purity of their innate energy, which Reptilians are always at the ready to partake of like a drug when it is released upon the death of the child. But Reptilians also partake of the blood or internal organs of the sacrificial child immediately after its death.  

There are two  underlying reasons for this. The first is given in LEVITICUS 17:11,  which says, “FOR THE LIFE-FORCE OF THE FLESH IS IN THE BLOOD”.  Thus  at the energetic level, when you consume the blood and flesh  of a dead person, you enhance your own life force with his. That in turn enhances your powers as a witch in that your are figuratively speaking not simply one soul but a composite of several. The more people you eat, the more  Satanic powers you are invested with by your Luciferian masters.

The second reason is explained by David Icke in his book THE BIGGEST SECRET. Icke, who has devoted himself to studying and exposing the Reptilian agenda since the early 90s, posits thus: “The Reptilians and  their cross-breeds drink blood because they need to exist in this physical dimension. They will often shapeshift into reptilians when drinking human blood and eating human flesh. Blood-drinking is in their genes. Without human blood, the Reptilians cannot hold form in this dimension.” The Bible is replete with passages that document human sacrifices on the part of the Jews to the honour and pleasure of Yahweh. That we explore in the next instalment.

NEXT WEEK:   THE GODS WHO WERE BLOOD ADDICTS

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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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