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Adad Ordains Satans Day

Benson C Saili
THIS EARTH, MY BROTHER

   
Fourth Commandment pays homage to Saturn, Lucifer’s HQ planet in the Solar System

As Ishkur-Adad, the frontman Jehovah of the Exodus touched down on Mount Sinai in his sky vehicle, the sound of a siren (trumpet in the Bible) rent the air. We did elucidate at one point in time that this sky vehicle, typically translated as the “Glory of God” in the Bible, was actually KABOD in Hebrew. Zechariah Sitchin assists us in unpacking the term thus: “It will be helpful to trace the Akkadian and Sumerian roots from which the Hebrew term had derived.

While the Akkadian KABBUTTU meant ‘heavy, weighty,’ the similar-sounding KABDU (paralleling the Hebrew Kabod) meant ‘Wing-holder’ –  something to which wings are attached, or perhaps into which wings can retract. And the Sumerian term KIBADDU meant ‘to soar to a faraway place’.” Clearly, the Glory of God was a flying craft.  The prophet Ezekiel says the flying craft was enveloped in a cloud but it emitted a luminosity that shown through the cloud (EZEKIEL 10:4). When it was at full calibration, this luminosity had a harmful effect on those who came too close or simply touched the edge of a platform on which it rested. This was Adad’s way of both keeping humans at bay and embedding in them the sense of awe that “God dwells in unapproachable light”. 
      The Israelites were excited as the siren wail was a signal that they should ascend the mountain  and meet their god. Adad, however, had a rethink as the only  people he called up the mountain were Moses and Aaron. Moses and Aaron were told to maintain order amongst their people: the boundaries they had set should be maintained at all costs lest the people suffer the effects of the flying craft’s illumination if they came within a certain radius.  Adad now reckoned that there was no need for the entire crowd to  ascend the mountain as  addressing them through Moses would suffice. 
     Moses and Aaron were accordingly briefed by  Adad and Moses for one was electronically kitted out so that he and Adad would communicate wirelessly. He was also given a powerful loud speaker  with which he would relay Adad’s instructions to the congregation. Note that Moses and Aaron did not deal with Adad directly: they did so through the god’s officials. Since the Enlilites now rotated as a solitary god of the Jews, they didn’t want to be identified as that would give away the game. They wanted the Israelites to  embed the fallacy  that they only had one god when in fact several gods took turns to interact with them although in the greater majority of cases this was  Adad. 

THE FIRST THREE COMMANDMENTS

Having climbed down to the base of the mountain, Moses set about proclaiming what Adad was relaying to him using what the Bible describes as a SHOFAR in the original Hebrew, meaning “sound amplifier”. Exactly what language Adad used to communicate with Moses is not stated. We may assume that he used Hebrew in that Aliens are very adept at expeditiously capturing a language.

A hint on this versatility is furnished by Dr Jamisson Neruda, a renegade whistleblower who worked for ACIO (Advance Contact Intelligence Organisation),  a top-secret outfit that interfaces with ETs. Dr Neruda informs us that the Corteum, an ET race who originate from Sirius B, are capable of speaking “perfect English or French, Italian, Spanish, or most any other language for that matter. They’re very gifted linguists and can acquire average language skills in a matter of a few weeks, and operate as masters of the language within a few months. Their minds are like sponges …”

Speaking through Moses, the first thing Adad did was to spell out the now famous Ten  Commandments.  The Ten  Commandments were nothing novel: they were very familiar. They were  first adduced by Ningishzidda,  also known as Thoth, Enki’s genius son. In his book, THE BOOK OF THE DEAD, which is acknowledged as the world’s first complete book, Zidda lists the entire Ten Commandments in a passage titled Spell Number 125.

In fact, in The Book of the Dead, the ten declarations are not presented as universal codes of conduct: they are confessions a pharaoh made upon his coronation. What is  stated as “Thou Shall not kill” in the Bible” actually is  “I have not killed” in The Book of the Dead, and  “Thou shall not steal” is  “I have not stolen” in The Book of the Dead … and so forth and so on.   

Adad’s first three  commandments decreed monotheism as the new religious orientation of the  Jews (in Egypt they had worshipped several gods). The FIRST COMMANDMENT demanded that Israelites  worship only one god, Adad (though unbeknownst to the Israelites, “god” was a clan – the family of Jehovah-Enlil) because it was he who freed them from Egyptian bondage (EXODUS 20:1-2). Worshipping other gods was strictly prohibited because  Adad was a “jealous god” (EXODUS 20:6) who did not wish to share human adoration  with other gods. Who were the “other gods”? That we glean from the second commandment.

The SECOND COMMANDMENT further qualified the  first. The Israelites were banned from bowing to and therefore deifying “idols”. Like most biblical precepts, the term idols has been grossly misinterpreted by the Christian clergy. True, it means graven images – images carved in wood or sculpted in stone.  BUT THAT DID NOT MEAN THESE IMAGES WERE AN END IN THEMSELVES: THEY WERE SIMPLY A SYMBOLIC REPRESENTATION  OF THE REAL GOD (ANUNNAKI) WHO  WAS REVERED OR WORSHIPPED BY A PEOPLE.

As we keep repeating, our ancestors did not worship fanciful gods like religious “stalwarts” (read: “fanatics”)    of our day: they worshipped a god they had seen with their eyes or whose presence was demonstrable in one way or the other.  Since gods very rarely directly interacted with humans, humans devised a way of  invoking them in time of desperate need. This was in the form of graven images. For example, when Christians kneel down before a cross and utter prayers, they are not worshipping the cross as such: they are worshipping the spirit associated with the cross, that is, Jesus.

Adad’s emphasis in relation to the second commandment is instructive. He said no graven images were to be made whatsoever, “whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth” , EXODUS 20:4. This represents three categories of objects of worship – “other gods”. The heavenly or cosmic gods  obviously comprised of Anu, the King of the Sirian-Orion Empire; Antu, the Queen of the Sirian-Orion Empire; and the heavenly bodies.

The latter were planets, constellations, the moon,  and the sun  basically. Remember,  celestial bodies and constellations were symbolic of Anunnaki gods. For example, the sun was the celestial counterpart for Utu-Shamash. The moon was a symbol for Enki initially and Nannar-Sin latterly. As for constellations, Pisces represented Enki, Virgo represented Inanna-Ishtar, Taurus represented  Enlil,  Aries represented Marduk, etc.  In the case of planets, Mars was associated with Marduk, Neptune with Enki, Venus with Ninmah at first and Inanna-Ishtar in due course, Earth with Enlil, etc.

As for Earthly gods, these were  physical Anunnaki beings – the members of the ruling pantheon. Some of the Anunnaki gods had  symbolic equivalents that took the form of  animals. For example, Enki, Marduk, and Zidda were associated with the snake because their race evolved from the snake species. Enki was also associated with the goat because he once presided over the astrological Age of Capricorn, whose symbol is  a goat. Ninmah was associated with the cow. Enlil was represented by a bull. 

Coming to the matter of the sea, it is no secret that Enki was known as the god of the sea. He was thus represented by a fish or a dolphin. Marduk was represented by the crocodile, the equivalent of the enigmatic  Mus-Hus, his official emblem, because to the Egyptians it was a sacred animal and pharaohs were anointed with crocodilian oil (messeh, the source of the term “messiah”) at their enthronement. THUS ADAD BANNED THE MAKING OF GRAVEN IMAGES BECAUSE HE DIDN’T WANT THE ISRAELITES TO  DILUTE THEIR WORSHIP OF HIM WITH THAT OF ENKITE GODS.

Adad was aware that the Israelites were not fully converted to him. In fact, the greater majority of them hated him for his harshness and for demanding human sacrifice. As such, they were nostalgic of the gods they used to worship in Egypt, particularly Enkite gods and goddesses who were remarkably benevolent. It was therefore plausible that they could resort to making graven images of the likes of Enki and Zidda with a view to invoking these gods,  in the process relegating Adad to the very fringes of their devotion. It was to forestall such an eventuality that Adad banned graven images and not that they were inherently evil.  

In the THIRD COMMANDMENT, Israelites were  warned to  desist from bolstering  up  lies by using  Adad’s name, either to somehow defend themselves or elicit a favour or advantage.  This simply was misrepresenting the god’s name by way of an act of  corruption. This commandment largely applied to the leadership – the kings, the prophets,  and the priesthood – who, were the intermediaries between the Anunnaki god and  the nation of Israel and were therefore expected to be  aboveboard in all they said and did. 

The Israelite leadership, however, read so much into the  Third Commandment that THEY PROHIBITED THE VERY UTTERANCE OF  THE NAME YAHWEH OR ELOHIM. Instead, Adad and his fellow Enlilte gods were mostly referred to as Adonai.  This was Aten in Egyptian or Sumerian. Aten had several meanings depending on the context. In this context, however, it meant “The Transcendent One”. 

You will recall that that was how Moses referred to the planet Nibiru when he introduced  the Cult of the Aten as Pharaoh Akhenaten. In future,  Adonai would mainly apply to Nannar-Sin, who was the seniormost Enlilite of his generation. But Initially, Adonai was a general name for whichever god was directly interacting with the Israelites, who primarily was Adad.

ADAD HONOURS HIS GOD LUCIFER!

The FOURTH COMMANDMENT was the Sabbath commandment. The Jews were to observe the seventh day in a very special way by abstaining from all kind of work. This applied to slaves, maids, and visitors.  Even animals were not to  be put to work on this special day.     Note that  Adad did not say that he was to be worshipped on the Sabbath day. All he said was that the day had to be kept  holy, meaning it was to be dedicated to good and godly acts (as if he himself had any virtue in him). 

The idea thus of conducting worship services on the seventh day was the Jews’ own interpretation of  the Adad ordinance. A god could be worshipped on any day of the week, but the Sabbath was set aside as a dedicated worship day simply because all kind of work was prohibited, which enabled people to focus on invoking, exalting, and honouring their god.  

Why was the Sabbath declared a holy day? Adad did provide  a reason for that. He said it was the day on which he rested after he created the world.  All this was pure brainwash: neither Adad nor any of his fellow Anunnaki created the world. The Anunnaki were creatures like you and I are and were born just like you and I were. Therefore, the reason Adad advanced for hallowing the seventh day reeked of absolute falsity. What then  was the real reason for consecrating the Sabbath?

Well, Adad dedicated the Sabbath to the real creator of this world and whom he dutifully served, such as through the mass sacrifice of children he demanded from the Israelites.  This god of Adad was known as Lucifer.   Of course in so reverencing Lucifer, Adad had to use tact. He had to use symbology.  THIS SYMBOLOGY TOOK THE FORM OF THE PLANET SATURN, WHICH IS ACTUALLY THE PLANET OF SATAN, AS SATURDAY ACTUALLY  MEANS SATURN’S DAY!
    

HOW THE WORLD GLORIFIES SATURN

In Hebrew, Sabbath is SHABBAT. Shabbat derives from SHABTAI, which is planet Saturn in the same Hebrew. The Sabbath was therefore dedicated to  Saturn. Now, Saturn is the most sinister of all the planets in the Solar System. It is the headquarters of  Reptilian or demonic elements in our planetary system. It is not called Saturn by happenstance: it is deliberate. The name Saturn derives from SATU.  Satu (SETEN in Sumerian, SET or  SATAN in English, SHAITAN in Arabic, SETH in Hebrew) is a byword for prime evil. That’s why the Devil,  or Lucifer, is also referred to as Satan.

The first Satu was Marduk’s grandson Set. Set ’s name became synonymous with evil when he seized Canaan, which was then under the control of the Enlilites,   after pretending to have switched loyalties from the Enkites to the Enlilites. This was circa 8970 BC.   From that point onwards, Seten,  meaning “Truth Lord”, took on a new meaning – Satan the Devil. So when the ancients gave the name Saturn to the seventh major celestial body in the Solar System counting from the sun, they knew what they were talking about.

Saturn is said to be the second largest planet after Jupiter but that  is not exactly true. Saturn is the largest planet by volume of space occupied because of its enormous rings  which reaches far and wide, extending up to 120,000 km from Saturn’s equator.   The ancients were very much aware of this fact. The Sumerians, for instance, called it ANSHAR, meaning “Foremost of Heaven”, whereas Jupiter was called KINSHAR,  meaning “Foremost of Firm Lands”. 

In his writings, the great Greek philosopher Seneca says the astronomers known as Epigenes “estimate that the planet Saturn exerts the greatest influence upon all the movements of celestial bodies”. Writing either in the second or third century, the Roman historian Tacitus also said Saturn had the largest influence on  human life. Saturn’s overarching influence on Earthly affairs is evidenced by the  omnipresence of Saturn symbolism all around us.

This includes cube structures, such as the KAABA in Mecca, around which pilgrims move about like the rings that surround Saturn; the two black cubes at Ground Zero in New York, the scene of the infamous 911; and others in California, Germany, Denmark, Australia, and even the United Nations building. The most familiar Saturn symbols are seen in the form of corporate  logos, such as Toyota, Boeing, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser, and Google search engine.

One of the Saturn symbols that stare us in the face all-day-long is that of the Hexagon (six-pointed star). Very few people are aware that this denotes Saturn, which has a perennial hexagon storm that dominates its north pole.  The cube is actually a hexagon compacted into a three-dimensional shape. Individuals who represent certain eminent institutions also flaunt Saturn like a badge. The Pope, for instance, is in the habit of wearing a broad-brimmed capello hat, which denotes homage to Saturn.

Many a time, Pope Benedict was photographed wearing a mitre with a six pointed star, a hexagon, emblazoned on it – a clear-cut reverencing of Satan and his Solar System bastion, Saturn.  And when people graduate from varsity, what do they sport on their heads? A mortarboard – a flat square cap. Little do they know that the square hat is a bow to Saturn, including the black robe they turn out in. Black is the colour of Saturn, which in antiquity was known as the Black Sun. That’s why you have judges wearing black robes and people wearing black at funerals: it is all salutation to Saturn.

AND PRACTICALLY EVERY MARRIED MAN OR WOMAN  IS A UNWITTING WORSHIPPER OF THE PLANET SATURN AND THEREFORE SATAN. Saturn is known as the Lord of the Rings. The ring that adorns a married couple’s fingers is the archetypal symbol of Saturn. No wonder many marriages end in divorce because they are sealed by some trinket that glorifies the Devil.

SATURN AS THE MAN-EATING KRONOS

In the so-called Greek mythology (which actually constitute dramatised accounts of real historical happenings), the god Saturn was also known  as KRONOS. In his Kronos guise, Saturn was  the god of time, the reason we have such words as chronometer (a timepiece) and chronology (a time sequence).  In medieval paintings, Kronos was depicted in several forms (since uniformity would have been too obvious to the masses). In one vein, he was shown as the Grim Reaper – the skeletal angel of death – wielding a scythe.

In another vein, he was shown as an old man with a white beard riding a cloud.  Today, during every festive season,  Kronos shows up with great pomp and circumstance in the guise of  Santa Claus, the so-called Father Christmas, lovingly  holding a baby.  That by no means symbolises patriarchal love  for children: it is a metaphor for the Devil’s appetite for the blood of children. When we see  Father Christmas cuddling an infant, it is actually Satan salivating over his favourite meal.  

In Greek mythology,  Kronos ate his own children.  That’s why human sacrifice, particularly of pre-pubesecent children,  was such a common feature in antiquity. When the Old Testament gods, such as Adad, demanded human sacrifice, it was to feed the insatiable appetite of their god Lucifer. In the Bible, all guises of Saturn/Satan are presented. He’s the Angel of Death who killed the Israelites’ firstborns in Egypt. He’s the Molech to whom Canaanite children were sacrificed in a bonfire. Molech, as we have already underscored, was Ninurta, Enlil-Jehovah’s firstborn son. Which planet did the Sumerians associate Ninurta with? Saturn!

It is said the Devil hides in plain  sight. The truth of the matter is that he doesn’t even pretend to hide at all in our day and age. Those who dutifully and devoutly serve him, the Illuminati,  keep thrusting  him right in our faces day in and day out. In the Matrix movie trilogy, for example,  confirmation is made of  a point we have been trying to put across all along – that this universe is Lucifer’s creation. The Matrix is another reference to this Internet-like, counterfeit universe. In the Matrix trilogy, the creator of the Matrix is revealed as an old bearded man – the Ancient of Days. His title in the movie is actually  the “Architect”. It’s no coincidence that Freemasons refer to their ultimate master as the Grand Architect of the Universe,  aka Lucifer.

NEXT WEEK:   JEHOVAH’S PENCHANT TO KILL

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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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