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Thursday, 18 April 2024

Questions on Ormus

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Benson C Sail
THIS EARTH, MY BROTHER

Today we address questions on Ormus, the mineralogical secret that sustained and lengthened the lives of the Anunnaki, the gods of Old Testament fame, when they were ruling our planet

CAN WE RELY ON MODERN-DAY ORMUS (E.G. THE RENOWNED VANCOUVER ISLAND ORMUS, OR VIO IN SHORT) TO BE EFFICACIOUS ALL THE TIME?

It could work MUCH of the time for as long as there are no countervailing underlying factors working at cross-purposes with it in the body’s tissues. If, for example, you have HIV, even VIO will not override that (although David Hudson was largely able to overcome both HIV and AIDS using his unique brand of Ormus). You will place the fault on Ormus when you are your own stumbling block.  Note that today’s Ormus has varying medicinal strengths in that it is made by various organisations (some of whom quacks) who use a whole variety of ingredients. I have only ever tried VIO myself and it is on this I put my money.
 
YOU HAVE BEEN OPEN (ON SOCIAL MEDIA) ABOUT YOUR USE OF ORMUS. DID IT WORK? WHAT AILMENTS DID IT OVERCOME AND BANISH?

It hardly worked. I should have gone for a thorough medical check-up before I took to Ormus. I had one or two underlying chronic afflictions Ormus could not just budge. Now that these afflictions have been tamed, almost all of my associated ailments have vanished. I therefore have no desperate need for Ormus at this juncture. But I’ll continue using it as a preventative measure. Paracelsus (1493-1541) said, “Of all Elixirs, gold is supreme and the most important for us … gold can
keep the body indestructible … Drinkable gold will cure all illnesses, it
renews and restores.” I am fervently counting on this assertion, which is pregnant with factuality.

WHY IS ORMUS SO POTENTLY EFFECTIVE?

Because it is capable of altering the DNA so that it performs maximally. It is able to correct DNA for as long as the body is not carrying an incurable or hard-to-treat disease. In that regard, it has been proven to cure 80 percent of the cancers, which theoretically are incurable.

THE PROPHETS/HIGH PRIESTS OF OLD CONSUMED ORMUS ON A WEEKLY BASIS. WHAT GREAT FEATS WERE THEY ABLE TO ACHIEVE THANKS TO ORMUS?

They could communicate with and telepathically know most  things, including futuristic events.

WHY WAS ORMUS IN EGYPT OFTEN CALLED THE “GUARDIAN OF THE SECRET”?

In ancient Egypt, Ormus was also  called “The Opener of the Ways” or “The Keeper of the Secret” because it bestowed upon the  user staggering insights and embodied the secret of longevity. Ormus was the little-known answer to lengthy lives and so was the metaphorical Guardian of the Secret of Long Life.

FOR HOW LONG AND AT WHAT TEMPERATURE  DO YOU HAVE TO “BURN” GOLD OR AN ORDINARY METAL SUCH AS IRON TO TURN IT INTO ORMUS, THE MONOATOMIC WHITE POWDER OF GOLD?

The experts say you have to burn it  for 70 seconds at the supposed temperature of the Sun’s surface – 6000 degrees C (a thesis I don’t personally subscribe to as the Sun actually uses cold fusion and not  nuclear fission).  Apparently, that was what Moses and his people did at Mount Horeb. Says a Russian scientist: “At a 70-second burn,  there is suddenly a bright light, like a thousand flash bulbs going off, and all that is left behind in the crucible is a white powder. The gold vanishes.

Another amazing thing is that the crucible has very little weight and so does the powder. If you then take the powder out of the crucible, the weight returns to the crucible. A  heavy stone crucible loses its weight with this white powder in it …  When you arc gold for 70 seconds at Sun temperature, it has been found that a pencil standing on its end right next to the flash scorches but does not fall over…

The only way of burning gold to a powder is in 70 seconds at the temperature of the Sun’s surface, and only then if the gold is very thin. Otherwise, you need to maintain that high temperature for 300 seconds.” Other elements that you get at 70 seconds are metals belonging  to the Platinum Group. These are ruthenium, rhodium, palladium, osmium, iridium, and platinum.

GIVE US TESTIMONY ON THE WONDERS OF ORMUS FROM AN INDIVIDUAL WHO IS NOT KNOWN AS BENSON C SAILI!

Fair enough. This is what Dr Ekerette Ekpo, a Nigerian physician and an abiding friend of mine,  asserts: “For starters, I am a medical doctor practicing in Nigeria. I shall share some of my experience with Ormus.  I started consuming Ormus in March 2015, although it has been haphazard due to the absence of a constant supply. Plus, I reserve samples for testing in patients who consent. â€¨One patient, in particular, had HIV-associated nephropathy (a disease of the kidneys).

It reversed her renal condition and for the first time in several days she made urine. She didn't recover, though. Maybe dosing was inaccurate. I still haven't gotten that right because of very short supply, as it is quite costly relatively.  Personal experiences:
Bilocation (being in two places at once) was experienced last night. It was quite vivid. I seemed to have been present in an OR, suggesting a method of repairing a bad heart. At another time,  it was to illustrate a spinal reconstitution surgery.

I have had some other experiences in the past.ʉ۬I have personally used Ormus to cure acute appendicitis and suspected perforation of small bowel. Malaria, too. For the malaria, hydrogen peroxide can work same.ʉ۬As per cognition, it is improved. I suffered an accident in 2012 and suffered amnesia with bilateral facial palsy which only started to truly resolve following Ormus use. I don't know if it will reverse completely and how long.

It would seem there requires a particular steady state of Ormus concentration within the bloodstream for definite milestones. â€¨You will find Ormus sources online, Amazon, ebay, etc, even on Facebook. Personally, I recommend Vancouver Island Ormus here on Facebook. Get on the page and learn some more about Ormus. He's (the inventor) choosing to call them by a different nomenclature. 

Plus, there is a state of hemispheric coherence that is reached under the influence of Ormus that makes a human to instantly become a lie detector. Also, the workings of religion and various forms of indoctrination simply wither away. I have experienced this. I have never read it anywhere else yet. â€¨I have also called it cognitive hemispheric resonance.”

OTHER THAN VIO ORMUS, WHICH BRAND OF ORMUS WOULD YOU ALTERNATIVELY RECOMMEND?

I would endorse David Hudson’s products. They range from Monoatomic Copper (the cheapest at $52 per bottle of 1 ounce) to  Monoatomic Platinum (the most expensive at a price of $428  per bottle of 1 ounce). Overall, Hudson sells 12 Monoatomic products. Monoatomic Gold fetches $484 per bottle of 1 ounce.  People have given very positive testimonials about these products, which you can read on. I will not myself testify as I yet have to use a Hudson product.

I GATHHER DAVID HUDSON  IS THE FATHER OF ORMUS IN THE MODERN ERA?

True. This is his resume in its basic essentials: “Rediscovered in the 1970s by a wealthy Arizona dirt and cotton farmer David Radius Hudson, Ormus is a somewhat baffling (and highly disputed) substance for today's scientists; one that does not occur on the Periodic Table of Elements. Hudson stumbled upon the carbon-based material when using old mining techniques to extract gold and silver from the salt-crusted bedrock of the Arizona desert. Using a heat leach cyanide method, Hudson separated the earth into its respective base metals such as Iron, Silicon, Aluminum, Gold, and Silver. This was not an uncommon practice during his day, and Hudson claimed he did this for fun rather than a means of earning income (the alchemical process is actually quite costly).

As Hudson continued his hobby, he began realising that there was an unidentifiable substance coming off  the minerals he was excavating, similar to gold or silver, but something else entirely. Intrigued, Hudson sought out a Ph.D. of Chemistry at Cornell University to undertake an atomic emission spectroscopy analysis (AES) of the material. In his analysis, he found that the minerals were being identified as Aluminum silicate, which was odd because they had nothing to do with Silica or Aluminum.

Until that point, Hudson had only been burning (boiling) the sample in the AES for a period of 15 seconds (as is common), but decided to prolong the exposure for up to 300 seconds. The beginning of his experiment went as expected. Readouts identified the sample as having trace elements of Iron, Silicon, Aluminum, and Calcium. After about 15 seconds, the test results became silent. Then, after a prolonged exposure of 90 seconds, the machine began producing unexpected results.

At around 90 seconds, Hudson's sample was being identified as Palladium (Pd). At 110 seconds it read as Platinum (Pt); 130 seconds read Ruthenium (Ru); around 140-150 seconds read Rhodium (Rh); 190 seconds read Iridium (Ir); and then Osmium (Os) at 220 seconds. Had Hudson just discovered the material long sought after by alchemists and mystics throughout the ages? Most scientists say no, that this is a natural sequence of the progressive boiling temperatures for these substances, but Hudson was not satisfied with that answer.

Hudson spent the next three years trying to eliminate the Fe, Si, and Al from his sample and was eventually successful. Alas, he found that 98% of the substance still remained as a material he (and the Ph.D.) couldn't quite identify. The Cornell professor deemed the substance "pure nothing," but Hudson was only just getting started. He believed that he had stumbled onto something that would revolutionise the way humans see and interact with the universe forever.

Did David Hudson discover a new element? The Ormus or m-state materials are thought to be the precious metal elements in a different atomic state. Many people in the precious metals community deemed this new substance ‘ghost gold’, suggesting that the Periodic Table of Elements is incomplete. He named these new, and unknown minerals, ORMEs (Orbitally Rearranged Monoatomic Elements). ORMEs, Hudson suggested, could be thought of as the female elements of the Periodic Table due to their ‘illusive and hard to identify nature’.

Sexism aside, he argued that unlike other elements, these could ‘flip’ their molecular structure and actually become precious metals. He likened this process to a popcorn kernel bursting open to reveal a deeper truth within. In the mid-1980s, scientists discovered that several elements in the middle of the Periodic Table do go through this transmutation process, and have been mapping the strange properties of these elements ever since.

Hudson suggests that this is true alchemy (sometimes referred to as ‘sacred science’) and that, contrary to what general education suggests, alchemy is actually an advanced form of chemistry modern scientists have yet to fully understand. When these elements become isolated, they take on strange properties. Sometimes they rapidly gained or lost weight. If they were heated up, they would change mass. The Russians called this process fractal vaporisation, but Hudson believes these are the m-state elements he'd been looking for.”

WHAT COLOUR IS MONOATOMIC GOLD?

Forest green. Its properties are totally different from that of the familiar yellow gold. David Hudson: “In the bowels of the earth, in the volcanoes, nature is producing monatomic gold. When it comes out, 98% of the gold coming out is monoatomic, 2% is metal.  We have worked with the yellow gold, converting it, but always coming back to yellow gold. But when we get monatomic gold, it never goes back to yellow. And as monatomic gold, it is not metallic, has none of the metallic qualities of yellow gold.”

YOU SAID ORMUS INSTILLS SUPERCONDUCTIVITY. WHAT IS A SUPERCONDUCTOR?

A superconductor can see your thoughts in your brain. Different parts of your brain light up when you eat something sweet or something sour — it’s a superconductor that sees it. Says Hudson: “The amazing thing about superconductors is that they don’t have to touch for their energy to flow from one superconductor to another. Electricity has to touch. Superconductors can sit at a distance from each other, as long as they are in resonant frequency with each other, they are One.

They function as one. So when you have your perfect superconducting body, you’re not of this space-time. You are a light being, and your mind is one with other people’s minds. You literally know their thoughts, and they know your thoughts. You and they are literally of one mind, one heart, and this is science.”

WHY DON’T THE PARTAKERS OF TRUE ORMUS FEEL HUNGRY, LIKE ENKI’S MASTER SCRIBE ENDUBASAR WHO WENT WITHOUT FOOD FOR 40 DAYS BUT REMAINED SHARP AND VITAL?

When your light (spiritual)  body  exceeds your material body, you don’t have to eat food. You can if you want, but you don’t have to. You have perfect telepathy.

RELATE ORMUS TO REVELATION’S “NEW JERUSALEM” IF YOU CAN.

I will make an attempt. It is said  at 1160 degrees, the white powder of gold fuses to form gold glass. It’s a transparent glass, just like window glass. And in Revelations, it says, “The streets of the New Jerusalem will be paved with gold of the purest light, as transparent as glass, and the foundations of New Jerusalem will be made with gold liken unto glass.” This is the gold glass, the very basis of the New Jerusalem.

The very basis of raising our self and our consciousness to this higher state. This highest light that will activate all of our DNA will cause us to use all of our brain again, and we will return again to the original state that we were created to be in. Before we fell to the sleeping existence we know now.

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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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