Benson C Sail
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Today, we address questions pertaining to David Icke, arguably the most devout crusader against Reptilian intrigue alive today
IN YOUR ARTICLES, YOU HAVE ONLY EVER MADE MENTION OF DAVID ICKE IN A PASSING SORT OF WAY. WHEN DOES HE GET THE “FULL MONTY” TREATMENT TO REFLECT HIS WORTH TO POSTERITY?
His writings will be drawn upon as part of a future series titled The Illuminati Agenda. I am much more smitten by the insights he furnishes and in breathtaking detail at that than he himself. This Q&A will probably be the most I’ll dwell on David Icke as an individual. He’s certainly no fringe material: I received quite a number of questions on him notwithstanding the fact that we did not once make a topic of him.
OF DAVID ICKE’S BOOKS, WHICH ONE IS YOUR FAVOURITE?
It is The Biggest Secret of course. It is by that book Icke and I crossed paths in a manner of speaking. It was published in 1999 and saw six printings between 1999 and 2006. It was self-published under the imprint Bridge of Love Publications and almost overnight catapulted Icke to the dizzying heights of fame he enjoys today. Prior to that, there were 7 books under his name published by the exploitative mainstream Western publishers who greedily and shamelessly reaped him off. His pioneering illuminatory book was Truth Vibrations, which hit the shelves in May 1991.
IS IT TRUE THAT DAVID ICKE IS A NUTTER, THAT HE’S SOMEHOW UNHINGED?
People say all sorts of things about a person who takes on the Western establishment and in Icke’s case practically single-handedly. Icke has a philosophy of life vastly different from many a people who simply trumpet what they are taught in the classroom, what they read uncritically in the books, and who shrink from going against the grain so to say. As such, he has been called all sorts of names, particularly for labeling (and rightly at that!) the British monarch as Reptilians, that is, part-offspring of a race of Reptoids from the Draco star system.
I have been called even worse names myself but I don’t care an iota: I have to do what I have to do! Once, during his formative stages, David Icke claimed on a popular BBC Radio Talk Show that he was a “Son of the Godhead”, or part of the Holy Christian Trinity of Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit, prompting a UK-wide media crucifixion. Yet he was religiously dead right: the Bible says as Christians, we’re “joint heirs with the Son” (ROMANS 8:17). Needless to say, we all constitute the Godhead metaphorically!
SOMEBODY TOLD ME ICKE’S FIRST WIFE LINDA WAS A REPTILIAN. HOW CAN AN OUTSPOKEN ANTI-REPTOID CRUSADER TIE THE KNOT WITH A REPTILIAN OR PRO-REPTILAIN SPOUSE?
I think you are talking about Pamela Icke, his second wife of 10 years. All I know (and have noted in pictures) is that she was fond of flashing the loathsome 666 hand signal, a signature gesture of homage to the Devil. Icke had problems with her conduct in this regard and it is probably the reason they went separate ways in due course.
He is a god of patience though: he endured Pamela for a further three years after their separation in 2008 as she was deaf to all entreaties to make amends (maybe she was planted in his life’s trajectory with a view to philosophically corrupting him). They divorced in 2011 though on very amicable terms. They may have had serious philosophical differences, but they never became foes.
WHAT WAS DAVID ICKE BEFORE HE BECAME A CELEBRATED AUTHOR?
He was a footballer initially, a broadcaster with BBC later, and a prominent member of the quasi-political and ecological-orientated Green Party at long last. As a footballer, he manned the goal posts. Handsome, intelligent, articulate, and quick-witted, the blue-eyed, blonde-haired Icke (who still retains his glamour at 67) was a hit with British viewers. He was forced to quit BBC when he on principle refused to pay the Community Charge, a local tax Maggie Thatcher had introduced.
He could have made himself a name in soccer, but he quit the sport altogether after a most virulent case of Rheumatoid Arthritis at only age 21. He had been a footballer since age 17. As a Green Party Member, a short-lived affiliation, he was one of the four principal spokesmen thanks to his eloquence. The party had no unitary leader and the four were the de facto collective leadership.
WHAT HAPPENED TO DAVID ICKE’S ONLINE TV AND RADIO STATION, THE PEOPLE’S VOICE?
It tanked in 2014, after being on air for barely a year. Establishment spin doctors have it that it fell on hard times in double-quick time but the fact of the matter is that it was simply sabotaged by the outraged ranks of the Illuminati, who bristled at the idea of a broadcasting station that had practically unfettered liberty to air what they termed as “drivel”. The station kicked off with its entire capital of £300,000 sourced from Icke’s fan base.
HOW DID ICKE MANAGE TO AMASS ALL THAT ASTONISHING KNOWLEDGE THAT HAS SEEN HIM CHURN OUT OVER 20 BOOKS?
In February 1991, he travelled to Puno in Peru and there experienced what he termed the “Kundalini Explosion”, a dramatic and prompt uptick in the level of conscience. From that point onwards, he acquired a breathtakingly seamless amount of knowledge he was never before taught. And this is a guy who never saw the inside of a college whatsoever! Who said miracles don’t happen in this world?
IN HIS WRITINGS, HAS DAVID ICKE BEEN WRONG ONCE?
He’s not infallible: he’s not inerrant. As a prolific researcher myself, I have caught him out on one or two occasions. For instance, he postulates that the Anunnaki and the Reptoids were one and the same people when history clearly demonstrates that the two were different races who often were at odds.
IS DAVID ICKE WELCOME WHEREVER HE GOES?
He’s welcome in most countries but a few simply can’t stand him. In February this year, for example, he was denied a visa in Australia. Yet he had been to the same country on ten occasions since 1997 without any hiccup. He attributed the gesture to “a smear campaign from politicians who have been listening to special interest groups” and he was correct.
HOW MANY PEOPLE ON AVERAGE ATTEND ICKE’S TOWNHALL LECTURES?
He packs 2000-capacity venues. And he can talk for ten hours on end without taking a breather.
WHAT IS DAVID ICKE’S LATEST OFFERING?
It is titled The Trigger: The Lie That Changed the World, a 900-page affair! I haven’t ordered it yet but I’ll soon do.
WHERE DOES DAVID ICKE RESIDE?
It is Ryde, on the Island of Wight in England.
HAS DAVID ICKE EVER HAD A CLOSE BRUSH WITH AN ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT FROM ELEMENTS OF THE ILLUMINATI CABAL?
Not to my knowledge. But they have tried their utmost to hobble him through hacking his website, mysterious cancellation of flights, eleventh-hour withdrawals of speaking tour venues, etc.
I NOTICE THAT ICKE THESE DAYS SELDOM USES THE TERM “REPTILIANS” AND INSTEAD PREFERS “ARCHONS”. DO THE TERMS MEAN ONE AND THE SAME?
The term Archons basically means “The Evil Elite of World Rulership”. It derives from the ancient term Eke Ene, which was the title of the Orion monarch. It meant well in antiquity but took on a diabolical meaning sometime in the first century AD, when the Gnostics draped it on the Reptoid race. In our day therefore, the two terms are almost identical.
I GATHER DAVID ICKE IS A FREEMASON WHO MASQUERADES AS AN ANGEL OF LIGHT. TRUE OR FALSE?
Actually, a fanatical Freemason posted a picture of David Icke in Masonic regalia at a Freemason parade just to tarnish him. Icke sought expert help in ferreting out how the picture came about and it turned out to be a photoshopped job, with Icke’s face superimposed on a real Mason. It was Icke who had the last laugh and not his legion of cynics and detractors!
ACCORDING TO DAVID ICKE, THE PLANET SATURN AND THE MOON POSE THE GREATEST EXISTENTIAL HAZARD TO US EARTHLINGS. DO YOU AGREE?
To a certain extent yes. Much of the mental and meteorological manipulation of Earth and its inhabitants originate from Saturn and the Moon. Icke dubbed the two celestial bodies as the Saturn-Moon Matrix in his 2010 book The Lion Sleeps No More. But I do not subscribe to his thesis that the Moon is a totally artificial surveillance post which was positioned around Earth from another part of the cosmos eons ago. The Sumerians document that it is natural as I set out in one of my articles.
IS IT TRUE THAT WHEN PEOPLE BEHOLD DAVID ICKE, THEY SEE AN AURA?
Only those who are tuned to the metaphysical world, not every Jim and Jack, Mary and Sharon. The aura is auric: you don’t see it with the naked eye. You see it with the Third Eye, the Sixth Chakra (found in the space between and behind the eyebrows) – what Jesus called “The Eye of the Needle”. But there are people who imagine the aura and as such in their minds, it assumes an illusory material form.
IN HIS BOOKS, DAVID ICKE TALKS A GREAT DEAL ABOUT “THE MATRIX”. WHAT IS HIS DEFINITION OF THIS RATHER HIGH-SOUNDING TERM?
It is his favourite characterisation of this counterfeit universe we dwell in. He regards it as an amateurish imitation of the original, the one created by First Source and from which we originate as spirit-souls. Where he’s wrong is his claim that the creators of this fake universe, the Reptoids, hacked into the real universe so as to filch the blueprint to fashion theirs. They did not stage a hack: they too were originally part of the real universe and that’s how they learnt a bit of the tricks of the trade. However, they just cannot replicate God’s work.
I HAVE SEEN DAVID ICKE POSE STARK NAKED IN ONE OF HIS OWN BOOKS. DOESN’T THAT POINT TO A UNSOUND MIND?
I reckon you are talking about his bare-all picture on p166 of his 2005 book Infinite Love Is The Only Truth. Maybe he simply wanted to demonstrate to the whole wide world that he was “fearfully and wonderfully made”. I’m not a nudist myself, but I do not frown at people who take delight in exhibiting their bodies in print, particularly in the genre that is seldom read by teenagers.
The caption under the picture you are referring to brashly announces, “I’m me, I’m free. What’s the big deal about nudity? It is a holographic illusion anyway, but if the religions believe that their God created the body, and their God is perfect, why are they so ashamed to show his creation? Answer: programming!” In other words, the point Icke was trying to put across was that he was no longer shackled to his inhibitions of yesteryears, which as far as he was concerned were an albatross and uncalled-for. God bless him.
HOW MANY TIMES HAS DAVID ICKE BEEN SUED SUCCESSFULLY?
Only once, in Canada, by a Jewish human rights lawyer who claimed Icke was propagator of anti-Semitic vitriol if his 2001 book Children of the Matrix was anything to go by. Icke was found guilty and fined $210,000 dollars when the case concluded in 2015. Curiously, none of the “Big Fishes” he has fingered in a multiplicity of alleged crimes against humanity (such as Barack Obama, Tony Blair, George Bush, and the British monarch) has dared haul him before the men in white wigs.
BESIDES SITCHIN AND DAVID ICKE, WHO WOULD YOU RECOMMEND I READ TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ILLUMINATI AGENDA FOR THIS WORLD?
Try Jordan Maxwell, Stewart Swerdlow, and Chris Everard. Watch their video presentations too.
ANY PARTICULARLY ARRESTING QUOTE FOM THE WORKS OF DAVID ICKE?
How about this one, from The Perception Deception: “The Archon possession of the hybrids (at least half-humans, half-Reptoids) is so complete that while people apparently see human royalty, politicians, bankers, corporate leaders and so on, they are actually looking at Archons in human form and they work globally as one unit even though they appear on the surface to be representing different countries and institutions.
These bloodlines see themselves as the ‘Elite’ because of their genetic connection to the Archontic ‘gods’ and the term comes from the Hebrew god of Saturn called ‘El’ (‘Mighty One’). Collectively, this plays out as the ‘El-ohim’ (mentioned 2,500 times in the Old Testament) which is another name for the Archons. EL is also on public display in the name Is-Ra-El … We see El in a religious context in the names ang-EL and the ‘archang-ELs’ called Micha-EL, Gabri-EL, Uri-EL and Rapha-EL.
The Archons are often referred to as the Fallen Ang-ELs. Another name for Jesus is Emmanu-EL. The New Testament tells the stories of Jesus/Emmanu-El in books called Gosp-ELs and their communication is overseen by church El-ders who help to cast the Sp-EL-l on the minds of people in a chap-EL and temple( El). We also have evangElists and when you progress in up the religious hierarchy you are said to be Elevated to the priesthood. In the political context we have El-lections where pawns are El-ected to serve the El-lite in their citad-ELs.
I also say that the Matrix operates within El-ectromagnetism, a domain of El. So it is absolutely correct that the world has gone to El. The El-lite are also cru-El and talk absolute driv-EL. The Saturn connection to royalty can also be seen with the word ‘crown’ which derives from Chronos, the Saturn god of ancient Greece and you see the Archons in hierarchy and in arch-angel, arch-bishop and architect.” Brilliant isn’t it?
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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!
“I Propose to Diana Tonight”
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
RAMADAN – The Blessed Month of Fasting
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.