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Benson C Sail

This week we focus on Stewart Swerdlow, the metaphysical illuminator and survivor of the infamous, Reptoid-driven Montauk Project


He’s a very fascinating guy I must say. His life history sounds stranger than fiction. For instance, he was born to a mother “without a birth canal”.  Stewart was simply implanted in her womb.  His genetics are so peculiar that it was one reason he was conscripted into the infamous Montauk Project. For instance, his DNA is blended from 22 Alien species from various parts of the Milky Way Galaxy. This constitutes over 120 civilisations. He has extra vertebrae in his neck and less teeth than an ordinary human.

I’ll let him speak for himself lest I over-summarise: “My life has been unconventional since my birth and most likely before. My family history is a part of this. My great-uncle, Yakov Sverdlov, was the first President of the Soviet Union. His son, my cousin, created the KGB. My grandfather, Mikhail Sverdlov, was sent to the UK to start the Communist Party. After he was successful there, he was sent to the USA to do the same thing.

My grandmother, Maya Sverdlov, was a Soviet spy during World War 2 in Europe where she blackmailed top Nazi officers and officials to stop the advance on Russia. Another great-uncle, Benjamin Sverdlov, convinced the US President to enter World War I so that the Red Army would be unchallenged to create the revolution. He also got the US government to send  $20 million to Russia to finance the Red Army. In the 1930s, Benjamin began mind-control and programming in the Soviet Union, making it the first key nation on Earth to do so.

Yakov ordered the assassination of the Czar and his family in the Ural Mountain city of Yekaterinburg, then renaming it to Sverdlovsk in honour of the event. Because of all of this, I was taken into service as a 13-year-old, becoming part of the mind-control and programming experimentation of the Montauk Project from 1970 to 1983 … My father was used in secret military work under a mountain in El Paso, Texas. When I was born, the Secret Service followed him for 3 years at least.”


Okay, he says there are basically three levels of existence. These are hyperspace, astral, and physical. In his 1999 book, The Healer's Handbook: A Journey Into Hyperspace, he defines Hyperspace as “a state of being that is pure energy, oblivious to time or space. Here, there is instant transmission of thought and concept. The method of communication is via colour, tone, and archetype symbol. This is the foundation of all creation …” He says he was taught Hyperspace at Montauk.

“It was there that I learned and was trained in hyperspace work, using Alien and Nazi technology.  I was assigned to go into higher levels of the non-physical existences in order to understand the Language of Hyperspace, which is made up of colour, tone, and archetype-symbols. In essence, it is the language that the Creator/God-Mind uses as a formula to manifest all of existence.”

While in high school (he was born on Long Island in New York), Stewart was picked up at night by what he initially thought were ETs and brought to Montauk.  Later on, he learned his hijackers were military officials working under the guise of ETs.   Because of Stewart's "special" characteristics, he became part of the Montauk genetic experiment program.  He later learned that only 1% of the people in that program ever survived.


The Montauk Project was a  series of secret United States government projects conducted at Camp Hero or Montauk Air Force Station on Montauk, Long Island, for the purpose of developing psychological warfare techniques and exotic research including time travel. The project also involved advanced technological research, mind-control, weather control, genetic manipulation, sexual magick ritual, hyperspace research, Alien communication, esoteric weaponry,  and interdimensional exploration. 

Says one report: “The facility was expanded to as many as twelve levels and several hundred workers. Some reports have the facility extending under the town of Montauk itself. Homeless people and orphans were abducted and subjected to huge amounts of electromagnetic radiation to test mind control technology and remote brain programming. Few survived. People had their psychic abilities enhanced to the point where they could materialise objects out of thin air. An Alien supposedly designed a chair, which an individual could sit in to boost his mental and precipitory powers.

A prototype duplicate was given to England and put in a facility on the Thames River. Teleportation experiments were conducted. A ‘porthole (portal?) in time’ was created which allowed researchers to travel anywhere in time or space. This was developed into a stable ‘Time Tunnel’. Underground tunnels with abandoned cultural archives were explored on Mars using this technique. Contact was made with Alien extraterrestrials through the Time Tunnel and technology was exchanged with them which enhanced the project.

This allowed broader access to ‘hyperspace’. Mind control experiments were conducted and runaway and kidnapped boys were abducted and brought out to the base where they underwent excruciating periods of both physical and mental torture in order to break their minds, then their minds were re-programmed. Many were supposedly killed during the process and buried on the site. Others were released with programming as mind-slaves with alternate personalities to be sleeper cells who could be activated to perform missions.”

Stewart Swerdlow  says his "psionic" faculties were boosted but at the cost of emotional instability, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other issues. According to Stewart, Montauk was discontinued in 1983 but it may as well have resurfaced in another guise as most of the Illuminati’s diabolical projects do.


The Montauk site had actually been used for nearly 200 years, with deeper levels  and pathways leading out to the oceans. General George Washington was the first to use the site in 1799, when he had underground bunkers and storehouses built below to hold supplies and weapons for the troops. At the time of its “closure”, it had up to 12 underground layers that held many secrets. “At one point,” says Swerdlow,  “they even discovered the tops of an Atlantean pyramid buried under the area with advanced technology that no one knew how to use.” Swerdlow writes at length on the project in his book Montauk: The Alien Connection.


He says mind control was initiated by the Soviets and elevated to an art form by the Nazis. At the end of World War II, the so-called elite created Project Paperclip, which smuggled into the US the Nazi war criminal scientists to continue their work.  “Since the elite are no more than a few hundred thousand in total, it is difficult to control the billions of people on the planet,” Stewart says in an online interview.

“Armies and weapons are not enough since the sheer volume of people could easily overwhelm the leaders should the truth become public. Therefore, the best solution, which was instigated by the Soviet Union and taken up by the Nazis, was to create programming and mind-control over the masses. The best slave is one who does not know that he or she is a slave.”


It boggles the mind really. I think it has to do with the power of mind over body. Montauk was at once an ordeal and a priceless institution of learning for Swerdlow. Listen to part of the purgatory he was subjected to and how he reversed it: “At Montauk Project, I was blinded for 29 years. They wanted to create a person who could see into other realities without the use of a device. In effect, I became a human MRI machine. I had surgery in 1999 to restore my sight … The project also left me with Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, migraines, back pain, and hearing issues. All of these have been cured by my  own hyperspace and alternative healing work.”


It’s true yes. This was Jonathan.  Swerdlow was present when his wife Janet was being delivered by  caesarian section and the moment he saw the newborn,  he cried, “It's not a baby, it's a man!" He adds:  “I must have turned white because Janet was concerned about me. They cleaned him up and handed him to me. I held the baby and showed him to Janet while they closed her up. He was big and had man-like features. He did not look like a newborn. This was eerie to me considering what I just experienced. He cried like a Reptilian. His screeches were like those of a dinosaur, or at least I assumed it was.”


You dead right. It’s all “lies” in the words of Swerdlow and remember when a lie is repeated often enough, it assumes the status of a fact.  “As far as the history of this planet is concerned,” Stewart  writes in his book Blue Blood, True  Blood, “you can consider that everything you ever learned is a complete lie. All history and science books are rewritten to accommodate the agenda of the controllers of this planet.

These books are just as false as the New Age material spewing forth from such places as Sedona and Santa Fe, to name a couple of Illuminati Meccas. Disinformation is rampant everywhere. My information comes from my Montauk Project indoctrinations, experiences, conversations with scientists involved in Illuminati programs, communications with Alien and interdimensional beings whom I met at various government projects, and through the probing of my own Oversoul.”


They do so in a rather subtle way. This is his explanation: “Most people are still not willing to accept or even entertain the idea that hybrid Reptilians are in control of this planet … The controllers plan the pattern of coming events in such a way as to purposefully disorient the masses while they alone see the destination and the order of life. The masses are lead to believe that haphazard events amidst chaos shape their existence. In true reality, there is no such thing as chaos.

Chaos is simply a pattern not yet understood or perceived. Think about an ant crawling over a designed, tiled floor. The ant may seem confused or disoriented; not knowing which way to go. But a human being watching the ant from a higher perspective clearly sees the floor pattern and knows which way the ant can get to its destination. To the ant, there is only perceived chaos. To the human, there is a prescribed pattern. To the controllers, the humans are the ants.

The controllers are interested in directing the people in such a way that they do not know that they are being directed. The controllers work slowly and methodically from a global perspective to accomplish their goals. With awareness, you too, can perceive order from the chaos, make some conscious decisions, and gain control of your own life and destiny.”


He virtually does so. But his name for the Paal Taal (the first beings God created and who in turn created angels/demons and mankind) is the “Transparent People”. The Transparent people are so-called because when the manifest in this physical reality, they look like a transparent glass shell. They “cannot really enter into the physical dimensions because their energy vibratory rate is so high that it cannot sustain a physical body”.


It has to do with the colour of their blood. Human blood is iron-based and is actually yellowish in colour. But when it is exposed to oxygen, it turns red.  In the case of Reptilians, their blood is copper-based and when it is exposed to oxygen, it turns bluish-green.


They are genetically predisposed to demon-possession, and demons constitute the astral form of Reptoids. The same applies to people with green eyes and red hair. “The Reptilian geneticists are ideally looking for a 50-50 ratio between human and Reptilian genetics,” Swerdlow says. “This combination is designed to produce a form that looks human, but can shapeshift back to Reptilian by concentrating on the genetics the hybrid [wishes] to open, or lock up, whatever the case may be.

Marriages and relationships between hybrid families are carefully selected in an effort to maintain this human-Reptilian  parity. “But not every such person is manipulated by Reptoids. The vulnerability to Reptoid possession has to be opened up in a ritual. It is one reason  the Illuminati are so obsessed with “blood rituals and ceremonies using humans as the source of food and hormones”.. The greater majority  of blue-eyed and blonde-haired people are not controlled by  Reptoids.

Swerdlow does describe the satanic-Reptilian rituals that he was forced to attend. He tells how the Reptilians  ate babies and foetuses, many of which were  supplied through Reptilian  bloodline-controlled abortion clinics in the same way that they were  supplied with human blood from the blood banks they controlled. “They also had live babies that they held up by the back of the neck,” he writes. “Then they slashed its throat from left to right, ear to ear, biting down on the gaping opening to drink the blood. This was an amazing delicacy to them.”


He says the onus is all ours. His own words on the subject: “The most important point for people to know is that we each must accept responsibility for every thought, emotion and action. We are given Free Choice under the Free Will of God-Mind. It allows us to create and manifest whatever we think and feel. We are not innocent victims, we are willing participants …    The value of taking profound personal responsibility cannot be emphasised enough. I like to use the analogy that thoughts are like film, the brain is the projector, physical reality is the screen.

If you don’t like the ‘movie’ that is playing in your life, you must change the ‘film’, which is the way you think. Accept that you have created your entire life experience and only you can change it. Knowing this gives you all the power in creation. Remember, the only thing that exists is the Mind of God. All of creation is an aspect of it, eternally. Therefore, you have the God-Mind within you since that is all there is in existence.

Knowing this, you can apply the laws of God to change, create, recreate and correct everything in your life! It is important to release old, negative mind-patterns that have created issues of low self-worth, abandonment, self-sabotage, and self-punishment. We need to grow up the damaged and frightened child within that is stuck emotionally at an age where trauma occurred.”


This is what he says:  “My wife, Janet, and I work 24/7 to teach people how to open the 90% of the brain that is not used and the 97% of the DNA that is locked up. We write books, do global and intergalactic research, teach seminars and webinars, and appear on radio and TV internationally. I have developed deprogramming techniques based on Wilhelm Reich and Tesla (Nikola) information, as well as what I had learned at Montauk.

I have a doctorate in alternative medicine and deprogramming. I can see energy fields and pick up thoughts and DNA patterns. I am currently involved in Kuiper Belt research and applying ancient spiritual/angelic techniques from millennia ago. I do receive information about the health of others, I communicate with the departed, I speak with interdimensional beings as well as Aliens, I monitor Earth seismic activities, and I have received information regarding what I am supposed to do in this lifetime, what I should study, where I should go, what historical information I need to know as well as future events.”


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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.”


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.


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.


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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