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Our Galactical Mother

Benson C Saili
THIS EARTH, MY BROTHER

The Orion Queen as the first to go by the titles Yahweh, Allah!

Just to recap, General Atiku, the Kheb race, also known as the Surbah, were the first sentient beings to evolve in the Peshmeten, the Milky Way Galaxy’s 9th Cosmic Passage Way, on a planet generically called the Green World.

The Green World pertained to the planetary system of the Suriya star, which was/is  part and parcel of the Shagari constellation, today commonly known as the Orion star system. Now,  the ancients, General,  did not refer to the Green World by that name: they called it the SSS world. The Shagari Empire itself, along with its conquered worlds in other star systems,  was also known as the  SSS Empire. Why was this so, General?      

Well, General,  as we have already explained, the Kheb race evolved from a serpentine creature (which had characteristics of a bee-like insect though, which is significant as we shall soon demonstrate). We all know that the defining sound of a snake is a hiss. This characteristic lingered with the Kheb race. In their speech, they had a long-drawn-out “sss-sss” sound, very much similar to what we call a lisp in our world but a much more marked and sustained one.

Let’s say, for argument’s sake, a Kheb being wanted to pronounce the word “stone”. This  would come out as “sss-tone”. If the “s” was at the end of a word, such as in “horse”, for example, the hiss sound would even be longer: the word would be pronounced “hor-ssss”. There was a further twist to the way female Khebs  in particular made their pronunciations, General. 

When they were cross,  emoting, or in combative mode, they made a loud “ttt” sound at the end of the “sss” sound (is that how the expletive “shit” [I beg your pardon] originated?). As such, on the conquered worlds, female Khebs  were generally called the SSS.TT and males were referred to simply as the SSS. The Green World thus became known as the SSS World. In some worlds, female Khebs  were simply referred to as the TT, with the SSS omitted. 

On other worlds, however, the Kheb  race was collectively known as the SSA.TT.AN, which simply meant the “Serpent Race of Heaven,” Heaven being the Orion star system. The ancient Egyptian names of Set (an Anunnaki “god”)  and Sut (an Anunnaki “goddess”) all derive from SST.TT, whilst the now reprehensible name Satan (Set-An) derive from SSA.TT.AN. You will now come to acknowledge, General,  that the name “Satan”  (“Shaitan” in Arabic) had no sinister connotations whatsoever in its original context.  In fact, in Sumerian times,  there was a stage when the term Satan meant “Truth Lord” (see The Earth Chronicles series).

Be that as it may, General, it was only in other, non-Reptoid worlds that the Kheb race was referred to as the SSS. On their own world, they in fact never even called themselves the Kheb race anymore. Nor did they call themselves  the Snake race (just as we don’t call ourselves the “Ape race”). They called themselves the Nehk race. How did this name arise, General?

THE ROYAL AGHAR OF THE SEVEN EKE-ENES

Every society in our world,  General,  has something of the Orwellian paradigm about it, where all animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others. It was the same on the SSS World. First, there were wars of domination between nations. In time, one particular ethnic group, which outnumbered all others, rose to prominence. This ethnic group called itself the Nehk-Khebs. It was this ethnic group that produced the Queen of the SSS World, who eventually became the Queen of the Orion Empire as a whole. And since it was the dominant group, the entire population of the SSS world adopted its name: they all became known as the Nehks.  

The term Nehk meant “the Fearsome Black Ones”. It is actually the stem of the English word “Negro” or “Nigger”, General.  However, the term black in this context did not refer to skin colour: it meant “mean-spirited”. The Nehks as a race were feared warriors. They were “bad news” on the battlefield, both on their own planet and in inter-planetary wars. That’s how they became known as the Fearsome Black Ones.

Initially, the SSS World like Earth had several disparate kingdoms. Most of these were ruled by women: only a few were ruled by men. This was because the SSS World was dominated by females by far. Not only did women fight in wars but they were in fact more formidable warriors than men. However, the women were not the main foot soldiers: they were always an elite unit in the overall army. They were only called upon when the stakes of war were very high. Why did women have such sway in the SSS World, General?

We have already underscored the fact that in the earlier stages of their evolution, the Nehks were bee-like insects, or Kheb insects.  We know how a bee colony operates, General: all life revolves around the Queen bee. The male bees, the drones, serve two functions only. The first is to mate with their Queen, that’s how privileged they are! The second is to protect the Queen from harm by enemies and invaders. In other words, the drones are the soldiers.

On the other hand, the female bees perform all the day-to-day chores in the colony. That’s why they are called worker bees. When the Kheb insects evolved into Kheb humanoids (Serpentine Reptoids), these roles were carried along. In general, the females did domestic work and political and administrative work. The males were almost exclusively  concentrated in the army. Only very few women were trained in military work and these comprised the planet’s Special Forces.  

For ages, General, a series of global wars raged in the SSS World till sanity finally prevailed and it was decided that all the worlds amalgamate federally but under one overall sovereign so as to forge an enduring peace (the same direction we’re headed here on Earth?). The SSS World had seven major regions (to correspond with the seven major stars of the Orion constellation). Each region chose a queen, not a king, as  females were the pre-eminent sex on the planet; so altogether, there were seven queens.

Then the seven queens chose one overall Queen of Queens. The resulting setup gave the SSS World its official name. It was called the Royal Aghar of the Seven Eke-Enes, meaning the Royal Realm of the Seven Queens. The term Eke-Enes, General,  is what gives us the English words “King” and “Queen”, the feminine prefix “gyne”, and the biblical name “Cain”.  

The overall Queen of the SSS World would in time become the overall Queen of the Shagari Empire (Orion star system and other vassal star systems elsewhere in the Milky Way Galaxy) as a whole. But it took eons of wars of conquests for her to attain this status, General.  

THE PESHMETEN’S FIRST SUPER-POWER

The first super-power in the Peshmeten (meaning “9th Passageway”), a section of the Milky Way Galaxy that contained the busiest trade route, was Orion, General. As set down above, Orion was headed by a Queen, who was worshipped as a Goddess and Creatrix of the cosmos in the broader empire, and run by female administrators.

Orion females reproduced both sexually (with the involvement of male gametes) and asexually (without the involvement of male gametes) in that the SSS people, as the beings of Orion were called, evolved from a Kheb – a dragonfly-bee insect.  As you very well know General, bees produce both sexually and asexually. The SSS’s dualistic reproductive mechanism was such that any child that arose from heterosexual reproduction was invariably a female and any child that arose from asexual reproduction was invariably a male.

Enki, the Anunnaki who genetically engineered Adam and Eve into existence from both Anunnaki and Ape-Man genes, was born asexually to the Queen of Orion as her eldest male child – the reason he used to boast that “I am the firstborn of the gods”.   Enki, therefore, had no father General.

THE COSMOS’ MOTHER SUPERIOR

In the SSS World, General,  motherhood was denominated by the term Ma. Every mother was a Ma. Since the Queen was a mother, she too was a Ma. She was actually called “The Ma.”  But she was not only a mother: she was the mother of the global empire.  She was therefore addressed as Her Majesty Queen  Ma-Ma. On  the SSS World, doubling a name or title indicated superiority.  The Queen, General, was the Big Mama, the Cosmic  Mummy!

The Queen was the First Citizen of the Orion Empire. As such, she was called The Ma-Ur, meaning “First Lady”. Abbreviated, this became The Great Mar. But because of the tendency on the SSS World to double titles of eminent personages, the Queen was called Her Majesty Queen Mar-Mar.

Now, in the Orion Empire, that is, the SSS World plus other planets and star systems it had colonised in the 9th Sector of the Milky Way Galaxy – arguably the most powerful realm in the galaxy – the Orion Queen was recognised as the Queen of the Galactic Waters. The other name for Galactic Waters is The Ocean of the Khaa. Both these terms simply mean “cosmic space”. Since the Orion Queen was the Queen of the galactic space, the galactic space also went by the name The Great Mar.

This is the true origin of the Latin word Mar, which means “ocean” and from which we get such ocean-related terms as “marine” and “maritime” General. In a section above,  we called attention to the fact that the females of the Kheb race (as the people of the SSS World called themselves) were on other worlds known simply as TT because of an aspect of their speech patterns. Their Queen, being foremost of women in the empire, was therefore referred to as Queen Ma-tt, or Queen Ma-tt-ur.

Ma-tt-ur is the true origin of our English word “mother”, General. As we all know, “mother” does not only refer to the most important woman in a nuclear family unit; it also refers to a matriarch such as “Mother Superior” in the Catholic orders for instance. All female-centred terms such as maternal, matriarch, matron, maternity, matricide, etc, stem from Ma-tt or Ma-tt-ur.    

Now, throughout the Peshmeten, General, there was a term that was particularly revered. This was An, or simply N. An meant “The Most High”. The first being to go by this title was the Orion Queen, who in the Peshmeten  was received not only as an empress but as a goddess (on her own planet though, she was simply received as a queen and not as a goddess, meaning she was not worshipped). When the Bible says Jesus was the “Son of the Most High” (LUKE 1:32), General, the fundamental meaning is that he was derivatively the son of the Orion Queen/Goddess, who was symbolised by his mother Mary.

THE FIRST YAHWEH, THE FIRST ALLAH

Yet another of the principal titles of the Queen of Orion, General,  was Aya, only second to Ma as a frame of reference.  On the SSS World, she was addressed as Queen Aya, meaning “The Sovereign One”, “The First Lady”, or simply “The One”. But Aya was an abbreviation, General.  The full title was Ay-Ay. Pronouncing a name repetitively on the SSS World as we have already indicated denoted superior status.  It is Ay-Ay from which the Hebrew name Ahayah (Yahweh, meaning “Most High God”) is descended.   The first Yahweh, General, was the Queen of Orion.

Ay-Ay was at times pronounced as Al-Al because in ancient languages, Y and L were interchangeable. This linguistic legacy is still retained in some languages of our day. For example, the Spanish word for yellow, “amarillo”, is pronounced “amariyo”. Al-Al in our modern-day can also be pronounced as … Allah. Again the first Allah, General, was the Queen of Orion.  

The Sumerian records relate that the most renowned Anunnaki was Enki, being the great scientist who genetically engineered mankind from the genes of Ape-Man and those of the Anunnaki 300,000 years ago (see The Earth Chronicles series).  Enki’s other name was Ea, the masculine form of Aya. In Sumerian times, Ea meant “He Whose House is Water”. 

In other words, Enki was the cosmic sovereign since his name connoted dominion over the Ocean of the Khaa, the Galactic Ocean we call space. But Enki  was Ea derivatively because he wasn’t in truth the cosmic sovereign: it was his mother, the Orion Queen, who was. The title Ea therefore was a honorary   one.

The Orion Queen’s other title was Eke (also rendered “Ege” or “Igi”, meaning “Creatrix”), abbreviated as Ki. In the subsidiary worlds such as ours, however, she was primarily addressed as Ke-Ea, meaning “Divine Creatrix”, also rendered as Ga-Ea or Ga-Ia, the famous “mythological” goddess of Earth during a certain era. Gaea, General,  is one of the ancient names for planet Earth, in honour of the Orion Queen.
     
THE FIRST DIVINE WOMB

Now, the Orion Queen, General, had a lifespan that was basically everlasting and so were her offspring. This was the principal reason she was received as a Goddess by her cosmic subjects. Initially, this seamless longevity was enabled by the routine ingestion of an extract from her own menstruum. You will be aware by now, General, that menstruum is the most medicinal of the body’s secretions, a closely-guarded Illuminati secret:  the things it can do when harnessed as a therapeutic substance are eye-poppingly wondrous.

Menstruum is such a potent therapeutic substance because, first, it carries the most substantial amounts of melatonin. Melatonin is a hormonal secretion that is manufactured by the pineal gland (located in the head) using a chemical messenger known as serotonin. Second, melatonin enhances and boosts the body’s immune system. Third, it has positive mental and physical anti-aging properties. Says Laurence Gardner: “Menstruum contains the most valuable endocrinal secretions, especially those of the pineal and pituitary glands. 

The brain’s pineal gland in particular was directly associated with the ‘Tree of Life’, for this tiny gland was said to secrete the very essence of active longevity, called Soma, or, as the Greeks called it, Ambrosia.” The extract was known as S-MA (note the near-rhyming with “Soma”), meaning “That Which Makes the Ma Go”, that is, live indefinitely. S-MA not only extended the Queen’s lifespan by hundreds of thousands of years in Earth terms but it also increased her energy levels.

Furthermore, it made her maintain her youth both externally and at the cellular level for a much longer time and that, coupled with the fact that the fluid that produced S-MA came from the royal womb, had the result that S-MA was at times referred to as the “Fountain of Youth”, with the divine womb itself referred to as the “Cup of Eternal Energy”. Thus the symbology of the cup as the Holy Grail, General,  stems, fundamentally, from the uterus/cup of the Orion Queen as the provider of the life-extending menstruum/S-MA.
     You get the photo General?

NEXT WEEK:  WHY WE ARE “BANTUS”     

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STRESS TEST

14th December 2022

We have come a long way from the 19th century, when mental un-healthiness was not recognised as treatable. In those days mental health problems were viewed as a sign of madness, warranting imprisonment in often merciless and unhygienic conditions; and with that backdrop you would think twice before calling in sick because of stress or admit feelings of hopelessness or depression but that’s changing. That may sound like good news but it’s not.

Reasons why employees don’t show up for work can vary, but one thing is for certain; an organisation relies on its staff to get things done and when employees don’t show up for work it disrupts organisational plans, takes up the valuable time from management and lowers the company’s productivity. It’s always been that people miss work for several reasons, some understandable and legitimate and others less so but it’s important that we know the reasons so that such situations can be better managed.

Today stress is one of the most common causes of long-term absence and is especially prevalent amongst office-based staff. This is also related to absence due to depression or anxiety. Is this indicative of where we are as a society, a sign of the times which is that people are constantly pressurised and have less work-life balance?

The British Museum houses a tablet which provides a peek into work-life balance in ancient Egypt. It documents how many sick days and why 40 workers took time off from their workplace in 1250 BC. All sorts of fascinating reasons have been given for why people were away from their work, including a note about someone named Buqentuf, who needed time off for embalming and wrapping the corpse of his dead mother.

There were other reasons like some workers, such as a man named Pennub, missed work because their mothers were ill.  Others had causes that we wouldn’t expect to hear as often today, such as men who stayed home to help around the house due to a “wife or daughter bleeding” – a reference to menstruation. But no mention of mental health, not because it didn’t exist, but it wasn’t labelled thus not reported.

What was reported was a person such as Aapehti who was said to have been ill on a regular basis and also took time off when he was “making offerings to god”.  Workers also took days off when they had to perform tasks for their superiors – which was apparently permitted in moderate amounts. For example, Amenmose was allowed time away from work when he was “fetching stones for the scribe:  And what about other employees who had to excuse themselves from work to brew beer, an activity which was associated with some of their gods and rituals.

All fascinating stuff which provides insight into life at that time. But what insights can we gather from today’s sick leave records? One study recently undertaken gives us insight into the UK police force’s absenteeism. Figures obtained through the Freedom of Information Act from police forces in the UK showed that the number of days absent due to mental health problems increased by 9% in one year, from 457,154 in 2020 to 497,154 in 2021.

And here is the shocker. Police have taken a record 500,000 days off due to mental health issues. Zoe Billingham, a former police inspector, suggested there was a greater prevalence of mental health issues among emergency services, due to what they faced during the pandemic of coronavirus. “Police and other frontline services have protected us during the pandemic,” she said. “The pandemic was a great unknown. People were really scared of dying and coming into contact with the virus, and a lot of people did.”

It is a ‘mental health epidemic’ among police. Alistair Carmichael, Home Affairs spokesman for the Liberal Democrats, said: “Frontline police officers do an incredible job serving their communities. But we know that the stress of policing can take a heavy toll on the mental health of officers, in some cases leading to burnout.

Let’s look at another group. A poll by Gallup reported that in the last three years, 75% of young adults aged 18–22 have left their jobs because of stated mental health reasons. This study showed that employees (millennials and Gen Z) want employers who care about their wellbeing. Contributing factors to mental health stress centre around increases in uncertainty and include: Hybrid work environments and the side-effects: no socialization, no end time, no feedback, caring for others; changing rules around work often with poor communications & clarity;  inconsistency & incompleteness of rule implementation:  Uncertainty from these and other factors leads to anxiety and depression.

 

The real story here is not that burnout, stress, depression and anxiety are becoming the number one reasons for absenteeism but that for a large part they are preventable. We have the data telling us it’s the problem but still organisations are doing very little to proactively manage it. Sure, we have counselling services for staff who are struggling and wellness days to reinforce feelings of wellbeing, but this is not enough.

If we start caring and developing work cultures that do not create unintentional stress through how work gets done, that will go a long way to change the status quo. Simple things like ensuring your culture doesn’t thrive on fire drills and heroics to get things done and that emails do not come with expected responses after hours or over the weekend. If we can stop managers bullying, yelling or losing their cool when there is a performance or customer issue and begin giving people more control over their work – all of these are the kinds of stuff that contribute to weakened mental health and absenteeism.

To sum up, your staff’s stress levels are directly proportional to your business’s absentee levels.  Ergo, lowering the former, will also reduce the latter.  Stress down, productivity up and everybody wins out.

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Contributing factors to mental health stress centre around increases in uncertainty and include: Hybrid work environments and the side-effects: no socialization, no end time, no feedback, caring for others; changing rules around work often with poor communications & clarity;  inconsistency & incompleteness of rule implementation:  Uncertainty from these and other factors leads to anxiety and depression.

 

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Diana Irks Queen

14th December 2022
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In September 1978, General Atiku, Princess Diana had enrolled for a cookery course. That same month whilst she was staying at her parents’ home in Norfolk, her friends innocently asked about the health of her father  John Spencer, the 8th Earl. Hitherto, the Earl’s health had never been a matter of concern but Diana somewhat inscrutably voiced a somewhat portendous outlook. “He’s going to drop down in some way,” she said.  “If he dies, he will die immediately;  otherwise he’ll survive.”  

It came to pass,  General. The following day, the telephone bell rang to the news that her father had collapsed in the courtyard of his Althorp Estate residence and that he had been rushed to a nearby hospital after suffering a massive cerebral haemorrhage. The medical prognosis was bleak:  Earl Spencer was not expected to survive the night. Writes Andrew Morton in Diana Her True Story: “For two days the children camped out in the hospital waiting-room as their father clung on to life. When doctors announced that there was a glimmer of hope, Raine [second wife] organised a private ambulance to take him to the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases in Queen Square, Central London, where for several months he lay in a coma.”

Raine was so fiercely protective of her beloved husband that she had the nurses see to it that his own children did not come near him in this critical condition in his elitist private room.  ‘I’m a survivor and people forget that at their peril,” she would later tell a journalist. “There’s pure steel up my backbone. Nobody destroys me, and nobody was going to destroy Johnnie so long as I could sit by his bed – some of his family tried to stop me – and will my life force into him.” But if Raine had steel in her, General, so did the implacable Spencer children, more so the eldest of them all.  “During this critical time,” Morton goes on, “the ill feeling between Raine and the children boiled over into a series of vicious exchanges. There was iron too in the Spencer soul and numerous hospital corridors rang to the sound of the redoubtable Countess and the fiery Lady Sarah Spencer [the Earl’s firstborn child] hissing at each other like a pair of angry geese.”

As Diana had correctly predicted, her father was not destined to die at that juncture but healthwise he was never the same henceforth. First, he suffered a relapse in November that same year and was moved to another hospital. Once again, he teetered on the brink. He was drifting in and out of consciousness and as such he was not able to properly process  people who were visiting him, including his own daughters when nurses relented and allowed them in. Even when he was awake a feeding tube in his throat meant that he was unable to speak. Understandably, Diana found it hard to concentrate on the cookery course she had enrolled in a few days before her father suffered his stroke.

But Raine, General,  was determined that her husband survive come rain or shine. Morton: “When his doctors were at their most pessimistic, Raine’s will-power won through. She had heard of a German drug called Aslocillin which she thought could help and so she pulled every string to find a supply. It was unlicensed in Britain but that didn’t stop her. The wonder drug was duly acquired and miraculously did the trick. One afternoon she was maintaining her usual bedside vigil when, with the strains of Madam Butterfly playing in the background, he opened his eyes ‘and was back’. In January 1979, when he was finally released from hospital, he and Raine booked into the Dorchester Hotel in Park Lane for an expensive month-long convalescence. Throughout this episode the strain on the family was intense.”

Altogether, Earl Spencer had been in hospital for 8 straight months. The lingering effects of the stroke left him somewhat unsteady on his feet when he escorted his daughter down the aisle at St. Paul’s Cathedral in 1981 for her marriage to the Prince of Wales.

 

R.I.P. EARL SPENCER

 

It was not until March 29, 1992, General, that Earl Spencer finally gave up the ghost. He was admitted in hospital for pneumonia but what killed him days later was a heart attack. Rumours of his death actually began to make the rounds the day before he passed on. At the time, Diana was on a skiing holiday in the  Austrian Alps along with  her estranged hubby Prince Charles and their two kids William and Harry.

When Diana was told of her dad’s death, she insisted that under no circumstances would she return to England on the same flight as Charles, with whom she was barely on talking terms. “I mean it, Ken,” she told her body minder Ken Wharfe. “I don’t want him with me. He doesn’t love me – he loves that woman [Camilla]. Why should I help save his face? Why the bloody hell should I? It’s my father who has gone. It’s a bit bloody late for Charles to start playing the caring husband, don’t you think so?”

Naturally, General, Charles was alarmed, particularly that his efforts to use one of his right-hand-men to reason with the Princess had been rebuffed. He therefore  prevailed over Wharfe to try and ram sense into his wife. “Lord Spencer’s death was a major news story,” writes Ken Wharfe,  “and if the Prince and Princess did not return to Britain together then nothing, not even compassion for the grief-stricken Diana, would stop the journalists from going for the jugular. The truth about the Waleses would be immediately and blindingly obvious to the most naive journalist … Returning to the Princess’s room, I told her bluntly that this was not a matter for debate. ‘Ma’am, you have to go back with the Prince. This one is not open for discussion. You just have to go with it’.’’

At long last persuaded, General, Diana said, “Okay Ken, I’ll do it. Tell him I’ll do it, but it is for my father, not for him – it is out of loyalty to my father.” But what in truth got Diana to change tack was the intervention of the Queen, who personally called her at Charles’ own request. That, however, General, was only as far as Diana was prepared to play ball: as far as engaging with Charles in conversation was concerned, that was simply inconceivable. “There was an icy silence for the rest of the two-hour journey,” writes Wharfe. “Nothing was said during the entire flight. The Princess did not want to speak to her husband and he, fearing a furious or even hysterical outburst, did not dare even to try to start a conversation. Whatever the discomforts of the journey, however, it was soon clear that the PR spin had worked. The next day it was reported that Prince Charles was at Diana’s side in her hour of need. Yet as soon as the Prince and Princess arrived at Kensington Palace they went their separate ways – he to Highgrove, and she to pay her last respects to her father.”

Lord Spencer was 68 when he died. He was a remote descendant of King Henry VIII.

 

PRINCE CHARLES FINALLY OWNS UP TO ADULTERY WITH CAMILLA

 

In June 1994, when Diana and Charles had been separated for exactly one-and-half years, Prince Charles was interviewed in a BBC documentary by Jonathan Dimbleby. The interview was billed as intended to mark Charles’ 25 anniversary as Prince of Wales but it was in truth a not-to-cleverly-disguised riposte to Diana Her True Story, the highly controversial 1992 collaboration between Diana and Andrew Morton.

In the interview, which was watched by 13 million people, Charles, General, openly admitted for the first time that he had committed adultery with Camilla Parker-Bowles, who he hailed as, “a great friend of mine who has been a friend for a very long time and will continue to be a friend for a very long time”. Diana had been requested to feature in the interview alongside her husband but she parried the overture on the advice of her aides, which was spot-on as she would have been greatly embarrassed by her hubby’s unsavoury confession in her own face and on national television.

The Prince’s candid confessional was followed weeks later by a book titled The  Prince of Wales: A Biography, which was written by the same Jonathan Dimbleby. The book was even frankier than the interview. In it, Charles put it bluntly that she had never once loved Diana and that he married her only because he was coerced into doing so by his  notoriously overbearing father. Charles also made it known that as a child, he had been bullied by his abusive father, virtually ignored by his mother, and persecuted by a wife he portrayed as both spoiled and mentally unstable.   Both Diana and his parents were revolted by the bare-knuckle  contents of the book though Dana need not have been irked considering that it was she herself who had fired the first salvo in the Morton book.

 

BASHIR INTERVIEW BODES ILL FOR DIANA

 

If Diana’s collaboration with Morton was a miscalculation, General, Prince Charles’ Dimbleby interview was equally so. For in November 1995, the wayward Princess hit back with her own tell-all interview on BBC’s  current affairs programme called Panorama. “She wanted to get even with Prince Charles over his adulterous confession with the Dimbleby documentary,” writes Paul Burrell, her final butler, in A Royal Duty.

The interview was conducted by journalist Martin Bashir who was attached to BBC, and was watched by 23 million people,  conferring it the distinction of having attracted the largest audience for any television documentary in broadcasting history. In the interview, Diana voiced concern about there having been “three of us in this marriage and so it was  a bit crowded”, the intruder obviously being Camilla. Diana also gave Charles a dose of his own medicine by confessing to her own adulterous relationship with James Hewitt, of whom she said, “Yes, I adored him, yes, I was in love with him”. Hewitt had at the time documented his affair with Diana in lurid detail in a best-selling book and Diana thought he had ill-conceivedly stabbed her in the back.

And as if to rub salt into the wound, General, Diana cast serious  doubts on her husband’s fitness to rule as future King and therefore his eventual accession to the British throne.   Unfortunately for her, the interview sealed her fate  in so far as her marriage was concerned. “In her headstrong decision to co-operate with Bashir,” says Burrell, “she had never considered, perhaps naively, the implications that Panorama had for her marriage.” Indeed, just four weeks after the interview, the Queen, after consultation with the Prime Minister and the Archbishop of Canterbury, wrote personally to both the Prince and Princess of Wales requesting that they divorce sooner rather than later.

It was a dream-come-true for at least two parties to the triangle, namely Charles and Camilla. But did it also constitute music to the ears of Princess Diana too, General?

 

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SOWING THE WIND ONLY TO REAP THE WHIRLWIND: Martin Bashir interviews Princess Diana in a BBC documentary which aired on Monday 29 November 1995. The interview incensed the Windsors: the following month, Queen Elizabeth ordered Charles and Diana to sever matrimonial ties. In her vengeful resolve to hit back at her husband following his own interview the previous year, Diana had foolishly sown the wind and reaped the whirlwind.

NEXT WEEK: DIANA REVERTS TO SINGLENESS

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Rights of an Individual in Islam

14th December 2022

Islam is a way of life completed and perfected by the last and final Messenger of Allah, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). The Holy Quran along with the practical teachings of the Prophet (pbuh) forms the basis of Islamic law, social, economic and political systems of Islam – in short the basis of a complete code of conduct for the entire life of a Muslim

Regrettably in this day and age there are certain views in non-Muslims that have a very negative ‘view’ of Islam. The bottom line is that if a Muslim says that two plus two is four, others can ‘argue’ to say three plus one is four, or two times two is four or the square root of 16 is four. The bottom line is no matter what we may think we all are ‘correct’. The fact is that we are all on this earth for a ‘limited’ time. Regardless of beliefs, tribe, race, colour or our social standing in life, we will all die one day or the other and we will “all” be called up thereafter to answer for our behaviour, beliefs, and our life on this earth.

To a Muslim the Holy Quran is the Divine Revelation which is all encompassing and lays down in clear terms, how we should live our daily lives including the need for humans to allow fellow humans certain basic rights at all times. Due to the limited space available I can only reflect on some of the major fundamental rights laid down by Islam:

Right to life

The first and foremost of fundamental basic human-rights is the right to life. “Whosoever kills any human being (without any valid reason) like manslaughter or any disruption and chaos on earth, it is though he had killed all the mankind. And whoever saves a life it is though as he had saved the lives of all mankind” (Quran Ch5: v 32). It further declares: “Do not kill a soul which Allah has made sacred except through the due process of law” (Quran Ch6: v 151). Islam further explains that this sacrosanct right to life is not granted only to its adherents (believers), but it has been granted to all human beings without consideration of their religion, race, colour or sex

Right to Equality 

The Holy Quran recognises equality between humans irrespective of any distinction of nationality, race, colour or gender. “O Mankind We have created you from a male and female, and We made you as nations and tribes so that you may be able to recognise each other (not that you may despise each other). Indeed the most honourable among you before God is the most God-conscious”. (Quran Ch49: v 13). The Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) further explained this: “No Arab has any superiority over a non-Arab, nor does a non-Arab have any superiority over an Arab…… You are all the children of Adam and Adam was created from soil”. If there is any superiority for a man it is based on his piety, righteousness, sense of responsibility and character. Even such a person with these noble qualities would not have any privileged rights over others.

Right to justice

Allah Almighty has bestowed on all human beings, believer or non-believer, friend or foe the right to justice.  The Holy Quran states: “We sent our messengers with clear teachings and sent down along with them the Book and the Balance so that society may be established on the basis of justice” (Quran Ch 57 : v 25). It further says “O Believers stand for the cause of God and as witness to justice and remember that enmity of some people should not lead you to injustice. Be just as it is nearest to God consciousness” (Quran Ch 5:v  8 ). This makes it obligatory that a believer must uphold justice in all circumstances, including to his enemies.

Right to freedom of conscience and religion

The Holy Quran clearly mentions that there is no compulsion in accepting or rejecting a religion. “There is no compulsion in (submitting to) the religion” (Quran Ch 2 : v 256). Every individual has been granted basic freedom to accept a religion of his or her choice. Therefore no religion should be imposed on a person.

Right to personal freedom

No person can be deprived of his or her personal freedom except in pursuance of justice. Therefore there cannot be any arbitrary or preventive arrest without the permission of duly appointed judge and in the light of a solid proof.

Right to Protection of Honour

Every person has been ensured basic human dignity which should not be violated. If someone falsely attacks the honour of a person the culprit will be punished according to the Islamic Law. The Holy Quran says: “Do not let one group of people make fun of another group”. It further states: “Do not defame one another”, the Quran goes on to say: And do not backbite or speak ill of one another” (Quran Ch 49  : v 11-12).

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