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Echoes of Kemet:Oudeh, Fadlallah & Zayd

Mohammed Oudeh, Grand Ayatollah Fadlallah & Nsr Zayd:

Echoes of Kemet


The passing of  Mohammed Oudeh, Grand Ayatollah Fadlallah and Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd gives us the opportunity to lift “the veil” and show the true “face” of Kemet hidden by Western hegemony and the rigid ahistorical  interpretation of Islam. 

In the deaths of these three men, we have a cornucopia of rich symbolism that has not been fully explored, whether from an Islamic perspective or an alternate view. In previous and future entries, themes central to Islam have and will be examined. But both the commitment to or denial of the Islamic perspective has prevented a deep discourse.

Through the use of the “sacred arts”, as the tool for analysis, the range of discourse will be expanded hence providing deeper meaning as well as understanding to “what” the three men actually represented. 

This analysis should not be limited in any fashion and should  include  speeches, books and other writings left by the aforementioned trio as well as critical reflection on their lives, independent of what is offered in the media.

Through an application of the “sacred arts”, we can begin the process and identify embedded coded references to Kemet as well as the “call” to participate in the transformative work to address issues of social justice, that each of three men in their own distinctive way made contributions to in order to solve. The areas in which these embedded coded references to Kemet (Ancient Egypt) are readily available are: 

  1. The location that each person passed away.
  2. The date that each person passed away.
  3. One of the symbols of Islam
  4. Examination of supposed references to America in the dates of death of 2 out of the 3 men.


The first place where we can see the presence from Ancient Kemet is in the geographic areas where each man died.  Oudeh made his transition in Syria, Damascus, Grand Ayatollah Fadlallah passed away in Beirut, Lebanon and Zyad “returned to Allah” in Cairo, Egypt:

 “Damascus is an ancient city, whose historical record dates back to the reign of Thutmose III in 15th century BCE.  The place where Shia Muslim leader Fadlallah made his transition is Beirut, Lebanon. Beirut’s first recorded historical reference is said to be found in the “Amarna Letters” where Ammunira of Biruta (Beirut) sent three letters to the pharaoh of Ancient Kemet. Nsr Abu Zyad made his transition in Cairo, Egypt.  Cairo’s roots date back to the ancient city of Memphis of Kemet”.

The three places or geographical areas where each member of the “triad” passed away is collectively known by the misnomer the “Middle East”.  We should be mindful of the observation put forth by historian Ashra Kwesi, that “if there is a Middle East, where is the Middle North, the Middle South and the Middle West?”.

 Thinkers outside the Western paradigm, argue that many of the countries that comprise the so-called Middle East are in fact, extensions of the African continent and not a separate geographical  entity.

Date Each Made Their Transition

Another aspect of the passing of the “triad” that provokes serious reflection is the date when their deaths took place: Mohammad Oudeh (1937-July3, 2010),  Grand Ayatollah Fadlallah (November 16, 1935-July 4, 2010) and Nasr Zayd (July 10, 1943- July 5, 2010).

The three men made their transitions in successive days and when we look at the day of the month that each passed away, we get the variables for the 3,4, 5 triangle. Oudeh passed away on the 3rd day of July, followed by the Grand Ayatollah who passed away on the 4th day of July and Zayd who passed away on the 5th day of July.

The 3,4,5 triangle has been mistakenly named the “Pythagorean Triple”.  The “3,4,5” Triangle is part of the legacy of Ancient Kemet and provides another example of how the “face” of Kemet is hidden by “the veil” of historical ignorance.

The “3,4,5” Triangle is  a product of Ancient Egypt as well as a code that is embedded in the day that each Oudeh, Grand Ayatollah and Zayd passed away.

The”3,4,5″ Triangle referenced in the day of the month that each member of the “triad” made their transition,  is indicative of their own personal qualities as individuals, reflective of their legacy as well as a sign post for the pending transformation to where their respected constituencies can forge an alliance to address the long-standing issues and have them resolved.

The presence of the 3,4,5 Triangle speaks to the “Great Work” that each individual and humanity must undertake in order to obtain a higher level of consciousness. This is understood when we briefly examine the development of the “3,4,5” Triangle. 

The “3,4,5” Triangle emerged out of the sacred relationship between the people of Kemet and their environment. The understanding of  the “3,4,5” relationship greatly assisted the civilization of Kemet in harnessing the power of the Nile River and construction of their great colossal projects.

It is this understanding of this concept that served as the basis of the myths of Ancient Kemet, such as the Ausar, Auset and Heru story. The fanciful notions of animism, superstition and irrational systems of thought falsely credited to Ancient Kemet by the Western tradition are dismissed in light of this evidence.

The “3-4-5” concept assisted in the Nile’s annual flooding and it represented eternal truths which were utilized in the construction of Kemet’s important monuments such as the Great Pyramid of Giza.

The “3,4,5” as a representation for the great eternal truths is seen in the following manner:


3 is considered the “origin”, the  “male” principle , corresponds to Ausar (Osiris) the “father”and is represented upright. It is the short side of the triangle and is considered that which is the “First Matter”.  The triangular face is a symbol for the number 3.  The number 3 denotes “spirit”.


The number 4  represents Auset (Isis) the female principle as the “mother” archetype  and serves as the longer side of the triangle. 4 is the base of the structure and is symbolic of the 4 elements of life: fire, water, air and earth.  4 is considered to be “the recipient”. 4 in the sacred arts tradition is the number of “organization” and represents “the body”.


5 is the number of Heru (Horus), which is the hypotenuse of the structure and is seen as the offspring or the “perfected result”and symbol of “the soul”.  As the “perfected result” Heru shares in qualities of both the “mother” and the “father”. Thus the hypotenuse reaches or touches both the base and the upright portion of the structure. 5 also is representative of the five stages of development for life: minerals, plants, animals, humans and the “Enlightened Ones”. The hypotenuse symbolizes evolution “toward the light”.

Numbers in the ancient mind were embodiments of the principles of nature and the sacred order. Numbers designated “energetic aspects of nature, including male and female principles”.

This applies on two levels to Oudeh, Fadallah and Zayd. First in their earthly incarnation, the trio represented the 3-4-5 relationship, in that their body of work was in harmony with each other in the overall “big picture” view of what they believed in. On another level in the spirit of the “sacred arts”, the 3-4-5 relationship represents the path of upliftment independent of sect or particular group.

Oudeh as the person who passed away on July 3, 2010, is the “Ausar” of the trio. Oudeh  was one of the founders of the Fatah organization.  To be a “founder” is in line with “the father” aspect of Ausar (Osiris), mentioned earlier. Oudeh, was also known as “Abu Daoud”. Abu means “father” in Arabic and Daoud means “beloved”. In the light of the Ausar archetype, Oudeh could be seen as the “beloved father” principle.

Thus the work and legacy of Oudeh in promoting the cause of the Palestinian people as the founder of Fatah, mastermind of 1972 Olympic Attack in  Munich and  his involvement in the PLO could be all considered in conformity with the “father principle” of the number 3.  Oudeh believed that the 1972 operation was the correct thing to do at the time , however he would not sanction the same or similar action again:

“I would be against any operation like Munich ever again. At the time, it was the correct thing to do for our cause. … The operation brought the Palestinian issue into the homes of 500 million people who never previously cared about Palestinian victims at the hands of the Israelis.” Today, he says, an attack on an event like the Olympics would only damage the Palestinians’ image.”

Oudeh, according to Alexander Wolf  also “sat on the Palestinian National Council, where in 1996 he joined a majority in voting to revoke the clause in the PLO charter calling for Israel’s destruction.”

Oudeh is in alignment with the property of number 3 being the “spirit”.  For it is the cause of the Palestinian people is the “spirit” of resistance movement on the part of many Muslims and Arabs against Western Imperialism.

Remember many consider the root of the conflict between Muslims and the West is Palestine. The belief is that if the West did not and continue to support the immigration of European Jews into Palestine there would be no conflict. But the unwavering and uncritical support of Israel is the impetus to the divide between Muslims and the rest of the world.

Grand Ayatollah Fadlallah supported whole heartedly the cause of the liberation of the Palestine. Fadlallah in regards to Palestine is quoted as saying:

“I do not dream without Palestine, and all the dreams fall when Palestine falls… It is not a battle, not negotiations, and it is not details; Palestine is the story of the nation: to be or not to be.”

Fadlallah sees participation in the Palestine struggle to be part and parcel with being a dutiful Muslim: 

“There’s an axis and that is Islam in the face of Israel… we are stronger than any day because we are with Islam. The political battle of Islam is the conflict with Israel, and there is no Islam and Islamic political movement that is outside of the conflict with Israel.”

Fadlallah is also quoted as saying:

“To be unjust means you’re neither a Muslim nor Christian nor a follower of Moses, because injustice has no religion. Justice is what unites religions.”

Fadlallah once stated:

“Our position towards the Palestinian case is a religion we believe in, and not just a political slogan we consume today to leave tomorrow.” 

The Palestinian cause should be a rallying cry for all Muslims regardless of sect:

“The duty of the nation’s scholars, whether Sunni or Shiite,” he said, “is to restore Palestine in its entirety, from the river [Jordan] to the sea, and to mobilise the Arab and Muslim conscience for its sake.”

Fadlallah as the person who passed away on July 4, 2010 is the Auset or “mother principle”. Auset is the female principle of creation and should not be confused with the actual female person. Auset is also “the body” and as such provides the structure to bring forth life. Grand Ayatollah’s role as a Twelver, head of the governing body for Shia Muslims in Lebanon, builder of schools and cultural centers as well as his support for women’s rights conform with the properties of the number 4. He basically has been the body out of which institutions are “born” and  maintained.

His work provided the body for his followers to grow, develop and be nurtured. As head of Lebanon’s Twelver Shia Muslims, he provided interpretations of the Quran, which gave birth to ideas and concepts rooted in Islam.

Though Fadlallah denied it, he has been credited by the Western media as the”inspiration”  for the creation of Hezbollah if not a behind the scenes advisor and mentor.

Fadlallah despite being consistent in his support of the Palestine people, critical of Western Imperialism and social work activism was at times at odds with certain elements of the Muslim world including the Shia elite. “He also issued many fatwas and opinions that courted controversy, for which he was not supported by other eminent Shia scholars..”

Fadlallah maintained the right of a woman to defend herself when confronted with violence and supported the International Day for The Elimination of Violence Against Women as well as other progressive initiatives.

Throughout his public career, Fadlallah was clear that he did not support the state of Israel and approved any means necessary to destroy it.

Zayd made his transition on July 5, 2010 is the number 5 or Heru of the trio.  His full name is Nasr Abu Zayd and shares in the “father” principle in having the shared name “Abu” with Oudeh. Zayd was an advocate for a more updated view of the Quran and supported the advancement of women’s rights. In the preceeding examples mentioned, we observe the quality of Heru and the hypotenuse to share in qualities of both the “father” (upright short side of the triangle) and the “mother” (the base and longer side of the triangle).

Zayd has often been criticized as being “anti-Muslim”, a charge he vehemently disputed. Zayd was a scholar and researcher. He saw the Quran as literary text which contained a series of discussions as well as a religious text with historical and social constructs which had to be re-evaluated in light of human development.

Zayd views irritated the current Egyptian government and they sought numerous ways to silence him.

His  main concerns were a more expansive interpretation of the Quran and a society which is not imposing a particular religious view or a view about religion i.e. secularism. Zayd wanted society to be a protector of religion yet not be “religious” itself. 

Zayd explains:

“It is difficult to accept the existence of a religious state in the 21st century. A state built on the basis of a single religious ideology ostracized other religious groups. But the world cannot interfere if a state declares itself to be Islamic or Jewish. Such states do not allow democracy and human rights: they are only granted to those of the official faith, and other citizens do not have the same rights. ”

He goes on to critique the United States and other western nations that promote themselves as the sole practitioners of “universal” values”

“The possibility of establishing the universal values of equality, freedom and justice, which always includes establishing democracy and human rights in every culture, is as great as the human desire of sharing the earth’s resources equally.

I do not believe that there is any culture that would contradict the values of human justice, political and religious freedom or stand up against human rights. Denial of these values in any cultural context is a means of protecting particular political powers so that certain societal groups can maintain privileges at the expense of others.

It is time for the West to admit that modernity was not born from a vacuum but rather, has evolved historically through values passed on from ancient cultures ever since humans have set foot on earth and learned to fulfill their needs. Universal human values, which are considered to be purely Western, are in fact part of the human battle for peace and justice.

These values are essential for all civilizations, regardless of their religious, cultural or sociopolitical backgrounds. The fight for human rights started long before Spartacus’ revolt against the Romans and has not seen its end with recent figures and movements, such as Mandela and anti-apartheid organizations.”(Emphasis Mine)

 Zayd wrote his doctoral thesis on Ibn al-Arabi, an Islamic theologian and mystic. He later came to criticise the spiritual monopoly of Islamic orthodoxy, arguing that it blocked rationalism and that it distorted the essential message of the Koran(Quran). After having received numerous death threats, Abu Zayd decided to leave Egypt. He went to live and work in the Netherlands, before returning to Cairo, Egypt where he passed away.

The coat of arms of the Netherlands is interesting to observe, for it has three lions:

The Netherlands coat of arms appears to mystically have symbolically the three that would pass away in days of each other.

Ibn al Arabi was born in Moorish Spain, in 1165 AD. The Moors have been identified by Ivan Van Sertima and others as having their origins in Africa. Furthermore, the Moors were considered to be the “carriers of the light”of Ancient Egypt according to G.M. James and Chancellor Williams.

The appearance of the 3-4-5  in the deaths of the “triad” is not a mere coincidence. One of the functions of the 3-4-5 concept is that it allows the solving of problems. By having two known sides and a right angle, one can find the third unknown.

Through use of the 3-4-5 concept one is “able to discover the secrets of the universe, using what is already known”.  

The 3-4-5 Triangle was used in the construction of monuments and its application was also instrumental in the “construction” of individuals and society in general by connecting the “human” to the “divine”. 

Symbol of Islam

The Crescent and the star the symbol of Islam is the third item, where the face of Kemet has been hidden.In ancient Kemet, the crescent moon was the symbol of  Auset, the Mother of the Gods. As the Queen of  Kemet, Auset was the protector of motherhood, women, and healer of the sick.  

From the website we learn that:

“Iah, was an ancient, minor moon god, personification of the heavenly body  just as the Aten, the sun disk, was the embodiment of the sun. Like the more important moon deities Thoth and Khonsu, with whom he merged later on,[he could manifest himself as a crescent new moon, an ibis or a falcon.”  The following is in the British Museum collection:


Statuette of Iah with a moon and crescent headdress, late period.

Supposed References To America

In the date of death of Oudeh, we get the number 13: July 3, 2010= 7+3+2+0+1+0=13. 13’s appearance for Oudeh has multiple meanings given the role of Islam in the Palestinian struggle.
However in the light of the fact that his passing followings that of Fadlallah who passed away, a day after him, the presence of number 13 takes us back to Kemet.
As stated previously Fadlallah made his transition on July 4, 2010. Without venturing into psycho-analysis on why a strident critic of the USA would pass away on July 4th, we can
directly connect the dates of death  of Fadlallah and Oudeh to Ancient Kemet.  Upon first
glance we may think that the appearance of  the number 13 and July 4th may refer solely to America. The 13 and July 4 was actually used by the Americans to align themselves with the spirit of Kemet. 
 An analysis by Dr. Kwame Nantambu who is an Associate Professor, Dept. of Pan-African Studies, Kent State reveals:
“First, when the U.S. Constitution was signed on 17 September 1787, thirteen out of the forty signatories were freemasons. Second, the independence of United States falls on 4 July 1776.
This date was timed by Masonic “Founding Fathers” to coincide with the astrological sign of Cancer-which also ruled ancient Egypt. Now, the fourth of July follows exactly thirteen days after the Sun enters the sign of Cancer during the summer solstice beginning 21 June and 4 July.
Thus, the United States was founded on ancient Egyptian (Kemetic) spiritual principles and belief. In the year 1776, we have seven plus six, which makes thirteen.
The “Founding Fathers” of the United States did not arbitrarily select the Fourth of July 1776 as Independence Day. In the tradition of Kemetic spiritually, philosophy and belief systems in the B.C. era, the 4 July 1776 then gave America a new life, a rebirth, a transformation and resurrection from its status as a colony of Britain to that of a new sovereign, independent, nation-state.”
There are multiple meanings involved in understanding the death of the aforementioned three leaders.  The levels of “meaning”  goes beyond the region, religion and ideology they represented.
Embedded in the dates of death, the full names and critical review of their legacy we find connections to Ancient Kemet.
The places where each person died has its first or earliest historical records involving Kemet.
The day of the month that each person passed away provided us with the dimensions of the 3-4-5 Triangle.  The 3-4-5 Triangle concept came out the minds of Ancient Kemet and was used not only in mastering the Nile River, construction of monuments  but also in the development of the inner being.
The appearance of the 3-4-5 ratio points to on one level the common bond, the three men shared in their life’s work. That though each person was distinct in their own way, upon death we could see commonalities that were not observed before.  Furthermore each person embodied the dimension of the 3-4-5 triangle concept that they represented by virtue of the day of the month they passed away.
 Oudeh also known as ‘Abu Daoud’ was number “3”, the male principle, the “father”,  the “spirit” as founder of Fatah. The national anthem of Syria, the country in which he died is titled “Guardians of The Homeland”, which is what he did in his role in Fatah and the PLO.
Fadallah embodied the number 4 principle as the base of the triangle and the body as seen with his social work and building of institution. As head of the Twelver Shia organization he symbolized the “mother principle” by giving birth to many on how to be a better Muslim and by advocating the advancement of women in society.
The other aspect of the 3-4-5 is the elevation of the divine in “man” independent of religion, sect or ideology. The 3-4-5 represents the process where we  while on earth return to the source and become the perfected offspring as a result of the successful union of the two realms. 
The supposed symbol for Islam, the Crescent and the Star has its origins in Kemet and the representation of Iah held in the British museum bears witness to this fact.
As was attempted by the founders of America and their designation of July 4th 1776 as the birth of their country and the use of the number 13. July 4th and the number 13 are not “American” or the sole possession of America but a historical legacy of Kemet.

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