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Within the Walls of Hell


  Title Page

  WITHIN THE

  WALLS OF HELL

  Taniform Martin Wanki

  Publisher Information

  Within the Walls of Hell published in 2011 by

  GA&P ePublishing

  www.GapPublishing.co.uk

  Digital Edition Converted and Distributed by

  Andrews UK Limited

  www.andrewsuk.com

  This book is sold subject to the condition that it shall not, by way of trade or otherwise, be lent, resold, hired out or otherwise circulated without the publisher’s prior written consent in any form of binding or cover other than that in which it is published, and without a similar condition being imposed on the subsequent purchaser.

  The characters and situations in this book are entirely imaginary and bear no relation to any real person or actual happening.

  Copyright © Taniform Martin Wanki

  The right of Taniform Martin Wanki to be identified as author of this book has been asserted in accordance with section 77 and 78 of the Copyrights Designs and Patents Act 1988.

  Characters in the play

  MESSENGER………………………………………

  SANDI……………………………………Religious fanatic

  STONE……………………………………Rich business farmer

  WILLIAM…………………………………Master of the law

  VLADIMIR………………………………..Uniform officer

  CARLOS………………………………….President

  CAIN………………………………………Medical practitioner

  COMMON MAN……………………………

  Act 1

  This scene opens with Sandi outside the tall Iron Gate. It opens and he walks in after the Messenger.

  Messenger: (Leads him to his room)

  Sandi : (Follows the Messenger and enters the room shown him. The floor is bear with only a torn mat. There is a lot of heat and he feels thirsty. Goes to the tap at one corner of the room and turns it. It makes a noise but does not cough out water). What is wrong with the tap? It’s not flowing and I’m really thirsty.

  Messenger: I noticed.

  Sandi: So? Aren’t you going to get me some water instead of standing there doing nothing? Is this how you treat your guests here?

  Messenger: Did I hear you say ‘guest’? As far as I know, you never received any invitation from anybody, did you?

  Sandi: There I think you are right. I never received any invitation. In that case, I don’t know what I’m doing here. So, I will just walk out that gate just the same way I walked in.

  Messenger: (smiles) you are free to go. No one is stopping you.

  Sandi: (leaves messenger in the room and heads towards the gate. Gets to the gate. Tries to push it open but it doesn’t. Tries again with all his strength but it still does not open. Walks back to the room where he left the messenger). The gate wouldn’t open.

  Messenger: I know that.

  Sandi: (surprise) why don’t you go and open it?

  Messenger: I didn’t lock it up. You entered after me and the gate closed up on its own, right?

  Sandi: (In exasperation) so, who is supposed to open the damn gate?

  Messenger: (very calmly) the gate can only open to let someone in. It cannot open to let anyone out. Once you get in here, you can never get out again.

  Sandi: And what about you? I met you outside the gate before we walked in here together. Does it mean you have never been in here before?

  Messenger: I have but I am different. I can walk in and out because I’m a Messenger. My job is to clarify your doubts in case you feel that your presence in here is unjustified. Are you still thirsty?

  Sandi: What a question! The heat is suffocating and I badly need water.

  Messenger: You did not send us anything to prepare clean potable water for you here while you were down there. What you sowed down there is what you will reap here.

  Sandi: (looking so confused) what do you mean?

  Messenger: What I mean is that the kind of life you live in the world below your feet determines where you go thereafter. Did you live a good life while you were down there?

  Sandi: I lived a good life.

  Messenger: What makes you say that?

  Sandi: I prayed many times a day and went to the house of prayer on week days and weekends too. I also did entirely what my spiritual leader told me to do.

  Messenger: Saying your prayers regularly and going to the house of prayer was good. But I’m interested in what your spiritual leader told you to do. What did he tell you to do from the moment he became your spiritual leader?

  Sandi: My spiritual leader told me that if I wanted to go to that place where all human beings dream of after death, I must die fighting for my religion or for a good course. He also added that dieing for my religion will earn me the crown of a martyr in addition to eternal life. I was promised many virgins in the life beyond.

  Messenger: Did you believe that every thing your spiritual leader asked you to do was right?

  Sandi: (without hesitating). Yes I believed in everything he asked me to do. He told me and many others that our gaining eternal life depended on how we carried out his instructions to the latter.

  Messenger: What did he ask you to do in order to be crowned a martyr and also gain eternal life?

  Sandi (Very enthusiastic) First of all, he told us that we had to be the soldiers of our Creator by winning souls for our religion. He also added that anyone who refused to accept our religion was an infidel and instructed us in such a situation to give him or her a deadline to convert or face the consequences.

  Messenger: That is interesting. But there is one word you used whose meaning I do not quite master. The word is ‘Infidel’. Can you find a synonym which can make me understand?

  Sandi: (remains silent for a while searching through his brain to find an answer) Yes, I think I’ve got it. A synonym could be ‘Unfaithful’.

  Messenger: That is wonderful. Now tell me, were those you call infidels unfaithful to you, your spiritual leader, Creator, or your religion?

  Sandi: They were, to my religion and spiritual leader who was charged with leading everyone to the Creator.

  Messenger: (Smiles) That was a very technical answer. But let me explain something to you. When you were down there and even right now there is still a saying that many roads lead to Rome, right?

  Sandi: Right.

  Messenger: In the same vein, many roads lead to our Creator. The road that leads to our Creator is called religion. But you are not supposed to concentrate on the road and forget your destination. You concentrated too much on the road which was your religion and forgot the destination which was our Creator. If you had taken up your head once in a while to look at your destination, perhaps you might have realized that the paths others took linked up with yours somewhere. However, if religions are the roads, it does not mean that all of the roads lead to our Creator. Take yours for example, did anybody who belonged to your religion visit the grave and returned to tell you that it led to our Creator?

  Sandi: No.

  Messenger: In that case, you had no right to impose your religion or way of life on others who did not want to accept it; let alone calling them odd names. Once you cross that bar which marks the boundary between this world and the one you’ve just come from, you account for your deeds alone. No one becomes your mouth-piece. That means that salvation is personal. If you forced someone to do something right and the act was not coming from the h
eart of that person, then it was useless. My master is interested in what comes from the heart. No one is supposed to force another to get into the Land of Eternal Happiness or Paradise if you want. No one earns a place there through the use of force. Everyone must merit his or her place there and that merit comes only through love, peace sacrifice and service to humanity as well as tolerance while you are in that world down there. All that must come only from the heart and motivated by the freewill of the individual. Tell me something; what did you do to the ‘infidels’ who at the end of your deadline still refused to accept your religion?

  Sandi: We either chopped off their fingers or hands or legs or gave them another deadline. If they never complied, we then killed them. That was called cleaning up our creator’s kingdom in preparation for a pure faithful generation of servants.

  Messenger: Something still bothers me about those people you had to force to accept your religion and those you had to kill because they refused your religion. Didn’t they have a religion of their own?

  Sandi: They had.

  Messenger: Then why did you think that yours was more important or the only true one that led to our creator and not theirs?

  Sandi: My Spiritual leader said that the only true religion was the one he belonged to and acted as its spiritual leader. He had a dream and it was to get everybody on the surface of the earth belong to our religion either by peaceful means or through the use of force. Besides, there were those who did not have any religion and were pure pagans. What was wrong with bringing them into the light and giving them hope for salvation?

  Messenger: There was nothing wrong with bringing people from darkness into light. There was something wrong in the way you went about it. As I said before, they had to move from darkness into light out of their freewill and not through the use of force because my master is interested only in what comes from the heart and done out of freewill. You had no right to impose your religion on others. (Pauses for a while) So, to get people join your religion, you instituted an atmosphere of fear by burning down houses of prayer which belonged to those you considered enemies or pagans. You used explosives in most of the destruction and many people were killed. Was all that really necessary? Must you use force in your desire to save somebody. Must you burn down the houses of prayer of those you considered pagans, infidels or enemies?

  Sandi: My spiritual leader said that the only language some people understood better was the language of brutality. That was the only faster means to get people convert to my religion.

  Messenger: I know there were men and women who were born in your religion and prayed the same way you did. But they still suffered the same fate you reserved for the so called ‘Infidels’ who did not accept your religion. Why was that? If at the end of the day, even those who belonged to your religion were not spared, who then was safe?

  Sandi: We had to kill some of ours because they behaved badly. They housed or provided a hideout for the infidels we gave an ultimatum to. That was a crime our spiritual leader could not pardon because it was an act of betrayal. We had to carry out his wishes.

  Messenger: What about the woman doctor and that primary school girl you personally cut their throats? What was their crime?

  Sandi: That woman was too stubborn. She was ordered to stop practicing as a doctor and she refused. The job of a doctor was reserved only for men. By refusing to stop, she was indirectly telling us that she was equal to men. That was intolerable. Concerning the young girl, I had to kill her to serve as a lesson to others who disobey our orders. Girls are not supposed to go to school. They had already their task which was well spelt out by our spiritual leader. They are just to make babies, raise them, and take care of their husbands and their homes. Out of those, they were not supposed to aspire for anything else. Those women who go through school tend to argue with men and sometimes openly challenge men. What would have the world become, if there was conflict between women and men? It would have turned up side down. We saw the education of women and the girl child as a threat to world order and most importantly, a threat to our tradition and way of life. So, it was good to stop them when they were still very young.

  Messenger: So, by killing them under the pretext of setting an example, do you really believe that you did the right thing?

  Sandi: Of course since the Spiritual leader said so. After the executions, many women doctors like her either resigned or fled the country. Many young girls stopped going to school and order was restored. Nothing was under threat again. I think it was the right thing to do. Do you see things differently?

  Messenger: Yes, I have a contrary view. When my master made man, He took a rib from the side of the man and it was very close to the heart which He used in making the woman. Taking a rib close to the heart had a lot of significance. It meant that the man had to love the woman. She was not supposed to become an object or slave who had only to be seen and not to be heard. The man has to love her and treat her with dignity. That woman you killed was just continuing my master’s healing mission. She did nothing wrong and was a threat to nobody except your pride. Besides, education of the girl child has never been a threat to any man and any society. You and your spiritual leader created an imaginary threat and were afraid of it.

  Sandi: It’s a pity you see things that way.

  Messenger: What happened to Penn Khan?

  Sandi: He was a very nice boy, I must say. His father was rich and we needed money to keep the spread of our ideology going. We resorted to kidnapping and the parents of any victim had to pay a ransom we asked for against the promise of seeing their loved one again. Penn Khan was really an unfortunate case because we lived in the same neighborhood and he knew me. If I released him after his parents paid the ransom, he would have revealed my identity and I did not want that to happen. I felt terrible killing a twelve year old boy but I did not have many options to choose from. I had to do it. If you were in my shoe, you would have done the same thing.

  Messenger: Really, you think? What was the last thing you did before coming here?

  Sandi: The infidels were becoming too many. It seemed that when we killed one, fifty others joined them. Some joined them out of sympathy. The worse thing was that they even converted people from my own religion. They even afforded themselves the luxury of building their own houses of prayer. The court even passed a law granting them the right of worship and protection. The culture and ways of life of the infidels in different countries where they were in the majority was not helping matters. Their women danced and walked in the streets naked. They even put on clothes which were meant for men which was intolerable. They put such attires on the internet and people of my religion especially youths copied them. The culture of the infidels was too invasive. My spiritual leader saw it as a threat to our religion. He advised us the soldiers of our creator to take action both at home and abroad. He made it clear to us that we were at war and any of us who died on the battle field would go straight to the house of our Creator because we were fighting a just course. The Creator would then crown us martyrs and give each of us many virgins. So, with those promises in mind, we went out for war. I strapped explosives round my waist and entered the house of prayer of the infidels and blew myself up. I’m sure none of the infidels went out of that house of prayer alive.

  Messenger: (Seemingly curious) what did your religion preach?

  Sandi: It preached love for the faith, its prophet, the creator and fellow brothers and sisters as well as tolerance.

  Messenger: Don’t you think that your actions went against those fundamental principles which your religion stood for?

  Sandi: Not at all. All those who belonged to our religion were loved and tolerated. Those who did not belong to it were enemies and infidels. If they were infidels, they were enemies of our creator and had to be eliminated. We had to do the elimination in the name of our creator who spoke to our spiritual leader in a dream and gave him the command.

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bsp; Messenger: Can I say something? To me, religion proclaims first love for the Creator and then love for fellow human beings and tolerance for what they are. Isn’t that correct?

  Sandi: That is a summary of what I have already told you but you have left out the fact that it has to be for people who practice the same religion.

  Messenger: I have the impression that our conversation will have no end. Let’s leave that one aside for a while. What happened to Thomason Jose?

  Sandi: He was an infidel and wanted to get married to a woman who belongs to my religion. That was an abomination. It was not proper for holy people to be mixing with pagans and infidels. My spiritual leader vehemently condemned it and we made it known to Jose. He was given options to choose from. Option A was that if he wanted to marry the woman from my religion, he had to first of all convert to my religion. Option B was that if he did not want to convert, he had to give up his love for the woman and marry another woman who was a pagan or infidel as himself. He preferred option B but was not prepared to give up the woman who belonged to my religion. There were consequences and he knew them. We had to kill him to teach him a lesson and to deter others who had the intention of following his example.

  Messenger: Two grown up people fall in love and decide to get married. You and your spiritual leader take upon yourselves to decide whether they get married or not and you used religion as a separating tool. Who asked you to play such a role?

  Sandi: I have the impression that you forget so soon. I’ve earlier told you that my master received instructions from our creator in a dream. He had to prepare people for our creator’s kingdom to come by doing away with pagans and infidels. If he had to allow holy people to hook up with pagans or infidels, how was he preparing people for such a kingdom then?

  Messenger: My master made man and woman and asked them to go and people the world. He was by that creating the institution of marriage and blessed it. If two people decide to marry, they should be allowed to do so because they are marrying for the glorification of my master and not for the glorification of your spiritual leader and you. Don’t you think that religion was supposed to be a uniting instead of a divisive factor especially in the institution of marriage?

 
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