#Nigerian Clerics Plan Special Prayers as #Coronavirus Strikes #Saudi Royal Family
Amidst reports that the dreaded COVID-19 has struck the inner core of Saudi ruling family ,some Nigerian Clerics are reported to be planning special prayer this Friday for the King of Saudi Arabia and the royal family.
Checks showed that the clerics behind the prayer session are from Kano in northern Nigeria and Iwo in southern Nigeria. They are said to be members of the Qadriyya Islamic sect.
A source who confirmed the plan said the prayer will target the king as the custodian of the two holy mosques and the Crown Prince alongside other members of the royal family.
“We are hosting the prayer because the King is the custodian of the two holy mosques. We will pray for His royal highness and the royal family.We are doing similar prayers for the Chief of Staff,Malian kyari and all infected believers all over the world”,,the Cleric who refused to be named stated.
On who sent the group on such a mission,he noted that they are doing it in service of Islam,adding ” we need Almighty Allah to heal the earth,all believers and the keepers of the holy mosques”
The New York Times had reported that 150 members of the royal family are affected by COVID-19, including the powerful governor of the capital Riyadh, Faisal bin Bandar Al Saud, who is in intensive care.
Officials at Faisal Hospital, where the royal family is treated, have been instructed to prepare up to 500 beds in anticipation of an influx of family members and their relatives.
In addition, the patients hospitalized in this establishment will be transferred to other hospitals to free the beds.
In the note sent to hospital officials, it is specified that any member of the nursing staff who is infected must be treated in another establishment.
King Salman, 84, isolated himself in a palace on an island in the Red Sea near the city of Jeddah. Her son, the crown prince and master of the country, Mohammed bin Salman, withdrew with many ministers to an isolated site on the shores of the Red Sea.
Since the onset of the pandemic, the Saudi authorities had taken the exceptional decision to suspend the pilgrimage to the holy places of Islam, Mecca and Medina. The last time the pilgrimage was suspended dates back to 1798, the year when Napoleon invaded Egypt.
Saudi Arabia has also declared a unilateral ceasefire in Yemen due to the pandemic.
Saudi Arabia has so far reported 41 deaths from the coronavirus and 2,795 confirmed cases.
Doctors quoted by the American daily claim that the virus had mainly infected workers from Southeast Asia or Arab countries, who represent a third of the population of the kingdom.
These immigrants often live crammed in camps outside the cities and do not benefit from medical cover.
However, King Salman decreed last week that the government will now provide treatment to any stranger with coronavirus, regardless of status.
The Saudi royal family includes thousands of princes, many of whom travel regularly to Europe. Some have brought the virus back, according to doctors and relatives.
The first case recognized by the kingdom was a Saudi who returned home after visiting Iran, a regional epicenter of the virus.