Prince Sattam’s passing leaves void in Kingdom

Updated 26 February 2013

Prince Sattam’s passing leaves void in Kingdom

Riyadh Gov. Prince Sattam, 72, passed away yesterday, the Royal Court announced.
Funeral prayers for the late prince will be performed after Asr at the Imam Turki bin Abdullah Mosque here today.
The late Prince Sattam was appointed Deputy Governor of Riyadh in 1978. Subsequently, Prince Sattam succeeded
his brother, the then-Governor Prince Salman, who became the minister of defense, on Nov. 5, 2011.
Prince Sattam’s body will be buried at Al-Adel Graveyard in Makkah in response to his last wish, an official statement said.
Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, will receive condolences on the death of Prince Sattam at his palace in Arqa between Maghreb and Isha on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Prince Sattam was one of the senior members of the royal family and 30th son of King Abdul Aziz, the Kingdom’s founder.
He began his early education at Prince’s School in Riyadh. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of San Diego in 1965. Later, the same university given him a honorary doctorate degree in May 1975.
The prince had been in the forefront of many developmental and humanitarian activities. Some positions included chairman of insolvent prisoners release committee; deputy chairman of the executive committee of Saudization; deputy chairman of the Riyadh Development Authority; deputy chairman of the board of directors of Al-Birr charitable society in Riyadh; deputy chairman of Prince Salman Charitable Housing Program; and deputy chairman of Ibn Baz charity to help youth to get married.
He was the deputy chairman of the Charitable Society for the Care of Orphans; chairman of the local committee for gathering donations for Kosovo and Chechnya Muslims; deputy chairman of the civil defense committee; honorary deputy chairman of the patients’ friends committee in the Riyadh region; deputy chairman of the Charitable Society for the Care of Renal Failure Patients.
During his tenure, Prince Sattam attended several functions organized by government agencies. He was also popular among the government and diplomatic circles. He attended National Day celebrations of the various countries as chief guest.
A large crowd from the members of the royal family, government officials, members of the diplomatic corps and others are expected to attend the funeral today.


Saudi minister calls on worshippers to respect safety measures in mosques

Updated 40 min 33 sec ago

Saudi minister calls on worshippers to respect safety measures in mosques

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's minister of Islamic affairs called on Muslims to respect ongoing preventative measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) inside mosques as the Kingdom eases some restrictions.

Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh said worshipers should bring their own prayer mats, wear masks and wash their hands prior to coming to the mosque to ensure the safety of other worshippers. 

Al-Asheikh said preventative measures will remain in place to ensure a safe return of worshipers to mosques for Friday prayers from May 31 until June 20, except in Makkah. 

Worshippers must keep two meters apart and leave a row of space empty between each row, he said.

The minister said the elderly and children under 15 should continue to avoid going to the mosque. 

The instructions follow other announcements in the Kingdom relaxing aspects of the lockdown, including reducing curfews and allowing freer movement of people.