Doha Ghouth and Mariam Nihal
JEDDAH — As citizens and residents in the Kingdom and abroad learned of the passing of Crown Prince Naif Bin Abdul Aziz, Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior, many expressed their condolences through social media websites, making it clear the widespread impact the prince made on people. Others talked about his strong presence and influence, posted versus of the Qur’an and prayed to Allah to grant his family and the nation patience.
“He was one of a kind we felt safe and secure in his hands. We always knew nothing could ever go wrong as long as he was our shield of armor,” tweeted Ahmed Al-Shihri a police officer who called the late crown prince a “hero.”
“The health and wellbeing of the king are of the citizens’ top concerns with the loss of two great crown princes, we feel at ease knowing that he is doing well. He is what truly keeps us together and no words can describe how we feel for his loss,” said author Thamer Shaker.
Tributes from users all over the world poured in throughout the day. British Foreign Secretary William Hague and famous Lebanese singer Elissa both offered their condolences to Saudis.
“My sincere condolences to my dear Saudi people and all the Arab nation for the big loss of Prince Naif bin Abdul Aziz, may his soul rest in peace,” tweeted Elissa. Sohail A. Khan, Press Counselor at the Consulate General of Pakistan in Jeddah, tweeted Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari’s condolence message for the late Crown Prince. “President Zardari said Prince Naif was always at the forefront on the issues being confronted by the Muslim Ummah and extended his full help and cooperation in resolving those issues.”