‘Deranged’ man’s prayer call report denied

January 10, 2013

A spokesman for the Madinah police in western Saudi Arabia has denied a report that an apparently deranged man had called to prayers at Masjid Al Nabawi, the Prophet’s Mosque.

“The report published in a daily about the call to prayers by an unfit person is not true,” Fahd Bin Amer Al Ganem said. “The fact is that a man who was apparently deranged came to the mosque before the Fajr prayers, holding a large stick, and stood at the Eastern Gate. He tried to shout, but was detained by the security servicemen before he could walk into the mosque,” he said, quoted by local daily Al Madinah.

The man was transferred to a clinic to assess his mental health, the spokesman said.

The mosque, built by Prophet Mohammad (Peace Be Upon Him) and his companions in 622, is the second holiest in Islam after the Masjid Al Haram in Makkah, around 400 kilometres to the south.

It contains the tombs of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and two of his companions, Abu Bakr Al Seddiqi and Omar Al Khattab.

A visit to the mosque is not part of either Umrah or Haj although millions of people annually make the trip to pray there.

The mosque, one of the largest in the world, is under permanent security monitoring.




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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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