Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen has expressed condolences over the death of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah.
Gülen said in a statement on Friday that he extends his condolences to Saudi Arabia's "valuable" king and the "custodian of the Noble Sanctuaries" and wished patience for the new king, Salman.
A royal court statement said early on Friday that the king died at 1 a.m. on Friday. His successor was announced as 79-year-old half-brother, Prince Salman, according to the statement carried on the Saudi Press Agency. Salman was Abdullah's crown prince and had recently taken on some of the ailing king's responsibilities.
Published on Today's Zaman, 23 January 2015, Friday