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Grand Mufti of Zimbabwe offers condolences to Oman

Oman's Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said, one of the Middle East's longest-serving rulers who maintained the country's neutrality in a volatile region, died on Friday.

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  • "My congratulations and prayer also go out to the newly appointed Sultan Haitham bin Tariq. May Oman continue to prosper," Mufti Menk said.

World renowned Islamic scholar Sheikh Ismail bin Musa Menk, the Grand Mufti of Zimbabwe, has sent his condolences to the people of Oman following His Majesty Sultan Qaboos’ passing away.

The Islamic scholar took to his official Twitter handle to convey his condolences, and congratulating the new Sultan of the Sultanate.

“My heartfelt condolences to the people of Oman on the passing of their beloved Sultan Qaboos bin Said. May the Almighty grant him the highest Paradise.

“My congratulations and prayer also go out to the newly appointed Sultan Haitham bin Tariq. May Oman continue to prosper,” Mufti Menk said.

Oman’s Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said, one of the Middle East’s longest-serving rulers who maintained the country’s neutrality in a volatile region, died on Friday.

The 79-year-old leader’s cousin Haitham bin Tariq Al Said was named as his successor in a smooth transition of power in the Gulf state.

Oman has declared a three-day period of mourning and the country’s flag will be flown at half-mast for 40 days.

Sheikh Ismail bin Musa Menk, the Grand Mufti of Zimbabwe

A former British protectorate in the Arabian Peninsula, Oman had been ruled by Qaboos since a bloodless coup against his father in 1970, enacted with the help of Britain.

He travelled abroad for treatment for what was believed to be colon cancer at least twice since 2014 and had just returned to Muscat from hospital in Belgium.

Qaboos had no children and, following protocol, had not publicly appointed a successor.

A 1996 statute says the ruling family must choose a successor or the name would come from a sealed envelope left by the sultan and to be opened if the royal family could not decide.

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Sultan of Oman

The family hurriedly convened a council over Friday night to discuss the matter, reports said, and decided to go with Qaboos’s “wise guidance”.

The Omani constitution says the sultan should be a member of the royal family as well as “Muslim, mature, rational and the legitimate son of Omani Muslim parents”.

There were believed to be more than 80 eligible candidates for the throne.

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