Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said of Oman, the Arab world’s longest-serving ruler, has died aged 79, just 13 days after Nigerian cleric TB Joshua had given a warning to ailing leaders in his 2020 prophecy.
The late Sultan governed Oman, a Gulf state situated on the southeastern edge of the Arabian Peninsula, for 50 years as an absolute monarchy, after overthrowing his father in a bloodless coup in 1970. Oman is located in Asia continent and covers 309,500 square kilometers of land, making it the 71st largest nation in terms of land area. It shares land borders with 3 countries: Saudi Arabia, Yemen, United Arab Emirates.
In the prophecy, the cleric stated on December 28, 2019 that “Many sicknesses and diseases that leaders have been treating privately will surface this year. They will become bedridden and many will not make it,” It is already the third prophecy to come to fulfilment since its public release – alongside the US attack of Iran General Qasem Soleimani and the widening rift between Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and the British Royal Family.
No cause of death was officially confirmed but rumours suggested the sultan was battling colon cancer. For almost five decades, Sultan Qaboos completely dominated the political life of Oman, which is home to 4.6 million people.
Three days of national mourning have been declared and his cousin, Haitham bin Tariq Al Said, has been sworn in as his successor. A citizen of Oman commented on the video of Joshua’s prophecy, affirming that the circumstances of their leaders death coincided with his revelation. “I am here in Oman; we lost the president on Friday,” wrote Kyarikunda Phionah. “This confirms the prophecy concerning leaders who will be bedridden and may not make it.”
Meanwhile, the sultan’s death had raised the risk of unrest in this country on the eastern edge of the Arabian Peninsula. The unmarried Sultan Qaboos had no children and did not publicly name an heir, a tradition among the ruling Al Said dynasty whose history is replete with bloody takeovers. But within hours, Oman state television announced Haitham bin Tariq Al Said, who had served as culture minister, as the new sultan. Oman is categorized as a high-income economy and ranks as the 70th most peaceful country in the world according to the Global Peace Index.