Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah, one of the richest men in history, was carried in a simple white shroud to an unmarked grave on Friday in a Riyadh cemetery where many of his commoner subjects rest.
In keeping with the kingdom’s traditions, there was no official mourning period, and flags around the kingdom all flew at full staff. There were no spontaneous gatherings on city streets to mark his passing. Government offices, closed for the Middle East’s normal Friday-Saturday weekend, will open as usual on Sunday.
The Saudi state school of Wahhabi Sunni Islam holds ostentatious displays of grief or mourning to be sinful, akin to idolatry.