The statement garnered sarcastic reactions and criticism on social media.
Rabat – Saudi author and journalist Naif Al Harbi has said that King Salman of Saudi Arabia has read 120,000 books in his lifetime, generating waves of sarcastic reactions on social media.
“King Salman is an Arab and Islamic symbol. A lover of culture and intellectuals. He is often called the ‘intellectual.’ Can you imagine that he read 120,000 books?” said the author.
The journalist made his statement in a broadcast aired in the Saudi television channel Saudia 24.
The statements did not go unnoticed on social media as the author faced waves of sarcastic comments.
لو قلنا ان معدل قراته كتاب كل سبعة ايام
هذا يعني ٤ كتب بالشهر
هذا يعني ٤٨ كتاب كل سنه
هذا يعني ٤٨٠ كتاب كل عشر سنوات
هذا يعني ٤٨٠٠ كتاب كل ١٠٠ عام
هذا يعني ٤٨ الف كتاب كل الف عام
هذا يعني ٢٤٠ الف كتاب كل ٥٠٠٠ عام
هذا يعني ان عمره طال عمره ٢٥٠٠ عام
— عربي ARABI (@ARABI_5555) April 2, 2019
One Twitter user replied saying “if we say that [King Salman’s] rate of reading a book every seven days, this means four books per month; that means 48 books each year; this means 480 books every ten years; which means 4800 books every 100 years; which means 48,000 books every 1,000 years; which means 240,000 books every 5000 years.”
The Twitter user concluded his sarcastic post, saying that King Salman must be “2, 500 years old by now.”
المطبل نايف الحربي : الملك سلمان رمز للثقافة في العالم ?
لانه قرأ اكثر من ١٢٠ الف كتاب ? pic.twitter.com/wrNiM0pUXR
— ابو منشار (@abukarsh2018) April 2, 2019
“The book for them must be one page,” said another Twitter user.
“If we say that from the moment he was born and he started reading, this means that he must have read four books a day. It is really a strong [lie],” said another.
محلل قناة ٢٤ السعودية:
“الملك سلمان قرأ 120 ألف كتاب” !!
تجاوزنا الإعلام المصري بمراحل? pic.twitter.com/pIhaD4yrZz
— تركي الشلهوب (@TurkiShalhoub) April 2, 2019