I’m pointing to this piece from Saudi Gazette/Okaz not to castigate Saudi preachers, but to note that I’ve seen the same behavior on the part of some Christian preachers as well, and in the US. The British have an appropriate term: God botherer. Now, those who are facing potentially terminal diseases may well wish to get their spiritual affairs in order. But it should be done at the patients’ request and on their time table, however risky that might seem to others. People trying to get physically well may not choose to dwell on their sins or the afterlife.
Hospitals warned about ‘preachers’ terrifying patients
JEDDAH – The Ministry of Health has warned oncology hospitals about people who claim to be volunteer preachers visiting cancer patients and terrifying and intimidating them by reminding them of their imminent death and the countdown of their remaining days.
According to Okaz/Saudi Gazette sources, Ministry of Health officials found that these people enter the patients’ rooms and demonstrate the methods of forgiveness while concentrating on the nearness of their fates.
These actions, which have annoyed and shocked many patients in the hospitals and their relatives, also affect the patients psychologically and affect their chances of recovering.