WATCH: Lebanese superstar Fairouz prays for end to coronavirus

WATCH: Legendary Lebanese singer Fairouz recites prayer amid coronavirus pandemic
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03 April, 2020
Lebanese superstar Fairouz read selected verses from the Psalms.
Lebanese diva Fairouz is an icon in modern Arabic music [YouTube]
Renowned Lebanese singer Fairouz released a video on YouTube on Friday in which she prays to God for help amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The 85-year-old Christian Lebanese singer reads from the Old Testament in what appears to be her living room.
One of the Arab world's most beloved singers, the video will give hope and solace to her millions of fans around the world. 

Fairouz read selected verses from the Psalms, social media users noted.

"O Lord, why do you stand so far away? Why do you hide when I am in trouble?" she read.

"O Lord, hear me as I pray."

Other users on social media pointed to the painting of Jerusalem by Palestinian painter Jumana El Husseini hung on the wall behind her.

Fairouz is one of the region's best-known and most loved singers. She came to fame in the 1960s and 1970s, the same time as the outbreak of war in her native Lebanon.

Fairouz has sold over 150 million records worldwide, making her one of the best-selling Middle Eastern artists of all time.

She began her career in the early 1950s and became an icon across the Arab world with hundreds of songs mainly written by the Rahbani Brothers and later her son Ziad Rahbani.

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