Assad Performs Eid al-Fitr Prayers in Hama Mosque

Syrian president makes rare appearance outside the capital to celebrate the end of the holy month of Ramadan, government media reports

President Bashar al-Assad attended Eid al-Fitr prayers at the Al-Nouri Mosque in Hama on Sunday, marking the end of the monthlong fast of Ramadan.

Following the prayers, Sheikh Nahjem Eddin al-Ali delivered the Eid sermon, saying that Syria and its people, through their faith and energy, have triumphed over the crisis, unjust war and evil sedition.

“One of the most important goals of the war against Syria was to tear the social structures and ties down by striking the confidence of the Syrian man in himself and in his social environment, but the crisis instead strengthened the ties among the Syrians,” Sheikh Ali said.

He added that the Syrian citizen was and will remain the real compass of the government’s performance.

Sheikh Ali stressed that the decision by the president to attend Eid al-Fitr prayers in Hama is a sign that the Syrians are steps away from the victory and the return of security and peace to the country.

He concluded the service by praying for God to protect Syria and help its president lead the country to the shore of safety.

This article was edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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