President Bashar Assad performed the Eid Al-Fitr prayers at the Grand Omayyad Mosque in the heart of the old city in Damascus this morning.
Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, the holiest in the Muslim calendar, the whole month is observed by fasting from sunrise to sunset every day. The beginning and ending of Ramadan is marked by the observance of the moon’s crescent in accordance to the teaching of Islam and Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him.
President Assad entered the mosque’s main gates on foot from the most famous Hamidiya Souq, one of the oldest traditional bazaars. Several leading figures in the Syrian state also performed the prayers with the president and a large crowd of the residents of Damascus.
Leading Islamic cleric Sheikh Hussam el-Din Farfour led the prayers and delivered the Eid sermon. He spoke about the great meanings of the holy occasions and also of the horrific murderous crimes of the Israeli terrorists against the people of Palestine and the holy sites of Al Aqsa Mosque for the Muslims and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre for the Christians, in addition to the heinous barbaric Israeli attacks against the Palestinians in the Palestinian capital Al-Quds (Jerusalem), in Gaza, and in the cities occupied before 1948.
Cleric Farfour reminded the congregants that ‘Syria is the cradle of civilization and from it, the divine religions of Islam & Christianity……In this context the cleric added ‘President Assad according to the message of high morals and forgiveness by issuing the latest amnesty earlier this month.’
After the prayers, President Assad was surrounded by the believers who exchanged the greetings for Eid with him, and the president left on foot heading to his car.
It is worth noting that it was 10 years ago that the Turkish madman Erdogan led the war of terror against Syria on behalf of the USA and its European hypocrite humanitarians vowed to pray in the Grand Omayyad Mosque in Damascus within weeks. 10 years later and after committing all the massacres against the Syrian people and inflicting all the destruction the madman Erdogan is cornered and isolated, he is trying to mend his ties with the foes he created for his country, failing to send one single member of his terrorist groups he used to kill Syrians, Libyans, Yemenis, and even Armenians, he failed to send a single one of them to support the Palestinian people in Al Aqsa Mosque offering only his trademark hallow noises. His close friend Netanyahu is in an underground shelter while the Syrian President prays in the Grand Omayyad Mosque.