Syrian President Bashar al-Assad made a public appearance Sunday for prayers marking the first day of Eid al-Fitr.
Assad joined prayers at a Damascus mosque for the Eid al-Fitr festival, his first appearance in a public place since a bomb blast last month killed four top security officials, although he has been seen on television since then.
Senior state officials, a number of MP’s, the Mufti, and a number of Islamic Religion Scholars and citizens performed the Prayers along with President Assad.
The Syrian President was received upon his arrival to the Mosque by Minister of Endowment (Religious Affairs), the Mufti, Assistant Regional Secretary of the Ba’ath Arab Socialist Party, Chairman of the People’s Assembly (Parliament), and by the prime Minister, the Syrian Shamna.net news website reported.
Sheikh Mohammad Kheir Ghantous delivered the ceremony of Eid al-Fitr asserting the sublime meanings of the blessed Eid al-Fitr, pointing out to the importance of amity, tolerance, closeness and cooperation among Syrians in building their Homeland, Syria.
The cleric called for return to the path of right, reason, and tolerant Sharia for peace and conciliation as to restore safety and security to Syria, praying to Allah Almighty for the benefit, unity, amity and the welfare under the era of President Assad.
"Syria will triumph against the Western-American plot being supported by the Wahhabis and takfiris,” declared the imam at the Al-Hamad mosque, where a smiling Assad joined the prayers along with top regime officials.
"Our enemies among the Americans, the Zionists and their agents should be rejoicing to see us killing each other and sowing discord among us," Sheikh Mohammed Kheir Ghantous concluded.
Across the country, Syrians joined prayers and staged demonstrations for Eid, taking place for the second year under the current crisis.