Today, Muslims around the world celebrated Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the month of Ramadan. Traditionally, it is a day when families and friends gather to commemorate a month spent fasting and reflecting. The day begins with distributing charity to the needy, followed by Eid prayers, and then a day spent visiting relatives and friends.
In liberated northern Syria, Eid al-Fitr prayers were a time for reflection and a renewal of commitment to the revolution. For many, this was not only an occasion to celebrate the end of Ramadan but also an opportunity to reaffirm their allegiance to the cause.
The Eid sermons were marked by a resounding rejection of normalization and reconciliation with the Assad regime. The preachers and attendees united in their intention to continue on the path of the revolution, asserting that any attempt at reconciliation would be a betrayal of the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the cause.
This sentiment was echoed by many ordinary Syrians who saw the prospect of reconciliation with the regime as a betrayal of the revolution. Many emphasized that they would never forget the atrocities committed by the regime and would continue to demand justice for the victims. For those who had lost friends and family members in the conflict, this was a reminder that the struggle was far from over.
One attendee spoke to the press in the packed Idlib City Stadium where prayers were held, saying, “Today we’re praying in the Idlib City Stadium. There are thousands here, praise be to Allah. If Allah wills, we’re going to continue with our revolution until we achieve victory.”
Another commented, “We ask Allah to grant the Muslims good health and prosperity and to accept their deeds. We also ask for victory to firmly establish our nation and relieve its hardships. Today is Eid al-Fitr, a special day here in Idlib City Stadium. We ask that Allah helps us and that all the refugees and displaced persons can return to their homes in safety.”
As the war in Syria continues, the Eid al-Fitr prayers will remain an important ritual for those impacted by the conflict. They represent a symbol of resistance and a reaffirmation of the belief that a better future is possible.