Aug. 30 - Muslims in Iraq, Egypt, Libya and Gaza pray for peace and change during the Eid holiday that concludes Ramadan. Lindsey Parietti reports.
As Ramadan ends, prayers for peace and lost loved ones temper the normally festive Eid holiday across the Middle East. A suicide bomb attack inside a Baghdad mosque Sunday was fresh on the minds of Iraqi Muslims. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SHEIKH ISMA'EL, IMAM OF AL-FIRDOS MOSQUE, SAYING: "We would like to send a message to those who seek to undermine the unity of Iraq's people. We are a people that used to live with tolerance and in harmony, we are a people that have been united under a word of no God but Allah and Mohammed is a messenger of Allah." Tuesday's scene was familiar as large crowds gathered in Egypt's Tahrir Square and riot police looked on. But those assembled said they were putting aside protest agendas for the day. During their first Eid since ousting President Hosni Mubarak, Egyptians also raised banners supporting rebels in Libya and anti-government protesters in Yemen. In Libya, a sense of pride and pain mingled following last week's toppling of Muammar Gaddafi. The mother of one rebel regretted that her son did not live to see the victory. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SUAD AL MISTARI, VICTIM'S MOTHER SAYING: "My son is the most precious gift I gave to my country." Palestinians are also hoping for change ahead of their bid for statehood. Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh told a crowd in Gaza that the Arab Spring strengthens their cause against Israel. Eid celebrations, which typically include elaborate feasts, are more low-key, poignant affairs this year as many across the region cope with loss and ongoing unrest. Lindsey Parietti, Reuters