The Somali Islamist-insurgent movement Harakat al-Shabab al-Mujahideen (Movement of the Warrior-Youth, "Al-Shabab," "Al-Shabaab") marked 'Eid al-Fitr prayers this week with congregational prayers in all of the districts under its control. These include Banaadir, the district where the capital city of Mogadishu is located, Lower Shabelle, and the port city of Kismaayo in Juba district in the south. Congregational 'Eid prayers to mark the end of the month of Ramadan are obligatory for all Muslims. Harakat al-Shabab, by holding these prayers, made a symbolic show of its continued relevance even in the embattled capital city, despite premature fanfare in August after their withdrawal, seemingly tactical, from Mogadishu.
The prayers were led or attended by senior Harakat al-Shabab leaders including Hasan Dahir Aweys, 'Ali Rage ('Ali Dheere), and Mukhtaar "Abu Mansur" Robow.
Harakat al-Shabab leader Hasan Dahir Aweys
KISMAAYO in JUBA DISTRICT