In several of Cairo’s mosques, preachers belonging to the previously banned Muslim Brotherhood led Eid prayers for the first time since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak. The main theme of their sermons was freedoms gained in the January 25 revolution and how they should be defended.
The Brotherhood preachers also urged people to seize these freedoms, adding that they should not allow any manipulation of the people’s will or choice, as expressed during the previous constitutional referendum. The speeches also stressed the importance of handing over power to a civil government.
Brotherhood members also handed out flyers during the sermons and after prayers urging people to protect the revolution’s demands and gains, for which, the material assures, the group is striving. The flyers reemphasised the importance of handing over power to a civil government as soon as possible.