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Saddam remembered in Kerala Eid prayers

Muslims in Kerala celebrated Eid-ul-Zuha on Sunday with special prayers mourning Saddam's execution.

india Updated: Dec 31, 2006 16:27 IST

Muslims in Kerala celebrated Eid-ul-Zuha on Sunday with special prayers mourning former Iraqi ruler Saddam Hussein who was executed a day earlier.

At Vallakadavu, near the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, around 2,000 Muslim men led a silent march after the morning prayers.

"There was a special reference by the clerics against the execution of Saddam and there was a special prayer for him," said H Ramshad, a member of the Muslim congregation.

The scene was more or less the same across the state.

The decision to hold special prayers on Sunday was taken by Panakkad Mohammed Ali Shihab Thangal, one of the most revered Muslim leaders of the state.

"The US action is certainly going to create a lot of resentment among Muslims in the state," said former Kerala minister MK Muneer.