He made the remark at the Eid Al-Fitr prayers held at Al-Azhar Grand Mosque in Cairo, Buratha news agency reported.
He surprised the worshippers by saying prayers in Shia style. Asked whether he has embraced Shi’ism, El- Baradei said “I have Sunni identity and Shia belief and there is no reason for me to deny my beliefs.”
While saying their prayers, Sunni Muslims fold their arms and put them on their chest whereas Shia Muslims do not do it.
Previously, El-Baradei had criticized Salafists’ opposition to Iranian tourists visiting Egypt, saying that Shias and Sunnis perfrom Hajj together and there was no reason to deny Iranian tourists access to some pilgrimage sites in Egypt.
A former secretary general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), El-Baradei was among the leaders of the 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak. He currently heads the Al-Dastoru Party in Egypt.