Exactly one week after the New Zealand shootings, the whole country came together on Friday to join the Muslim Community for prayers. At 1:30 afternoon, Muslims in Christchurch began their weekly prayers. Furthermore, among the crowd were many women including Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern who were donned with headscarves.
Also, this week, the Muslim population was joined by tens of thousands of other people of New Zealand. Moreover, they stood behind the rows of worshipers. They listened as the call to prayer rang out across Hagley Park, opposite the Al Noor Mosque. This was shown across the country on national television and radio broadcasts. Furthermore, the people observed two-minute silence to remember the last week tragedy.
“We are brokenhearted, but we are not broken. We are alive, we are together, we are determined to not let anyone divide us,” Imam Gamal Fouda from New Zealand told the crowd.
“To the families of the victims, your loved ones did not die in vain,” he continued. “Their blood has watered the seeds of hope. Through them, the world sees the beauty of Islam and the beauty of our unity.”
There was one mutual feeling of sorrow among all the people gathered in New Zealand. May all of them who lost their lives, rest in peace.