New Zealand mourns with prayer, silence one week after mosque attack

Arturo Kim
March 24, 2019

The 37-year-old New Zealand Prime Minister has earned refreshing worldwide respect as a unifying force being compassionate and decisive doing bravely everything to bring together the people of all New Zealand as one and us sharing the sorrow the Muslim community is going through.

On his personal Twitter account, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashi Al Maktoum thanked Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern for her stance with the global Muslim community in the wake of the terrorist attack.

The world's tallest building has been lit up with a picture of New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern hugging a mourning woman following the Christchurch terror attack.

The image emerged on the same day that Ardern joined as many as 20,000 people at Hagley Park, across from the Al Noor mosque, where a majority of victims in the Christchurch shootings were killed.

Another similar movement taking place Friday, "Scarves in Solidarity", also signaled to Muslims that they are not alone.

"My expectation is that these weapons will now be returned to your suppliers and never enter into the New Zealand market again", the prime minister said.

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"We feel like hate has brought a lot of darkness at times like this and love is the strongest cure to light the city out of that darkness", said Manaia Butler, 16, one of the student organisers of the march.

Women wearing headscarves as a tribute to the victims of the mosque attacks are seen before Friday prayers at Hagley Park outside Al-Noor mosque on Friday. "Their blood has watered the seeds of hope", he said in prayers broadcast nationally.

"Every semi-automatic weapon used in the terrorist attack on Friday will be banned", Ardern said.

Jack Salt applauded his native New Zealand's ban on assault rifles in response to a mass shooting. Many vigils and other prayer services have also been held throughout the country and the world. Even after the horrific Christchurch attack, Australian Congressman Fraser Anning blamed the catastrophe on immigration and how "allowing Muslims to live in New Zealand has bought violence to the country". Ardern said she imposed the sales ban to prevent stockpiling and that a complete ban on the weapons would be implemented after new laws take effect.

In Wellington, New Zealand, on Friday, people gathered outside the Kilbirnie Mosque in a quiet and moving show of support for the Wellington Islamic Community.

Her messages full of conscious and conscience embraced the Muslim communities of New Zealand and assured them that they are first-class citizens of their country while strongly condemning the massacre.

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