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Thu, 22 Aug 2019

Northeast Today

New Zealand: Christchurch Mosques Reopened as Thousands ‘March for Love’

New Zealand: Christchurch Mosques Reopened as Thousands ‘March for Love’
March 23
14:03 2019

NET Bureau

Smelling of fresh paint, the two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch, where a gunman killed 50 worshippers last week, reopened their doors on Saturday, with many survivors among the first to walk in and pray for those who died.

At the Al Noor mosque, where more than 40 of the victims were killed by a suspected white supremacist, prayers resumed with armed police on site, but no graphic reminders of the mass shooting, New Zealand’s worst.

Aden Diriye, who lost his 3-year-old son, Mucad Ibrahim, in the attack, came back to the mosque with his friends.

‘I am very happy,’ he said after praying. ‘Allah is great to us. I was back as soon as we rebuilt, to pray.’

Most victims of the shooting, which New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern quickly denounced as a terrorist attack, were migrants or refugees and their deaths reverberated around the Islamic world.

Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan, who visited the Al Noor mosque, said the attack assailed human dignity.

‘This is a moment of deep anguish for all of us, all of humanity,’ he said.

Police said they were reopening the nearby Linwood mosque, the second to be attacked during Friday prayers last week, as well.

People take part in the ‘March for Love’ at North Hagley Park after the last week’s mosque attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand March 23, 2019. Credit: REUTERS/Jorge Silva

New Zealand has been under heightened security alert since the attack with Ardern moving quickly with a new tough law banning some of the guns used in the March 15 shooting.

 

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