People from all over New Zealand gathered for nationwide prayers on Friday to mark one week since mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch killed 50 Muslim worshippers.
Kiwi Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was among the thousands of mourners who gathered at a park in front of the Al-Noor mosque, followed by two minutes of silence. Azaan was broadcast nationally across all free-to-air TV and radio stations.
PM Jacinda Ardern then spoke on the occasion, starting her speech with our beloved Prophet Mohammad PBUH name and her speech was followed by the soulful Azaan.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and other New Zealanders wore headscarves in a show of support to Muslim women.
Imam thanks Jacinda Ardern for ‘honoring us with a simple scarf’.
“Thank you for your leadership, it has been a lesson for the world’s leaders, thank you for holding our families close and honoring us with a simple scarf. Thank you for your words and tears of compassion. Thank you for being one with us.”
“This terrorist sought to tear our nation apart with an evil ideology… but instead we have shown that New Zealand is unbreakable and that the world can see in us as an example of love and unity,” says the Muslim leader.
Social Media also paid a tribute to the martyrs of the terrorist attack with many hailing the PM’s conduct.
The whole of New Zealand was out on the streets to share the sorrows and show their solidarity with the Christchurch victims.