Monday 21 October 2019

'Unbreakable' nation unites by joining the Muslim call to prayer

 

Mourning: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Photo: Reuters
Mourning: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Photo: Reuters

Nick Perry

New Zealanders observed the Muslim call to prayer yesterday one week after 50 worshippers at two Christchurch mosques were slain by Australian white supremacist Brenton Tarrant.

In a day without precedent, people across the country listened as the call was broadcast live while thousands, including Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, gathered in leafy Hagley Park opposite the Al Noor mosque, where 42 people were murdered. "New Zealand mourns with you. We are one," Ms Ardern said.

The call to prayer was observed at 1.30pm and followed by two minutes of silence.

"This terrorist sought to tear our nation apart with an evil ideology. But, instead, we have shown that New Zealand is unbreakable," said the imam of Al Noor, Gamal Fouda.

Irish Independent

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