Rabat – MPs in the New Zealand Parliament opened Tuesday’s session with a recitation from the Qur’an, a tribute to the 50 Muslims who died in attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Imam Nizam ul haq Thanvi recited verses from the Qur’an at the Parliament today for the souls of people killed in the attacks. MPs, wearing black, observed a moment of silence and listened to the recitation.
During the session, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern spoke of the terror attacks, saying that her country would not give the shooter the fame he sought and would not speak his name.
“He sought many things from this act of terror, but one was notoriety. And that is why you will never hear me mention his name,” she added. “He is a terrorist. He is a criminal. He is an extremist. But he will, when I speak, be nameless.”
March 15, 2019, will forever remain etched in the memory of New Zealanders, said Arden.
The attack which shook New Zealand and the world last Friday evoked “a lot of soul-searching, reflection, sadness, anger and shame across New Zealand,” said Arden.
“Our strength as a nation is our compassion and our welcoming of diversity. This will not change us … We [don’t] consider ourselves Christian or Muslim, Sikh or Jew, Maori or Pakeha, Chinese or Pacific Islander, Indian or any other ethnicity. Today and forever we are all New Zealanders, “Arden expressed.
Last Saturday, wearing a headscarf to show respect, Arden visited the families of the victims and promised to ensure their safety in mosques and the rest of the country.
The prime minister also signed a condolence book for the Muslims killed in the terror attack.
“On behalf of all New Zealanders, we grieve together. We are one. They are us,” Arden wrote.
In memoriam of the victims, many New Zealanders mourned, visited mosques, and placed flowers on memorials.
In Morocco, the Wydad Casablanca (WAC) football club at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat, recited Al Fatiha, the opening surah of the Qur’an, to express support for the families of the victims.
The main shooter, 28, was charged last weekend with murder and will also receive further charges, according to prosecutors.