Rabat – On Friday, one week after a terror attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, that cost the lives of 50 people, the country will broadcast Friday’s call to prayer on national television in memory of the victims.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced: “There is a desire to show support to the Muslim community as they return to mosques, particularly on Friday.”
There are also initiatives from women in New Zealand to wear headscarves to show support for the Muslim community.
Anna Thomas, who started the initiative called “Scarves in Solidarity,” said: “Just thought why don’t we all wear a scarf on Friday, a week on from this tragedy and walk alongside our Muslim sisters as a mark of respect.”
Meanwhile, families of the victims have begun to bury their loved ones.
Christchurch’s Al Noor Mosque will open its doors on Friday for the first time since the massacre.
On Tuesday, March 19, MPs in the New Zealand Parliament started their meeting with a recitation from the Qur’an by Imam Nizam ul haq Thanvi.
During her speech at the parliamentary session, Arden expressed: “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.”
“March 15, 2019, will forever remain etched in the memory of New Zealanders,” said Arden.
In memoriam of the victims, many New Zealanders showed sympathy, mourned, visited mosques, and placed flowers on memorials.
The main shooter, 28, was charged last Saturday with murder and will also receive further charges, according to prosecutors.