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New Zealand Shooting: Over $7.4m Donated To Help Victims' Families

25 March 2019
New Zealand Shooting: Over $7.4m Donated To Help Victims' Families

On Friday, the government of the United Arab Emirates made a decision to pay tribute to and show its solidarity with New Zealand who in the last few days was subjected to a mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch which claimed 50 lives.

Dubai's ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum thanked Ardern for supporting the Muslim community after a white supremacist took the lives of 50 people after attacking two mosques in Christchurch.

The terrorists live-streamed the sickening attack, with the first happening at Al Noor Mosque in central Christchurch and the second at the Linwood Islamic Centre.

The rain may have put a damper on the candle-lit portion of a vigil at MUN last night, but it didn't dampen the spirit of unity and strength shown for those killed in a shooting at a Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand just over a week ago.

The Christchurch mosque shootings were two consecutive terrorist attacks which happened during Friday Prayer on 15 March.

"May your spirits go to the top of Aoraki. and look down on us and give us peace and love", one speaker reportedly said, using the traditional Maori name for Mount Cook, New Zealand's highest peak.

"New Zealand today fell silent in honour of the mosque attacks' martyrs".

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern waves as she leaves Friday prayers at Hagley Park in Christchurch New Zealand. Credit PA
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern waves as she leaves Friday prayers at Hagley Park in Christchurch New Zealand. Credit PA

Mr Mahmoud said he "had to" travel to New Zealand to "stand shoulder-to-shoulder, to unite as Muslims, to unite as human beings, against this terror and such aggression".

Farid Ahmed, who was at the Al Noor mosque when the shooting took place, escaped but his wife, Husna, was killed.

On Friday, the Muslim call to prayer was broadcast nationwide on television and radio and about 20,000 people attended a prayer service in the park opposite Al Noor mosque in a show of solidarity.

In Mecca, Islam's holiest site, a special prayer was held after the Friday sermon for the victims of the attack, according to the Saudi news website Sabq.

Shahadat Hossain, whose brother Mojammel Haque was killed in the attack, told Reuters he would bring his body back to Bangladesh.

"I don't know when our family will be able to come out of this grief", she said.