Christchurch shootings: New Zealand to broadcast call to prayer

Christchurch shootings: New Zealand to broadcast call to prayer

"On March 15, the nation witnessed a terrorist attack that demonstrated the weakness of New Zealand's gun laws", said Ardern.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, the Ruler of Dubai, thanked Jacinda Ardern on Friday for her "sincere empathy" following the attack on two New Zealand mosques that killed 50 Muslims.

Guterres met with worshippers at the Islamic Cultural Center's mosque in Manhattan as they gathered ahead of Friday prayers and offered "solidarity with the Muslim community from NY to New Zealand and beyond".

Ashman said she heard about a Muslim woman who was afraid to wear a hijab, thinking it would attract the attention of terrorists, so she made a decision to wear one in solidarity.

While some congregated in Hagley Park opposite the Al Noor mosque to reflect and pray, thousands more were listening in on the radio or watching on television as the event was broadcast live.

Mourners gather for two minutes silence to remember those who died.

The sombre ceremonies came a day after Ardern announced an immediate ban on assault rifles and military-style semi-automatic weapons, making good on a pledge to rid the country of the kinds of weapons used in the slaughter.

During afternoon prayers on Friday, a gunman opened fire inside the Masjid al Noor mosque in central Christchurch, killing 41.

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The Muslim former rugby league player and boxer flew to the heartbroken city to pay his respects to the 50 victims and many survivors of last week's terror attacks.

Though many applauded New Zealand women communally wearing hijabs, others said there are Muslim women who have rejected hijabs as symbols of oppression.

Over 20 family members of the victims travelled to New Zealand from Pakistan to attend the funerals of their loved ones.

Another post tagged to Ardern and the New Zealand Police had the same photo with "next it's you". "But, instead, we have shown that New Zealand is unbreakable".

He thanked Ardern for her compassion, saying: "It has been a lesson for world leaders".

Zaid, who sat in a wheelchair with a blanket draped over his injured leg, said he was devastated to lose his father and brother.

Al Noor imam Gamal Fouda then took to the lectern at Hagley Park to denounce the "evil ideology of white supremacy" and praise Kiwis for their support. More than 1,000 people also notified police online that they wanted to give up their guns.

"It's given me for the first time an appreciation for what it must be like to be a minority and to wear clothing that perhaps the majority don't normally wear", she said by telephone from Auckland.

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