'Unbreakable': Imam thanks New Zealanders for their compassion as nation reflects

'Unbreakable': Imam thanks New Zealanders for their compassion as nation reflects

The Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE also praised New Zealand's communities for their solidarity with their Muslim neighbors and for taking a stand against hate crime.

The New Zealand Police said on Friday that it was probing death threats sent to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on social media.

Armed police have been guarding mosques around New Zealand since the attacks and police said there would be a "heightened presence" on Friday to reassure those attending weekly prayers.

The Muslim call to prayer rang out over Christchurch and around New Zealand on Friday, as thousands gathered to remember the 50 people gunned down at two mosques a week ago.

Many women wore headscarves in New Zealand as a sign of support to the community, and a #headscarfforharmony movement was trending on Twitter.

Foreign ministers from over 20 Muslim countries participating in the OIC meeting in Istanbul, Turkey united in their call for measures against Islamophobia, after last week's twin mosque massacre in New Zealand left 50 people dead, including nine Pakistanis.

The New York Times editorial board praised New Zealand's crackdown on military-style weapons after last week's mass shooting as the USA neglects to take such action after dozens of them.

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"I look out and I see the love and compassion in the eyes of thousands of fellow New Zealanders and human beings from across the globe", he said.

"This terrorist sought to tear our nation apart with an evil ideology".

"We are here to show we are one body against Islamophobic actions across the world", he said.

"We are broken-hearted but we are not broken". The school ultimately said in a statement that students would be permitted to participate only in Friday's "Scarves for Solidarity" event being celebrated throughout New Zealand.

"I personally am doing this to knock down my walls of personal oblivion to the terror Muslim people feel every day, worrying about their safety", Wilkinson told AFP before the prayers began.

Legislation to introduce the ban, which also includes high-capacity magazines and parts that can turn legal guns into assault weapons, is expected to be introduced in parliament by April 11. On Thursday, Ardern announced a ban on all military-style semi-automatic weapons, such as the ones used in the March 15 shootings.

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