The perpetrator of the killings in two mosques in Christchurch “has broken the hearts of millions of people around the world,” said Imam Gamal Fouda, who led the prayer. “Today, in the same place, I look around and see love and compassion. New Zealand cannot be broken, “he said.
At 1:32pm television stations, radio stations, workplaces, and gatherings across the country took two minutes to reflect on what Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called New Zealand’s “darkest day.”
Many women throughout New Zealand, including police officers and volunteers deployed for the Christchurch ceremonies, had chosen to wear the hijab on Friday to express their solidarity with the Muslim community. Some published pictures of themselves with head coverings on social networks, under the hashtag #HeadScarfforHarmony.
It was approximately 1:40pm last Friday when a shooter entered the Al Noor mosque on Deans Avenue in Christchurch and opened fire on a group inside who were praying. He then went to Linwood mosque, continuing his reign of terror in Christchurch, before being arrested.