- New Zealanders are rallying around their Muslim neighbors and compatriots following last week’s white supremacist attack on two mosques
- Although the Muslim community did not feel scared, Mohsin, president of a Muslim association, said the support was appreciated.
“We will support and assist our Muslim brothers and sisters for however long they need us,” Sonny Fatu, the regional leader of the ethnic Maori-dominated street gang Mongrel Mob, told the New Zealand news outlet Stuff.
“We will not be armed. We are peacefully securing the inner gated perimeter, with other community members, to allow them to feel at ease.”
Fetu said the group would secure the Jamia Masjid Mosque in Hamilton, a city on North Island.
The president of the Waikato Muslim Association, Asad Mohsin, told NZME, “Some people from the Mongrel Mob had been visiting the mosque during the week, and said they wanted to come on Friday, show their support and solidarity.”
Mohsin said Muslims appreciate the kind gesture of the biker gang.
“I feel very good, to receive this support from all different sections of society, different interests, and dispositions, to come forward and give their love. It all gives us the strength to overcome the grief we are undergoing,” Mohsin told NZME.
He also invited them to enter the mosque and join Muslims inside, instead of standing outside.
“They don’t have to stand outside the mosque. They can come inside, right behind where the sermon is given,” he said.
“We would love everybody to come, but we don’t want anybody to show they are scared. We are not scared. You don’t have to stand outside the mosque, we want you to be inside, with us.”
Last Friday, a 28-year-old Australian white supremacist attacked two mosques in Christchurch, killing 50 and injuring dozens more.
Ever since New Zealanders have showered Muslims with messages of support and love.
The Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, announced on March 20 that the Pacific nation will observe a two-minute silence in memory of the Christchurch Muslim martyrs and the Adan call to Islamic prayer will be broadcast nationally on Friday, March 22 in solidarity with the Muslim New Zealanders.
Beside Ardern’s announcement, several social media groups have invited New Zealanders to wear headscarves to show support to the grieving Muslim community on Friday, March 22.
A ‘human chain of love’ is also planned on Friday, March 22 around mosques in New Zealand to support the Pacific nation’s Muslim community.