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Hearing Adhan for First Time, New Zealanders Share Their Experience

CHRISTCHURCH – With many of them hearing the Muslim call to prayer, or adhan, for the first time, many New Zealanders have rushed to social media to share their reflections and express solidarity with Muslims, the Muslim Vibe reported.

“Today’s call to prayer was deeply moving. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to hear the call to prayer the same way ever again,” Ben Martell wrote on Twitter.

“I feel as though it is now part of my own cultural identity as a New Zealander – a part of who we are. No longer an outsider looking in.”

New Zealand came together on Friday, March 22, to support the Muslim community as national TV aired adhan and Jum`ah prayer for the first time.

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The prayer is held one week after a terrorist attacked two mosques in Christchurch, killing 50 and injuring many.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern joined thousands of mourners near the Al-Noor mosque, one of two places of worship targeted in last Friday’s terrorist attacks.

Earlier, Ardern encouraged as many New Zealanders as possible to use the day to pause and reflect.

As the adhan aired on national TV, many were hearing it for the first time.

The Adhan is the call to announce that it is time for a particular obligatory Salah (ritual prayer).

The Adhan is raised five times a day.