Muslim Leader Thanks 'Humanity' For Solidarity And Support Across The Globe
In the wake of such terror in Christchurch, this Muslim leader is sending a message of love and gratitude saying that "humanity can unite and negative evil".
New Zealanders, and indeed people from across the globe, have come out in support of their local communities after the attack on two mosques that left 50 worshippers dead.
These acts of solidarity have not gone unnoticed.
President of Muslims Australia AFIC Dr Rateb Jneid on Thursday expressed a "big thank you to humanity".
"While it is hard to come to terms in this tragic situation, it is heartening to see the support pouring for the Muslim community from all over the world," he said in a statement.
"The messages of solidarity, the memorials and the emotional tributes receives were exceptional, clearly showing that humanity can unite and negate evil."
As New Zealand approaches one week since the terror attack, biker gangs have reportedly promised to guard mosques during Friday prayers.
The Waikato Mongrel Mob has offered peaceful support at the Jamia Mosque in Hamilton to allow its Muslim brothers and sisters "to feel at ease", President Sonny Fatu told local outlet Stuff.
"We will support and assist our Muslim brothers and sisters for however long they need us," he said.
The head of the Waikato Muslim Association, Dr Asad Mohsin, said he hoped gang members would join Muslims inside the mosque.
The gesture is one of many across the globe.
In Manchester, one man stood outside Levenshulme mosque holding a sign that read "you are my friends".
"I will keep watch while you pray," the sign read, while Andrew Grastone encouraged others to do the same.
The haka, the ceremonial dance of New Zealand's Maori people, has been performed by students, bikers and other groups at schools and on rugby fields to honour the victims.
Closer to home, The Project's Waleed Aly reflected on a tribute of a different kind, left at The Fire and Rescue station in Newtown, Sydney.
A board outside the station read "Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un", an Arabic phrase which translates to "To God we belong and to Him we return".
Aly said the phrase was said by Muslims every time a person dies, and was one tribute that went beyond well wishes and prayers.
"That’s actually saying we want to understand you, we want to connect with you on your terms and in your way," he said.
In his message, Jneid referenced a chapter of the Quran that demonstrates a clear view of Islam; "that diversity should not create barriers nor cause animosity among human beings".
"All faiths advocate seeking truth through knowledge and faith speaks to faith in a process of acceptance, tolerance, compassion, justice and humility," he said.
"When we talk about differences, we must be generous and patient, always bearing in mind that we are all God's creation and to God we shall return."
Jneid said he remains hopeful such messages of support and solidarity will help to bring change to "combat evil and ridding [sic] the world of this insidious plague of terrorism".
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