Mosques in the Auckland will open the doors on Friday night for people of all faiths and religions to gather in remembrance of the deadly terrorist attack in Christchurch leaving 50 lives lost in the shootings.
Auckland Council is working closely with the Federation of Islamic Associations of NZ (FIANZ) and New Zealand Muslim Association (NZMA) to spread and promote these events to further encourage the people of all community to come together and stand as one in this time of need. The Muslim community of Auckland will be opening the four mosques namely Ponsonby Masjid, Ranui Mosque, North Shore Islamic Centre and Masjid Abu Bakr Al-Siddiq in Pakuranga for religious leaders from all across Auckland to join them and show solidarity for the departed souls..
NZMA President Ikhlaq Kashkari says this will also be their way of thanking all of the community for
Mayor Phil Goff is likely to attend the events at Ponsonby Masjid and Ranui Mosque to pay his respects to the widespread Muslim community.“After this devastating tragedy, it is incredibly important that we reaffirm our belief in a nation where people are free to follow their faith and express their cultural identity.“This is a time for us to confirm our support for a multi-cultural and multi-faith city and nation.“With Auckland mosques opening their doors to Aucklanders on Friday, we have the opportunity to meet, talk and show our solidarity and commitment to the Muslim community.“I hope that as many people as possible can take up the chance to visit one of the mosques and to express to those hosting us our sympathy and support for them at this difficult time,” says Mayor Goff.
Mr Kashkari says the wider Auckland community is warmly welcomed to come in, hear from a range of speakers and talk to people about their experiences growing up in New Zealand and living as Kiwi Muslims.“We want to encourage an atmosphere of inclusivity and openness. It is only through standing together as one that we will be able to heal as a nation. “This is a time when we need to look out for each other, support one another and continue to remind each other that we are in a safe, supportive and compassionate country.”The events will be supported by police to provide reassurance and comfort and to keep this a safe space for everyone.The mosques will open their doors from 5pm to 8pm and people are free to stay later if they wish.
Source : INDIAN WEEKENDER