A strong nation will weaken terrorists, say New Zealanders

A strong nation will weaken terrorists, say New Zealanders

Auckland, March 19, 2019

A Message on the wall of Botanical Gardens in Christchurch (RNZ Picture by Dan Cook)

Messages of condemnation and condolences continue to pour through emails, text messages and through our websites from people in New Zealand and abroad on the Christchurch atrocity which has thus far killed 50 people men, women and children, who were praying inside two Mosques in the Garden City on Friday, March 15, 2019.

Indian Newslink has been publishing messages since the massacre. Here is another instalment, from across New Zealand.

Ahemad Bhamji
Chairman, Masjid-E-Umar Mt Roskill, Auckland

As Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said, Friday, March 14, 2019 was one of the darkest days in the history of New Zealand. So many innocent people have lost their lives and many injured people are still in Hospital. The Christchurch massacre has left us in the Muslim community and indeed throughout New Zealand in a state of shock.

I wish to acknowledge the stupendous work being done by the New Zealand Police. Apart from increasing the safety measures at all Mosques throughout the country, they have been in constant contact with us to find out what more can be done. They have also extended their further support and cooperation. This is very assuring.

Harish Lodhia
Hon Consul for Fiji in Auckland

It is unimaginable that such atrocity can be committed in New Zealand. It is also unimaginable that innocent people including children have been made victims of extreme views. Clearly, there is no place for such terrorists in our civilised country.

My wife Jyoti joins me in offering our condolences to the people of Christchurch. Our hearts go out to the families and friends of people who have lost their lives.

We grieve with you and the Muslim Community.

Dr Pushpa Wood Wellington Interfaith Council

The ethnic communities and Interfaith leaders and communities of Wellington strongly condemn this senseless act of violence. We all stand with the rest of the country in expressing our love, support and prayers to those affected by this tragedy. 

We resolve that we will not allow this act to define us as a nation and we will collectively work towards an inclusive, peaceful and accepting nation.

The stronger we stand as a nation, the weaker the terrorists will feel. Let us make sure that we stay strong to ensure that the hatred, fear, and terrorism stays out of our country.

We should call it for what it is – an act of terrorism by some senseless people and such people do not have a place among us.

Stay connected with each other and keep an eye on this page for details community events organised to offer prayers and support.

-With Khalid Sandhu, David Zawartz and Paddy Payne, who, along with Dr Pushpa Wood, are Life Members of the Wellington Interfaith Council.

Mujeeb Syed Hyderabadi
Secretary, Urdu Hindi Cultural Association of New Zealand

On behalf of Urdu and Hindi Cultural Association of New Zealand, we strongly condemn the terrorist Attack on worshipping Muslims in Two Mosques in Christchurch on Friday. We are deeply saddened and heartbroken, our sincere condolences to the families of 50 people who died in the barbaric shooting by a White Supremacist.

New Zealand is mourning at the moment. We stand by the Government and those attending to many tasks in Christchurch.

We hope that this terrorist will severe appropriate punishment so that nobody can think of doing this kind terrorist attack on our peace-loving country in the future.

Ghouse Majeed
Urdu Hindi Cultural Association of New Zealand

On behalf of our Association, we strongly condemn the barbaric shooting.

We expressed our deep sadness and heartbreaking due to this horrifying shooting and conveyed our condolences to the families of the victims.

We have also requested the New Zealand Government to take serious action against this terrorist so that this kind of incident will not happen again in our country.

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