Mourners in New Zealand and across the world on Friday paid tribute to the 50 people killed in attacks on two mosques in the coastal city of Christchurch last week. Across the country, thousands of people observed the Muslim call to prayer, which was broadcast nationally by radio stations and television channels at 1:30 pm local time (00:30 UTC). Immediately following the call, mourners observed two minutes of silence, after which the Muslim community joined in prayer. Addressing some 5,000 people in front of the al-Noor mosque, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said: “New Zealand mourns with you. We are one.” Read more: Opinion: After New Zealand, non-Muslims should show support Thousands joined in prayer following two minutes of silence for the victims of the Christchurch terror attack ‘We are together’ Imam Gamal Fouda of al-Noor mosque also offered words of comfort for those gathered. “We are brokenhearted, but we are not broken. We are alive, we are together, we are determined to not let anyone divide us,” Fouda said. “To the families of the victims, your loved ones did not die in vain. Their blood has watered seeds of hope.” Several women in attendance wore a veil, a traditional Islamic garb sometimes… Read full this story
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