Thousands of New Zealanders join Muslims in Friday prayers a week after mass shooting

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A vigil for the victims of the mosque attacks is held at Forsyth Barr Stadium on March 21 in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Dianne Manson/Getty Images).  The Muslim Times has the best collection on interfaith tolerance

Source: The Washington Post


 It has been a week since a gunman spouting anti-immigrant hate stormed into two mosques in Christchurch, killing 50 people and transforming New Zealand. The funerals have only just started.

Yet the country has moved with astonishing speed in response to the tragedy. Exactly a week after the attacks, hundreds of Muslims were joined by thousands of other New Zealanders, including the prime minister, for Friday prayers. The call to prayer rang out across Hagley Park, opposite the Al Noor Mosque, where 42 people were killed.

“We are brokenhearted, but we are not broken,” Imam Gamal Fouda, who survived the attacks, told the crowd. “We are alive, we are together, we are determined to not let anyone divide us.”

On Thursday, the government banned military-style weapons and began to rewrite gun laws with support from across the political spectrum and with the backing of many lobbying groups associated with gun use.

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