Christchurch Shootings: New Zealand Broadcast Islamic Call To Prayer As Entire Nation Falls Silent For Mosque Victims

New Zealand has broadcast the Islamic call to prayer and observed a two-minute silence in ceremonies to mark a week since the Christchurch attacks.Christchurch Shootings: New Zealand Broadcast Islamic Call To Prayer As Entire Nation Falls Silent For Mosque Victims 1Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern joined thousands of mourners near the Al-Noor mosque, one of two places of worship targeted in last Friday’s shootings. Imam Gamal Fouda, who led the prayers, said: “We are broken-hearted, but we are not broken.”Christchurch Shootings: New Zealand Broadcast Islamic Call To Prayer As Entire Nation Falls Silent For Mosque Victims 2Fifty people were killed and dozens more wounded in the attacks. Australian Brenton Tarrant, a self-proclaimed white supremacist, has been charged with one murder and is expected to face further charges. On Thursday Ms Ardern announced a ban on all types of semi-automatic weapons. Thousands of people have gathered in Hagley Park, near the Al-Noor mosque, to mark Friday’s national day of reflection for the victims.Christchurch Shootings: New Zealand Broadcast Islamic Call To Prayer As Entire Nation Falls Silent For Mosque Victims 3The Muslim call to prayer, or adhan, was broadcast on national television and radio at 13:30 (00:30 GMT) and was followed by a two-minute silence. In an address beforehand, Ms Ardern said: “New Zealand mourns with you, we are one.” “According to the Prophet Muhammad… the believers in their mutual kindness, compassion and sympathy are just like one body. When any part of the body suffers, the whole body feels pain.”Christchurch Shootings: New Zealand Broadcast Islamic Call To Prayer As Entire Nation Falls Silent For Mosque Victims 4Photo Credit: Getty

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