Mosques across Auckland will open their doors this evening for the community to come together and grieve, the Muslim Association president says.
Ikhlaq Kashari told TVNZ1’s Breakfast the whole nation is grieving, not just the Muslim community.
“The whole nation, not just the Muslim community are grieving from the events and struggling to cope with what has happened so it’s an opportunity for us all the get together and grieve together.”
All four mosques around Auckland will be opening their doors to the public from 5pm to 8pm.
From 5pm to 6:30pm there will be prayers and the rest of the evening is a time for people to chat and grieve together, Mr Kashari says.
The Muslim community will open the Ponsonby Masjid, Ranui Mosque, North Shore Islamic Centre and Masjid Abu Bakr Al-Siddiq in Pakuranga.
He says it is important to take your shoes off if you’re entering the mosque, dress modestly and asks ladies to wear a head scarf if they can.
Mr Kashari says his community are so grateful for the way New Zealanders have responded.
“I have no words to express the gratitude and the love that people of New Zealand have expressed for their Muslim community. I’m overwhelmed with messages, emails, phone calls, schools, people flooding us with flowers. I just want to say thank you we really appreciate it, it means a lot to us.”
“Our Prime Minister has led it from the front, she has left an example for the rest of the world.”