The 50 worshippers who were gunned down last Friday at two Christchurch mosques did not die in vain, the leader for one of the mosques said today as the nation watched.
"Their blood has watered the seeds of hope," said Al Noor Mosque Imam Gamal Fouda as he joined Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at Christchurch's Hagley Park for a Call to Prayer and two minutes of silence.
"Through them, the world will see the beauty of Islam and the beauty of our unity."
He described the terrorist attack, which took place one week ago today, as an "awakening" for our nation and for all of humanity. The terrorist who “broke the hearts of millions around the world” will not break New Zealand, he said.
"They are not just martyrs of Islam but they are martyrs of this nation, New Zealand.
“Our loss of you is a gain to New Zealand’s unity and strength. Your departure is an awakening not just for our nation but for all humanity.
"Your martyrdom is a new life for New Zealand and a change of prosperity for many.
"Our assembly here with all the shades of our diversity is a testament of our joint humanity, we are here in our hundreds and thousands, unified for one purpose.
"That hate will be undone and love will redeem us."
The service finished just before 2pm, when thousands of Muslims in attendance went privately to their usual Friday prayers.
Watch the full speech above.