A week following the terror attack on two Christchurch mosques, the city gathered today as a community to reflect together in an atmosphere of love and understanding.
The gunman's intention might have been hate, but he created love among New Zealanders of different backgrounds, said some of the thousands who attended a remembrance ceremony in Hagley Park, Christchurch.
“He intended something negative, but it turned upside down to become positive,” Said Alabi Lateef Zirullah, an imam who was present at the Linwood Mosque as the massacre occurred, told 1 NEWS’ John Campbell today.
Other survivors of the shootings, some still wounded and in hospital, also came out to attend the event.
A Call to Prayer went out at 1.30pm, after which thousands observed a two minute silence.
Fellow New Zealanders assembled to hear a message from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Al Noor Mosque Iman Gamal Fouda.
“Thank you NZ for teaching the world what it means to love and care,” he said during a powerful speech which focused on the good that has come out of such a horrific event.
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