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Muslim leader thanks New Zealand: ‘We are broken hearted but we are not broken'

As the nation paused today to remember those who lost their lives in the Christchurch terror attacks one week ago, a Muslim leader stood up to commend and thank New Zealanders for being "unbreakable".

A Muslim Call to Prayer went out at 1.30pm today, followed by two minutes of silence as thousands gathered in Hagley Park in Christchurch.

“We have shown New Zealand is unbreakable and the world can see in us an example of love and unity,” said Al Noor Mosque Imam Gamal Fouda.

“We are broken hearted but we are not broken. We are alive, we are together.

"We are determined to not let anyone divide us."

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    The Prime Minister addressed the crowd that came to remember those who lost their lives last week. Source: 1 NEWS

    The imam also thanked the people of New Zealand for their collective effort and support of the Muslim community following the attacks.

    “We are taught by our Prophet you can never truly show gratitude to the almighty God if you are incapable of thanking your fellow man.

    “To the people of New Zealand, thank you. Thank you for your tears, thank you for your haka, thank you for your flowers, thank you for your love and compassion.

    “To our Prime Minister, thank you.

    “Thank you for your leadership. It has been a lesson for the world’s leaders. Thank you for holding our families close and honouring us with a simple scarf.

    “Thank you for your words and tears of compassion.

    “Thank you for being one with us.

    "Thank you to the New Zealand Government and to all the wonderful people who have shown us that we matter and are not forgotten.

    “Thank you to our police force and frontline services.

    “You put our lives before your own every day.

    “Thank you to the neighbours who opened their doors to save us from the killer.

    “Thank you to those who pulled over their cars to help us.

    “Thank you to those who brought us food and helped us when we found it difficult to stand.

    “Thank you thank you New Zealand for teaching the world what it means to love and care.

    “Thank you to my brothers and sisters for coming to the Friday prayer.”

    Following the speech, hundreds of Muslims gathered together in unity to privately worship and utter prayers again in the mosque where their loved ones will always be remembered.

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      Al Noor Mosque Imam Gamal Fouda spoke movingly about the strength of New Zealand and the Muslim community. Source: 1 NEWS