They are us
Updated: Mar 21, 2019
Aotearoa has been shaken this past week with the news of the Christchurch shootings on 15 March. Our hearts and prayers go out to our Muslim brothers and sisters as they grieve the lives of loved ones, as well as the city of Christchurch as they deal with the losses in their community.
"Over the coming weeks there will be, as there have already been, many events to acknowledge this tragedy and those who suffered, to reject the mindless hatred that led to such violence, and reaffirm our commitment as members of a community that sees tolerance and respect as among its most important values."
- Vice-Chancellor, 20 March
We are motivated at this time to make a small difference. This can be done in so many ways. Below are some ways you can support those who have been effected.
Jumu'ah Prayer and Vigil
Friday 22 March 1:30pm
Members of the University Muslim community will hold Jumu'ah prayers in the University Recreation Centre, 17 Symonds Street. Other members of the university are invited to assemble in the spaces outside the Recreation Centre and hold a vigil in support. There will be a University wide minute of silence at 1:50pm. Lecturers are requested to make provision for students to attend this event and where possible, record the lecture for access later.
Headscarf for Harmony
Friday 22 March
This Friday you are invited to wear a headscarf or head covering at work or school to peacefully show your support for the Christchurch and wider New Zealand Muslim communities.
This event is kindly supported by the Islamic Women's Council of New Zealand and the NZ Muslim Association.
Friday 22 March 6-7pm at Aotea Square
Vigil for lives taken in Christchurch
Quran Kahni and Interfaith Service
Saturday 23 March, Auckland Domain
Usually the 23rd of March marks a celebration of Pakistanis all around the world, however given the loss of so many in the Pakistani ethnic community, there will be an opportunity to pray together with other faith communities.
Quran Khani: 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm (for the Muslim community)
Interfaith service: 4.00 - 6.00 pm
He Karakia Whakawatea, Service of remembrance
Thursday 28 March, 12pm
Further details of this event will be announced shortly.
Ways to be respectful when attending Muslim ceremonies
Only shake hands if the hand is offered first
Females may wear scarves if they wish, but are not required
Victim Support Givealittle Fund
United for Christchurch Mosque Shootings Fund
This horrible event has effected more than just the Muslim community. Make sure you speak up if you or someone you know is feeling unsafe.