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Northerners gather to show solidarity for Christchurch victims

March 23, 2019 4:50 pm
Northerners gather to show solidarity to Christchurch victims

Various religious organizations in the Northern Division gathered in Labasa today to show solidarity to the Muslim community.

This was following the tragic massacre in Christchurch, New Zealand last week.

Organized by the Macuata Muslim League Fiji and the Commissioner Northern’s Office, the prayer ceremony attracted hundreds of people from all walks of life.

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Macuata Muslim League President Hazeem Hussein says they’re deeply saddened at the extreme passion of hate perpetrated in the Christchurch attack.

He says the shooting is not an attack on any one segment of society, but an attack on all humanity.

“We are deeply touched and disturbed by the vents that took place in Christchurch, which is our neighbouring country. IN the wildest of our imaginations, we never thought this could happen in such a peaceful country. While we are here to offer our prayers for the victims, we should also make efforts to condemn such crimes wherever it happens.’’

Labasa’s Catholic Church representative, Sister Pafuti Crichton called for a moment of silence to remember the lives lost adding, the fateful attack should not stop us from practicing forgiveness.

“We pray for the gift of peace that gives forgiveness so that we can be able to forgive others, especially those that hurt us.”

Methodist Church representative, Reverend Inia Mavai says only love can eliminate such hateful attacks.

“I inspire you and encourage you, to impart love – that it is only love that can forever destroy forever what we call hate.”

The Macuata Muslim League also hailed NZ Prime Minister Jacinta Arden as the Mother of Humanity for her continuous support and standing in solidarity with the Muslim community following the mosque shootings.

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