Our sincerest thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. We received the news of the horrific mass shooting and terrorist act committed against innocent worshippers with deep sorrow and sadness. These attacks are an abhorrent act of violence against all of humanity – not just Muslims – and Islamic Relief Australia stands with all those who reject such hate and extremism.
At times like this, our core value of compassion is never more important and we call on you to stand in solidarity with our New Zealand brothers and sisters during this difficult times.
Islamic Relief Australia have reached out to the local community leaders to offer its solidarity and support. We are currently considering options for providing long-term, ongoing support for the victims and their grieving families. We hope to have more information about this to share with you in due course.
Our CEO, on behalf of the Islamic Relief Family, will be travelling to Christchurch to attend the funeral and visit the affected families, offering our condolences and solidarity with the families and the local communities affected.
In the meantime, we call upon our supporters to keep the victims and their families in their thoughts and prayers,
UPDATE 1- 19.03.2019:
Salam Family, in the last 24 hours our CEO, Salwan Ameen, and Islamic Advisor, Shaykh Khamis, have been in New Zealand interacting and engaging with the community leaders including Imam Jamal as pictured below.
The aura is universal, one of grief, mourning and endless prayers.
Imam Jamal was giving the Friday sermon ( Khotba) on the 15 March. He told us the details of the day and we can see how gravely impacted he and his strong community is affected by this.
The leaders here are working non stop from 5:00 am till midnight to support and answer enquires of the peoples. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with our brothers and sisters who have passed away.
Your donation, big or small, will impact the lives of the victim's families affected by the horrific Christchurch Attack that occured on the 15th of March, 2019.