New Zealanders in S’pore visit mosques to express condolences over Christchurch terror attack
They didn't have to, but they did.
New Zealanders in Singapore
However, outpouring of support and grief have not just been limited to New Zealand.
Here in Singapore, two New Zealanders approached local mosques to express their condolences to the Muslim community.
Apologising on behalf of New Zealand residents
Al-Huda Mosque chairman, Azman Kassim, said in the Facebook post that they had been visited by a Kiwi woman, Kim Forrester, from the neighbourhood.
On behalf of Kiwis, Forrester apologised for what happened and further prayed for the Muslim community.
In expressing his gratitude for her gesture, Azman said she need not have apologised.
He also highlighted how Forrester’s act was an example of embracing diversity in peace.
Forrester has been invited to the mosque’s annual Inter-Racial and Religious Confidence Circles (IRCC) Iftar session for this year’s Ramadan, Azman added.
According to the post, Forrester eventually left the mosque with an ease of heart.
This is Al-Huda Mosque’s Facebook post:
Bringing a bouquet of flowers
Masjid Al-Falah’s Facebook page also put up a post on how they were visited by an unnamed male Kiwi.
The New Zealander went to the mosque, which is located along Bideford Road, with a bouquet of flowers to offer his condolences.
According to the Facebook post, the man was “deeply affected” by the tragedy and wanted to express his support for the victims in whatever way he could.
The bouquet also came with a note that was written in both Maori and English.
“Kia Raha, Ria toa, Ri a manawanui
Be strong, be brave, be steadfast
E Ihowa Atua, Te aroha noa,
O Lord God, care for us”
The mosque said his visit was an instance of how peace and harmony are crucial values to the fabric of any society.
This is the Facebook post:
Here’s how Kiwis are supporting their Muslim community back in New Zealand:
Top image collage from Al-Huda Mosque Singapore Facebook and Masjid Al-Falah – Islamic Learning & Information Centre Facebook.