'Hello brother': Last words of Christchurch victim were a greeting to his attacker

Published: March 16, 2019
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Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand - location of one of the shootings. PHOTO: REUTERS

Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand - location of one of the shootings. PHOTO: REUTERS

A Muslim worshipper, who lost his life in the terrorist attack in New Zealand, greeted his attacker with the words “Hello, brother”, moments before he was shot dead.

The attack, which was live-streamed on social media, showed a man at the entrance of Al Noor mosque. He could be overheard greeting the gunman as he approached the entrance of the mosque. He was gunned down soon after.

Mourners took to social media to hail the man who greeted his attacker before being killed brutally being shot down.

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“‘Hello brother’ a word came out of a pure soul filled with a peaceful faith. ‘Hello brother’ was said to a killer with a rifle pointed to this greeting. ‘Hello brother’ he said thinking that he is talking to a human with soul and feelings. ‘Hello brother’ was shot dead,” said one Twitter user.

“The first Muslim man to die, his final words were ‘hello brother’. These words were uttered by a man who symbolised Islam. He had a rifle pointed at him by a man with clear intentions to kill and how did he respond? With anger? With aggression? No, with the most gentle and sincere greeting of ‘hello brother’,” wrote Aziz Helou on Facebook.

Attacks on two Christchurch mosques left at least 49 dead. In what appeared to be the worst attack against Muslims in a western country, witnesses spoke of victims being shot at close range, with women and children among those killed.

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“It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack,” said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, saying it marked “one of New Zealand’s darkest days”.

This story originally appeared on Al Jazeera

 

 

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  • gs
    Mar 16, 2019 - 1:36PM

    All Europeans are not terrorists, in fact the reverse is the reality. However people in many parts of the world have been experiencing European terrorism since the last 500 years until today. They have experienced terrorism at the hands of those who defame the majority of the Europeans. We can ask the question. Why is there peace in Vietnam today? The right answer is that European terrorists have been thrown out of Vietnam.
    Peace has always returned to the holy lands belonging to the Asian people, every time the European invaders/occupiers have been thrown out of this land. It happened twice before in the history of this land. Peace will return again when the history of this land repeats itself.
    It looks so impossible today. It looked impossible way back 1900, 1800 years ago but what Lord wills, happens.Recommend

  • Muhammad Fayyaz
    Mar 16, 2019 - 2:07PM

    Inter-human brotherhood is dead through the Australian terrorist’s murderous attack in the Mosques. No faith in human values is the order of the day. Sorry white supremacist man! you rewrote the new manifesto with your guns and inter-faith hatred trampling all sermons and humanity’s charter.Recommend

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