A white supremacist methodically massacred 49 defenceless, innocent Muslim worshippers at two mosques in New Zealand on Friday in a sickening attempt to incite violence against immigrants in the West.
The worst violence in the otherwise peaceful state was summarily condemned by world leaders as “terrorism” motivated by Islamophobia.
Not just that, common citizens in New Zealand and Australia, the country to which the attacker belonged to, also came forward to express solidarity with the Muslim community.
An Australian communication strategist, who tweets using his handle @lachdrummond, played Azaan, the Muslim call to prayer, to convey that he “stands with Muslims around the world”.
I live in country Australia and stand with #Muslims around the world. As I thought about #ChristchurchAttack I wanted to play the call to prayer at home at sunset. I’m not religious so hope that is not disrespectful. It is my gesture of solidarity. pic.twitter.com/cBmfjWKW0q— Lach Drummond (@lachdrummond) March 15, 2019
The gesture was widely welcomed by Muslim Twitteratti from around the world as his tweet was retweeted thousands of times with messages of thanks.
Former Dawn newspaper editor and senior journalist Abbas Nasir thanked @lachdrummond, saying “you made me cry again”.
Can't thank you enough. You made me cry again.— Abbas Nasir (@abbasnasir59) March 15, 2019
“… In this ridiculous world, it’s not often one is reminded that wonderfulness is still in people,” wrote television producer Alia Chugtai.
Thank you. In this ridiculous world, it’s not often one is reminded that wonderfulness is still in people.— Alia Chughtai (@AliaChughtai) March 15, 2019
Engineer Imran Ahsan Mirza said, “We love you. We are one. Human”.
We love you. We are one. Human.— Imran Ahsan Mirza 🇳🇬🇵🇰🇦🇺 (@imranahsanmirza) March 15, 2019
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Software engineer Humaira Wajahat also thanked @lachdrummond, saying “It’s been a difficult day, you brought tears to my eyes. We have hope”.
Thanks man! It means a lot. It's been a difficult day, you brought tears to my eyes. We have hope 🌹— ʜᴜᴍᴀɪʀᴀ ᴡᴀᴊᴀʜᴀᴛ (@HumairaWajahat) March 15, 2019
After receiving thousands of retweets and replies to his tweet, @lachdrummond wrote: “I’m overwhelmed by the shared love and positivity out there, despite the darkness.”
Thanks everyone, I’m overwhelmed by the shared love and positivity out there, despite the darkness. I hope it has helped in some small way. Peace, love and respect to all. #Christchurch— Lach Drummond (@lachdrummond) March 16, 2019