A video of New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern being invited to join the Islamic faith by a Muslim man has gone viral.
The young man, whose name cannot be ascertained, can be seen in the video having a conversation with Ardern.
“To be honest with you, what brought me here it’s you. I have been crying every day for the last three days. I have prayed that other leaders can look at your leadership skills. And my other wish is I hope one day you enter into Islam," he can heard asking the Kiwi premier.
After carefully listening to the young man, Ardern responded, “Islam teaches humanity and I think I have it.”
New Zealand's premier on March 22 joined about 20,000 people standing quietly at Hagley Park, in front of the Al Noor mosque, who had gathered to remember the 50 people killed by a lone gunman at two mosques a week ago.
Thousands attend NZ vigil, rally to fight racism, remember Christchurch victims
In her brief speech to the Friday congregation, Ardern read out a hadith of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). “According to Prophet Mohammed (PBUH), the believers in their mutual kindness, compassion and sympathy are just like one body. When any part of the body suffers, the whole body feels pain,” she said.
The first parliament session in New Zealand after the deadly attack in Christchurch on the Muslim community by a far-right terrorist commenced with a recitation from the Holy Quran.
Thousands gathered in New Zealand’s cities on Sunday to protest racism and remember the 50 Muslims killed by a gunman in Christchurch and as Prime Minister Ardern announced a national remembrance service to be held later this week.
New Zealand PM quotes Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in speech
About 20,000 turned out for an evening vigil in Christchurch in a park near the Al Noor mosque, where a suspected white supremacist killed more than 40 of the victims. Several more people were killed at the nearby Linwood mosque.
Many non-Muslim women wore headscarves at the vigil, some made by members of Christchurch’s Muslim community, to show their support for those of Islamic faith as they had at similar events last week.
With additional input from Reuters.
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