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Attorney-General: Let’s Be Good Humans To One Another

“You must understand that our sense of grief should not only be limited. Just because I am a Muslim doesn’t mean that I should only feel grief only when Muslims are killed or that I should only speak out when Muslims are being killed.
20 Mar 2019 10:20
Attorney-General: Let’s Be Good Humans To One Another
Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum speaks at the vigil for victims of the Christchurch terror attacks and for a Pacific without discrimination at Holy Trinity Anglican Cathedral in Suva on March 19, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The core principle of all religions is to be good humans to all.

This was the message from Attorney- General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum at the Holy Trinity Anglican Cathedral in Suva yesterday during an interfaith gathering.

It was held to pay tribute to the 50 victims who were massacred during a terror attack last Friday in Christchurch, New Zealand, while offering their jummah prayers at two mosques – Al Noor and Linwood.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum was joined by New Zealand High Commissioner Jonathan Curr and religious leaders, who shared their messages.

“We must treat every human being, as human beings. It is easier said than done,” he said, while adding that fear and hate dehumanised people.

“It becomes our duty to speak out online, offline, in person, at work, at home, in schools or social spaces.

That would be our contribution as an individual human being to make the world a better place.

“You must understand that our sense of grief should not only be limited. Just because I am a Muslim doesn’t mean that I should only feel grief only when Muslims are killed or that I should only speak out when Muslims are being killed.

“I should also do the same when Christians, Hindus, Buddhists or atheists are killed.

Similarly, Christians should do the same, Hindus should do the same and atheists should do the same.”

Mr Curr said New Zealand was devastated with what happened last Friday.

“We all need outlets like this for our grief to help us to acknowledge the reality of this cold and barbaric act that happened in Christchurch,” Mr Curr said.

“New Zealand is devastated and horrified at the violent terrorist attack on our Muslim community. Our Muslim communities are our friends, colleagues and our neighbours.

“This act has no place in New Zealand or anywhere. This attack has struck against the core values of New Zealanders.”

More than 100 people were present at the vigil.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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