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Orphanage Condemns Christchurch Attacks

The Darul Uloom Darul Yatama (Islamic Institute and Orphans Home) in Drasa, Lautoka said it was a remorseless killing of their Muslim brothers.
20 Mar 2019 10:10
Orphanage Condemns Christchurch Attacks
The Darul Uloom Darul Yatama (Islamic Institute and Orphans Home) principal Maulana Khalid Hussain.

An orphanage in Lautoka has condemned the shootings at Christchurch in New Zealand last Friday which has left 50 people dead and some seriously wounded.

The Darul Uloom Darul Yatama (Islamic Institute and Orphans Home) in Drasa, Lautoka said it was a remorseless killing of their Muslim brothers.

“Whatever happened in Christchurch is very bad. Our Muslim brothers were having their midday prayers or jumma, which is important for Muslims all over the world, when the attacks took place,” said the institute’s principal Maulana Khalid Hussain.

“Hello brother was what the first victim of the Christchurch mosque shooting said before the gunman shot him.

“The killings happened at a time when Muslims are living in constant fear and anxiety in an increasingly Islamophobic society.

“But we are still compassionate and gracious even when faced with a gun.

Even in our fear and on the edge of death, we can still say ‘hello brother’.

“It was a gruesome killing of 50 people at the two mosques in New Zealand. This has been such a bleak event, something that happened just so close to us.

“We all should raise our voice to condemn this type of cowardly acts by some rotten members of our society.

“As our Prime Minister has so poignantly pointed out, we need to speak up against terror and staying silent is injustice to the victims’ families.”

Maulana Hussain said the members, residents, management board members and staff of the institute were praying for those who were wounded in the shootings.

He said they were also praying for the families of the 50 victims. Maulana Hussain also said that the former Pesh Imam of the Lautoka Jame Masjid, Hafiz Musa Patel was his great friend, a person who was very humble and nice.

“He used to go to every funeral in the Muslim community, he performed a lot of weddings and we will really miss him. It will be very hard to find someone like him,” he said.

“We would like to thank the New Zealand government also for taking up the funeral arrangements and all the authorities there that are involved in the matter.”

Edited by Susana Tuilau

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