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On the Christchurch Mosques Attacks

By now, news of the devastating attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand have spread around the world. This photo was taken at Al-Noor Mosque as I admired the simple beauty of the mosque during my visit 2 years ago. Al-Noor Mosque is one of the two mosques that was attacked in New Zealand yesterday. To say the mosques attacks hit close to home would be an understatement.

According to the shooter's manifesto, he originally planned to attack Al-Huda Mosque in Dunedin, a mosque I frequented almost every day when I lived there for 8 years. A mosque many of my friends still go to today, especially for the congregational Jumaah (Friday prayer). The mosque is a place where we seek inner peace and a sense of belonging and to be attacked in a mosque is to be attacked while being completely defenseless and vulnerable. If you're a Muslim in New Zealand or a Muslim who has lived in New Zealand like me, chances are you know someone who was killed or hurt in the shootings. Words…

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