- An attack took place in New Zealand in which over 49 people were killed by a white supremacist
- Despite this attack, vigilante Australians attended prayers at one of the country's biggest mosque surrounded by a lot of police presence
- Politicians were also present at Lakemba mosque where prayers were raised for victims of the assault
It has really been a heartbreaking time for the people of New Zealand who lost 49 people to terror attack by a person who took to spraying bullets on innocent worshippers at two mosques in Christchurch. An individual named Brenton Tarrant have been identified one shooter. He even live-streamed the massacre.
Following this incident, a formidable crowd of Muslims have ignored increased terror threats and have taken to to Lakemba mosque in Sydney's south west to attend Friday prayers (Jumaat). These individuals have been surrounded by dozens of police who swarmed the mosque at 7:17pm to ensure everyone's safety.
Given the incident that had happened to their New Zealand brothers and sisters, the mood at Lakemba mosque was quiet and meditative. But it could be noticed that people were determined to fight the oppression.
These resilient Muslims were not alone; politicians were also present to mourn the loss of their fellow faithfuls. New South Wales premier Gladys Berejiklian and leader of the opposition Michael Daley were among several of the politicians in attendance to pay their respect.
Even hours before the prayers commenced, the police patrolled the area to make sure the place was secured and people's lives were guaranteed safe. Some checked out the area on foot, others on cruisers.
A woman who has spoken to Daily Mail particularly pointed out that, "It's more important than ever for us to attend prayers. Now is the most important time. It's always been an issue but nothing's been done. It's the most important time to stand together."
During the service, a speaker lent out a tribute to the dead. The individual said those who attended the Friday prayer at Christchurch were the most innocent people of all targeted by the Australian who had killed them. He added:
"What is the crime they're doing? Nothing,' he said, following the prayers. People are very extremist in their thinking. They want revenge from nothing. They think by doing something like that is revenge.
"We need our government to take some action. We need to see our politicians and police doing their job in a good way. We put our hands with our politicians especially the good ones. This is an act of terror targeted towards Muslims at the time of their prayers.
"Not going to close the doors of our mosques and we'll continue our daily prayers. We'll stand in solidarity."
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In light of this, according to Daily Mail, Muslims Australia president Rateb Jneid said that the horrible event is a reminder for all at stake. He also warned mosques to be extra-vigilant in light of the event. Recently, it was reported that Atiku reacted to New Zealand mosques shooting.
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