Heartbroken Anthony Mundine embraces a grieving Muslim as he joins prayers outside a mosque attacked in Christchurch
- A devastated Anthony Mundine embraced and prayed with fellow Muslims at Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch
- The grieving boxer hugs a man and looks drained as he prays in nearby Hagley Park in heartbreaking photos
- Mundine visited shooting survivors in hospital the day before and urged people to ‘keep them in your prayers’
- Al Noor Mosque was the site of 43 deaths and was the first target to be attacked in the Christchurch shooting
Australian boxer Anthony Mundine joined fellow Muslims in grieving and prayer at Hagley Park near Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch as the community continues to mourn last week’s devastating shooting.
Heartbreaking photos show a grief-stricken Mundine hugging another man and praying opposite Al Noor Masjid on Friday, a week after 43 people were killed at the same mosque.
A gunman killed 50 worshipers at the Al Noor Masjid and Linwood Masjid and a 28-year-old Australian man, Brenton Tarrant, appeared in court last Saturday morning charged with murder.
Mundine embraced a fellow Muslim man at Hagley Park opposite Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand a week after it was attacked in a mass shooting. Fifty people were killed in the attack – 43 of them were killed at Al Noor
Mundine performs a sujud in direction of Mecca to praise Allah with fellow Muslims. The position involves having the forehead, nose, both hands, knees and all toes touching the ground together
Mundine condemned the ‘horrific act of terrorism’ and expressed his support for victims in the aftermath of the shooting.
‘My heart goes out to the innocent victims of today’s tragedy. I am deeply saddened and disturbed by today’s horrific act of terrorism,’ he said in a Facebook post.
‘Innocent people carrying out their Jummah prayers peacefully have their lives cut short. Please keep the victims, their loved ones and all of humanity in your prayers!’
United in grief: Mundine joined Muslim worshipers in afternoon prayers opposite Al Noor Mosque. Al Noor and Linwood Mosques will not be ready for weekly Friday prayers as forensic workers are still cleaning up rooms where people were killed
‘Innocent people carrying out their Jummah prayers peacefully have their lives cut short. Please keep the victims, their loved ones and all of humanity in your prayers!’ Mundine said in an emotional Facebook post
Mundine visited shooting survivors in hospital on Thursday before heading to Al Noor Mosque the next afternoon.
‘I’m honoured to be visiting these beautiful brothers and sisters who survived the horrific atrocities in Christchurch,’ he said in a Facebook post.
‘May Allah give them the strength to get through this terrible experience and heal their pain. They are all amazing and very brave humans. Please keep them in your prayers.’
Mundine visited shooting survivors in a Christchurch hospital on Thursday before heading to Al Noor Mosque the next afternoon. ‘I’m honoured to be visiting these beautiful brothers and sisters,’ he said on Facebook
‘May Allah give them the strength to get through this terrible experience and heal their pain. They are all amazing and very brave humans. Please keep them in your prayers,’ Mundine said in a Facebook post about the survivors
Hundreds of Muslims and non-Muslims gathered in the city’s Hagley Park opposite the Al Noor mosque where worshipers were gunned down.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, wearing a black and gold headscarf in solidarity with the Islamic faith, briefly addressed the emotional gathering.
‘New Zealand mourns with you, we are one,’ she said.
The call to prayer was heard at 1.30pm local time (11.30am AEDT) and followed by two minutes of silence.
Then Imam Gamal Fouda gave a moving speech in which he said the 50 victims were martyrs and their blood has ‘watered the seeds of hope’.
Zaed Moustafa – who was injured and lost his father and brother in the mosque attacks – was among those paying respects.
New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (in a black headscarf) and her entourage arrive before Friday prayers at Hagley Park outside Al-Noor mosque
Zaed Moustafa (in the wheelchair), the son of Hussein Mohamed Khalil Moustafa, a victim of the mosque attacks, attends Friday prayers at Hagley Park outside Al-Noor mosque in Christchurch
Moving: Worshippers pray a week after fifty Muslims were killed when a gunman opened fire on two mosques last Friday