In the wake of the attacks on two mosques in Christchurch last week, in which 50 people were killed, New Zealand has acted to embrace its Muslim community.
Amid soul-searching about how this attack could have happened in a country that prides itself on being peaceful and celebrates its geographic isolation, many New Zealanders have sought to embrace the Muslim community this week.
These are the some of the ways.
1. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern wore hijab.
This is New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, grieving with the Muslim community as they mourn the 49 departed, & wearing a hijab in solidarity.❤️— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@MuslimIQ) March 16, 2019
What a powerful example of compassion and leadership. May she & her nation prosper in love & peace.❤️#NewZealandMosqueAttack pic.twitter.com/GF2imnD9hQ
2. Many other New Zealand women joined in, including police officers, security guards, television presenters and nurses.
“I have chosen to wear a headscarf today in the studio in solidarity with the Muslim community.— World HijabDay (@WorldHijabDay) March 22, 2019
This week a young Auckland woman was abused on a train for being Muslim and wearing head scarf. This happened after 50 people had been killed in Christchurch.”-Samantha Hayes#Hijab pic.twitter.com/frc0oWIgSq
Today is Friday, the day of the #Christchurch terror attack. New Zealand Police women are wearing a hijab to show a solidarity❤️ to the Muslim community.— Hafiz Mouzam (@HafizMouzam_) March 22, 2019
If this is not showing solidarity then nothing is. I m simply overwhelmed. Thank you @jacindaardern pic.twitter.com/3Itdi3IAWS
3. The call to prayer rang out on national television and radio at 1:30 p.m. Friday, the time of the attack the week before.
A nationwide reflection for those killed in the Christchurch terror attacks.— RNZ (@radionz) March 21, 2019
The Muslim call to prayer will be at 1.30pm followed by a two-minute silence at 1.32pm.
RNZ is broadcasting this live on radio - 101 FM, https://t.co/c6LX14eRIZ & facebook https://t.co/6pPNJPqDEi pic.twitter.com/DLxk5RajIy
Today's nationwide reflection: TVNZ 1's coverage now starts at 1pm. The Muslim Call to Prayer will be broadcast on all @TVNZ channels at 1:30pm, followed by a two minute silence. TVNZ 1 and @1NewsNZ NOW will carry extended live coverage until 2pm approximately. pic.twitter.com/g79U65mErY— TVNZ Press Team (@TVNZPressTeam) March 21, 2019
4. Newspapers ran Arabic greetings on their front pages and explained Muslim rituals surrounding praying and funerals.
On Friday afternoon, New Zealand will stop for the call to prayer, followed by two minutes of silence. As part of efforts to promote understanding, news media have been explaining Muslim burial practices and religious rituals to the public. This from the Stuff website: pic.twitter.com/YoV0j2csd4— Anna Fifield (@annafifield) March 21, 2019
5. News readers started their bulletins with the Arabic greeting “as-salamu alaykum” or “peace be upon you.”
Parliamentary Speaker Trevor Mallard and, yes, Ardern, also offered the greeting in Arabic.