LETTER: Thank you for standing by us

WHEN I heard of the shooting attack on the two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, I was incredibly shocked and saddened.

And, to hear that the attack happened during the weekly Friday prayers, while the worshippers were praying, was devastating.

As a 13-year-old Ahmadi Muslim girl, I believe that everyone should be given the freedom of worshipping peacefully, without any fear of being caught or being killed.

I would like to offer my most heartfelt prayers and thoughts to the families of the victims of this tragic incident.

The Ahmaddiyah Muslim community’s sympathies and condolences go towards the people who were affected by this act of violence.

 I do not direct any hate towards the people behind this act, as my religion teaches me that there should be love for all and hatred for none. Yet I am deeply disheartened as well.

I would also like to thank the Australian and New Zealand governments and people who are standing by us during these sad times.

These words of kindness allow a small sense of security.

I was especially moved when the Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrison, identified the shootings as “an attack on all of us”.

Tazeen Atif,

Clyde North

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