Statement: New Zealand Mosque Attacks

Madina Institute Center for Non-violence and Peace Studies stands in solidarity with the people of Christchurch, New Zealand after the terrorist attacks at Al Noor and Linwood mosques that have killed at least 49 people, injuring dozens more. Our heartfelt thoughts are with the families and friends of those who have lost their lives and the many who have been injured and affected in this heinous crime. We extend our prayers for those who have been killed and pray that God Almighty grant them restful peace and the highest place in paradise.

We at Madina Institute Center for Non-violence and Peace Studies, are deeply concerned and saddened by this carnage. We cannot allow violence and violent terror to take root in our communities and societies. The depravity of violence cannot be tolerated. We call on government, civil society and our fellow brothers and sisters in humanity to renew our collective commitments to root out all forms of violence from macro to micro and to recommit ourselves to non-violence activism to break the cycle of violence that is plaguing the world today.

We wish to thank all those who placed their lives at risk to save the victims and to those who continue to work tirelessly in these dark and difficult days.

Shaykh Dr Muhammad ibn Yahya al-Ninowy
(Founder of Madina Institute Centre for Non-violence and Peace Studies)