The Islamic Society of Central Queensland will host a special prayer at the Rockhampton Mosque on Friday, March 22 to honour those killed in terrorist attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand.
“The entire Rockhampton Muslim community is grieving the horrific loss of life that occured at two mosques in Christchurch on March 15, and sends its deepenst condolences and most heartfelt prayers to the victims of these horrific acts and their families,” said Riaz Ahmed, President of the ISCQ.
“The ISCQ welcomes the clear statements of support and condemnation from political leaders here and in New Zealand. however, words of sympathy and outrage are not enough.
“It is time for real political leadership. Politicians and those who influence including the media must realise that these evil acts don’t happen in a vaccuum.
“Relentless Islamiphobic rhetoric and fear mongering against Islam and Muslims, often by those in the public domain, cannot continue.
“There can be to tolerance for hate speech, racism, vilification, and incitement in our public discourse. Against anyone.
“The only way communities can respond to the boice of hate is to come together in love, compassion and kindness.”
Friday’s prayer held by the ISCQ and other organisations will be at 6:45pm at the Rockhampton Mosque. More details will be released closer to the event - check in with their Facebook page for updates.