Christchurch terror attack: Al Noor Mosque Imam delivers powerful sermon at vigil

  • 22/03/2019

Imam Gamal Fouda, who was delivering the sermon in Christchurch's Al Noor Mosque when the gunman attacked last Friday, has returned to the pulpit a week later, delivering a powerful sermon to the large crowd gathered in Hagley Park.

During the attack on March 15, Fouda hid in the main prayer room until the gunman left the building. He has previously described the spray of bullets and smoke which filled the room during the terrifying ordeal.

At the Friday Jumu'ah - the weekly congregational prayer, which was moved outdoors and turned into an official call to prayer event - the largely silent crowd broke out into spontaneous applause as he spoke.

Below are excerpts from the sermon.

"Brothers and sisters in Islam, brothers and sisters in humanity, brothers and sisters in New Zealand:

"Last Friday I stood in this mosque and saw hatred and rage in the eyes of the terrorist who killed and martyred 50 innocent people, wounded 42, and broke the hearts of millions around the world.

"Today, from the same place, I look out and I see the love and compassion in the eyes of thousands of fellow New Zealanders, and human beings from across the globe, that fill the hearts of millions more that are not with us physically, but in spirit.

"This terrorist sought to tear our nation apart with an evil ideology that has torn the world apart.

"But instead we have shown that New Zealand is unbreakable, and that the world can see in us."

"We are broken-hearted, but we are not broken.

"We are alive, we are together, we are determined to not let anyone divide us.

"We are determined to love one another and to support each other.

"This evil ideology of white supremacy did not strike us first, yet it struck us hardest."

"To the families of the victims: your loved ones did not die in vain."

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