Community member vows to return to mosques to pray

Once the mosques are reopened, Muslims will return to pray, a Christchurch Muslim leader group member says.

The Masjid Al Noor mosque opposite Hagley Park and the Linwood Masjid near Phillipstown were the scenes of a horrific terror attack on Friday afternoon where 50 people were killed.

Nihaad Al-Waiz, volunteer organiser and Christchurch Muslim leader group member, told The AM Show that Muslims will return to the mosques when they are reopened.

"We're waiting for our mosques to be reopened and, once that happens, we are going to go back in there to start praying."

Al-Waiz said police have promised the mosques will be reopened "soon".

He said there is a long-term plan in place to change the look of both mosques.

"Things have to look different," he said.

Al-Waiz said families that lost loved ones are being patient, waiting for the return of their bodies. 

"Because there's so much support out there from the wider community, I think that's helped a lot of families be more patient," he said.