Christchurch attack: People from all over world visit Al Noor Mosque to pay their respects

Al Noor Mosque, which was the scene of tragedy and horror on March 15 last year, has had more visitors than ever before.

Muslim leaders say people from all over the world have come to the mosque to pay their respects or take part in prayers and for that, they are very grateful.

Secretary of the Muslim Association of Canterbury Mohammed Feroz said the mosque has "become a tourist destination". 

Friday prayers are no longer just attracting those from the local Muslim community, but worshippers from all over the world.

Newshub spoke to one couple on Wednesday who has come from Port Hedland in Western Australia.

"We came here because we wanted to meet the people. We were personally quite heavily affected by the events that happened here on March 15 and felt a very strong solidarity with the folk here," David Botha said. 

A visitors book at the entrance to the mosque bears the names of hundreds of people who in the last year have come through these gates and into Al Noor.

Another family has come all the way from Thailand especially to visit the mosque. 

Australian tourists Bernadette and Cliff Wallman said they couldn't stop crying when thinking of the 44 people who lost their lives when a gunman opened fire at the scene.

"It's beautiful today, it's very quiet, it's hard to comprehend the madness."

Mohammed Feroz believes the alleged gunman's intentions of spreading hate failed.

"Its has had the opposite effect, he came into divide the community that hasn't happened if anything the community is much stronger." 

A year on, a community still united in grief is now being supported from all over the world.