Biker gangs from New Zealand have promised to stand guard at mosques for the first Friday prayer after a massacre that killed 50. The white supremacist shooting was the worst in the country’s history and has prompted nationwide mourning. The New Zealand government also confirmed new legislation banning semi-automatic weapons.
However, this Friday, Muslims across the country can pray in peace, as biker gangs such as The Mongrel Mob, King Cobra, and The Black Power have volunteered their security services. It is wonderful to see the people of New Zealand coming together after such tragic events.
“We will support and assist our Muslim brothers and sisters for however long they need us,” Waikato Mongrel Mob president Sonny Fatu told New Zealand news site Stuff. “The question was posed whether we could be a part of the safety net for them to allow them to pray in peace without fear. Of course, we would do that, there was no question about that and we will be dressed appropriately.”
“We will not be armed,” Fatu added. “We are peacefully securing the inner gated perimeter, with other community members, to allow them to feel at ease.”
New Zealand’s Muslim community will pray at their important Friday service with or without protection. Still, some members are glad of the offer of protection.
“It all gives us strength to overcome the grief we are undergoing.”
Dr Asad Mohsin, head of the Waikato Muslim Association explained, “we would welcome them to come into the mosque and pray with us. They are part of us as we are part of them. Islam is inclusive, free of judgement – we don’t see gang members, as we see them. We value them as humans and we appreciate that they value us too.”
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