The Spinnoff has an abridged transcript of the speech delivered by Al Noor Mosque Iman Gamal Fouda of in Christchurch this afternoon.
Last Friday I stood in this mosque and saw hatred and rage in the eyes of the terrorist who killed 50 people, wounded 48 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 who fill the hearts of millions.
The terrorist tried to tear the nation apart with evil ideology. Instead we have shown that New Zealand is unbreakable. And that the world can see injustice an example of love and unity.
We are brokenhearted but we are not broken.
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 has struck us hardest. But the solidarity in New Zealand is extraordinary.
To the families of the victims, your loved ones did not die in vain. Their blood has watered the seeds of hope. . .
Our loss of you is a gain to New Zealand’s unity. Your departure is an awakening not just for our nation, but for all humanity. Your martyrdom is a new life for New Zealand and a chance of prosperity for many. Our assembly here, with all the shades of our diversity, is a testament of our giant humanity.
We are here in our hundreds and thousands, unified for one purpose. That hate will be undone, and love will redeem us. . .
We don’t have to share others’ faith, to worship as they do, to believe what they do.
But we must be unified in our resolve to undo the hate and be redeemed by love.