‘Terrorism has no religion’: Twitterati condemn New Zealand Mosque Shootings
World Leaders, celebrities, and activists have jointly condemned the incident of terrorism in New Zealand which killed dozens of Muslims as an Australian shooter opened fire in a mosque.
Earlier during Friday prayers, a gunman had broken into a mosque and killed 40 people and left 20 injured, reported local media through the death toll as of yet remains unconfirmed.
Prior to the terrorist attack, the Australian shooter had opened live transmission to social media via a camera attached to his helmet– expressing anger at which, social media users have been calling to avoid sharing of the video.
I’ve heard of the video. I do not wish to see the video. I know that evil exists. I will not help to spread its message by sharing the video.
May those poor souls rest in peace.
In lil Allah wa in ilyho Ragoon ( to God we belong and to him we return) #NewZealandShooting
— Amr Khalifa (@Cairo67Unedited) March 15, 2019
Don’t share that despicable video. Don’t RT it if you see it.
Don’t be complicit in spreading that white supremacist’s joy as he murders innocent people. #Christchurch
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) March 15, 2019
Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern while expressing her condemnation to the media, urged the public to refrain from circulating the video on the internet as it would act as ‘oxygen’ to the propaganda that the attacker stands for.
An official statement from NZ Senator Fraser Anning was also criticised on the sides, as the senator attempted to justify the attack by calling Muslims “terrorists” by large.
The presser went on to state that “Islam is not like any other faith. It is the religious equivalent of fascism. And just because the followers of this savage belief were not the killers in this instance, does not make them blameless,” the official statement included.
At this, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison disowned the statement, stating that those views have no place in Australia.
The remarks by Senator Fraser Anning blaming the murderous attacks by a violent, right-wing, extremist terrorist in New Zealand on immigration are disgusting. Those views have no place in Australia, let alone the Australian Parliament.
— Scott Morrison (@ScottMorrisonMP) March 15, 2019
Goodness gracious! @fraser_anning, a serving Australian senator, shamelessly justifies the Christchurch attack and blames Muslims for their “presence” in New Zealand and Australia. #ChristchurchMosqueAttack pic.twitter.com/CFHOY0nDN1
— Zeeshan Khan (@IbnKhayyam) March 15, 2019
To be suggesting that the innocent victims of today’s gun massacre in New Zealand were “Muslim fantatics” is appalling and abhorrent. Words matter. Rhetoric matters. Shame on you Fraser Anning.This is not the views of Australians #newzealandterrorattack #ChristchurchMosqueAttack pic.twitter.com/8CswhEM31v
— Lucie Morris-Marr (@luciemorrismarr) March 15, 2019
Among world leaders and politicians, Tahir-ul-Qadri took jibe on the terror attack, stating that “such incidents prove that they are at war with humanity.”
The act of terrorism that took place inside a mosque in #NewZealand is indeed deplorable and highly condemnable. #Terrorism has no religion and such incidents prove that they are at war with humanity. I condole with the government of New Zealand and its people.#MosqueAttack
— Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri (@TahirulQadri) March 15, 2019
Gruesome & horrific terrorist attack in New Zealand – cowardly & barbaric for attacking during Friday prayers 💔💔 #ChristChurch
— Bakhtawar B-Zardari (@BakhtawarBZ) March 15, 2019
Mayor of London also expressed his condolences and vowed of support for the people of Christchurch.
Heartbreaking news from New Zealand this morning where innocent people have been murdered because of their faith.
London stands with the people of Christchurch in the face of this horrific terror attack. London will always celebrate the diversity that some seek to destroy. pic.twitter.com/zYN874jYmw
— Mayor of London (@MayorofLondon) March 15, 2019
The #Christchurch shooting is an act of cowardly terror. This rising tide of hate, intolerance and communal anger across the world needs to be stopped in it’s tracks before it claims more lives. My prayers and solidarity with the people of New Zealand in this hour of grief.
— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) March 15, 2019
-Terrorism has no religion-
Pakistani celebrities and activists also took to condemn the terrorist attack, including Mahira Khan, Ali Zafar, Aamir Liaquat, and Faisal Qureshi, all standing strong to state “Terrorism has no religion among others.
Horrifying tragedy #Christchurch. I found NZ one of safest, most peaceful places, people are friendly. Spoke to Tamim big relief B’desh squad/staff is safe. World must together! stop hatred!Terrorism has no religion! Prayers for bereaved families. May Allah bless the departed.
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) March 15, 2019
Terrorism has no colour, no religion and no country. It is a growing disease spreading in the small minds of this planet and it is deadly. Terrorism is the terminal cancer of humanity!My heart is with the people of NZ,Australia & the whole Islamic community, May Peace be with you
— Shaniera Akram (@iamShaniera) March 15, 2019
Saw video of a man killing innocent Muslims in the mosque during prayers. Most disturbing visual ever. Wonder if the world will call this a “violent act” or an “act of terrorism”. New Zealand: Many Dead in 2 Mosque Shootings | Time #NewZealandShooting https://t.co/ioh3jOPcvy
— Ali Zafar (@AliZafarsays) March 15, 2019
strongly condemned in the strongest terms the tragic terrorist attack in 2 Masadij in city of #Christchurch in New Zealand. condolences over loss of innocent lives …Terorist has no religion #TerroristAttack
— Faysal Quraishi (@faysalquraishi) March 15, 2019
So deeply disturbing to read about the #Christchurch mosque attack! Prayers with the people of New Zealand and the grieving families.
— Mahira Khan (@TheMahiraKhan) March 15, 2019
— Aamir Liaquat Husain (@AamirLiaquat) March 15, 2019
Terrorism has no colour no religion and no country It is a growing disease spreading in the small minds of this planet and it is deadly Terrorism is the terminal cancer of humanity
My heart is with the people of NZ,Australia&the whole Islamic community#Christchurch #NewZealand pic.twitter.com/KESCQkfIuE
— Shadab Khan (@Usmancheema932) March 15, 2019
Bangladesh players disembarked from a team bus and were about to enter the mosque.
Entire team got saved from active shooters!!! Frightening experience and please keep us in your prayers #christchurchMosqueAttack
— Tamim Iqbal Khan (@TamimOfficial28) March 15, 2019
So sad to hear of the #NewZealandMosqueAttack In #Christchurch
My prayers and thoughts are with the martyrs and their families.
Humanity is at a loss, it was a place of worship …
thank god the #BangladeshCricketTeam are safe.
— Sarfaraz Ahmed (@SarfarazA_54) March 15, 2019