Some of the messages of support at Lutwyche mosque after the Christchurch tragedy. PICTURES: FACEBOOK
Some of the messages of support at Lutwyche mosque after the Christchurch tragedy. PICTURES: FACEBOOK

Messages of love ‘overwhelm’ Brisbane mosque

"We stand with you. You are not alone."

Wellwishers have delivered heartfelt messages of support to Brisbane's mosques after Friday's horrific attack, in which a terrorist gunman killed 50 people and injured 50 more at Christchurch, New Zealand.

At Masjid Lutwyche mosque, there has been a constant stream of hand-delivered tributes.

"From my family to yours," one message read. "We support you, we stand with you. You are not alone."

Messages of support at Lutwyche mosque after the Christchurch tragedy. PICTURES: FACEBOOK
Messages of support at Lutwyche mosque after the Christchurch tragedy. PICTURES: FACEBOOK

 

 

Messages of support at Lutwyche mosque after the Christchurch tragedy. PICTURES: FACEBOOK
Messages of support at Lutwyche mosque after the Christchurch tragedy. PICTURES: FACEBOOK

 

Another read: "In memory of my Muslim brothers and sisters in Christchurch. From a non-Muslim brother in Brisbane #IWILLNOTHATE".

"We are so sorry that this atrocious act of terrorism happened to your brothers and sisters. Please know that there are people who stand with you and weep with you."

A Lutwyche mosque spokesman, who asked not to be named, said the first came in the form of a bunch of flowers handed to him from a mother and her child, merely an hour after the news of the Christchurch shootings broke.

 

 

Messages of support at Lutwyche mosque after the Christchurch tragedy. PICTURES: FACEBOOK
Messages of support at Lutwyche mosque after the Christchurch tragedy. PICTURES: FACEBOOK

 

 

 

"I asked her about it and she said that it wasn't the first time she'd stood in solidarity with us," he said.

"She said she'd often come here after there was a terrorist event where it was attributed to a Muslim, because she wanted to say 'we know it's not you, it's not the Muslim community'.

"And then we were overwhelmed, people were coming by every five or 10 minutes, a new man, woman, family, couples, coming into the mosque and handing out bouquets of roses and letters of support.

"We could feel in the way they were talking and the way they handed us the messages … that they were all there to show us support and to say 'you are part of the community; you are just like us'. That's what makes the difference - to know that the mosque is considered to be part of the community. We are still receiving bouquets and letters.

"It was very, very nice and overwhelming to see that kind of support in our difficult hour."

He said it had been a difficult week.

"To be honest with you, some of us thought twice before going to the mosque for prayers, at first," he said.

"But we are past that now. I am relaxed about it."

 

 

Messages of support at Lutwyche mosque after the Christchurch tragedy. PICTURES: FACEBOOK
Messages of support at Lutwyche mosque after the Christchurch tragedy. PICTURES: FACEBOOK

 

 

He said even though there had been incidents at Australian mosques since the Christchurch attack, he felt local police were being proactive about safety.

"These things (local mosque attacks) are echoes (of the Christchurch attack). They could take some time to fade away. But I am confident, as the law enforcement authorities are working with us."

 

Messages of support at Lutwyche mosque after the Christchurch tragedy. PICTURES: FACEBOOK
Messages of support at Lutwyche mosque after the Christchurch tragedy. PICTURES: FACEBOOK

 

 

OPEN DAY INVITE

The mosque will hold an open day on Sunday from 11.30am, he said.

"The invitation is to all non-Muslims to come along," he said. "There are planned information sessions between 11.30am and 3pm, during which we will have open discussions with Muslims and non-Muslims, trying to answer any questions and to defuse concern and suspicion."

He said there would be a barbecue, as well as children's activities, and a "try a hijab" (headscarf) stall.

 

RALLY IN CITY

Other events in the north include a "Muslim Lives Matter Rally and March Against Hate Towards Islam", on Saturday, starting at 1pm from King George Square.

"We make this stand in hopes of bringing recognition to the Muslims living in Australia," the Facebook post about the event states.

"We make this stand in hopes of protecting our families and communities. We make this stand so that Australia can flourish into a haven for people from all different cultures and religions.

"This will be a peaceful march taking place in Brisbane City.

"We do this in honour of the souls that were lost in Christchurch.

"Join us, Muslims and non-Muslims alike, in projecting our voice as one to those who cannot hear it."

Other events around the north include a rally that was scheduled to be held yesterday at QUT Gardens Point, called "Solidarity with Christchurch Muslims".

That gathering staged to replicate an event at Adelaide University, where a group photo of students and staff was taken to show opposition to Islamophobia and racism.



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