Cook Islanders visit mosque

Wednesday April 17, 2019 Written by Published in National
Dr Roro Daniel presenting gifts inside the mosque where the shootings took place. 19041227 Dr Roro Daniel presenting gifts inside the mosque where the shootings took place. 19041227

After the recent Christchurch massacre, Cook Islanders Dr Roro Daniel and Dr Jenny Te Paa Daniel visited the Al Noor mosque this month, one of two mosques that were attacked.

 

They spoke with the Muslim community leaders of the Al Noor mosque that was targeted in the mass shooting, where 50 Muslims were killed.

Dr Jenny Daniel, vice chair of the national centre for religious diversity in New Zealand, spoke of Dr Roro Daniel and the kind support he had offered the Muslim families who lost loved ones.

She said: “He spoke of the outpouring of aro’a from within the Cook Islands community.

He shared how the Cook Islands Religious Advisory Council had called all of the churches together in Rarotonga for a special prayer service.

“He commended the mosque community for their extraordinary graciousness and their willingness to show forgiveness in the face of extreme hatred.”

She added: “In spite of all they have suffered there is indeed a beautiful spirit within the mosque community.

“There are hundreds of visitors from all over the world coming to pay their respects and to offer condolence, all are welcomed.

“It was a privilege to be in the company of such dignified and compassionate people of deep faith.”

Dr Roro Daniel said they took gifts for the families of the victims from their Maori whanau.

The Christchurch mosque, a place of prayer and community has been reformed by gatherings of support since it reopened last month.

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