By Muslim Mirror
New Delhi: A delegation of the All India Muslim Majlis Mushawarat (AIMMM) called on the High Commissioner of New Zealand at her office on Wednesday and expressed its deepest gratitude to the people of New Zealand and the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern for their exemplary role in the wake of terror attacks in Christchurch’s two mosques which killed 50 worshipers and wounded many. The delegation said the New Zealand government has set a new precedent for other nations by its swift and laudatory step to express solidarity with its tiny Muslim population after the attacks.
Under the leadership of Mushawarat president Navaid Hamid, the delegation has presented a letter of appreciation for Prime Minister Ms. Jacinda Ardern to the New Zealand High Commissioner, Ms. Joanna Kempkers and asked to her to visit the Muslim organizations including Mushawarat office and India Islamic Cultural Center.
Hamid also said it is the need of hour to increase interfaith dialogue and interaction between different communities for establishing the peace in the world.
The letter addressed to the New Zealand Prime Minister read:
“On behalf of the people of India, especially Muslims, the All India Muslim Majlis Mushawarat (AIMMM), which is the Apex Body of Indian Muslims and confederation of major Muslim Organisations expresses the All India Muslim Majlis Mushawarat (AIMMM)and Your Excellency for playing most laudatory role in the wake of tragic shooting incident at two Mosques in Christchurch, in which 50 faithful were brutally killed.
Your courage and conviction to steer the peaceful nation of New Zealand through its darkest hour has earned worldwide applause and you have been acclaimed as an inspirational leader of the world which faces serious threat of terrorism and extremist, hatred and Islamophobia.
The solidarity expressed by Your Excellency with the tiny Muslim population of the island nation is highly exemplary and a lesson for other nations where migrant populations are victims of hate crimes. It is our hope that other world leaders would emulate your policy of inclusiveness and equality in the society. This is the only way to make the world a better place to live.
Under your able leadership, the New Zealand Government moved quickly to ban the sale of arms and took other strong measures to prevent such incidents in future. You showed zero tolerance for terrorism, which has no religion and is against humanity.
Your Excellency’s message that “‘New Zealand be a place where there is no tolerance for racism” is highly commendable and admirable. Nobel Laureate Tagore said “Where the mind is without fear – and the head held high…..Where the world has not been broken into fragments by narrow domestic walls … into that heaven of freedom, let my country awake!” This was at display recently in New Zealand post the mosques episode.
We express our gratitude to Your Excellency once again for your statesmanship and exemplary role at time of crisis and pray for your good health and secure, peaceful and prosperous future of all citizens of New Zealand and the world.”
Besides Hamid, the delegation was comprised of Maulana Shaikh Asghar Imam Mehdi Salfi, Dr. Syed Zafar Mahmood, Intizar Naeem, Maulana Abdul Hameed Naumani, and Shaikh Manzoor Ahmed.