Cruelty redefined in New Zealand mosques
At least 49 people have been killed and 20 more wounded until Friday evening from the shootings occurred at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Casualty number is likely to get higher.
Given the distorted mentality of the shooter, posting his video recording of the shooting spree, it is now obvious extreme anti-Muslim sentiment has alarmingly shot up in that country. Apprehensively enough, the video recording of the bloodbath will trigger retaliation in any form.
We not only condemn such appalling act of reprehensible crime, but are shocked to see how cruelty continues to be redefined in the most horrible of forms. Our national Cricket team members narrowly missed the death spree, thanks to god almighty. However, we want to see quick and exemplary action taken from the New Zealand government to hunt down the perpetrator and reprimand him accordingly.
We fear, this particular killing will spread hatred among Muslims since the video has become viral through the social media, and therefore request all Muslim countries and the Ummah to practice patience in the time of this unwarranted and loathsome crisis. Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance even in the face of a grave injustice. We as the followers of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) believe in this peaceful religious ideology.
Australian and New Zealand authorities must be on high alert, and act more responsibly by shunning violence and racial prejudice in this regard. That said - we were taken aback to have read the press briefing issued on behalf of the Australian Senator of Queensland , Fraser Anning. He not only condemned Islam as a violent religion but justified the killings of innocent Muslims in the most abhorrent manner. This press note is likely to foment tensions across Australia, region and the globe. We draw, the Australian government's immediate attention to remove him from office while take punitive action against him the soonest.
It's, however, encouraging that the French and German heads-of-state along with Pope Francis have come forward by condemning the odious attack on peaceful practicing Muslims in the New Zealand mosques. In this time of unbearable pain, suffered by the close ones of the victims, we stand beside them with our deep sympathy and sorrow. The victims cannot be brought back true - but in this ominous hour of potential terror attacks - we don't want a communal war to erupt anywhere around the world.