Bristol communities come together after New Zealand terror attack

Bristol communities come together after New Zealand terror attack

Muslims in Bristol say they feel safe but fear for their mosque in the wake of the terrorist attack in New Zealand.

The Easton Jamia Masjid has called for volunteers to guard the mosque at night, and during Friday prayers.

They are looking for volunteers who would stand in as security guards.

A week has passed since the terrorist attack on the Muslim community in Christchurch, where two consecutive mass shootings occurred, killing 50 people and injuring more than 50.

Since the attack the Muslim community in Bristol has shown solidarity with the victims, by holding daily vigils in memory of the victims, and keeping them in their prayers.

The main entrance of Jamia Mosque has been filled with flowers and notes from residents, showing their support and togetherness during tragic times.

One said: “When one person suffers, we all suffer. You are not alone in these times of tragedy.”

The local imam Ahsan Amin told us how both the Christian, Sikh and Hindu religious leaders have come together in a show of support for the Muslim community.

“It shows us a great deal when other communities in Bristol show their sympathy,” he said.

A local shopkeeper near the mosque expressed his desire to forgive the man who killed 50 people.

Main entrance of Jamia Mosque where flowers and note have been placed

 

The Imam Ahsan Amin praying before Friday prayers start

A local resident shared her thoughts with this message

 

 

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