Religious leaders appealed for of peace and prayer to combat hatred and violence following the massacres at two mosques in New Zealand at the Kolkata Press Club. Mr.Zaid Anwar Mohammed (Director of Qari Ahmer Foundation) presided over the meeting,Hajrat Moulana Shafique Qasmi (Imam Nakhoda Mosque) was the Chief Guest.Muni Mani Kumar Maharaj,Dr.Arun Jyoti Bhikku,Rev. Fr.C.R.Chatterjee,Sardar.B.Singh, Sk.Golam Rabbani and various other eminent personalities were present.
Zaid Anwar said, “In these days, in addition to the pain of wars and conflicts that do not cease to afflict humanity, there have been the victims of the horrible attack against two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. I pray for the dead and injured and their families. I am close to our Muslim brothers and all that community. I renew my invitation for prayer and gestures of peace to combat hatred and violence.”
Moulana Shafique Qasmi felt “The terror attack in New Zealand was designed to kill the innocent, attack Islam and sow fear among diverse communities.”While Munni Maharaj said “We are deeply saddened that people have been killed and injured, and our hearts go out to them, their families and wider community. We wish you to be aware of our solidarity with you in the face of such violence”
Dr.Arunjyoti Mahathero described the attack as a “black tragedy facing humanity and universal peace”
M A Ali said “I strongly condemn the brutal killing of worshippers in New Zealand’s mosque .Terrorism does not have a religion. The perosn who carried out this inhumane act doesn’t have any religion. His aim was to create an atmosphere of fear and to incite violence against Muslim.Hatred and violence have no place in our society. Together we will defeat those who seek to destroy our values, our way of life and seek to divide us.”
They appealled to Indian youth not to issue provocative statements on social media in the wake of New Zealand terrorist attacks.