A beautiful garden – Asalamu Aleykum

This must be one of the highlights from the Remembrance Ceremony in Christchurch today – from a speech by Farid Ahmed, whose wife, Husna, was killed in the Al Noor mosque while trying to save him.

Jacinda Ardern also did very well again. Prime Minister’s speech at the National Remembrance Service

What words adequately express the pain and suffering of 50 men, women and children lost, and so many injured?

What words capture the anguish of our Muslim community being the target of hatred and violence?

What words express the grief of a city that has already known so much pain?

I thought there were none. And then I came here and was met with this simple greeting.

Asalamu Aleykum. Peace be upon you.

They were simple words, repeated by community leaders who witnessed the loss of their friends and loved ones.

Simple words, whispered by the injured from their hospital beds.

Simple words, spoken by the bereaved and everyone I met who has been affected by this attack.

Asalamu Aleykum. Peace be upon you.

Asalamu Aleykum. Peace be upon you.