A terrorist attack such as this not only hurts and threatens Muslims, but the entire world
Words fail to describe the horrific nature of the shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand yesterday, which targeted two mosques during Friday prayers and took the lives of at least 49 people.
This was nothing short of a terrorist attack, seeking to evoke hatred and discord in the global community, and serves to highlight the fact that, when it comes terror, there is no religion.
It is evident from what we know of the attackers so far -- four suspects have been taken into custody -- that this attack was motivated by Islamophobic extremists seeking to devastate the Muslim community in New Zealand.
What made this attack particularly personal for Bangladeshis was the fact that our national cricket team were on their way to one of the mosques and merely minutes away from what can only be described as an ongoing bloodbath. Indeed, had the press conference they were coming from not run late, they might have been there at the time of the attack.
Additionally, at least three people of Bangladeshi origin have been identified as among the deceased.
A terrorist attack such as this not only hurts and threatens Muslims, but the entire world, regardless of background or belief. It only goes to show how deep Islamophobic and racist sentiment runs and how there are those who want nothing more than to divide the world into warring communities.
This is a dark chapter in the history of the world, and we trust that the New Zealand authorities are not just doing everything in their power to ensure that those responsible for this heinous attack are brought to justice, but that it can never recur.
Unequivocal condemnation of the attack and an absolute disavowal of the perpetrators’ beliefs are the bare minimum we can do to try ensure that such acts of terrorism are not carried out again.
Our deepest condolences go out to the families and friends of the victims, whose lives have been devastated by this indescribable tragedy.