Terror in Chch

Photo essay: A day for prayer

Muslims across New Zealand gathered for the first Friday prayers since last week's terror attacks on two Christchurch mosques - but also gathering were thousands of their fellow New Zealanders wanting to show support.

As the call to prayer rang out at mosques around the country, it was also broadcast on RNZ and TVNZ, followed by two minutes of silence to mark one week since the shootings.

The silence was observed by the thousands who gathered at Hagley Park in Christchurch, opposite the Masjid Al Noor, as well as at gatherings at Parliament and at other mosques around the country.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern passes Al Noor mosque as she arrives to attend Islamic prayers in Hagley Park (Photo:Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images)
 Prayers at Hagley Park. Photo: Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images
Ghaarith Chota and father Shuaib, of Auckland, travelled to Christchurch for the national call to prayer in Hagley Park. Photo: David Williams/ Newsroom
A human chain of supporters surrounds the Wellington Islamic Centre and mosque in Kilbirnie. Photo: Lynn Grieveson/Newsroom
The streets around the Kilbirnie mosque were closed for the crowd to gather. Photo: Lynn Grieveson/Newsroom
Walking to Friday prayers past a sign placed in front of the Kilbirnie mosque. Photo: Lynn Grieveson/Newsroom
A police officer guards the Kilbirnie mosque as worshippers pray. Photo: Lynn Grieveson/Newsroom
Arriving for Friday prayers past the human chain of supporters outside Kilbirnie mosque. Photo: Lynn Grieveson/Newsroom 
The human chain of supporters waited while prayers and speeches took place, broadcast outside for the crowd. Photo: Lynn Grieveson/Newsroom
As prayers ended, members of the mosque community came out to greet and thank the crowd, which sang Pokarekare Ana, Tutiri Mai Nga Iwi and How Great Thou Art as the worshippers walked past. Photo: Lynn Grieveson/Newsroom
Many of the women in the crowd chose to wear headscarves as a show of solidarity and respect. Photo: Lynn Grieveson/Newsroom
The Kilbirnie mosque remains decked out with flowers and messages of support. Photo: Lynn Grieveson/Newsroom
Hundreds also gathered in front of Parliament to mark one week since the Christchurch terror attacks. Photo: Sam Sachdeva/Newsroom
Newshub political editor Tova O'Brien delivers a live media cross in a hijab at Parliament to mark the one-week anniversary of the Christchurch terror attack. Photo: Sam Sachdeva/Newsroom

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