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Jhang: 20,000 people join hands to form Christchurch mosque shape

JHANG: As many as 20,000 people on Friday formed a human-mosque here in Jhang to express solidarity with those who lost their lives in Christchurch mosque shootings last month, ARY News reported.

The formation, which resembled one of the mosques targeted in Christchurch shootings, was made in the gardens next to the shrine of Hazrat Sultan, a 17th-century mystic famous for his Sufi poetry and scholarly works.

The people taking part in the formation were all dressed in white shalwar kamiz and joined each other to form the structure of Al-Noor Mosque, Christchurch.

Above the mosque formation were flags of Pakistan and New Zealand, with photographs of people who lost their lives in one of New Zealand’s worst terrorist attacks.

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At this occasion, the participants recited Durood and chanted slogans of Allahu Akbar, while a small formation on the top right corner of mosque read Islam is Peace.

The enchanting show of harmony and solidarity lasted for several minutes before being disbanded.

As many as 50 people were killed when a person inspired by far-right violent ideologies opened fire on Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Islamic Centre in Christchurch on March 15.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had described it as “one of New Zealand’s darkest days”. In days to come, she paid multiple visits to Islamic community in Christrchurch to express solidarity with them.

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