On Friday, March 22, the Burj Khalifa lit up with a photo of New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in gratitude for all her support following the Christchurch mosque shooting which took the lives of 50 Muslims.
Paying tribute to the Prime Minister, the tallest building in the world shone with a picture of her embracing the bereaved, and above the picture, written in both Arabic and English, was the word “peace”. HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, posted a picture of the same on Instagram and Twitter, thanking Ardern as he wrote, “New Zealand today fell silent in honor of the mosque attacks’ martyrs. Thank you PM @jacindaardern and New Zealand for your sincere empathy and support that has won the respect of 1.5 billion Muslims after the terrorist attack that shook the Muslim community around the world.”
Ardern’s response to the tragedy as a part of which she not only grieved with the victims’ families but also took quick action in tightening the country’s gun laws has been praised worldwide.
All of New Zealand stood in support with the Muslim community as the Islamic call to prayer was broadcast on national TV and radio channels to mark a week since the attack took place. On Friday, female news-anchors, as well as other women from the country, wore headscarves in solidarity and shared their photos on social media, some with the hashtag #HeadscarvesForHarmony.