THREE Perth Mosques are holding simultaneous memorial services this Saturday for the 50 victims of the Christchurch terror attack.
Perth Mosque, Thornlie Mosque and Masjid Ibrahim are inviting all locals, regardless of religion or background, to join them from 1pm to 3pm.
Imam Sheikh Mohammed Shakeeb said the events were about bringing the community together.
“It’s all about getting together first and foremost to remember the victims of the tragic ordeal that happened in Christchurch,” he said.
“We want to extend our gratitude to the wider community of Western Australia who have been very comforting – we’ve had a lot of people come to the mosque bringing flowers.”
The imam said it was the perfect opportunity to invite people in who had never been to a mosque before and strike up a relationship.
“We shouldn’t get drawn into the division some politicians are aiming to create,” he said.
Haka for Life founder Leon Ruri posted on social media that both Haka for Life and Corroboree for Life will attend the memorial at Perth Mosque.
He was on his way home from Auckland airport, and said he had attended Hamilton mosque to lay flowers and pay his respects.
“I really got connected to the sadness that had been felt by all here in New Zealand,” he said.
“This is a time like no other when they need us to haka the loudest for them so that their voices can be heard and the memories of those that were murdered remain in place and we can forever uphold them in love.”
To find out more about the memorial events, head to https://www.facebook.com/events/184187785797876/.