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It is with deep sorrow that we learn today of the terrorist attack committed against innocent worshipers at a Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand.

We extend our prayers and thoughts to the victims and survivors, their families and the people of New Zealand during this terrible time.

We encourage all Mosques and places of worship in Australia to be extra vigilant and for members of the Muslim community to be particularly mindful of their safety in the coming days. President of Muslims Australia – AFIC, Dr Rateb Jneid, stated, “This act of terror on innocent worshipers is an atrocity and we grieve with the victims and their families. We will reach out to our compatriots in New Zealand and offer any support and assistance that we are able to.”

This massacre today is a product of the ever-increasing Islamophobia and marginalisation of Muslims and is a reminder to all concerned, including Political leaders and media commentators, of the horrific consequences that an atmosphere of hate and division can lead to. No country or community is immune to such atrocities.

We urge governments in Australia, both at a Federal and State level, to give extra attention to the rise of anti-Muslim sentiment and extremism and ensure that the concerns of the Muslim community are being genuinely heard and responded to.

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