On March 15, the prayers of the worshippers at a Christchurch mosque turned into screams, after a gunman mercilessly opened fire and killed nearly 50 people.
This was, like Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, "one of New Zealand's darkest days". Since then, the whole nation has come together as one, to mourn the loss of the people killed in the attack and wipe the tears of their family members.
Post the attack, PM Jacinda Ardern has been standing in solidarity with the Muslim community and Ardern even said "We are one" in one of the interviews post the attack. Ardern is being hailed as a hero across the world for standing together with the victims and their families and for tightening gun laws in the country. Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building in Dubai, too honoured her by lighting up with a photo of Ardern in a hijab hugging a woman after the Christchurch shootings.
UAE Vice President and Prime Minister His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum took to Twitter to thank PM Jacinda Ardern and wrote, "New Zealand today fell silent in honour 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."
New Zealand today fell silent in honour 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. pic.twitter.com/9LDvH0ybhD— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) March 22, 2019
People on social media too shared the picture in order to honour Ardern and the heartwarming gesture displayed on the Burj Khalifa.
Great work ððð— Ø¬ÙØ§ÙØ§ (@EVikdup2RIcSBPO) March 23, 2019
Jacinda Ardern graces the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa https://t.co/4FkHYTfIQ0— Alienist (@ailienist1) March 23, 2019
Peace and Prayers to all those souls— Ø§ÛØ³Ø§Ù (@3wpUppNCIE2xUvp) March 23, 2019
Photograph at burjkhalifa with the
caption "Peace." New Zealand's empathy &
support for the bereaved families of the
victims of the terrorist attack has earned
wide respect. pic.twitter.com/cND2JmQpWc
I really respect PM of New Zealand. IRON LADY. Burj Khalifa send you Thanks from all over the UAE. https://t.co/NGP6dHy8KY— TemoDubai (@TemoDubai) March 23, 2019
Good motive @BurjKhalifa— ÙÙØ± (@Qamar73777604) March 23, 2019