DUBAI: The World is still mourning on New Zealand gruesome terror attack last week claimed lives of 50 Muslims during Friday prayers at Christchurch.
Yesterday on Friday, the Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern visited a mosque and listened to the Friday sermon there. For the first time ever, the Azaan, Muslim call for prayer, was broadcast on national TV and radio in a show of solidarity with the Muslims.
The warmth of NZ premier’s gestures has brought appreciation from the world over. The way she donned Shalwar Kamiz with a dupatta on her head, and the visuals of her embracing Muslim women to condole them won the hearts of many inside and outside New Zealand.
In the same spirit, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, currently the world’s tallest building was lit up with an image of Prime Minister Ardern on Friday with the Islamic greeting of ‘Salaam’, meaning peace.
In his message on Facebook and Twitter, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Prime Minister of United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the ruler of Dubai emirate, lauded Prime Minister Ardern’s gesture.
He wrote that the sincere empathy and support of her and [the people of] New Zealand had won the respect of 1.5 billion Muslims after the after the terrorist attack that shook the Muslim community around the world.
Burj Khalifa is often used by the UAE government to show its support and solidarity with humans across the world in times of conflict and natural calamities.