Christchurch massacre

Take seriously the threat posed by white supremacy movements

Those who support or spread the growing, global movement of white nationalist views need to be called out

An armed policeman at the Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch after a right-wing extremist went on a shooting rampage in the New Zealand city last Friday. Such attacks are the latest manifestation of a growing and globalised ideology of white nationalism
An armed policeman at the Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch after a right-wing extremist went on a shooting rampage in the New Zealand city last Friday. Such attacks are the latest manifestation of a growing and globalised ideology of white nationalism that must be addressed at its source, says the writer.PHOTO: REUTERS

For Muslims, Friday prayer is like Sunday mass for Christians. It's the day of community prayer. We travel to our local mosques, our religious sanctuary. Our families gather in the early afternoon to pray as a community. Kids run through the halls as the imam recites the Quran in Arabic. We eat together and mingle outside.

This week, as those of us in the United States attend Friday prayer, the Muslims in Christchurch, New Zealand, are preparing for funerals.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 18, 2019, with the headline 'Take seriously the threat posed by white supremacy movements'. Subscribe