Last week we considered “what now?”. Looking at ourselves post the permanent imprisonment of the mass murderer of those who were at prayer at two Mosques. We were delighted to have Dr Hamimah Tuyan, the widow of Zekeriya Tuyan, the 51st victim of the Christchurch mosque attacks, and a Tuesday Club regular, Tony Green from the Muslim community.
Hamimah was talking to us from Singapore. She has written some beautiful articles which have been published in the Press and in Spinoff. Here is a link to two of her articles:
Where she wrote the following her hope is shared by all of us:
Humankind is tasked, individually and collectively, with upholding the rights due to others, standing with the marginalised and oppressed, and removing every bias in upholding justice – even if it is at the cost to one’s whanau and oneself.
While the uncivilised tendency is to dehumanise the enemy and strip them of their rights, Islam emphasises that the wellbeing of an entire nation is at risk when its members fail to advocate for and protect those underprivileged, regardless of their ethnic identities and ideological affiliation.
Tony Green produced a series of prompts for us all to consider as we move down the path of “what now?”. You can see them on the link below.
The Tuesday Club will return to this topic regularly in the future. It is hard and for many, too hard, to consider how we confront this issue. We have a responsibility to ensure that we in Christchurch lead this debate nationally.