Kia Ora!

It has been decades since the small, word ‘terrorist’ has been associated with a single religion due to the sovereignty of white diplomacy.

Many non-Muslim terrorist activities have taken place in the western world that was recorded and openly publicised but none of them were considered religious fanatics or acts of white terrorists.

White terrorists have either been labelled as 'mentally ill' or the act has been pushed under the carpet and constrained from media projection.

Today the white Australian terrorist, responsible for the massacre of 51 innocent and vulnerable Muslims at al Noor mosque during their segregated prayers on March 15, 2019, in Christchurch, New Zealand has been sentenced to life imprisonment without parole.

This even could’ve easily been shoved under the carpet or the perpetrator* could’ve been prosecuted behind closed doors like how other white supremacists countries cover up men like him with the excuse of insanity but ...

It was not an easy task for New Zealand to get to this end, it seems very straightforward to the world that the perpetrator*   committed murder and got imprisonment. It’s easy to imagine that Muslims are brutally murdered but no agitations and reactions take place, It’s easy to accept that the families of the victims are normalised with any grief & mourning.

Khalyd Baloch (author of this piece)

It was not easy. It was not painless to go through the process to reach the justice brought out today. Since the first day, we as a nation stood together to confront the challenges and bear the pain. Instead of following the world hypocritical approach, our leaders, communities, media groups, financial institutions, every single person of the country fought with stress and anxiety that a white supremacist gave us in the name of hatred.

We amended the gun laws, we subsided the income of the victims’ family, we banned the hatred promotion on mainstream and social media, we offered financial support to victims’ family, we efficiently build the community counselling programs, we acknowledged the community’s presence and culture, we promoted our interfaith harmony, we developed the brotherhood and so forth.

We stood side by side with the victims, their families, and with each other as a nation.

I salute the great leadership of the country 
I salute Kiwis for their honest and unbiased support throughout
I salute the fairness of media and anti-racist organisations for their prominent voices. 
I salute the human instinct of people living around the globe who stood against brutality. 

Today, it has been made crystal clear that RELIGION has nothing to do with the ACT of TERRORISM.

Today, it has been proved that Humanity has not been completely lost.
Today, it has been showed to the world that Justice prevails no matter what.
Today, it has been acknowledged to the world that Killing does not justify your inner feelings, emotions and sentiment against others.
Today, New Zealand set a precedent that terrorists do not belong to any race, ethnicity & religion. 

The world needs to learn from us to be brave to make decisions when it comes to righteousness and humanity. The World needs to take more step against Islamophobia and come to up with solid concrete resolutions and legislation to avoid Brent Tarrant mindsets that prevail in our beautiful WORLD

I am proud of being a member of the New Zealand Whanau. I am proud Kiwi and I am proud Muslim.

It is just a beginning of Aroha (love) to develop whakaute (respect) to establish peaceful interfaith communities where our generation cherishes without fear of anti-racist emotions and insecurities. This struggle of our nation would continue every moment with every breath we are taking.

May God Defend Aotearoa (Ameen)

(*: Note – The Indian Weekender has chosen to exercise our editorial discretion to not publish the name of the perpetrator to give him any unnecessary publicity here. We acknowledge the writer’s sentiments, yet we chose to exercise this editorial discretion for the greater good). 

Khalyd Baloch is a community worker, social activist and philanthropist who have lived in NZ since 2001 and have been serving communities since then. He loves politics and keep a close eye on social, economic, and political issues and debates within the country and internationally.