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Al Noor Mosque, Christchurch

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Al Noor Mosque
Canterbury Mosque 12 June 2006 (adjusted levels).jpg
Al Noor Mosque in 2006
Religion
AffiliationSunni Islam
Ecclesiastical or organisational statusMosque
Location
LocationRiccarton, Christchurch, New Zealand
Al Noor Mosque, Christchurch is located in Christchurch, New Zealand
Al Noor Mosque, Christchurch
Location in Christchurch
Geographic coordinates43°31′58.6″S 172°36′42.2″E / 43.532944°S 172.611722°E / -43.532944; 172.611722Coordinates: 43°31′58.6″S 172°36′42.2″E / 43.532944°S 172.611722°E / -43.532944; 172.611722

The Al Noor Mosque (Arabic: مسجد النور‎‎, Masjid al-Noor) is a large mosque in Riccarton, Christchurch, New Zealand.[1] The building is managed by the Muslim Association of Canterbury (MAC),[2] founded in 1977.[3] As of 2015 the mosque had 550 members.[4]

History

Built in 1984–1985, Al Noor Mosque was the world's southernmost mosque until 1999.[5] The Saudi Arabian government had donated NZ$460,000 to have the mosque built.[4]

In 2003, the Christchurch Muslim community organised a "National Māori Muslim Day" at the mosque.[6] In the same year, controversy arose inside the local Muslim community around the management of the mosque;[7] the arrival of new members of Arab and Somali origin sparked tension with the earlier members of South Asian origin, who have a different culture and more moderate interpretation of Islam.[8]

On 15 March 2019, the site, along with Linwood Islamic Centre, was a target of the Christchurch mosque shootings.[1] Forty-two worshippers were shot and killed inside the mosque.[9][10]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Liotta, Edoardo; Borrowdale, James (15 March 2019). "Terrorism in Christchurch: One of New Zealand's 'Darkest Days'". Vice. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Media Must Play a Positive Role in Bringing Communities Together: Imam Gamal of Masjid Al Noor, Christchurch". Migrant Times. Christchurch, NZ. 4 September 2016. Archived from the original on 18 March 2019. Retrieved 19 March 2019. This mosque - Masjid Al Noor - is managed by MAC.
  3. ^ Erich Kolig (23 October 2009). New Zealand's Muslims and Multiculturalism. BRILL. p. 33. ISBN 978-90-474-4070-3.
  4. ^ a b Matthewson, Nicole (3 December 2015). "Fighting, Killing 'Not the Muslim Way'". The Press. Christchurch, NZ. Retrieved 20 March 2019. Jackson, of the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies … said … ‘Just because they were attending a mosque at the time, doesn't mean the mosque was connected.’ … Morris, a specialist in world religions, said … ‘It creates an opportunity for these issues to be raised and addressed.’
  5. ^ "Masjid An-Nur in Riccarton, Canterbury". Salatomatic.com. Halalfire. Archived from the original on 18 March 2019. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  6. ^ Erich Kolig; Malcolm Voyce (2016). Muslim Integration: Pluralism and Multiculturalism in New Zealand and Australia. Lexington Books. p. 122. ISBN 9781498543545.
  7. ^ Erich Kolig (2009). New Zealand's Muslims and Multiculturalism. BRILL. p. 225. ISBN 9789047440703.
  8. ^ Erich Kolig (2009). New Zealand's Muslims and Multiculturalism. BRILL. p. 227. ISBN 9789047440703.
  9. ^ Dudding, Adam; Hartevelt, John (15 March 2019). "The End of Our Innocence". Stuff.co.nz. Archived from the original on 20 March 2019. Retrieved 17 March 2019. By now, 41 people were dead or dying, and a similar number had been injured.… Hundreds of mourners gathered at the Deans Avenue mosque.
  10. ^ Perry, Nick; Williams, Juliet (17 March 2019). "Mourners Pay Tribute to New Zealand Victims, Await Burials". Associated Press. Archived from the original on 17 March 2019. Retrieved 17 March 2019.

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