The faithful return to the mosque in Christchurch, life resumes its course

Les fidèles de retour à la mosquée de Christchurch, la vie reprend son cours

The muslims have taken over Saturday the path of the main mosque of Christchurch for the first time since the massacre of 50 worshippers by an extremist australian march 15, showing that the life begins to resume its course eight days after the tragedy.

After the attack by Brenton Tarrant in two mosques of the town in the south of New Zealand, a white supremacist 28-year-old, the police had closed down the mosque al-Nour, for reasons of investigation and security.

The building has been returned to the local muslim community, and small groups of faithful were allowed to enter Saturday around noon. “We welcome 15 people at a time, just to go back to some normality,” said Saiyad Hassan, a volunteer in the mosque.

“I can’t, for the moment, say when may operate a return to normalcy”, he added.

The leaders of the mosque have not, for the time being, wished to make comments.

On the facade of the mosque Saturday, and no bullet impact was visible and the walls seemed to have been freshly repainted. Inside, visitors, muslims, deeply moved, stood quietly standing.

In recent days, workers have worked hard to refurbish the walls riddled with bullets, and clean the floors stained with blood.

This massacre was filmed and broadcast live on Facebook by its author has caused a shock wave in an archipelago known for its tolerance, its low crime and its tradition of hospitality.

On Friday, a week after the massacre, a call to prayer was broadcast throughout the country, followed by two minutes of silence to pay tribute to the 50 muslims killed.