Vigil to be held at Lincoln mosque to honour NZ terror victims

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A Lincoln woman will invite people from all or no faith to stand outside the city’s mosque in solidarity against hate crime and terrorism on Friday.

Amber Marshall wants to show the world that “we will not stand for it” after the recent orchestrated mass shooting in New Zealand where 49 people died.

Around 20 people were also seriously injured following the attacks by right wing extremists at two mosques in the city of Christchurch.

It prompted Muslim leaders at the Lincoln mosque to ask for more security at their Friday prayers, as well as support from other faith leaders across the city.

Chairman of the Islamic Association of Lincoln Tanweer Ahmed said members of the local Muslim community had since been in touch with fears over safety.

We Stand Together

The mosque in Lincoln, off Dixon Street

The We Stand Together event will take place between 12-1pm on Friday, March 22 as prayers (Dhuhr) start at 12.09pm.

Amber told The Lincolnite: “I only decided it was going ahead a few days ago, however, there has been so much interaction which has been wonderful.

“I have asked all attendees to arrive for 12 so our presence is noted before prayers begin. Once prayers start I will make a welcome speech and thank people for coming and explain a little more about why we are there.”

Amber added: “I would love people to get involved by doing anything they can. Even if there’s only one or two people there I will still class the event as a success. However, if we get lots of people I feel as thought it will create more of a statement.”

Amber will also host a placard making event at Mansions of the Future on St Mary’s Street in Lincoln on Thursday, March 21.

It will take place between 6pm-8pm to give people the chance to make some placards ahead of Friday’s event.