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Families of Christchurch attack victims arrive in Makkah

Families of the victims of the massacre in Christchurch mosques were accorded a warm welcome as their first batch arrived at King Abdelaziz International Airport (KAIA) in Jeddah on Friday.

The families are here as personal guests of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman for performing Haj this year.

Colonel Sulaiman Al-Yousef, Director of Passports (Jawazat) at KAIA, received and welcomed the families at the airport.

The reception was attended by New Zealand Ambassador to the Kingdom, Mr James Monroe and a number of officials.

Ambassador Monroe stressed that the invitation of King Salman is an exceptionally noble gesture.

“This move is highly appreciated by New Zealand people,” said Ambassador Monroe.

Dream comes true for New Zealand’s most senior Muslim police officer

Just over four months ago, police superintendent Naila Hassan was giving an emotional speech at a vigil in New Zealand for the 51 people murdered in the Christchurch mosque terrorist attack.

Now Hassan, New Zealand’s most senior Muslim police officer, is in Makkah to take part in the Haj pilgrimage — and her dream has come true.

“As a Muslim, you just dream about seeing the Kaaba and going to Makkah and Madinah,” she said thanking Saudi King Salman for hosting the Christchurch pilgrims.

“When I saw the Kaaba this morning, I was breathless, I really was.”

Under the King's programme for Haj and Umrah as many as 6,000 pilgrims have arrived from various parts of the world.

As many as 1,516,101 pilgrims have arrived in the Kingdom from various parts of the world to perform the Haj this year.

Darul Ihsan Media Desk

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