Rain dripped from the skies as though the heavens themselves were crying. The Quran echoed throughout the Becker Theater, breaking up the pitter-patter of the drizzle on Wednesday, right before a vigil was held for the victims of the Christchurch shooting in New Zealand last week.
Around 50 people were killed in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, which is the country’s deadliest terrorist attack, according to CNN and the BBC.
New Zealand will ban the types of semi-automatic assault rifles used in the attack, according to Reuters.
Students for Justice in Palestine, the Muslim Student Association, Lebanese Social Club, Kuwait Student Club and the Iranian Student Association collaborated to host the event.
Joshua Fatahi, vice president of Students for Justice in Palestine, said it is important to have these events to prevent similar acts from occurring in the future.
“One reason why we hosted today’s event is just to try and help the community heal from tragic events like this,” Fatahi said. “Something I noticed when we were organizing this that I didn’t really realize was how much support we were going to get from the community.”
Hijabs hid the somber faces of some of the students who attended the vigil, but Muslims were not the only ones who attended the event.
Support from the community on campus was prevalent as fellow students stood in solidarity with members from Movimiento Estudiantil [email protected] de Aztlán de CSUF, Students for Quality Education and other student organizations.
“There are so many different communities that are affected by this hateful sentiment that has grown in the U.S. and worldwide,” Fatahi said. “It’s this real fear from not just the Muslim community but from all communities. From the Latinx community, from the Jewish community, from people of color, the black students on campus.”
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