Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud has issued a directive for Saudi Arabia to host 200 people from the families of the mosque attack victims in Christchurch, New Zealand, to perform Hajj.
The directive was announced on Tuesday by the Minister of Islamic Affairs, Sheikh Abdullatif bin Abdulaziz Al-Asheikh. He said the gesture is part of the Kingdom’s efforts to counter terrorism and support the families of those who were affected by the “abominable act that is contrary to all divine teachings and human values and principles”.
According to the minster, the ministry will work on following up the procedures of inviting the families of the victims with the Saudi embassy in New Zealand, and it will provide all services necessary for them to perform the Islamic ritual of Hajj.
The heart-wrenching Christchurch mosque attack left 50 Muslims dead and dozens injured after gunman, Brenton Tarrant, walked into two mosques during Friday prayers and randomly shot people while broadcasting the live footage on Facebook.