Biker gangs stand outside New Zealand mosques during the first Friday prayer after the massacre


Motorcyclists have vowed to guard outside New Zealand mosques while Muslims take part in their first Friday prayer after the Christchurch shootings.

Gangs like The Mongrel Mob, King Cobra and The Black Power have promised to support and protect their local Muslim communities across the country, after 50 people were killed and 50 injured in the March 15 attack.

Waikato Mongrel Mob president Sonny Fatu offered to protect the Jamia Masjid Mosque in Hamilton.

"We will support and assist our Muslim brothers and sisters no matter how long they need us," Fatu said in the New Zealand newsletter, Stuff.

He explained how The Mongrel Mob were contacted by representatives who claim that members of the Muslim community feared Friday prayers.

Fatu said: "The question was whether we could be part of the safety net to allow them to pray in peace without fear.

"Of course we would do it, there was no doubt and we will be dressed appropriately."

"We will not be armed. We are peacefully ensuring the enclosed internal perimeter, with the other members of the community, to allow them to feel at ease."

The dott. Asad Mohsin, head of the Muslim Association Waikato, said he appreciated the support received from "different parts of society, different interests and provisions".

He added: "All this gives us the strength to overcome the pain we are suffering.

"We would like to welcome them to enter the mosque and pray with us. They are part of us as we are part of them.

Biker gangs across the country have pledged to support their local Muslim communities. (AFP / Getty Images)

"Islam is inclusive, without judgment – we do not see the gang members, as we see them.

"We value them as human and we appreciate that they also appreciate us."

Dr Mohsin also told the New Zealand Herald: "There are no fears and we are not afraid, they must not stay outside the mosque, they can enter, just behind the place of the sermon."

Members of the King Cobra gang also paid tribute to the senior members of the Al-Masjid Al-Jamie mosque in Ponsonby on Saturday.

Other chapters of the Mongrel Mob have also shown their support throughout the country, including the Aotearoa branch that paid tribute to Hagley College in Christchurch.

Even one of the gang's Australian chapters patrolled a mosque in Sydney.



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