Greenwich Students’ Union (GSU) is extremely saddened by the appalling events in Christchurch, New Zealand earlier today. The GSU Leadership Team would like to we send our condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives.
Our student and staff population at the University of Greenwich is amazingly diverse and we do not tolerate any form of discrimination or violence against any individual or group.
We appreciate that our Islamic student and staff community may feel vulnerable due to the events in New Zealand and would like to remind everyone of the support services available to you:
The GSU Advice Team is free and independent from the University: greenwichsu.co.uk/advice
You can also reach out to our Islamic Society (ISOC) if you need any support: greenwichsu.co.uk/societies/islamic
The University also offers different services for students and staff to reach out to: gre.ac.uk/student-services/support
We now follow with a statement from the Islamic Society.
Assalamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatu Allahi wa barakatuhu'
Many of you are aware of the atrocity that took place in New Zealand this morning where we lost 49 of our brothers and sisters. Greenwich Islamic Society would like to extend their condolences to the families and the Ummah at large for this great loss.
As Allah reminds us: 29:2 Do the people think that they will be left to say, "We believe" and they will not be tried?
Allah only tests those whom he loves, remember they were killed while worshipping their Lord as guests in his house.
Let us not forget that today is the blessed day of Friday. The prophet (PBUH) said that ’no one dies on a Friday except that all his sins are forgiven’ and that there is an hour on Friday in which your Prayers are not rejected. We would kindly request you all to raise your hands in prayer for all those who are killed in New Zealand and elsewhere. This is yet again a reminder about the reality of this life, how short it is and we as Muslims cannot afford to lose track from our end destination (The Day Of Judgement). What have you prepared for it?
Islamic Society of Greenwich