‘Mum, there’s someone shooting us’: Mother recalls son’s last words during mosque massacre

The mother of a Christchurch mosque victim has revealed she was on the phone with her teenage son when he was shot and killed by the gunman.

Salwa Mustafa’s son Hamza, 16, who had been praying at Masjid Al Noor mosque with his brother Zaid, 13, and father Khaled, 44, called her moments after the man opened fire on Friday afternoon.

The phone call marked the final time the mum would talk to her son, who had been trying to flee the attack with his younger sibling.

‘He said: “Mum, there’s someone come into the mosque and he’s shooting us,” and he was running with his brother who had been shot in his leg,’ Ms Mustafa told Stuff.

Hamza Mustafa, 16 (pictured) and his father were killed in the Christchurch mass shooting on Friday. The young boy had called his mum as he tried to flee the gunman

Moments later, she heard the sound of gunshots followed by Hamza’s screams – the last thing she would ever hear from him.

Ms Mustafa said she called out after her son, but only heard ‘his little voice’ before the other end went silent.

People lay flowers and notes to pay tribute, at Deans Ave street close to the Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand on Saturday

She stayed on the phone for 22 minutes trying to get a response.

‘His phone was on, but I couldn’t talk to him, after that someone picked up the phone and told me your son can’t breathe, I think he’s dead,’ she said.

Zaid managed to flee the carnage, but Ms Mustafa’s husband Khaled, tragically, did not survive the attack.

Ms Mustafa spoke of her horror from Christchurch Hospital where Zaid is being treated for two gunshot wounds.

She described her late son, who was a student at Cashmere High School in southern Christchurch, as ‘the most wonderful boy’ who was ‘very caring and polite.’

Speaking of the shooter she said: ‘God will punish him, my son and my husband are in heaven now and we’re going after them, we’re going to follow them to the heavens.’

Hamza and Khaled are among the 50 worshipers who were shot and killed in New Zealand’s worst mass shooting allegedly carried out by Australian gunman Brenton Tarrant.


Several youth arrested in Mombasa Swafaa mosque after forcing their way in for prayers

Tension is high in Kisauni area ahead of Friday prayers after police raided Masjid Swafaa mosque Thursday night and arrested several youth.

The youth had forced their way into the mosque which is one of three that had been closed to facilitate investigations over allegations of radicalisation.

Mombasa county commander Robert Kitur confirmed the incident and said police had to fire in the air and lob tear gas canisters at the youth who engaged them.

Kitur said the four mosques, Swafaa, Minah, Sakina and Shuhaada in which police have conducted operations will remain closed.

Kitur added that worshipers are advised to seek alternative places to hold their prayers until police clear the four mosques.


Cape Town shuts South Africa’s pro-gay mosque

South Africa’s first gay-friendly mosque, which also allows women to lead prayers, has been closed indefinitely, a local official has told the BBC.

A City of Cape Town councillor says the newly established Open Mosque had violated municipal by-laws by not having any parking spaces.

The mosque officially opened its doors on Friday despite criticism from members of the local Muslim community.

Founder Taj Hargey said the mosque would help counter radicalism.

“The City Council is trying to close the mosque using ridiculous bylaws and I will not be threatened by them or anyone else,” Mr Hargey told the BBC.

“We have freedom of religion and expression in this country. No-one has the right to tell anyone what to believe in. This is a gender equal mosque, autonomous and independent and will remain so,” he said.

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Pro-gay mosque opens in Cape Town South Africa

BBC reports that a Muslim academic has opened a gay-friendly mosque in South Africa, despite receiving death threats and fierce criticism from parts of the local Muslim community.

Women will be allowed to lead prayers at Taj Hargey’s “Open Mosque” in Cape Town.

“We are opening the mosque for open-minded people, not closed-minded people,” Mr Hargey told the BBC.

He says the mosque will help counter growing Islamic radicalism.

Mr Hargey, a professor at the Muslim Educational Centre of Oxford in the UK, told the BBC’s Newsday programme it was time for a “religious revolution”.

“In South Africa 20 years ago, there was a peaceful revolution changing from apartheid to democracy and we need to have a similar development in the area of religion,” he said.

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