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People across the world have been sending messages of support to the Muslim community after the news that at least 49 people have been shot dead in an attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Prime minister Jacinda Ardern has described the incident on Friday afternoon as a terrorist attack and one of New Zealand's "darkest days".

A man in his late twenties was charged with murder and will appear in court on Saturday, police said. Reports suggest that the shooter gave an Islamophobic speech before carrying out the act, which he then reportedly livestreamed to his Facebook account.

Condemnation of the attack and messages of solidarity with the Muslim community have poured in from across the world, with many asking what they can do to help.

And one Muslim American human rights activist and lawyer has provided tips for those who are considering visiting a mosque in support.

In a tweet, Qasim Rashid wrote:

Many asking about visiting a mosque in solidarity:

Yes it's a good idea, but be alert to security protocols. Call ahead if possible. 

No gift of any sort needed. Your solidarity is what's most important

Dress modestly as you would for any house of worship

Other people responded to Rashid's tweet with additional advice.

Rashid also urged people not to give the terrorists who carried out the attack a platform by sharing their footage.

New Zealand police have also asked people not to share any of this graphic and distressing footage online and are attempting to have any videos removed.

If you are currently residing in New Zealand you can contact the police via the following methods:

Phone: 111

Twitter: @nzpolice


If you have been affected by this story and currently live in the UK we recommend that you contact the New Zealand high commission in London.

They can be reached via the following means.

Address: 80 Haymarket , London SW1Y 4TQ, Greater London

Telephone: +44 20 793 08422

Fax: +44 20 783 94580

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