As a thanking gesture from the United Arab Emirates, the country’s landmark and world’s tallest building Burj Khalifa was lift up with the picture of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern wearing a headscarf – an honour paid to respect her response to the mosque shooting incident.
On Friday, New Zealand and rest of the world mourned for the death of 50 worshippers killed in the terror attack on Al Noor mosque of Christchurch of New Zealand on March 15, 2019. In the wake of the attacks, the country’s prime minister – Jacinda Ardern has been reaching out traumatised Muslims since within few hours, and she continued to sympathise the victims and their keens while promising and actually introducing a weapon license law enforcement.
The sincerity, genuineness and concerned actions taken by Ardern in the aftermath of the carnage has not only acclaimed global admiration, but also staged a revolution for how leaders should act on such emergencies. From addressing a white extremist as “a terrorist”, “an extremist”, “a criminal” and the absence of the “them-us” binary during all her speeches – to urging people to not mention the name of the attacker because “we in New Zealand will give him nothing. Not even his name” – all this made Ardern the ideal political leader, a term that seems an oxymoron in the current day.
New Zealand today fell silent in honour of the mosque attacks’ martyrs. Thank you PM @jacindaardern and New Zealand for your sincere empathy and support that has won the respect of 1.5 billion Muslims after the terrorist attack that shook the Muslim community around the world. pic.twitter.com/9LDvH0ybhD
— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) March 22, 2019
Thanking Jacinda Ardern for the support she has shown to the Muslims residing in New Zealand, and the other 1.8 billion in rest of the world – Dubai’s Burj Khalifa projected a picture of PM Ardern in a hijab, warmly embracing a Muslim affected by the tragedy, under the word “peace” in Arabic and English. The Ruler of UAE – His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum thanked the NZ leader for the “sincere empathy and support that has won the respect of 1.5 billion Muslims after the terrorist attack that shook the Muslim community around the world”.
For Jacinda, she has set an example for all leaders around the world with a simple message, that in the face of tragedies, leaders have to grieve with their people, think with and for their people, and act together with the people; and none of this needs involvement of politics, nor declaration of rhetoric actions or war against anyone. It takes a heart, to become an epitome leader that Jacinda Ardern is.