Christchurch Muslims go into damage control
Usman Afzali is one of just over 2600 people living in Christchurch who identify as Muslim.
He moved to the city from Afghanistan in 2011 to be with his refugee wife and became a member of the Christchurch mosque on Deans Ave.
“Our religion teaches us we should be very peaceful, with our neighbours, with all of our society,” Afzali said.
Mr¬†Usman Afzali is probably a picture of Muslims that integrate.
Unfortunately, it’s not the Mr¬†Usman Afzalis of this world that are the problem.
It was at the Christchurch mosque that [ Mr Afzalis ] met a man known as Saleem Khattab.
Khattab, born Christopher Havard, was killed during a US drone strike in Yemen last November, alongside dual Australian-New Zealand national Daryl Jones.
Authorities believed the pair, who reportedly met in Christchurch, had links to terror group al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and Havard’s parents told Australia’s ABC news last week that their son first encountered radical Islam in Christchurch.
The city’s Muslim leaders vehemently denied the allegations, with many saying they were disturbed by the claims and the effect they could have on how people viewed their community.
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