NZ mosque massacre: ‘Hello brother,’ last words from first victim goes viral

Christchurch: “Hello brother”, a word came out of a pure soul filled with a peaceful faith when the attacker with a rifle entered the mosque minutes before carrying out the massacre.

According to media reports, the worshipper, identified as 71-year-old Afghan is the first victim who greeted the attacker armed with rifle as he approached the entrance of the Al Noor mosque in New Zealand’s Christchurch.

In the livestreamed video, Haji Daoud Nabi can be heard saying, “Hello, brother” to the attacker who pointed his rifle to his greeting.

Mr. Nabi was thinking that he is talking to a human with soul and feelings but no, he wasn’t and soon after the innocent worshipper received five bullets in the chest.

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Mr. Nabi is being hailed as a hero online for ‘showing the kindness that is Islam’ with his final words and soon hashtag #HelloBrother gained traction on the social media platforms following the massacre.

Here are some:

“Hello, brother were the first words a Muslim worshipper said to the attacker as he entered the mosque. They were also his last words before he was shot to death. My heart is shattered,” a Twitter user wrote.

“The first victim of the terrorist attack in New Zealand is shown on the video greeting the gunman with Hello Brother. Those were his last words. Love in the face of hate,” another said.

An Australian citizen claiming to be a white supremacist was arrested Friday in connection with the deadliest incident of violence in New Zealand in over seven decades that claims the life of 49 people, including an Indian in two mosques.