At the age of seventy, Hussein Mohammad Khalil Moustafa was a retired accountant for an Alexandrian cotton company living in his small community at Christchurch. He and his family -wife and three children- had moved to New Zealand around twenty years ago from Egypt. Hussein’s daughter Arwa Moustafa said her father loved New Zealand and considered it his home, he wished to be buried there when he passed away.
According to Arwa, her father chose a corner in the mosque and made it his habit to pray therein alongside his close friends and other elders in the community, she says: “They used to sit together and when I saw the video and saw the shooting in that corner I knew he was one of the victims.” The family lived in Christchurch and so the al-Noor Masjid was a place they often visited for regular prayers as well as special community events.
His daughter-in-law, Nada Tawfeek described him as: “The kindest father-in-law a girl could ask for” She continued saying: “I don’t think anyone has ever seen him in a bad mood. He loved the mosque, he loved tidying it, he loved nourishing it and he was always a welcoming face there.” Hussein Moustafa was very active socially according to his family and his heart was tied to the mosque and a tribute to him was left hanging at Botanical Gardens of Christchurch.
Christchurch mosque shootings: Honouring the dead – Hussein Moustafa, 70