Mohd Tarmizi Shuib, the forty-two-year-old Malaysian sat in front of his son’s grave at the Memorial Park cemetery in Bromley, New Zealand. The heartbroken father was told that his beloved son’s remains were buried here after being cleansed according to Islamic rites. He decided to remain by his side as he sat in his wheelchair after sustaining severe injuries caused by the gunman’s attack.
The young seventeen-year-old Muhammad Haziq Mohd-Tarmizi was praying with his father Mohd Tarmizi Shuib at the mosque when the cowardly terrorist attack took place. The father was injured but survived the attack, his son however fell prey to the barrage of bullets fired indiscriminately at all the congregants inside the mosque.
After having been missing for two days, the Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Wisma Putra) announced: “With deep sorrow and with consent from the family, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to confirm that Haziq, 17, was among the 50 victims who lost their lives in the tragic shooting incident in Christchurch.”
Prime minister Jacinda Ardern had visited Cashmere high school and consoled the grieving students: “Feeling safe means feeling safe from violence… but also means making a place where there is no environment for violence to flourish. Where we don’t let racism exist. Because racism breeds extremism.” She continued: “I alone cannot get rid of those things by myself. I need help from every single one of us. If we want to feel like we’re doing something to make a difference, show those outpouring of love, gather together, send that message, look after one another.”
Many condolences were posted on social media and more than 100 Muslims on Thursday gathered in the hometown of the martyr Muhammad Haziq Mohd Tarmizi for an Islamic absentee funeral prayer to honor the Malaysian teen.
NZ terrorist attack: Remains of Malaysian teenager laid to rest
NZ terror attack: Haziq laid to rest in New Zealand