(CNN)Churches are opening their doors after mosques were told to close for security issues in the wake of the Christchurch, New Zealand, terrorist attacks. Mosques are receiving messages of solidarity and flowers. A fundraising for the victims is nearing $400,000. And a UK-based national forum for Christian-Muslim engagement is calling on Christians to go along to Friday prayers at their local mosques — a call the archbishop of Canterbury endorsed.
Here's how you can help the victims of the New Zealand terror attacksThese are only a few examples of how people and institutions are showing solidarity and offering help to Muslim communities all over the world after Friday’s shooting attacks on two Christchurch mosques that killed at least 49 people and seriously injured 20 others.Here’s how you can help the New Zealand victimsIn some of the worst terror attacks and mass shootings of recent years, Muslim communities have stepped up to help in different ways. In the aftermath of October’s Tree of Life Synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, for example, the Muslim-American nonprofit groups CelebrateMercy and MPower Change launched a crowdfunding appeal that raised thousands for the victims. They are opening their doorsRead MoreImmediately after Friday’s attacks in Christchurch, the Te Atatū Baptist Church in Auckland, New Zealand, announced on Facebook it was opening its doors to Muslims because mosques had been closed. “Tonight we will open up The Meeting Place from 7pm to 8pm for prayer for Christchurch. Come and light a candle, say a silent prayer and stand with our fellow kiwis. All welcome,” the post said.”We especially invite the Muslim community whose mosques have been closed, to come and join us tonight.” Other landmark churches, such as St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, said it was offering prayers during daily services for those affected by the shootings in New Zealand. “We pray too for our Muslim friends and (neighbors) here and around the world,” the church said on Twitter.
At our services today we will offer prayers for those affected by the shootings in New Zealand and for Muslim communities. All are welcome to join us.As always, St Dunstan’s Chapel is available for private prayer and reflection throughout the day. pic.twitter.com/8BvUGAjZ0r
— St Paul's Cathedral (@StPaulsLondon) March 15, 2019 The UK’s national forum for Christian-Muslim dialogue, the Christian Muslim Forum, called on Christians to go to Friday prayers at their local mosques “to stand in solidarity.” “The devastating attacks in Christchurch bring us together in grief and in our determination to fight hatred with friendship,” it announced on Twitter with the hashtag #WeStandTogether. “Churches are visiting mosques across the country today in solidarity,” the group told CNN. The message was retweeted in support by Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury.
— Archbishop of Canterbury (@JustinWelby) March 15, 2019 They are holding vigilsMeanwhile, peaceful vigils are already being held in New Zealand and across the UK.
A peaceful vigil is taking place outside Sandwell Council House, Oldbury, following the terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand.Led by Sandwell's Inclusive Muslim Action Network (IMAN) and @FaithFriendsOT.#WeStandTogether pic.twitter.com/t4hqa9yrKD
— Sandwell Council (@sandwellcouncil) March 15, 2019 People also are leaving messages of support and flowers at the entrance of mosques, including the Finsbury Park mosque in north London, the target of a June 2017 terror attack that left one Muslim worshipper dead.
Such a thoughtful gesture outside @CMRochdale from a well wisher today 🙏🏽Peddlers of hate won't succeed in their futile & violent attempts to divide us, & ALL those responsible for perpetuating Islamophobia have a lot to answer for#WeStandTogether#ChristchurchMosqueAttack pic.twitter.com/0r057l2mnk
— Mr Shahid Mohammed Sardar 🐝 (@Shahid_MoSardar) March 15, 2019 Meanwhile, the New Zealand Council of Victim Support Groups, a local charity, has launched a crowdfunding effort for the victims that is nearing $400,000.
For the first time in history synagogues in NZ are closed on Shabbat following the shocking massacre of Muslims in Christchurch. The Jewish Agency and the NZ Jewish Council stand in solidarity with the bereaved families. We are united in fighting violent hatred and racism.
— יצחק הרצוג Isaac Herzog (@Isaac_Herzog) March 15, 2019 In another show of solidarity, the New Zealand Jewish community shut its synagogues on Shabbat for the first time, according to a tweet by Isaac Herzog, head of the Jewish Agency for Israel.