Al-Noor Mosque was more than a place for worship for three Christchurch friends. It functioned as a community centre and that’s where Huda Mohamed, Hajira Shiekh, and Hafsa Shire met.
All three of their families came to Christchurch from Somalia at different times, by different means, leading them all to the city, 13,553 km away from their homeland.
Christchurch. July 1. Around 400 people gathered at the Aldergate Centre. On Durham Street North to celebrate Somali independence. About 200 Somali people were there to celebrate 60 years of independence alongside members of the community
To begin what was to be a bright and festive evening, 21-year-old Hajira Sheikh gave an opening address. This was a big moment for her and time to acknowledge the history of her homeland.
Hajira Sheikh was born in 1999 at Christchurch Women's Hospital - the very same hospital her childhood friend Hafsa Shire was born at. The pair, plus their friend Huda attended classes at Al-Noor mosque together as they grew up in New Zealand.