Gamal Fouda

Photo courtesy of Stuff

Photo courtesy of Stuff

Gamal Fouda currently serves as the Imam of the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch. 

He is a survivor of the March 15 attack in Christchurch, which left 51 dead, including 44 from his Al Noor congregation. 

A week after the event, he led a mass call, Friday prayer in Christchurch's Hagley Park and  thousands of people across New Zealand and the globe heard his message that evil ideology will never triumph over love and unity.

He has since welcomed luminaries such as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Prince William, and United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to the mosque, to discuss the Muslim community's response to the attacks and to hate speech. 

Gamal’s work to unite religious communities started before the Christchurch attack; he has previously liaised with Martin Shulz and the German Social Democratic Party; the Grand Imam of Alazhar—the highest religious figure in the Muslim world; His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi; and the Secretary General of Muslim World League.

Gamal is originally from Egypt; he moved to New Zealand in 2003, when he was assigned to the Palmerston North Islamic Centre as a religious adviser. Since then, he also served at the Dunedin Islamic Centre before being offered the role of Imam at Al Noor mosque.