Muslim Bride Places Wedding Bouquet At Memorial For Sydney Victims (Photo)
Manal Kassem’s wedding day wasn’t just about her. It was about all the residents of Sydney struggling to heal from the hostage crisis that left two innocent people dead one week ago.
Kassem, 23, visited the Martin Place flower memorial on Sunday after her ceremony.
With hair covered in a headscarf and veil, the Muslim bride placed her flowers among the hundreds left for victims Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson.
The bride and her new husband, Mahmod Homaisi, reportedly planned to take their wedding photos elsewhere in Sydney.
But, Kassem feared backlash against her conservative Muslim wedding ensemble, in light of the fact gunman Man Haron Monis preached a warped form of the religion.
Before visiting any fountain or park, Kassem and Homaisi made the trip to the memorial.
In a photograph that’s since gone viral, Kassem’s left her bridal bouquet with the hundreds of flowers. The gathered crowd applauded her action.
Wedding planner Dina Kheir reportedly told AAP,
…she didn’t want to be judged – celebrating her wedding in a scarf while people were terrorised…
She did it out of respect for her country that will one day be the country of her children and grandchildren.
He confirmed workers will attempt to keep each note and bundle of flowers intact.
Those wishing to leave flowers will still be able to do so at a marquee in front of the Lindt Chocolat Café.
Kassem left her bridal bouquet in memory of the two who died in the Sydney siege.
— Mariam Veiszadeh (@MariamVeiszadeh) December 21, 2014