Muslims have hailed as the heroes of the horrific Grenfell Tower fire that occurred in the early hours of Wednesday morning and began running around frantically banging on people’s doors to wake them up.Residents who had stayed up for Suhur – the meal between 2-3am before Muslims begin fasting again – saw the fire break out just before 1am. Muslims told of how they smelled smoke in the early hours of Wednesday morning. They were dubbed a ‘lifeline’ in helping to get people out of their flats, amid claims that fire alarms and sprinklers were not working in the west London block.
Andre Barroso, 33, told The Independent that the majority people that helped were Muslims. She said:
Muslims played a big part in getting a lot of people out. Most of the people I could see were Muslim. They have also been providing food and clothes.’
A number of Islamic cultural centres and mosques like the Al-Manaar Mosque have opened their doors to help those affected. The culural heritage centre wrote on Facebook:
Al-Manaar Mosque and Centre are open for use as a temporary shelter by anyone affected by the fire at Grenfell Tower. Anyone of any faith or no faith is most welcome to walk in to have some rest, sleep, and or have some water and food. Al-Manaar staff and volunteers will also be trying to deliver water, dates, and other emergency essentials to the affected area. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.’
The nearby St Clement’s and St James’ church also opened its doors to people who were evacuated as well as local Sikh temples. My thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected in this tragic incident.
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