Muslims up for Sehri helped save lives in London Tower block fire

A large population of the apartment block that was engulfed in flames on Wednesday morning was largely Muslims. Many have emerged as real heroes who saved lives, writes Helena Horton of The Telegraph.

Heroic residents of the Grenfell Tower saved their neighbours by banging on their doors and guiding them to safety.

Local community centres and religious buildings have opened to help those who have lost their homes, and left with nothing but their pajamas.

Some put their own lives at risk to rescue others.

Rashida, a local resident, told Sky News how Muslim’s observing Ramadan may have saved lives in the tower block, as many of them were awake.

She said: “Most Muslims now observing Ramadan will normally not go to bed until about 2am maybe 2.30am.

She said they would have had their Sehri meal and stayed up for prayer.

“So most of the families around here would have been awake and I think even with the noise from the helicopters, it would have brought a lot of attention to a lot of residents non-Muslim as well, that would have thought something’s going on that’s not quite normal.”

She spoke of how tight-knit the community was, and how many different nationalities lived in the tower.

She said: “It’s a very diverse area, we have all nationalities, all religions. “We all live peacefully amongst each other, there is not much crime higher than anywhere else.

 “We all know each other, there is a very high population of Moroccans, and for some reason we all live close to each other. Literally everyone knows each other.”

Nadia Yousuf, 29, told BuzzFeed Muslim residents were among the first to notice the fire, as they woke up to prepare to break their fast.

“They saw it just after they woke up to eat”, she said.

Meanwhile, according to AlJazeera, London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan said “a lot of people” are still unaccounted for more than eight hours after the fire was reported. “Unfortunately, there have been a number of fatalities,”

 Danny Cotton, Commissioner at London Fire Bridage, said. “It’s a major fire that has affected every floor from the second floor upwards.”

Hanan Wahabi, 39, told AFP news agency she escaped with her husband and son, 16, and eight-year-old daughter but feared for her brother and his family who live on the 21st floor.

“Last time I saw him they were waving out the window, his wife and children,” she said.

“I’ve not heard from them since, the phone is not going through, the landline isn’t going through.”





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