Looking at the destroyed and burned building, one can hardly expect any survivors. But thankfully, the loss of lives was controlled to a greater extent. Residents of Grenfell tower and the others living in the neighboring buildings, particularly those belonging to Muslim community are being hailed as the real heroes and saviors. The witnesses and victims are nothing but praise for their Muslim neighbors.
How Muslims Helped in London Fire?
Actually, the credit goes to the Muslims’ Holy month of Ramadan. Muslims in Ramadan usually stayed up late to have their Sehri (pre-dawn meal) before fasting for the whole long day. That is why a lot of Muslims living in Grenfell Tower as well as in the nearby buildings were waking up at the time of the fire breakout. They did their best to wake the sleeping residents up by banging their doors and offering help at the expense of their own lives, to get the building evacuated.
The survivors are praising Muslims hospitality and care. Some of them are seen offering thanks to the Holy month of Ramadan. Muslims not just helped them getting out of the terrible London fire, they also offered them clothes, food and even shelter in their worship areas (Al-Manaar Mosque). People belonging to various other communities are also lending a helping hand in every possible way. Sikhs have presented their holy place Gurudawaras for the relief of victims.
What People say?
Khalid Suleman Ahmed is a Muslim resident of Grenfell Tower. He was waking up for fasting at that time. Let’s read on to know what he says about it all;
“No fire alarms went off and there was no warning. I was playing PlayStation waiting to eat suhuur when I smelt smoke. “I got up and looked out of my window and saw the seventh-floor smoking. I woke my auntie up, then got clothes on and started knocking on neighbors’ doors.”
Rashida, another resident says, “Most Muslims now observing Ramadan will normally not go to bed until about 2 a.m., maybe 2.30 a.m., when they have their late night last meal. They do their last prayer. “So most of the families around here would have been awake,”
According to Andre Barroso, “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.”
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Conclusion: I think tagging Muslims as extremists and terrorists is an act proven wrong in the case of London fire. Muslims are a peaceful community and should never be blamed for the terrible deeds of others who are playing hard to defame Muslims in a preplanned way. Check out the video below.