“Muslims played a big part in getting a lot of people out.”
LONDON: In a show of kindness to the survivors, mosques in West London have opened their doors to offer assistance to the survivors of a huge fire that engulfed a 24-storey residential tower block killing six people and injuring over 50 others.
The area around Grenfell Tower is home to a large number of Muslims. It has been reported that Muslim communities have rushed to the assistance of affected residents.
“Local Mosque in #latimerroad area open doors for help. Really appreciated by locals. #GrenfellTower #LondonFire,” Syed Ajmal Kazmi said.
— Syed Ajmal Kazmi (@SyedAjmalKazmi) June 14, 2017
The Al Manaar mosque which is located just minutes away from the tower block has opened up its door for the affected residents.
The mosque wrote on a Facebook post
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.
Please call us on: 02089641496 or 07500223914 or 07754271744. Email: [email protected]
Our address: 244 Acklam Road London W10 5YG
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time #latimerfire.
Muslim crowdfunding site LaunchGood started fundraiser to support those who have been devastated by the fire.
It is believed that Muslims in the building, up at 1:00 AM due to Ramazan, acted as lifesavers, alerting other residents sand helping people to get out of the burning building.
Andre Barroso, 33, told The Independent: “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.”
The fire is believed to have broken out on the second floor of the tower block housing 120 flats over 20 residential levels and four community levels and had soon engulfed the entire building.