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Live desk: Muslims who were still awake in the small hours after staying up to break their Ramadan fast are hailed as heroes after helping to save sleeping neighbours’ lives in Grenfell Tower inferno

  • Muslims had stayed up for Suhur – the meal between 1-2am before they started fasting again – and saw the inferno break out at the Tower just before 1am
  • They began running around and banging on people’s doors to wake them up
  • Were hailed a ‘lifeline’ amid reports fire alarms and sprinklers were not working
  • Many mosques also opened their doors to help out those evacuated by the fire 

Muslims who were awake for Ramadan have been hailed as heroes after helping to save their sleeping neighbours from the horrific Grenfell Tower fire.

Residents who had stayed up for Suhur – the meal between 1-2am before Muslims begin fasting again – saw the inferno break out just before 1am.

Muslims told of how they smelled smoke in the early hours of Wednesday morning and began running around, frantically banging on people’s doors to wake them up.

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.
Muslims who were awake for Ramadan have been hailed as heroes after helping to save their sleeping neighbours from the horrific fire in Grenfell Tower 

 Muslims who were awake for Ramadan have been hailed as heroes after helping to save their sleeping neighbours from the horrific fire in Grenfell Tower
Residents who had stayed up for Suhur - the meal between 1-2am before Muslims begin fasting again - saw the inferno break out just before 1am

Residents who had stayed up for Suhur – the meal between 1-2am before Muslims begin fasting again – saw the inferno break out just before 1am

Many residents who gathered outside the smoldering ruins of the building said the fire had been caused by a faulty fridge in one of the flats, but the fire service told MailOnline it could not confirm the reports at this stage

Many residents who gathered outside the smoldering ruins of the building said the fire had been caused by a faulty fridge in one of the flats, but the fire service told MailOnline it could not confirm the reports at this stage

The trapped, some of whom are still inside, were heard begging for their lives while waving white towels, torches and mobile phones

Khalid Suleman Ahmed, 20, who lives on the eighth floor of Grenfell Tower, said he would not normally be up so late but was waiting for Suhur.

‘No fire alarms went off and there were no warning. I was playing PlayStation waiting to eat suhuur then smelt smoke,’ he told HufPost UK.

‘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 neighbours’ doors.

Muslims told of how they smelled smoke in the early hours of Wednesday morning and began running around, frantically banging on people's doors to wake them up. Pictured, a woman weeps outside a casualty bureau close to the tower

Muslims told of how they smelled smoke in the early hours of Wednesday morning and began running around, frantically banging on people’s doors to wake them up. Pictured, a woman weeps outside a casualty bureau close to the tower

They were dubbed a 'lifeline' in helping to get people out of their flats, amid reports that fire alarms and sprinklers were not working in the west London block

 They were dubbed a ‘lifeline’ in helping to get people out of their flats, amid reports that fire alarms and sprinklers were not working in the west London block
Firefighters continue to battle large scale blaze in London tower block more than 14 hours after it broke out on the fourth floor

Firefighters continue to battle large scale blaze in London tower block more than 14 hours after it broke out on the fourth floor

Pictured: Smoke billows from the smoldering skeleton of the Grenfell building in west London, after a devastating blaze ripped through the 27-storey tower block at 1am today

Pictured: Smoke billows from the smoldering skeleton of the Grenfell building in west London, after a devastating blaze ripped through the 27-storey tower block at 1am today

People spotted at the windows of tower as fire burns around them

Rashida, a local resident, told Sky News: ‘Most Muslims now observing Ramadan will normally not go to bed until about 2am, maybe 2.30am, when they have their late-night last meal. They do their last prayer.

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

Nadia Yousuf, 29, also said that Muslim residents were among the first to alert neighbours to the blaze as they woke up to prepare to break their fast.

‘They saw it just after they woke up to eat’, she said.

Donations being delivered at Al Manaar mosque in West London
A number of Islamic cultural centres and mosques like the Al-Manaar Mosque (pictured volunteers there) have opened their doors to help those affected.

A number of Islamic cultural centres and mosques like the Al-Manaar Mosque (pictured volunteers there) have opened their doors to help those affected.

Kind-hearted residents donated toiletries, food, water and other essential items to the mosque, where they were handed out to evacuees

Kind-hearted residents donated toiletries, food, water and other essential items to the mosque, where they were handed out to evacuees

Al-Manaar mosque opened their doors to anyone affected by the fire, writing: '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 mosque opened their doors to anyone affected by the fire, writing: ‘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’
They added: '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'

courtesy by daily mail

 


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