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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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