Muslims Awake Early For Ramadan May Have Saved Residents In London Fire

"Muslims played a big part in getting a lot of people out."

While most residents slept through the fire alarm at London's Grenfell Tower on Tuesday night, residents say it was Muslim residents — awake early celebrating Ramadan — who may have helped save lives by alerting people.

Among the London-based news outlets to report on the heroes, both The Telegraph and The Independent featured stories about Muslim residents alerting others who had slept through or not heard the fire alarms early Wednesday. During Ramadan, many Muslims fast until late in the evening and would have been up after midnight, when the fire started, to break fast and participate in a final prayer.

"Muslims played a big part in getting a lot of people out." 33-year-old Andre Barroso told The Independent. "Most of the people I could see were Muslim. They have also been providing food and clothes."

Firefighters are reportedly still searching for survivors. At least 12 people have been pronounced dead and dozens more were taken to area hospitals. 

On Twitter, similar accounts were shared. Qasim Rashid, a Muslim rights advocate and lawyer, shared a video of a woman describing the help Muslims awake for Ramadan gave during the fire.



"If it wasn't for these young Muslim boys around here helping us, coming from mosques, a lot more people would've died," she said. "They wanna talk about them when they do wrong and all these kinds of things... They were the first people with bags of water giving to people and helping people."

News of Muslim Londoners rushing to help in the fire comes after two terror attacks in the city reportedly led to a rise in — and a subsequent backlash against — Islamophobia. Plenty of Londoners — including bodybuilder Aarron Lambo — have pleaded with people to respect their Muslim neighbors in the wake of the attacks.

One local resident named Rashida told Sky News, a 24-hour news channel in the U.K., that the community was very close-knit.

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

As the search for survivors continues, questions have also risen about whether the fire was preventable. The Washington Post issued a report on Wednesday detailing multiple complaints from residents of the building who said flaws in the building and safety procedures made the fire worse. 

For now, the London community is once again coming together in the wake of a tragedy.

Cover photo: Shutterstock / Anut21ng Photo

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