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‘Thank God for Ramadan’: Muslims credited with saving lives during London fire

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Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 06/17/17

Here’s an interesting angle to this story I hadn’t heard before. Details: 

Muslims who were awake because they were beginning their Ramadan fast “saved people’s lives” when a deadly blaze broke out at a west London tower block, HuffPost UK has been told.


At least 50 people have been taken to five hospitals for treatment as hundreds of residents in the 27-storey, 120 flat, Grenfell Tower in
north Kensington have been evacuated from their flats in the building that caught fire just after 1.15am.




A local woman told HuffPost UK: “Muslim boys saved people’s lives. They ran around knocking on people’s doors. Thank God for Ramadan”


Khalid Suleman Ahmed, 20, recently moved to Grenfell Tower with his auntie and lives on the eighth floor.
He said he would not normally have been up in the middle of the night but had stayed up during Ramadan for Suhur, the meal before Muslims begin fasting again during daylight hours.

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