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Memorial service held at Grenfell Tower

Hundreds of mourners from the community around Grenfell Tower joined together in solidarity for an outdoor prayer service held by a group from the local mosque.

Muslims and non-Muslims alike held arms in the street to remember the victims of Tuesday night’s tragedy which left dozens dead and hundreds more without homes to live in.

The victims have not yet been recovered so a special prayer was offered in both Arabic and English with the enormous crowd rising to its feet to repeat the phrase.

One of those who spoke at the event said: ‘This tragedy, this calamity has brought the people together.’

Hundreds of mourners from the community around Grenfell Tower joined together in solidarity for an outdoor prayer service

Hundreds of mourners from the community around Grenfell Tower joined together in solidarity for an outdoor prayer service

Hundreds of mourners from the community around Grenfell Tower joined together in solidarity for an outdoor prayer service

The diversity of the crowds can be seen here, with many people bowing their heads as the service goes on 

The diversity of the crowds can be seen here, with many people bowing their heads as the service goes on 

The diversity of the crowds can be seen here, with many people bowing their heads as the service goes on 

With temperatures reaching up to 30C today, hundreds of Muslims came out to honour the dead despite being in the middle of Ramadan

With temperatures reaching up to 30C today, hundreds of Muslims came out to honour the dead despite being in the middle of Ramadan

With temperatures reaching up to 30C today, hundreds of Muslims came out to honour the dead despite being in the middle of Ramadan

The victims have not yet been recovered so a special prayer was offered in both Arabic and English

The victims have not yet been recovered so a special prayer was offered in both Arabic and English

The victims have not yet been recovered so a special prayer was offered in both Arabic and English

With temperatures reaching up to 30C today, hundreds of Muslims came out to honour the dead despite being in the middle of Ramadan – the Islamic festival in which no food is eaten during sunlight hours.

A separate service is set to be held in the Al Manaar mosque when the bodies are found by police.

It follows another event held earlier today by the local Christian church which saw a poignant display of grief with devastated mourners embracing each other as they sang along to Amazing Grace through floods of tears.

One of those involved in organising today’s service, a community youth worker who did not want to be named, told MailOnline: ‘Probably 60% of the people here are muslims but we wanted to do something for everybody.

‘What we’re doing is the prayer for the person who is not here – we haven’t got the body so we’re going to do that prayer today then we’re going to do a prayer in the mosque when the bodies come.

‘I’m a manager of a youth centre and a lot of my youths died in the tower.

More crowds stand outside the Grenfell Tower during the multi-faith ceremony earlier this afternoon

More crowds stand outside the Grenfell Tower during the multi-faith ceremony earlier this afternoon

More crowds stand outside the Grenfell Tower during the multi-faith ceremony earlier this afternoon

Prayers were made for all those who were killed, injured or are still missing following Tuesday's devastating fire

Prayers were made for all those who were killed, injured or are still missing following Tuesday's devastating fire

Prayers were made for all those who were killed, injured or are still missing following Tuesday’s devastating fire

A group of young girls are seen here joining in the ceremony earlier today

A group of young girls are seen here joining in the ceremony earlier today

A group of young girls are seen here joining in the ceremony earlier today

Although the community here has united in their grief, many are still furious as to how the tragedy was allowed to happen

Although the community here has united in their grief, many are still furious as to how the tragedy was allowed to happen

Although the community here has united in their grief, many are still furious as to how the tragedy was allowed to happen

‘A lot have also been left with no parents because they were out at night getting food or whatever, and they’ve come home to find the flats burning so they couldn’t get in. Now they’re left with no parents and no brothers or sisters.

‘Everything about this is very complicated – it just seems to be over the top and we’re just keeping it low.

‘Everybody who has been affected by this doesn’t want to be walking around, doesn’t want to be talking to people, they’re in a trauma.’

‘The community’s reaction is beautiful, it’s fantastic, everybody’s come together, everybody’s had unity, everybody’s shed a tear, everybody’s hugged each other, I think it’s a big big thing.’

Local student Souian, 19, was one of those at the service and hailed the way that the community has joined together regardless of faith.

He said: ‘Everyone has come together and there’s a sense of belonging no matter who they are. When they come here, everyone’s welcome.

‘Everyone belongs here. You could be from anywhere, if you just come here this is your home.

‘No-one will ever forget what happened here.’

Some people, such as the man in the black t-shirt in the middle of the image, brought along megaphones to shout out messages

Some people, such as the man in the black t-shirt in the middle of the image, brought along megaphones to shout out messages

Some people, such as the man in the black t-shirt in the middle of the image, brought along megaphones to shout out messages

A fire engine at the scene. 58 people are known to have perished so far, but that figure is still expected to rise

A fire engine at the scene. 58 people are known to have perished so far, but that figure is still expected to rise

A fire engine at the scene. 58 people are known to have perished so far, but that figure is still expected to rise

A woman is seen here wiping away tears, while others stand solemnly and pay their respects

A woman is seen here wiping away tears, while others stand solemnly and pay their respects

A woman is seen here wiping away tears, while others stand solemnly and pay their respects

Muslims who were awake for Ramadan were hailed as heroes after helping to save their sleeping neighbours from the 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.

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.

‘Every house opened except two – I saw the other guy later on so only 1 family unaccounted for. My next door neighbour was fast asleep.’

Suhur is before the first prayer, Fajr, which would have been around 2.40am on Wednesday morning, according to the London Central Mosque Trust.

In the religious festival, meals are eaten before dawn (Suhur) and after sunset (Iftar). 


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