You are the best nation ever brought out for mankind. You command with righteousness and forbid from wrong and you believe in Allah. If the People of the Book had believed it would have been better for them. Among them are believers but most of them are rebellious sinners. Surah Ali `Imran (3), ayah 110
As the embers slowly cool from the terrible fire at the Grenfell Tower that took so many lives (may the families have some comfort at this time), another question remained that I had while eating suhur with a Muslim brother, namely: Where were the Muslims for the better part of the year that GARBAGE WAS BEING DUMPED IN AN OPEN AREA INSIDE OF THE BUILDING? This garbage people had to pass atleast ONCE a day on the way to their apartments, yet no one thought to take up action and eliminate it.
If a Muslim (hell, a building that has a large body of Muslims) sees garbage piling up (especially dirty mattresses that carry parasites and other dangerous bacteria) over the better part of a year, what should he do? If someone is not a Muslim and they know nothing about it…understood and clear.
However a Muslim that sees this, why did they not gather together a group of Muslims and just take it to the landfill (UK: tip) every week. If this was too much, why not rent a dumpster (UK: skip) and put it outside and bring the garbage there every day. A meeting could be set up with the Housing Association or the tenants where the Muslims explain to them where the garbage is to be put from hitherto forth with.
Instead garbage was left to fester for the better part of a year and the Muslims, the best Ummah brought out for mankind, did nothing but watch it and walk by. Why? Muslims especially bear the burden of guilt for this matter.
We as Muslims don’t say, “It’s the Council’s job. If they don’t do it, I’m not doing it.” We act by what is necessary, whether it’s our job or not. Please see the article below:
Residents Warned Last Year Grenfell Tower Was A Fire Risk
14 June 2017, 4:58
Residents at the 24-storey tower block which went up in flames warned last year that their building was a fire risk.
The Grenfell Action Group wrote of their concern about the health and safety problems with their block of flats during improvement works last year.
In January 2016, they wrote: “It has been very clear for some time to the residents of Grenfell Tower that those responsible for ensuring the smooth running of Lancaster West Estate are failing in their duty of care and wilfully allowing our residential amenity to decline in unacceptable ways.
“Nowhere is this better demonstrated than in our landlords failure to deal with a serious health and safety issue that recently developed at the entrance/exit to Grenfell Tower.
“This matter is of particular concern as there is only one entry and exit to Grenfell Tower during the Improvement Works and the potential for a fire to break out in the communal area on the walkway does not bear thinking about as residents would be trapped in the building with no way out!”
Grenfell Tower Engulfed By Flames In Latimer Road
That particular issue was sorted out 18 months ago, but the action group warned: “Not for the first time we must ask how safe is Lancaster West, can staff be trusted to ensure it is safe, and what hidden fire risks might be lurking in Grenfell Tower or elsewhere on the estate?”
In November 2016, they wrote: “It is a truly terrifying thought but the Grenfell Action Group firmly believe that only a catastrophic event will expose the ineptitude and incompetence of our landlord, the KCTMO (Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation), and bring an end to the dangerous living conditions and neglect of health and safety legislation that they inflict upon their tenants and leaseholders.
“The Grenfell Action Group believe that the KCTMO narrowly averted a major fire disaster at Grenfell Tower in 2013 when residents experienced a period of terrifying power surges that were subsequently found to have been caused by faulty wiring.”
The entire building caught fire in the early hours of this morning. 200 firefighters are dealing with the blaze.
Whether anyone is stuck inside at the moment is unclear, although eyewitnesses told LBC they saw people waving and shouting from the top of the building.
LBC has contacted the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation for comment.