Last Wednesday, we were hit by the tragic news of the fire at Grenfell Tower in London. We watched the horrific images of the fire tearing through the building. We prayed for all the victims, the many vulnerable victims, the young, the elderly, the families. We watched the incredible bravery of London's emergency services, once again in awe of their dedication and hard work.
Our hearts are incredibly heavy and there is anger - there are so many people that are still missing, the true extent of the disaster is still unknown, and there are so many questions as to why this happened and how it could have been avoided.
But amongst all this death and destruction, Londoners came out in force and showed what makes this city so great. So many gave up their time, donated money and food and goods, and offered up beds in their homes. The response from communities, including Muslim communities, has been fantastic. The mosques, the churches, the community centres and other grassroots organisations all sprung into action.
This is the resilient beating heart of the city that gives hope to us all. It was our way of showing solidarity with those most affected by this catastrophe.