One of the victims who died in the Grenfell Tower fire has now been formally identified as 35-year-old Nura Jemal.
A statement released on behalf of the family of Nura said:
“Nura, our beloved, positive-minded, devout and courageous sister, aunt, and friend…
You were always vibrant, full of life and positive-minded. But one thing that made you so special was your constant devotion to your religion and your trust in Allah. We were all taken aback by the way you used to think of Allah in every matter in this world. Islam was your passion and you wisely managed to communicate your wisdom to your children in a way that no other parent could. That is what your family and friends keep saying when they talk about you.
“You were grateful, and appreciated even the smallest things in life. And your joy was contagious. Being around you could lighten up anyone’s day in a matter of seconds. You could befriend absolutely anyone – no matter who they were or what they believed in. This was made evident by the number of different people who were desperately trying to find you and your family during the early days of the fire. We received so many compassionate hugs on behalf of you.
“From the words of your niece: ‘You did a great job taking care of your family. You cared about us, you cared about everyone around you; and you had no problem in showing your love. You used to tell us to do the right thing for our own sake. I love you so much auntie, I love you.’
“All your friends and the whole family are heartbroken and miss you terribly. Meeting your sisters and brother at Heathrow airport one month after the fire was heart-wrenching. There was nothing we could do or say to ease their pain.
“I remember how you were telling me that you all missed us and wanted to see us during the summertime. I am so deeply sorry that I didn’t manage to come up with a plan as to where and when we could all meet up. What I wouldn’t give for doing that now?
I am so terribly sorry that you had to see the pain and suffering of your kids and your husband. I am so sorry that we couldn’t share your suffering, your helplessness, your confusion, your pain and your fear. I am so sorry that you were let down like this.
“You were so passionate when you talked about heaven. Even your last words were about asking for forgiveness. You seemed to know that heaven was waiting for you and your family. We pray for Allah to grant a place in heaven for you, your kids and husband whom you loved so much.
“We love you and we will miss you every day of our lives.”