|Slave Lake Mosque (apologies for my poor cellphone camera picture)|
I awoke this morning to the news that the entire city is now burning, due to forest fires carried by heavy winds. While the residents have been safe alhamdulillah, their property and belongings have largely been destroyed.
The pictures depict many streets I've walked myself. The hardest hit areas appear to be those within walking distance of the mosque itself, so it is entirely likely that their beautiful mosque is among the ruins. I can only hope and pray that the community can find a way to pick up the pieces again, and that they work alongside neighbours to rebuild their town. It would be a powerful statement of mutual respect and cooperation that could insha-Allah help them overcome the distrust and fear that split the community over the last decade.
|To donate toiletries, bedding call Edmonton Emergency Relief Services||780-428-4422|
|To donate to Red Cross||1-800-418-1111|
|To register as evacuee or to reach evacuees call Red Cross||1-800-565-4483|
|Info on hospital patient evacuees||1-866-301-2668|
|Wildfire information line||1-866-916-INFO|
|WildFire Road Closure Hotline||780-644-5653 or 310-4455|