Windsor Muslims help Syrian victims of fatal Halifax fire

Windsor Mosque on Northwood. (Blackburn News photo)

The Windsor Islamic Association is stepping up to help the family of a tragic and deadly fire in Halifax.

The refugee family from Syria lost seven children between the ages of three months and 14 years in the blaze earlier this week. They arrived in Nova Scotia in 2017 as refugees.

Dr. Sinan Yasalar, director of public relations at the Windsor Islamic Association, said cash donations are being collected to help the family.

Yasalar said the current Imam at the Windsor Mosque has connections to Halifax because he served there and is keeping up with the situation.

“We grieve but in this situation to lose all seven children at once is pretty devastating,” said Yasalar.

Yasalar said the mother carried those babies for years and lost them in minutes.

“Could you imagine, five years and three months of your life creating these human beings just to lose it all within minutes,” he added.

Yasalar said there has already been an outpouring of support from Windsor and Halifax.

“We’ve had a lot of people call, different denominations requesting to donate as well,” said Yasalar.

The mother survived and is still in the hospital but the father was badly burned in the fire and is in a medically-induced coma.

Cash donations can be dropped off at the Windsor Mosque daily from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. and between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Donations will be accepted for about two weeks.