A charity teamed up with a mosque to distribute blessed meat to struggling families, single parents, and refugees.

Islamic Relief and East London Mosque handed out meat to people from less fortunate backgrounds last Tuesday as part of the Islamic festival of Eid Al-Adha.

The “festival of the sacrifice” honours the willingness of the prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God's command. God told him to instead sacrifice a ram.

This is remembered by sharing meat with family, neighbours as well as the poor and needy. This year it was celebrated between the August 11 and 14.

Tufail Hussain, director of Islamic Relief UK, said: “Eid is the time when we share meat with our neighbours and those less fortunate. The generosity of the Mosque will help ease the suffering of many in London and this is the true spirit of Eid. We wish everyone a blessed Eid Mubarak.”

Sufia Alam, Maryam Centre manager at the East London Mosque, said: “There are many families struggling financially throughout the year who find it harder to feel the joy of Eid Al-Adha. We receive requests every Eid from those who miss out on this blessed meat. With this partnership, we want to spread the love and share the blessing of this sacred day with our local community.

“No one should feel left out on Eid. At the heart of the biggest Muslim community in London, the East London Mosque supports many vulnerable people. Thanks to Islamic Relief, we now have the opportunity to bring joy and share meat with these families as part of reviving our Islamic obligations.”