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Food Distribution - Coventry Muslim Resource Centre

Islamic Relief UK and Coventry Muslim Resource Centre teamed up to help some of the most vulnerable in Coventry during the Islamic festival of Eid-al-Adha

Islamic Relief UK supported Coventry Muslim Resource to help over 40 families with food and essential items on Wednesday 13 July, as families in Coventry continue to struggle financially due to the rising cost of living.

This is part of a wider initiative led by Islamic Relief UK involving 19 partners across the country to deliver food packs, Qurbani (1) meat and Eid gifts to coincide with the Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha (2).

Coventry Muslim Resource Centre are reporting that they are seeing an increase in low-income families and refugees who are using food banks to survive at this difficult time.

Many people have been hit hard by the cost of living crisis, especially low-income families, those suffering from domestic abuse, people who are homeless, asylum seekers and refugees. They continue to make difficult decisions between feeding themselves and their families or heating their homes.

The food packs contained 1.6kg of Qurbani meat and essential items of rice, oil, salt, onions, chillies, tomato tins, garlic paste, chickpeas tins and mixed herbs.

Coventry Muslim Resource said: “The team here at the Coventry Muslim Resource Centre are dedicated in helping all in our community. Teaming up with Islamic Relief UK this year has giving us the opportunity to provide Qurbani food packages to the most vulnerable in our community.

“We have identified 40 families with the help of the Coventry City Council Migration team, who are in most need of these food packages. We hope this will bring some relief to people affected by the cost of living crisis during the celebration of Eid al-Adha.”

Tufail Hussain, Director of Islamic Relief UK said: “Coventry Muslim Resource Centre are doing incredible work to help their local community. As the cost-of-living crisis worsens our partners across the country are saying that calls for help have doubled in just the last two months.

“The increase in families using food banks at Coventry Muslim Resource Centre is heart-breaking.

“We hope that Islamic Relief UK and Coventry Muslim Resource Centre can bring much-needed help and support through food packs during the festival of Eid-al-Adha.”


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  • Qurbani means sacrifice. Every year during the Islamic month of Dhul Hijjah, Muslims around the world slaughter an animal – a goat, sheep, cow or camel – to reflect the Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail, for the sake of God. In 2022, Qurbani distributions will aim to reach more people than ever before. After the animal has been sacrificed, its meat is then distributed to those most in need.
  • The month of Dhul Hijjah is one of the holiest periods of the Islamic year, when two very special events (Hajj and Eid ul Adha) take place. Hajj in Islam is a sacred pilgrimage performed by Muslims at the holy mosque Masjid al-Haram in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. It is one of the five pillars of Islam and takes place during the month of Dhul Hijjah, the twelfth month in the Islam calendar. As Muslims, undertaking Hajj in Islam – is a spiritual duty, as long as they are financially, physically and emotionally able to do so. On Eid al-Adha, Muslims remember the sacrifice made by Prophet Ibrahim (AS). In remembrance of his sacrifice and to help the poor and needy, Muslim give Qurbani.

About Islamic Relief

Islamic Relief is a faith-inspired, development and humanitarian agency working to transform and save the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in over 40 countries. Islamic Relief assists people according to need and does not discriminate in any way.

Set up in Birmingham in 1984 by a group of volunteers, we have assisted over 117 million people all over the world. We’re saving lives and empowering people to lift themselves out of poverty in over 40 countries – from Bangladesh to Bosnia, Pakistan to Palestine, Kenya to Kosovo. Islamic Relief is on the ground in some of the world’s most dangerous and difficult places – including Syria and Yemen – strengthening the most marginalised communities to withstand conflict and natural disasters and to build a brighter future. We also support vulnerable people in the UK in partnership with local charities and organisations.

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