A Blackburn charity based at a Madrasah helped to arrange an evening meal for those fasting at the Al Aqsa Mosque, in Jerusalem.

Maulana Faruk, Principal of Madrasah Zeenatul Quran said the meal was arranged during the holy month of Ramadan from donations received by the charity.

Masjid al-Aqsa is one of the most significant religious sites in Islam, located in the Old City of Jerusalem.

He said: “Giving iftar to those who attend prayers at Aqsa Mosque is considered an act of great virtue and reward in Islam.

"It is not only a means of fulfilling religious obligations but also an opportunity to extend charity and generosity to the less fortunate.

“For many people who attend prayers at Masjid al-Aqsa, particularly those who are poor or homeless, the Iftar provided by the mosque or by charitable individuals is their only source of food and sustenance during Ramadan.”

The compound was the scene of a brutal crackdown by Israeli forces recently with army personal videoed beating worshippers including children.

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Maulana Faruk said: “We did the Iftar Programme to feed hundreds of worshippers at the blessed Mosque al-Aqsa. The iftar pack contains chicken, rice, dates, soup and water.

“During the month of Ramadan, Muslims from all over the world flock to this mosque to attend prayers and break their fasts (iftar) together.

“This year, the need wass much greater, and we need your urgent support to reach even more vulnerable families. In Palestine, a third of the population lives in poverty, and 1.6 million Palestinians are food insecure.

"Restrictions on trade and accessing resources affect the livelihoods of Palestinian families, making it difficult for them to afford nutritious food.”

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Madrasah Zeenatul Quran is charity that aims to alleviate the suffering, of needy and homeless people, especially in the UK and around the globe.

As well as responding to disasters and emergencies, it promotes sustainable economic and social development by working with local communities - regardless of race, religion, or gender.