By John Smith •
Published: 04 Sep 2017 • 14:54
THE United Arab Emirates Consul-General in Barcelona supervised a project to distribute halal meat to poor Muslim families in Catalonia.
The four Catalonian cities (Barcelona, Girona, Lleida and Tarragon) have the highest proportion of Muslims in Spain (7 per cent) and this annual distribution of meat supplied by the Emirates Red Crescent,(ERC) to some 2,000 people sees food being made available in a number of local mosques.
This distribution takes place to coincide with the holiest of the Muslim holidays Eid al-Adha which is also known in English as the Festival of the Sacrifice when Abraham was prepared to sacrifice his son.
Instead, God gave him a goat to sacrifice and it is now tradition that the meat of one third of all animals slaughtered during this period is given to the poor and needy.
The celebration comes on the last day of the Hajj which sees pilgrims from all over the world gather in Mecca at the site of the Holy Kaaba which is considered to be the House of God.
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