HELPING others is a way of life for an award-winning Islamic society, whose faith gives them the support they need to make a difference.
The Caribbean Islamic Cultural Society raises funds for the needy, gives comfort to the ill and distressed, and helps Muslims learn about and preserve their faith.
Mohamed Kayyam, the group's imam, or priest, helped found the group 18 years ago.
The 74-year-old, of Horsenden Lane South, Perivale, explained how Islam is perfectly suited to teaching believers how to live a good life.
He said: "Islam preaches peace, not violence, and that you have to respect others to be respected yourself. I'm not saying Islam is the best religion, it's just different. It helps me lead a life which helps me help others.
"We work with other faiths a lot. It's good for young people to learn about Islam and different religions to stop any misunderstanding and so they know different faiths can work together to make society better. We're lucky to have a lot of young people in our organisation who will be the ones who take over in the future."
The charity holds events and collects donations to raise funds for disaster victims home and abroad, and they provide activities and education for their 250 members.
They come from across the capital and meet in halls in Ealing hired out by the charity.
The group's work was recognised in the Queen's birthday honours earlier this month and were awarded the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, an MBE for voluntary groups.
It comes after Mohamed Rashied, the president of the society, was personally made an MBE in the new years honours.
They are also the first Muslim organisation to celebrate both Eid-ul-Fitr, which marks the end of fasting for Ramadan, as well as an event recognising the Indian emigration to Guyana, South America, 170 years ago in the House of Commons.
The founders of the charity, including Mr Kayyam, are Guyanese, but it has since expanded to include members from the Caribbean islands, as well as Africa. Mr Kayyam moved to London in the 1960s and has lived in Ealing since the 1970s.
He has been an imam for about 30 years, and is called upon to offer advice and comfort, visiting the sick in hospital or at home and providing guidance to offenders in prison. He can be called out by worried families in the middle of the night to tend to someone who is ill.
He added: "I have always believed in Islam, but I felt being an imam would enable me to help others more."