The Islamic Human Rights Commission will be distributing Ramadan packs for Ramadan 2021 to young offenders in prison.
Muslim prisoners have a difficult time practising their faith in prison. Not getting access to halal food, lack of prayer facilities, inadequate facilitation of fasting during Ramadan as well as discrimination from other prisoners are just some of the issues faced by Muslim prisoners. This is made worse by the sense of isolation from the Muslim community they feel. As one prisoner described it: “First of all, prison isn't easy as everyone makes it out to be… Once you're behind the door you think everyone's forgotten about you. Your friends, everyone forgets about you until you get out."
For young offenders there are added hardships: many are estranged from their parents and siblings for the first time. They also worry about being judged for the rest of their lives and how their sentence can affect future employment or education chances.
Ramadan is a time for Muslims to reconnect to their spiritual roots. To pause, and reflect upon their purpose, their goals and their hopes and fears for this world and the hereafter. In this month we will breakfast with our families, and spend our evening in our homes and mosques, worshipping and absorbed in the remembrance of God.
This year we wish to support our fellow Muslims in prison with a Ramadan starter pack. Each pack will contain items that will help them make the most of Ramadan.
The items included this year include:
- x1 A Place of Refuge by Asmaa Hussain
- x1 Sweet Packet from HalalZone
- x1 Prayer Beads (Tasbeeh)
- x1 Perfume Jamid (perfume blocks) used to fragrance the room
- x1 Eid Card with a message from our Chair, Massoud Shadjarah.
Each Pack will cost £20 and will be a wonderful gift to a fellow Muslim.
In the past we have sent Eid packs to male and female prisoners, which were very well received:
“Wa Salam, I am writing to you to thank IHRC for the uplifting Eid present (pack) that we received from the organisation. It was very beneficial and a joy to receive. Jazakallah khairan to all that made it possible.” - Eid Pack Recipient
“Wa Alaikum As-Salam, Parcel arrived this morning in the middle of our Eid feast & celebrations; great timing :-) all the women were very happy. Eid Mubarak!”. - Muslim Prison Chaplin, North East England
We hope to send 300 Ramadan packs to Muslim prisoners across the UK.
Our packs are only possible with the generous support of the community. We urge you to donate generously in the month of Ramadan towards the IHRC Ramadan packs.