Following the successful distribution of Eid packs to 600 prisoners for the last two years, IHRC is organising to send more packs for Eid ul Adha 2013. If you would like to donate please call us on +44 20 8904 4222 or email advocacy[AT]ihrc.org or donate on-line here:http://shop.ihrc.org/eid-packs-for-prisoners
You can pay for 10 packs at £50, 20 packs at £100 or 100 packs at £500. If you want to donate a different amount please call us.
May Allah swt reward you for your efforts.
“And feed with food the needy, the orphan and the prisoner, for love of Him.” Quran 76:8
Muslim prisoners have an extremely hard time practicing their faith in prison. Not getting access to halal food, inadequate prayer facilities, no facilitation of fasting during Ramadan 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.
Eid is a time for celebration for Muslims and for Muslims in prisons, it is the highlight of an otherwise isolated existence. As one prisoner described his experience of Eid: “The prison also made arrangements for food and for the first time in my prison experience I found myself eating with other people of the same faith. It was quite an experience as we took many things for granted when we were outside these walls, and now the smallest of favours is like a breath of fresh air which you find yourself most humbled and grateful for.”
Sending small gifts for Eid to prisoners can be a major boost for them. It is a sign that they are still connected with the wider community. Our Eid packs for Eid al-Fitr 2013 reached 600 prisoners in 4 different prisons in London. The packs contained a small book of every day prayers, a bag of sweets, a miswak, an Eid card for them to use as well as a message from IHRC.
You can read about our pack on the BBC website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-23589092
Our Eid packs for Eid al-Fitr 2012 were very well received:
“The Muslim prison population did appreciate the gifts from the Brothers and Sisters outside… And I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all at IHRC for thinking of the Muslim prisoners.” Muslim Chaplin, South London.
“Masha Allah! I’ve just seen the Eid gifts and very impressed by what you guys have done in such a short time. Mabruk, TakabbalAllah. I’m sure your sincerity will pay dividends” Muslim Chaplin, West London .
Our Eid packs were only possible due to the generosity of our donors and volunteers. We hope to continue this project in the future and welcome look forward to your continued support.
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