“And feed with food the needy, the orphan and the prisoner, for love of Him.” Quran 76:8
The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “Free the captives, feed the hungry and pay a visit to the sick.” Sahih Bukhari
Ibn ‘Abbas said, “The Prophet, (ﷺ), was the most generous of people, and he was even more generous during Ramadan when Jibril met him. Jibril used to meet him every night in Ramadan until it was over and the Prophet would go through the Qur’an with him. The Messenger of Allah was more generous with good things than the blowing wind.” Sahih Bukhari
Muslim prisoners have a difficult time practicing their faith in prison. Not getting access to halal food, inadequate prayer facilities, no 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 female prisoners there are added hardships: many are disowned by their families, prolonged separation from children and the prospects of returning to a community that will revile them.
Eid is a time for celebration for Muslims and for Muslims in prisons, it is the highlight of an otherwise isolated existence. 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. One prisoner described the gifts as: “A little bit of a present from outside gives you a bit of reality, a bit of hope.”
Our past Eid packs 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… Can you also pass my regards to all those who have put a huge effort in building this bridge between the Prison and the community. May Allah reward all of you and accept your hard work for His pleasure.” 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 LondonÂ
We hope to send the packs to female prisoners in various prisons across the UK.
This year the packs will contain the following items:
– Islam: The Empowering of Women (Book)
– Virtues of Invoking Blessing on the Noble (Book)
– Prayer beads
– Perfume Jamid (Solid Perfume Bar to fragrance room)
Each Pack will cost £10 and will be a wonderful gift to a Muslim prisoner. Please CLICK HERE if you would like to make a contribution toward our prisoner packs
Our packs have been extremely successful and are only possible with the generous support of the community. IHRC urges members of the community to donate generously in the month Ramadan towards the IHRC Eid packs.