Eid goody bags for Muslim prisoners in London
A London-based charity is providing Eid al-Fitr packs to more than more than 400 Muslim prisoners in London so they can celebrate the occasion that marks the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, reported BBC on Wednesday.
Abid Choudhry, who works for the Islamic Human Rights Commission, said he came up with the idea last year.
“[Muslim prisoners] tend to be isolated from the community and they are also isolated from the religious calendar as it were and this is basically a small connection with the community and with that religious aspect of their life,” he said.
The packs, which will be distributed to four different prisons across the United Kingdom, cost approximately about $3 each and have been funded through donations to IHRC.
The items in the packs are on the Prison Service’s allowed-list for inmates. They contain halal sweets, organic tooth chews, pocket-sized prayer books and Eid cards that prisoners can send to their loved ones.
A Prison Service spokesman said: “The Prison Service is committed to ensuring that the religious needs of all faiths are met and over the last few years a number of charities have started to give Eid packs to Muslim prisoners.”
“Eid is a time for Muslims to spend with their families and these packs help to establish links for the prisoners in their local faith communities and can assist in their future resettlement.”
The IHRC urges members of the community to support their charitable cause.
The UK has more than 62 million people and about 2.7 million of them are Muslims, according to the 2011 census. The number of Muslim convicts in British prisons has surpassed 11,000 people for the first time, the recent report by the British Parliament said.