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“Has Allah commanded you to leave us here?” These were the words of a mother abandoned, and Prophet Ibrahim said only, ‘Yes.’ With her baby’s life in the balance, Hajar gazed onto a wilderness, harsh and barren as far as the eye could see, and said: “Then certainly Allah is sufficient for us. He will not abandon us.”

The solitary struggle of Hajar is divinely honoured as a ritual of the Hajj pilgrimage, practiced now for centuries. Her faith and patience were rewarded with the pure spring of Zamzam, which continues to quench the thirst of millions today. Every Dhul Hijjah, we honour our mother Hajar and celebrate her strength. But what of the Hajars in our midst today, who are breaking under the weight of similar burdens?

HHUGS supports single mothers impacted by counter-terror measures and detention. With their husbands in prison, these women face social isolation and financial hardships, as they struggle desperately to provide for their children. With no one to rely on but Allah, they are the Hajars living in our midst, unknown, unnoticed and often shunned.

The pandemic is still fresh in our minds. The difficulty we all felt during the strictest version of lockdown is an isolation and pain these mothers know all too well. Yet as we remained safe in our homes with our loved ones, these women still struggle alone in the absence of a husband, father and often community too. For them, social distancing is not a temporary measure as their husbands face a permanent lockdown. As well as the emotional impact of this, families are left in great financial uncertainty too.

‘There are no deeds as excellent as those done in these ten days... except a man who goes forth endangering his life and wealth and does not return with anything.’ (Bukhari)



This Dhul Hijjah, your Qurbani and Sadaqah need not travel far to lift a mother and her children out of distress.

Heal a HHUGS family during the best 10 days of the year. Honour Hajar (ra) by supporting our sisters who walk in her footsteps.

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GIFT HER
children with
the joy of Eid

New clothes, gifts and the joy of celebrating together –these are the things all children look forward to on Eid. The impact of the pandemic already means families will be feeling more isolated and with greater financial burdens. The children of prisoners are at higher risk of being left forgotten. In households, where food is scarce, children are forced to go without warm clothes in winter, let alone new ones for Eid.


“The children began to feel special after receiving Eid gifts from HHUGS and they also arranged Eid parties we could attend. We finally started to feel more normal, like there were some people who weren’t afraid to associate with us. HHUGS saw us as human beings, not as criminals and terrorists. They treated us as part of the Ummah”

GIFT A UNIFORM
Prepare her children for
the academic year

In broken homes, where the hard choice between food on the table or heating in the winter is a daily reality, the prospect of buying school uniforms is a daunting one. With the average cost of uniforms ranging from £250 to £300 for state run schools, many single mothers struggle when their children outgrow their uniform, shoes and need new stationery and equipment.


“Alhamdulillah for the gift card! I was able to buy my daughter’s schoolbag, trainers, shirts, shoes and other stuff such as pencil case and stationary. My family's quality of life is much better since HHUGS has been supporting us. The worries and stress have lifted off my head since all the wonderful things HHUGS have been providing us with.

FEED HER
feed her family for
a month (at £250)

When their husbands are imprisoned, these single mothers are left to pick up the pieces of a life devastated overnight. With bank accounts frozen and benefits withheld or delayed, often they are unable to even feed their children.


A pandemic now brings greater financial uncertainty to a household already struggling right here in the UK. This is even more of a reason to give your Qurbani close to home. Our food vouchers also enable families to purchase staple essentials. This will ensure little ones are well-fed and nourished, despite the uncertain times.


“They took all the money I had saved, not even leaving behind enough to buy bread...we had no clothes with us apart from what we were wearing. Whatever I could sell, I sold to be able to eat, to be able to live my life.”

HEAL HER
Provide professional
counselling to help her
and her children heal

Wives of prisoners are more than twice as likely to suffer mental health problems due to loneliness, trauma and the added pressures of being single mothers. They watch helplessly as their children struggle with their own traumas, caused by bullying and separation anxiety. Research shows families of prisoners are more than twice as likely to suffer mental health problems. With the pandemic and lockdown exacerbating existing trauma, leading to lifestyle upheaval, uncertainty about the future, increased poverty and isolation all take a toll, particularly on children. Professional support services are essential in helping individuals to access the tools they need to process, understand and attempt to heal from these life-altering trials, for both former prisoners and their families.


“I began living in fear. I started feeling that I’m not a complete human being, the pressure on me was very intense, all of my hair fell out.”

SHELTER HER
Cover the cost of her
monthly rent, basic utilities
and essential repairs

With the primary breadwinner in detention, many families of prisoners cannot pay the rent and so face eviction. Often they haven’t the means even to repair a front door smashed in a raid, and are left vulnerable without the most basic security. Unable to pay utility bills, they are forced to go without heating and electricity, leaving them exposed to the elements in their own homes.
The impact of the pandemic has also left families struggling to keep up with their rent and basic utilities, leaving many vulnerable to losing their family home.


"I had no income, it wasn’t legal for me to work… I was very depressed. But then HHUGS paid for my bills and my rent. I think if HHUGS were not there I wouldn’t be alive right now.”

MENTOR HER
VULNERABLE CHILD
Provide a source of hope
and positivity for a child
in despair

In addition to the trauma they are forced to live with, children of prisoners are also bullied and ostracised. These vulnerable youth often succumb to mental-health problems and even turn to truancy or self-harm in the absence of social support. With two out of three boys with a convicted parent becoming offenders themselves, children of prisoners are more than three times as likely to commit anti-social or delinquent behaviour. A dedicated and sensitive mentor will mean a child is supported through the absence of their father and shown productive and fruitful paths ahead.


“Yusuf used to stay in his room alone all day, but HHUGS, they paid attention to him, taking him on Islamic conferences and retreats. […] His approach to things became different, he would know right from wrong and he became a positive healthy young man. He changed his attitude towards me from hostility to kindness and he began helping me look after our family. […] I couldn’t have imagined that they would have such an impact on him. I believe I would never have been able to help Yusuf in the same way.”

EMPOWER HER
Gift independence
through education,
driving lessons and
vocational training

Through financial hardship and ongoing social isolation, the wives of prisoners struggle to provide and care for their children. Many face the additional challenge of language constraints as well as a lack of basic skills and work experience. Without community support for childcare and funding for education, they’re unable to improve their situation. Their association with a terror suspect also reduces their chances of employment.


"When I finish my course I hope to apply to become a Teaching Assistant level 3 in school. It looks very good on my CV and will help me get a job. Often sisters in my situation don't have any qualifications. Our days are consumed with our families and dealing with the prison, the case. Without HHUGS this would not have been possible."

ALLEVIATE
Relieve her of debts
that weigh heavy on
her shoulders

Wives of prisoners are left to pick up the pieces on their own when their main breadwinner is taken away. With assets confiscated and benefits frozen, they can quickly accumulate rent arrears and unpaid bills. In some cases they inherit the debts of their husbands. With limited financial resources, these become near impossible for them to pay off. With the COVID-19 outbreak, many more families are increasingly spiralling into debt, exacerbating their anxiety.


“I had so much debt when I contacted HHUGS but they helped me pay off my rent arrears, my water bill and my council tax arrears, which lifted a huge burden off my shoulders."since all the wonderful things HHUGS have been providing us with.


The Best deeds in the sight of Allah… Can’t afford a big donation? The best deeds in the sight of Allah, are those done regularly, however small or simple. Start now, by giving £10 a month, in the best 10 days to give.

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FOR HHUGS!

Could you sacrifice your guilty pleasures so that a family in need can have access to basic necessities? Sign up to the HHUGS challenge, to follow in the footsteps of Ibrahim (AS) by giving up something you love, during the last 10 days of Dhul Hijjah. This could be caffeine, sugar, junk food or maybe even social media! Raise funds through sponsorship, as you tackle your nafs, and give relief to a HHUGS family this Eid ul Adha.

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