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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.”

Allah (swt) made Hajar’s (ra) solitary struggle a ritual of the Hajj Pilgrimage practiced for centuries. He rewarded her faith and patience with the pure spring of Zamzam, which continues to quench the thirst of millions. 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 burdens similar to hers?

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, shunned.

This Dhul Hijjah, your Qurbani and Sadaqah need not travel too far to lift a single mother out of destitution. A mother in need of help and healing is closer than we think.

In the Best 10 Days of the Year, honour our mother Hajar (ra) by supporting our sisters who walk in her footsteps.

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GIFT HER
Enable her to buy her
children gifts for Eid

New clothes, gifts and the joy of celebrating together –these are the things all children look forward to on Eid. But children of prisoners have no such hope, and their mothers feel their hurt more acutely. In broken 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”

UNITE HER FAMILY
Unite her children with
their father this Eid, by
facilitating a prison visit

In times of togetherness like Eid, the wives and children of prisoners suffer the pain of separation more strongly. But a single mother, barely able to make ends meet, cannot afford the high cost of travelling to a prison in a remote location. The average UK prison visit is a 120 mile round-trip. In many cases, the added impediment of mobility constraints, make these visits impossible.

“May Allah reward everyone at HHUGS for arranging transport for the prison visit. Alhamdulillah, if it was not for HHUGS and the volunteers who drive us, I wouldn't be able to do this, especially with a new born baby. […] My husband was so excited about seeing our son, it was the first time he’d seen him since he's been born.”

SACRIFICE
Give her your Qurbani
meat, and/or the means
to feed her family for a
month (at £250)

With their husbands in impeisioned, these single mothers are left to pick up the pieces of a life devastated. With bank accounts frozen and benefits withheld or delayed, often they haven’t even the means to feed their children.

“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. 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.

“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.

"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.”

CONNECT HER
Give her isolated family
a chance to connect
with the community, by
helping us facilitate an Eid party

No one deserves to be left alone in times of hardship. Yet this is the reality families of prisoners live with day in and day out. Labelled guilty by association, they are ostracised by their own communities, and often face harassment. This situation is hardest on single mothers, who are helpless as their children witness the joy of their peers during Eid.

“The Eid parties, the presents - it's made me feel as though 'I'm not alone. You get together with other families and it makes you realise it’s not only you going through that struggle. It’s like they’re family, they are a part of us and we are a part of them. My children were so happy to see me happy and smiling.”

EMPOWER HER
Help her gain
independence
through education,
driving lessons and
vocational training

Through financial hardship and 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."

RELIEVE HER
Alleviate her of debts
that weigh heavy on
her frail shoulders

Following the arrest of their husbands, wives of prisoners are left to pick up the pieces on their own. With assets confiscated and benefits frozen, they quickly accumulate rent arrears and unpaid bills. In some cases they inherit the debts of their husbands, which were previously unknown to them. With limited financial resources, these become near impossible for them to pay off.

“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."

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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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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