This Ramadhan, children in over 200 broken homes in the UK will face poverty, isolation and fear without their fathers. Children like Hana, who at the tender age of 8, is struggling with trauma and extreme stress, following the arrest of her father.
Like all children of prisoners, she's no better off than an orphan. Hers is a grief that is akin to bereavement, but it doesn't elicit the same sympathy or support. This is Hana's third Ramadan without Baba. With your help, we can make it her ﬁrst Ramadhan with HHUGS.
With every Ramadan that passes in turmoil, the unaddressed trauma of Hana's family will grow to tear its members apart. The strength of her single mother will fail in the face of on-going poverty and a lack of opportunities. Her children may succumb to mental-health problems, experience bullying and may even turn to truancy in the absence of social support.
This Ramadhan your Zakah and Sadaqah need not travel too far to lift a child like Hana out of poverty and deprivation. Those most needy of help and healing are closer than we think.
In the best month to give charity, can you give a child without Baba a Ramadan of Hope?
"One who looks after a widow or a poor person is like the one who strives in
Allah’s cause or like him who performs prayers all night and fasts all day."
- without Baba... -
The girls in my class call me ISIS girl. Zainab says not to tell Mama or she will cry. Mama cried when I asked her if we will get new Eid dresses. I heard her at night when she thought we were sleeping. Also she cried when I wet the bed. I was scared from the men banging on the door saying ‘leave this house!’ because we have no money. I was scared they would take mama too.
But I have to be strong like Zainab. The boys on the estate pulled her scarf off, and still she didn’t cry. She even gave me her fish fingers at Iftar, so that I don’t tell Mama, even though we only got two each and she was hungry from fasting. Baba, when will you come back to take us to the mosque? I watch Nasreen going for Tarawih with her baba from the window. Mama says if. I pray in Ramadhan, Allah makes our prayers come true.
In times of togetherness like Ramadhan and Eid, children of prisoners feel the pain and isolation more strongly.
For Hana, we can't change the fact that Ramadhan will never be the same without Baba. But with your support, we can help broken families like hers regain stability, conﬁdence and hope so that healing can begin.
"I had saved £3000; they took that accusing us of using it for terrorism. I had
£5 in my pocket, which they also took. For 3 months, when the benefits were in my husbands name,
I was begging from people to give me food. Some days I had no milk to feed the children."
"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."
"I began constantly 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. I couldn’t control
my emotions and would burst out crying all of the time. I feel my mind has gone. I don’t even
have the means to laugh anymore or speak normally, like I used to."
"[…] I didn’t have anything for rent or food. It wasn’t legal for me to work.
Eventually, the council gave us a house but they wanted me to pay for the rent, the bills but I
had no income. I was very depressed. HHUGS were paying for my bills and my rent. I think if
HHUGS were not there I wouldn’t be alive right now"
"When I came here, I told my husband to speak to me in English, but he didn't
teach it to me. When he got arrested, I had no idea about anything, even the road names. I
didn't know how to take money out of a cash machine, or that I should hide my pin. If I knew
English, everything would have become easy for me.
A Ramadhan with HHUGS
Mama laughed at Suhoor time because Zainab squirted water at me when we brushed our teeth. Mama doesn’t cry so much at night any more. When the HHUGS Aunty brought food for us, she also brought vouchers. Mama got me a new Eid dress with them! I’ll wear it soon. The aunty will take us to an Eid party where there are other children whose Babas are in prison too. Mama said we can make friends there.
You know, I fasted today with Zainab and Mama until lunchtime! Mama gave me a chocolate brownie because I fasted. She could buy it with the vouchers that the HHUGS Aunty gave. But I saved half my brownie to give to Zainab at Iftar. She was so happy. Do you have brownies in prison? I will bring you my brownie from my next fast when the HHUGS Uncles take us to see you on Eid. Mama was right, Allah makes our prayers come true in Ramadhan.
" 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."
" The children felt special after receiving Eid gifts from HHUGS and attending their
Eid parties. 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. They treated us as part of the
"It impacted my education so that I actually failed my GCSEs…I failed everything"