With one donation, you can spread the Ramadan warmth with Muslim inmates.
““They fulfill their vows; they fear a day of widespread woes; they give food to the poor, the orphan, and the captive, though they love it themselves, saying, ‘We feed you for the sake of God alone: We seek neither recompense nor thanks from you””
(Quran 76: 7-9)
During Ramadan, it can be especially challenging for Muslims who are incarcerated in prisons across Canada to practice their faith and observe the holy month with dignity and respect.
This is why Islamic Relief Canada is committed to providing Ramadan necessities to Muslim inmates, as a means to elevate their spiritual connection and faith during this sacred time, through Ramadan kits.
Essentials we’re providing inmates with this Ramadan
Islamic Relief Canada, working with the Al Furqan Foundation and Iqbal Foods, has carefully curated a list of items that will serve the inmates the ability to practice Ramadan this year.
These Ramadan Kits for Inmates will bring them hope in the most blessed of months!
Inmates oftentimes do not have the luxury to request foods that meet their religious and cultural needs. Breaking a fast with a date is a sunnah of our beloved Prophet ﷺ and a tradition that unites Muslims across the world during Ramdan. They are rich in fiber, antioxidants, and nutrients that can help replenish the body after fasting, making them an essential part of Iftar.
As we navigate through our daily lives, Salah can provide us with a sense of peace, purpose and solace. Perhaps more so for our Muslim brothers and sisters in prison. Partnered with Iqbal Foods, Muslim inmates will be provided with cushioned prayer mats so that they may find some respite from the hard concrete floor they often pray on.
Timings of Suhoor and Iftar may not always be in line with the scheduled meal times in prisons, making it difficult for Muslim inmates to break their fast with a warm meal. A thermos will be used to keep their food warm between meal times and breaking their fast, providing ease and comfort during Ramadan.
Dhikr brings all of us closer to Allahﷻ and increases our Imaan. The tasbeeh can help focus on the remembrance of Allah ﷻ, especially in loud and crowded places such as prisons.
Our brothers and sisters in prison deserve to stand in prayer with the modest head coverings that signify their devotion to Islam. Islamic Relief Canada will provide Muslim inmates with kufi caps and hijabs so that they may honour their faith as they wish to.
Everyone deserves a Ramadan of hope, love, and community
With your support, we can make a difference in the lives of incarcerated Muslims, many of whom are facing difficult circumstances and may not have access to the resources they need to practice their faith in a dignified matter.
By providing them with dates and thermoses we can ensure they can fast easily. By ensuring they have access to prayer essentials such as hijab or kufi, tasbeeh, Quran and prayer mats, we can help them feel connected to the larger Muslim community and maintain their spiritual practice during Ramadan.
Islamic Relief staff member with Imam Taylor
You can give the gift of dignity and respect!
Your support will allow for Muslim inmates across Canada to observe Ramadan with dignity and respect. With your generosity, we can help to make this holy month a time of spiritual growth and connection for all Muslims, regardless of their circumstances.
Let’s celebrate Ramadan together, with warmth and compassion.