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Muslims in prison—time for a wake-up call

“There is a scandal here for those who allow themselves to see it”

By Raheel Mohammed  
Illustration by Hannah Berry

Illustration by Hannah Berry

A former prisoner officer once described to me how, during the fasting month of Ramadan, she would wake up Muslim prisoners for an early breakfast because they did not have access to alarm clocks (not necessarily available in some prisons). The prisoners trusted her to do the right thing. She had not received any training on the religious needs of prisoners but had learnt on the job that certain rituals matter a lot to Muslims—especially during the holy month. But not all Muslim prisoners have been quite so fortunate. She went on to describe how other prison officers deliberately

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