The male Muslim prison population in the UK has doubled in the past 17 years from 5,502 Muslims in 2002 to 13,341 by 2019 [Kieran Doherty/Reuters]

London, United Kingdom – In 2009, at the age of 18, Suleman was sent to HM Prison Glen Parva in the English midlands.

One of the biggest challenges he faced while observing Ramadan was knowing what time the fast started and ended.

“One thing you don’t have in prisons is a clock in your cell,” he told Al Jazeera.

“You may have a communal one in the association hall. But in prison, a clock is the last thing you want, bearing in mind time goes really slow.”

To begin the fast before dawn, Muslim prisoners were given

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