Who We Are
The Aafia Foundation, Inc. (TAF) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit, non-political, human rights organization dedicated to the advancement of human rights through education and advocacy. Our emphasis is on empowering individuals so that they may become agents or activists in defense of human rights—who would champion the causes of social justice and become a source of positive transformative social change. Specifically, we seek to accomplish the following:
Raise public awareness of racism and religious bigotry in policing, the courts and the prison systems in order to help accelerate the advancement of racial and religious liberty.
Educate the populace on the civil and human rights—as accorded by the U.S. Constitution and by established international law—in order to empower them with the knowledge and the understanding that is necessary to address the human rights issues of the day.
Advocate the emancipation of unjustly incarcerated people in order to free them from the chains of bondage, and to assist the families and the communities that have been adversely affected by the criminal justice system.
Deliver spiritual counsel and assistance to prisoners who yearn for guidance, healing or rehabilitation (through religious convictions and principles) in order to help them cope with the ordeals of prison life and what lies beyond.
Our aim and objective: To eliminate the injustices that plague our humanity and to aid the weak, the oppressed, and the voiceless.
What We Do
At the core of our multifaceted education and advocacy programs is the message that true peace, for the individual and society, can only come through justice. We envision a world in which the universally recognized human rights accorded to every human being at the time of birth by our Creator are both the law and common practice of every land, God willing.
We target our message to individual citizens, civic organizations, religious institutions, government leaders, and relevant non-governmental organizations. The instruments of our methodology include the following:
Advocacy for Wrongfully Incarcerated People
During this (now) three decade struggle, ALLAH has blessed us to have had some degree of positive impact, direct or indirect, on many lives. Some individuals who immediately come to mind (in alphabetical order) are: Jihad Abdul-Mumit; Mumia Abu-Jamal; Nasser Ahmed; Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin; Dr. Sami Al-Arian; Dr. Abdelhalim Ashqar; Adama Bah (and Tashnuba Hyder); Jeffery Gilbert; Dr. Anwar Haddam; Terrence Johnson; Abner Louima; “Shifa” Sadequee; Dr. Aafia Siddiqui – and the list goes on.
We have advocated and organized on behalf of targeted groups such as the Central Park 5; the Fort Dix 5; the Holy Land 5; the Newburgh 4; the Raleigh 7; young Somali brothers in Minnesota; and the Virginia Paintball Case.
Educational “First Amendment” Public Forums
FOR THOSE WHO DON’T KNOW
The heart of our work, from our very inception, has been the fight for justice on many levels – from police accountability to political imprisonment. Our organizational form has changed shape over the years, but our core values and objectives have remained the same; the struggle for justice!
Nonpartisan Studies, Research And Analysis
While we were not always victorious in the intended objective(s) of our struggle, by ALLAH’s Grace and Mercy, we never wavered!
Publication of Educational Materials
While we have made our mistakes, our faith and sincerity have been a protective shield. By ALLAH’s Grace, we have grown and become stronger in the process of a never-ending struggle for peace thru justice!
Broadcasting and· Social Media Outreach
We have never shied away from the requisites of struggle out of fear or self-interest! Wherever possible, we never allowed victims and/or their loved ones to stand alone!
Images from the weekly “A Conversation with Mauri Saalakhan” on Salaamedia.
Aafia is a name rich in meaning. When a well respected scholar of The Qur’an, Imam Mohamad al-Asi, was asked to share his understanding of the meaning of Aafia, he stated the following:
Simply put, the pedestrian meaning of ‘Aafia is (physical) health. The more comprehensive meaning of it is not only physical health but the health that is inclusive of a person’s physical, mental, and spiritual being. Some linguists would extend that to mean that “‘Aafia(h)” is the physical health that extends from spiritual health.
We believe this to be a most fitting name for an organization that will have a restorative justice mandate. Central goals of The Aafia Foundation, Inc., will be to provide another much needed voice for the voiceless within the American and international public square; to strive to the best of our ability to come to the aid of the oppressed; and to help the United States of America live up to the better part of itself – as a nation theoretically founded on the still unfulfilled principle of “liberty and justice for all.”
The Aafia Foundation has earned the Guidestar Gold Seal of Transparency in recognition of its commitment to nonprofit financial accountability.