About Us

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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.

Advocacy for Wrongfully Incarcerated


Educational “First Amendment” Public Forums

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!

Educational “First Amendment” Public Forums

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!

Nonpartisan Studies, Research And Analysis

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.

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5 thoughts on “About Us”

  1. Assalamu Alaikkum Hajji, I am a poor Mother of 03 Children’s. my Husband is a small kids foot were maker. his salary is not enough for my Children’s Education and our day to day life. we are living in a small house and my husband also does his job at my small house it’s not enough for my poor family to live. I cannot make a little bite of space in my small house. because there is a financial problem. if you can help me to make my small house it will be help full for my poor family to live peace fully. first we ask with Allah and next with you all. we are poor and we are help less. please Accept my Application and try to help me. please Accept this poor Mother’s request and try to help me and my Children’s. A poor Mother is Begging with you all for her Children’s peace full life and happy features. give a good response to my poor Children face has very bright and smiling. give a good replay we are waiting for your good replay. don’t reject my Application. we are poor Muslims in Sri Lanka. if you give sadaqa in Ramadan don’t forget this poor family also. if any mistake please forgive me. IN THE NAME OF Allah.. WASSALAM.. AAMEEN…


  2. Bismillah Al Rahman Al Raheem As salaam Alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatu Allahummah Salli ala Rasulullah Sallallahu alayhi wa salaam, My Name Is Abdul Majid Hakeem Would love to lend support in you program Insha ALLAH,


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