Mother-to-Mother Petition regarding Aafia

 

Rabi Al-Awwal 1438 A.H. (December 2016)

Assalaamu Alaikum (Greetings of Peace):

On November 26, 2016, Sr. Ismat Siddiqui, the Mother of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, wrote a touching letter to “First Lady” Michelle Obama. A few days ago I made a request that the letter be made public through a petition drive. In addition to being first and foremost a Mother, Mrs. Obama is an accomplished and highly intelligent intellectual trained in the area of law; and thus, it is only fitting that this petition should come to the attention of the President of the United States through his beloved wife.

 

Introduction to the Change.Org Petition

The author of this introduction is an African American human rights advocate. I’ve been doing human rights work in America for over 25 years, and needless to say, I have seen and experienced much over the course of this time.

One of the most disturbing cases to come to my attention is the case of a young Pakistani woman by the name of Aafia Siddiqui. Dr. Siddiqui came to the US as an 18 year old student in 1990. She graduated with honors from MIT and Brandeis, with a PhD in cognitive neuroscience. In addition to her academic prowess, her commitment to her faith (Islam) led her on the path of volunteerism for a number of noble causes.

In addition to the recognition and praise that she received for her extracurricular activity, a cloud of suspicion formed over the head of this exceptional young woman (Post 9/11). When she returned home in 2002 – after 12 exceptionally fruitful years in the US – that suspicion, based on bad “intelligence,” led to her being targeted for a rendition operation carried out by American and Pakistani agents. Dr. Siddiqui was kidnapped (with her three young children in March 2003) and disappeared for the next five years. In 2008 she was returned to the United States barely clinging to life, and was later put on trial for a manufactured offense.

Former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark has described the case of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui as “the worst case of individual injustice I have ever witnessed.” This writer wholeheartedly agrees with that assessment. Our hope is that President Barack H. Obama – via The Mother to Mother Appeal that follows – will use his powers to end this nightmare before he leaves office.

A special note of thanks to our Sr. Hena for getting the petition up on the Change.org platform; please share this petition (via the link below) with as many people of good will as possible!

In the struggle for peace thru justice,

El-Hajj Mauri’ Saalakhan

 

The Mother-To-Mother Petition:

https://www.change.org/p/michelle-obama-pres-obama-free-aafia-siddiqui-before-your-term-ends?recruiter=2504534&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=share_email_responsive

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The Malcolm X Defending Our Communities Initiative – 2016

On May 19, 2016, The Aafia Foundation (TAF) launched what was initially called The Malcolm X Campaign to Save Our Young – since renamed, The Malcolm X Defending Our Communities (DOC) Initiative. At the heart of this ongoing national campaign are community forums which involve the showing of a documentary on the life and legacy of El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X), followed by discussion on his rich and enduring legacy vis-a-vis the challenges that we are confronted with today.

By the end of this year-long campaign we hope to have visited every state in the US with one of these special forums. This of course will depend on the level of material support we receive towards this urgently needed project.

Otheaafiaparadigmn Sunday, October 23, TAF will host a very special day-long conference as part of The Malcolm X DOC Initiative. The working theme of the conference will be, “THE BLACK COMMUNITY, THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY, AND LAW ENFORCEMENT IN AMERICA: THE NEED FOR A PARADIGM SHIFT.”

This event will be held at THE DIYANET CENTER OF AMERICA in Lanham, Maryland, from 11 AM – 6 PM. The program is FREE and open to the public, all donations will be appreciated. The program will comprise a total of five dynamic panels involving activists, journalists, law-enforcement experts, lawyers, clergy, and Mothers who will deliver (what for some will be) eye-opening impact statements on very personal and traumatic loss.

The goal of this initiative will be to educate, activate and connect people of good will across racial, religious, and cultural barriers – with a shared desire for long overdue positive change!

Please make a donation toward this October 23rd  conference via the following link.

https://aafia.org/support/

The Aafia Foundation, Inc. is a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3, and contributions to it are tax deductible (ID 47-4843512).

Remembering Malcolm

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The Aafia Foundation Remembers Malcolm, El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz

Malcolm was born to Earl and Louise Little in Omaha, Nebraska, on May 19, 1925. He was the youngest of his father’s seven children (three of whom resided in Boston from his first marriage). After a growing pattern of racial turbulence that followed the Littles to different states, Earl Little, a Garveyite, was killed by white supremacists in Lansing, Michigan, in 1931. Malcolm later lost his mother to mental illness, which no doubt was triggered by the loss of her husband and the corrupt manipulations of an insurance company that left this vulnerable family destitute. The family was broken up. Despite being a bright student Malcolm would drop out of school at 15, and subsequently become involved in the underworld as “Big Red” and “Detroit Red.” Continue reading …

We hope enjoy and benefit from this short retrospective on one of the most influential personalities of the 20th century. The influence of El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz / Malcolm X is still being felt throughout the world today; reminding committed Muslims of the Qur’anic ayah (verse):

Do not say of those who are slain in the way of ALLAH that they are dead. No, they are alive receiving sustenance from their Lord; though you perceive it not.

 

The Aafia Foundation, Inc. is a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3, and contribution to it are tax deductible (ID 47-4843512). To make a donation to this campaign via check or money order, send to:

The Aafia Foundation, Inc.
11160 Veirs Mill Rd
LLH18, PMB 298
Wheaton, MD. 20902

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The Aafia Foundation, Inc. is a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3, and contribution to it are tax deductible (ID 47-4843512). To make a donation to this campaign via check or money order, send to:

The Aafia Foundation, Inc.
11160 Veirs Mill Rd.
LLH18, PMB 298
Wheaton, MD 20902

Or give via PayPal:
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Urgent Alert! Support Rallies for

Dr. Aafia Siddiqui 

This March 2016 will mark 13 YEARS that Dr. Aafia Siddiqui has been wrongfully imprisoned. Aafia Siddiqui is a hafizah of Qur’an, a respected daiyee (who was one of the bright stars of the Muslim Students Association), and a graduate with honors of MIT and Brandeis University. The Sacred Qur’an, the Prophetic Sunnah, the traditions of the four rightly guided caliphs, and esteemed scholars of Islam throughout history, have emphasized the special obligation observant Muslims have to female prisoners of war!

 This coming March 2016

Support Rallies for Dr. Aafia Siddiqui in the following cities:


Boston, Massachusetts – March 8th @ 4 PM

Location: MIT, 77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA


New York City – March 11th @ 4 PM

Location: Federal Building @ 290 Broadway

(Dept. of Justice, FBI and Homeland Security offices in lower Manhattan)


Washington, DC – March 19th @ 12 Noon

Location: U.S. Department of Justice (Penn Ave NW)


Fort Worth, Texas – March 30th @ 4 PM

FMC CARSWELL

(The location outside the military base: To Be Announced)


We are asking committed Muslims, and non-Muslim friends of good will, to mark your calendars and PLAN NOW to join the mobilization closest to you. Please help us spread the word and build toward this action. For additional information:

E-mail: peacethrujustice@aol.com
By phone: (301) 441-2300 or (202) 246-9608
www.aafiamovement.com

PLEASE SHARE THIS INFORMATION WITH OTHERS!