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Aafia - Operational Redemption: "Would You Remian Silent If She Was Your Mother, Daughter Or Sister?"

09 March 2013

By El-Hajj Mauri' Saalakhan

Assalaamu Alaikum (Greetings of Peace): 

Last year this time (in Johannesburg), South Africa was one of 15 COUNTRIES that had a demonstration in defense of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui. For this year's 10th anniversary observance the mobilization point will be the U.S. Consulate in Durban South Africa, on Friday, March 15. One of the main organizers of this year's action, Br. Inayet Wadee, sent us a copy of the flyer for this year's action; the design of the flyer is excellent! 

On the top half of the flyer are the following words: 


"Would You Remian Silent If She Was Your Mother, Daughter Or Sister?" 

The last line is the one that should really be a shock to the senses...it is the rhetorical question that should tug at the heart and cause us ALL to STOP and REFLECT deeply on what it means to be human; on what it means to be a being of conscience, and on what it means to be family! 

Tomorrow morning at 9:00 there will be a press conference for Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, Attorney Lynne Stewart, and a remembrance of the late Rachel Corrie, at the National Press Club in downtown Washington, DC. In the afternoon a support rally will be held for Aafia at the Pakistan Embassy - located at 3517 International Court, Washington, DC (behind the Van Ness UDC campus). 

The question I have for my Muslim brethren (especially the leaders) is simply this: will YOU be present and accounted for? For as the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr so eloquently stated: 

"In the end we will remember not the words of our enemies,

but the silence of our friends." 

Insha'Allah, we expect to be on Washington, DC's Pacifica Radio WPFW (89.3 FM)

at 7:30 tomorrow morning to talk about the mobilization


Bismillah Ar-Rahman, Ar-Rahim


An Open Letter to Muslims in America regarding Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, the campaign for her release and repatriation, and our own spiritual and psychological redemption

The word redemption is loaded with meaning. It encompasses the act of redeeming oneself, and/or the state of being redeemed. To redeem is to recover something of value by discharging an obligation. According to Webster, it means "to ransom, free or rescue by paying a price." It also signifies making good on a promise (to fulfill) and to atone – another interesting verb that signifies making amends, or to expiate.

March 30, 2013, will mark 10 years since Dr. Aafia Siddiqui and her three young children (ages 6, 4, and six months) were disappeared in Karachi, Pakistan by agents of the Pakistani and American governments. It was March 30, 2003. Five years later (2008) a barely alive Aafia Siddiqui would be brought to the United States to begin 2 ½ years of pre-trial confinement that would be even more oppressive than what was imposed upon the young American soldier accused of leaking classified documents to Wikileaks (Bradley Manning).

Aafia's oldest children Ahmed and Maryam (American citizens by birth) would be returned to the family home in Karachi in 2008 and 2010, respectively. The youngest child, Suleman, remains unaccounted for to this very day!

As recorded in Sahihs Bukhari and Muslim, the Prophet (peace be upon him) reportedly said, "You will observe that the believers are like parts of the body in relation to each other in matters of kindness, love and affection. When one part of the body is afflicted, the entire body feels it; there is a loss of sleep and a fever develops."

In another hadith recorded in Sahih Muslim, the Prophet (pbuh) reportedly said: "Whoever removes a worldly grief from a believer, ALLAH will remove from him one of the griefs of the Day of Judgment. Whoever alleviates the lot of a needy person, ALLAH will alleviate his lot in this world and the next. Whoever shields a Muslim, ALLAH will shield him in this world and the next. ALLAH will aid a servant [of His] so long as the servant aids his brother."

The seal of the Prophets (Mohammed ibn Abdullah, pbuh) also reportedly said: "A Muslim is the brother of a Muslim; he neither oppresses him, nor does he fail him."

And also, "None of you truly believes until he wishes for his brother [which also includes his sister] what he wishes for himself." – source, Sahih Bukhari and Muslim

And finally, in one of the most well-known and often quoted ahadith in the Muslim tradition, the Prophet (pbuh) reportedly said:"When you see an evil action you must change it with your hand; if you cannot do so, with your tongue [the jihad of the tongue]; if you cannot do so, detest it within your heart…that is the weakest degree of faith." – source, Sahih Muslim

To say Muslim leaders and well established Muslim organizations in America (generally speaking) have failed to measure up to this high standard – especially as it pertains to the human rights challenges that are symbolized by this Muslim woman's case – would be an understatement. But every day of new life also affords a new opportunity.

It is also recorded in both Bukhari and Muslim that the Last Messenger of ALLAH stated, "When a person repents, God's pleasure at this is even greater than that of one who dismounts from his camel, loses it in the desert, and then finds it again all of a sudden."

In this New Year of the Muslim Hijri calendar (1434 AH), we invite committed Muslims in America to join us in an intensive three month initiative that will officially begin on December 30, 2012, and run through March 30, 2013, culminating in three major mobilizations: one in WASHINGTON, DC and the others in FORT WORTH, TX

We have named this initiative Operation Redemption because it will provide committed Muslims in America –especially Muslim MEN - with an opportunity for us to redeem ourselves on this extremely important, precedent-setting case, and the equally important peripheral issues that surround it!

May ALLAH (SWT) bless this effort, and all those who positively respond to it. Ameen. 

In the struggle for peace thru justice,

El-Hajj Mauri' Saalakhan

7 Safar 1434 A.H. (December 20, 2012) 

Special Note:

Over the course of this three month consciousness-raising process, in support and defense of our sister, our plans have been slightly but very importantly modified. Initially, we were planning to do an action in New York City in the middle of March, but that has been tabled (for now); the first action will now take place in Washington, DC on March 8 ("International Women's Day").  Everything else remains the same.

To contact us, or to send a contribution in support of this critically important mobilization:

The Peace Thru Justice Foundation

11006 Veirs Mill Rd.  

 STE L-15, PMB 298

Silver Spring , MD. 20902

Tel: (301) 220-0133 or (202) 246-9608

E-mail: peacethrujustice@aol.com


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