Operation Redemption - Day 24: A Message from the Family of Aafia

30 January 2013

By El-Hajj Mauri' Saalakhan

Assalaamu Alaikum (Greetings of Peace): 

Insha'Allah, we will speak at Masjid Bilal - located at 400 Chimborazo Blvd, Richmond, Virginia 23223 -  this coming Friday (Jan 25) for jumuah; and later conduct an evening forum on the case of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui (and the equally important peripheral issues surrounding her case) at the same location. 

On Saturday evening (Jan 26) I will deliver my long awaited presentation on "My Journey to Islam," at the Prince Georges Muslim Association (PGMA) in Lanham, Maryland. 

While in the wake of the very unfortunate outcome of the Algerian hostage crisis some have encouraged me to write the commentary that I had originally intended anyway - at least the substance of it - I feel that I've already said enough on the matter (all things considered). I am instead forwarding a statement from the family of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, on the Algerian hostage crisis. 

The statement is followed by the family's request for supporters worldwide to write to Aafia (via postcards), and to donate to the campaign for Aafia (in whatever way you can). 

I want to emphasize POSTCARDS! A number of well wishers have communicated over the past year, that their letters are being returned with the message that Aafia has refused to receive them. While we don't know exactly what's going on, we have an idea. And if we're correct, it's all part of her captors' internal manipulations to keep Aafia cut off from the outside world, and to diminish public support for her. 

PLEASE SEND POSTCARDS - which do not have to be opened - bearing a brief and encouraging message of concern and solidarity. This will benefit Aafia, even if she doesn't receive it. ( For it will serve as a constant reminder to her jailors that she is not forgotten, and support for her is continuing to grow!) 

Donate for Dr. Aafia's Legal Defense, Investigation to find her Missing Child, and for Case Advocacy!  

Dr. Aafia's family is working with groups around the world to secure funding and continue the legal defense and advocacy for Dr. Aafia, including investigations into the disappearance of her children and the fate of young Suleman who is still missing after almost eight years.

To Contribute:

In Pakistan:  Aafia Movement - for details see website link here

In the USA:

The Peace Thru Justice Foundation - for Advocacy Activities - peacethrujustice@aol.com 

In the UK, Australia   Justice For Aafia Coalition (JFAC) - for details see website link here

(The above organizations are not affiliated with the family of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui but do carry out work to educate and support advocay for Dr. Aafia)

Donors should verify the Tax implications of any donations.  In many cases, the contributions may NOT be tax deductible. 

 Please remember that legal defense funds are safe, practical and effective!

 "Ms. Siddiqui was allegedly subject to unlawful imprisonment and interrogation and following her ordeal was deported to the United States to face charges of attacking her captors. Contributing to the defense of an individual under these circumstances is not only perfectly legal, it is - to quote Judge Webster – ‘in the highest tradition of American values.'"— Charles D. Swift. Attorney at Law

NOTE: Regarding Donations to MLFA:

The Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA) is no longer involved with funding for Dr. Aafia's case and any monies donated to them will not go towards any aspect of Dr. Aafia's case. 

The family have requested that MLFA kindly cease to use Dr. Aafia's case, her name, statements or any statement from family members for their fund raising activities in order to avoid confusion among potential donors.


To send a contribution to The Peace Thru Justice Foundation 

The Peace Thru Justice Foundation

11006 Veirs Mill Rd

STE L-15, PMB 298

Silver Spring, MD. 20902 

You can designate: The campaign for Dr. Aafia Siddiqui 

Donations are NOT Tax-deductible

(But they are Zakat-illegible)


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