by Andrew Purcell
Ramadan 2011. Or 1432. Which calendar you prefer doesn't change the beginning of Ramadan. That new moon will be sighted early next week. My healthy Muslim friends will be spending the daylight hours refraining from food and drink, and all of them will spend the month contemplating the good things God has provided. And of course they will be spending the month with family and friends celebrating the tradition of God revealing his message to humanity through the prophet Muhammad...
In any year there will be Muslims who are unable to celebrate with family and friends. Many of them tell stories of injustice and oppression, and there is nothing you can do as individuals to correct those injustices and oppressions. You can, as individuals, ease some of the suffering.
If you have managed to find this page I don't need to repeat the story of Dr. Aafia. None of us can bring her home for Eid with her children and her mother. You can't arrange a visit for her brother.
There is something you can do. Send her a postcard. It doesn't have to be fancy. Aafia is partial to nature scenes. You can't talk about her case but there isn't that much room on a postcard so any message would have to be short. All you really need to do is write:
We believe you. We are praying for you and your children and your mother.
It will take you longer to break your fast than it will to write this on a postcard and put a stamp on it, but the joy it will bring to Aafia will last longer than filling an empty stomach.
Aafia's address is:
FEDERAL MEDICAL CENTER
P.O. BOX 27137
FORT WORTH, TX 76127
SEE ALSO Andy's earlier article:
Who was Dr. Aafia? An eyewitness account.
Posted also by MuslimMatters
A family friend reacts to the plight and case of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui.
This document began life in October 2008 as an e-mail to the author’s family and friends to explain why he cared so much about what happened to this “terribly dangerous woman.”
This story has been getting uneven play in the news in this country. Some of you may not even recognize her name.
The FBI began looking for Aafia Siddiqui in March 2003 for reasons never explained and the internet is full of guesses, ranging from the almost believable through outlandishly lurid.
These internet stories became sensational fantasy. “Lady al-Qaeda Leader Totes Three Small Children, Ex-Husband, New Husband, Boyfriend Around World While Directing Bin-Laden’s Biological Weapons and Internet Programs, Smuggling Diamonds from Africa, Laundering Money, Planning Attacks On Gasoline Stations In Maryland…”
These were all real headlines in 2003. Even a James Bond villain would have trouble matching them.
There is even one web site claiming that she can be found in the Bible, mentioned by name, as a sign of the coming Rapture, by using information published in the popular book “The Bible Code”.
You get the idea. The first story I came across read “FBI Looking for Female al-Qaeda Leader”. That was so odd. Don’t those bozos realize that al-Qaeda has no use for female leaders? They barely consider women to be human…
READ the rest of Andy's and find another "Surely the real point about Aafia Siddiqui is being missed?" From CagePrisoners By Asim Qureshi - GO