Saturday, December 31, 2011

UPDATE: Muslim Men to March in Texas

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SAFAR 1433 A.H.
(December 31, 2011)

Assalaamu Alaikum (Greetings of Peace):

I begin with a note of heartfelt thanks for all those who took time out of a day of relaxation (and for many, heightened expectation), to dramatize their concern for a most deserving political prisoner, and prisoner of war, by the name of Aafia Siddiqui. ALLAH blessed us with a beautiful day, and the collection of concerned citizens who came together was even more beautiful (alhamdullilah)!

As I noted earlier to Aafia's sister (Dr. Fowzia), one of the most important elements that came out of today's mobilization was the broadening of the base of support for Aafia in America. There were Muslims and non-Muslims, Sunni and Shi'a, people of varying racial and cultural orientations, the young and the not so young:).

Yesterday, through the introduction of a local activist, by the name of Thomas Muhammad, I also had an opportunity to brief an outspoken African-American councilwoman (for the city of Dallas) on Aafia's case over lunch; and she has pledged her support to do whatever she can in the days ahead, insha'Allah. With these connections being made, and with ALLAH's help, we expect the base of support to broaden even more, insha'Allah.

With that said, may ALLAH bless you, and fortify you, in this new year (of the Islamic and Gregorian calendars).

Your brother in Islam,


From the family of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui ..

Dear Mauri

We want to thank you and all the people who have made the courageous effort to stand with you peacefully today at Carswell on this New Year's eve.

In some ways it is sad that such a mobilization is even needed to ask for something so basic as humane treatment of a prisoner and a right to visit in confidence with family and lawyer without dehumanizing conditions.

We hope that relevant authorities will take note and find it in their hearts to do the humane thing. Such gatherings do seem to have an impact. In April of this year, a group similar to this made a point and the result was that Aafia did finally get some phone calls to family and a visit after almost 2-1/2 years. Of course, what the system can give, it can also take away, and so Aafia has been banished again into isolation.

We are thankful for the effort made by each and every one for standing for humane treatment of all the prisoners at Carswell.

May you all have a peaceful and prosperous New Year and May you all see your loved ones in safety, freedom and good health.

Dr. Aafia Siddiqui's family


Full assembly at 11 am MUSLIM MEN MARCH ON FMC CARSWELL (Fort Worth) on behalf of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui and other Female Prisoners experiencing the agony of long-term isolation, refusal of visits from family members, a history of severe mistreatment and many reports of extreme human rights violations.

For more information please go to Justice for Aafia here and here

Also view the four items just below this posting and the comments under several.

1 comment:

CN said...

Various key items are under comments -- plz add your own if helpful:

Past time for the Pakistan Ambassador to visit Texas again. (And what about Michelle Obama as well?)

For helpful sweeping summary of case - earlier notations:

Find plenty from Andy Worthington here:

See that Austalia is also keeping track of US injustice and inhumanity:

More from Andy Worthington:

Muslim Matters has been following Dr. Siddiqui's case since early on. Sometimes the comments get heated and sometimes they are quite useful. For example, plz note anytime you see Andrew Purcell's comments (go to other links earlier and later):