The work of The Aafia Foundation is rooted in a verse from The Noble Qur’an and a well known oral tradition of the Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him).
The Qur’anic verse reads in part: “Stand firmly for justice as witnesses to ALLAH (God Almighty) even if it is against yourselves…”
The oral tradition reads: “When you see an evil action you must change it with your hand; if you cannot do so, with your tongue; if you cannot do so, with your heart - [but know] that is the weakest degree of faith.”
The plight of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui is at the top of our organizational agenda; however, this oppressed Muslim woman is not our only concern. We have many others.
We are concerned about all Muslim political prisoners who were unjustly targeted over the past two plus decades in the name of national security and a so-called “War on Terrorism.”
We are concerned about the many disparities of “justice” evident throughout America’s criminal justice system; disparities rooted in race, class, politics, and increasingly, religion.
We are concerned about the social, economic, and political health and welfare of a nation-state that calls itself a “democracy,” a “land of liberty and justice for all,” but in reality is far removed from these ideals.
The consequences of such contradictions are real. As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., correctly noted, “The arc of the universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”
We are reminded that as men and women must reap the consequences of their actions, nations will also be judged and reap the consequences of theirs.
This philosophical view of life and struggle is what guides and undergirds the work of The Aafia Foundation, Inc.