You may have heard the story of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui. She is neuroscientist who specifically studied to improve education for disabled students. She was very involved in humanitarian work as well and she was also a hafidha (one who has memorized the Qur’an).
In March of 2003, she left her home in Pakistan for the Karachi airport. But she mysteriously disappeared along with her three children. She was spotted in Afghanistan in 2008. Where had she disappeared to for five years?
She had been kidnapped along with her children. Soon, the media had fabricated all sorts of stories about Dr. Aafia. In Afghanistan, she was detained and through a series of events which have been related differently, was believed to be a major threat. She was transported to New York where she had a sham trial. Dr. Aafia was then detained to 86 years in prison.
Read more about this case in this original graphic novel by Christopher Towne. It is definitely worth the read.
We hope that we can raise more awareness about her case around our community because most people have not even heard Dr. Aafia Siddiqui’s name. And insha’ Allah, we can bring to court the injustices and free Dr. Siddiqui.
And we just want to mention that Dr. Aafia Siddiqui is probably one of the best examples of patience. Patience in times of hardship is the hardest kind and we can just pray to Allah (SWT) to help Dr. Aafia through this time.