Dr Fowzia Siddiqui joins me this episode to talk about her younger sister Aafia Siddiqui. As a child Aafia was extremely intelligent, meticulous, had a photographic memory, and had a love for dolls and balloons. In fact, whenever a balloon popped Aafia would cry. Her love for dolls was channeled into her love for children. She later went on to get into MIT and receive her PhD in cognitive neurosciences. Later in Pakistan she wanted to start an education city. She got approved for a parcel of land to create a huge education city. Things started to take a turn when her marriage when she filed for divorce. In March 2003, Aafia was apprehended in Islamabad and not been seen since by her family.
Her older sister Dr Fowzia Siddiqui and family have been tirelessly working to raise awareness of her unjust 86 year sentence. Despite many death threats and attacks on their residence they still forge forward. May Allah grant them and Dr Aafia Siddiqui the highest level in Jannah. Ameen!
Below is a letter sent to President Obama from Aafia’s mother.
— Free Aafia Siddiqui (@FowziaSiddiqui) February 21, 2016
Some Links and Topics Mentioned In This Episode
- Aafia Movement (Website)
- @FowziaSiddiqui (Twitter)
- Facebook Page
- Peace Thru Justice
- Eye-witness testimony of Aafia’s trial
- Aafia’s dream of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)
- Prisoner 650 at Baghram
- Yvonne Ridley
- Who was Dr. Aafia? (MuslimMatters article)