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Aafia Day Rally - Johannesburg

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Shaista Abdullah

Friday the 30th of March in Johannesburg started off as a gloomy, foggy and overcast day. Yet there was a lurking anticipation - Johannesburg was going to witness a rally at the US embassy! Nine years ago, on the 30th of March, an innocent victim of circumstances, Dr Aafia Siddiqui along with her three children was mysteriously abducted from Karachi, Pakistan. Today, she languishes in a US jail sentenced to an 86 year sentence for a crime she did not commit. Humanitarians across the globe have joined hands to protest against this injustice and to raise their voices to ask for Aafia's release - so both mom's can finally embrace after 9 painfully long years of separation.



Muslims from all over Johannesburg gathered at the Santon City prayer area to offer Friday prayers in congregation - everyone prayed in unison, oh Allah, let our efforts be successful and let Aafia come home. The crowd then moved in a very disciplined manner to the US consulate located in downtown Santon and took up the designated area around the consulate. There crowd was dominated by women and children - donned with beautiful purple scarves - Aafia's favorite color, holding white roses - symbolizing peace and unity. The message was clear - we come in peace and want our sister Dr Aafia re-united with her family.


The air resounded with vibrant chants of Allahu Akbar, and free Aafia!! The emotional under currents were electric, the muslim ummah joined hands and the busy Sandton intersection was transformed into a human fortress, when brother Innayat Wadee read out the memorandum to the United States Consulate. There wasn't a dry eye as the crowd relived Aafia's pain and suffering over 9 long years - wishing and praying for one thing and one thing only! Oh Allah, grant Aafia release so she can re-unite with her family "then after the distress, He sent down security for you" 3:154


Magically, the overcast sky made way for vibrant sunshine - symbolic of hope and energy! Aafia, will indeed, be free and returned to her loved ones. 'Verily, His Command, when He intends a thing, is only that He says to it, BE and it is! " 36:82