by Andrew Purcell
Ramadan 2011. Or 1432. Which calendar you prefer doesn't change the beginning of Ramadan. That new moon will be sighted early next week. My healthy Muslim friends will be spending the daylight hours refraining from food and drink, and all of them will spend the month contemplating the good things God has provided. And of course they will be spending the month with family and friends celebrating the tradition of God revealing his message to humanity through the prophet Muhammad (saw).
In any year there will be Muslims who are unable to celebrate with family and friends. Many of them tell stories of injustice and oppression, and there is nothing you can do as individuals to correct those injustices and oppressions. You can, as individuals, ease some of the suffering.
If you have managed to find this page I don't need to repeat the story of Dr. Aafia. None of us can bring her home for Eid with her children and her mother. You can't arrange a visit for her brother.
There is something you can do. Send her a postcard. It doesn't have to be fancy. Aafia is partial to nature scenes. You can't talk about her case but there isn't that much room on a postcard so any message would have to be short. All you really need to do is write:
We believe you. We are praying for you and your children and your mother.
It will take you longer to break your fast than it will to write this on a postcard and put a stamp on it, but the joy it will bring to Aafia will last longer than filling an empty stomach.
Aafia's address is:
FEDERAL MEDICAL CENTER
P.O. BOX 27137
FORT WORTH, TX 76127