Assalaamu Alaikum (Greetings of Peace):
This is coming to our readers from Irving, Texas. Yesterday’s rally in downtown Fort Worth was a warm and wonderful, almost mystical success. The forecast for Fort Worth, Texas was supposed to be constant rainstorms from can’t see in the morning through late in the day. But as one young brother summed it up to me as the rally was starting, “Br. Mauri, it’s raining to the east and it’s raining to the west, but no rain in the middle (Allahu Akbar)!”
Indeed, it was a blessed omen for the day. A number of speakers addressed a moderate size crowd of about 35 to 40 people. Most of the supporters who gathered were young adult students of Al-Bayinnah. All but one, Rev. Kathleen Day, who flew in from Flagstaff (Arizona), were Muslim. The contrasts between the first rally in Boston – which was predominantly comprised of non-Muslim supporters of Aafia – and the last rally of the month in Fort Worth, is so interesting that I thought it fitting to share published articles on both rallies (below).
Each article, while slightly government tilted, provide fundamentally fair reports on the rallies that took place in both cities. (We are always grateful for any effort to deliver un-biased reporting on this challenging and highly politicized case.)
I would simply point out three small but important corrections regarding the Star-Telegram report on yesterday’s rally: (1) the alleged attempted assault on US personnel took place in 2008; (2) to my knowledge the Pakistani government has never admitted to the rendition; (3) the rain came immediately AFTER we finished – and when it rained, it poured! (Thank you ALLAH!)
Onward to Houston and the vigil on Friday, insha’Allah.
El-Hajj Mauri’ Saalakhan,
THE AAFIA FOUNDATION, INC