Who will free our Sisters?“And what is [the matter] with you that you fight not in the cause of Allah and [for] the oppressed among men, women, and children who say, “Our Lord, take us out of this city of oppressive people and appoint for us from Yourself a protector and appoint for us from Yourself a helper?”” TMQ 4:75
In March 2009 two female US Journalists, Euna Lee and Laura Ling were seized by North Korean border guards while reporting for California based Current TV. They were subsequently tried and sentenced to 12 years in prison for “hostile acts” and illegal entry into North Korea. After their imprisonment, America worked tirelessly to get the women released, and in August 2009, dispatched former US President Bill Clinton to speak with North Korea’s Kim Jong Il. The meeting was productive and the two women were later released.
In March 2003, a woman was also seized and imprisoned. Her name was Aafia Siddiqui. Like the US Journalists, she was a woman. She studied and worked in America and her three children were American citizens. But unlike the US Journalists captured six years later, she was a Muslim and she had no leader to take care of her affairs.
Dr. Aafia Siddiqui was born in Karachi, Pakistan, on March 2, 1972. She was one of three children of Mohammad Siddiqui, a doctor trained in England. She is a mother of three and also a Hafiz-e-Quraan. Aafia and her three children were seized by Pakistani intelligence agents in March 2003 and handed over to the Americans in Afghanistan, where she was imprisoned in Bagram and repeatedly raped, tortured and abused for years.
On August 7th 2008, an article in the The News exposed some of the treatment Aafia had been subjected to while in American custody.
• One of her kidneys had been removed
• Her teeth had been removed
• Her nose had been broken, and improperly reset
• Her recent gunshot wound had been incompetently dressed, was oozing blood, leaving her clothes soaked with blood.
Both the Pakistani government as well as US officials in Washington denied any knowledge of Aafia’s imprisonment until her plight was brought out into the open and received media attention. Trumped up allegations were then brought against her. They allege that she was involved in terrorism and a ludicrous claim that she managed to wrestle a gun from a US soldier and shoot at US officers.
After being tortured for five years and deprived of her children, Dr. Aafia Siddiqui was pronounced guilty by the American Justice System for an act she never committed. Expecting justice from the American administration, which has even left behind the Pharaoh and Halaku Khan in its cruelty, is equivalent to deceiving oneself.
This injustice is the pinnacle and the hallmark of the Capitalist democratic system where the innocent are sacrificed to appease the majority. The injustices faced by Dr. Aafia are nothing new or strange. In fact the ordeal of the caged sisters in Abu Ghuraib may be even worse and more heart breaking. Even today Muslim rulers act like hunting dogs and assist their Western masters in arresting Muslim sons and daughters to hand them over to these wolves.
In the absence of the Khilafah, Dr. Aafia, along with every other Muslim in the world, is effectively stateless and has no nation as a protector. As prophesised by the Messenger (saw) we are like froth and scum that is carried down by a torrent of water.
“The People will soon summon one another to attack you as people when eating invites others to share their food.” Someone asked, “Will that be because of our small numbers at that time?” He (saw) replied, “No, you will be numerous at that time: but you will be froth and scum like that carried down by a torrent (of water), and Allah will take the fear of you from the breasts (hearts) of your enemy and cast al-wahn into your hearts.” Someone asked, “O Messenger of Allah, what is al-wahn?” He (saw) replied, “Love of the world and dislike of death.” [Abu Dawud and Ahmad]
It’s wahn that led the Pakistani authorities to kidnap and handover a Muslim woman to the Americans even though the Messenger of Allah (saw) said, “A Muslim is a brother of another Muslim, so he should not oppress him, nor should he hand him over to an oppressor.” [Bukhari]
Love of the world (wahn) has prevented any ruler in the Muslim world lifting a finger to help protect the honor of a Muslim woman and free not just Aafia but the thousands of Muslims incarcerated in Guantanamo, Bagram, and secret CIA detention centres even though the Messenger of Allah (saw) said: “Indeed it is obligatory upon the Muslims to free their captives or to pay their ransoms.”
We must remember that we were not always stateless. When the Islamic State existed in the past the honour of Muslim women was protected and the Muslim prisoners were freed.
Imam ibn Athir records in ‘Kamil’ the famous story of a Muslim woman who was captured by the Romans and held in a place named ‘Amuriyyah. Not content with only capturing her they tried to dishonour her as well. Frightened and alone she called out the name of the Khaleefah, “[Ya Mu’tasim] Oh Mu’tasim.” A man witnessed this incident and rushed to the Khaleefah informing him of what had happened. When he heard the plight of this woman he responded bravely, “Labbaik [I am here at your call].” He prepared a large army and set off for battle and to rescue the woman. Mu’tasim’s army conquered the enemy and entered ‘Amuriyyah. After destroying the enemy stronghold, they came to the woman and freed her.
Where are the Muhammed Bin Qasims and the Mu’tasims of this era? Indeed we need to do what they did to avenge their sisters i.e., use the unified military of the Khilafah to protect the Muslims.
We must realize this situation is temporary, and that the Islamic revival is gathering pace, and the wahn is slowly melting away through the interaction with strong Islamic thoughts. When the victory of Allah (swt) arrives and the Muslim lands unite under one Khaleefah, Insha’Allah, be under no illusion that the Khilafah will utilise all its political, economic and military might to free the Muslim prisoners and protect the honor of our women.