Friday, February 10, 2012



VENUE: Nirvana School Hall, Ivy Street, Lenasia Ext 3

Friday 20Th January 2012 marked the official launch of the Free Aafia Campaign on Channel Islam International (Cii). Cii will be flying down Dr Aafia’s Sister, Dr Fauzia Siddiqui, from Pakistan who will educate and inform the South African Masses about the plight of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui.

Cii presenter, Inayet Wadee, is spearheading the campaign, which will take place from the 17th to the 23rd of February 2012.

Speaking at the launch of the campaign, Wadee appealed to Listeners to keep in mind the Hadith of Nabi (saw): “The ummah is like one body, if one part of the body is in pain, the entire body pains.”

Dr Fauzia will arrive in South Africa on the 16th or 17th of February and will be educating as many individuals as possible throughout South Africa. “We have a tentative schedule drawn up for Dr Fauzia Siddiqui. There are two official Cii dinners earmarked in anticipation of Dr Fauzia’s arrival,” Wadee said.

The first dinner will take place in Lenasia on the evening of the 17th February 2012. Wadee added that another dinner will be held the next day at the NMJ Islamic Centre in Durban. “We have also arranged a program in PMB for our listeners in the midlands area,” he said. Dr Fauzia will be meeting with a group called Free Muslim Prisoners and other Muslim organizations on her return to Johannesburg.

“She will also meet prominent political figures like the ANC Women’s League and so on,” Wadee continued. Other engagements will be press conferences and meeting with members of the media. “Finalizations of all programs and events will be posted on the dedicatedpage for Aafia on the Cii website,” he explained.

Subsidiary initiatives

“There are two other initiatives that will be running concurrently with the Free Aafia Campaign,” Wadee said earnestly. The first is a poetry initiative in honour of the tortured prisoner #650, Dr Aafia Siddiqui. Learners are urged to write poetry in support and honour of Dr Aafia. “Two winners, from Durban and Johannesburg, of this poetry initiative will have the opportunity to render their poetry at the Cii dinners,” Wadee said.

He urged parents to encourage their children to write and commemorate the honour of this oppressed lady. The second initiative includes the distribution of four wheelchairs. “Brother Arshad Latiff was kind enough to sponsor four wheelchairs with the Free Aafia logo branded on it,” Wadee said. The wheelchairs will be distributed to four deserving individuals. “Members of the public who are in need of the wheel chair should email a motivation letter to the dedicated email address;”

Listeners can also send their messages of support to the dedicated SMS line; 32414 prefixed with the word ‘aafia’ .

Wadee urged members of the community to come forward and assist in facilitating this great campaign towards securing the freedom of Dr Aafia.

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