Pro-ISIS British Preacher Anjem Choudary Launches Twitter Campaign Calling For Release Of Pakistani Scientist Dr. Aafia Siddiqui

September 15, 2021

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On September 13, 2021, pro-ISIS British preacher Anjem Choudary published a post[1] on his Telegram channel announcing the launch of a Twitter campaign, set to begin on September 17 at 10 PM London time to call for the release of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani woman incarcerated in the U.S. for attempting to kill U.S. military personnel.

In the announcement, Choudary described Siddiqui as a "Muslim woman, an intellectual and a champion for the cause of those who faced oppression, who has been illegally and unjustly treated by the Taghout [tyrant] regimes of Pakistan and America, suffering continuing torture, abuse and inhumane treatment."

Choudary, whose Telegram channel has over 800 subscribers, also highlighted the importance of freeing prisoners in Islam, saying that "Islamic history is replete with examples of Muslim armies being sent to liberate individual men and women held by non-Islamic regimes and the Messenger Muhammad (saw) has informed us that it is obligatory to free the prisoners."

The post mentioned a previously launched campaign calling for the release of Siddiqui, and condemned Muslim leaders "who haven't lifted a finger for her to be freed even though some of them sit on nuclear weapons."

Calling on Muslims to participate in the campaign, Choudary wrote: "The obligation upon us is to either free her physically or to ransom her or to exchange her. However, until such time as we can fulfil one these obligations the minimum that we can do is to use all that we have to raise awareness about her case, to keep her name in the hearts and in the minds of Muslims, not to forget her situation, to supplicate to Allah (SWT) to release her and to support her family in this time of crisis."

After claiming that Siddiqui "has been attacked by another inmate and that her condition generally continues to worsen," Choudary concluded his post by writing: "A Twitter campaign is not much in the face of such huge injustice an oppression. Nevertheless, it is the least that anyone around the world can engage in to raise awareness, to ask others to make dua [supplication] to expose the oppressors, to call on those who have the ability to free her from captivity and to let her family and perhaps even herself know that she has the support of many Muslims and people of conscience around the world."

[1] Telegram, September 13, 2021.

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