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Justice For Aafia- A Graphic Novel


This is Dr. Aafia Siddiqui’s story in visual form. The artist Christopher Towne is a young anti-war activist. He blogs here. Towne has given exclusive permission to share his graphic novel. He says “the case of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui is both strange and disturbing. The so-called “War on Terror” demands periodic show trials, to make endless wars appear justified. Countless people have been victimized in this way, and Dr. Siddiqui’s case is such a grave injustice that it has gathered an international movement to demand her freedom.”

He also makes comics to tell the stories of Muslim prisoners.

“Most Americans have never heard the stories of Muslim prisoners – victims of “preemptive prosecution”, or “material support for terrorism”, or just outright frame-ups. To justify the “War on Terror”, the government has invented terrorists to scare the public.

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He hopes that his blog can help to keep people aware of these stories.

I will exert some effort to make sure these people are not forgotten.

These are drawn images so those who don’t wish to see hand-drawn images are free not to read it.





































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  1. Aadil Mehraj

    March 28, 2013 at 4:57 AM

    Indeed, Allaah is with us.

  2. O H

    March 28, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    Jazak Allaahu Khair for raising awareness on this critical issue which I hope the mass media discuss even more. People should discuss the issue of prisoners like Aafia & others with friends, etc because as a Muslim we should always try to support our brothers & sisters in Islam who are oppressed through, speech, action,finance, dua etc & whichever way we can.
    Although the objective of this article is positive, I am a bit uncomfortable about the use of cartoons/images & how Islamically appropriate it is, and Allaah knows best.
    May Allaah unite the Ummah & free it from oppression, Ameen Ya Rabb!

  3. BeAdeel

    March 28, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    Verily, Allaah tests those who love Allaah.

  4. Muslim

    March 29, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    As salaamo ‘alaikom ‘ala manittaba’ al hoda,

    Ty to those Muslims who actually care…

    Also, I have to add this on her and her family’s behalf–Dr. Aafia Siddiqui (may Allah prove her innocence furtherly and hasten her release, amin!) did her PhD in Education regarding mentally retarded children. You can confirm this fact through her own sister, Dr. Fouzia. She has said to have everyone stop lying about her bio and education and career. She is not an MD, a neurosurgeon, or a nueroscientist! These are not my words, but of her biggest advocate campaigner–on a national Pakistani TV channel in Urdu!

    JazakAllah khair and remember to stand up for all Muslims fearing Allah alone, remembering verses of Surah Hujurat of avoid suspicion etc! No matter what! & that news from fasiq sources should be verified! & indeed the Quran tells us that it is only those who FEAR ALLAH who have knowledge, i.e. are considered scholars!

    Allah Knows Best!

    Was salaamo ‘alaikom ‘ala manittaba’ al hoda!

  5. mindee

    March 29, 2013 at 4:09 AM

    So what are we going to do? I cannot believe this is still happening. I read this story 5 YEARS AGO and you are telling me SHE STILL CANNOT SEE HER FAMILY

  6. azzy

    March 29, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    wow, she is definitely of those of Firdous. SubhanAllah! what an incredible test… how worthless is my imaan compared to that…. may Allah make the rest of her life easy for her… Ameen

    • Gibran

      April 11, 2013 at 3:30 PM

      Assalamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa abrakatuh

      “wow, she is definitely of those of Firdous”
      You don’t actually know that. Don’t attest to such a thing. Inshaa Allah she will be among them. May Allah make her among them.

      “how worthless is my imaan compared to that”
      As far as I know, there is no need to praise oneself, nor any need to degrade oneself in this fashion.

  7. kark

    March 29, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    May Allah Subhana Watahla saves her and her families

    • mohammed

      May 12, 2013 at 5:17 AM


  8. Flerd

    March 29, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    This graphic novel is LOVE!

  9. Faizal

    March 30, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Allah knows and sees everything,
    the continued detention and abuse of Aafiah
    Will only bring hate to the American people
    who keep silent at this unjust system they
    call democracy. Beware the wrath of Allah!
    Sister Aafiyah we have not forgotten you!
    With every difficulty, Allah is raising your status!
    You are the Rabia Basri of our time!
    You know the status Rabia was given, when
    Allah called her to him!

    Preserve your imaan for surely you are guaranteed Jannah!

    Recall Asiya,the wife of Fir’aun, and the
    Servant of Asiya, they turned to Allah in their
    Most fearfull time!

    When you have Allah, you have everything !

  10. Joe

    March 30, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    I think she and her son were probably subjected to years of psychological abuse to include both hypnotic and subliminal programming. They have done this to a number of Americans over the years to produce assassins for political targets and mass random shooters for the population so we will be frightened into giving up our gun rights. They both need to go through de-programming, positive messages played over and over again to replace the negative messages they heard over and over again every day for several years.

  11. noorul huda

    March 31, 2013 at 5:53 AM

    ALLAH gives the response.

  12. Med Saeed

    March 31, 2013 at 5:58 AM

    i love that people are using comics to spread the message…this is a giant step towards spreading our voices to the world!! i urge all those who can to create more graphic novels and stories of heroism and islamic virtues, to show and share with the world what the message of Islam truely is…ofcourse you cant urge non-believers to read the Quran, but you can surely spread the message through stories and your kind actions.

  13. S

    March 31, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    Every time I read about Aafia my heart breaks a little bit more. What a world we live in, where our leaders are monsters and our fellow man apathetic to the point of being a zombie? Why hasnt Pakistan come to a standstill? How are Muslim men going about their business when their sister is being dragged through hell? Why are Muslim countries even engaging with American businesses in the light of such obscenities??? One sweeping boycott and America will be on its knees sending her back on the first plane out. What will it take – the capture of your own mothers and sisters and daughters? Is that what it must come to?
    Thank you for this comic – if that’s the only way left to get into people’s conscience, then so be it.

  14. kashif aslam

    April 1, 2013 at 2:46 AM

    war on terror is a business with a huge margin,

  15. ars

    April 1, 2013 at 6:56 AM

    Ya Allah help, Ya Allah help, Ya Allah help.

  16. naseema

    April 1, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    May Allah Azwajal make things easier for Aafiya and all her family, Ameen

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  18. Shahin

    April 3, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    So powerful! Finally, I understood her story with more clarity. May Allah give her patience, honor, freedom, and justice. Ameen!

  19. Farooq Khan

    April 5, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    Thank you for narrating this factual story, I never knew the details before. May Allah reward you and grant ease & sabr to dr. Aafia and her family, ameen.

  20. umre

    April 6, 2013 at 3:58 AM

    course of justice, such as water finds its way. Justice will certainly manifested in a day. Certainly the world is will one day understand a nation of Muslims and then the chief justice will. thanks for sharing. its good informations lol :)

  21. Hashmi

    April 8, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Great work! MAy Allah help our sister. With your permission would like to take these pictures.

    • Hena

      April 11, 2013 at 1:32 PM

      assalam alaykum,
      I will have ask the artist. What purpose will you use it for?

  22. mohammed

    May 12, 2013 at 5:09 AM

    may reward her jannah

  23. mohammed

    May 12, 2013 at 5:13 AM

    allah ta alah test those who he love and who fear him.

  24. Abdullah

    October 22, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    You know there are names that we remember …….. Hawwa, Aasia, Sara, Hajra, Maryam ….. and so on, do not miss that the name Aafia is also in the same list!
    of course Allah tests one by giving something and tests another by taking something ………. Aafia is Alhamdolillah successful but on the other hand we are ……….. unfortunately unsuccessful because since her imprisonment our test was started and till now we are totally failed ……………. sad is that Aafia is not an individual ………….. there are actually so many Aafia that we do not know!

    When I hear about Aafia, I feel so regretful and sad and discouraged, but then I remember that Allah is the one and only and Allah does not leave his slave abandoned! and I find Aafia life so attached to Allah and this becomes my encouragement ……….. and I am damn sure Aafia is actually in Allah test and being so successful she moves on to difficult level, we should know that all are tested by Allah as per their Ie’emaan.

    Point to be noted!
    If you really want to know that how true you are about Aafia case, then after reading about Aafia you should get conscious and ask forgiveness …………. if it is not like this then I think we are deceiving our self!

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    • Ihsas Khan

      June 23, 2016 at 8:34 PM

      Allah will free her with the hands of the soldiers of Islam inshaAllah – don’t EVER say we are Weak, we cannot do anything, blah blah – we are STRONG – we have the Creator, the Sustainer of the 7 heavens and earth – don’t ever give up , be mentally strong and tough, have ur iman weight heavier than the weight of the planet earth – we will never meet Allah on the Day of Judgement without going till death, torture,. slaughter to save our innocent precious Muslimah sister- may Allah (awj) make my words – be words of truth and sincerity and not words of fakeness and hypocrisy

  26. Hasan Rehman

    March 18, 2019 at 11:05 PM

    Thank you so much for spreading the awareness. I was recently researching about her and there’s so much misinformation out there that no one knows what’s the truth. And I really appreciate the efforts of brother Mauri Sala’Khan who has been leading the efforts to free her. I thanked him after one Friday sermon saying that being Pakistani I’m ashamed that my government sold her and the subsequent governments didn’t do anything for her cause, but he’s been pushing for her freedom for a long time. May Allah bless you all for making efforts towards her cause… Aameen

  27. Shz

    September 29, 2021 at 4:20 AM

    I think it is an injustice, a mockery to deliver the issue of Dr. Aria as a comic book. Who is going to read a ARTFUL COMIC SCRIPT about such an important and terrible injustice upon another human being?!! HOW COULD ANYONE LEARN THE FACTS OF Dr. Afia through leisure reading?! Comic scripts are read as a leisure activity, to relax. This is NOT a story to relax about. How could anyone draw Muslim women in black burka’s hold machine guns without feeling a sense of evil in their heart? This so called “unique way” of delivering Dr. Asia’s plight is a SHAM!

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