The son of a Prophet Jacob (Peace be upon him), as well as being a Prophet himself, Joseph (Peace be upon him), was deceived by his own brothers, sold into slavery, sent away from his homeland to be in bondage in a foreign land where he had no family, no friends, no knowledge of the native language, and no idea what would happen to him. But, of course, as Allah would have it, he was taken into the home of an Ancient-Egyptian official, presumably during the Hyksos-period of Ancient-Egyptian history, where he was initially treated relatively well, considering the fact that he was now another man’s property. But, then, once in his late-teens or maybe early twenties, he gets accused of raping the wife of his master, based upon falsified charges fro the actual wife of his master. She was in-love (more accurately in-lust) with Joseph, but, obviously as a Muslim & Prophet he refuses her sexual-invitations. This infuriates her to the point of claiming that he tried to rape her. When the official hears of this, naturally as a result of his ego being bruised, because his wife wants a younger guy, who’s actually his slave, initially wants to have him executed. But, out of her affection for Joseph, she manages to convinces him to not execute Joseph, but instead imprison him. So, that’s what happens, he’s locked up, for a crime that he didn’t commit, and never would’ve committed, yet he suffers as a result of a blatant lie, which brings us now to our sister, Aafia Siddiqui.Aafia Siddiqui-
Unlike her counterpart in this simile, Joseph, her story however is just as relevant regarding the general point of discussion. Her, much like Joseph was accused of trumped-up charges that were in no way credibly linked to her. Yet, she has been made to suffer, as the result of a witch-hunt to further spread a sadistic global agenda known as the “War-on-Terror”. To give you some background on Aafia, she is a Neuroscience, Ph.D. recipient, was until she left the U.S. in 2002, an active Muslim-Community member who had done good work with a non-profit that she founded, promoting Islam, a reputation for being a devout Muslim & all-around. All of a sudden, from 2003-2008, she has been subjected to a life on the lamb, witnessed the unjust killing of one of her own children, being betrayed by her own fellow Muslims & countrymen, handed over to Pakistani, Afghan & U.S. personnel, for charges that have been proven in a court of law that she had little or nothing to do with. Yet, she was still ruined as a result of a lie, that’s costing her the rest of her life in prison, being accused of having ties to Al-Qaeda & attacking U.S. military-personnel with an assault-rifle, while officially in custody. The reports on he alleged connections and/or involvement in any form of terrorism has been proven to be ridiculously sketchy, from the both U.S & Pakistani sources. Even during her court-proceedings, there were forensics, ballistics, and crime-scene experts, who stood up on the witness-stand, and expressed their doubt of the validity of Aafia even firing a weapon at anyone, let alone any seasoned military-personnel. Moreover, her fingerprints were not even present on any weapons, yet, the accusation, along with jurors, whom have already had in their minds, based upon severe pathological exposure to Islamophobic propaganda, that this woman, who is a Muslim is already guilty.Now, what can we learn, if anything from these two individuals?
One, we can learn that having belief in Allah and the Last-Day will not be easy. There is opposition everywhere, especially in this post-9/11 world that we live in, which spares no expense to accuse any Muslim of heinous crimes, based upon non-credible evidence, that even a blind person would be able to dessern is falsehood.
Two, we see that even in the face of adversity, these two displayed mass amounts of integrity, as well as resolve. These qualities are truly gifts from Allah, that are not to be taken lightly. They both have remained steadfast during their respective trials & have dealt with the realities of their circumstances, without being ungrateful to Allah, for placing them in such predicaments.
These are very valuable life-lessons for all of us to benefit from.