Thursday, 10 October 2013

Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai is a school-girl who lived in the Swat region of Pakistan.Her father is a school head-teacher. In 2009, aged around 11, she began writing a blog for the BBC in which she described what life was like in that troubled part of Pakistan (see also here). For example, an entry in January said:

"My mother made me breakfast and I went off to school. I was afraid going to school because the Taleban had issued an edict banning all girls from attending schools. Only 11 pupils attended the class out of 27. ."

Later in the spring, after a peace deal had been signed, the Taliban lifted the ban on girls attending schools.

Malala's efforts were recognised within Pakistan, with awards of the National Youth Peace Prize and the National Peace Award for Youth. By 2012 she was planning to organize the Malala Education Foundation, which would help poor girls go to school.

On 9 October 2012, a Taliban gunman shot Yousafzai as she rode home on a bus. She was hit with one bullet, which went through her head, neck, and ended in her shoulder. Two other girls were also wounded in the shooting.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, with an article reporting Sirajuddin Ahmad, a spokesman of Swat Taliban as saying :

“We had no intentions to kill her but were forced when she would not stop (speaking against us)... .

Meanwhile, Ihsanullah Ihsan, chief spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban, said that :

“She considers President Obama as her ideal leader. Malala is the symbol of the infidels and obscenity,”

..adding that she generated “negative propaganda” about Muslims and that, if she survived, the Taliban would try again to kill her again.

Seriously injured, she was initially treated in Pakistan, but was later transferred for surgery to the UK, although there were a number of offers, from various countries, to treat her injuries. Protests against the shooting were held in several Pakistani cities the day after the attack, and over 2 million people signed the Right to Education campaign's petition. 50 ulema issued a fatawa against the attack. Malala has now recovered, at least to some degree, from the attack and is currently living in the UK, together with her family.

These are the facts and they are undisputed.

So, we have the Taliban who shoot schoolgirls in the face and THEN BOAST ABOUT IT.

And we have Malala, who is a schoolgirl brave enough to speak up and say what is on her mind in very difficult circumstances.

BFTF's support is with Malala. BFTF doubts very much that he would have the courage to speak up in the way Malala did, or for the length of time that Malala did.

BFTF thinks those who started (and promoted via social media) conspiracy theories (see here and here) regarding the attack should be ashamed of themselves, as should those spreading innuendo and slander on social media, often with the tag line "just saying". And that is without mentioning the way they ride a coach and horses through Islamic codes prohibiting backbiting and slander.

BFTF is partcularly disappointed in a recent article by Assed Baig which complains that:

"Malala is the good native, she does not criticise the West, she does not talk about the drone strikes, she is the perfect candidate for the white man to relieve his burden and save the native"

The issue is not that Malala has been "used as a tool by the West" as Baig says, but rather that she has been left without support by the Muslim Ummah.

As to why this story was picked up so strongly by the worlds media, maybe, just maybe, it was because the Taliban sent an assassain to shoot a well known school girl activist in the face and THEN BOASTED ABOUT IT.

I could go on about what it wrong with Baig's article, but I don't want to dilute the message of this post.And, as with much in life, it takes a lot more effort to explain why something is weakly argued than it does to make the weak argument in the first place.

Asad Rahim Khan hits most of the key points here though.

In case you hadn't noticed, BFTF is bloody angry about this.

Feel free to leave comments below, but if you want spout that line about drone attack victims not getting any attention, at least have the decency to challenge the government on the issue first (as BFTF has done here ). Then we can talk.

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1 comment:

  1. No one on earth is as pure in spirit as Malala. The pope is a false profit in comparison to Malala. There is no one on this planet worthy enough to lick the dirt from her sandals. We are all sinners that deserve to be judged. She is the Number One of pure Being on this planet for 2013. All the rest are garbage compared to Malala.