I’ve finished reading the 3rd book from the books I bought using Baucar 1 Malaysia (a right I obtained as the Master of Corporate Communication student). This is a story of the Pakistani celebrated humanitarian, Malala Yousafzai whose face was shot by the Talibans for defying the curfew for Pakistani women.
The book. Amazing! Christina Lamb, a reporter who has dedicated her life to the affairs of Pakistan co-wrote this international best seller. Amazing!
This is a memoir that is both real and heart-wrenching. Washington Post compares this international bestseller with Anne Frank’s Diary – but being a person who read both books, I would say that Malala’s story was more gripping and brutal in comparison to Anne Frank’s (REFER to https://undomiel84.wordpress.com/2015/08/11/is-being-a-jewish-a-crime-fromthe-eyes-of-a-holocaust-victim-the-diary-of-a-young-girl-by-anne-frank-1929-1945/ for my book review!).
Brave spirit. Unbreakable.
Malala met Barack Obama. She was not shy to voice out her stoic opinion on the American drones in Pakistan. But Malala knew that politicians she met don’t take her seriously so she did not push it too hard. That is why she aspires to be a politician herself. To make changes to the world.
You couldn’t help but feeling so enthralled by her spirit and determination. As a girl from Swat Valley, a beautiful place in Pakistan dubbed as Switzerland of The East; Malala was a free-spirited young girl who refused to kowtow to the suffocating antiquated Pakistani cultures on women. Notwithstanding, her faith on Islam is unscathed and I admire her for that. Malala was and is a competitive student. She loves books and read a lot. At the age of 11 years old, she already could speak eloquent English and through her father’s acquaintance, she served as a BBC correspondence under a pseudonym named “Gul Makai”. Through this alter-ego, Malala fed the international community the harsh reality living as a girl under the oppression of blossoming Taliban regime as it seemed that the Pakistani government was unable to combat the growing influence of these terrorists.
The alleged Taliban who shot her. It was reported that the Taliban was an ex-Physic student. You could imagine how wasted it was to have brilliant minds consumed by blindfolded conservatism? Sigh.
Malala’s father set up school for girls to be educated but was blatantly defied by the conservative clerics and one of them was Ghulamullah who self-proclaimed himself as a Mufti (Islamic scholar). He threatened the woman who own the school premise and demanded the school to be closed :-
“Ziauddin (Malala’s father) is running a haram school in your building and bringing shame on the mohalla or neighbourhood”.
But the real threat came when finally, the Taliban grew into eminent influence. I actually concurred with what Malala wrote on how initially the Taliban blossomed as it is a simple sociological scenario. When the ruling party fails to adhere to its people’s needs, the people seek alternative parties who can assuage the void! The people at the remote area as well as Swat Valley were feeling disconnected with Pakistani government who was a M.I.A. when these locations faced calamities and disasters. The void spaces were filled by the conservative Islamic bodies who went there for help. By gaining these Pakistanis’ trusts, the conservative bodies began to campaign their Islamic political agendas and as devout Moslem communities, the Pakistanis in these remote area welcomed these “saviors” and unsurprisingly supported these conservative bodies (the budding stage of The Talibans) by mortgaging their necklaces, bangles and jewelries to fund the ‘noble causes under the name of Islam’. But of course when they finally realized they have made mistakes and saw the wrath caused by the the Talibans, it was TOO LATE.
When she was shot. She was in a school van and just completed an exam paper that day .
She was lucky to be treated at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham in United Kingdom. She now resides in Birmingham with her family. It is said that The Talibans vow to kill her if she ever goes back. Malala really misses her Swat Valley and Pakistan.
Technically, Malala was just a lucky girl. There were so many possibilities of her to die due to the attack. Too many chances that could result to her death :-
- The operation she had in Pakistan caused her brain to swell although it did help her to escape immediate death;
- The Pakistani Authorities / Government were taking long time to grant permission for Malala and her family to have operation abroad as they are scared if Malala and her family were to apply political asylum outside of Pakistani and that will cause great shame to Pakistan;
- The Pakistani didn’t want interference from Americans due to political ‘cold shoulders’ (drones, war, etc). So, offers from Americans to finance Malala’s operation were rejected; finally an offer from a UAE royalty who was willing to board the frail Malala out from the Pakistan to Birmingham using private plane was accepted;
- Her left side of the face was temporarily paralyzed as some essential nerves were cut in the attack. It took her three months to see the success of the operation bit by bit and she had to teach herself how to read and recall words and memories that went fade and blank due to the attack.
At the United Nation Headquarters in 2013, after the attack. She purposely donned a modest colour because she wanted people to LISTEN to her speech, not to examine her cloth. Amazing!
Having Talibans associating themselves with Islamic credentials, it was easy for the world to pinpoint Islam as the mother for terrorism and that is aggravated by endless stupid self-called “Jihadists” who of course could not resist to use Islamic name and decided to bomb people or themselves. Damn selfish moron abusers! Nonetheless, I like what Malala wrote in her book :-
“We Muslims are split between Sunnis and Shias – we share the same fundamental beliefs and the same Holy Quran, but we disagree over who was the right person to lead our religion when the Prophet, PBUH, died in the seventh century. The man chosen to be the leader or caliph was Hazrat Abu Bakr, a close friend and adviser of the Prophet, PBUH, and the man he chose to lead prayers as he lay on his deathbed. “Sunni” comes from the Arabic for “one who follows the traditions of the Prophet, PBUH.” But a smaller group believed that leadership should have stayed within the family of the prophet, PBUH and that Hazrat Ali, his son-in-law and cousin, should have taken over. They became known as Shias, shortened from Shia-t-Ali, the Party of Ali.”
I love her confidence and I love to see her clips giving speeches. Very amazed with how a young girl who is no more than 20 years ago could speak with courage of conviction and passion and confidence. I guess war really make people wiser and older as they have seen harsh realities, no? I hope one day, I could speak just like her. Effortlessly eloquent. I mean, I can talk in public but not as good as Malala. She emanated stoic principles and I aspire to that :-
“I love my God. I thank my Allah. I talk to him all day. He is the greatest. By giving me this height to reach people, he has also given me great responsibilities. Education for every boy and girl in this world. To see each and every human being with a smile of happiness is my wish. I am Malala. My world has changed but I have not.”
Amazing. No matter how far we go, never forget our roots. And I echo with Malala because I am that, as well.
The day she received the Nobel Peace Prize. The youngest recipient! Do listen to her speech. I was blown away. Remarkable!
“We could not just stand by and see those injustice of the terrorists, denying girls’ rights, ruthlessly killing people and misusing the name of Islam. We decided to raise our voice and tell them have you not learn, have you not learn that in the Holy Quran ALLAH says if you kill one person it is as if you kill the whole humanity? Do you not know that Muhammad PBUH, the Prophet of Mercy; he says do not harm yourselves or others, and do you not know, that the very first word in the Holy Quran is the word “Iqra” which means READ?”