I want to serve. I want to serve the people. I want every girl, every child, to be educated. For that reason, we have organized the Malala Fund, Malala Yousufzai said. Today you can see that I am alive. I can speak, I can see you, I can see everyone. It’s just because of the prayers of people. Because all people — men, women, children — all of them have prayed for me. And because of all these prayers God has given me this new life, a second life.
Our brave girl, Malala Yousufzai, was just released from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. The family plans some further rehab for our head-scarfed heroine before she returns to Pakistan.
I am not surprised that Abu Baraa, a senior member of Shariah4Pakistan, spoke of a fatwa against Malala Yousufzai: There will be a fatwa issued regarding Malala Yousufzai taking into account the full story of her injury including her public statements in support of the occupying U.S. army in the region and mocking of key symbols of Islam such as hijab and jihad. I am curious what his very famous brother, Y Baraa, had to say about the matter.
I am not entirely sure why this story is not bigger news over here*. Just this picture of Malala Yousufzai in her hospital bed, with her father Ziauddin Yousufzai, and her two brothers Atal and Khushal, should be on the front page. This is a young girl who stood up to the malicious force that is the Taliban and lived to tell the tale. She was shot, from above, at nearly point-blank range. Is she not the Martin Luther King Jr of Pakistan?
*Actually, I know full well why it is not getting as much press as it deserves. It is the nature of our media. I suppose it is encouraging it is getting this much attention. God bless her and her family. That said, I would apply for asylum if I were the Yousufzais.
I seem to have a fair number of visitors from Pakistan and the Middle East at this blog. (It might be due to the title.) What say you Pakistanis? How do you view this brave girl? If you are a father, would you not want her in your family? And should you be a mother, is she not a good role model for your children? She advocates, of all revolutionary things, education for young girls. What a firebrand!