What were you doing when you were 11 years old? A majority of us were playing with G.I. Joes and Barbies at 11. We had places to go, friends to visit, games to play.
At 11, Malala Yousafzai decided that education was awesome and everyone should have access to it. Unfortunately for this Pashtun Pakistani girl, education was not something that was always available, let alone acceptable for the female population. In her home in Swat Valley, there is a constant power struggle with the local Taliban. The result is a constantly shifting rule of Sharia Law as dictated by a roving band of psychopaths.
Malala has made it her struggle to bring equal rights and opportunity to the girls of her region; and on October 9, 2012, she paid for this ambition with her life… almost. What happened is a man claimed by the Taliban shot Malala in the neck and head for crimes against Islam. She was then rushed to the UK to be treated.
Today, Malala is expected to make close to if not a full recovery. In the wake of this attack, the global community has responded in two distinct ways. First, the people of the world not members of a psychotic cabal have expressed at least some sympathy at worst and roaring support for Malala and her goals at best. The other much lesser portion of the world that are members of some overzealous Islamic faction or cell have declared fatwa on Malala. For those that don’t know what this means, fatwa is the labeling and targeting of a person viewed as an enemy of Islam. The notations are endless of how Malala — a sunni Islamist — is an infidel and abomination. Instead of cherry-picking an article for you, why don’t you just click on this Google search link: “Malala Yousafzai fatwa”. To my knowledge, only one council of 50 holy men actually declared fatwa on the failed assassin in the name of Islam. I appreciate their lapse into reason on this.
This fatwa against Malala is where I have an issue specifically regarding this situation. I generally dislike and often condemn religion; but it seems to me that this has actually hit a point in behavior where action in the name of a higher power is fully and transparently hypocritical to the higher power itself. If you’ve read the Qur’an, you understand the nature of writing is heavily devoted to the omnipotence of Allah and is a list of all the good qualities Allah possesses and is master of. To list a few of the reoccurring qualities of Allah: he’s all powerful, all other gods and idols are impotent to him, all that has and will occur is of his will, only Allah decides who will be faithful- not just who is faithful enough. One of these qualities that comes to mind and has been repeated over and over is that Allah’s will is unknowable and can not be predicted. For a paradigm that rejects science for Allah, I see what even some of the most stanch atheists will accept (despite not approving the term): Malala miraculously survived being shot in the head. Sure, we can scientifically explain it; but you’d have to be a special kind of jerk to be mad someone called this a miracle. This brings me to the questions of the day:
1. Do you think Malala Yousafzai survived through miraculous means?
2. Do you think the Taliban disproved their own beliefs by pursuing the condemnation of Malala?
3. Should the global community take a more active role in rejecting and disbursing their local extremist organizations?
4. Malala is being submitted as a Nobel Peace Prize contestant. Do you think she has earned it?
Comment on any number of the questions below.