09 October 2012. Swat Valley, Pakistan. Mid afternoon.
A member of the Pakistani Taliban boards a bus and shouts ‘Who is Malala?‘ On identifying the 12 year old girl, he fires three shots from a hand gun. One of the bullets enters her forehead, travels the length of her head, and lodges in her shoulder. Fate, providence, luck, or God, if you believe in a God, decides she will live. If God has intervened, then it isn’t the God of the Taliban. Someone else’s God. Maybe Malala’s God. Or your God. Or mine.
MB read an interview with a Pakistani Sheikh & Taliban supporter in 2013, who would not condemn the attempted murder of Malala. His reason, he said, was that it was not fully proven that she had not preached against Islam. If she had preached against Islam then he could never condemn the man who shot her.
Yesterday, 10 October 2014, Malala Yousafzai, who is now seventeen years old, and Kailash Satyarthi, who is sixty, were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize — for, in the committee’s words, “their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.”
Today, 11 October 2014, is designated by the UN as International Day Of The Girl Child.
The Economist magazine currently has a feature on young girls from Europe who are traveling to Syria & Iraq to join ISIS. It’s estimated that some 100 girls from France alone have already traveled for such purpose. Decisions made after persuasive words from ‘Islamic’ preachers (so called) or ISIS supporters who talk of charitable work, helping oppressed peoples, and fighting evil. If the girls happen to be Muslim they will hear selective quotes from the holy book, in conflict with everything that the holy book, or any holy book, stands for. It’s estimated (from information received from the parents) that approximately 80% of the 100 girls are atheists. Drawn by the allure of adventure or of finding a purpose in life. Most face a life of hell on earth when they arrive at their destination. Forced marriages and quick pregnancies to keep them in their place as per the requirements or instructions of their new ‘parents’. Or violent death at the hands of opponents.
Many kids in Europe, especially Muslim kids, are now the daily targets of ISIS recruiters through websites or direct contact. And many are listening and believing the false prophets and ISIS kafirs. A persecution complex amongst many young Muslims and major mistakes by Western governments, past & present, is of course not helping matters.
MB’s HX blog often receives ‘hits’ in France or Holland or England, and many other European countries. And from the tags that MB places on many of his posts he is aware that many people who find & read the HX blog are Muslims. So, if you are one of the young people mentioned above and considering life’s path, then MB asks you to consider the following:
MB’s blog has a tiny tiny readership. He can not make any difference to the ways of the world. Other than to speak his mind he is powerless in all respects. But if you get to this stage of this post and you are still reading, then maybe you could repost, or retweet or put up a link or publicise in any way you can. And maybe the many can help in some small way where the one can not.
Allah youhfazak. Long live Malala!